Leon Russell, Opener: Emily Elbert
Leon Russell has played on, arranged, written or produced some of rock and roll's most important records. He's released four Gold Albums himself. He has produced and played in sessions for just about all the big names in the business at that time. In the 70's he was reported by Billboard Magazine to be the top concert attraction in the world. He and his group The Starlighters were instrumental in creating the school of music known as the Tulsa Sound.
After receiving his fourth gold album for "Will O' The Wisp," which included the hit single "Lady Blue," he teamed with Willie Nelson and they achieved success with the "One For The Road" LP which won the Country Music Association's "Best Album of The Year." In the '90s he toured with Edgar Winter on a double bill for two years and shared the stage of Austin City Limits with him. In the 2000's he was touring with Dave Mason of Traffic fame.
And most recently he and Elton John recorded a duet album produced by TBone Burnett, "The Union," which was released October 19, 2010. The single, "If It Wasn't For Bad" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and given the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in June 2011. With each new reincarnation, Leon Russell proves why he's still the rock 'n' roll master.
Opener: Emily Elbert - Known for her strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work, Emily has performed at some of the best listening rooms and clubs all over the US and in 15 countries around the world. At 24 she has already collected more awards than can be easily listed here. As the Dallas Morning News says, "Catch her while you can."