27 November 2010
If there's a thread on this topic I've missed it, so here goes:
Paul was "the headliner" at this event, meaning that his tribute happened at the end, following the performances for Ophra Winfey, Bill T. Jones, Jerry Herman, and Merle Haggard.
This was a nice follow up to Paul's excellent command performance at the White House earlier this year for one of my favorite Presidents, Barack Obama, and his wonderful family, which stirred up some controversy since it took place at the height of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and because Paul made a remark that some interpreted as an insult to George W. Bush.
Last year's KCH were stellar too, with Bruce Springsteen and Robert DeNiro among the honorees.
The artists who performed a selection of Paul's songs were (I may have forgotten one or two):
James Taylor and Mavis Staples (Let it Be, Hey Jude )
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters was in there somewhere too, and nice work, but I forgot what he played/sang.
PS: Would've been grand to spend some time around Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson (who sang and played for Merle), and Paul, especially assuming that they got together for a "smoke," and I'm assuming they did.
PS again: Paul recently appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show to discuss various topics including the anniversary of John L's death and to play "Here Today " at Jimmy's request, which increased my respect for Jimmy tremendously.