Various artists, “Come On Up to the House: Women Sing Waits” (Dualtone)
Hard-times troubadour Tom Waits gets the Great American Songbook-style treatment in “Come On Up to the House,” a...
HOUSTON (AP) — Daniel Johnston, a quirky folk singer-songwriter and visual artist whose offbeat career and struggles with mental illness brought him a cult following and inspired a documentary...
Six years ago, Jim Jarmusch made a movie about vampires. "Only Lovers Left Alive" was beautifully textured, ingeniously detailed and intoxicatingly moody. Plus it had the sexiest vampire couple...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A founding member of the Grammy-winning gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama has died. Clarence Fountain was 88.
Fountain died Sunday in a hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he had been taken Friday, manager Charles Driebe of Atlanta said in an email Monday.
Joan Baez, "Whistle Down the Wind" (Bobolink/Razor & Tie)
Nearly 10 years on from her last studio album, Joan Baez delivers another pearl, 10 deeply felt interpretations about the human condition and the state of the world.
Baez's voice is in fine form and if her range now is, unsurprisingly, more earth angel than angelic, it serves to enhance her expressiveness, the depth of the lyrics and the strength of the melodies.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey, the artist with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, is one of the nominees for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Carey, who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No. 1s, earns her first nomination for the prestigious prize. The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the list of nominees Monday, a day ahead of its official announcement.
Sherman Holmes, "The Sherman Holmes Project: The Richmond Sessions" (M.C. Records)
"The Richmond Sessions" is the debut album by Sherman Holmes, but the 77-year-old singer and bassist is no neophyte.
The Holmes Brothers were one of the all-time great American bands, alternating between gospel, R&B, soul and blues while reimagining tunes from Tom Waits, The O'Jays, and even Cheap Trick and Bob Marley as radically and triumphantly as Joe Cocker's version of "With a Little Help from My Friends."
BOSTON (AP) — Luminaries from the film, music and writing worlds have honored Tom Waits and folk singer John Prine for their songwriting at a ceremony filled with words and song.
Waits' wife, Kathleen Brennan, also was honored.
John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and Roseanne Cash took turns performing renditions of the artists' music at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.