It goes without saying that folk music owes a lot to Bob Dylan. He was reluctantly appointed as the youthful leader of the ’60s folk revival fervor — a role he admonished but also thrived upon. His excursions into rock and roll catapulted him among the ranks of America’s most potent characters like Hemingway, Twain and Ginsberg. A singing army of songwriters catalyzed because of his inspiration, and his music continues to resonate generation after generation. You’d be hard pressed to find a musician or singer who has not been touched by Bob Dylan’s music to some degree. His impact has been large enough to create loyalists, purists; scores of writers have debated everything Dylan-related, his philosophy, writing style… even fashion. Now, at 70 years of age, Dylan remains a statuesque figure, one whose brilliance cannot be claimed by any single genre. “The American Success Machinery chews up geniuses at a rate of one a day,” thankfully Bob Dylan has left them hungering for more. Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan.
Archive for May, 2011
The Texas Commission of the Arts (TCA) has announced the Texas State Legislature has appointed Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett as the Texas State Musician. Lovett has previously been awarded with the Americana Music Association’s Trailblazer award, the Texas film Hall of Fame Soundtrack Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. His brand of Americana fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk gospel and blues, exemplifying Texan musical character, pronouncing qualities that make the state unique. Fourteen albums deep, Lovett has also made great strides on the big-screen with thirteen feature film appearances. Congratulations! For more info visit www.arts.state.tx.us.