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Young honors Ben Keith at Music Awards

 

Neil holds the late Ben Keith's award up toward heaven.

Neil holds the late Ben Keith’s award up toward heaven.

“You’re in heaven…I’m workin’ “

Neil Young honored his friend and band mate Ben Keith at the Musician’s Hall of Fame induction concert, held Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

He appeared on stage with Keith’s grandson, DJ Tyson.

The Tennessean is reporting that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young was among those accepting medallions in honor of posthumous inductees — in Young’s case, it was for pedal steel guitar master Ben Keith, who was one Nashville’s top session players before becoming a member of Young’s band for nearly 40 years until his death in 2010. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble attended and was set to perform on behalf of the blues guitar great, and members of Roy Orbison’s family

After a cocktail hour, the inductees and their friends, family and fans gathered upstairs at Municipal for a musical celebration of the songs they helped make famous – from “American Woman” to “Elvira.”

Retro rock crooner Chris Isaak opened the evening with a cover of Orbison’s “Only the Lonely,” as the first of several well-known performers to salute the inductees, including ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Oak Ridge Boys.  Young didn’t perform on Tuesday, but took the stage to share his memories of Keith.

2014 Musicians Hall of Fame inductees

Randy Bachman, Jimmy Capps, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Ben Keith, Will Lee, Barbara Mandrell, Corki Casey O’Dell, Velma Smith, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

2014 Iconic Riff Award – Roy Orbison for “Oh, Pretty Woman”

2014 Industry Icon Award – Mike Curb

Read more at: http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2014/01/28/musicians-hall-of-fame-welcomes-12-new-inductees/

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One Response to “Young honors Ben Keith at Music Awards”

  • bnbrainer says:

    Neil Young issued the following statement on Ben Keith‘s passing at the Musicians Hall of Fame induction in Nashville:
    .
    ” On the full moon, the Thunder moon, the world lost one of the greatest musicians of all time. Ben was 73 years old the night he died on Broken Arrow Ranch in California, his happy home for the last years of his life. Ben played with Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Ian Tyson and many other music greats. A great American, the quiet giant, he moved gently through the world, with kindness and grace.
    .
    My wife Pegi was lucky to share his last performance a few weeks back in San Francisco, where Ben was playing in her band, supporting her and lending his spirit to her every word as she sang her songs for us.
    .
    Of course, in Nashville Ben Keith is legendary, one of the last of the original country greats, the man behind the song. No one will ever fill his shoes. He has countless friends and admirers. They all miss him as much as I do. I will miss him every time I look to my side, remembering him, my brother and fellow traveler.
    .
    Thankfully, Ben’s masterful playing can be seen and heard in two Johnathon Demme pictures: ‘Heart of Gold’ and ‘Trunk Show,’ as well as countless great recordings over the last 50 years. We are so fortunate to have these as memories and lasting documents of his greatness and grace. He started out on a homemade steel guitar he fashioned himself from a piece of wood and left over parts. He loved his music and his life and cherished his many friends and soul mates.
    .
    He leaves behind his wonderful daughter Heidi, and his grandchildren who he loved so much, DJ, Rachel, James, Meredith, Aubrey, Fletcher and Caroline.
    .
    May he rest in Peace.
    .
    Neil Young “

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