Monday, June 30, 2014
The Rolling Stones took a jaunt round the world to celebrate their 50th anniversary; Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine put aside their individual revisitings of sun and surf songs to reunite under the Beach Boys banner to mark their own 50th. Even the warring Davies brothers, Ray and Dave, seem willing to kiss and make up and have discussed getting back together as the Kinks, 50 years after their first single.
Now another branch of 60s rock royalty have announced their own set of celebrations. The Who have announced both a 50th anniversary tour and plans to record a new album. MORE HERE & HERE
The BET Awards honored Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Acheivement award last night (June 29,2014), before the singer performed himself. The video is HERE
Pharrell introduced a tribute to Richie, which included clips of the singer's career. Afterward, John Legend sang a medley of Richie's "Hello," and "Still."
Then, Ledisi took over, performing "Brick House", The Commodores' 1977 hit. Finally, Yolanda Adams sang "Jesus Is Love," which earned her a standing ovation. That video is HERE
At 2014's halfway point, with summer just about to flip the calendar over to side B, it's a challenge to get a satisfying picture of the year in music, even if you're just looking at a single genre. Consider the voices of the couple dozen obsessive listeners from NPR Music who made a list, and the only thing that remains undeniably true is that great albums come out of every genre, from every corner of the world.
2014 has, in its first six months, been a wonderful year for musicians who go deep. The 25 albums on the list (presented alphabetically) all start with a sound, a vibe, a concept or crucial idea. After that, they flower in different ways. Check it out HERE
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Platinum ), is heating things up online, much as the single has done on country radio — not surprising given the individual firepower of the two country stars.
In the video Lambert and Underwood go on a Thelma and Louise-like bad-girl escapade involving a bank caper, a high-stakes card game and a side-by-side motorcycle ride out of town.
For Lambert, it was a chance to bring two high-profile women artists together, a rarity in these days of male-dominated country radio and video. source
Eric Clapton is on the cover of the August (2014) issue of UNCUT. In the issue's feature interview he talks about his forthcoming album, "The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale ," and his friendship with the Tulsa musician. (The 16 track album is out worldwide in late July 2014.) In the UNCUT interview, Eric also reflects on the past, nixes another Cream reunion, talks retirement after more than 50 years on the road as touring has become "unbearable" and talks of future plans. It's the guitarist's most revealing interview in recent memory. MORE HERE
How do you write a song with 81-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson? It helps to have a good mobile plan. Buddy Cannon (above left) has never been in the same room with Nelson to write a song, but the two co-wrote nine of the 14 songs on the new, Cannon-produced "Band of Brothers" album. That album just made its debut atop the "Billboard" country albums chart.
Cannon has been working with Nelson ever since he and Kenny Chesney produced Willie's 2008 release "Moment of Forever", blending Nelson's acoustic guitar and longtime Nelson cohort Mickey Raphael's (above right) harmonica with session honchos including drummer Eddie Bayers, bass man Kevin "Swine" Grantt and steel guitarists Mike Johnson and Tommy White. MORE HERE
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Bobby Womack, who spanned the American soul music era, touring as a gospel singer in the 1950s, playing guitar in Sam Cooke’s backup band in the early ’60s, writing hit songs recorded by Wilson Pickett and the Rolling Stones and composing music that broke onto the pop charts, died on Friday June 27, 2014. He was 70.
Mr. Womack, nicknamed the Preacher for his authoritative, church-trained voice and the way he introduced songs with long discourses on life, never had the million-record success of contemporaries like Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Otis Redding.
But the pop stars of his time considered Mr. Womack royalty. His admirers included Keith Richards, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder, all of whom acknowledged their debt with guest performances on albums he made in his later years. MORE HERE
All Blues'd Up: Songs of the Rolling Stones
AirAsia scored a partnership with Taylor Swift as the country pop singer continues her tour in Southeast Asia.
The budget carrier designed an aircraft livery for Swift, which acts as the singer's private jet during her Southeast Asian shows. source
AirAsia is offering die-hard Taylor Swift fans the exclusive opportunity to own the AirAsia Taylor Swift aircraft model. See HERE
Video endorsement HERE
Once More 'Round The Sun.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Yoko Ono is to install 'Wish Trees' at this year's (2014) Glastonbury Festival.
Festival fans will be encouraged to write down their innermost desires on a scrap of paper and fasten it to these trees. After all is said and done, the wishes will be collected and flown to Iceland where they'll be buried underneath the Imagine Wish Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band will play The Park Stage at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday June 29, 2014. MORE HERE & HERE
After spending his life scouring the earth for memorabilia from the Battle of the Alamo,Phil Collins appears to have finally completed his quest ... and is donating the trove to a Texas museum.
The 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer joked he'd spent 'all the money that I made from music' on 200-plus pieces related to the 1836 battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans. He said he wanted to ensure the collection was better cared-for in the future.
In 2012 Collins revealed the size of his collection in the massive tome The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey . MORE HERE & HERE
Clement’s last musical work, and only his 4th studio release, “For Once And For All” will be the debut release on John Grady’s new I.R.S. Records Nashville label. Release date is July 15, 2014.
He was 82-years-old when he died on August 8, 2013 and 82 when he finished this song-set with help from friends including John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Jim Lauderdale and many more. MORE HERE
Thursday, June 26, 2014
If Elvis Costello had dived any deeper into his catalog for his solo concert on Tuesday (June 24, 2014), opening a two-night stand at Carnegie Hall, he would have needed scuba gear. It wasn’t the kind of solo show by an established rocker that treats a bunch of old favorites as guitar-strumming singalongs for longtime fans. The hall was often silent as Mr. Costello offered something else: a continuing, challenging, intimate engagement with his songs, old and new.
At Carnegie Hall, the ovations that tend to greet familiar opening chords were scarce and muted. Mr. Costello played plenty of songs that were originally tucked within his 21st-century albums, un-apologetically stacking them up alongside material from his 1970s and ’80s radio heyday. When he got around to his more widely circulated songs, he reworked them ruthlessly: stripping away pop enticements like intros and instrumental hooks, magnifying dynamic ups and downs, illuminating each lyric anew. MORE HERE
Female rock icon Suzi Quatro has announced her final tour of Australia, with the veteran muso confirming her final shows here for early next year.
Quatro is no stranger to performing in Aus at all - this is around the 30th time she will have played here - so local fans will no doubt view this as a bittersweet moment to say farewell, but enjoy her music and live show one final time.
A pioneering force for women in rock music, Quatro will play 15 shows here next January, February and March (2015). source
Teenie Hodges, a guitarist and songwriter whose lithe touch on songs by Al Green and others helped shape the sound of Memphis soul in the 1970s, died on Sunday June 22, 2014. He was 68.
Along with his brothers Leroy, on bass guitar, and Charles, on organ, Mr. Hodges was part of the celebrated house band at Hi Records in Memphis starting in the late ’60s. Distinguishing themselves from the raw style of Stax, the city’s pre-eminent soul label at the time, Hi and the producer Willie Mitchell developed a jazzier and more languid approach that still had grit and rhythmic punch.
Mr. Hodges was crucial to that sound. MORE HERE
Sad Day / Soul Serenade (vinyl 45)
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
His music with Alison Krauss in 2007 (Raising Sand) was steeped in the bluesy rock the singer does best, but it wasn't nostalgic, it was fresh.
In 2010 it was Band of Joy with Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller, again surprising and lovable.
Now the sixty-five year old former singer has a new band and project, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters; the track Rainbow is above.
The album is entitled Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar and will be released September 8, 2014.
Willie Nelson's Teapot Party movement, which now has more than 115,000 Facebook followers, was founded after his 2010 arrest for marijuana possession in Texas. His practical (and slyly humorous) advice to fellow pot advocates is to support like-minded candidates.
"Get out and go vote," he says in an interview with CelebStoner News. "If it's the day to go vote, make sure you go vote before you burn one down. Don't get high and forget to vote."
The country legend and tireless marijuana advocate admits even he was surprised when pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington state, noting, "I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime, but here it is. The future looks good." MORE HERE