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News Musique July 2010

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         The Official Newsletter of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

                                               July, 2010

 

In this edition:

 

 

·         Concurrent Resolution Recognizes LMHOF as “Official” – Unanimously!

·         Help Us Earn A Grant Just by Voting For LMHOF on Facebook

·         New Inductions, New Alliances in North La.

·         “Amazing” Homecoming Show Still Reverberating

·         Steve Picou Takes Off the Gloves – RIP Music Commission

·         LMHOF Radio Archive Growing 

 


 

 

La. Legislature Gives LMHOF Overwhelming Endorsement

 

After more than 30 years of trying to get Official recognition (let alone funding) from the State of Louisiana, a concurrent resolution passed unanimously by both State Legislature houses on June 11th has commended our work and has declared "La Musique de Louisianne Inc., THe Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, as the Official honors and recognition organization , and information resource for and about Louisiana's music, musicians and musical heritage."

 

This full document as well as an Official Statement by Governor Jindal reflecting this resolution is posted on our Web site along with a message from the President/Executive Director.    The body considered a list of accomplishments over the years, especially since the Multimedia Virtual Museum and Induction process was launched in 2005, and concluded that our nonprofit organization is worthy of the designation.  (Click Here to view the State documents & the list of accomplishments.)  

 

“This is a milestone for both the music community and for our efforts,” LMHOF Ex. Director Mike Shepherd notes.  “Over the years there have only been two incorporated non-profits with rights to use 'The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame' and the founder of the first one has been in continuous contact and development with me, making this a continuous single project.  However, there have been misappropriations of the name that have, at times, understandably, created confusion with some artists and others."  (Read more Here about the history of the LMHOF.) 

 

“None of those other entities even exist currently and none ever achieved 501 status. This recognition will hopefully lay to rest any questions about us being the 'official' and only recognition and honors program to use this name and that it is the primary resource for information about our music legacy.” Shepherd also thanks everyone who has visited the Multimedia Virtual Museum, attended shows, taken memberships and offered assistance along the way.  “Everyone who has responded with support shares a piece of this landmark recognition.  Working together we can accomplish amazing things to honor our great artists, revive our great history and rehabilitate and rebuild our languishing music industry.” (LMHOF Mission  Here.) 


 

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                                         Help Us Earn a Grant!

 

 

Chase Community Giving’s grant “contest” on Facebook will award grants to nonprofits ranging from $20,000 to $250,000 for the top 200 vote getters. 

 

If you have a Facebook account, please  CLICK HERE &  VOTE NOW  for “La Musique de Louisianne, Inc” (parent nonprofit of LMHOF) Important: You MUST click “Like” & then allow “Access” to unlock voting ability. 

 

                                                          Hurry, voting ends July 13

 


 

 

 

    New Inductions, New Alliance Formed at NXNWLA

             Music Foundation Show in Shreveport

 

When a new foundation dedicated to establish a museum for the music of the NW corner of the state kicked off their project with a kickoff fundraising show in Shreveport this month, we were happy to attend to show our support, as well as participate at their request.  

 

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        LMHOF's MIKE SHepherd presents Joe Osborn with his Induction Award

 

 

The NXNWLA (North by Northwest Louisiana) Music Foundation held “An Intimate Evening with Bugs Henderson” June 12th at their downtown Shreveport Museum on Texas Street where they are opening their exhibits.  Initial inductions to their museum included Lead Belly, Tillman Franks, Stan Lewis, Joe Osborn, B.B. Davis, The Ever Ready Gospel Singers, Frank Page, Larry Ryan, and Maggie Warwick.  ShreveportTimes.com has photos and captions from the event you can view as does the LMHOF site.


Representatives from the Lead Belly Foundation and LMHOF attended to congratulate the grassroots organization for its progress. It also allowed us to publicly present Lead Belly’s 2008 LMHOF induction award to a family member and to bring in Joe Osborn as a Hall of Famer. If you’re not familiar with the name, do yourself a favor and read his bio at the LMHOF site to review Osborn’s incredible career. Stan Lewis, another Hall of Famer we inducted last year at James Burton’s Guitar Festival in Shreveport, was also presented with induction honors into the Louisiana Songwriters Association Hall of Fame during the program. 

 

LMHOF has envisioned regional centers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Acadiana and Shreveport since the earliest days of its inception three decades ago.  An alliance and affiliation was formed with NXNW Louisiana Music Foundation to explore how the two groups can work together and create synergy that enhances their common interests and to advance realization of a physical presence for LMHOF. “Our mission and scope includes giving recognition and building bridges and work along with music organizations all over the state with legitimate purposes and a willingness to be part of a positive and cooperative network,” Shepherd says. 


 

 

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                                 LMHOF RADIO PAGE

                                       "ALL LOUISIANA - ALL THE TIME"

                                   Click on "Listen Now"

                       Hint: Select Real Player to see song IDs

 

    THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING (BACK)ON LMHOF RADIO! 

 

LMHOFRADIO.org  is The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame's online streaming channel that proudly presents the best of ALL of Louisiana’s music from our constantly growing archives, ALL the time.   While you’ll hear the hits and best-known music of the pioneers and legends, we also present rare recordings, lost tracks, LMHOF  live and exclusive original recordings, interviews and even new material from rising talents that represent the legacy and the future of Louisiana music.   

 

LMHOF Radio is a work in progress. As we grow and build resources you can expect more and more great specialty programming to be produced and shared on the channel. And it's free!


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       “Amazing” Homecoming Show Still Reverberating

 

A benefit concert concept, born out of suggestions from Hall of Famers and other supportive artists to gather for a “musical family reunion” and help raise funds for LMHOF, made an auspicious debut last month. The first annual Louisiana Music Homecoming featured over 80 musicians who, for eight hours,  contributed one memorable moment after another for all in the packed house who braved threatening weather to come to RAXX club in Erwinville near Baton Rouge.

 

Numerous new inductions punctuated each music set, including:

·         LMHOF - Lillian Axe, Bobby Kimball, Frankie Ford, Tab Benoit, The Playboy Band (of John Fred), Casey Kelly (Songwriters Annex), Tony Haselden (Songwriters Annex)

·         LMHOF - BR Region - The Inn Crowd, Debbie Traylor, C'Vello

·         LMHOF - NOLA Region - Randy Jackson (of Zebra)

·         LMHOF - Acadiana Region - The Boogie Kings, G G Shinn

·         Louisiana Songwriters Hall Of Fame Hall Of Fame - Randy Jackson, Leon Medica, Tony Haselden, Tab Benoit, Bobby Kimball, Andrew Bernard, Lenny Capello, Casey Kelly, Jay Chevalier, Coco Robicheaux, Al Johnson and Jo El Sonnier

 

We could go on for pages about all of the wonderful performances and comments of the artists and attendees.  Dean Shapiro provided an excellent recap at neworleans.com that we encourage you to read.   

 

Also check out Steven Reed’s recounting of the day's events in the soon to be posted July/August issue of BreakThru Media Magazine at: http://www.breakthrumediamagazine.com/louisiana-music-homecoming.html  or http://magazinevolume.com/7195BT/#/28/

 

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                                           HomecomingT Shirts Available  

              Own a piece of history with a limited edition 1st Annual Louisiana Music Homecoming T Shirt.

 

                           Visit the Musique Shoppe to get yours now!

                                  When they’re gone, they’re gone!


 

 

  Steve Picou Takes Off the Gloves – RIP Music Commission

 

Last July, Steve Picou, former assistant director of the Louisiana Music Commission, wrote a highly critical blog detailing the continued failures and ineptness of the body that was charged with promoting the development of our state’s music industry.  Given our own frustrating experience trying to engage this group and the staff charged with promoting the economic interests of music business over time, we had to sadly agree with Picou’s observations. 

 

Recently, his views were further validated when it was revealed that the commission will be effectively eliminated after July 1.  In an excoriating new blog entry entitled Louisiana Music-Commission to be Euthanized, Picou applauds the move and attributes it to “starvation, deprivation, and neglect compounded by malpractice and out-of-touch stewardship” by recent leadership.  And that was among the kinder words he had to share.    So…tell us how you really feel Steve.   

 


 

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