MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
JOHNNY CASH - LOST POEMS
Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson will bring to life the last poem their friend Johnny Cash ever wrote.
Kristofferson recites the poem ``Forever/I Still Miss Someone'' as Nelson plays guitar for the opening track of the upcoming album, ``Johnny Cash: Forever Words.'' Kacey Musgraves and her husband, Ruston Kelly, recorded ``To June This Morning,'' a letter Cash wrote to his wife, June Carter Cash. Chris Cornell did one of his last recordings by interpreting Cash's poem ``You Never Knew My Mind.''
Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter each interpret a poem. Other contributors include John Mellencamp, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson and Elvis Costello. ``Johnny Cash: Forever Words'' comes out April 6th.
OBIT - GRATEFUL DEAD LYRICIST - REACTION
Bob Weir says Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow looked at life's difficult moments as challenges and therefore adventures. Weir says Barlow will live on in the songs they wrote together. Barlow died Wednesday in his sleep at the age of 70, according to the digital-rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. Barlow co-founded the foundation in 1990 to champion free expression and privacy online. Barlow wrote the words to the Dead songs ``Hell in a Bucket,'' ''Cassidy,`` ''I Need A Miracle`` and ''Mexicali Blues,`` among many others.
3 DOORS DOWN - MATT ROBERTS - LAWSUIT
The family of former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts is suing a doctor for allegedly overprescribing opioids that fueled Roberts' addiction and led to his death. The Roberts family lawsuit says Dr. Richard Snellgrove began prescribing high levels of opioids to Roberts in 2006 and it continued until the days before Roberts' overdose death in 2016. Snellgrove's attorney says Roberts died from abuse of drugs that were not part of his prescriptions.
Snellgrove is facing a separate criminal case surrounding Roberts' death.
MELISSA MANCHESTER - ``MIDNIGHT BLUE''
Melissa Manchester has Dionne Warwick to thank for launching her career, and it was because of a song Warwick did not even get to consider recording. Manchester says she wrote the song ``Midnight Blue'' with songwriter Carole Bayer Sager after a conversation about their young marriages. Manchester says they were discussing how to get their husbands to communicate better. They sent the song to Warwick's producer for her to record, but the producer liked the singer on the demo better. It was Manchester, and ``Midnight Blue'' was her first hit.
DIERKS BENTLEY - CLOTHING LINE
Dierks Bentley is introducing a clothing line called Desert Son through the men's brand Flag and Anthem. The first products for the spring line will include T-shirts, hoodies and hats for men, with a few T-shirts for women. Items coming this summer and fall will include button-down shirts, knit shirts, denim and jackets. The clothes are available through the Flag and Anthem website and at select retailers.
JOHN LENNON - FIGURINE
Yoko Ono has given her approval to a company that will make 12-inch-tall figurines of John Lennon. The figurine made by Molecule 8 comes with two pairs of glasses and three outfits: a black long-sleeved t-shirt, a blue shirt and velvet jacket and an Army coat. It even comes with two different heads, feet with boots or with sandals, and interchangeable hands. It will sell for three-hundred dollars beginning in April.
(The Associated Press)