Tonight at 7:00 pm Willie will be honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the River People Music Festival, hosted by UNC-Pembroke. The is historic event features Native musicians who have worked with Willie and been inspired by him, truly some of the finest artists anywhere in the country (but we are particularly proud that all of them call North Carolina home). The all-star list includes:
Dark Water Rising
Lakota John & Leyla Locklear
Deer Clan Singers
They play a remarkable variety of music, as Willie does, from blues to rock n roll to folk to traditional to pop to….well, let’s just say each belongs in a category of his or her own. The night’s music will be capped off with a tribute to Willie as he leads the entire group in a few of his original songs. See a full article about the event here: http://fayobserver.com/articles/2011/01/13/1060313.
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On August 18, the prestigious (and fun!) journal Southern Cultures will release its Roots Music issue (with a free CD!) featuring Willie! The article is written by Mike Taylor, based on oral histories he conducted with Willie. It is called Songwriter, Producer, Musician, Sensation: Willie Lowery on the Record.
An excerpt from Aaron Smithers CD liner notes
Lumbee’s overdriven southern rock shoots up like spring growth, with Willie Lowery’s massive guitar riffs growing straight from a taproot deep in North Carolina. The chorus leaves no question as to the source—“We are Lumbee.”
In this special issue Willie is in the company of Bukka White, Jimmy Anderson, the Seeger family, Roger McGuinn, Saxie Dowell, and more!–couldnt we travel back in time and get these artists together for a jam session?
The journal is being released in collaboration with a statewide traveling museum exhibition, New Harmonies Celebrating Americas Roots Music, sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.
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Click on Get Willie’s Music for more information on purchasing Willie’s legendary albums “Proud to be a Lumbee” and “Overdose.” Watch our blog for a bit of oral history on the creation of these masterworks!