The National GUITAR Museum - the first museum in the United States dedicated to the history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar - announced that David "Honeyboy" Edwards, the last of the original Delta blues guitarists, will receive its "Lifetime Achievement" Award. The award will be presented to Edwards in a ceremony at B.B. King's Blues Club in Manhattan on March 11, 2010.
Born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1915, Edwards was one of the first traveling bluesmen, sharing a life on the road with notables who have long since passed on, including Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Howlin' Wolf. Over the course of eight decades, Edwards has performed his brand of original blues for people all over the United States and Europe - and he shows no signs of slowing down. As far back as 1942, Honeyboy's guitar playing was recorded for the Library of Congress, and more than 60 years later he received a 2008 Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
"The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history," says HP Newquist, the executive director of The National GUITAR Museum. "It's been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks, and sports cars. And Honeyboy Edwards is the one guitarist today who has been part of the guitar's history longer than anyone else. He is a guitarist who was present at the birth of the blues. We're honored to be able to recognize his contribution to the guitar with this award."
After the presentation, the 94-year old Edwards will perform a concert at B.B. King's, located in the heart of New York's fabled Times Square.
About The National GUITAR Museum
The National GUITAR Museum is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar. Its Touring Exhibition, "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" will travel to 15 cities over the next several years before becoming the basis of The National Guitar Museum in its permanent home. The Touring Exhibition will consist of engaging, entertaining, and educational displays specific to the guitar, including historical artifacts, video screens, and computer interactives designed to appeal to visitors of all ages.
The Museum's Board of Advisors includes guitar greats Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore, Johnny Winter, Steve Howe, Liona Boyd, and Pat Kirtley.
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