Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart talks with Hanson about Chuck Berry, Leon Russell and more.
Had a great visit with some old (relatively speaking) friends of the Museum, Hanson. These guys are incredible music lovers and self-described music geeks. They first toured the museum almost 10 years ago when they had their break-out record. Since then they’ve been back several times. Yesterday they were doing a short performance and signing of their new book. Then they came down to our offices and we had a conversation about how much they love classic rock and the artists from the 50s like Chuck Berry. In turn, it led to an interesting discussion about an artist who has a lot of influence on them, Leon Russell. They wanted to know about the nominating process because they know I’m on the committee. I explained to them that Leon is an tremendously gifted musician, singer, producer, etc. and really qualifies in two categories – Performer and Sidemen. In fact, during the past year, we received numerous communications from fans and inductees and others lobbying for his induction in either of these categories. We spent some time talking about his varied and long career. They finished their visit by saying how much they hoped to be in some of our future programs like American Music Masters. I told them this year we are honoring Janis Joplin. We agreed to stay in touch.