DETROIT (AP) — Don Was has performed with or produced many musical legends, including Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, the Rolling Stones and Ringo Starr. But the Detroit-raised sonic craftsman feels...
Firefly Music Festival kicks off in Delaware
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Tens of thousands of music fans are descending on central Delaware for the annual Firefly Music Festival.
Gates were to open at noon Friday for the eighth edition of the...
NEW YORK (AP) — A recent multiplex marquee is haunting Martin Scorsese. Twelve screens and 11 of them were showing one movie: "Avengers: Endgame."
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Activists in southwestern New Mexico hope to use Bob Dylan's birthday to raise money for Central American migrants seeking asylum.
Leon Redbone, acclaimed 1970s musician, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Leon Redbone, the blues and jazz artist whose growly voice, Panama hat and cultivated air of mystery made him seem like a character out of the ragtime era or the Depression-era...
Morrissey, "California Son" (Etienne/BMG)
Morrissey delivers a dozen covers on his new album, "California Sun," which reimagines works by such masters as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Carly...
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More information is being released about music icon Bob Dylan's project in downtown Nashville in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of his "Nashville Skyline"...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The work of famed celebrity and fashion photographer Herb Ritts is going on display at an upstate New York museum.
Tulsa museum to feature musician Bob Dylan’s paintings
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa museum will soon open a new Bob Dylan exhibit that will showcase 12 pastel portraits the musician painted.
The Gilcrease Museum will display "Bob Dylan: Face...
NEW YORK (AP) — Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in...
Fundraiser planned after fiddler’s Guthrie music shop burns
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Musicians and music enthusiasts are working to help a renowned fiddler and owner of a popular instrument shop after a weekend fire gutted the business in Guthrie.
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Grammy week events begin with salute to Willie Nelson
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kacey Musgraves, Dave Matthews and Lukas Nelson saluted the outlaw king of country music Willie Nelson with tributes and performances at a famed Los Angeles studio.
The Recording Academy's Producers and Engineers Wing honored Nelson on Wednesday night ahead of Sunday's Grammy Awards.
Izzy Young, who organized Dylan’s first big concert, dies
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Izzy Young, a businessman, political activist and founding patron of the Greenwich Village folk music scene who organized Bob Dylan's first major New York concert and devoted decades to supporting other musicians, has died at age 90.
Review: Wide range of styles on Mark Knopfler’s latest CD
Mark Knopfler, "Down the Road Wherever" (British Grove/Blue Note)
At age 69, Mark Knopfler says he still loves touring, and even in the studio, the Glaswegian guitarist covers a lot of ground.
On his latest album, "Down the Road Wherever," Knopfler serves up more than 70 minutes of music rooted in the Scottish Highlands ("Drovers' Road"), piano bars ("When You Leave") and cowboy country ("Nobody's Child"), among other locales.
Can a long-running debate for Bob Dylan fans be settled?
NEW YORK (AP) — The 14th volume of Bob Dylan's bootleg series won't settle one of the most persistent debates about his recording career. But it will allow fans to decide for themselves.
Review: ‘Life Itself’ is star-studded, earnest but lacking
Hallmark sentimentality, passionate defenses of Bob Dylan's "Time Out of Mind" and horrific head traumas are thrown together in Dan Fogelman's "Life Itself ," a curious cocktail of a movie from the "This is Us" creator about all of life's highest highs and lowest lows across generations and continents. Fogelman has seemingly never met an extreme emotion he doesn't want to exploit, and "Life Itself" might be the apex of that guiding principle.
Logo: Kentucky distiller sues Dylan company over trademark
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Heaven Hill Distillery of Kentucky is taking Bob Dylan's whiskey company to court, claiming trademark infringement involving its logo.
Heaven's Door Spirits is co-owned by the musician and debuted this year.
Art museum to feature paintings by rocker Mellencamp
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum has announced a new exhibition of paintings by rocker John Mellencamp, known for his expressionistic oil portraits and other works.
"John Mellencamp: Expressionist" opens Sept. 20 at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown and runs through Nov. 18. It will include portraits and mixed-media pieces.
The show is Mellencamp's second show with the Butler after his 2013-14 exhibition at the museum's Trumbull Branch in suburban Howland.
Musician Levon Helm’s Arkansas home on Historic Register
MARVELL, Ark. (AP) — The eastern Arkansas home of The Band musician Levon Helm has been added to the state Register of Historic Places.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's review board voted unanimously Wednesday to add Helm's boyhood home in Marvell to the register.
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Woody Guthrie's Oklahoma hometown has doubled in population as thousands gather for a music festival in honor of the "This Land Is Your Land" singer.
The Journal Record reports that the town of Okemah jumps from about 3,000 to 6,000 people during the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 1965 Gibson SG electric guitar owned by Tom Petty will be auctioned, along with one the late rocker's top hats.
Heritage Auctions announced Monday that the auction will occur on July 21. It says the guitar was played by Petty during his 1986 tour with Bob Dylan.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the guitar will benefit two Southern California charities, The Midnight Mission that helps the homeless and the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America, Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless faded denim jacket and colorful headband, and Michael Jackson's famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The foundation that acquired part of Bob Dylan's archives has selected a lead architect and exhibit designer for the anticipated public center in Oklahoma dedicated to the music icon.
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Demolition has begun on a 3,400-seat theater in northwestern Indiana that has hosted Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and other entertainers over nearly four decades.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Music fans looking for a piece of history are going to get a chance to own guitars, outfits and other memorabilia from the likes of Prince, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and others.
Julien's Auctions is hosting two days of auctions focused on musical artists at the Hard Rock Cafe New York and online.
A public preview of the items opened on Monday. The auction days are Friday and Saturday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Music icon Bob Dylan is partnering with a distillery to make whiskey at a 140-year-old Tennessee church and bottle it under the name Heaven’s Door.
News outlets report Dylan has partnered with Angel’s Envy Bourbon co-founder Marc Bushala in the venture. The New York Times first reported on the plan. Dylan recorded four albums in Nashville.
NEW YORK (AP) — George Harrison's first electric guitar is up for auction.
Julien's Auctions says Harrison played the Hoffner Club 40 when The Beatles played around Liverpool, England, as The Quarrymen. Harrison traded his acoustic guitar for the electric model with Ray Ennis, who was a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans.
Harrison donated it to a band competition in 1965 and it was won by a member of a German band who died in 2017. His widow is putting it up for auction.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music icon Bob Dylan is partnering with a distillery to make whiskey at a 140-year-old Tennessee church and bottle it under the name Heaven's Door.
News outlets report Dylan has partnered with Angel's Envy Bourbon co-founder Marc Bushala in the venture. The New York Times first reported on the plan. Dylan recorded four albums in Nashville.
Santa Fe has lost a bard. Self-described “modern satirical poet” Sanford “Rosé” Cohen died April 4 of complications from pneumonia. He was 83.
More beatnik than hippie, Cohen was a seminal figure in East Coast and Southwest counterculture circles — an author, art patron, world traveler and entrepreneur who once owned a gallery on Palace Avenue. His greatest joy was performing his long-form poetry, rife with puns and rhymes, for a live audience.
Two singers with North Carolina ties will be fighting for viewer votes in the top 12 on “The Voice” this week.
Sanford native Britton Buchanan and Chapel Hill native Rayshun Lamarr were two of 24 contestants voted through to the next round during real-time voting last week, and now both will compete to be the winner of this season’s singing competition.
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Viewer votes on Wednesday helped Rayshun Lamarr become the second North Carolina native to advance to the top 12 on “The Voice.”
The Chapel Hill native, who is on Team Adam, sand “I’m Going Down” by Mary J. Blige and viewers voted online in real time to help him advance to the next round.
His road to the national stage includes fighting cancer and a rare disease that temporarily took his hearing, vision and voice.
The 18-year-old has appeared in a series of intense dramas but hopes to lighten up his work going forward
Charlie Plummer is still waiting for his romantic comedy.
"You're talking to a guy who's favorite movie is 'Hitch' with Will Smith," says the young actor, on the phone earlier this month from Los Angeles. "I'm hoping for something along those lines, someday. I hope soon!"
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1942 - Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, was Margo Smith, singer who in the 1970's scored two US #1 Country hits, "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" and "It Only Hurts for a Little While." She is also considered a "world class yodeler"
Report: Man tied to Nobel body leaked winner names
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish newspaper says the husband of a member of the academy awarding the Nobel Literature Prize violated century-old Nobel rules by repeatedly leaking the names of winners of the prestigious award — including 2016 recipient Bob Dylan.
One of Sweden's biggest dailies, Dagens Nyheter, cited an internal Academy probe to report Tuesday that Jean-Claude Arnault leaked winners' names seven times, starting in 1996. It was not clear who the names were disclosed to.
Florida woman tells police wind blew cocaine into purse
FORT PIERCE, Florida — To paraphrase Bob Dylan, "The alibi, my friend, is blowing in the wind."
A woman caught with cocaine in her purse has come up with a unique excuse, saying the drug must have been blown there by the wind, WPLG Channel 10 reports.
Known for her decades of gospel and rhythm and blues performances, Mavis Staples will headline opening day of this year's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with a 7:30 p.m. June 1 performance on the Dollar Bank Main Stage in Point State Park.
In a news release, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust notes Staples recently released a new album, "If All I Was Was Black."
Hattie Carroll (1911-1963) was a 51-year-old restaurant server who was murdered by a white aristocrat, 24-year-old William Devereux Zantzinger (1939-2009) who struck her with a cane, because she took too long to serve him a drink, during the Spinsters’ Ball, an event at the old Emerson Hotel in Baltimore. News reports said that she told co-workers that she felt “deathly ill” after the beating. That night, Zantzinger was charged with disorderly conduct. The next morning, Carroll suffered a stroke and died. Zantzinger was then charged with murder; later, the crime was reduced to manslaughter, and he received six months in jail (not prison) for killing a woman, the mother of at least nine children, who was more than twice his age and smaller than his 6-foot-1 husky frame.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan, Kesha and St. Vincent have reimagined popular love songs to honor the LGBTQ community, and the singers are doing it by switching pronouns.
The six-song album, "Universal Love," was released digitally Thursday and includes Benjamin Gibbard of alternative band Death Cab for Cutie, singer-songwriter Valerie June and Kele Okereke of the indie rock group Bloc Party.
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Jonathan Kinsman fell in love with creating poetry in high school. He met his wife as a result of his words.
He wants others to feel that love of the art form.
Kinsman, the Yuba-Sutter poet laureate, is inviting residents to share their best original poems – dealing with self-identity and diversity – as part of National Poetry Month (April).
Yuba Sutter Arts – for which Kinsman is a board member – will be hosting events with poetry readings throughout the month.
Bettye LaVette doesn't think she covers songs.
The 72-year-old singer is set to drop her newest album 'Things Have Changed', which marks the first time she has devoted an entire album to one songwriter, Bob Dylan, but Bettye claimed she isn't a cover artist.
Bettye LaVette, "Things Have Changed" (Verve Records)
There are enough cover versions of Bob Dylan songs for a lifetime but Bettye LaVette's own dozen are a truly special kind. She doesn't simply sing them — she molds, adopts and transforms them, taking possession of the songs like few other interpreters do or can.
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CHICAGO (AP) — More than 5,600 of Studs Terkel's radio interview programs on the Chicago station WFMT will be released to the public.
The Studs Terkel Radio Archive will launch May 16, the 106th birthday of the late author, activist and oral historian. Terkel died in 2008 at age 96. The archive will be available on studsterkel.org.