Morrison to receive AMA honor
Friday, May 12, 2017
– Van Morrison will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 13, it was announced today.
Morrison also will headline the Americana Music Association's Ascend Amphitheater show this year along with his daughter Shana Morrison on Sept. 14 during AMERICANAFEST week 2017.
Earlier this week, the AMAS announced nominees for its awards show, which will be held during that week.
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Pay the Devil
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That confidence is audible from the moment the CD kicks in with no fanfare, no intro music, just Van Morrison's iconic voice growling "There Stands the Glass." Like the other standards, it's comfortingly familiar without being trite. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man
Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it
Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker.
Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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