Alan Lomax Named NARAS Trustees Award

Dec 20, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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Alan Lomax has been selected by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' (NARAS) Board of Trustees as one of this year’s recipients of the Academy’s Trustees Award. This merit award is presented to individuals who, during their career in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording.

Anna Lomax Chairetakis will accept the award on behalf of her father. The award ceremony will take place at the nominee banquet on Saturday, February 22, 2003, in New York City. Excerpts from the ceremony will be broadcast the following night at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards telecast.

The first releases from Alan Lomax's vast body of work issued since his death are the new anthology CD The Land Where the Blues Began and book of the same name, which are drawn from his legendary trove of original field recordings of rural blues, country and other American roots music. The disc was released by Rounder Records and the book was reprinted by the New Press; it was originally published in 1993.

The book The Land Where the Blues Began, is based on Lomax's accounts of extensive travels through the rural South in search of singers and players who had maintained the precious legacy of Afro-America’s deep-rooted "folk" music traditions, unsung and unknown, includng artists like Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, Honeyboy Edwards, Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell, to name a few. The CD includes landmark musical performances, as well as compelling spoken material by the artists. Most of the tracks are discussed in the book and appear in corresponding order.

For more information regarding this release, or other Alan Lomax Collection releases, please contact Howard Wuelfing at Howlin’ Wuelf Media: 215/428-9119 or

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