MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
RICK ROSS - FEMALE RAPPERS COMMENT
Rick Ross admits he made ``an insensitive comment'' about women in rap. Ross had said in an interview with WWPR-FM in New York he had never signed a female rapper to his Maybach Music Group label because he would end up having sex with her and messing up the business relationship. Ross writes on Facebook he regrets saying that. He says his empire is built on two women -- his mother and his sister -- and his most cherished gift is his daughter. Ross says he will use his mistake to create a positive discussion and implement change.
SAM HUNT - ``BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD''
Sam Hunt is the new champ of the Billboard Hot Country songs chart. His song ``Body Like A Back Road'' has hit 25 weeks at the top of the chart. The previous record-holder with 24 weeks was ``Cruise'' by Florida Georgia Line.
SAM SHEPARD - PATTI SMITH - BOB DYLAN
Patti Smith reacted to the death of actor and playwright Sam Shepard by posting a recent photo of her with him, and one from back in the day before either one was famous. They wrote the play ``Cowboy Mouth'' when they were a couple in the early 1970s. Nearly 40 years later, Shepard played banjo on Smith's version of Nirvana's ``Smells Like Teen Spirit'' that appeared on her ``Twelve'' album. Shepard played drums in the Holy Modal Rounders, who were featured in the movie ``Easy Rider.'' He played with Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in the mid-1970s and co-wrote Dylan's song ``Brownsville Girl.'' Shepard died Thursday of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73.
RANDY NEWMAN - ``DARK MATTER''
Randy Newman's new album, ``Dark Matter,'' has a song he began writing two years ago that has accidentally become timely. It's called ``Putin.'' Newman wrote the song about Russian President Vladimir Putin before he became a topic in the 2016 election to poke fun at Putin's movie-star ambitions. Newman says he finished the song and realized Putin might actually like it because it's not that critical. However, Newman regrets ever letting out that he wrote a song about President Donald Trump. Newman says he didn't include it because it was too vulgar, and ``there's no sense adding to the general vulgarity of the world.''
JOHN PRINE - JOHNNY CASH
John Prine was thrilled when he found out Johnny Cash wanted to do one of his songs. Then he was crushed when Cash wanted to gut it. Prine says Cash loved his song ``Sam Stone,'' but he felt uncomfortable with the line, ``Jesus Christ died for nothing, I suppose.'' Prine told Cash that was the heart of the song and everything fell out of that one line. Cash was insistent, so since the song was about a drug addict, Prine suggested the line, ``Daddy must have hurt a lot back then, I suppose.'' Prine says he would not have changed his song for anyone except for Johnny Cash.
Prine's new songbook, ``Beyond Words,'' is out now.
DAVID LOWERY - MIKE MILLS - JASON ISBELL - CLUB BURGLARY CASE
David Lowery of Cracker, Mike Mills of R-E-M and Jason Isbell are offering rewards to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest and conviction regarding a burglary at a popular music venue in Athens, Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports more than 20 thousand dollars in microphones, amplifiers and electronics were taken from the 40 Watt Club early Friday. A talent buyer for the club says the stuff will be hard to unload because the club's name is engraved on the equipment. Lowery, Mills and Isbell are each offering five thousand dollars to find the culprits.
(The Associated Press)