Willie Nelson comes off tour, cites ‘breathing problem’
NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Nelson has come off his tour because of a "breathing problem."
The 86-year-old singer apologized on Twitter late Wednesday, writing "I need to have my doctor check...
EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin's struggling dairy country in...
NEW YORK (AP) — The manager of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and many other rock stars has died. Elliot Roberts was 76.
His agency Lookout Management says in a statement that Roberts died...
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "Turn Off the News (Build A Garden)" (Fantasy Records)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a piece of advice for their listeners: Turn off the...
Justin Rutledge, "Passages" (Outside Music)
Justin Rutledge stands in a strong tradition of literate Canadian singer-songwriters — think Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell or the late...
Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents' home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans.
Pegi Young, musician and activist, dead at 66
NEW YORK (AP) — Pegi Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments, has died.
Young died of cancer Tuesday in California, according to spokeswoman Michelle Gutenstein-Hinz. She was 66. Additional details about her death were not immediately available.
Today in History for November 12th
Neil Young acknowledges he and Daryl Hannah are married
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hey hey, my my, Neil Young is calling Daryl Hannah his wife.
The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the 57-year-old "Splash" actress had been utterly mum on the subject of their marriage since reports that they wed in California in August.
But Young said in a pro-gun-control post on his website Wednesday featuring a new performance of his 1970 song "Ohio" that "My wife Daryl and I put this video together."
Recording Academy to honor Willie Nelson
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing will honor Willie Nelson days before the 2019 Grammy Awards.
The academy announced Tuesday that Nelson's career and achievements will be celebrated on Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Neil Portnow, the academy's president and CEO, says in a statement that "Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community."
Farm Aid festival benefits Connecticut farmers for 1st time
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Farm Aid music festival is taking place this year in Hartford.
The annual event, which raises money and awareness for family farms, takes place Saturday at the Xfinity Theater, the first time in its 33-year history it has been held in Connecticut.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are scheduled to perform.
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at age 68
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group's hits including "Sweet Home Alabama," has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68.
Scott Coopwood said King died Wednesday due to cancer. Funeral arrangements had not yet been announced Thursday.
King joined the band in 1972 and was part of its first three albums with its distinct three-guitar sound.
Boz Scaggs, "Out of the Blues" (Concord Records)
Sometimes with more gloss, at times with more grit, but always with great feeling, Boz Scaggs has kept some form of the blues close to the surface during most of his career, which has already sailed past the 50-year milestone.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton is joining performers for the 33rd annual Farm Aid in Connecticut.
Organizers announced Monday the benefit for farmers will take place Sept. 22 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford.
Stapleton won a Grammy for best country album in February. He'll join Farm Aid regulars Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
Jennifer Castle, "Angels of Death" (Paradise of Bachelors)
There are excellent records about death, dying, grief and goodbyes — from Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night" and David Bowie's "Blackstar" to The Antlers' "Hospice" and Gord Downie's "Introduce Yerself." Jennifer Castle's "Angels of Death" is an ethereal, deeply poetic take on the subject — nimble, sure-footed and beautifully written and performed.
Neil Young feels urgency to release archival material
At 72, Neil Young feels a sense of urgency.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has a new, and joyfully perplexing, pseudo-Western film "Paradox" written and directed by actress and girlfriend Daryl Hannah coming out on Netflix next week. He's releasing a movie soundtrack on the same day. And next month, he's digging into his vast archives to put out "Roxy - Tonight's the Night Live," a collection of songs played live from the opening week of the famed Los Angeles club in 1973.
Flirtin’ With Yesterday Covers Wide-range Of ’70s Classic Rock Artists
Flirtin’ With Yesterday band takes its audiences back in time when it performs ’70s era classic rock covers. Cousins Richard Bruce and Mary Beth West perform mainly as a duo, covering a wide variety of bands and solo artists, but also can be seen with percussionist Ronny Blight and bassist Leland Smith in full band form. Blight and Smith also perform with Bruce and West in their Neil Young cover band, Young at Heart.
- The SunFarm Aid Coming to Struggling Dairy AreaJuly 10, 2019
- The Washington TimesNeil Young rips Donald Trump over unauthorized use of 'Rockin' in the Free World' at ralliesNovember 8, 2018
- Post-BulletinPowderfinger plans Neil Young birthday concertNovember 7, 2018
- The SunEd King, Ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist, DiesAugust 25, 2018
- Connecticut PostLynyrd Skynyrd: Farewell tour comes to HartfordJuly 5, 2018
Sean Kelly and The Samples are returning to Fairfield Theatre Company to ring in the new year.
Considered a cross between The Police and the Grateful Dead, the band known for its reggae-influenced rock/pop will perform at FTC’s Warehouse on Sunday, Dec. 31.
Kelly, who hails from Connecticut, started playing guitar at the age of 16, while listening to such artists as Neil Young and the Rolling Stones. He was living in Boulder, Colo., when he formed The Samples in 1987.
Review: Neil Young lashes out at Trump, world on ‘Visitor’
Neil Young + Promise of the Real, "The Visitor" (Reprise Records)
Neil Young is unhappy.
That's good news for music fans.
Young is back and crotchety in "The Visitor," a record that finds him lashing out against President Donald Trump, environmental degradation, the fate of mankind and nearly everything in between.
He doesn't go full-Grandpa Simpson here but it is close. Not that it's a bad thing.
It’s been several years since Neil Young performed at Oakdale in Wallingford. Comes a time when area fans need to experience his music live regardless. And Broken Arrow aims to provide that fix Friday, Dec. 8, at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.
That means great hits such as “Old Man,” “Heart of Gold,” “Harvest Moon,” “Ohio,” “Southern Man,” “Cinnamon Girl” and (our favorite guitar epics) “Down by the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand.”
Neil Young to release entire archive of recordings for free
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Young will open his vast archive of music for anyone to listen to online for free next month.
Today in History for November 12th
ZUMBROTA — It was one of the greatest farewell concerts in rock history and now Collective Unconscious is bringing it back.
County Galway, Ireland, singer-songwriter Declan O'Rourke is stopping in Hamden to perform songs from his new album, “ ’45-’51: Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine,” Thursday, Nov. 2, at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University.
His international tour also includes a stop at the Fairfield Theater Company’s StageOne next week. In a release, the FTC says, “While the product of the folk-rock busking tradition ... , O’Rourke draws on the Neil Young songwriting tradition.”
War on Drugs’ Granduciel ‘on the Neil train’
ZUMBROTA — Neil Young's 72nd birthday will be celebrated with a tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre, 96 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota.
The show is performed by Powderfinger, which has been performing Neil Young tribute concerts for a decade. In addition to hits like "Heart of Gold" and "Old Man," Powderfinger will also play deeper album cuts and fan favorites such as "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River."
Review: Neil Young’s lost 1976 acoustic record finally out
Neil Young, "Hitchhiker" (Reprise Records)
In 1976, Neil Young walked into a Malibu recording studio, armed with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, and laid down a bunch of tracks in a single session.
They sat unreleased for more than 40 years until now.
Dubbed "Hitchhiker," the 10-track archival release is a treasure trove for Young fans with two previously unreleased songs and intimate renditions of some of his best loved tunes.
Review: Lukas Nelson delivers soulful, striking songs
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real" (Fantasy Records)
First, let's just get this out there: Lukas Nelson sounds a lot like his famous dad, the red-headed stranger better known as Willie Nelson.
Secondly, don't let the striking similarities in their vocal styles and deliveries cloud your judgment of the younger Nelson. At 28, he is the real deal and deserves to be treated seriously independent of his father's legacy.
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985.
It will be held Sept. 16 at KeyBank Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Burgettstown about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Pittsburgh. The festival was first held in Pennsylvania at the same venue in 2002, though it operated under a different name at that time. It also was held in Hershey in 2012.
My first exposure to Chris Cornell came in the 1992 film “Singles.” Matt Dillon’s character — almost a parody of Cornell — tries to impress Bridget Fonda’s character by installing her car stereo. As he cranks up the volume, Cornell walks by and gives a little nod like, “Right on man, sweet sound system.” Then the volume of the stereo shatters every window in the car. Cornell doesn’t break character; he remains stoned out and grooving to the tunes.
Album Score: 98.33Release year: 1975Album type: Studio albumGenre: Country rock, rock, classic rock"Neil Young's 'Tonight's the Night' is a harrowing record about loss and death. Yet it often sounds like a raucous party thrown by a bunch of lovable knuckleheads having the time of their life." -- Pitchfork
The RiverRoots music series continues this weekend with a storytelling songwriter learning through the lives of others. Joe Crookston will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Poplar Place, 409 Poplar St. The Ithaca, N.Y. artist describes his music as "lush sonic landscapes" seasoned with the sounds of his slide guitar, violin and looping equipment. Still, his Midwest upbringing and "working-class approach" to songwriting still affects his sometimes folk-inspired sounds. Crookston grew up in Ohio with...
NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman will replace an ailing Neil Young as the person inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday.
According to a statement from the hall, Young "is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam" due to illness and is "thrilled" that former TV talk-show host Letterman will substitute. Pearl Jam made its "Late Show with David Letterman" debut in 1996 with a version of "Hail, Hail."
Today's look back at country music >>>
1949 - The first 45-rpm disc, "Texarkana Baby" by country & western singer Eddy Arnold, was issued by RCA in the US. It was made of green vinyl, as part of an early attempt to color-code singles according to the genre of music they featured. Others included red for classical music and yellow for children's songs
1962 – Patsy Cline claims a #1 country single in Billboard with "She's Got You"
Snoop Dogg to induct Tupac into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (AP) — Snoop Dogg will induct the late rapper Tupac Shakur into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while Pharrell Williams will induct Nile Rodgers during the ceremony in Brooklyn next month.
The Rock & Roll Hall announced Wednesday additional guests who'll be on hand April 7 at the Barclays Center to induct this year's newest class.
Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into Rock Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Pearl Jam will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by frequent collaborator and rock legend Neil Young this spring.
Young and Pearl Jam memorably joined forces to play Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" at MTV's Video Music Awards in 1993. Pearl Jam regularly covers the song on tour. Members of the band played on Young's 1995 album "Mirror Ball."
Ten years ago, singer and multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vile was making recordings using a digital 8-track recorder in his bedroom. Now, he’s headlining a national tour and performing at the Music Farm on Sunday.
Katie Holmes to Neil Diamond: Celeb playlists for New Year’s
NEW YORK (AP) — New Year's Eve is the party of the year, so what's on the playlist of Neil Diamond? How about Amy Adams?
We asked celebrities for their ideal jams to ring in 2017:
OCTAVIA SPENCER: "I love Katy Perry Roar. Roarrrrrrr. Oh ah ah ah ah."
WILL SMITH: "I want to be moved physically by the music, so Calvin Harris would be up in that kind of tempo, joy, energetic range."
JENNIFER ANISTON: "I let Justin Theroux take care of the music. We hear a lot of Steely Dan."
Neil Young tackles pipeline, technology on ‘Peace Trail’
Neil Young, "Peace Trail" (Reprise Records)
Prolific rocker Neil Young is at his curmudgeonly best on "Peace Trail," bemoaning his place in the current generation while standing up for his decades-long commitment to fighting for the underdog.
In that way, the largely acoustic "Peace Trail" is representative of late-career Young. It's quirky, soulful, poignant and powerful — if not a little unpolished.
Brad Smith: From small-town start to scoring for big screen
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Brad Smith has authored more than a few chapters in his 48 years. The latest has him feeling good. Not that the others didn't. They begin with being born in Columbus, growing up in West Point. Fast forward to today, and he's in the Los Angeles area, launching an already considerable music career into another gear by scoring a National Geographic film out now in IMAX theaters and composing the soundtrack for a western that won Best Short Film at the 2015 Carmel International Film Festival.
The Latest: The Who rocks two-hour set at Desert Trip
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California, which features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It's the first time ever they have all performed at the same event (all times local):
The Who rocked through hits from their discography for more than two hours Sunday night.
Despite boomer appeal, Desert Trip is nothing like Woodstock
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The Desert Trip festival may appeal to the Woodstock crowd, and the Who and Neil Young were on both bills, but the events couldn't be more different.
Lance Albrecht, 65, remembers being at Woodstock as a teenager in 1969 and says he's a lot more comfortable at Desert Trip.
"You can't compare them," he said. "It's not even close."
Paul McCartney, Neil Young rock Desert Trip together
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Paul McCartney and Neil Young shared the bill at the Desert Trip music festival Saturday, and they also shared the stage during McCartney's set.
Young joined the former Beatle to perform "A Day in the Life," which morphed into John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance." The audience flashed peace signs as they sang along. Young played lead guitar to duet with McCartney on "Why Don't We Do It In the Road?"
Neil Young rocks for 2 hours to open day 2 of Desert Trip
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Neil Young performed for nearly two hours to open the second night of the Desert Trip music festival, matching the energy of band members half his age.
Wearing his trademark black hat, Young started his set alone behind the piano, opening with "After the Gold Rush," accompanying himself on harmonica.
He then strapped on an acoustic guitar to play "Heart of Gold" and "Comes a Time" before his band, Promise of the Real, joined Young onstage.
The Latest: Neil Young rocks for 2 hours at Desert Trip
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California, which features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It's the first time ever they've all performed at the same event (all times local):
Neil Young performed for nearly two hours to open the second night of the Desert Trip music festival, matching the energy of band members half his age.
Rolling Stones bring fireworks to Desert Trip festival
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Mick Jagger told the boomer-heavy crowd at the Desert Trip music festival, which boasts a legendary lineup of septuagenarians, that he wasn't going to "do a bunch of age jokes."
Then the 73-year-old Rolling Stones front man referred to the three-day event as "the Palm Springs retirement home for genteel English musicians."
The Latest: Bob Dylan opens Desert Trip with 80-minute set
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California, which features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It will be the first time ever they've all performed at the same event (all times local).
Bob Dylan opened the Desert Trip music festival with an 80-minute set.