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Guitar legend to be honored with exhibit at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 30 years after his death.

A tribute exhibit to guitar god Jimi Hendrix is slated to open Sept. 12 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between the museum and Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix family’s organization, which strives to preserve the memory of his music. The exhibit also will coincide with the 30-year anniversary of the guitarist’s death and the release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a four-CD box set containing previously unreleased material. The exhibit will feature Hendrix’s original drawings, clothing and even a couch and stereo he once owned. A permanent addition to the museum will be a 3-D theater specially built to show footage of Hendrix. The footage was taken from the film “Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Isle of Wight,” directed by Murrey Lerner. The film will be shown on PBS later this fall. …

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt hosted a blues workshop for children Sunday (July 23) at the Hollywood Bowl in an effort to build inner-city kids’ appreciation of music. Raitt spent the afternoon teaching 200 students about world and blues music and invited them to watch performances by Alvin Youngblood Hart and Koko Taylor afterward. …

Steve Earle and Sheryl Crow will be performing the Chambers Brothers‘ “Time Has Come Today” Aug. 2 on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The duo recently recorded the tune for the soundtrack to “Steal This Movie,” about the late Abbie Hoffman. … Crow and Don Henley will perform with Stevie Nicks at a benefit for the American Heart Association on Sept. 23 in Phoenix. …

The Third Annual Native American Music Awards, scheduled for Nov. 11 in Albuquerque, N.M., will feature performances by Jackson Browne, John Trudell, Robert Mirabal, Mary Youngblood and Kevin Locke. … Mirabal also will be featured in “The Painted Cave,” a PBS special to be filmed Sept. 21–22 in Albuquerque. …

The Incredible String Band, All About Eve and the Unprofessionals are only a few of the more than 12 bands playing at Fairport Convention‘s annual festival in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, England. The event, running Aug. 10–12, will feature music, food and camping. … Kelly Willis announced at a recent “Austin City Limits” taping that she and her singer/songwriter husband, Bruce Robison, are expecting their first child this fall. The couple plan to limit tour dates to the Austin, Texas, area, where they live, and Willis said she intends to concentrate on her songwriting. … Slaid Cleaves, Paul Glasse and Eliza Gilkyson will perform Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31–Sept. 3) at the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, Texas. …

The Sierra Club, faced with a Wednesday (July 19) deadline to raise $250,000 to maintain a judge’s order against logging in a 705-acre tract in Northern California’s Headwaters forest, got an unexpected boost from former Eagle Don Henley and blueswoman Bonnie Raitt, along with actor James Garner. Henley donated the entire proceeds from a concert at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, Calif., which provided more than half the money the environmental group was ordered to post to protect Pacific Lumber against losses due to the delay, were the firm to ultimately prevail in the logging dispute. …

The Blues Foundation, the group behind the W.C. Handy Awards, is asking for support in its opposition to a highway expansion project that would run through part of the Dockery Farms in Mississippi, where Charlie Patton, among many other notable bluesmen, spent their formative years. The organization says an alternate route would only marginally add to the project’s expense and encourages blues fans to express their opposition to Richard Cawthon of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History at rcawthon@mdah.state.ms.us and Donna M. Lumm of the Mississippi Department of Transportation at dlum@mdot.state.ms.us. …

Emmylou Harris will take her anti-land-mine campaign on the road this winter. Appearing with Harris at stops along the way will be Steve Earle, Bruce Cockburn, John Prine, Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The tour kicks off Dec. 2 in Stamford, Conn., and includes dates in Ottawa on Dec. 3, Toronto on Dec. 4, Burlington, Vt., on Dec. 5 and Providence, R.I., on Dec. 6. ..

“Sleepless Nights,” a Gram Parsons tribute begun last year, will have its second edition Aug. 12 at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Appearing at the benefit for the Joie Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund will be: Red Meat, Mover, Convoy, Chuck Prophet, Dave Gleason & the New Originals, the High Deserters, Bellyachers, Blue Arrows and Tarnation‘s Paula Frazer. Former Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong–Torres, who wrote the Parson biography “Hickory Wind,” will speak, too. …

Songs.com and the Grand Ole Opry announce a vote to decide “the mother of country music” The eight nominees for the Oct. 21 show are: Sally Barris; Adie Grey; Janis Ian; Chuck Pyle; Suzi Ragsdale; Jana Stanfield; Kate Wallace and Jack Williams. Votes can be cast at http://songs.com/opryvote/. … Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison and Reckless Kelly will hit the stage for the Northern Rockies Folk Festival held Aug. 4–5 in Hailey, Idaho. …

Rosanne Cash is working on a book to be called “Songs Without Rhyme,” which will contain prose by songwriters including Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Marc Cohn, Loudon Wainwright, Suzanne Vega, Johnny Cash, and Paula Cole. … The Lowell (Mass.) Folk Festival will be webcast live this year on the Web site of Boston’s WGBH (89.7 FM) The three-day, six-stage festival — with performances by Appalachian Trail, Henry Butler and Texas Playboys — will be held at Boarding House Park in Beat writer Jack Kerouac’s hometown July 28–30. …

Songwriter Laurie Lewis and singer Tom Rozum will host two river rafting trips/concerts, “Bluegrass on White Water,” Aug. 4–9 and Aug. 30–Sept. 1. The trips will be down Idaho’s Salmon River and the Tuolumne River in California, respectively. Check www.echotrips.com for more information. … Sue Foley will be featured in “Dare To Dream,” a photography book celebrating contemporary Canadian female role models. The book will feature 100 women who are considered Canada’s pre-eminent female leaders. …

The Whites, featuring sisters Sharon and Cheryl and their father, Buck, have an album, A Lifetime in the Making, due in stores Aug. 15 on Ceili Music. The acoustic bluegrass album will have a guest vocal appearance by Emmylou Harris on “Fair and Tender Ladies,” a song the Whites learned from the Carter Family. The disc also will feature a performance by bluegrass, folk and western swing producer Jerry Douglas. …

Washburn Guitars is offering 243 Ryman limited edition acoustic guitars. The guitars are made of church pew-styled seats from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. For more information or to purchase one, call (615) 742-0105. … Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kevin Welch, Stacey Earle, John Cowan and Judith Edelman are among the many roots artists appearing at Winterhawk Festival from July 28–30 in Hillsdale, N.Y. …

In Seattle, the lineup for the 30th edition of the far-ranging Bumbershoot Festival, to be held Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1–4) has been announced. Among the performers are: Tracy Chapman, Elliott Smith, Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, Iris Dement, John Wesley Harding, Freakwater, Sally Timms, Christy McWilson, Ani DiFranco, Bad Livers, Kelly Joe Phelps, Indigenous, Robbie Fulks, Maceo Parker, Corey Harris and Henry Butler, the Paladins, Elvin Bishop, Ben Harper, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Martha Wainwright, Wylie & the Wild West and Kristin Hersh. Advance tickets are on sale, at $12 per day. More information can be found at www.bumbershoot.org. …

— sonicnet.com staff report