SXSW Announces 2010 Keynote Speaker


It’s America’s
greatest living poet, natch.


By Blurt Staff


This just in: Smokey Robinson
will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 South By Southwest Music
Conference. The address will kick off SXSW activities at the Austin Convention Center
on Thursday, March 18, 2010. It markes the 24th annual SXSW.


You may have, er, heard of Smokey
Robinson – Motown Sound, Kennedy Center Honors, member of Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, Grammy winner alongside multiple other awards. Bob Dylan called Robinson
greatest living poet,” and his work as an executive at Motown was central
in establishing a unique chapter in popular music history.


More recently, Robinson has been
mentoring “American Idol” contestants in 2009 and releasing a new CD,
“Time Flies When You’re Having Fun,”
this past August on his own Robso Records and the songs sound as fresh and
timeless as his pioneering work from the 60’s.


For more information on South By
Southwest, visit – they’re
already open for registrations.


Read our recent feature on Robinson
and his early band The Miracles here. And for a review of Robinson on his
current concert tour, go here.





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