Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tina Turner Shares A Special Message About BEYOND, A New Recording of Buddhist and Christian Prayers Also Featuring Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula Curti

Musical icon Tina Turner will celebrate her 71st birthday next month on November 26. She is most proud of BEYOND, her first spiritual recording that explores the oneness of religions through music with Buddhist and Christian prayers.

Released on New Earth Records, the collaboration features Buddhist prayers composed by Dechen Shak-Dagsay, a Tibetan Buddhist; traditional music and original compositions of Christian prayers by Regula Curti, a Christian; as well as chanting and readings by Turner, a practicing Buddhist.

In the near future, Tina will be returning to the studio to record a sequel to BEYOND. However, she would like to remind her fans about this special project and to share a personal message.

"I'm very happy to be a part of the BEYOND Project that was initiated by Regula Curti and Dechen Shak-Dagsay, both amazing singers, individuals and philanthropists from two different cultures - Christian and Tibetan. This project has taken on a life of its own and has expanded and attracted other artists of various faiths who will be involved with us in subsequent albums as this continues to grow.

As a collaborator I'd like to make very clear that the Project is not about me or Tina Turner the rock star. It's about being part of and supporting a movement for the awareness and acceptance of different religions and spiritual paths to awaken the truth of ultimate oneness within us all.

I am therefore contributing to this project with my chanting practice and my story of personal growth and development as a human being in continuous search for the ultimate peace within.

This is a movement that goes beyond the three of us and has already been embraced by many people, including the Dalai Lama, the Abbott Martin Werlen Osb, and Deepak Chopra.

I invite the press to understand that they too can be a part of this project with their contribution and their involvement. The BEYOND Project is an invitation to open up a space where it is possible to include each individual to contribute to this vision. We are all the same, looking to find our way back to the source." -Tina Turner

Dechen Shak-Dagsay, a native Tibetan mantra singer, is the eldest daughter of the late Yishi Tsedön Zatul and much respected Tibetan Lama Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche, author of the book "Practice of Tibetan Meditation." Dechen's family fled to India in 1959, escaping the Chinese occupation of Tibet, settling in Switzerland in 1963. Since 2005, she has released four CDs with New Earth Records. She has traveled and performed intensely all over the world and has been invited by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to sing at many of his events. His Holiness appointed her an Ambassador of Peace for the Tibetan people. "The many cultures and religions of the world offer a variety of paths to inner quiet and peace. For us Tibetans, reciting or singing mantras is one of the most effective ways of quickly producing a peaceful state of mind. The mantras play a very important role in the Buddhist Practice and they are an integral part for the practitioner on his spiritual path."

Regula Curti, the Founder and Managing Director of The Center of Therapy & Education SEESCHAU, The House of Resounding Emptiness in Zurich, Switzerland, is a music and art therapist, and a singing teacher. Additionally, she is trained in an ancient yoga technique, Yogi Bhajan's Kundalini Yoga, which allows Regula to complement the therapeutic offerings at the SEESCHAU Center with lessons on spiritual and contemplative practices. Having worked with Buddhist and Hindu prayers in the tradition of the Sikhs inspired Regula to also sing and teach the Christian prayers. This is her debut album. "For me, the realization of Beyond is a dream come true. Inspired by my students, patients, and colleagues at the SEESCHAU Center, I feel that this project will serve as a shining reminder of the Earth's heart ability to heal and to connect in gratitude to all those who contributed to this project."

All artist proceeds from the recording will go towards supporting three non-profit organizations affiliated with the artists with a focus on the welfare of children: The Dewa Che Foundation, The Seeschau Foundation and The Tina Foundation.

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Either/Orchestra Celebrates 25th Anniversary with an Award, a Video, & a New CD, "Mood Music for Time Travellers"

Boston-Based Ensemble Also Plans Shows
In Arlington, Amherst, Addis Ababa, & New York

For 25 years, Boston's Either/Orchestra has been serving up musical repasts of savory, ever-evolving ingredients. Incorporating elements of American/Latin/Caribbean jazz and Ethiopian music with the big band format and the capacious musical vision of founder Russ Gershon, the 10-piece ensemble has long embraced a global array of influences and explored unforeseen improvisational frontiers.

Now, marking their silver anniversary with the release of their first CD in five years (Mood Music for Time Travellers) and a series of celebratory shows and events, the Either/Orchestra is in its creative prime, a venerable institution that's still hungry for new sounds.

"I'm proud of the continuing achievements of the talented and creative musicians who have come through the E/O," says saxophonist/composer Gershon. "And what's really wonderful about working with these great players is how each one has left his mark on what we play and how we play it to this day."

Alums of the band include Miguel Zenon, John Medeski, Matt Wilson, Josh Roseman, Jaleel Shaw, Andrea D'Angelo, Mike Rivard, and Curtis Hasselbring, as well as Ethiopian jazz stars Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed, and Getachew Mekurya. Among the E/O's current mainstays are charter trumpeter Tom Halter; Dominican-born conguero Vicente Lebron, a longtime member; and Venezuelan drummer Pablo Bencid, a relative newcomer of five years.

"I wanted to hear a band like this one," recalls Gershon, thinking about the E/O's origins. "I was hearing the Gil Evans Orchestra regularly in the early 80s in New York at Sweet Basil. I loved the combination of expansive horn section writing with a large and raucous rhythm section, and the way Gil would let his amazing soloists take over the band. I remember thinking I'd like to hear sounds like that in Boston, so I didn't have to come to New York every time I wanted the experience."

The group's debut performance on December 17, 1985 at the Cambridge Public Library was something of a sensation, and with the release of its first album, 1987's Dial 'E' for Either/Orchestra, the group quickly gained national stature as one of the most original new units on the scene.

Over the years, Gershon took the band on the road for a series of extended tours, "which enabled us to make quantum leaps forward" creatively, and formed his own label, Accurate Records, which quickly took on an essential role documenting Boston's progressive jazz scene, including the E/O's critically acclaimed albums: Radium (1988), The Half-Life of Desire (1990), The Calculus of Pleasure (1992), More Beautiful Than Death (2000, the start of E/O's ongoing Ethiopian odyssey), and Afro-Cubism (2002). The E/O's collaboration with Berklee-trained Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke and other Ethiopian stars was captured on Live in Addis (2005, Ethiopiques 20).

In June of this year, Gershon and the Either/Orchestra were awarded a Chamber Music America "Jazz New Works and Ensemble Development" grant for an as-yet-unwritten suite of pieces to be performed and recorded. The band released their eleventh album, Mood Music for Time Travellers, in August; completed a video of the CD's lead track, "The (One of a Kind) Shimmy"; and appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival in September with special guest Teshome Mitiku.

And on Thursday, 12/16, the E/O will perform their 25th anniversary concert at the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA, at 7:30 pm. (Tickets $25, $15 for students.) Several dozen alumni have been invited to participate; confirmed guests thus far are Miguel Zenon, Josh Roseman, Bob Nieske, Chris Taylor, John Dirac, Curtis Hasselbring, Jerome Deupree, Kenny Freundlich, Dan Fox, Leo Blanco, Russell Jewell, Kurtis Rivers, and John Turner.

Coming up in the spring are concerts with Ethiopian superstar Mahmoud Ahmed (at Amherst [MA] College on 3/25 and the Regattabar in Cambridge on 3/24 or 3/26); a New York club date, now in the works; and a 5/13 appearance at the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa, with the E/O performing the music of Armenian maestro Nerses Nalbandian. The E/O will return home with a 5/26 appearance at Scullers in Boston.

"Preparing for the 25th anniversary concert," says Gershon, "it's fascinating for me to search through our library of old music and old recordings, and see the interweaving of musical ideas, the career paths of so many wonderful musicians, and the evolution of jazz itself over the lifespan of the band, which actually covers a quarter of the history of jazz. We intend to bring all of these elements together into entertaining, edifying, and emotional shows over this coming season."

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New CD Released plus Music & Words Video from "The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain" project

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new album release THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN. This special project was recorded June 4, 2010 at Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia and showcases an All-Star ensemble.

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new album release - "THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN." This special project was recorded June 4, 2010 at the 18th Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia and showcases an All-Star ensemble featuring one-of-a-kind performances never before heard live or in the studio.

The day was filled with an incredible line-up of talent including: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock and Redline, and The Crowe Brothers; along with a few special guests: Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Brand New Strings, and marvelously emceed by popular Sirius-XM radio personality Kyle Cantrell. Mark Newton served as Producer and Production Coordinator with Rural Rhythm Records President, Sam Passamano, Jr. serving as Executive Producer.

The label is also proud to announce a new Video, Part 1 that includes interviews with Sam Passamano, Jr., Lou Reid, The Crowe Brothers and Sammy Shelor; plus powerful performance clips of "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" by Lonesome River Band with special guests Josh Crowe and Wayne Crowe; "Graves Mountain Memories" with the Rural Rhythm All-Stars; "Groundspeed" with the Rural Rhythm All-Stars; "Lonesome River" with Lou Reid & Carolina with special guest, Russell Moore. Video, Part II will be released next week featuring Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler and Audie Blaylock and will also include special video performance clips. The album and video certainly help to re-live those very special times throughout the day as you will see here:


Sierra Guitars Donates to Children?s Miracle Network

Sierra Guitars is happy to announce the donation of a Sierra guitar to The Children’s Miracle Network for the 2011 KICKS Cares for Kids Radiothon and Celebrity Auction in Odessa, Texas.

Sierra Guitars is happy to announce the donation of a Sierra guitar to The Children’s Miracle Network for the 2011 KICKS Cares for Kids Radiothon and Celebrity Auction in Odessa, Texas. Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals. The donations they receive create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that save and improve the lives of children each year.

[caption id="attachment_4308" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Jason Aldean signing sierra tahoe jumbo guitar"][/caption]Sierra Guitars donated a Sierra Tahoe Jumbo Acoustic-Electric guitar, which was signed by American Country Music Singer and Guitarist Jason Aldean. Various business donations and country music artists are instrumental in making this annual celebrity auction a success and Sierra Guitars was happy to play a part for the upcoming 2011 event.

Children’s Miracle Network raises money to support children’s services at Medical Center Hospital and provided care to nearly 19,000 kids last year. In 2010 the Radiothon and Celebrity Auction raised more than $104,000. One hundred percent of the donations received locally stay in West Texas to serve a 19 county area.

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The 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Main Event/Thurs., November 18

HOLLYWOOD, Calif- The final countdown to the annual Red Carpet Gala has begun. The 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards and its sister productions the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards and the Phoenix Music Awards are all slated for presentation on one fantastic evening scheduled for Thursday, November 18th, 2010 on the lot at Paramount Studios inside the beautiful Paramount Theater.

This year's event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the 75th birthday of the historic Paramount piano, the instrument that composed the original score to the Wizard of Oz in 1935 when it was first delivered to the lot. Since that year, this piano has composed nearly 800 movie scores on its eighty-eight keys. The piano will be played at the L.A. Music Awards Main Event by Italian pianist Adriano Aponte and White House pianist David Osborne, who will also perform with local actress and singer, Juliette Goglia.

Celebrity honorees for the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award presentations include Actress Sally Kirkland, Night Ranger's Jack Blades, legendary music producer Eddie Kramer, Senator Max Cleland for the literary award, Posthumous Award for Jaco Pastorious and Ronnie James Dio, former President Jimmy Carter for Lifetime Humanitarian, plus several others.

On Thursday, October 7th at the Whisky A Go-Go, 121 nominees in 26 musical categories were voted on by a music industry panel and fans. All of those recipients will be handed their award plaques at this event. An additional 13 artists and bands from Phoenix, Arizona will also be on hand to accept their accolades.

Red Carpet begins at 6:30 with the pre-event food and cocktail reception starting at 7:00 and show time at 8:00 p.m. Discount tickets are available for Hollywood Chamber of Commerce members as well as Nominees from all three programs. Purchase of a single VIP ticket includes parking, unlimited food and cocktails for one hour from 7:00 until 8:00, a gift bag and a reserved theater seat inside the 500 capacity venue. For production questions and all other inquiries, please call 310-798-0822 or visit online at

20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards - Winners & Producers Choice Recipients

Hot Adult Contemporary Single of the Year.

Truth On Earth: "Flip Flop from the Top"

Pop Artist: Sarah McMullen

Triple A Artist: Anne Simoni

Rock Artist: The Lost Boys

Hot Adult Contemporary Artist: Alexa James

Country Artist: Justin Foutz

Jazz Artist: Storeytime

Male Vocalist: Kirk Hulshoff of Zombie Shakerbox

Rock Drummer: Peter Lust of Feisty Piranhas

Female Singer / Songwriter(s): Truth On Earth

Female Vocalist: Juliette Goglia

Pop Single: Madisen Hill: "Suga"

Male Singer Songwriter: Gonzalo

Country Single: Hopdown Bilby Band: " Bad Times"

Record of the Year: Jesse Hiatt: "Choose Your Road"

Country Album: Keaton Scott: "Memories"

Hot Adult Contemporary Album: Sarah Lonsert: "Dreams & Poetry"

Americana, Blues & Roots Single: Shari Puorto: "Free"

Rock Album: Jon Magnificent: " You Won't Believe This"

Rock Single: Zoe Scott: "Eight Lovers and a One Night Stand"

Americana, Blues & Roots Artist: Patti Rain

Instrumental Artist: Adriano Aponte

Electronica-Dance Artist: Kris Serale

Showcase Artist: Spirit Soul and Friends

International Artist: Lace Bentley: Kingston, Jamaica

Music Video of the Year: The Spectaculars: "Hup Two"

Producer's Choice, Dance Single of the Year: Eileen Carey

Producer's Choice, Country Songwriter of the Year: Natasha James

Producer's Choice, Entertainer of the Year: Papa J

Producer's Choice, Live Album of the Year: Feisty Piranhas


Friday, October 22, 2010

The Who's Classic 1970 Live at Leeds Released in 4-CD 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors' Edition Box Set

‘What hits you when you listen to it is you realize how much you need to see the Who.’ — Pete Townshend, 1970

‘Hull was a better gig than Leeds. I remember it like it was yesterday, although in retrospect, Live At Hull doesn’t really trip off the tongue.’ — Roger Daltrey, 2010

LOS ANGELES– One of the most critically acclaimed concert albums in rock history, from one of the greatest live bands of all time, just got even better–with the revelatory rediscovery of the recording of the following night’s performance.

The Who’s Live At Leeds – 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors’ Edition (MCA/UMe), released November 16, 2010, brings together not only the iconic band’s concert of February 14, 1970 in Leeds but also the following night’s previously unreleased concert in Hull, each with an entire performance of the “Tommy” rock opera. In addition, the 4-CD box set features a reissue of the original vinyl LP and its seven-inch vinyl single.

Hailed by Nik Cohn in his 1970 album review in The New York Times as “the best live rock album ever made,” Live At Leeds has since been ranked by Rolling Stone among its “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.” Yet the original idea was for The Who’s first live album to be the recording of the next night’s performance, the February 15th concert in Hull. The Leeds recording was supposed to be the backup; the band members reportedly preferring the Hull show because of better acoustics at the more spacious venue.

But supposedly there were technical problems with the Hull show, notably that the bass guitar had not been recorded. The first reel of the Hull tapes consisting of four tracks had no bass. Everyone then assumed that the whole show had no bass and didn’t listen to the rest of the tapes. As a result, the album became Live At Leeds.

Recently, however, an associate of the band returned to the vaults and was surprised to discover that most of the Hull set was wholly intact–band, bass and audience! Through the wonders of modern technology, the full Hull recording has been repaired by flying in Entwistle’s bass tracks from the Leeds recording to repair the Hull tapes and is now available in its entirety for the first time on Live At Leeds – 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors’ Edition.

That 1970 album included only the hard rockin’ “Young Man Blues,” “Substitute,” “Summertime Blues,” “Shakin’ All Over,” “My Generation” and “Magic Bus.” A mid-’90s reissue doubled the length of the original with material from the same riveting performance, including “Happy Jack,” “I Can’t Explain,” “I’m A Boy” and an excerpt from Tommy. In 2001, the two-CD Deluxe Edition went further, including for the first time all of the band’s almost one-hour long performance of Tommy, which many consider the best live version on record.

Now Live At Leeds – 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors’ Edition finally tells the whole story. Housed in a hard-back box with cover artwork reproducing the original black stamped pressing, the package also includes a classic poster of Pete Townshend and a new 64-page full-color book containing rare photos, including of memorabilia surrounding the original release, and liner notes detailing the history of this landmark album.

CD One – Leeds:

Heaven And Hell

I Can’t Explain

Fortune Teller


Young Man Blues


Happy Jack

I’m A Boy

A Quick One, While He’s Away

Summertime Blues

Shakin’ All Over

My Generation

Magic Bus

CD Two – Leeds “Tommy”:


It’s A Boy


Amazing Journey


Eyesight To The Blind


The Acid Queen

Pinball Wizard

Do You Think It’s Alright?

Fiddle About

Tommy, Can You Hear Me?

There’s A Doctor

Go To The Mirror!

Smash The Mirror

Miracle Cure

Sally Simpson

I’m Free

Tommy’s Holiday Camp

We’re Not Gonna Take It

CD Three – Hull:

Heaven And Hell

I Can’t Explain

Fortune Teller


Young Man Blues


Happy Jack

I’m A Boy

A Quick One, While He’s Away

Summertime Blues

Shakin’ All Over

My Generation

CD Four – Hull “Tommy”:


It’s A Boy


Amazing Journey


Eyesight To The Blind

Christmas The Acid Queen

Pinball Wizard

Do You Think It’s Alright?

Fiddle About

Tommy, Can You Hear Me?

There’s A Doctor

Go To The Mirror!

Smash The Mirror

Miracle Cure

Sally Simpson

I’m Free

Tommy’s Holiday Camp

We’re Not Gonna Take It

Original Vinyl LP

Side 1:

Young Man Blues


Summertime Blues

Shakin’ All Over

Side 2:

My Generation

Magic Bus

Seven-Inch Vinyl Single

Summertime Blues

Heaven And Hell

The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 & The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Re-Mastered Vinyl Box Sets

For the very first time in the history of the “World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” The Rolling Stones, ABKCO Records and Universal Music Group have joined forces to offer two vinyl box set collections spanning over 40 years of The Rolling Stones’ career. The box sets include 23 original studio albums, two “Big Hits” collections as well as two rare EPs. They will be released from November 22 in the U.K. (and November 23 in the U.S.).

The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 and The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Box Sets offer the consumer a wealth of great Rolling Stones music, much of which hasn’t been available on vinyl for a considerable period of time.

The limited edition numbered box sets chronologically kick off with The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 Vinyl Box Set, a collection that encompasses the Stones’ earlyU.K.releases. The set includes nine re-mastered Rolling Stones studio albums, two remastered EPs, plus two “Big Hits” collections. It’s the first vinyl reissue in decades for The Rolling Stones (EP), The Rolling Stones, Five by Five (EP), The Rolling Stones No. 2, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) and Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).

The first five titles in the set are presented in their original mono format affording, for the first time in years, an opportunity for Stones fans to enjoy re-mastered versions of the tracks “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” “Time Is On My Side” (Version 2) and “Down the Road Apiece” as originally released. Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) is included with its original octagonal cover and artwork intact. Metamorphosisis also included in the set; the album was first released in 1975 but is wholly comprised of tracks recorded from the early-to-late sixties. The inclusion of the band’s original two “Big Hits” collections was mandated by the fact that U.K. album releases in that era most often did not include contemporaneously released hit singles.

The world really was The Rolling Stones’ oyster in the seventies, as their escapades made headlines around the world from the French Riviera to Switzerland and via the U.S. and Canada. They performed groundbreaking concerts in arenas and moved effortlessly into open-air stadiums. They stuck their collective tongue out at the British establishment and became citizens of the world.

They set up their own label and made the most of their new-found artistic freedom and, most importantly, they issued a series of definitive studio albums: Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Black And Blue and Some Girls. They partied at Studio 54, came up with dance-floor hits “Miss You” and “Emotional Rescue,” and recorded in Paris, Nassau, Jamaica and New York.

The eighties saw the band stretch the envelope further still, working with jazz great Sonny Rollins, film directors Julien Temple and Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and producers Chris Kimsey and Steve Lillywhite on classics such as Emotional Rescue, Tattoo You, Undercover, Dirty Work and Steel Wheels.

Throughout the next two decades they filmed with Scorsese, recorded with Don Was and released further groundbreaking albums–Voodoo Lounge and Bridges To Babylon, right up to 2005′s triumphant A Bigger Bang.

Fans now get a chance to rediscover many of their past favourites and unearth some forgotten gems along the way too …all re-mastered and sounding better than ever.

The two volumes, a compendium of the band’s U.K.-released studio recordings, will be marketed jointly by ABKCO and UMG and span the band’s output from the dawn of their recording career in early 1964 with the release of their debut LP The Rolling Stones, through to A Bigger Bang, originally released in 2005. Pressings in The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 and The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Box Sets are 180-gram virgin heavyweight vinyl and are part of the much lauded Back-to-Black classic vinyl reissue series.

Jody Klein, ABKCO Music and Records CEO, remarked, “With the current marketplace resurgence of vinyl, these collections are certain to delight both long-standing Stones fans as well as contemporary vinyl devotees. The quality of the pressings and the care with which these historic releases have been re-mastered is breathtaking.”

Andrew Kronfeld, Universal Music Group International’s Executive VP, International Marketing, said, “Vinyl was the Rolling Stones’ accomplice from day one, so this is the way to hear the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. There’s nothing else to say…just listen.”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Rock 'N' Roll Classic Damn The Torpedoes Expanded With Previously Unreleased Tracks for Deluxe Editions

One of the greatest albums in rock history gets even better with the November 9 release on Backstreet/Geffen/UMe of the expanded and remastered Deluxe Edition of Damn The Torpedoes from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The Deluxe Edition release will be available with a choice of four formats (1) on two-CDs, (2) on one audiophile quality Blu-ray disc, (3) on 2 180-gram vinyl LPs and (4) as an iTunes LP.

All formats of the Deluxe Edition will come with nine additional bonus tracks not included on the original album. Seven of these tracks are previously unreleased including two studio tracks, “Nowhere” and “Surrender,” both written by Tom Petty and recorded and completed during the Damn The Torpedoes sessions. The never-before-heard “Nowhere” was thought to have been lost in 1979 when the tape boxes were being moved daily to avoid the possibility that court bailiffs would claim them as part of Petty’s assets in the lawsuit at the time. Recording engineer Ryan Ulyate found the song recently while he was listening to tapes searching for alternate versions of songs to be included on the current release. The original 1979 recording of “Surrender” is also included on the bonus disc. “Surrender” was a mainstay of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ concert setlists for many years although this original studio version recorded for Damn The Torpedoes, which includes Stan Lynch on drums, never saw the light of day until now. Also included on the bonus disc is an original demo for the B-side “Casa Dega” and an alternate take of “Refugee” as well as a trio of live performances at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (March 6, 1980), including “Don’t Do Me Like That,” the first hit single from the album.

Digitally remastered from the original analog master tapes, all formats of Damn The Torpedoes – Deluxe Edition also feature liner notes by noted rock journalist/author David Fricke, rare photos, and lyrics to each track.

The vinyl edition of Damn The Torpedoes – Deluxe Edition will be released by ORG MUSIC on two 180 gram LPs mastered for vinyl from the original analog master tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios and pressed by Pallas in Germany. The Blu-ray version of the album will be released on a high-resolution audio Blu-ray disc, featuring the original stereo mix and new 5.1 surround sound mix. The 24-bit 96K audio on the Blu-ray disc contains 256 times more resolution than a CD, providing greater detail and reproducing the music’s full dynamic range, from the softest to the loudest sounds. As a bonus the Blu-ray disc also includes the original music videos for “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee.”

The first 15,000 copies of the vinyl and Blu-ray editions include a free download of the entire album in one of three high quality digital formats (320k MP3, 24/96 FLAC, or Apple Lossless), redeemable until November 9, 2011.

On August 3, Eagle Rock Entertainment released on DVD and Blu-ray an edition of their critically acclaimed Classic Albums series focusing on Damn The Torpedoes. The Damn The Torpedoes edition of Classic Albums unweaves the creative process behind the album featuring newly filmed interviews from Heartbreakers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Ron Blair, as well as co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus.

Also to be released in conjunction with the Damn The Torpedoes Deluxe Edition is an exclusive, limited edition and individually numbered 7″ single featuring two previously unreleased tracks from the Damn The Torpedoes Deluxe Edition, “Nowhere” and “Surrender.” The 7″ will be released on November 26, 2010, and available only at independent retailers in celebration of the Back To Black Friday event.

Visitors to can now enjoy a special mini-site devoted to the upcoming release of Damn The Torpedoes Deluxe Edition featuring a 5-minute film devoted to the history of the album and perspectives on the bonus material from Mike Campbell and engineer Ryan Ulyate, as well as a selection from David Fricke’s liner notes, photos, videos, and more.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have just finished a successful tour of North America in support of their latest album, Mojo, during which they played to more than 600,000 people. The Mojo Tour was Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ highest grossing tour ever.

Disc One – Original Album

1. Refugee

2. Here Comes My Girl

3. Even The Losers

4. Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)

5. Century City

6. Don’t Do Me Like That

7. You Tell Me

8. What Are You Doin’ In My Life?

9. Louisiana Rain

Disc Two – Bonus Tracks

1. Nowhere*

2. Surrender*

3. Casa Dega/B-side

4. It’s Rainin’ Again/B-side

5. Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)/Live – Hammersmith Odeon 1980*

6. Don’t Do Me Like That/Live – Hammersmith Odeon 1980*

7. Somethin’ Else/Live – Hammersmith Odeon 1980*

8. Casa Dega/Demo*

9. Refugee/Alternate Take*

*Previously unreleased

About Damn The Torpedoes and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Damn The Torpedoes, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ third album (and first on Backstreet/MCA,) proved to be the breakthrough for the singer-songwriter-guitarist and his band (guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch). The album was released on October 19, 1979, after a highly publicized lawsuit in which Petty made a groundbreaking stand for artist rights, refusing to be sold by one record company to another without his consent. Damn The Torpedoes became the group’s first Top 10, remaining at #2 for seven weeks (only Pink Floyd’s The Wall kept it from the top). It sold over 5-million copies, and had 3 top 40 hits and 4 top 5 rock-radio hits. The album was an immediate critical success, with Rolling Stone declaring Damn The Torpedoes “the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album we have all been waiting for.”

Produced by Petty and Jimmy Iovine, the album reached double platinum quickly and catapulted the band to arena performances where they played such classic cuts as the infectious Top 10 hit “Don’t Do Me Like That,” blistering rockers “Refugee” and “Here Comes My Girl,” and the exhilarating “Even The Losers.” Bursting with full speed ahead American rock ‘n’ roll, the album brought together rock, folk, country and blues in what has become Petty and the Heartbreakers’ signature style. The release garnered Petty his first Rolling Stone Magazine cover in February 1980. He has appeared on four covers since then. In 2003, nearly 25 years after its release, Rolling Stone honored Damn The Torpedoes on its list of “the greatest albums ever made,” and in 2002 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, during their first year of eligibility. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are one of the very few artists to score a top five record on the Billboard charts in five consecutive decades.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Various Artists Make Up The "How Weed Won The West" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sunset Records Soundtracks) CD Which Hits Stores On October 19

“How Weed Won The West” takes its message to the music by releasing an eclectic soundtrack CD with Sunset Records for the film that is opening in theaters this month.

Award Winning Film Documentarian Kevin Booth also makes his solo music career debut as a participant on the Sunset Records film’s soundtrack featuring an all-star various artist title compilation CD, very naturally, and the filmmaker opens and closes the soundtrack CD with his songs. His electronic ballad “Baby Kush” stars as the album’s opening track with the album telling a story through to the closer “Drug War 2,” a Kevin Booth collaboration with Nick Knoc, with twelve (12) songs made up of rock, hip-hop, reggae, quirky, rap and electronic tunes on the compilation Soundtrack CD. (Kevin) Booth isn’t the only eclectic artist that makes a contribution to the soundtrack, 3 All Mighty, Panjoma offer up quintessential mood driven songs also from the film with “Dangerous Dragon Fly,” and ”Reel” accordingly, while Travis Warren adds a blast of Southern down home rock n roll rock to the album with “I-40 Blues.”

More highlights on the CD are rap and hip-hop driven with topical songs, and quintessential partying tunes, from Los Marijuanos (recently signed to Sunset Urban Records) with their hit song, “Summertime”, along with Sunset Urban Recording act, Mista Latex with his “Let It Burn” song and Philadelphia native, Neele Scar with the song that also dawns the name of the film, “Weed Won The West,” are the perfect blend of raucous, melodic hip-hop / rap tunes that do tell this story and send its’ messages, on this full length Soundtrack CD. The Ronnell Sessions neo-soul rendition of “N-Day” effortlessly seeps in its Spanish influences, while at the same time, the quirky, pop artist, Norman A. Norman brings his “The Vapo Song (Vapo Vapo Vapo) song to the CD, and is “must hear” while the roots reggae legend, I Kong (Tropical Records) adds his reggae style to the Soundtrack, with the inclusion of his popular world music song, “A Soldier Went To War.”

“The soundtrack is not only a favorite of mine,” says Don Lichterman, the head of Sunset Records, “it also tells a story just like the film would tell its story.” (Don) Lichterman goes on to say “The songs on the soundtrack are all dramatic in their own way,” and “the CD is not only fun, I also want people to be able to leave the CD on at parties without having to change it. Plus, every song sends a message related to the documentary film made by Kevin (Booth).”

All in all, the How Weed Won The West soundtrack CD is compiled very well while having songs on it, be able to send a message related to the subject matter in the documentary film (in theatres this month). Sunset put this soundtrack together and compiled the artists on the CD in a very eclectic way. All music fans in all genres and all styles make the CD a sure “buy it now” after it hits stores on October 19th this year.

About Sunset Urban Records

Sunset is a privately owned Don Lichterman Company. Sunset is one of the leading independent record labels and entertainment companies in the world. Sunset’s Entertainment Companies, and its global operation, acquire, develop, and distribute major music recording artists, home visual entertainment products, online-digital entertainment technologies and music and filmed entertainment worldwide. Sunset's four major divisions are the Sunset Distributed Label Group, the Sunset Strategic Marketing and Licensing Division, the Radio Sunset Network and the Sunset Filmed Entertainment Division.


Hennessy Invites Fans to Party Like Rock Stars in Celebration of the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY� Awards Nov. 11, 2010

One Week Left to Enter to Win A Trip to Las Vegas and Exclusive VIP Access to The Official Latin GRAMMY After Party and New After-After Party

NEW YORK--Hennessy, the number one selling cognac in the United States, is celebrating the success of today's premier Latin musical artists with a national sweepstakes to win a trip to the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards on November 11 in Las Vegas, which will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

Fans can enter multiple ways including online at or by texting the word HennyLG to 44144 before the deadline of October 22, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Five lucky grand prize winners will receive a three-day prize package to join Hennessy in Las Vegas to salute Latin music's finest musical performers of the year. No purchase necessary.

A premier cultural event, Hennessy is proud to be returning for the third year as an official sponsor of the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards and of the Latin GRAMMY After Party. Guests, soaring with Latino pride after a magical night of recognizing top artists and break-through performances, will keep the celebration going all night long by hitting the dance floor of Mandalay Bay Events Center at the official Latin GRAMMY After Party and then the After-After Party at The Hotel's Mix Lounge. Hennessy signature cocktails will be on hand to make toasts to Latin music's ability to transcend language barriers and bring people together.

"Hennessy is honored to be a part of this prestigious event," said Manny Gonzalez, director of Hispanic Marketing for Hennessy. "Music is integral to the Latino lifestyle, playing a significant role in shaping our culture and inspiring our daily lives. Hennessy is proud to be supporting the Latin GRAMMY Awards and serving its premium spirits in tribute to these top artists."

To further commemorate the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, Hennessy has unveiled a special edition golden gift box featuring the official Latin GRAMMY logo. The elegant packaging will be available for a limited time in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Duty Free (JFK Airport only). The suggested retail price per 750ml bottle is $44.99-49.99.

For more information on Hennessy Privilege in both English and Spanish, visit WWW.HENNESSY.COM.

About Hennessy

Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Moet Hennessy USA and is a subsidiary of LVMH (Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton). Hennessy distills, ages and blends a full range of marques, including Hennessy V.S, Privilege V.S.O.P, Hennessy Black, X.O, Paradis and Richard Hennessy.

About The Latin Recording Academy®

The Latin Recording Academy is an International, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at, and a Facebook fan at

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24-Hour Johnny Cash Internet Radio Station Launches

Official Johnny Cash Internet radio station launches; Cash's friends and family involved in 24-hour programming highlighting the singer's five decades-plus career.

CORONA, CA-- Johnny Cash fans around the world can now tune in to Johnny Cash Radio, a new venture launched by Bill Miller who, along with the late Johnny Cash, founded the official Johnny Cash website 14 years ago.

The station,, streams Johnny Cash music and content 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Johnny Cash Radio is a dream come true for Johnny's millions of fans around the globe. We are the source for all things Cash, and our lineup includes programming hosted by Johnny's own family members, friends, former band members and others in the music industry," said Miller.

Among the family members who host their own shows is the wife of John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's only son), Laura Cash, and Johnny's youngest sister, Joanne Cash Yates. The programs range from DJ-style shows to documentaries featuring interviews with Cash friends and associates to rare vintage performances by the Man in Black spanning his five decades strong career.

Miller and his wife Shannon host the weekly webcast, The Johnny Cash Radio Show, which features guests such as Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash, Merle Haggard, Rosanne Cash, Jane Seymour, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys and friends, family members and associates who knew Cash.

"There are few other entertainers whose body of work could sustain a 24 hour, seven days a week radio stream. With Johnny Cash's five decades of writing and recording, our station is always fresh and relevant," Miller said.

Johnny Cash began his career in music in 1954 and has sold over 100 million records. He is the only entertainer in history to be inducted into the Country Music, Rock & Roll and Songwriter's Halls of Fame. His life story was chronicled in the 2005 blockbuster film Walk the Line which starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny Cash and June Carter.

The Johnny Cash Radio stream is powered by Live365.Com

JohnnyCash.Com and JohnnyCashRadio.Com serve fans of the Man in Black from around the world. For further information, please contact Bill Miller at

Troy ?Trombone Shorty? Andrews Joined by Lenny Kravitz in Paris Jam Session; Shorty Plays on Kravitz? New Album

Red Hot + New Orleans Announces
Trombone Shorty as Musical Director

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — In the midst of his second European tour in the last six months Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) was joined by his mentor and former bandleader Lenny Kravitz, who surprised Troy’s fans onstage in Paris on October 13th to sit in on drums. This was followed by a late-night session in the studio, where Andrews added some touches to Mr. Kravitz’ upcoming CD, which already includes horn parts Troy had recorded at Lenny’s studio in Caribbean.


Just two days later, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue launched their UK tour supporting the legendary Jeff Beck, who called Troy and Orleans Avenue sax player Tim McFatter up for his encore on a searing rendition of Sly & the Family Stone’s "I Wanna Take You Higher" (after which Beck shouted out to the audience, “Trombone F***ing Shorty!”).

In the meantime, this weekend PBS will begin airing Trombone Shorty’s debut performance on Austin City Limits, followed on Thanksgiving weekend by PBS’ airing of Jeff Beck’s Les Paul Tribute, which also features Trombone Shorty.

All this and Troy still finds the time to serve as Music Director for two Red Hot + New Orleans concerts presented as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Art series. For this salute to the music of the Crescent City, Troy has enlisted Dr. John, Ledisi, Marc Broussard, Partners-N-Crime, Kermit Ruffins and Irma Thomas, among others. Produced in association with the Red Hot Organization in recognition of World AIDS Day (Dec 1), the shows take place at the Howard Gilman Opera House on December 3 and 4. Part of the proceeds will benefit New Orleans’ NO/AIDS Task Force.

Trombone Shorty continues to make touring history supporting the final four dates on Dave Matthews Band’s 2010 tour while he and his Orleans Avenue band crisscross the globe further spreading his patented “Supafunkrock” sound as exemplified on his Verve/Forecast debut, Backatown. Andrews and Orleans Avenue recently soared in their Japanese debut at the acclaimed Fuji Rock Festival, followed by gigs in Rio and São Paolo.

Backatown, at its six month mark, is Billboard’s Greatest Gainer in this week’s top-selling jazz albums chart ranked by sales data compiled by Neilsen Soundscan for the week of October 23, according to Trombone Shorty’s Backatown leapfrogged Harry Connick Jr.’s Your Songs and the Treme soundtrack gaining two positions, stalwartly standing at # 6 while the band tours Europe.

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Rock and Roll's Darlene Love Releases Live Concert Album

NEW YORK-- Darlene Love, lead singer of 60's Rock and Roll groups The Blossoms, The Crystals and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans is captured for all time in a new live concert album.

Recorded last February, "The Concert of Love", produced by REEL Good Productions LLC in association with SOBO Productions, features Darlene Love's classics including "He's a Rebel", "Da Doo Run Run", "(Today I Met) the Boy I'm Gonna Marry" and the song that's become an annual Love performance on Late Show With David Letterman: "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)". A companion DVD of "The Concert of Love" is planned for release later this year.

"'The Concert of Love' presents the Darlene Love the world adores, on stage singing the great songs that made her famous," explained Karen Braithwaite-Yarn, co-founder of REEL Good Productions, at this morning's announcement.

The album has already drawn rave reviews from icons including legendary radio host Cousin Brucie who calls it "remarkable and heartwarming" and adds that "the mountain has never been higher than on Love's version of 'River Deep Mountain High'."

Rocker Bruce Springsteen says Darlene's classics "sound as steam rolling fresh today as the day they were released."

Ms. Love continues to perform her hits on stages around the world and last week, was nominated a third time for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Darlene is the most powerful singer of all the girl group voices from the sixties," continues Mr. Springsteen. "She's one of my all time favorites and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame won't be complete without her."

"I'm thrilled and delighted to present this new live concert CD," said Darlene Love from her home outside of New York City. "What a simply blessed year this has been – from the concerts, to the album, and now another nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I hope my fans will enjoy listening to 'The Concert of Love' as much as I enjoyed making it for them."

"The Concert of Love" retails for $19.95 and is available online at iTunes,,, and via It is also available at 1-888-221-LOV2 (5682).

Legendary Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis to Write Autobiography for It Books

It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced today a deal to publish the memoir of rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis in 2012.

One of the greatest showmen of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the founding pioneers of rock -- and his life story is at least as dramatic as his famously outrageous performances. From his childhood in Louisiana and his evangelical upbringing (Jimmy Lee Swaggart was his double first cousin) to his expulsion from Bible college in Texas, Lewis always knew he was going to be a star.

In this long-awaited memoir, he will share a lifetime of untold stories, from his early years at Sun Records, where he lit up the music charts in 1957 with the back-to-back hits "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire"; to his longtime friendships with Sun stablemates Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and others; to the scandal that scuttled his first UK tour and jeopardized his career; to his triumphant comeback in the late 1960s, when he became the #1 Country Music star in America; to the cycles of excess and tragedy that dogged him for decades -- to his present-day comeback with a pair of hit CDs, Last Man Standing and Mean Old Man. The result will be a truly no-holds-barred memoir -- a rock epic if ever there was one.

"I have spent my life listening to those who know so little say so much about me and my life," said Lewis. "I am ready to say a whole lot about why I lived my life the way I did. People can read it, burn it, or never give it another thought. Either way the truth is about to be told, and I'm the only man still standing who can touch it."

"Mr. Lewis personifies the American story, in all its richness and contradiction," said Morgan. "He's a man of astonishing natural talent, profound belief, and indomitable spirit. What a thrill to have the chance to work with him on this unforgettable book."

Jerry Lee Lewis was the first person inducted in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, at its opening ceremony in 1986. His original recording of "Great Balls of Fire" was elected to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" received this honor in 1999. He has garnered countless honors, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Rolling Stone ranked him one of their Top 25 Greatest Artists of All Time, and he is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Lewis has had 14 #1 Hits, 47 Top 20 hits, and 10 Golden Records.

In 2010, actor Levi Kreis won a Tony Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Lewis in the hit Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet.

At the age of 75, Lewis is currently on tour in support of his latest CD, Mean Old Man, a deluxe 18-track collection of duets and collaborations with some of the greatest musicians in rock and country music.

About It Books:

Launched in September 2009, It Books is dedicated to publishing exceptional books in entertainment, music, fashion, design, art, celebrity, pop culture and sports.

It Books has published numerous New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times bestsellers including Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern, Mustaine by Dave Mustaine, My Appetite for Destruction by Steven Adler, Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald, Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by Cherie Currie, I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks, and Satiristas by Paul Provenza and Dan Dion.

Upcoming publications include Blow by Blow by Detmar Blow with Tom Skyes, The Red Hot Chili Peppers by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, How to Beat Up Anybody by Judah Friedlander, True Whit by Whitney Port, Everyone Loves You When You're Dead by Neil Strauss, and Al Jaffee's Mad Life by Mary Lou Weisman.

It Books is an imprint HarperCollinsPublishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).

It Books can be found online at,, and

David Allan Coe Releases First New Single in 25 Years

Country outlaw David Allan Coe has released a new single, "Single Father", his first radio single in nearly 25 years, from his upcoming new album release, Free My Mind, his first album of previously un-released music since his 2006 Rebel Meets Rebel rock/metal collaboration with the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott of Pantera fame.

"Single Father" was co-written with Kid Rock and was on Kid Rock's platinum-selling Kid Rock album and has been previously released on a couple of Coe's live projects.

The new album, due out in January, will also feature live performances of two other Kid Rock co-writes, "Free My Mind" and "59 Cadillac 57 Chevrolet", in addition to 16 other new songs written by Coe.

Coe was an outlaw country act before Waylon and Willie and is a legendary songwriter/artist having had monster hits as a writer with "Take This Job And Shove It", and Tanya Tucker's number 1, "Would You Lay With me In A Field Of Stone". He also had his own Top 10 hits as an artist with "You Never Even Called Me By My Name", "The Ride", and "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile".

Coe is releasing his project to radio exclusively through AirPlay Direct. If you are a member, simply login and download this new track along with the other two available Coe/Kid Rock songs. If not, you can register for free at this link -

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rock Hall brings New Orleans to Cleveland For One Week for 2010 American Music Masters� series

Weeklong schedule is announced for Walking to New Orleans:
The Music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew

CLEVELAND - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) will honor Antoine “Fats” Domino and Dave Bartholomew, one of the most important partnerships in the history of rock and roll music, during the 15th annual American Music Masters® series in November.

Over the course of a week, more than 40 members of the New Orleans music scene will travel to Cleveland including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, artists, band members, authors, journalists and more for the special events that will honor two pioneers in a seminal rock and roll city. Many events are FREE to the public.

The annual series of events will begin Monday, November 8, 2010, culminating with a conference and a tribute concert on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Renowned New Orleans actor Wendell Pierce (HBO’s The Wire and Treme) will serve as the evening’s emcee. Artists just added to the concert include reggae pioneers Toots and the Maytals and several artists from New Orleans, including vocal group the Dixie Cups (“Iko Iko,” “Chapel of Love”) and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Andersson. Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be the house band for the evening.Previously announced artists include American Music Masters honoree and Inductee Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, The Rebirth Brass Band and Robert Parker. The tribute concert will be held Saturday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s Palace Theatre in Cleveland. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50. This event is sponsored by Infiniti. Tickets are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting A limited number of Rock Hall VIP event packages starting at $250 are available by calling (216) 515-1207.

Additional ticketed events include:

Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m. - Concert by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Rebirth Brass Band at House of Blues, Cleveland, 308 Euclid Avenue, presented in conjunction with The Beachland Ballroom. New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Rebirth Brass Band will co-headline a show at Cleveland’s House of Blues on Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at,, the House of Blues Box Office, charge-by-phone (800-745-3000), or any Ticketmaster location.

Saturday, November 13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. – American Music Masters Conference at Case Western Reserve’s Wolstein Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road, in the Wolstein Research Building. A reflection on the career of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew and their impact on rock and roll music. Participants will include Hall of Fame Inductees Dave Bartholomew and Lloyd Price; long-time collaborators of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew including musicians Billy Diamond, Herb Hardesty, Ernest McLean, and songwriter/producer Eddie Ray; key historians of New Orleans music Domino biographer Rick Coleman, John Broven, Jason Berry and Jeff Hannusch and Dr. Ike of Ponderosa Stomp. Every surviving band member of Fats’ will attend. Writer and director Daniel Wolff will discuss his on-going film projects about residents trying to return to New Orleans, Right to Return: New Home Movies From the Ninth Ward and Been in the Storm Too Long, directed by Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme.Tickets are $30 (Continental breakfast and lunch included) and are available through Ticketmaster and the Rock Hall box office.

Additional events for the 15th Annual American Music Masters® series Walking to New Orleans: The Music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew include (all are FREE with reservation. Seating is limited):

FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. – Songwriters to Soundmen featuring New Orleans Songwriter and Producer Harold Battiste in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor. Composer, producer, educator and jazz ambassador Harold Battiste has had an active and significant role in studio, stage, motion picture and television history. A native of New Orleans, Battiste has produced 10 gold records, including Barbara George’s “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More),” Joe Jones’ “You Talk Too Much,” and Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me,” and is also credited with launching the pop careers of Sonny & Cher, Sam Cooke and Dr. John. Battiste is also responsible for founding All for One (AFO), the nation’s first African American musician-owned and -operated record label. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. – Rock and Roll Night School: “Rock the city with their Congo dances,” a special presentation by Ned Sublette in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor. The first known use of the verb rock to refer to African American music and dance referred to the jams at Congo Square in New Orleans in 1819 -- about a block from where Roy Brown recorded “Good Rockin’ Tonight” in 1947. Ned Sublette, author of The Year Before The Flood, The World that Made New Orleans, and Cuba and Its Music, will talk about the impact of music from Afro-New Orleans and Afro-Cuba on twentieth-century music in the United States, including a special shout out to the late New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and founding drummer of rock and roll. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

FREE with RSVP - Monday, November 8 at 7 p.m. - Rock and Roll Night School: A Spotlight on Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor. Rock Hall educators Dr. Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley will examine the careers of Inductees Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew and their contribution to the birth of rock and roll. This evening takes us from the early days when Dave Bartholomew heard Fats Domino playing in Billy Diamond’s band at the Hideaway Club in New Orleans, to the string of influential recordings they wrote and recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio on the corner of Rampart and Dumaine starting in 1949 (including “The Fat Man,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” “Blue Monday,” and “I’m Walkin”). We will also explore how their music drew both black and white fans and pushed at the boundaries of racial segregation. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

FREE with RSVP - Tuesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. – Film Screening: Fats Domino Live From Austin, Texas (1986) in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor. Recorded October 22, 1986, Fats Domino Live From Austin, Texas features previous unreleased performances from the award-winning Austin City Limits television show, featuring Dave Bartholomew on trumpet. Taken from the full concerts that were edited into the half hour TV show, these performances have been re-mixed and re-mastered. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, November 10 at 4:30 p.m. – Roots of Music: After-School Music Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor. Join us for a special workshop celebrating the legacy of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, with special guests from New Orleans’ acclaimed Roots of Music program (co-founded by Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tabb). Learn more about ROM’s amazing work in helping students across New Orleans succeed – musically, scholastically, and personally. This workshop is designed for teachers and educators around Northeast Ohio. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. – Songwriters to Soundmen with New Orleans Saxophonist Herb Hardesty in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor. Herb Hardesty is most known for his association with Fats Domino, beginning in 1949, where he has been the featured sax soloist for most of Domino’s recordings. His easy, upbeat, distinctive style has been a trademark of Fats’ music and can be heard on rock and roll classics like “I’m Walkin’,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blue Monday,” and many others. During his prolific career, Hardesty has worked with Hall of Fame Inductees Lloyd Price, BB King, and Little Richard as well as Tom Waits, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dr. John, and Frank Sinatra. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

FREE with RSVP - Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m. – Fats and Dave on Film: Their Music and Their Influences in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor. Hosted by documentary filmmaker and archivist Joe Lauro, this 75 minute program of rare film footage tracing the golden years of the Fats Domino Band augmented with clips of musicians, bands and events that influenced both Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. Portions of the program will be seen in an upcoming documentary on Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew slated for release in 2011. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

Numerous events will be streamed live on Please visit for up-to-date information about streamed events, the tribute concert, the weeklong series of events, and for more information about Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.

Rock Hall brings New Orleans to Northeast Ohio students; connects via distance learning to New Orleans youth

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame education department will offer a special class entitled “The Big Beat: Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, and New Orleans Rock and Roll”to 7th grade students at the Intercultural Charter School of New Orleans East on Tuesday, October 26th at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. This class, presented in partnership with New Orleans’ arts integration organization KID smart, will be the Rock Hall’s first connection to students in New Orleans.

The Rock Hall will also connect to Northeast Ohio students as part of its interdisciplinary educational program, Rockin’ the Schools. Students will survey the music that made Domino and Bartholomew rock and roll pioneers (and superstars) and will trace these sounds back through the rich and complicated musical history of New Orleans.

The Rock Hall will once again partner with the Cuyahoga County Public Library to deliver special American Music Masters-related content. On Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m., rock hall educator Stephanie Heriger will teach a special interactive videoconference class on Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, and the history of New Orleans rock and roll. This class will be held at the library’s Brooklyn branch located at 4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, Ohio. Contact the Cuyahoga County Public Library at 216-398-4600 for more information.

About the American Music Masters® Series
Each year, the American Music Masters® series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference at Case Western Reserve University and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. This year the pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for "Please Read the Letter" at the 51st annual Grammy awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” At the first American Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. Two years ago, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash. In 2009, Lucinda Williams penned an original song to honor Janis Joplin.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities was established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord. Dedicated to celebrating achievements in the arts and humanities, the Center facilitates cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations that address questions and problems of broad human interest.

About Cuyahoga County Public Library

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Doc Watson Kicks Off 2010-2011 Down Home Concert Series

North Carolina folk music icon Doc Watson performs with longtime friend David Holt and grandson Richard Watson on Friday, Nov. 12 at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts to kick off PineCone’s 2010-2011 Down Home Concert Series.

For more than half a century, Arthel "Doc" Watson has been a force in the creation, interpretation and preservation of American roots music. This year, he returns to the PineCone stage with his long-time friend and collaborator David Holt and his grandson Richard Watson to present Hills of Home, which combines hot flat-picking tunes, slow romantic ballads, gutsy blues numbers, delicately picked finger melodies and old-time gospel songs into an unforgettable evening of music. Join these two Grammy Award winning icons as they take you on a musical journey through North Carolina.

Holt and Watson earned a Grammy together in 2002 for Best Traditional Folk Recording for Legacy, a three-CD collection of songs and stories reflecting Watson's inspiring life story.

Born in Deep Gap, NC in 1923, Watson, who learned to play guitar and banjo as a child, has received numerous honors during his music career: in 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys (he has eight Grammy Awards to his credit), and he was recognized with the National Medal of Arts in 1997.

Watson was also a recipient of both a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award (1989) the North Carolina Award (1986). The North Carolina Award is the highest civilian award bestowed by the state of North Carolina, and it is awarded in the four fields of science, literature, the fine arts, and public service.

In October 2010, Watson was inducted in the NC Music Hall of Fame; in 2000, he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame. And efforts are currently underway to install a life-size bronze statue of Watson in downtown Boone, N.C., as part of the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) public art program.

Watson, who attended Raleigh's Governor Morehead School for the Blind growing up and whose first guitar was a $12 Stella from Sears Roebuck, has been called "a living national treasure" for his virtuoso flat-picking and his repertoire of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes.

In 1953, he joined Johnson City, Tennessee-based Jack Williams' country and western swing band. The band seldom had a fiddle player, but often played square dances, so Watson taught himself to play fiddle tunes on his electric guitar. He later transferred the technique to acoustic guitar, and playing fiddle tunes became part of his signature sound. His big break came with a performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963.

Watson recorded his first solo album in 1964 and began performing with his 16-year-old son, Merle. The pair continued to tour and record together until 1985, when Merle died in a tragic tractor accident. In his memory, Watson started MerleFest, which today draws more than 50,000 people a year to North Carolina’s Wilkesboro College to hear what Doc calls “traditional plus” music.

David Holt is a four-time Grammy Award winner who traveled to the Appalachians to pursue his passion for old-time banjo music. He traveled to remote mountain communities like Kingdom Come, Kentucky and Sodom Laurel, North Carolina, searching for the best traditional musicians.

Holt discovered hundreds of old-time mountaineers with a wealth of folk music, stories and wisdom. There was banjoist Wade Mainer, ballad singer Dellie Norton, singing coal miner Nimrod Workman, and 122-year-old washboard player Susie Brunson. Holt learned to play not only banjo, but also many unusual instruments like the mouth bow, the bottleneck slide guitar and even the paper bag. For more than three decades, his passion for traditional music and culture has fueled a successful performing and recording career. He has performed and recorded with many of his mentors including Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins. Today he tours the country perfoming solo, with Doc Watson and with his band The Lightning Bolts.

Holt is also well known for his television and radio series. He is host of public television's Folkways, a North Carolina program that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians. He served as host of The Nashville Network's Fire on the Mountain, Celebration Express and American Music Shop. He has been a frequent guest on Hee Haw, Nashville Now and The Grand Ole Opry. He can also be seen as a musician in the popular film O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Guitarist Richard Watson, Doc's grandson (Merle's son) learned some blues runs from his dad, and Doc's tutored him for more than a decade. In 1999, Doc and Richard released an album together called Third Generation Blues.

This concert is the first in PineCone's 2010-2011 Down Home Concert Series at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh's premier performing arts center. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12. Tickets are available through PineCone's box office (919-664-8302) or online at Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Progress Energy Center. We hope you'll join us for this special night featuring some of North Carolina's own finest traditional musicians!

The series resumes on Friday, Jan. 7 with a special duo performance by Tim O'Brien and Bryan Sutton, and IBMA's 2010 Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent return to Raleigh on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro makes a repeat performance on the PineCone stage on Saturday, Feb. 12, and the Sam Bush Band performs five days later with special guests Bearfoot (Thursday, Feb. 17). The series concludes on Sunday, March 13 with The Chieftains, which PineCone presents with Broadway Series South. Complete information about the 2010-2011 Down Home Concert Series is available at

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PineCone—the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, is a private, nonprofit, charitable membership organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts.

Magnolia Klezmer Band performs at NC Museum of History

PineCone & the NC Museum of History present a free concert by Triangle-based Magnolia Klezmer Band as part of the Music of the Carolinas series on Sunday, Nov. 14. The exhibit Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina will be open throughout the day.

Based in the Triangle area of North Carolina, The Magnolia Klezmer Band performs Eastern European Jewish music from Romania, Moldava, Russia and the Ukraine blended with American traditional jazz and swing. And if you stop by the Museum early, you can explore the exhibit Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina, which chronicles how Jews have integrated into Tar Heel life by blending their own traditions into Southern culture while preserving their ethnic and religious traditions. Admission to the exhibit is also free.

The band's unique sound comes from the mingling of musicians with roots in a panorama of musical traditions: Klezmer, Balkan, jazz, brass band, polka, and classical. The band continues to expand its repertoire with additions from vaudeville, Russian/Roma cabaret music, and Eastern European folk dances.

Now nearly 14 years old, the band has 12 -15 regular members who perform in the “industrial strength” concert band. Smaller subgroups play for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, parties, benefits, and other celebrations. The newly formed Magnolia Klezmer Quartet plays regularly at Raleigh's Irregardless Café. They have also performed at prime regional venues in the Triangle/Triad area of North Carolina, including the Cat’s Cradle, the Carrboro Arts Center 30th anniversary and the WorldArts Festival, Jewish Film Festivals, the Raleigh International Festival, Weaver St. Market Jazz Brunch, and many others, including performances at various North Carolina synagogues.

In 2006, some band members appeared on NPR’s “The State of Things.” In 2007, the entire band performed as part of PineCone’s own Music of the Carolinas series. They recorded that concert, which became the CD Trip to Amerika.

Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina is a traveling exhibit that is part of the first major effort to document and present more than 400 years of Jewish life in North Carolina. Produced and organized by the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina (JHFNC), the exhibit will be open at the Museum of History through March 7, 2011. After Down Home closes in Raleigh, it will travel to Greensboro, Wilmington, Charlotte and Asheville.

This compelling exhibit is part of a four-part multimedia project, also titled Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina, organized by the JHFNC. The project also features a critically acclaimed documentary film, a companion book published by UNC Press, and fourth- and eighth-grade curriculum guides with DVDs for all North Carolina public schools. Former governor James B. Hunt Jr. is Honorary Chairman of the project.

The Magnolia Klezmer Band’s performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the NC Museum of History’s Daniels Auditorium. It is free and open to the public, and program notes will be provided. Large-print program notes will also be available. Come early or stay late to check out the Down Home exhibit, too!

The Music of the Carolinas series features the best home-grown North Carolina traditional artists and showcases the musical traditions of the various cultures that call our state home today. Other upcoming concerts in the series include:

Nixon, Blevins & Gage Christmas - Dec. 12, 2010 (canned food will be collected at this performance to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina)
Sparky & Rhonda Rucker - Jan. 9, 2011
Magic of African Rhythm with students from the Community Music School - Feb. 13, 2011
The Thistledown Tinkers - March 13, 2011
Film - TBA - April 10, 2011
Film - TBA - Mother's Day - May 8, 2011
Flamenco Comes Alive! with Carolota Santana - June 12, 2011

Join PineCone and the Museum of History every month from October through June to discover and celebrate North Carolina's rich musical heritage! All Music of the Carolinas concerts begin at 3 p.m. in the NC Museum of History's Daniels Auditorium. They are free and open to the public, and program notes are provided. Large-print program notes are also available at the concerts. Visit for more details.

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PineCone—the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, is a private, nonprofit, charitable membership organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts.

PineCone-Piedmont Council of Traditional Music


Address:PO Box 28534

227 W Martin St

Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Ziggy Marley Releases Pro-Hemp/Marijuana Song

Ziggy Mareley Releases "A Fire Burns for Freedom" Just Ahead of California's Prop 19 Vote

LOS ANGELES-- Just two weeks before California's historic vote goes before the people, Ziggy Marley releases his latest song, a pro-hemp/marijuana anthem entitled "A Fire Burns For Freedom."

This song will be offered as a free download for listeners, as part of a larger set of free downloads, called the Wild and Free Singles, offered by the reggae star and his record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide.

The Wild and Free Singles, available at, are a collection of free downloads which not only describes the free download of the song, but also what Ziggy believes should be the natural state of marijuana and its related plant hemp.

"We need to enlighten people about the multiple uses the plant has beyond its recreational, spiritual and medicinal uses. This plant in both its forms, hemp and marijuana, is a gift from nature to us. It has medicinal value, environmental value, nutritional value, as well as energy value. The seeds of the plant could cheaply provide nutrition for malnourished children all over the world. We should free the plant in all aspects of its uses," says Ziggy.

In the song, he goes further to make his point, "Denied the tree of life, sold us your lies, this damned hypocrisy costs so many lives."

Ziggy Marley is a five-time Grammy winner and reggae icon, whose early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father. Then, as front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, Marley released eight best-selling albums, generating three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down."

Marley's solo debut, Dragonfly, was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love Is My Religion, which was released on his own record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide, won a Grammy to much critical acclaim in 2006. His third solo release, Family Time, also on his own label, scored him his fifth Grammy. His next album, slated for release in the summer of 2011, is tentatively entitled Wild and Free.

"A Fire Burns For Freedom" is the second song released in his Wild and Free Series, and comes on the heels of his first release, Africa Land, which supported another historic moment: Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup for the first time

Proposition 19 goes to the California ballot on November 2, 2010, and would allow persons 21 and older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. It would also open the door to the state's taxation of marijuana, and could possibly provide much needed revenue for the state of California.

To receive updates on Ziggy Marley, please visit
For more information, please contact at Tuff Gong Worldwide, 310-274-2440,

SOURCE Tuff Gong Worldwide

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

British Blues Guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor Mines 10 Musical Gems On New Diamonds In The Dirt CD, Out November 9

ATLANTA, GA – Ruf Records announces a November 9 date for Diamonds in the Dirt, the new CD from British blues guitar sensation Joanne Shaw Taylor. Ruf Records is distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation.

Diamonds in the Dirt follows the international critical acclaim and sales generated by Taylor - who is now based in Detroit – for her 2009 label debut, White Sugar, which was nominated as “Best New Artist Debut” at the 2010 Blues Music Awards. Back in the UK, Joanne was named “Best Female Vocalist” at the recent British Blues Awards.

Plaudits for her first album were universal. “A spectacular debut from a major talent,” said All Music Guide in its review. Blues called it “A collection of scorching blues-rock fretwork and soulful vocals, the album represents Taylor's ‘coming out party’ to blues fans everywhere.” The Boston Herald said, “England’s Taylor has all the tools to become the next big thing in blues. On her debut, Taylor wields an un-clichéd guitar style and the voice of a goddess – a fragile rasp that recalls Dusty Springfield and is worth the price of admission.” And the Phoenix Blues Society’s BluesBytes summed up its review by calling White Sugar “An absolutely stunning release. Rarely, if ever, do you get a debut recording that is as fully realized as this one. Blues fans are advised to stay tuned for much more outstanding music in the future from Joanne Shaw Taylor.”

Once again on the new CD, she’s joined by Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and the same team of all-star studio musicians that helped to make her first album such an infectious pleasure. Diamonds in the Dirt was recorded at Gaines’ Bessie Blue Studios in rural Tennessee and features 10 new original musical gems that showcase not only Taylor’s continued growth as a songwriter, but also as a guitar player of genuine passion, power and depth. The opening track, “Can’t Keep Living Like This,” opens with a lone acoustic guitar, but soon shifts into electric overdrive with a dizzying display of her guitar virtuosity. Taylor attributes the energized sound of the CD to her new musical environment, a place immortalized in such songs as “Detroit Rock City.”

“There are a huge amount of incredible bands and musicians in Detroit,” says Taylor about her adopted hometown. “I’m sure it’s given me new inspiration and been part of the reason for the slightly heavier sound on this album.”

Songs such as the opening track and “Lord Have Mercy” demonstrate a remarkable range of dynamics. Taylor and her tight, two-piece rhythm section of Steve Potts on drums and Dave Smith on bass - along with the addition of keyboardist Rick Steff – build gradually with solid, riff-driven groves before Joanne launches things into the stratosphere with one of her incendiary guitar solos.

It’s not all fireworks, though; songs such as the title track, a tune about the process of emotional recovery, shows off the softer, more melodic qualities in Taylor’s singing and playing , as well as her willingness to reveal and heal. “Writing, for me, is very personal,” she says. “All the songs on this album are autobiographical. It’s basically a chance to put thoughts and fears to paper.”

And while it would have been easy for Taylor to try to repeat the success of the songs on her last album, so much as changed in her life since then that she never even considered it. “I wanted an album that showed my growth as a musician and person. I think Diamonds in the Dirt is a good snapshot of where I am right now as an artist and a good memoir of the past two years.”

Joanne Shaw Taylor is booked by Piedmont Talent and is currently on tour in the northeastern U.S. She’ll continue touring in support of the new CD with a series of shows in Florida in December before hitting the rest of the country, as well as Europe.

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Jim Jones Revue Tour Sell Out Shows Across the UK: JJR Headlining Show at KOKO Announced


The JJR made their UK TV debut on Later… With Jools Holland last Friday. The ‘Revue had a total blast kicking out the jams at BBC TVC and getting props from Duane Eddy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Steve Miller and even the UK chart topper Cee Lo Green who sent The JJR a bottle of champagne from his dressing room!

Check out the whole program at

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And High Horse:


The JJR UK tour kicked off just over a week ago with shows selling out in Exeter, Bristol, Brighton, Harlow and near sell out in Southend last Saturday night. The Scala show on Thursday 21 October has also sold out but weÂ’re delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the next headlining JJR London show at Koko on Thursday April 14 2011, here are the detailsÂ….

The Jim Jones Revue play live at Koko

Thursday 14 April 2011


1a Camden High Street

London NW1 7JE


Doors 7 pm


All other shows are also selling quickly so we strongly advise you to buy tickets now, here are the remaining dates with ticket linksÂ….

Tues 12 Oxford, O2 Academy

Thrs 14 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Fri 15 Manchester, Sound Control

Sat 16 Edinburgh, Electric Circus

Sun 17 Glasgow, King Tut's

Tues 19 Newcastle, The Cluny

Wed 20 Birmingham, 02 Academy

Thrs 21 London, The Scala SOLD OUT


It has been said that the JJR can be quite loud when they play live. Well now you measure how other bands sound in comparison to the JJR with our very own FREE iPhone app called an Aural Decimeter. Check out this You Tube clip to see how The Aural Decimeter worksÂ…
The Aural Decimeter is available to download from iTunes now.
It's all featured as a news story on Six Music all day todayÂ…


The new JJR album Burning Your House Down is out now in all countries across Europe. Produced by Jim Sclavunos from Grinderman/Bad Seeds, Burning Your House Down is, believe it or not, even louder than our the first two albums. Burning Your House Down has picked up great reviews in Mojo(4/5 ), The Word (Total rave review by David Hepworth!), The Guardian (8/10), Q (4/5), Classic Rock (8/10), Big Cheese (5/5), Artrocker 4/5), Rock Sound (7/10) and lots of other mags & webzines.

Burning Your House Down is available Now from HMV, FNAC, Rough Trade, Amazon,, iTunes and all other major and independent record stores in CD, LP and DL.

Our recommended online shop is Record Store, buy your copy of Burning Your House Down at
The lead single from Burning Your House Down is available as a limited edition 7 inch 45 vinyl single also from Record Store at

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sol &amp; Funk Root Perform at the Charlottesville Music Showcase on Wednesday October 13

Sol & Funk Root perform as part of the Charlottesville Music Showcase Concert Series on Wednesday October 13.

Sol is a world class guitarist and vocalist who creates a stylish blend of fiery rock, deep blues, and raw funk and draws from an incredible background of musical touring. Sol has performed around the world with roots, funk, and blues legends and has backed up musical heavyweights such as Taj Mahal and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on stage and in the studio.

Sol, who is based in Northern Virginia, has a special interest in the Virginia music scene. “I’m dedicated to doing all I can to enrich and promote the culture and entertainment in Virginia, and we are very honored to work with venues and organizations, such as the Charlottesville Music Showcase and the venue Rapture, who focus on raising the quality of life in the region” Sol said via a phone interview.

Sol brings an all star cast of musicians together for the Charlottesville Music Showcase, hosted by guitar wizard Tucker Rodgers. Sol will have super solid bassist Houston Ross (Corey Harris, Tim Reynolds, Jamal Millner) and drummer/producer/engineer extraordinaire Rob Evans (engineer with Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds, Taj Mahal) On the recent "Freedom" CD release, Sol leads a cast of musicians who work with Corey Harris, Jah Works, Hobex, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Alliens, The Seed, and more.

"Sol creates a unique blend of Southern fried rock, blues, reggae, and way back yonder funk, all delivered with deep soul, translating dusty musical roots into the present day with tasty original tunes and bluesy, greasy jams."
website band description - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

"A fierce guitarist and soulful singer..."Woodsy - JamBase

"Sol is an impressive guitar player! Sol has an assured, confident voice that matches well with the bravado of his guitar playing. "Freedom" proved to be quite a discovery for me, and something I'll be referring to my circle of friends. "
J. Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network

Charlottesville Music Showcase Presents
w/ special opening guest WILLIE D-E
WED. OCT. 13th

303 E. Main St.


ages 21 and up/ FREE ADMISSION/ doors open 9:30 pm

Caron 'Sugaray' Rayford--of Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz Fame-- New CD Hits the Airwaves

That first note on that guitar sets the mood. You anticipate what’s about to happen, but you really can’t describe what your body goes through while the anticipation builds and you begin to sweat – your heart begins to beat faster. Then, at that very moment, you hear that guitar sing to you, in that deep drawl style. Your heart begins to slow and keep tempo with that signature sound called the Blues. This is Caron ‘Sugaray” Rayford. This is what his audience goes through right from the start. It’s a sound that is his own. It’s a sound that can’t be denied. It’s a sound that only HE can deliver. To understand Caron ‘Sugaray’ Rayford, you would need to go back to the beginning to better understand who he is today.

Sugaray was born in Texas. His musical career began at the age of 7 years old singing and playing drums in church. He was influenced by gospel music right from the beginning. He was one of three boys in a household where his mother struggled with battling cancer. After her passing, the three boys moved in with their grandmother where they experienced a better life. They had food every day and went to church every day.

In 1997, after being released from the Marines, he returned to music in a big and very different way. He became a founding member and front man/lead vocalist for San Diego R & B band called Urban Gypsys. In 2004 he joined blues band Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, which he still performs with.

When he moved to Los Angeles, his solo career began to blossom. He ran Los Angeles’ most successful blues jam from 2008-2010 at Cozy’s until Cozy’s was sold in July, 2010. He had shared the stage with many top musicians such as Al Kooper, Vivan Campbell, Kal David, Slash (Guns ‘n Roses), Gerald Johnson, Venice and Dennis Quaid, and Jim Carey (the actor) to name just a few. He uses a mixture of many top musicians when he performs.

His new single, “I Let Love Slip Thru My Fingers” is off of his new CD, “Blind Alley”. “This song was written by my friend Mr. Al Kooper”, states Caron. “He gave me a disc of unrecorded songs he had written and told me I could choose any of them to record. This was one of two that I had selected”. Highlighting is vocal abilities; Sugaray brings emotion and drama into this ballad. It is a powerful and poignant song which is very typical of his style of music and type of delivery. This song’s theme is about having someone or something important slip through your fingers at point in your life. It is a very relatable song, very memorable and has sustainability in this music industry.

“Blind Alley” is his first solo CD and is available both in its physical format along with digital. You can listen to and/or purchase his music, past or present, by logging onto any of the following websites along with additional iStores availability:

Caron ‘Sugaray’ Rayford has graced the stage with many top talents from all over. Here are a few of his highlighted acts:
• He opened for Average White Band, Etta James, Shameika Copeland, Dennis Quaid, Super Diamond, Joe Bonamossa, Joe Luis Walker and BB King.

• He did a half time show for Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis in 2008

• He was the headliner at Lake Tahoe Music Series (first time in 2009 and was so well received, he did 2 shows this past summer)

• He played the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival with Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz

• He played the Blues Sur Seine Festival in France with Aunt Kizzy’s Boyz

• He had a vocal part in a movie trailer for City Island

• He was a winner of Lamn Jam urban music competition in 2008 in Los Angeles

• While with Aunt Kizzy’s Boyz, they placed 2nd in 2006 IBC (International Blues Challenge)

• Did some backup vocals on Heavy Pets new CD

He has two tours planned for the Midwest, Fall of 2011 and Europe in April, 2011
Caron ‘Sugaray’ Rayford is currently working with A & R Select in West Hollywood, Ca. for licensing, publishing, a record deal and/or placement opportunities. For additional information, please contact them at:

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A & R Select is a promotional and placement company for musicians all over the world. Based in Hollywood, Ca., they have a strategic location for all musicians as they continually flock to that area of the world for recognition and stardom.