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29 January 2024

Jackson Browne To Play Pre-Grammys Paul Simon Tribute

Jackson Browne unveils his signature Gibson guitar
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Jackson Browne, Rufus Wainwright and Jason Isbell are among the stars lined up to celebrate Paul Simon at this year’s annual Americana Music Association pre-Grammys event. The concert will take place at the Troubadour, Los Angeles, on 3 February.

Other acts lined up to pay tribute to the much-loved songwriter include Madison Cunningham, Allison Russell, Brandy Clark, Nickel Creek’s Sara and Sean Watkins, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Marcus King, Natalia LaFourcade, Molly Tuttle (performing with Secor), Andrew Bird, Susanna Hoffs with Grace Bowers, Gaby Moreno, Ruthie Foster, Bobby Rush, John Vincent III, Silvana Estrada, Larkin Poe, Brett Dennen and Johnnyswim.

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The house band will feature Daniel Rhine on bass, Val McCallum on guitar, Jim Oblon also on guitar, Mark Stepro on drums, Lee Pardini on keys, Molly Jenson on vocals, CJ Camerieri on trumpet and Sylvain Carton on sax. Two of the musicians, Oblon and Camerieri, have been in Simon’s band in the past.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 30 January through the Troubadour website.

Though Simon himself is mostly retired from live performance and not expected to join the line-up, his latest album, Seven Psalms, is nominated for best folk album at this year’s Grammys.

Previous pre-Grammy shows produced by the Americana Music Association have saluted the work of John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Phil Everly and Glenn Frey.

Last year Browne oversaw a remastered version of his self-titled 1972 debut album, which was released on CD and 180gm LP through Inside Recordings, and digitally by license to Rhino Records. The audio was remastered from the original analogue master tapes and Both the LP and CD were packaged to resemble the original 1972 vinyl release, and include lyrics.

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