MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
NOFX - APOLOGY
NOFX acknowledges in an online apology that they ``crossed the line of civility'' with their comments at their Las Vegas show last week. The band writes on Facebook they are sorry for a ``tasteless joke'' and they won't ``blame it on drugs or alcohol or Ambien.'' NOFX had joked onstage about only country bands getting shot at in Las Vegas and at least the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shootings in October were country fans, not punk rock fans. So what took so long for the apology? Members of the group say they could not write a sincere apology without reflecting on the damage they had done and they struggled with that for the past few days.
OBIT- WAYNE SECREST
Confederate Railroad bassist Wayne Secrest has died after a long illness. The band announced his death late Saturday but did not give details. Secrest was 68. He was a founding member of Confederate Railroad. The band backed David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck before they signed a record deal in 1992. Their country hits include ``Jesus and Mama,'' ''Queen of Memphis`` and ''Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind.`` Secrest retired late last year because of poor health. The band members say in a statement his memory ''will live on in every note we play for as long as you allow us to continue.``
OBIT - CLARENCE FOUNTAIN
Founding member Clarence Fountain of Blind Boys of Alabama has died at the age of 88. His manager says Fountain died Sunday at a hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Fountain was enrolled in the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega at the age of 8. That's where he and his friends formed a gospel group called the Happy Land Jubilee Singers.
They used to sneak off campus to sing. They changed their name after they were booked at an event billed as a face-off between the Five Blind Boys of Alabama and the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. Ray Charles' manager offered them a touring deal if they'd sing other genres. Fountain said they turned it down because their bellies were full, they had no headaches and they were happy singing gospel. The Blind Boys of Alabama won four Grammys and were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. With Fountain's death, current leader Jimmy Carter is the only original member left.
MEEK MILL - NEW JUDGE REQUEST
Meek Mill is making another attempt to get a new judge. His lawyers have asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to remove Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley from his case. They say she has engaged in unprofessional conduct, made inappropriate comments about Mill in and out of court, and violated ethics rules by hiring a lawyer to defend her publicly against accusations of bias. Brinkley has said she has been fair to Mill. She sentenced him in November to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating probation on a
2008 gun and drug conviction. The state Supreme Court ordered a new trial because of questions relating to the credibility of the arresting officer. Mill is requesting a quick decision from the court, noting that he is scheduled to appear before Brinkley for an appeals hearing on June 18th.
ELVIS PRESLEY - AUCTION
A guitar Elvis Presley played in the film ``Girls! Girls! Girls!'' failed to attract any bids at auction on Thursday. Presley played the 1944 Martin 0-17 guitar in the scene where he serenades Momma with the song ``We'll Be Together.'' The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the guitar had a starting bid of 32-thousand dollars. A spokesman for Nate D. Sanders Auctions says it will be sold privately. The guitar was owned by Richard Davis, Presley's wardrobe manager and a member of his Memphis Mafia. Davis says Presley kept the guitar after filming and played it at home.
Presley's father, Vernon, gave it to Davis after Presley's death.
RODNEY CROWELL - ``OUTLAW COUNTRY'' EXHIBIT
The way Rodney Crowell tells it, Waylon Jennings and Guy Clark were such outlaws that they didn't even like to be called ``outlaws.'' Crowell says both Jennings and Clark bristled at that label because while it's a cool term, it pigeonholed them, and no artist wants that. Crowell says ``outlaw country'' was not about breaking laws, but about having the soul of a poet and taking creative control of the music. Crowell was one of the first visitors at a new exhibit called ``Outlaws and Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s'' at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
RICKY MARTIN - WILLIAM HUNG - DUET
It took 14 years for it to happen, but the duet of Ricky Martin and ``American Idol'' contestant William Hung finally came to be. Billboard reports Hung was a surprise guest on the song ``She Bangs'' during Martin's show Saturday in Las Vegas.
Hung famously auditioned for ``Idol'' with that song in 2004. His off-key vocals and positive outlook turned him into a media sensation. Hung put out three albums and now is a motivational speaker.
THE BYRDS - 50 YEARS OF ``SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO''
Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn will embark on a 50th anniversary tour for the ``Sweethearts of the Rodeo'' album.
They will perform the album in its entirety and tell stories about the songs on it, as well as perform other songs. Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will be guest musicians. The tour kicks off July 24th in Los Angeles. Hillman and McGuinn will do a preview performance as part of Stuart's Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville tomorrow.
(The Associated Press)