Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will top a star-studded lineup for “Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster” on April 25 at the Kennedy Center.
On Wednesday, the Kennedy Center and the Grammy Museum announced the performers who will celebrate the music and legacy of Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Tickets are $20 to $89 and are on sale through the arts center’s box office.
The tribute also will feature headliners Buddy Miller with Viktor Krauss, as well as Lucinda Williams, Dan Zanes, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Billy Hector, Valerie June, Shannon McNally and Josh White Jr.
A force behind the American folk songbook, Lead Belly was praised as both a master storyteller and powerful musician who blended various genres, from gospel to blues, to create his own sound.
“We proudly join the Museum, the guest artists, and Lead Belly fans in recognizing and celebrating his lifelong legacy,” Garth Ross, the Kennedy Center’s vice president for community engagement, said in a statement.
The Smithsonian Folkways Collection just released a documentary and box set celebrating the musician’s life and influence.