â€˜Spirit of Americanaâ€™ Auction Announced; Carpenter Gets Award
April 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM (PT)
The AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION announced TODAY (4/23) a special on-line auction to promote its efforts, and those of the FIRST AMENDMENT CENTER, in support of FREE SPEECH IN MUSIC. Some of the items featured in the "SPIRIT OF AMERICANA" auction included handwritten lyrics from MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER and CHARLIE DANIELS’; autographed posters from DWIGHT YOAKAM and STEELY DAN; an autographed banjo signed by the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND; and a guitar on which MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY wrote the lyrics of his classic "Wildfire."
The two not-for-profit organizations have also joined forces to produce "Freedom Sings," an evening celebrating the power of free speech in music and honoring the career of CARPENTER. The event will take place on TUESDAY, APRIL 27th at the NEWSEUM in downtown WASHINGTON, DC. At this event, CARPENTER will receive the "SPIRIT OF AMERICANA" FREE SPEECH IN MUSIC AWARD.
The award recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech through their music and other efforts. Past recipients include JOHNNY CASH, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, JOAN BAEZ, MAVIS STAPLES, JUDY COLLINS, CHARLIE DANIELS and STEVE EARLE.
Former WASHINGTON POST journalist and current recording artist ERIC BRACE, along with legendary artists RODNEY CROWELL and JUDY COLLINS will also perform at the event.
The evening also marks the release of CARPENTER''s latest album, "The Age of Miracles" on ZOE/ROUNDER.
For more info and to view the auction items visit americanamusicauction.com.