by Jeff Niesel
(Originally Posted 7/10/2014)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that the Everly Brothers will be the subject of this year's Annual Music Master Series. The duo was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986 as part of the Rock Hall's very first class. Country icon Rodney Crowell will serve as musical director for the tribute concert slated to take place on Oct. 25 at the State Theatre. "I'm honored and proud as I know Phil would be for the recognition being given to the Everly Brothers," says Don Everly in a press release issued by the Rock Hall. "I wish Phil were here to share this honor with me. It has cost many tears and taken many miles and several decades to arrive at this point." Phil Everly passed away in January, just before his 75th birthday and this concert will mark the first public tribute since Phil's death in which Don Everly participated. Crowell acknowledges the band's influence on popular music and says they "gave modern teen angst its first beautiful voice." As is the case with all Music Masters Series, the program will include a week of festivities including interviews, panels and film screenings. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks, though $300 VIP packages are currently available through the Rock Hall's development office.
Update: The Rock Hall has just announced it has added Alison Krauss, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy, Keb’ Mo’, Allison Moorer, JD Souther and Waddy Wachtel to the tribute concert line-up. In addition, several new programs have been announced. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of the Cuyahoga Community College, Michael Kosser, the author of How Nashville Became Music City U.S.A., will talk about the Nashville music scene and the Everly Brothers' connection to it. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22 in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater, Rodney Crowell, Albert Lee and Peter Asher will participate in a Songwriters to Soundmen program. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 at Case Western Reserve University’s Wolstein Auditorium, critic Ann Powers will give the keynote speech “Brand New Heartache: The Everly Brothers and the Exquisite Reveal of the American Teen Heart.” And from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, the Annual Music Masters Conference will take place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Foster Theater.