Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame reopens in new spot
ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's hundreds of inductee exhibits have been moved to a new and bigger space in Arnolds Park.
Bruce Springsteen, "Western Stars" (Columbia)
Bruce Springsteen's new studio release breaks fresh ground for the veteran rocker, who turns his back not only on the blistering sound of the E...
Kristofferson, Dolly producer Fred Foster died at age 87
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville producer Fred Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison's most popular records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ronnie Dunn of powerhouse country duo Brooks & Dunn and singer-songwriter K.T. Oslin will join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
The organization announced its newest inductees Tuesday. They also include songwriters Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson. They will be formally inducted in October.
Dunn wrote many Brooks & Dunn hits by himself including "Neon Moon," ''Hard Workin' Man," ''Little Miss Honky Tonk" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Americana Music Association will honor Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang, a four-time Grammy winner with hits in country and pop, with their trailblazer award at this year's Americana Honors and Awards show in September.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If you've only heard of Trixie Mattel as the blonde, bee-hive wearing winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3," then you've only scratched the surface of this comedian, television show host and musician.
A look at today in country music history >>>
1969 - "Only the Lonely" a song written by written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson gave country singer Sonny James a #1 hit on the Billboard country music charts
1975 - Olivia Newton-John was at #1 on the US Country chart with Have You Never Been Mellow. The title track was also a US #1 single. Newton-John received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her work on the song "Have You Never Been Mellow"
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Shades of Orbison
Sting: don’t make me into a hologram
In the late ’80s, when MTV ballyhooed the world premiere of the Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle with Care,” it was easy to think that it must be pretty cool to be Tom Petty.
Review: JD McPherson updates classic rock and roll sounds
JD McPherson, "Undivided Heart & Soul" (New West Records)
JD McPherson writes and performs songs steeped in the sounds of classic rock and roll, updated with thrilling sonic details that place his third album, "Undivided Heart & Soul," firmly in the now.
While musicians can carry virtually whole orchestras and thousands of sound effects in pocket-sized digital devices, bricks and mortar can still make a difference.
Bob Dylan has paid tribute to his former bandmate Tom Petty, praising him as a "great performer".
The 76-year-old singer and his late friend - who passed away on Monday (10.02.17) aged 66 after having his life support turned off following a cardiac arrest - co-founded supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, and the 'Mr. Tambourine Man' hitmaker has been "crushed" by his pal's death.
Today's look back at country music >>>
NEW CARLISLE — You’ll Dew will be playing at Moser’s Austrian Cafe, 201 Michigan St. New Carlisle, today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Reservations are accepted. Call (574) 654-0086 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll Dew consists of Steve Gurndt singing lead and playing guitar, Tim Cunningham singing harmony and playing Mandolin and Rick Schpok playing the Dobro style slide guitar.
Review: Leon Russell created career highlight on final album
Leon Russell, "On a Distant Shore" (Palmetto Records)
Leon Russell's final album, "On a Distant Shore," is a career highlight recorded over his last living year and released 10 months after his November 2016 passing.
Roy Orbison, 6 others named to Memphis Music Hall of Fame
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Roy Orbison, Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White and the prolific Memphis Horns duo of Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson are among this year's Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees.
The hall announced Monday seven new inductees into the pantheon of musical greats who have strong connections to Memphis. Previous inductees include Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Justin Timberlake and Three 6 Mafia.
Paul Kelly plays to strengths on sturdy ‘Life is Fine’
Paul Kelly, "Life is Fine" (Cooking Vinyl)
Paul Kelly, Australia's national treasure, has gone eclectic in recent releases, unless you consider setting Shakespearian sonnets to music mainstream.
ZUMBROTA — Johnny Rogers enters a time machine and transports us back to the golden early years of rock 'n' roll in "Buddy & Beyond," a tribute concert at 8 p.m. May 13 at the State Theatre, 96 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota.
The show will feature Rogers' portrayal of Buddy Holly, and music of other early rockers: Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson and Chuck Berry. The show closes with a tribute to the King himself, Elvis.
Imelda May, "Life, Love, Flesh, Blood" (Verve)
Imelda May's marriage of 18 years recently ended, and "Life, Love, Flesh, Blood" finds her on the romantic rebound. As May gets back into the game, she makes even the words "rub-a-dub-dub" sound sexy.
Cali to Texas: Two very different roots-rock legends team up for a curious and intriguing double bill. Dave Alvin represents for California, a guitar whiz and strong songwriter who did great work with the Blasters before going on to a successful solo career. And Jimmie Dale Gilmore is a Texas treasure, with a ghostly voice second only to Roy Orbison's as far as high haunting sounds go. 8 p.m. Friday at The Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th; $22-$34; theheightstheater.com.
Here's today's look at country music history >>>
1950 – Sun Studio was opened by Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with Sun Records. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s
Classic rock and roll will be center stage during a two-night January show at Derby Dinner Playhouse. The Clarksville venue will host "Good Rockin' Live - A Salute to Sun Records," starring Robert Shaw at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4. This tribute concert will highlight songs from legendary artists that found their start at Sun Records, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and B.B. King. The independent record label, founded by Sam Phillips in Memphis,...
The story behind Kristofferson’s iconic ‘Me and Bobby McGee’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — "Me and Bobby McGee" is one of Kris Kristofferson's most famous and widely covered songs, with everyone from Janis Joplin to Pink putting their own spin on it since 1969.
It's often misinterpreted as Kristofferson's love song to Joplin, because her bluesy rendition has overshadowed all other versions. She recorded the song right before her death in 1970 and it topped the U.S. singles chart in 1971.