The class of 2017 was revealed during a press event lead by Vince Gill at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Gill had this to say about Jackson at the event, "He straddled the lines between pop sensibilities and hardline affection for classic Country. Nobody has stuck up for Country Music more than this gentleman. Ever."
Jackson shared his own excitement about the honor "It's an honor. For me to say I'm honored sounds like the standard old response, but for a man who loves country music there is no higher honor. This is the mountain top!" Read morehere.
Singer and guitarist Mackenzie Howe explained how fiction became reality, "This song is sort of a diary entry about how trivial things in life are often disappointing, but how playing music with the band over the last few years has been our steadfast source of fun and joy.
"The story line of the video is that my Telecaster gets stolen out of my car, so the three of us girls find creative ways to make some cash to buy me a new guitar. The crazy part is day one of shooting, after we shot the roller skating/bike scene, my car did get broken into and I had many valuable things stolen."
The damaged car was included in the footage for the video, which can be seenhere.
The new song features guest vocals from Mavis Staples and Pusha T and is one of the tracks from the group's long awaited new album "Humanz", which is set to be released on April 28th.
Staples and Pusha are not the only big names who lent their talents to the new record, it will also feature contributions from Vince Staples De La Soul, Grace Jones and Jehnny Beth. Listen to the new songhere.
The song can be streamed here and is one of the tracks that will be included on her forthcoming album "Pleasure," which is set to hit stores on April 28th and is the follow up to her hit 2011 studio effort "Metals".
Feist will be celebrating the release with a series of live dates across North America this spring and summer, followed by European music festival appearances in August.
She will be kicking off the tour on April 27th in Toronto, ON at Trinity St. Paul and has announced shows in the U.S., Mexico and Canada that will run until July 9th with an appearance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. See the dateshere.
The new song was inspired by the difference between the Jewish philosophies of Emunah and Bitachon. Matisyahu explains, "Emunah is nothing more than an understanding that God runs the world and is part of the world in every way and in every dimension.
"Bitachon is a trust or reliance in God (or friends, family, etc.) for your own personal journey through this world. Someone can intellectually understand or emotionally have faith that the world is beyond the self, but still have no trust that world cares at all about his own personal life and journey. I.e. One can have emunah but no bitachon."
He also revealed the major difference with this new album and his past efforts, "This is the first album I've made that is produced by myself and the band with out any outside forces involved. It's my baby. No compromises, full artistic integrity." Stream the new singlehere.
They have announce 13 dates that span from the opening show on May 13th at the Choctaw Grand Theater in Durant, OK to the final stop on October 21st where they will play the Treasure Island Casino in Welch, MN.
Kenny G had this to say, "To say I'm honored to share the stage with one of the greatest musicians in the world would be a huge understatement. George Benson has always been a jazz hero to me with a virtuosity that is second to none." Read morehere.
The event will be taking place on June 10th at First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville and will benefit the City of Hope research and cancer and diabetes treatment center.
An announcement of more artist will be coming soon for the annual charity event that usually features some of the biggest names in country music. Past participants included Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Shania Twain, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks and Vince Gill. Read morehere.
The track is the first single from her album "Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between", which will be released later this year. She had this to say about the effort, "I'm really excited to have recorded the new album with a rhythm section and a string quartet! I have some songs I've always wanted to record with this line up and make into a very special album featuring this music I love.
I grew up surrounded by orchestras and its music that is close to my heart. The new album features some standards, some unexpected covers and some of my own new material written especially for this project! I'm so excited!" Stream the singlehere.
The special event will be taking place on June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City and the Johnny Mercer Award follows Menken's induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.
SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff had this to say about the honor, "Alan Menken is a prolific composer whose music has conquered both Hollywood and Broadway. His success in scoring animated musicals like Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, filling them with unforgettable songs and then adapting them for the Broadway stage has delighted countless children and adults." Read morehere.
The performance video can be streamed here and comes amid a busy year of tour which will see Anderson perform in Canada, Europe and the UK.
Following a couple of Canadian shows, Anderson will head across the Atlantic to kick off Euro trek will be launching on May 18th in Dublin and wrapping up in Stockholm on June 9th.
That will be followed by more concert and music festivals appearances across Canada through the end of September. See all of the upcoming dateshere.
The trek will be kicking off in Santa Cruz at Bocci's Cellar on April 26th and includes shows at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles and LeStat's Coffee House in San Diego, before wrapping up in San Luis Obispo at the Linnaea's Café on the 29th.
She shared this background about her new album, "Black Wings is a story told out of sequence, each song is a snapshot of an event that led to the ultimate undoing of my 10-year marriage. The stories on this record emerge from a deadly silence, they dispel a facade of a happy family portrait, and they air the truth of what had been hidden for too long.
"The ritual of writing and recording served as a lifeline to my survival during a very dark life passage. Black Wings has been the key to my transcendence, punctuated by the unshakable synchronicity of art imitating life". See the dateshere.
"Free Soul" I tend to spend a lot of time on thinking about the whole "meaning of life" thing, and the existence of a higher power. It's one of those personal struggles that I don't mention much in discussions, but is pretty prevalent in my lyrics if you pay close enough attention. Anyway, that's where the origins of this song originated from.
I was just sitting at home thinking about these subjects as I often do, and I started getting irritated by the whole thing. I was thinking to myself that "God" (if you choose to put a label on this higher being, or even choose to believe in one at all) surely puts a lot of pressure on humanity. We are such imperfect creatures, but we are expected to be so perfect. Then I started to think if this is the case at all, and are there really any expectations and whose expectations are they if so. Maybe it's all just programming and the environment I was raised in that makes me think this way. Billions of people I'm positive have had this conversation with themselves, no revelations here whatsoever. I'm also sure that many people will read this and wonder how have I not figured this out by now one way or the other. Like I said, it's a personal struggle. I wrote this song as a kind of therapy for that subject I guess. It hasn't worked yet, I'm as confused as ever.
"They Don't Understand": This song was inspired by the judgment that myself and I'm sure many people reading this often receive, for our choice to walk in the shadows per se. We may lean more towards the not so pleasant things in life. Be it the music we listen to, the movies we watch, or the subjects that interest us etc. We enjoy some blood, guts, and good old fashioned horror in our lives, and not just on occasion. We enjoy it so much and it's so prevalent that it scares certain individuals. We get labeled "weird", "freaks", and sometimes "crazy". Some people view us in a negative light because we focus more on the darkness than on the light. I wrote this song as a kind of anthem for all of us shadow dwellers.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
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