On June 14th, Gordon Lightfoot’s forty-year legacy of beautiful songwriting and performing will be further enhanced when he will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City in the performer category alongside Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and Jim Steinman at the organization’s 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. The star-studded event will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Performing songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will be honored for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is the author and voice of many timeless songs including: “Early Morning Rain,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Beautiful,” “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Rainy Day People,” “That’s What You Get For Lovin’ Me,” “Did She Mention My Name,” “I’m Not Sayin’ That I Love You,” “Race Among The Ruins,” “Softly,” “Song For A Winter’s Night,” and “Summer Side Of Life.” Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future.
Many of Gordon Lightfoot’s albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally and his songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, Anne Murray, and George Hamilton IV. He has received five Grammy® nominations and seventeen Juno Awards in his native Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, among his many other distinctions.
Lightfoot’s legacy is also well-known in the bluegrass world, especially (but not exclusively) in the recordings of Tony Rice, whose voice and guitar fit better than gloves with Lightfoot’s melodies and lyrics. “Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot” is a collection of a dozen songs that any bluegrass enthusiast should own: Go My Way, I’m Not Sayin’, Bitter Green, Shadows, Cold on the Shoulder, Walls, Song for a Winter’s Night, etc. If you don’t own this absolute gem, you should!by 1 comment
As part of WRIP’s preview of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, bluegrass band extraordinaire from the Albany area, will be on Local Licks with Sonny Rock Tuesday, July 12 from 6-9pm on WRIP 97.9 and 97.5 or www.rip979.com. Grey Fox assistant director, Mary Burdette, will also be talking about the award-winning Grey Fox Festival with radio host, Joe Loverro during the morning commute Tuesday from 8-8:30 am. She and Joe will be giving away tickets to Grey Fox to a lucky listener during the segment. So listen in! 97.9, 97.5 or www.rip979.com
Grey Fox takes place Thursday thru Sunday, July 14-17 on the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY. For more information about Grey Fox, visit the website: www.greyfoxbluegrass.comby
The schedule for the 4-day multi-stage Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is now online and ready for download, sharing, etc. Main Stage has never been better. Workshops are stellar. Dance Stage hotter than a pistol. And Family Stage full of fun. Go to homepage and enjoy! There are a few camping tickets left, but they’re going quickly. Hope you join us.by
Like Grey Fox on Facebook and be eligible to win a full festival ticket to Grey Fox 2011 with an amazing all-star lineup!! Four days; five stages; hands-on workshops; dancing; mouth-watering foods; top of the line music and craft vendors; camping; loads of jamming and huge fun!by
Congratulations to FRANK McLOUGHLIN of Albany, NY – most recent winner of our monthly Grey Fox Ticket Giveaway! Frank won the April drawing of a free full festival ticket with camping included to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, July 14-17, 2011 in Oak Hill, NY.by
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is pleased to announce preliminary lineup: Sam Bush Band; Del McCoury Band; The SteelDrivers; The O’Brien Family Band (Tim O, Mollie O, Rich Moore, etc.); Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper; The Claire Lynch Band; Boxcars; Red Stick Ramblers; Rockin’ Acoustic Circus; The Hillbenders and host band, Dry Branch Fire Squad. More bands tba. Grey Fox (2009 IBMA Event of the Year) takes place July 14-17 on the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY. Tickets now on sale. Recession buster (1/1-1/31) just $135. Get tickets now!by 1 comment
Sam Bush was interviewed by Voice of America journalist, Catherine Cole at this summer’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY. Bush, who will be the keynote speaker at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Nashville next week, likened Grey Fox to Telluride, saying that the audience is welcoming, ready for traditional AND new music, and makes artists like Bush feel right at home. You can read or listen to the VOA piece by CLICKING HERE — or by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:by
This installment of the Greencards’ newsletter features a backstage photo of them at Grey Fox with Sam Bush and Bryan Sutton. Check it out. http://www.thegreencards.com/newsletter/news081210.htmlby