The Skirball Cultural Center presents "Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966," now through June 8. The exhibit traces Dylan's development as one of the most-influential songwriters in American folk and rock music. The multi-media exhibition offers a variety of rare and very personal Dylan memorabilia, along with music and evidence of Robert Zimmerman's transformation and growing cultural footprint. This exhibit was assembled by Seattle's Experience Music Project and has toured the U.S., including stops at New York's Pierpont Morgan Library and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Singer/songwriters Leslie Feist and Corb Lund have picked up Independent Music Awards during Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Canada. Feist's solo album, The Reminder, has made a strong showing on both the U.S. and Canadian Billboard charts - thanks, in part, to the song "1234," which was used in an iPod Nano ad. She picked up prizes in the Favourite Album of the Year and Favourite Solo Artist of the Year. Lund took home the trophy for Favourite Folk/Roots Artist of the Year for Horse Soldier, a collection of original songs with a horse theme (it being Corb Lund, it's a lot better than it sounds on paper). Newcomer Jenn Grant earned the Galaxie Rising Stars Award of the CBC for her CD, Orchestra for the Moon.
The Roots Music Association, an organization dedicated to promoting and advancing all roots-based music genres, has announced that San Antonio, Texas will host the group's annual awards show. The awards will be presented as part of the Roots Music Association's Radio Seminar, Music Conference and Festival in the Alzafar Shrine on June 26 to 29.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Jamboree album, Gibson Guitars is issuing the limited edition Earl Scruggs Flint Hill Special Banjo. The name refers to "Flint Hill Special," a Scruggs-penned piece that opened Flatt and Scruggs' first Columbia LP. The banjo is based on the Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard styling, except that it's super fancy and comes in a custom case. Only 20 will be made and the first 5 in the run will be signed by Earl himself (in a couple of places - he will sign all 20 banjo heads). The banjos also come with an instruction book, in case you're really rich, think it's pretty, but have no idea what to do with it once you get it home.
On March 9, Dave Siglin retired after running Ann Arbor's beloved folk music venue, The Ark, after 40 years at the helm. The Ark held four concerts as a farewell to Siglin, culminating with a singer/songwriter song circle including, among others, Arlo Guthrie and David Bromberg.
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, the famed Berkeley folk and trad music venue, will break ground on their new facility in Berkeley's Arts & Cultural District on April 1. The new building will double the seating from the current venue, which the organization moved into during the '80s. The new concert space will have 440 seats, providing more space for educational and outreach programs as well as expanded presenting opportunities. The Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music, which currently operates Freight & Salvage, plans to open the venue in 2009.
Master singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a speech by Lou Reed. Damien Rice performed "Hallelujah" in tribute. Cohen, who is amazingly 73, begins a world tour in June - his first in 15 years. So far there are no U.S. dates on the schedule (4 words - "road trip to Canada"). Here is the video from the induction ceremony. Watch it quick before VH1 pulls it down.