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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(The Associated Press)