Today marks one of the most exciting times in the music industry: the start of Grammy Week, an event-filled seven days leading up to the annual Grammy awards. In fact, The Union producer T Bone Burnett will be honored during a special 2011 Grammy week event called “Shaken Rattled and Rolled” on Feb.9 and Leon Russell and Elton John will serve as an honorary event co-chairs.
The 2010 Grammys were also an exciting time for Leon Russell fans, when Leon joined the Zac Brown Band for a medley at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards just one year ago this past week.
The Zac Brown Band, popular six piece country band out of Atlanta, GA, had been up for three trophies last year and tapped to perform at the 2010 show. The chosen medley selections were “America the Beautiful,” the Leon Russell-penned tune “Dixie Lullaby” with Leon himself on piano, and Zac Brown Band’s Grammy-nominated song “Chicken Fried.” (The Zac Brown Band went on to nab the 2010 “Best New Artist” Grammy.)
Leon’s Grammy performance was a show stopper, and proved that the Master of Space and Time still had the chops to rock the grand piano. But what was even more incredible was that Leon Russell had undergone emergency brain surgery just a week or two before the appearance. Gives new meaning to “the show must go on,” doesn’t it?
Watch video at left called “Dixie Lullaby Then and Now” with the Zac Brown Band and Leon Russell, courtesy deepfreezevideo.
Our featured video starts with the “America the Beautiful” and “Dixie Lullaby” portions of the 2010 Grammy performance, and then switches to a 1972 live version of Leon singing “Dixie Lullaby” with his own band.
He may be older, but the man can still rock out on the keys. Shortly after the Grammy performance, Russell was in the studio recording The Union with Elton John.
Deepfreezevideo has other rare Leon Russell footage, so drop by YouTube and check them out!
And stay tuned for 2011 Grammy news: Leon and Elton are nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “If It Wasn’t For Bad” and we’ll also bring any updates of the T Bone Burnett honors.
You can be notified by email whenever new articles are published by clicking the Subscribe button at the top of this article.
Follow @RyderPat and @MasterSpaceTime for more entertainment news and information, and “Like” our Master of Space and Time (Examining Leon Russell) Facebook page for additional content!
My local Long Island columns are:
- Long Island Celebrity Headlines Examiner
- Long Island Events Examiner
- Long Island Headlines Examiner
- Long Island Historic Places Examiner
- Long Island Performing Arts Examiner
My national entertainment columns are:
- ‘American Idol’ Examiner
- Elton John Examiner
- Leon Russell Examiner