Robert Ellis, "Texas Piano Man" (New West)
Texans play guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughan? Willie Nelson? Buddy Holly? Johnny "Guitar" Watson? Guitarists. Elton John is not a Texan, but when he recorded "Texas Love Song" (a deep-cut gem), the tune featured not piano, but guitar.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops will get a little more pop than usual this spring.
Queen Latifah will perform with the acclaimed orchestra when it opens its spring season on May 10.
Arrival From Sweden, an ABBA tribute band, plays a "Mamma Mia! Mother's Day" gig with the Pops on May 14-15.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway megahit "Hamilton" has already spawned a best-selling cast album, a PBS documentary and a book about its creation. Now it's spinning off a CD by fans who happen to be some of popular music's biggest stars.
The 23-track "Hamilton Mixtape," set for release Friday, features covers by such artists as Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Nas, Ben Folds, Alicia Keys, Ashanti, John Legend, Sia, Common, Wiz Khalifa, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Jill Scott and Busta Rhymes.