Berklee honors Burnett, Welch, Rawlings
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
– Berklee College of Music will present American Master Awards to T Bone Burnett and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on March 15.
The presentation will be made on the Music City Roots weekly music broadcast from the Factory in Franklin, Tenn. The show will feature performances by Berklee alumni Sierra Hull ('11), Liz Longley ('10) and Maureen Murphy ('99). Berklee alumni Welch and Rawlings will perform as well, closing the show following presentation of the awards.
The American Master Award is presented by Berklee to industry leaders whose "openness, generosity and deep commitment to music education have made a positive impact on the lives of young musicians, providing them opportunities to grow as artists and leaders," according to a Berklee press release.
"We've enjoyed the music of quite a few Berklee graduates and students on Music City Roots over the years, and we know what an important role the college has played in supporting roots and Americana artists to develop fresh and original takes on tradition, so this special show means a lot to us," says the show's journalist and artist interviewing co-host Craig Havighurst.
Berklee at Music City Roots, Live at the Factory is open to the public and tickets will be available at Music City Roots. The show will air on participating public radio affiliates around the country on a future date.
The show will be webcast free via Livestream at 7 p.m. central.
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