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National Music Council Set to Honor Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride & Jim Lauderdale

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The National Music Council will continue its 75th Anniversary Celebrations by bringing its Annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for the very first time on July 11th. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale will be honored, along with music management icon Jim Halsey and country music producer/director Sherman Halsey. A special award will be presented to the Nashville Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Country Music Association & Country Music Foundation, for the creation and support of the Music Makes Us arts education initiative.

Dr. David Sanders, director of the National Music Council, notes that the individual recipients are being honored “not just for the incredible gifts they have given generations of music lovers throughout the world with their creative output, but also for their dedication to encouraging young musicians and potential musicians through their great support and commitment to music education.”

Past American Eagle Award recipients include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Max Roach, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Leonard Slatkin, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe and VH1 Save the Music Foundation. This year’s event in Nashville will mark the 32nd year of formal presentations of the Awards.

The event will also feature the New York Emmy award winning animation created by the NMC and the Music Publishers Association of the United States, as part of a primary school lesson plan that encourages kids to think about the ramifications of taking other people’s creative works without permission. Sanders frames the animated piece as “part of a world-wide effort by creators to change the narrative in terms of fostering an understanding that the online protection of creative works enhances freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas, rather than encroaching on them.“

The National Music Council is celebrating its 75th year as a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and challenges. Founded in 1940 to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members and to work to strengthen the importance of music in our life and culture, the Council’s initial membership of 13 has grown to almost 50 national music organizations, encompassing every important form of professional and commercial musical activity.

Through the cooperative work of its member organizations, the National Music Council promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable.

Presentations and panel are both open to the public and admission to the panel is free with a NAMM visitor’s day badge for $10. Proceeds from the luncheon event will benefit the NAMC Music Education and Creator’s Rights Advocacy Programs with tickets priced at $150. For more information, visit

Kris Kristofferson Covers Tom Petty’s ‘Won’t Back Down’

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Check out music legend Kris Kristofferson recording Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down’ for HISTORY’S 10-hour event series TEXAS RISING which premieres Monday, May 25 at 9 PM ET/PT.

HISTORY’s event series TEXAS RISING will premiere over five nights beginning Memorial Day 2015. The series, which was expanded to 10-hours, details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. The series will premiere:

Monday, May 25 at 9PM ET/PT
Tuesday, May 26 at 9PM ET/PT
Monday, June 1 at 9PM ET/PT
Monday, June 8 at 9PM ET/PT
Monday, June 15 at 9PM ET/PT

The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and TEXAS RISING details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna and his forces. General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for independence despite nearly insurmountable odds and to claim a piece of history for all eternity.

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION) directs TEXAS RISING with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor Donovan and Kris Kristofferson.

In addition to the star-studded cast, the TEXAS RISING soundtrack album will feature new music from legendary performers including the title song, “Take Me To Texas,” performed by George Strait and written by Brandy Clark, as well as Kris Kristofferson’s remake of the Tom Petty classic “Won’t Back Down” and new tracks from Jose Feliciano.

Kris Kristofferson & Lady Antebellum to Peform Skyville Live Concert!!!

Kris Kristofferson

On Tuesday, April 7th, Skyville Live will present a legendary night of music featuring live performances from music icon and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson, seven time Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum and award-winning acclaimed singer/songwriter Jason Isbell. The show will be streamed exclusively online via at 8:00p ET/7:00p CT.

In addition to performing some of their biggest hits, artists will also honor Kristofferson by performing some of the most memorable songs in the living legend’s remarkable career. As always, the evening promises to hold plenty of spectacular moments on stage with the collaboration of these incredibly talented artists.

Few artists in any genre of music have penned such timeless and classic hits as Kris Kristofferson. His songwriting talents have set the bar high with hits such as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For the Good Times,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and many others. He has paved the way for contemporary artists to follow, making him one of the most loved and respected artists of his generation. Kristofferson’s 28th album, Feeling Mortal was released in 2013, and he was recently honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.

“We’re quick to embrace opportunities like Skyville Live,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “Helping kickstart a new and unique event, especially alongside an idol like Kristofferson, is a really great way for us to reach our fans across the world. Hopefully it’ll give us a chance to make a few new ones too!”

Skyville Live is a series of monthly music events featuring collaborations from great artists from all generations and all music genres. Never before has a live, network-quality program featuring major national and international artists been broadcast exclusively to the internet. Each episode filmed in front of a live studio audience from the Skyville Live headquarters located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. For more information and to sign up to watch the show visit Follow Skyville Live on Twitter @SkyvilleLive

Recorded with full HD video, shows are live-streamed exclusively to online viewers around the world, capturing the magic and intimacy of the performances in a unique and interactive way, while still providing a high-quality experience on any device viewers are using.

During the inaugural episode of Skyville Live in January, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gladys Knight , country superstar Martina McBride and Grammy-winning R&B singer Estelle came together for a magical night of unforgettable collaboration. Their stellar performances brought the packed house to their feet for numerous standing ovations, leaving everyone in awe when all was said and done. More shows and exciting artists for the online series are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Emmylou Harris Honored With Concert Event


The music of Emmylou Harris will be celebrated with a tribute concert in Washington on January 10.

Harris herself will perform, along with Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mavis Staples, Martina McBride, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Rodney Crowell, Iron and Wine, Shawn Colvin, and Joan Baez. The show will be recorded for later distribution.

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