Out of Bounds live from LA @ The Grammy Museum, Thursday Jan 28th

NEWS from Bob Merlis/M.f.h.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MISSISSIPPI NIGHT AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®
CELEBRATES STATE’S LEGACY WITH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM TOPPED BY DOROTHY MOORE, THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, EDDIE COTTON, HUBERT SUMLIN AND HONEYBOY EDWARDS

The State of Mississippi’s continuing “Birthplace of America’s Music” campaign gets a big boost next week with Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles. The evening of Thursday, January 28th is a preamble to Sunday’s GRAMMY® Award ceremonies, and will be highlighted by a program featuring performances from some of the state’s brightest musical lights, a reflection of the great diversity of Mississippi music. Earlier in the day, Mississippians will take part in an educational program for the benefit of visiting Los Angeles high school students.

For the past three years, Mississippi has presented performance galas, hosted by Governor Haley Barbour, that have underscored the fact that Mississippi artists have been disproportionately represented among GRAMMY nominees and winners spread out over a wide variety of categories. This year’s Mississippi Celebrates Its GRAMMY Legacy gala will take place May 27th at Biloxi’s Hard Rock Casino. Updates are posted regularly at www.msgrammy.com Peavey Electronics, based in Meridian, MS and The Mississippi Development Authority, have sponsored those events and are, similarly, supporting next week’s GRAMMY Museum program.
The artists participating in Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY Museum underscore the broad spectrum of Mississippi’s musical legacy. They include four-time GRAMMY nominee Dorothy Moore whose smash hit “Misty Blue” is today considered a standard of both the pop and R&B genres. Also appearing are The Williams Brothers who are 2010 GRAMMY nominees in the Best Traditional Gospel album category for The Journey Continues…, the fourth GRAMMY nomination in a career that spans 40 years.

Mississippi’s blues heritage will be showcased with a performance by young Jackson-based blazing blues vocalist/guitarist Eddie Cotton who will be joined by the legendary Hubert Sumlin. Sumlin is the first generation Chicago electric blues guitarist who served in both the Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf bands. Born in Greenwood, MS Sumlin is considered a huge influence on a wide-range of guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, and is a past GRAMMY nominee. Also part of the blues segment of the program is David “Honeyboy” Edwards, the 94-year-old blues icon from Shaw, MS who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1942 for the Library of Congress. Edwards is, in fact, a GRAMMY Award winner in his own right, having won in the Traditional Blues category in 2009. This year Honeyboy Edwards, along with Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, André Previn and Clark Terry, will be the recipient of the Recording Academy’s® Lifetime Achievement Award.

Governor Barbour, commenting on his state’s campaign to highlight its musical contribution to the world, noted, ‘’From Elvis to B.B. King to Leontyne Price to Faith Hill, we cover the gamut: rock, gospel, country, blues, soul, opera; if it’s music, it’s Mississippi, and that’s a big source of pride for us.”

Media contacts:
Artists/Event:
Bob Merlis/MFH
323.962.687
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Peavey Electronics:
Jim Beaugez
601.486.1474
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Mississippi Development Authority
Sandy Bynum
601.359.3297
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