The songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Fleetwood Mac driving force will be presented with the trophy at the 26th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held during NAMM Show week in January, reports David Davies.
Having first made his mark in a duo with singer Stevie Nicks – his then-partner – Buckingham and Nicks went on to join a reconfigured Fleetwood Mac in early 1974. The new line-up quickly developed a polished pop sensibility, delivering a successful, eponymously-titled album in 1975 and then, two years later, the all-conquering Rumours – a global smash hit and one of the defining albums of the decade.
Always a creative driving force in the studio, Buckingham became the principal producer on subsequent Fleetwood Mac albums, leading the band away from the commercial mainstream for the thrillingly diverse 1979 double album Tusk. 1982’s Mirage and 1987’s Tango In the Night continued the winning streak, although Buckingham opted to quit the band in 1988. Focusing more squarely on his solo work, he recorded an album – 1992’s Out of the Cradle – that surely ranks as an all-time career highpoint.
Rejoining Fleetwood Mac in 1997, Buckingham has since participated in several highly successful tours as well as the production of a live album, The Dance, and in 2003, a much-anticipated new studio album, Say You Will. He has also continued his acclaimed solo career, releasing the acoustically-oriented Under the Skin in 2006 and the emphatically plugged-in Gift of Screws in 2008.
Hillel Resner, president of the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, told PSNE: “The Les Paul Award was created specifically to honour artists and others whose careers epitomise the creative application of technology in their work. The recipient is chosen by the TEC Foundation Board of Directors with input from journalists, educators and respected audio professionals. Lindsey Buckingham is an outstanding example of an artist who is both knowledgeable in audio technology and deeply involved in the recording process, and we’re honoured to present this award to him at the 26th Annual TEC Awards in January.”
Buckingham will be presented with his award at the 26th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Friday, 14 January, in the Pacific Ballroom of the Anaheim Hilton during the 2011 NAMM Show. The Les Paul Award counts Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Al Kooper and Robbie Robertson among its previous recipients.