Little Charmers Announces Cookie Assortment

Little Charmers will be having their own cookies at your local grocery stores! The fun shapes will include stars and moons! The flavors will be chocolate chip and shortbread cookies! Expect to find these around …Read More


Streaming Is More Than A Wave, It's Now The Sea In Which The Music Business Swims

The Music Industry Lost Billions Of Dollars For A Full Decade Before Music Streaming Entered The Mix


Sonny Lanegan’s "Coma" Available for Pre-Order!

Sonny Lanegan’s debut EP “Coma” is available for pre-order right HERE. Check out the EPs artwork and tracklisting below.TRACKLISTING: 1. And No One Ever Gave A Fuck2. Down And Dirty3. Loaded And Crooked4. Love Will …Read More


Venues Refuse To Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

ASCAP Takes Legal Action Against 10 Venues Nationwide That Infringe On Songwriters’ Copyrights By Performing Their Musical Works Without Permission


Armada the Super Musicians Forged from the Depths of their Past Misfortunes Revives Music

You know of super heroes, well now there are super musicians in our mists….. Blending together metal with metalcore to create a balance unlike any other, comes musicians from previous projects, who fought kicking and …Read More


GOP War On The Poor Round 2 Let Poor People Starve Rather Than Admit The Reality of Human, Economic Need

Still they do this, feeding tired tropes on laziness, unwillingness to work, racial politics harping about which minorities are on food stamps, generational cycles of persons on public assistance while reassuring hawkeyed tax payers monies culled will go to other services like additional funding for head start, as if that makes what they’re doing perfectly ok, all the better. Interesting for Judeo-Christian bible thumpers they appear to have conveniently forgotten charity, that Jesus said to look after the poor, fatherless and widowed, reminded crowds and his disciples the poor would always be among them and proscribed kindness. That whole do unto others as you’d have done unto you thing, as you’ve done it unto the least of these you’ve done it unto me idea lost unless you are ‘living right,’ unless you fit their mold of a good, moral person, never having made a mistake or been placed in a bad situation; though reading my bible, I don’t remember any of those stipulations attached to the paraphrased passages… And there is never an in depth conversation about how we treat persons with disabilities be they physical, learning, developmental delay or mental health issues, the differently abled in the workplace. The fact that the ADA (Americans with disabilities act) needs a 21st century makeover to compensate for all the ways employers have concocted to get around accommodations, avoid hiring varying disabled persons, persons who clearly have physical, learning or developmental problems yet are not labeled disabled. Opting for the quick fix of removing their food stamps a lifelong judgment of supposedly bad choices, tough love in saying deal with it… expensive to be feasible for persons already on food stamps, currently out of work; one in the central part of Missouri, top state where cuts were felt this month, has programs for in demand jobs CNA, medical and legal administrative assistants, office technology teaching clerical skills, construction skills for high school students, HVAC heating and cooling is popular with young men for the hands on work and good paying jobs it leads to. However tuition, for someone not aided by vocational rehabilitation, other community resource referral, agency to defer costs is in the thousands of dollars before you get to the consistent $1,000 for books/ supplies… Missouri, like most states across the country, has rural pockets where job training, vocational classes, volunteer venues are scarce let alone information about them; reality there may not 20 hours a week of volunteering/job training available especially competing on the volunteer side with public housing dwellers who must also complete X hours per month volunteering under much the same circumstances… . Physical mental, emotional ability to work, availability to work, updated skills doesn’t mean it’s as simple as actively pursuing a job, persevering, putting your best foot forward; coming back to the prevailing trend of condemning millennials for their clothing highlighted several underlying old issues creating barriers to employment…. Shocking is how many young adults who should be prime age to work, those just starting out are on food stamps, millennials who didn’t have a parents couch to fall back on, drowning in student loan debt, working as a barista, if they can get work at all, never going beyond because we never gave them a chance to get started in a career field…. And rather than talk about the tangible, palpable discrimination going on in the employment world, business’ growing, outlandish demands, their purple squirrel, candidates have to be prefect before hire problem, concurrently screaming they can’t find workers, republicans are carving out laws virtually sanctioning discrimination against the LGBT community…. Salon links are right on target, we would rather pay for prisons, the back end of mental health warehousing people who can never leave in psychiatric hospitals designated for the criminally insane when they aren’t languishing in jail cells, the prison psych ward, as opposed front end mental health involving diagnosis and treatment, help before a crime is committed. We would rather commit our tax dollars to long term consequences of poverty than engage in an ounce of prevention; we would rather pay for the long spanning burden of poverty than the, less over time, expenditure of alleviating it. We would rather stick to our mythology of the self-made American, tout the protestant work ethic of one religion as how it’s done, regardless of it never working for society for a host of reasons only a few listed here than abandon our prejudices against types of work, kinds of people, namely the poor and provide them a living wage by which to support themselves. Than give women equal pay for equal work instead of pretending they don’t deserve it because they dared take off during their child’s infant, toddler and preschool years, they are somehow less than because we took away their negotiating power through ignoring them, not taking them seriously in the workplace, then didn’t negotiate, salary, maternity leave, raise, whichever, or holding them back because they dared act like a man in trying to move up the employment ladder and women are supposed to do that…. Piggybacking off the question in the opening quote, promoting the ‘radical’ idea it is the responsibility of any beyond third world society, democratic society to see to that insurance of minimum health…. If we cannot be guaranteed basic dignity under the law, what’s the point of the whole enterprise?” Funny many thought, have run for office with a genuine desire to help the country, started social movements for rights and equality given to hitherto marginalized citizens on the foundation that was the point, the whole point and the only point. Read More


Flashback: Johnny Cash Releases 'Ring of Fire'

In 1958, Johnny Cash left Sun Records to sign with Columbia. Less than a year later, he earned his first Number One country hit with the label, “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town.” His next chart-topper wouldn’t come for another four years, but when it did, it earned Cash the reputation of being a trend-setter.

Beginning in the late Forties, Cash’s future sister-in-law, Anita Carter, who played bass (sometimes standing on her head) performed with her sisters Helen and June, and their mother, Maybelle Carter, becoming the second generation of the singing clan to achieve stardom. Anita, although widely acknowledged as the best singer among her sisters, only achieved significant country-radio airplay as part of the Carter clan or as one half of a duet, earning Top Five hits with Hank Snow and Waylon Jennings. And although she was the first to record a song her sister June co-wrote with Merle Kilgore, Anita’s version of the song, then known as “Love’s Ring of Fire,” passed nearly unnoticed by the public — until Johnny Cash recorded it.

As recalled in the liner notes to an Anita Carter CD box set, in 1962, June Carter was touring with Johnny Cash for the first time. Also on the tour was songwriter Merle Kilgore, who that same year was watching his composition “Wolverton Mountain” enjoy a nine-week run at Number One. Kilgore, who would later become Hank Williams Jr.’s longtime manager, also served as best man when Cash married June Carter in 1968. While on tour, Merle and June would often get together to write. They continued to do so at home, because they both lived north of Nashville, only four blocks apart. At one of their morning meetings, June noted the underlined phrase “Love is like a burning ring of fire” in a book of Elizabethan poetry that had been owned by her uncle, A.P. Carter. Although they started the song, they ended up unable to finish it, so Kilgore went home.

When Anita called June from the studio that day to tell her she needed one more song to complete her album, June quickly summoned Merle back so they could finish the song. Written and recorded quickly, the tune was picked by Billboard as a hit for Anita in November 1962, but the song failed to chart. Meanwhile, Johnny had heard it and in a dream also heard Mexican trumpets accompanying it. He told Anita he would give her a few months then record it the way he had imagined it. That’s just what he did, on March 25th, 1963, with Mother Maybelle, Helen, June and Anita Carter singing harmony. Fifty-three years ago today, on April 19th, 1963, Columbia Records released Cash’s distinct version of the song that tells the tale of a passionate love affair — and may or may not have been code for a female body part.

Of course, when Johnny and June went public with their relationship, the song’s torrid theme took on added significance, becoming even more enigmatic as it gained wider popularity throughout the next several decades. In the 2005 biopic Walk the Line, June (played by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon) is seen writing the song’s lyrics down while driving to her sister’s house in tears. However, in her 2007 memoir, I Walked the Line, Cash’s first wife (and mother of his four daughters) Vivian alleges that in 1963 — several months after Anita’s version had been released — her then-husband told her he had just written the song (with its title referring to a female body part) with Kilgore on a fishing trip, a claim later backed by Cash’s friend Curly Lewis, who was also fishing with them that day.

Regardless of which account of the song’s origin is accurate, Cash’s version of “Ring of Fire,” complete with mariachi horns, was a Number One country hit for seven weeks in the summer of ’63, reaching the Top 20 on the pop chart as well. That August, he even recorded a Spanish-language version of the tune.

Since Anita Carter’s first version in 1962, “Ring of Fire” has been covered countless times, from Blondie’s 1980 energetic cowpunk take to Frank Zappa’s decidedly weird re-imagining of it. Other favorites: Coldplay‘s acoustic rendition (complete with Chris Martin changing guitars mid-song) and Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo’s “Heartbreaker”/”Ring of Fire” mash-up from last year.

In addition to the above performance — a classic clip from his ABC variety series (which includes a false start on the vocal) — Cash performed the song when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 1982. He also sang it at the opening of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. The song was inducted into the Gammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ian Kinsler on Going to Bat With Jack White: 'It's Been Pretty Random'

When Ian Kinsler broke into the big leagues a decade ago, he never thought he’d become business partners with Jack White. To be honest, he wasn’t all that sure who Jack White was.

But after being traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2013, the sweet-swinging second baseman found himself face-to-face with the Third Man magnate; and, eventually, the two even struck up a friendship that has grown to include a partnership in Warstic, an independent sporting goods company that manufactures gear, apparel and, of course, baseball bats – the latter of which Kinsler has used with great success this season.

“It’s all been pretty random,” Kinsler laughs. “I met Jack a couple years ago during Spring Training – he came to Florida to check out some games, he was out on the field and I got to meet him then. Our first conversation was like, ‘Hey, how’s it going? Why are you a Tigers fan?’ Because, honestly, I didn’t know a whole lot about Jack White outside of his music.

“But then the next year, he came and played some music for us in the clubhouse, so we got to talk a bit more about music, Bob Dylan and all the people that he knows in the business,” he continues. “He would come to the games in Detroit every once in a while; he came to Yankee Stadium one time and we let him take some batting practice in the cage. I gave him a pair of batting gloves and he jumped right in there.”

And while Kinsler is diplomatic about his new business partner’s skills with a bat – “He handles it like a guitarist,” he laughs – he raves about his commitment to Warstic, the company founded in 2011 by Ben Jenkins, a minor leaguer turned graphic designer.

“Well, Jack doesn’t have a cellphone, so we email a lot. Ben and I communicate mostly about the baseball side of things, whereas with Jack it’s more about the promotion and those aspects,” Kinsler says. “But Jack is really involved; eventually, he would like to put a bat factory in Detroit, or in Dallas. Both he and Ben are really good with design, so I kind of stay out of that side of things – but if they have a baseball question, I’ll help with it.”

Kinsler says his main responsibilities are trying to convince his fellow major leaguers to start using Warstic bats – no small task, considering how most ballplayers are creatures of habit. But he says once guys take a few cuts, they’re hooked.

“For me, it’s about the backstory, and knowing the people who make your bats, and knowing what the brand is all about. Usually, guys just order bats – but for me, it means a lot more to know where they came from,” he says. “Now, I’m trying to get other guys to understand that. It’s great to watch their faces when they receive a dozen bats; they’re like, ‘Wow, these are beautiful.’ It’s almost like you don’t want to use them, because they’re really cool looking. But obviously, you want to swing them for as long as possible.”

And as for what’s next for the fledgling company, Kinsler says he’s focused on lining up a team of major leaguers who will use Warstic bats exclusively – but he says there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be seeing them outside of the batter’s box, too.

“We had a little launch party at Third Man Records in Detroit the other night, and we were smashing records with the bats, which was fun, and I know Jack and Ben have a bunch of ideas about what to do next,” Kinsler says. “Jack is interested in the bats aesthetically, because these bats aren’t necessarily just for baseball players; they’re so cool looking that they could be hung in a sports bar or an office – or a record store.”

SiriusXM to Present "Lionel Richie – All The Hits" Las Vegas Residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

SIRIUS XM logo.NEW YORK, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — SiriusXM announced today that it is now the presenter for four-time Grammy® Award winner and music icon Lionel Richie’s 2016 Las Vegas Residency. Lionel Richie – All The Hits, promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, opens April…


Merle Haggard Movie to Depict Legend's Storied Journey

For decades, Merle Haggard encapsulated the details of his turbulent life into honest country songs. Now, his extraordinary journey from San Quentin inmate to country music legend is headed for the big screen. According to Deadline, a script based on the singer-songwriter’s life — titled Done It All — has been written by Cliff Hollingsworth, who also penned the script for Oscar-nominated biopic Cinderella Man

GMH Productions has optioned Hollingsworth’s script about Haggard for a film project in conjunction with Haggard’s friend Carl Cooper, whom the legendary entertainer put in charge of helping to develop a movie about his life with the screenwriter. The title is taken from “I’ve Done It All,” a tune that closes the 1971 LP Hag. The song’s lyrics include references to Haggard stealing a quarter at 10 years old, spending Christmas at a detention hall and riding a freight train “while running from the law.” The script for Done It All is completed and the next step — finding a director and casting — will reportedly be underway soon.

Once completed and released, Done It All would join the Oscar-winning 1980 hit about Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter, 2005’s Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and this year’s I Saw the Light, based on the life of Hank Williams, as a few of the feature films that have depicted the private lives of country legends. Earlier this year, actor Josh Brolin fueled speculation that he will play George Jones in a new film being executive produced by the late icon’s widow, Nancy Jones. 

Haggard appeared in a handful of films during his lifetime, making his feature-film debut as a police officer in the 1968 crime drama, Killers Three.