In 2016, the world lost many titans of music, prolific artists across all genres, linked now forever by the proximity of their deaths and the feeling they went too soon. While fans everywhere are still reeling from the enormous musical losses of the past year, locally they can remember those lost by celebrating the enduring works they left behind.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, The Basement East will host "Sing Me Back Home," an evening of musical tributes to the musical giants who passed away in 2016.
"Because we lost such a large group of important, inspirational artists who influenced so many facets of music, we wanted to find a way to come together and create a celebratory experience in their honor," event organizer Libby Rose says.
The departed being honored in song are David Bowie, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, Sharon Jones, Lemmy of Motörhead, Ralph Stanley, Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson of Jefferson Airplane, Glenn Frey of The Eagles, Floy August of Flying Burrito Brothers, Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, George Martin, Phil Chess, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, and George Michael.
"In paying tribute to the incredible talent and lives of these artists, it was important to also make this show impactful for the lives of others in serious need," Rose continues. "I began watching a handful of videos about human trafficking and was appalled. For 'Sing Me Back Home,' we chose to partner with a charity that is working to end human trafficking."
The evening’s lineup of performers includes Margo Price, members of Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Phosphorescent, Jessie Baylin, Andrew Combs, Rayland Baxter, The Blackfoot Gypsies, Cedric Burnside, Lera Lynn, The Watson Twins, Banditos, Ashley Wilcoxson, Erin Rae, Legendary Shack Shakers, Christopher Paul Stelling, Indianola, Abigail Washburn, The Minks, and Ian Ferguson, plus surprise guests.
Rose, an East Nashvillian who founded Georgia's Wildwood Revival festival and organizes shows all over the country, found her contacts in the music business all too eager to thank those who paved the way for them.
"We're fortunate enough to live in a city inundated with musical talent and a lot of local artists were affected by their passing,” she says, “so when I began asking people to perform at this show, they were excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those artists in their own personal style with an audience who shared the same love for them."
Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the music will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and sales will benefit the Polaris Project, a charity dedicated to the fight against human trafficking.