GARY ROSSINGTON TO BE HONORED AT GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS
August 01, 2012 12:00:00 AM UTC Post #1

LYNYRD SKYNYRD’S GARY ROSSINGTON
TO BE HONORED IN SONGWRITING CATEGORY
AT THE 34TH ANNUAL GEORGIA MUSIC
HALL OF FAME AWARDS

Show and Concert Scheduled for Sunday, October 14
On-Stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
and Live GPB Broadcast

ATLANTA, Ga. (July 31, 2012) – Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member Gary Rossington will join a distinguished roster of Georgia performing artists and music industry leaders in accepting awards on-stage at the 34th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Concert and Show, scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Rossington will be honored in the Songwriter Category having written well over 120 songs throughout his career including classic iconic songs like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” and “What’s Your Name.” Lynyrd Skynyrd release their new album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, on August 21, 2012.

Atlanta’s celebrated television icon Monica Pearson will be Mistress of Ceremonies of the event. A Special Performance by American Idol stars and recording artists Snellville, GA-raised Diana DeGarmo and her fiancée Ace Young, who met while appearing in the Broadway revival of “Hair,” will be another highlight of the evening. Many of the inductees will also perform during the Concert.

At the Concert and Show, to be televised live by GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting), artists representing extraordinary talent in classical, contemporary, country and Southern Rock music will be saluted and will perform on-stage during the evening. According to Dr. Bobbie Bailey, President of Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc., “Since the first presentation in 1979, at which the legendary Ray Charles was an inductee, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show and Concert has emerged as the premier forum for recognizing the scope of the performing virtuosity of Georgia-born-or-based music professionals.” Dr. Bailey thanked Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust, Joel Katz of Greenberg-Traurig, Delta Air Lines and Michael Taormina of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for “their generous and loyal sponsorship support.”

The 2012 inductees include, in addition to Robert Spano, recipient of the Chairman’s Award, musical and artist living legends as well as three giants of the Georgia entertainment arena being recognized posthumously:

• Performer – Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush: From the Platinum-selling #1 hit “Stay,” 22 million worldwide sales of albums and singles and five Country Music “Vocal Duo of the Year” Awards to Grammy and Academy of Country Music accolades, the duet partners combine vocal, songwriting, production and multi-instrumentalist greatness.

Group – 38 Special: Bringing a strong Southern Rock influence to American music, 38 Special’s breakthrough hit “Hold On Loosely” has been followed by #1 Billboard albums and hits including “Back Where You Belong” and “Second Chance.”

• Non-Performer – Alex Hodges: A native Georgian, Alex Hodges is CEO of Nederlander Concerts and started his career as an agent at Walden Artists where he introduced Georgia’s Otis Redding and other R&B legends to the world. As principal at Paragon Agency and later Empire Agency, he guided the illustrious careers of stars including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gregg Allman and groups such as Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Police, The Allmann Brothers Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Outlaws, Sea Level, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band, among others.

Songwriter – Gary Rossington: A founding member of the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington has contributed to the group’s 30 million+ worldwide album sales, three 2x Platinum records and a position among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. He has created songs that cement him as a cultural icon, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man” and “What’s Your Name” among many others.

• Horizon Award – Riley Biederer: Riley Biederer is a singer/songwriter from Atlanta, USA, with a voice bigger than her ex-gymnast’s frame and a resume beyond her fifteen years. Since winning Georgia state titles in the vault and the floor exercise, she has been focusing exclusively on her music. In addition to writing prodigiously on her own, she has collaborated with a host of well-known songwriters in the pop, rock and country genres, and recorded with producer/engineer Matt Still. (Elton John, Outkast). She is currently writing and recording songs for her debut album.

• Posthumous: Blues guitarist Jonny Jenkins, Fox Theatre’s organist and WSB personality Bob Van Camp and Atlanta’s beloved DJ Skinny Bobby Harper.

The honorees and luminaries of Atlanta’s entertainment, cultural and philanthropic scenes will walk the Red Carpet, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 14. For early arrivals, a cash bar will open at 4:00 p.m. The Awards Concert and Show will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tickets starting at $60 per person and $20 per student are available for sale from August 4th onwards through www.cobbenergycentre.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.


August 01, 2012 3:51:35 PM UTC Post #1

Aint it bout tyme !!...........Congrats Gary................and 38 Special...........................................rusty

LONG LIVE SKYNYRD NATION!!!














August 04, 2012 12:52:57 AM UTC Post #2

I just HAVE to say it-

ROSSINGTON RULES !!
Congrats to him , and to .38 Special.

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

August 10, 2012 3:50:05 PM UTC Post #3

=RossingtonRules said:I just HAVE to say it-

ROSSINGTON RULES !!
Congrats to him , and to .38 Special.


RR: I have to agree. Rossington rules!

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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August 11, 2012 7:17:50 PM UTC Post #4

Well deserved too...Congrats Gary.Your are the best.Ever...

August 14, 2012 2:28:31 AM UTC Post #5

Gary is a very under rated guitarist. Congrats to Gary ! He is a Legend in my book as well as many others.

August 20, 2012 3:27:41 PM UTC Post #6

Cudos to Gary, but I have to question why is he the only one to be inducted? Is it because he lives in Georgia? Bob Burns lives in Georgia. Why not include the whole band since they all contributed to the band's music? Gary is definitely deserving of the honor no doubt, but I just wish the whole band would be honored equally is all and I hope you can accept this observation as legitimate.

August 20, 2012 8:22:01 PM UTC Post #7

=ArtimusFan said:Cudos to Gary, but I have to question why is he the only one to be inducted? Is it because he lives in Georgia? Bob Burns lives in Georgia. Why not include the whole band since they all contributed to the band's music? Gary is definitely deserving of the honor no doubt, but I just wish the whole band would be honored equally is all and I hope you can accept this observation as legitimate.


Ask the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, maybe they'll have your answer.








I'm Back You Bastards!

August 20, 2012 8:50:20 PM UTC Post #8

By the way AF, did you hear the band is playing the RNC?

Can I get an Attaboy? LOL!!!








I'm Back You Bastards!

August 22, 2012 9:42:37 PM UTC Post #9

Hey Skynyrd Fans! CHECK out this cool contest I just found from TouchTunes; figured I'd share the wealth.


FREEBIRDS! WIN a trip to meet & see Skynyrd LIVE in concert! 18+, U.S. only, ends 9/3/12 http://www.touchtunes.com/lynyrdskynyrd

August 24, 2012 11:43:53 AM UTC Post #10

Okay I did it...if ONLY I could Win it....lol That is more Fun than I'm allowed to have, I'm sure....

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

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