Grammy nominees from the Americana, folk, bluegrass and blues categories gathered Saturday night at the Troubadour to pay tribute to the late Phil Everly, who died Jan. 3 and will be honored during the televised ceremony.
The Milk Carton Kids, Della Mae, Bobby Rush, Rodney Crowell, Sarah Jarosz and the team of Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale performed the songs of the Everlys in the two-hour show. Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt and T Bone Burnett added some star wattage; Peter Asher, Jamestown Revival, Rhiannon Giddons of Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Haden Triplets also performed.
Crowell, an artist representative on the board of the event's sponsor, the Americana Music Association, read a letter from Don Everly. "I’m sorry I can’t be there in person, and really appreciate the recognition. Right now, I’m mourning the loss of my little brother and suffering from a broken heart. His death has saddened me profoundly. I love him very much. He will always be missed. Phil was a great singer It’s nice to see how his (and our) legacy is being honored. Thank you for the tribute. Phil would have been very proud."