Buddy Miller, Colter Wall and a Surprise Guest Complete The Bill As Star-Studded Night Raises Awareness About Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees Fall Concert Tour
Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2016) – Emmy-nominated online music series Skyville Live announces the star-studded lineup for the September 26 broadcast of their conceptually groundbreaking online music series, as three legends come together on one stage. Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and special guest Buddy Miller will perform to raise awareness about this fall’s Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees series, benefiting Jesuit Refugee Service. The bill for this extraordinary edition of Skyville Live will be rounded out by GRAMMY-nominated country duo Brothers Osborne, singer/songwriter Colter Wall, and a surprise guest to be named later, all coming together for what promises to be an absolute blockbuster of an evening.
"There are so many unique and talented artists on this show, some of which I've loved for a long, long time, and some I’ve only recently discovered. I have a feeling this will be my favorite show yet.” - Courtni Jackson, Associate Producer
The must-watch episode is scheduled to stream live on Monday, September 26 at 7:00p CT. For details on how to tune in, visit skyvillelive.com.
Featuring the world's greatest artists spanning generations and musical genres, Skyville Live is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for performers and audiences alike. Each episode is recorded with full HD video in front of an intimate studio audience in Nashville and live-streamed around the world. Thanks to its reputation for inspiring creativity and magical on-stage moments, the show has become a destination for the biggest names in music. Since debuting in January 2015, Skyville Live has welcomed artists like Cyndi Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Jason Isbell, Gladys Knight, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Taj Mahal, and many more.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Steve Earle is one of today’s master musical storytellers, whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Mr. Earle has mined the veins of American roots music: country rock and roll, folk and rockabilly. His debut record, Guitar Town, shot to No. 1 on the country charts, and his Grammy Award-winning albums include The Revolution Starts...Now, Washington Square Serenade and Townes. He is host of "The Steve Earle Show: Hardcore Troubadour” Radio, on Sirius XM Radio. On June 10, his collaborative album with Shawn Colvin, Colvin & Earle, was released on Fantasy Records. Produced by Buddy Miller, it reveals a truly creative partnership between these friends who first met nearly three decades ago. His debut novel, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, was published in 2011, and a second novel and a memoir are forthcoming. Mr. Earle is also recognized as an actor from his roles on HBO’s The Wire and Treme, both created by David Simon. His website is steveearle.com.
A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records and garnering 13 Grammy Awards (this year she and Rodney Crowell won the Grammy for “Best Americana album"), three CMA Awards, and two Americana Awards. Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. She has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and most recently Rodney Crowell. Few artists have achieved such honesty or have revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that—hopefully if not inevitably—comes with getting older, though she’s never stopped looking ahead. A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes. She has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music and organizing several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Harris is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization that she founded.
Buddy Miller is an award winning guitarist, songwriter, singer, record and music producer. He's produced records for Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Solomon Burke, Ralph Stanley, The McCrary Sisters, Richard Thompson, The Wood Brothers, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, The Devil Makes Three and The Carolina Chocolate Drops and others. Miller has released nine studio albums of his own, both as a solo artist and with collaborators including his wife, singer-songwriter Julie Miller. His most recent release titled Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo Sessions at Sea is a collaborative effort featuring a host of guest artists including Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Brandi Carlile and Lucinda Williams and was recorded in a temporary studio set up in the bowling alley of a cruise ship. He has toured with the likes of Harris, Steve Earle, Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Plant and Allison Krauss. Miller has a weekly radio show with Jim Lauderdale on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, is the musical director and band leader of the annual Americana Music Associations Honors & Awards show, as well as the Executive Music Producer for seasons 2, 3 and 4 of the hit ABC TV show Nashville.
Brothers Osborne are two sons from a working class family. John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small, Maryland water town writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John (guitar) moved to Nashville first to play in other bands and two years later, TJ (vocals/guitar) joined him. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne as a twang and crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. The singer/songwriter siblings have been featured on several “Ones to Watch” lists including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste, Country Weekly, Nashville Lifestyles and Spotify. Brothers Osborne’s debut album Pawn Shop was released on January 15 and features the GRAMMY-nominated, No.1 smash hit “Stay A Little Longer” which has been Certified Gold by the RIAA as well as their current breezy single “21 Summer.” Brothers Osborne has previously toured with Eric Church, Little Big Town as well as Miranda Lambert and will embark on their first headlining The Dirt Rich Tour this fall.
Colter Wall is a prairie-born songwriter/performing artist from Saskatchewan, Canada. Recently chosen to perform for the P&E Wing of the Grammys -- as well as having earned his Ryman Auditorium debut opening for Lucinda Williams -- Wall's inaugural EP, "Imaginary Appalachia" continues to keep him a non-stop, buzzed-about young artist. His signature baritone vocal is paired with sparse, beautiful old-soul songwriting inspired by artists like Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Emmylou Harris & Waylon Jennings.
Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees features renowned American recording artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, The Milk Carton Kids and more coming together for an 11-stop concert series this fall to raise awareness about the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. In November 2015, Pope Francis reminded Jesuit Refugee Service that to give a child a seat at school is the finest gift you can give, and encouraged JRS to double the number of refugees educated to 240,00 by 2020. Under the umbrella of this Global Education Initiative, JRS is sponsoring Lampedusa to raise support for this critical cause. Funds raised by Lampedusa will support educational programs for refugees around the world.
For more information, visit www.jrsusa.org