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New Jimi Hendrix Documentary Focuses on Historic Atlanta Pop Concert

The Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s July 4th, 1970 performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival will be the subject of a new documentary and live album. Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a film about the guitar god’s Atlanta Pop set and the circumstances surrounding it, will premiere on Showtime on September 4th. The DVD/Blu-Ray release of the documentary will follow on October 30th with bonus content not shown in the televised version.

The documentary will feature interviews with band members Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Kirk Hammett, organizer Alex Cooley and more. The Atlanta International Pop Festival also marked the largest American audience Hendrix ever performed in front of, as an estimated 300,000 people witnessed the rock great play in Byron, Georgia, 100 miles south of Atlanta.

The recording spans much of Hendrix’s catalog, from Are You Experienced‘s “Foxy Lady” and “Red House ” to posthumously released tracks like “Straight Ahead” and “Room Full of Mirrors.” Since the concert took place on July 4th, Hendrix naturally delivered another stunning rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church will be preceded August 28th by Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival, featuring Hendrix’s July 4th, 1970 16-song set. That live album will be released via Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings as a 2-CD or 2-LP vinyl set. The first 5,000 vinyl copies will be numbered individually.

Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival Track List

Disc 1

1. “Fire”
2. “Lover Man”
3. “Spanish Castle Magic”
4. “Red House”
5. “Room Full Of Mirrors”
6. “Hear My Train A Comin’”
7. “Message To Love”

Disc 2

1. “All Along The Watchtower”
2. “Freedom”
3. “Foxy Lady”
4. “Purple Haze”
5. “Hey Joe”
6. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return) “
7. “Stone Free”
8. “Star Spangled Banner”
9. “Straight Ahead”

Kip Moore Brings 'Wild Ones' on Fall Tour

On the verge of his long-awaited second album‘s release, Kip Moore has announced a 20-date North American headlining tour this fall. The Wild Ones Tour will begin in October, making stops in major markets including New York City, Toronto, Chicago and Boston until the December finale in Richmond, Virginia. “Kiss You in the Morning” singer Michael Ray will serve as the opening act, and Nashville upstarts Joey Hyde and Chris Cavanaugh, as well as prominent country remixer/producer Dee Jay Silver, will also be joining Moore as supporting acts on select dates.

“My favorite part of this crazy life we have is playing live,” says Moore. “We’ve been playing so many of these new songs in the live show because we road-tested them night after night before recording what became the final album. They were a huge part in helping me formulate what Wild Ones became.”

Concertgoers can expect to hear plenty of material from Moore’s forthcoming album, Wild Ones, due for release on August 21st, along with radio hits from its critically-acclaimed predecessor, Up All Night. And judging by recent concert set lists, don’t be surprised if Moore continues to perform a wide-ranging selection of covers, as well. In recent months, the “I’m to Blame” singer has covered everything from Tom Petty and Ben E. King to Oasis and Jimmy Eat World.

A large portion of the dates on Moore’s upcoming fall tour are located in the Northeast, a region that’s embraced the singer-songwriter from the beginning.

“The people are so kind to me here, and they really latched on to our band,” Moore told Rolling Stone Country while playing in New York earlier this summer. “We’ve been grinding in the club scene for years up here. We developed a true underground following. I don’t know if it’s the style of music we play. I don’t know if it’s because of the blue-collar lifestyle up here that they relate to me and the band. I want to feel like it’s the intensity and passion we play with each and every night — that’s my hope.”

Kip Moore, Wild Ones Tour Dates:

October 8th — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania*

October 9th — Pittsburgh*

October 16th — London, Ontario, Canada*

October 17th — Toronto*

October 22nd & 23rd — Chicago**

Ocober 30th — Boston**

October 31st — Baltimore**

November 5th — Knoxville, Tennessee***

November 7th — Cleveland, Ohio***

November 13th — Orlando, Florida***

November 14th — Ft Myers, Florida***

November 19th — Nacogdoches, Texas*

November 27th — Myrtle Beach, SC*

November 28th — Charlotte, North Carolina*

December 3rd — New York City*

December 4th — Sayreville, New Jersey*

December 5th — Richmond, Virginia*

*Denotes date with Chris Cavanaugh

**Denotes date with Joey Hyde

***Denotes date with DeeJay Silver

D'Angelo, Ed Sheeran to Lead Bill Withers Tribute at Carnegie Hall

D’Angelo, Ed Sheeran and Sheryl Crow will help welcome Bill Withers back to Carnegie Hall on October 1st, leading an all-star lineup that will pay tribute to the soul musician, who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The initial lineup for the show, aptly dubbed “Lean on Him,” boasts Aloe Blacc, Amos Lee, Michael McDonald, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, Gregory Porter, Kathy Mattea and Ledisi. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Withers will make a rare public appearance at the show, which will find the cast of musicians recreating some of his best known hits and his classic 1973 LP, Live at Carnegie Hall, in its entirety. Greg Phillinganes — who has worked with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson — will helm the show as house band leader and musical director.

General admission tickets for “Lean on Him” are currently available through the Carnegie Hall website, while VIP tickets can be purchased via While a run-of-the-mill VIP ticket runs $300, a backstage pass is available for $2,000, and a five-course wine-paired dinner with Withers, his wife Marcia and no more than 40 other ticket buyers costs $10,000.

All net profits from the concert will benefit the Stuttering Association for the Young, an organization close to Withers, who has stuttered since childhood.

“Lean on Him” is the brainchild of City Winery and Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, who, over the past several years, has produced a slew of notable charity tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall. Earlier this year, the Roots, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Rufus Wainwright and more paid tribute to David Byrne and the Talking Heads; previous concerts have honored Prince, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Neil Young, R.E.M., the Who, the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon.

Dolly Parton Makes It Personal at Rare Nashville Show

Although she lives just a few miles south of Nashville’s downtown Ryman Auditorium, on the rare occasions Dolly Parton is in town, she is, by her own admission, something of a homebody. But this past weekend, the music icon ventured out to play two sold-out concerts at the Ryman to benefit causes dear to her and to her entire road team.

Before Parton hit the stage, her producer and musical director, Kent Wells performed a song he wrote in tribute to his late nephew, Dustin J. Wells, who was killed in a car accident in 2005. Each year since, a concert in his honor is performed by a special guest for the Dustin J. Wells Foundation, with proceeds benefiting Nashville’s W.O. Smith School of Music. This year, a group of students from the school also performed a few tunes to warm up the stage for Parton.

On Friday night, with competing concerts nearby featuring Shania Twain, Eric Church and the Monkees, Parton’s presence may have contributed to traffic tie-ups but for much of the night, she made concertgoers feel as though they were spending time with her whole family, with a front-porch seat at the Smoky Mountain home she shared with 11 siblings. For an hour and 40 minutes, the incomparable entertainer delivered such early classics as “Jolene,” “My Tennessee Mountain Home” and “Coat of Many Colors,” sharing the familiar stories of their origins and reminiscing about how her first microphone was a tin can on a stick protruding out of those front-porch floorboards.  

Even though the show was billed as Dolly: Pure and Simple, the singer, who became a Grand Ole Opry member onstage at the iconic venue in January of 1969 and last performed a full concert there in July of 2002, displayed the full range of her musical talent, playing nearly a dozen different instruments from mountain dulcimer to electric guitar, each one white and decked out in rhinestones, to match her sparkling white jumpsuit. The most dazzling part of any Parton performance, however, is the singer’s golden voice. She’ll turn 70 in January, but her vocals remain ageless and her songs timeless.

In addition to the autobiographical songs and stories, Parton included several of her bluegrass-flavored tunes, including the recent “Blue Smoke,” “The Grass Is Blue,” and a breathtaking version of “Little Sparrow.”

But it wouldn’t be a Parton show without the high-energy hits, including “Two Doors Down,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Here You Come Again” and “9 to 5.” There was also a fire-inspired medley of tunes, including the singer’s own “Baby I’m Burnin'” and Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” Gospel music was represented, as well, with the oft-forgotten early hit, “The Seeker.”

Of course, it also wouldn’t be a Parton show without heavy doses of homespun humor and quotable quips, and even though some of her one-liners (“It costs a lot to look this cheap,” etc.) are standard, one bawdy, off-the-cuff moment appeared to fluster the singer herself. Referring to Dr. Dennis Wells, the dentist brother of her bandleader and father to Dustin Wells, Parton joked that she would often go to his practice, not because she had any trouble with her teeth but because she wanted some of the nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) he gives patients during procedures.

“I have done some of the greatest fantasizing on [it],” she said. “I have done some of my greatest thinking while Dr. Wells is drillin’ my brains out.” Gathering her composure she added, “You’re never too old to dream.”

Parton also had the women in the crowd laughing along to the clever “PMS Blues,” which has been a staple of her live show for a number of years.

On Saturday night, the iconic performer returned to the Ryman for a show that benefited the Opry Trust Fund in support of the Grand Ole Opry’s older members. Before the first of the two shows, she explained that the “Pure and Simple” concept was borne out of necessity, since some of her regular band members were on the road with other acts, including Garth Brooks.

“I didn’t have a band together,” Parton told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s not one of those big statements, like ‘Dolly Unplugged.’ We don’t have big screens or big production or big sound, but hopefully it will be enjoyable. Especially in a place like the Ryman.”

Although the stripped-down, mostly acoustic concerts were mounted as a special occasion, there’s little doubt that if Parton were to launch an entire Pure and Simple tour, the results – and fan reaction – would be purely and simply magical.

Don Henley Unveils 'Cass County' Fall Tour, Bonus Tracks

Don Henley has mapped out an autumn tour in support of Cass County, the Eagles drummer’s first solo LP in 15 years. After finally wrapping up the Eagles’ two-year History farewell tour in late July, Henley will head back out on the road starting October 3rd at Phoenix’s Comerica Theatre. The 16-date tour will conclude November 12th in Philadelphia. Visit Henley’s official site for ticket on-sale information.

Henley recently spoke about his country-inspired solo LP, which features guests like Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard. “I’m associated with California a lot because of that other band that I play in, but I really and truly was born and raised in Cass County, Texas,” Henley said at a private listening party in Nashville in June. “I’m a Southerner and a Texan. I have ancestors in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. So this is a natural progression for me. It’s not me trying to do the ‘Don Henley country album.’ It’s who I am and where I come from.”

In addition to plotting out his fall tour, Henley also revealed the four exclusive tracks that will feature on the deluxe edition of Cass County: “Too Far Gone,” “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz,” “She Sang Hymns Out of Tune” and “Too Much Pride.” Fans who purchase tickets to Henley’s tour will also receive a deluxe CD copy of Cass County.

Don Henley Tour Dates

October 3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
October 5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
October 7 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
October 13 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
October 15 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
October 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
October 18 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
November 2 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 3 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
November 5 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
November 7 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
November 8 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
November 10 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
November 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music

Hear Danny Brown and Clams Casino's Woozy 'Worth It'

Danny Brown and producer Clams Casino have dropped their collaborative “Worth It,” a spacey jam recorded for the ongoing Adult Swim Singles program. On the track, Brown ponders deeply about the hip-hop lifestyle, asking, “Is it really worth it? / For fast cars and ice / Do you wanna live that life? / Is it really worth it? / New girls every night / Do you wanna live that life?” Download the track for free at Adult Swim.

The rapper also showcases his brash bravado when he takes aim at the rap game. “Smoke ’til I get a head rush / Lookin’ at you rappers like breakfast / No apologies for what Imma do to ya / Imma take that game like I’m a sore loser,” the rapper rhymes over a textbook Clams Casino production with aquatic environs and loopy beats. While this is Brown’s first time working with Casino, the rapper did sample the producer’s work on A$AP Rocky’s “Demons” for Brown’s Old cut “Lonely.”

“Worth It” is the ninth installment in this year’s edition of the Adult Swim Singles program. Swervedriver, Peaches and Yung Lean are among the other artists who have already dropped tracks through Adult Swim. More exclusive songs will continue to drop each week until October 12th, and the coming weeks will see new cuts by Flying Lotus, Sia, Skrillex, Run the Jewels, Chromatics, DOOMSTARKS (the Ghostface Killah/MF Doom collaboration) and more.

Brown last released his third LP Old in 2013. Since then, the rapper has remained largely inactive, appearing along fellow Motor City all-stars on Eminem’s “Detroit Vs. Everybody” and writing a Dr. Seuss-inspired children’s book.

Jimi Hendrix Experience Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival 2CD/2LP Out August 28

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE FREEDOM: ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL 2CD/2LP OUT AUGUST 28NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — About 100 miles south of Atlanta, next to a field just outside the town of Byron, there stands a plaque erected by the Georgia Historical Society marking the location of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, where from July 3-5, 1970,…


Thomas Rhett Previews Progressive New Album 'Tangled Up'

On his second album, Tangled Up, Thomas Rhett says fans can expect even more of the funk, soul and R&B flavor of the project’s feel-good first single, “Crash and Burn.”

“In all genres, old is becoming new and old is becoming fresh,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s been going on in pop for a long time, and I think with songs like (Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’) ‘Uptown Funk’ and The Weekend’s ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ — which sounds exactly like a Michael Jackson song — everybody is taking what they learned and loved from their idols and trying to make it into what they do today.”

Citing James Brown as one of his biggest idols, Rhett says the way fans embraced “Crash and Burn” became the catalyst for his new direction. The song is close to breaking the Top 10 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart.

“It was a huge spike in confidence,” he says of the track’s success. “A bunch of people went with our gut on that song, and I think you always feel more confident when you know you went with your gut, and your gut actually worked. It definitely set the tone for the album.”

Over 13 tracks, seven of which Rhett co-wrote, that tone is both progressive for country lovers and a throwback for pop fans. Produced by the Nashville-meets-Motown team of Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure, Tangled Up finds the 25-year-old making bold song selections, borrowing choice trimmings from around the musical universe and pushing the country-music needle even farther toward broad, Top 40 appeal.

“Anthem” starts the album off with a pumped-up country rap, while funk and disco collide on “Tangled” and melodic hip-hop meets pop on “I Feel Good” (featuring “Bills” rapper Lunch Money Lewis). The shuffling beat of “Vacation” bears such a strong resemblance to War’s iconic slow jam “Low Rider” that the band were credited as co-writers, and many of the songs — “Crash and Burn” included — find Rhett pushing his voice to new limits. Rhett says he never had a falsetto before this year, but now uses it in concert every night.

“‘Crash’ is the hardest song I’ve ever sang in my whole life,” he says. “It’s the lowest in my vocal register and the highest in my register, all within 15 seconds.”

One line in particular reveals the bedrock of Rhett’s distinct new sound, and it shows up in “Southside,” a hard driving “shake it” banger he’s been opening his shows with:

“Like Memphis, Tennessee / Got in bed with CDB (Charlie Daniels Band)/ Had a baby / Oh, and when the baby cried / It made this sound / Ain’t no lie it was funkified”

“That’s basically what the record is,” says Rhett. “It’s like this genre got in bed with this genre and had a baby and this is what came out, that’s how Tangled Up got here. That line totally sums up the whole record.”

But for fans of Rhett’s previous effort, 2013’s It Goes Like This, the rising star says about 25 percent of the new album should still feel familiar. Jordin Sparks appears for a duet on the soaring power ballad “Playing With Fire,” “T-Shirt” and “Single Girl” bring back the smoldering romantic from “Make Me Wanna,” and “Learned It From the Radio” delivers a pickup-sized load of dirt-road imagery.

In fact, one of the album’s standout tracks is a subdued, straight-up country love song, one that Rhett says may be the best he’s ever written. Featuring a delicate, grooving guitar part and some of his most passionate vocals to date, he wrote “Die a Happy Man” about his wife.

“I’ve been somewhat getting crap my entire career from my wife saying, ‘When are you going to write a sweet song about me and put it on a record?'” he says. “It kinda makes you feel a little terrible as a husband, but she has been asking me for a long time to write a ‘Just to See You Smile’ by Tim McGraw type song. So that is the most honest song I’ve ever written about my wife. It really replicates our relationship with each other and our love for each other, so I think it will be really fun and exciting for people to see that side of me, because I’ve never really done that before.”

While musical diversity seems to be becoming more and more common in country, Rhett knows the melting-pot approach is still a stretch. But to him, the combination feels just right — like he’s discovered the artist he was always meant to be.

“On the first record, about half of it was so old to me that I didn’t even fully remember who that T.R. was,” he admits. “It was a complete shot in the dark. I wanted to be so many different things in the beginning — I wanted to be a rocker, I wanted to be a great songwriter, I wanted to be a great melodic singer. ‘Make Me Wanna’ definitely pushed me to start really focusing in that’s kind of the singer and songwriter that I’ve always wanted to be — just a very fun, make-you-feel-good singer and songwriter. ‘Make Me Wanna’ fueled the fire for ‘Crash and Burn,’ and ‘Crash and Burn’ fueled the fire for this album.”

Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up will be out September 25th.

Tangled Up Track Listing and Writing Credits:

“Anthem” (Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins)

“Crash and Burn” (Jesse Frasure, Chris Stapleton)

“South Side” (Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Chris Stapleton)

“Die a Happy Man” (Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur)

“Vacation” (Thomas Rhett, Thomas Allen, Harold Brown, Morris Dickerson, Sean Douglas, Gerry Goldstein, Leroy Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Osker, Andreas Schuller, Howard Scott, Joe Spargur, Ricky Reed, John Ryan)

“Like It’s the Last Time” (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip)

“T-Shirt” (Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)

“Single Girl” (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ben Hayslip)

“The Day You Stop Looking Back” (Jaren Johnston, Luke Laird)

“Tangled Up” (Chris DeStefano, Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins, Josh Osborne, Scott Schwartz)

“Playing With Fire (featuring Jordin Sparks)” (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley)

“I Feel Good (featuring Lunch Money Lewis)” (Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Teddy Geiger, Jacob Hindlin, Gamal Lewis, Charlie Puth, Joe Spargur)

“Learned It From the Radio” (Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley, Jimmy Robbins)

U2 Go One on One with Fans for In-Depth Q&A Session as Part of SiriusXM's Town Hall Series

SIRIUS XM logo.NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SiriusXM announced today that one of the most significant rock bands of all time, U2, sat down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners for the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series at the SiriusXM studios in New York City….


Live Nation Entertainment continúa su expansión global: forma Live Nation Concerts Germany con Marek Lieberberg, organizador de conciertos líder de Alemania

LOS ÁNGELES, 3 de agosto de 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — En lo que representa una expansión clave para la empresa, Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) ha formado Live Nation Concerts Germany con el organizador de conciertos alemán Marek Lieberberg para…