The San Diego Music Awards will shine the spotlight on guitarist Jerry Raney, who was recently honored at the Grammy Museum with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Raney has performed with a variety of groups including The Beat Farmers (the current incarnation is known as Farmers).
Founded in 1983, the roots-rock group has made its music known to international audiences, through six albums and numerous tours. He has also performed with the Roosters, Thee Dark Ages, Blues Messenger, Glory, Jerry Raney & The Shames and Powerthud.
“Can this boy play or what!” Chuck Berry exclaimed in front of an enthusiastic crowd, after a dazzling solo from Raney, who led Berry’s backing band at a concert at Jack Murphy Stadium on May 3, 1982.
The organizers of the music show noted “Raney’s expressive playing, (which) made him a guitar hero as well as a rare musician where just about everything he released is a worthy addition to the collection. of a rock fan’s music “.
Raney, 71, who spent part of his formative years at El Centro, still performs with the Farmers and remains a favorite in Southland theaters. Farmers are still releasing music, most recently “Farmers SD” in 2018.
In honor of Raney’s long career, the Music Awards will present him with the Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award. Montana, who died in 1995, was the former member of Raney’s band with the Beat Farmers.
After a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 30th Annual Music Awards return with a full capacity ceremony on the outdoor stage at Humphreys by the Bay on August 24.
The show benefits the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools program. Tickets are on sale online.