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Buddy Miller gathers guitar greats for Majestic Silver Strings album, Grammy Museum show

February 10, 2011 | 11:00 am

Buddy Miller-Majestic Silver Strings 
Americana songwriter, singer, guitarist and producer Buddy Miller’s latest project, the Majestic Silver Strings, surfaces March 1 in a new album named for the stellar collection of players who join him: Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz.

In conjunction with the album’s release, the quartet of esteemed guitarists will make what’s billed as their only concert appearance together this year at a performance and question-answer session the following week at the downtown L.A. Grammy Museum.

At the March 10 session, they plan to discuss the album’s reinterpretations of country and folk music standards including George Jones' first hit, “Why Baby Why,” Eddy Arnold’s “Cattle Call,” Roger Miller’s “Dang Me” and the cowboy classic “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie,” along with several originals. Among the guest vocalists on the album are Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Lee Ann Womack, Chocolate Genius Inc. and Miller’s wife, singer-songwriter Julie Miller.

For the Grammy Museum show, Buddy Miller, who produced Robert Plant's latest album, "Band of Joy," Ribot, Frisell and Leisz will be backed by bassist Dennis Crouch and percussionist Jay Bellerose, who also play on the album. Tickets go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster or through the museum’s box office.

The album release will include a DVD with highlights of the only other performance by the Majestic Silver Strings, last year in Nashville.

-- Randy Lewis

Photo of the Majestic Silver Strings, from left: Bill Frisell, Buddy Miller, Greg Leisz and Marc Ribot. Credit: Michael Wilson.