Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band Perform on World Peace Day in Hollywood
To mark World Peace Day, which was Sunday, September 21, Ringo Starr & his amazing All-Starr Band performed a great 40 minute set behind the John Varvatos boutique in Hollywood.
The All-Starr Band is a revolving group of legendary musicians that Ringo has assembled over the last two decades to go out on tour. They perform some of Ringo’s most famous songs, as well as hits from their own career. The current line-up features Steve Lukather (Toto), Edgar Winter, Richard Page (Mr.Mister), and Gregg Bissonette on drums. Yesterday they were joined by Joe Walsh, and the great drummer Jim Keltner
Third Man Records has announced that Olivia Jean will join Jack White as a support act for his upcoming September headline shows, beginning September 14 in Columbia, MD. Jean is no stranger to White, who produced her debut solo album Bathtub Love Killings (available 10/14).
13-year-old folk wunderkind Sammy Brue has released a new EP via NoiseTrade, the Bootleg Sessions Vol. 1. The 5-song EP features just Brue and his guitar, and includes tracks like “East Nashville,” which he performed at the American Songwriter office earlier this summer.
SANTA MONICA, CA (May 6, 2014) –Cordoba Music Group, the manufacturer of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories, has announced today that it has finalized a letter of intent to purchase the Guild® guitar brand and related assets from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC).
“It was important for us to find a great steward to continue the important legacy of Guild guitars,” said FMIC’s interim CEO and board member Scott Gilbertson. “We have found a great fit in Cordoba Music Group, a company committed to quality and with impressive U.S.-based production capabilities.”
The Future Of The DMCA (And How It Affects Your Copyrights)
You may have recently heard about a big to-do in Washington concerning the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act). Recent hearings evaluating the DMCA’s copyright infringement notice and takedown procedures have taken place, and it’s a pretty interesting debate.
Essentially lawmakers are trying to decide if the onus to police copyright is equally spread among internet service providers (like Google, Amazon, and Comcast), copyright owners (like your band, your friend’s band, and your bass player’s silent film project), and Internet users (basically everyone who isn’t Amish).
R.I.P. Jesse Winchester, A Songwriter Admired By Bob Dylan And Many More
Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester passed away Friday morning, after a long fight with cancer. Winchester, who was born in Louisiana and moved to Montreal in 1967 when facing the impending Vietnam war draft, was revered by countless songwriters and musicians, despite never achieving widespread commercial fame.
Many of Winchester’s songs, which include standards like “Mississippi You’re On My Mind,” “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz,” and “A Showman’s Life” have been covered by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, the Everly Brothers, and Elvis Costello. “You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include him,” Bob Dylan once said of Winchester.
With the Internet, accessing officially unreleased music – bootlegs, live versions, covers of all kinds – is significantly easier than it once was. That said, it’s not quite the same as the polish of a formally mixed and produced album, particularly when charting the stylistic changes and trajectory of a musician like Patty Griffin, whose 2000 effort, Silver Bell is finally seeing release on October 8th through Universal Music Enterprises.
The all-original songs spent about 13 years in catalog limbo, due in large part to a change in ownership at A&M, and in that time both “Top of the World” and “Truth #2″ were covered (and made hits) by the Dixie Chicks on their 2002 album Home. (Natalie Maines kept up the homage, covering “Silver Bells” on her solo debut.) Newly mixed by Glyn Johns, the 14-song collection was recorded in 2000 at Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway Studio with help from Doug Lancio on guitar, John Deaderick playing keys and Frank Swart handling bass. Emmylou Harris adds harmonies on “Truth #2.”
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Mark Knopfler Moves To Verve Records, Readies Privateering
It’s never too late for a change — Mark Knopfler will attest to that. The Dire Straits vocalist and prolific composer has signed with UMG’s Verve Records to release his new, double album,Privateering, out September 10. This is quite the break from the norm, as Knopfler has had a 35 year relationship with Warner Brothers Music.
“Mark has long been one of the most innovative and successful artists in music,” Max Hole, Chairman and CEO UMG International said. ”And we’re thrilled he’s decided to sign to Verve so that we are now working with him everywhere across the world.”
Mumford & Sons Bassist Ted Dwane Undergoes Brain Surgery
Mumford & Sonsrescheduled three of their upcoming shows after doctors discovered a blood clot in bassist Ted Dwane’s brain. Dwane has been scheduled to receive emergency surgery to remove the clot, but he’s expected to make a speedy recovery.
After feeling sick for a few days, Dwane was rushed to the hospital yesterday. The band postponed their scheduled concerts in Dallas, Houston and New Orleans, respectively, in order to allow Dwane time to recover from his operation. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the concerts’ future dates.
Mumford & Sons doesn’t expect to cancel any other shows, and the band still plans on performing its set at Bonnaroo this Saturday.