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Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam lead Country Hall event to L.A.

August 10, 2009 |  7:56 pm


Los Angeles will get an all-star “guitar pull” on behalf of the Country Music Hall of Fame come October, and then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a week-long salute in November to one of its inductees, Janis Joplin, the hall’s 2009 American Music Masters honoree.

Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris, all of whom figured prominently in L.A.’s roots-country community at some point in their careers, will appear at Club Nokia for the country music organization’s annual All for the Hall fundraiser. The guitar pull, in which musicians take turns sharing songs and stories, is a country tradition most famously conducted in Tennessee by Johnny Cash and his coterie of friends and family members. The annual benefit, launched in 2005, was held in New York for the last two years. Funds support the museum’s long-term financial needs.

In November, Joplin will be the subject of a week-long program titled “Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin,” which will strive to outline her significant contributions to rock music and pop culture as a pioneering live performer, songwriter and singer.  

 "I am touched, as is the rest of the family, that Janis' musical and social power continue to inspire and remain important in the lives of so many,” Joplin’s sister, Laura Joplin, said in a statement issued Monday. “It is a true compliment and homage to her contributions, and she would be proud to see her name among the others who have been honored.” That list includes Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke and Les Paul.

--Randy Lewis

Photo: Vince Gill. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times