Los Angeles will get an all-star "guitar pull" on behalf of the Country Music Hall of Fame come October, and then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a weeklong salute in November to one of its inductees, Janis Joplin, the hall's 2009 American Music Masters honoree.
Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris, all of whom figured prominently in L.A.'s roots-country community at some point in their careers, will appear at Club Nokia for the country music organization's annual All for the Hall fundraiser. The guitar pull, in which musicians take turns sharing songs and stories, is a country tradition most famously conducted in Tennessee by Johnny Cash and his coterie of friends and family. The annual benefit, launched in 2005, was held in New York for the last two years. Funds support the museum's long-term financial needs.
In November, Joplin will be the subject of a weeklong program titled "Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin," which will strive to outline her significant contributions to rock music and pop culture as a pioneering live performer, songwriter and singer.
-- Randy Lewis