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Friday, 01 September 2017 08:31

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

 

 

LITTLE BIG TOWN - SURPRISE

 

Little Big Town broke the news to themselves about an honour being bestowed upon them by the city of Nashville.

They were filming a promotional video and Phillip Sweet read cold what was on the teleprompter: ``Hi, we're Little Big Town. We've just been inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and will receive our star in Nashville on Sept. 14th.'' The rest of the band went from smiling politely to cries of ``WHAT?!'' Sweet says he just had ``a whole Ron Burgundy moment.'' The event is free and open to the public. 

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KELLY ROWLAND - FIFTH HARMONY

 

Fifth Harmony was able to figure out what to do after losing a member by getting advice from someone who had gone through it: Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. Fifth Harmony's Dinah Jane says when things got tough after Camila Cabello left, Rowland told them to let the music speak for itself and be there for each other. Lauren Jauregi (hah-REH'-gee) says a lot of people suggested they replace Cabello, but they decided, ``If we're going to do this, it's the four of us. Period.'' Jane says their new self-titled album is ``more edgy and mature'' but the most harmonious they've ever been. 

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WANDA JACKSON - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

There's lots of talk of ``girl power'' in music, but Wanda Jackson was one of the first to have it. She will tell her life story in a new book, ``Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.'' Jackson was one of the first females in rock and she had an integrated band in the early 1960s that included Roy Clark before he was famous. Elvis Presley gave Jackson his ring and asked her to be his girl. She played with Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis and collaborated with Joan Jett and Jack White. Jackson's book will be out in November.

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SKIP PROKOP - OBIT

 

Skip Prokop -- the big-hearted drummer, co-founder and visionary behind Canadian rock band Lighthouse -- has died at the age 74. Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says he died earlier this week in a hospital in St. Thomas. She say had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. Born Ronald Harry Prokop, the Hamilton native had his initial taste of international success with Canadian psychedelic rock band the Paupers in the early 1960s. After the group disbanded, Prokop was an in-demand session musician for industry heavyweights including Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin and folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. 

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CONCERT PROCEEDS - HOUSTON

 

Solange Knowles is pledging her support to her hometown of Houston. Knowles writes on Instagram she will donate the proceeds from a special ``Orions Rise'' show in Boston on Sept. 28th to Hurricane Harvey relief. She'll also donate three-dollars from each ticket from her Oct. 3rd show in New York. She says she's committed to helping ``the city that raised me with so much love.''

Fall Out Boy plan to donate the proceeds from their Nov. 7th concert in Houston to relief efforts as well. Relief charities also are getting 500-thousand dollars from Miley Cyrus, 30-thousand from The Chainsmokers, 25-thousand from D.J. Khaled (KAL'-ehd) and 25-thousand from Jennifer Lopez. 

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MIRANDA LAMBERT - MUTT NATION - HOUSTON

 

Miranda Lambert's Mutt Nation charity has rescued more than 70 dogs from Houston animal shelters to make way for dogs that got lost during Hurricane Harvey. Mutt Nation sent a convoy of vans and buses to Houston to pick up dogs and the plans are to go back for more. Lambert says the dogs have been moved to her shelter in Oklahoma. Lambert posted on Wednesday one of the dogs had puppies and she named the mother Ashley after her Pistol Annies bandmate, Ashley Monroe, who just had a baby herself. Fans who want to help can donate through MuttNation-dot-com/foundation. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT  - MYSTERY OBJECT

 

Authorities have used an excavator on the beach near Taylor Swift's mansion in Westerly, Rhode Island, to dig up a big metal-and-concrete - something. The mystery object had several pipes with wires running through them, and it came up in pieces. It's been posing a hazard to swimmers. Oceanographers had told a beach association it could be a device used to monitor currents and sediment. Rhode Island lawmaker Mike Chippendale tweets, ``I really hope that thing is not a portal to hell.''

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NOTORIOUS B.I.G. - DOCUMENTARY

 

The mother of The Notorious B.I.G. says she never thought of her son as an artist, only as her son. Voletta Wallace says her son told her never to listen to his music, so she didn't until he died. She says she cried because he had such a beautiful voice. Wallace is part of a new A&E documentary, ``Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.,'' that will air on Monday. Biggie's widow, Faith Evans, says fans adored him but never really knew him, and she hopes the documentary will let fans see him as the great person he was. She says she tears up every time she sees it. 

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OLD DOMINION - LITTLE BIG TOWN

 

Old Dominion singer Matthew Ramsey got it into his head that they should collaborate with Little Big Town. The only thing is that Old Dominion did not really know Little Big Town all that well. Ramsey says they had met a few times and Little Big Town was always nice to them. He just decided to ask. They said yes. He says it was ``super cool'' to watch them work on the song ``Stars In The City.'' Ramsey admits getting them was a shot in the dark but adds, ``If you want something, just ask for it.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:52
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

 

MARCO CASTILLO BRINGS HOME ROUTES SHOW TO DAUPHIN

 

Enjoy anther Home Routes Concert in Dauphin at 419 River Avenue tonight, featuring Marco Castillo. 

Doors open at 7pm, admission is $20 per person.

Bring your own beverage and refreshments, kids under 12 are free.

 

RODNEY CROWELL - HEALTH

 

Rodney Crowell is calling off his concerts for the rest of the year. He writes on Facebook a team of doctors have confirmed he needs complete rest to deal with the root cause of his health issues. Crowell says he will quietly encourage his body to return to its natural state. He does not specify what his health problems are. Crowell's next scheduled performance is in January on the Outlaw Country Cruise leaving from New Orleans for Costa Maya, Mexico. 

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BENEFIT SHOWS - HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

 

The music community continues to band together to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Don Henley, Lyle Lovett and Clint Black will hold a benefit concert November 28th in Fort Worth, Texas. Proceeds will benefit the North Texas Community Foundation. Meanwhile, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Lovett will play the ``Harvey Can't Mess With Texas'' concert in Austin on Friday. Funds raised from that show will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. Last night in Atlanta, Kelly Price headlined a benefit concert that also features Slick Rick, Trina, 112, Case and Big Freedia. Also last night, Contemporary Christian acts like TobyMac, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and For King and Country held a benefit in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - CHARLOTTESVILLE

 

The Dave Matthews Band will headline a concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, in an attempt to bring the community together following deadly violence at a white nationalist rally there last month. Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande , The Roots, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Cage The Elephant also will perform. The show is set for Sunday at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium. It's free for U-V-A students and members of the Charlottesville community. The musicians are asking for donations for the Heal Charlottesville Fund. The concert will be livestreamed at musicandunity-dot-tumblr-dot-com. 

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LUKE COMBS - NEW SINGLE

 

Is Luke Combs obsessed with the weather or what?

His first single was ``Hurricane'' and his current one is ``When It Rains It Pours.'' Combs says he's only ever written two songs about weather and they just happened to be his first two singles. He calls it ``luck of the draw, really.'' 

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B.B. KING - LICENSE PLATES

 

Mississippi residents will still be able to get license plates with B-B King's guitar Lucille on them because the state legislature failed to allocate funds to change them. The Biloxi Sun Herald reports the Mississippi Department of Revenue releases new plates every five years. Officials say the legislature did not set aside funds for the new plates. The Lucille plates will stick around for at least another year. 

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(The Associated Press)

Marco Castillo to perform a Manitoba Home Routes Show in Dauphin Tonight!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:01
Marco Castillo to perform a Manitoba Home Routes Show in Dauphin Tonight!

Enjoy anther Home Routes Concert in Dauphin at 419 River Avenue tonight, featuring Marco Castillo. Doors open at 7pm, admission is $20 per person. Bring your own beverage and refreshments, kids under 12 are free.

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:31
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

 

 

ECHOSMITH - ALBUM RELEASE - TOUR

 

Echosmith is pushing back its album release and tour because, in their words, they are ``overrun with inspiration.''

They were planning to release their ``Inside a Dream'' album on September 29th, but instead they have cut it to a seven-song E-P.

The full album will come out in the spring. Echosmith is delaying the tour to coincide with the album. It will start April 4th in San Francisco. 

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LEE BRICE - CHARITY

 

Lee Brice sponsored two recent events that raised 100-thousand dollars for a veterans charity. He held a guitar pull in Nashville on Sunday that included Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Farr, Lucas Hoge and Charles Esten from the T-V show ``Nashville.''

On Monday, he led a clay shoot that include Hoge, Esten, Craig Campbell and members of 3 Doors Down. The money will go to Folds Of Honor, a group that provides scholarships to families of wounded and killed members of the American military. 

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MILKY CHANCE - SONGS

 

It was an easy decision for Milky Chance to record in English rather than their native German. D-J Philipp Dausch says their favorite records are in English. He says there's a lot of good German music as well, but Milky Chance songs don't sound good in German. When it came time to make their ``Blossom''

album, however, they wanted to bring it back home. Dausch says it was important for them to record ``Blossom'' in Germany because that's where they were the most comfortable. 

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ANDREA BOCELLI - ROBOT CONDUCTOR

 

Andrea Bocelli gives his approval to a robot conductor. The YuMi robot, designed by Swiss company A-B-B for factory assembly lines, led Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra Tuesday night in Pisa, Italy. They performed Verdi's ``La Donna e Mobile .'' Bocelli, who is blind, can sense the variabilities of different conductors. He says YuMi was ``programmed well.'' Regular conductor Andrea Colombini says YuMi is good but can't adjust if the orchestra makes a mistake. 

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APPLE - EMMA BLACKERY

 

Not a whole lot of people were familiar with British indie musician Emma Blackery. Then Apple used her album cover artwork during its demonstration for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X and her life has been turned upside down. Blackery had a respectable following on YouTube for her music before Tuesday's event. She had no idea the art for her self-released E-P would be used in the Apple presentation. Her reaction on Twitter was, ``What just happened,''

only with two expletives. Since then, Blackery has become a media star in Britain, Paris Hilton is following her on Twitter and Blackery jokes to the ``good record labels'' she's open to talk. She calls it ``one of the best nights of my life.'' 

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REBA McENTIRE - HOST ``CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS''

 

Reba McEntire will take over hosting duties for the ``C-M-A Country Christmas'' from Jennifer Nettles. Nettles had hosted the show for seven years. The show will tape November 14th in Nashville. The lineup has not yet been announced. A-B-C will run the special on November 27th. 

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TITO JACKSON'S EX-WIFE - OBIT- ``20/20''

 

The 40th season of the A-B-C News show ``20/20'' will focus on the family of Tito Jackson. The show takes a look at the death of Jackson's ex-wife, Dee Dee, who drowned in a swimming pool in 1994. The owner of the house, Los Angeles businessman Don Bohana, was sentenced to prison for her murder. Bohana's family says he was wrongfully convicted. The episode airs Friday. 

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NTSB: MECHANICAL ISSUES - TROY GENTRY

 

The National Transportation Safety Board says engine problems caused the helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and a pilot on Friday. A preliminary report says pilot James Evan Robinson reported mechanical problems shortly after takeoff at the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey. The pilot discussed the problems with experts on the ground before stopping the engine and performing an autorotation that would glide the helicopter down to a runway. However, the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near the airport. The report also says Gentry was on the helicopter for a pleasure ride. 

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WILLIE NELSON, PAUL SIMON HEADLINE ``HARVEY CAN'T MESS WITH TEXAS'' BENEFIT

 

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will lead a benefit concert for residents of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The ``Harvey Can't Mess With Texas''

concert will also feature Lyle Lovett, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and Ryan Bingham. The house band will be Asleep At The Wheel. The concert will be in Austin on Sept. 22nd. It will be broadcast statewide on 11 T-V stations and streamed live on YouTube. Proceeds will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. 

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AMERICANA AWARDS

 

Americana artists spanning generations and backgrounds were honored last night in Nashville. Folk singer songwriter John Prine was awarded the artist of the year, while one of his proteges, country singer Sturgill Simpson, took home album of the year. Prine, who is 70 years old, delighted the audience with a couple of performances and received standing ovations throughout the night. He joked: ``I've been waiting for this award for a while.''

Lifetime achievement honors went to Van Morrison and Graham Nash of the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Rodney Crowell won song of the year for ``It Ain't Over Yet,'' featuring Rosanne Cash and John Paul White. And Amanda Shires won emerging artist of the year. 

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NYC RADIO HOST QUITS JOB

 

It was highly unlikely he could keep it, given the circumstances. But New York City sports radio personality Craig Carton has quit what he calls his ``dream job.'' He leaves W-F-A-N less than a week after his arrest on federal charges that he cheated investors to pay off massive gambling debts. Carton co-hosted ``Boomer and Carton'' with former N-F-L quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Carton says he's leaving so he won't be a distraction to listeners.

But he hints he might return to radio to tell his side of the story someday. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:41
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

 

HURRICANE FUNDRAISER

 

Dozens of stars turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims on Tuesday, in a one-hour televised benefit that had raised 14.5 million dollars U-S by the time cameras were turned off. With Stevie Wonder singing ``Lean on Me'' and Usher and Blake Shelton joining for ``Stand By Me,'' the message was clear: Americans were being asked to help those whose lives were upended by wind and rain. Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the ``Hand in Hand'' telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma. 

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KID ROCK - NO ANNOUNCEMENT

 

So much for Kid Rock letting the rest of the world in on his political ambitions. He promised to say something about whether he'd be seeking elective office during his show last night.

But he didn't. The musician did the first a series of shows to christen the new arena in in Detroit but he focused mainly on music, not politics. Kid Rock has hinted he might run for the U-S Senate representing his native Michigan. He continued to tease at that during his show last night but didn't say one way or the other what he would do. 

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TROY GENTRY'S HELICOPTER - MECHANICAL PROBLEMS

 

Authorities say the pilot of the helicopter carrying Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was having mechanical problems just before it crashed on Friday. Radio communications between emergency responders indicate the pilot was planning to make an emergency landing and was hovering while waiting for the fire department to arrive. Responders note that seconds later, the helicopter crashed just south of an airport in Medford, New Jersey.

Gentry and the pilot were the only people on board. Both were killed. 

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YES - CANCELS TOUR DATES

 

Yes has abruptly canceled the rest of their Yestival tour after the death of the son of guitarist Steve Howe.

Details were not given about the death of Virgil Howe, except that it was described as ``tragic'' and ``unexpected.'' Eight concerts through next week have been called off and refunds offered. Virgil Howe was the drummer for the British band Little Barrie, whose claim to fame in America is performing the theme song for the T-V show ``Better Call Saul.'' 

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STEELY DAN - FIRST TOUR DATES

 

Donald Fagen is making good on his promise to continue the music of Steely Dan after the death of bandmate Walter Becker. Fagen has announced Steely Dan fall tour dates beginning October 13th in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Fagen will do a handful of dates later this month with his band, The Nightflyers. 

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THOMAS RHETT: FAME, FAMILY AND MUSIC

 

Thomas Rhett has a hard time dealing with fame.

He has an even harder time dealing with his wife's fame. Rhett says his wife, Lauren, has a million Instagram followers, which is ``insane.'' He says they're a normal couple, and he's a normal guy trying to balance a music career with two young daughters at home.

The Rhetts were in the process of adopting a girl when Lauren became pregnant, so they have two girls under the age of two. Rhett says the grandparents live in town and call twice a day to see if they can babysit. Rhett just released a new album, ``Life Changes.'' 

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CHAINSMOKERS' ALEX PALL - COMMENT

 

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has apologized for saying he would not bring his dog to China. BuzzFeed News reports an interviewer in a promotional video had asked if Pall brings his dog on tour. Pall said he tries to, but she behaves badly. He says, ``I mean, if she could come anywhere, I'd bring her to -- well, I don't know if I'd bring her to China.'' He starts laughing. The video has been deleted. Pall tweets he had read reports of dogs being slaughtered in certain provinces. He says The Chainsmokers ``never intentionally do anything to upset our fans and we apologize if we offended anyone.'' 

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KELIS UNVEILS MILKSHAKE RECIPE

 

Kelis is finally revealing just what's in that milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard. It's Bailey's Irish cream, ginger beer and cayenne pepper. Kelis gave her recipe for milkshakes to Billboard magazine in honour of National Chocolate Milkshake Day yesterday. Her recipe also calls for chocolate ice cream, candied ginger and ginger-infused whipped cream for the top. Kelis is a graduate of the elite cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, a former Cooking Channel host and a published cookbook author.

 

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CHARLIE DANIELS - ``THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA''

 

Charlie Daniels used eight fiddles for the devil's part on ``The Devil Went Down To Georgia.'' Daniels tells Billboard magazine one of them was a unique eight-string fiddle strung like a mandolin. He says now it would be done electronically but he did it organically. Daniels says a lot of people tell him the devil's fiddle part is better than Johnny's, and his response is, ``No, it's not.'' He argues Johnny is playing a melody, while ``you can't hum the devil's part.'' He says the devil's fiddling is ``a bunch of noise.'' 

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GENE SIMMONS BRINGS ``THE VAULT'' EXPERIENCE

 

Gene Simmons will personally deliver a copy of his new boxed set to anyone who buys it. Where you are when you receive it depends on how much you're willing to pay.

``Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience'' is a 38-pound creation that includes 150 unreleased tracks, a leather-bound commemorative book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an ``In Gene We Trust'' medallion and a piece of memorabilia from Simmons' personal collection. For two thousand dollars, Simmons will give it to you at a meet-and-greet next year in a city near you. For 25 thousand dollars, he'll also do a Skype call and bring you and a friend into the studio to preview the tracks, plus you get an executive producer credit on ``The Vault.''

For 50 thousand dollars, he'll bring it to your house and spend two hours with you and up to 25 friends. Details are at www.GeneSimmonsVault.com . 

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BRUNO MARS - TV SPECIAL

 

Bruno Mars took to the streets of New York for his first T-V special. Mars and his band, The Hooligans, entertained New Yorkers on the street as part of his ``Bruno Mars: 24 K Magic Live at the Apollo'' special. He also taped a performance at New York's Apollo Theater and performed on its marquee. Mars is still filming portions of the special, which will air November 29th on C-B-S.

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