Liverpool Legends head to Grammys, nominated for Best Spoken Word Album this year
Friday, February 10, 2012
By Tyler Francke http://bransontrilakesnews.com/entertainment/article_20dd000c-5432-11e1-b684-0019bb2963f4.html
Liverpool Legends, the Branson-based Beatles tribute band, is in Los Angeles this weekend to join in the festivities surrounding the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
A project on which the group collaborated is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album this year, as the Branson Tri-Lakes News first reported in December.
“It was a complete and total shock,” said Marty Scott, who plays George Harrison and serves as the band’s producer.
“I knew it was being submitted, but tons of CDs come out every day.”
Then again, Scott said, the album is “really cool.” Called “Fab Fan Memories — The Beatles Bond,” the record features interviews and commentary from fans of the Fab Four.
It’s billed as an album “by the fans, for the fans.”
It’s narrated by Harrison’s real-life sister, Louise Harrison, who hand-picked Liverpool Legends. The band provided the Beatles covers that intersperse the project, most of which were recorded at Scott’s home studio in Branson.
Some of the stories on the record include a fan who worked her way into a Beatles press conference as a teenager and a man who lost his job while trying to hunt down a Beatles autograph.
Scott said the Legends and Louise Harrison had been discussing a similar project when they heard about the CD, the brainchild of Grammy-winning producer Dennis Scott — no relation to Marty Scott. Dennis Scott’s band, the WannaBeatles, is also heard on the album performing a few original, Beatles-style songs.
Marty Scott said he and his band are excited about the trip to the Grammys, but recognize they face some stiff competition in their category, including Betty White, Tina Fey and Val Kilmer.
“Betty White’s going to be tough to beat. She’s so popular, and we’re a group of fake Beatles,” he said. “So don’t expect to see us walking down the red carpet. Then again, the Beatles are kind of a wild card, so you never know.”
Scott said his main goal is to have a good time, enjoy the performances and meet some new people.
But he said it’s possible the trip could open some new doors for the group.
“There are going to be so many cool people there, and the level of performers you don’t typically see,” he said. “It could be really good for us. We’ve been getting so many calls the last couple of days. People seem to think it’s a unique story, because we’re just a little tribute band from Branson.”
The Grammys will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday on CBS, beginning at 7 p.m. Central time.
The spoken word album award is not expected to be presented during the main telecast.
But the pre-telecast ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. CST, will be streamed live online at grammy.com.
Later this year, the Legends will return to Branson for a three-month stint at the Icon Theatre. They will debut their revamped show, “Get Back to the Cavern Club,” there May 25.