Bruce Springsteen has been announced as the keynote speaker for next year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Springsteen’s address, which will take place on March 15, 2012, will be open to Music and Platinum registrants, and registered showcasing artists. Past keynote speakers include Johnny Cash, Robert Plant, and Neil Young. You can view 2012’s preliminary SXSW lineup, featuring bands like Lucero, Alabama Shakes, Yukon Blonde and many, many more, here. We had too much fun at SXSW last year — check out some of our coverage and videos.
On January 1, Tamu Press will release I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt, a new book from American Songwriter contributor Brian T. Atkinson, which includes lyrical analysis of the late artist’s work by fans and friends like Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Lucinda Williams. My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, The Avett Brothers’ Scott Avett, Grace Potter, Josh Ritter and Kasey Chambers are also interviewed. A new website, Towneslegacy.com, has been created to promote the book.
Gillian Welch’s long-awaited comeback album The Harrow & The Harvest has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album. She faces stiff competition from Eddie Vedder, Steve Earle, Fleet Foxes, and Welch devotees The Civil Wars. Other notable nominees include Levon Helm, Foo Fighters, Adele, Blake Shelton and Kanye West. View the full list of the nominations here.
Make sure you get your free download of The Best Of American Songwriter Sessions, featuring live performances from Elizabeth Cook, Ron Sexmsith, Justin Townes Earle, and many more.