Lisa Loeb Hits The Road

Grammy-nominated Lisa Loeb Announces
Tribeca Arts Center Performance on  May 22 as part of Multi-City Concert Tour

www.lisaloeb.com

Concerts in New York, Washington DC, Honolulu, Iowa, Illinois and Pennsylvania Celebrate New Songs and 20 years of Making Great Music

Lisa Loeb plans spring 2014 concert tour.  Photo credit: Justine Ungaro
New York ~ Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform a rare all-ages concert at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 22, as part of a multi-city concert tour this spring:

Thursday, May 22, 8 pm

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

199 Chambers Street, New York City

Tickets: $35 to $55; available online and at the door.

Information: (212) 257-5808

It’s been 20 years since Lisa Loeb catapulted into early success with the platinum-selling No.1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You),” featured on the hit filmReality Bites. Over the past decade, Loeb emerged as a TV star (Food Network and E!), an acclaimed children’s author and songwriter, founder of a nonprofit sending kids to summer camp, and an eyewear fashion trend-setter. In 2013, she released No Fairy Tale, a collection of original songs produced by her friend and colleague Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory), which Billboard called a “peppy, pop-punk album.” As Conan O’Brien noted when Loeb and her band appeared on the show, “If it WERE a fairy tale, Lisa would TOTALLY be Snow White, but with cooler glasses.”

In fact, the Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection for Classique Eyewear reflects her signature style, glasses and all. Rachael Ray and many others are fans of the collection, with choices for everyday and special occasion wear. “My eyewear line is inspired by the glasses I wear,” says Loeb. “Think cat-eyed, think sexy librarian, not retro grandma.”

The Los Angeles based mother of two is well known to parents and kids for her albums Catch the Moon (with Elizabeth Mitchell) and Camp Lisa (with sales benefiting the Camp Lisa Foundation). She published her second picture book-CD for Sterling Children’s Books:  Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’, in 2013. Other Lisa Loeb tour dates include:

  • April 24 – Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts, Cedar Falls, IA (all ages)
  • April 25 – Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington, IN (all ages)
  • May 20 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY (private event)
  • May 21 – YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore, NY (all ages)
  • May 23 – Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA  (all ages)
  • May 24 – Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, MD
  • May 25 – The Hamilton, Washington,
  • June 14 – Nashville PRIDE Festival
  • July 10 – Doris Day Theater, Honolulu (all ages)

Verma Releases Sunrunner May 27th

CHICAGO SPACE-ROCKERS VERMA TO RELEASE SUNRUNNER

MAY 27TH ON TROUBLE IN MIND RECORDS

 

LISTEN TO/SHARE VERMA’S “HOLOGRAMMER” -

https://soundcloud.com/troubleinmind/verma-hologrammer

CATCH VERMA ON TOUR THIS MAY

  

Chicago’s own psychedelic explorers, Verma, return with Sunrunner, their tightest suite of tunes to date and first proper full-length offering since the band’s self-released Exu album. Sunrunner finds the band veering back towards more cosmic (or ‘kosmiche’), song-oriented compositions without sacrificing their sharply-honed talents for improvisation in the studio. The album flows over the listener brilliantly, a true testament to the musical synergy and talents of the band who form an almost symbiotic relationship in the live setting capturing and documenting their psychic bond on this new record. The swirling, layered loops of Johnny Caluya‘s guitar mesh seamlessly with the interstellar drones and throbs ebbing from vocalistWhitney Johnson‘s Acetone, but the real secret weapon of Sunrunner lies in the rhythm section of bassistRob Goerke and drummer Zach Corn. Their locked-tight grooves pulse steadily and subtly like all great rhythm sections are supposed to, providing a rubbery backbone that supports the album’s seven tunes.

LISTEN TO/SHARE VERMA’S “HOLOGRAMMER” -

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“Chicago’s Verma intertwine elements of gothy post-punk, krautrock, Eno-esque ambience and Detroit-style burners into a heavy, groovy psych sound.” - Brooklyn Vegan

 

VERMA TOUR DATES:

Sat. April 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club (Milwaukee Psych Fest)

Thu. May 1 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door (CIMMFest)

Mon. May 5 – Chicago @ Burlington w/ Doug Tuttle

Sat. May 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ SickHouse

Sun. May 18 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

Tue. May 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

Wed. May 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

Thu. May 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio

Sat. May 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog

SUNRUNNER TRACKLISTING:

01. Regolith

02. Chrome

03. Erato

04. The Traveller

05. Hologrammer

06. Sacrifice

07. Sunrunner

Kenny Rogers Gets Honors From Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM TO HONOR
KENNY ROGERS WITH BIOGRAPHICAL EXHIBIT

Kenny Rogers: Through the Years to Open August 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 24, 2014) – With driving artistic instinct, a trademark husky voice made for storytelling, polished showmanship and effortless charisma, Kenny Rogers conquered radio, television and film en route to becoming a beloved American icon. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to Rogers with the cameo exhibition Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, which opens in the museum’s East Gallery on August 15, 2014, and runs through June 14, 2015.

“Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of country music’s audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision. His versatility is astounding. We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story.”

Rogers has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. What’s more, he has charted a single in each of the last seven decades—including 21 Billboard #1 country hits. According to the RIAA, he has one diamond album, 19 platinum albums, and 31 gold albums.  He has earned three Grammys, six Country Music Association awards (including a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award), eight Academy of Country Music awards—including Entertainer of the Year in 1978—and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

From the enduring wisdom of “The Gambler” and the forlorn tales of “Lucille” and “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town),” to the success of his collaborations with Dottie West, Dolly Parton and others, Rogers took hallmarks of classic country music, such as rich storytelling and iconic duets, and made them larger than life—and very much his own. That’s just skimming the surface of his musical contributions alone. In the 1980s, he starred in the five-part Gambler series that attracted more than 100 million television viewers. In addition to his achievements as vocalist and actor, his accomplishments as musician, photographer, author, Off-Broadway star, entrepreneur, and humanitarian round out his résumé.

Born in Houston, Kenny Rogers formed his first band—an R&B and doo-wop harmony outfit called the Scholars—while in high school, in 1956. After solo work and performing as a bassist and singer with a jazz trio led by Bobby Doyle, Rogers joined folk group the New Christy Minstrels. A year later, he and bandmates Mike Settle, Terry Williams, and Thelma Camacho departed to form the First Edition, soon adding drummer Mickey Jones. Their recording of Mickey Newbury’s psychedelic “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after a rebranding as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, the group lit up pop and country charts with the gut-wrenching “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town),” written by future Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis.

By the mid-’70s, members of the First Edition decided to embark upon solo careers. After modest success, Rogers struck country gold with another heartbreaking single, “Lucille,” from his self-titled album. The 1977 Grammy-winning song topped the country charts, reached the Top Five on the pop charts, and was named the CMA Single of the Year. “Lucille” was followed in quick succession by the hits “Daytime Friends,” “Sweet Music Man” and “Love or Something Like It.”

Rogers’ next album, named for a song about a card-playing drifter with advice for a weary traveler, hit the shelves in 1978. “The Gambler,” written by then-unknown songwriter Don Schlitz, became Rogers’ career song and inspired five TV movies starring Rogers as Brady Hawkes, “The Gambler.” In 1979, the song helped Rogers clinch the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Grammy and CMA honors for Album of the Year (The Gambler) and Male Vocalist of the Year. Rogers’ run of chart smashes continued with “She Believes in Me” (1979), “Coward of the County” (1979), and the Lionel Richie-penned ballad “Lady” (1980).

Known almost as well for his duets as for his solo recordings, Rogers continued to top the charts in the 1970s and ’80s with his collaborations. He recorded a string of hits with frequent partner Dottie West, including “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (1978), “All I Ever Need Is You” (1979), and “What Are We Doin’ in Love” (1981). The pair won Vocal Duo of the Year at the 1978 and 1979 CMA Awards. In 1983, he partnered with Dolly Parton for one of the most popular duets in music history: “Islands in the Stream” earned them ACM Single and Top Vocal Duo awards that year.  In 1985, Rogers sang on the landmark USA for Africa recording, “We Are the World,” and in 1987, following another string of hits, Rogers teamed with Ronnie Milsap for a Grammy-winning performance on “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” which topped the country chart.

After forming his own company, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, in the late 1990s, Rogers returned to the country charts on Dreamcatcher Records with “The Greatest,” another Schlitz-penned tune. The follow-up, “Buy Me a Rose,” climbed to #1 in 2000. As decisive proof of his enduring significance in the 21st century, Rogers released the critically acclaimed Water & Bridges in 2006. In 2011, his first gospel album, The Love of God, became his 21st Top Ten country album. His memoir, Luck or Something Like It (2012), made the New York Times Best Seller list.

Rogers was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award the same year, but he shows no signs of slowing down. In 2013, he released his latest album, You Can’t Make Old Friends, and the title cut, a duet with Parton, earned the pair their third Grammy nomination. Rogers is currently performing on his Through the Years World Tour, which has included performances at such popular festivals as Bonnaroo, Stagecoach and Britain’s Glastonbury Festival.

Kenny Rogers: Through the Years will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibit’s duration.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture.  With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

John Lennon Songwriting Contest With SESAC

THE 2014 JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST OPENS LENNON AWARD VOTING AND ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH SESAC

Annual Songwriting Competition features over $300,000 in Cash Awards and Prizes

NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 24, 2014- The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC), the premiere international songwriting competition open to both amateur and professional songwriters in twelve categories, has launched the 2014 contest with new partnerships and collaborations that include SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization. SESAC is also a partner with the John Lennon Educational Bus, a non-profit state of the art mobile recording studio and HD production facility.

Online voting for the highly esteemed Lennon Awards, which determines the top song in each category, is now open. Music lovers can visit jlsc.com/vote once a day, listen to the contenders, and cast votes for their favorite songs. One lucky voter will be chosen to receive a brand new Epiphone John Lennon Casino Guitar. The Contest’s Executive Judging Committee will then evaluate the Lennon Award winners, which will be followed by the annual ‘$20,000 Song of the Year’ announcement.

Comprised of legendary icons, the Executive Judging Committee has recently added Jim Steinman, George Clinton, Jimmy Cliff and Bootsy Collins, as well as superstars Prince Royce, Sheila E., Art Alexakis of Everclear, and Nick Hexum of 311. Joining an already-impressive judging panel that features Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Bob Weir, Natasha Bedingfield, and Sean Paul, this celebrated group will also welcome Gaby Moreno, the SESAC affiliated Latin Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter who took home the JLSC’s ‘Song of the Year’ in 2006.

Gaby Moreno and her career have come full circle since she entered her original composition “Escondidos” into the JLSC and won ‘Song of the Year.’ The singer has made great strides in the past 8 years, recording and touring with actor/singer Hugh Laurie, Ani Difranco, Tracy Chapman; performing alongside opera legend, Andrea Bocelli; co-writing the theme song for the hit NBC series, “Parks and Recreation,” for which she was nominated for an EMMY Award; and receiving the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist this past year.

“I am delighted to be part of the SESAC family, and even more so now, knowing that they will be working together with the Lennon Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest — two organizations that continue to showcase, inspire and motivate so many up and coming singer songwriters around the world,” said Moreno. “It is also a great honor to have been recently named a JLSC executive judge and I cannot wait to embark on this new adventure with them.”

“As the John Lennon Songwriting Contest continues to grow, we’re happy to be working with some of the biggest names and influential organizations in the music industry,” said Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. “Through this contest, we’ve discovered unearthed talent from around the world and look forward to doing that once again this year.”

In addition to supporting the contest, SESAC has also elected affiliated songwriters, Bryan-Michael Cox, Angela Hunte, and SESAC Senior Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Trevor Gale, to serve on the Executive Judging Committee.

“SESAC has a firm commitment to not only our affiliates, but also to the talented songwriters that are yet to be discovered,” said Trevor Gale, Senior Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations at SESAC. “This is just one of the many reasons why we are excited to partner with the renowned John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Educational Bus. It’s a natural fit.

Since 1997, the JLSC has annually awarded 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners, and 1 ‘Song of the Year’ Winner. Entries are judged on originality, melody, composition and lyrics (where applicable), and are eligible to be entered into any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children’s.

The 2014 JLSC is now open for submissions throughout the year with Session I closing June 15, 2014 and Session II closing on December 15, 2014. This year marks the largest prize package yet, totaling over $300,000. Prize winners, based on their level of achievement, will receive studio equipment from Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Epiphone Guitars, Propellerhead, Neutrik, Genelec, SKB, JamHub, Mackie, and Ampeg. The “Song of the Year” winner will receive a $20,000 check, an Alpha Channel from Solid State Logic, a Mackie prize package, IRig Pro & Total Studio 3 Bundle from IK Multimedia, a SESAC Prize Package (which includes a fly-away opportunity to a SESAC songwriting bootcamp), and a $1,000 Digital Media Academy gift certificate. Additionally, one band will be selected to win the JLSC Vans Warped Tour Prize presented by Neutrik USA and perform on the upcoming Warped Tour for one week.

For more information on the John Lennon Songwriting Contest or to enter the competition, visitwww.jlsc.com.

Five For Fighting Presents Symphony Shows

ANNOUNCES SELECT DATES AND UNIQUE SET OF SYMPHONY SHOWS BEGNNING JULY 12, 2014

NEW YORK, NY (April 24, 2014) – Singer/songwriter John Ondrasik, also known as Five for Fighting, the band name under which he records and performs will play select dates this summer including a rare and unique set of symphony shows across the United States beginning July 12, 2014 at Mondavi Winery in Oakville, CA.  Five for Fighting will play songs from the most recent Wind-up Records album,Bookmarks, which was released on September 17, 2013 as well as a selection of his most beloved songs.

Of the experience, John Ondrasik said, “There is nothing better than performing my catalogue with a 30-piece orchestra. All the arrangements heard on the records are realized. Fun stuff!”

Bookmarks, produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Phillip Phillips, Train) & Derek Fuhrmann (Phillip Phillips, O.A.R.), carries on with the musical tradition Ondrasik has created over the past decade writing deeply personal songs that invoke the human spirit, including his latest hit “What If” and a catalog of classic songs such as “Superman” (It’s Not Easy),  ”100 Years,” and “Chances.”

Lenny Kravitz Takes Strut To Kobalt Lavel Services

LENNY KRAVITZ

PARTNERS WITH KOBALT LABEL SERVICES

TO RELEASE NEXT STUDIO ALBUM WORLDWIDE

 

  New album ‘Strut’ slated for release on Kravitz’ Roxie Records via KLS on September 23, 2014

 

April 24, 2014, (NEW YORK, NY) – Kobalt Label Services (KLS) is proud to announce the signing of a worldwide label services agreement with superstar Lenny Kravitz to release and promote his upcoming studio album, Strut, which will debut on September 23, 2014. Additional album and tour details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Said Lenny Kravitz: “I am looking forward to my partnership with Kobalt. They have a passionate team that share a high artistic view. I am confident they that are the right partner to carry out my creative vision for this album.”

Added Richard Sanders, President of Kobalt Music Group: “We are thrilled to be working with Lenny and the Roxie Records team.  Lenny is in peak creative form, writing and recording what we believe is some of his best material yet.  We look forward to working closely with him as part of the Kobalt family to create more unforgettable Lenny moments around the world.”

Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class in a 20-year music career, one which revels in the rich influences of ’60s and ’70s soul, rock and funk.  Kravitz’ talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist are unparalleled.  He has won four consecutive Grammy Awards, setting a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category.  Kravitz’ most recent albums include the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of his debut, Let Love Rule, and his 2011 critically acclaimed studio release, Black and White America.

Having sold over 38 million albums worldwide, Kravitz’ musical success has afforded him many opportunities to fulfill his creative vision beyond the recording industry.  The artist appeared in the critically acclaimed film Precious, the box office smash films The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, as well as Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  In addition to his music and film work, in 2003 Kravitz launched a creative firm, Kravitz Design Inc., which provides commercial and residential design services, product development and branding.

About Kobalt Label Services (KLS)

Part of Kobalt Music Group, KLS provides the next generation of services for artists and labels worldwide, empowering recording owners with a full-service solution to releasing and marketing records while maintaining ownership of their masters.  Established as an alternative to the traditional label model, KLS maximizes client opportunities and revenues from a wide range of global digital retail, traditional physical retail, audio and video streaming, synch licensing, D2C and social media services.  Clients benefit from Kobalt expertise in multi-rights management, the security and trust of Kobalt’s proven and transparent royalty accounting, advanced data analytics and experienced staff to co-ordinate and manage releases.  For more information, go to: www.kobaltmusic.com

Colplay And Citi® Join Forces For Beacon Theatre Performance

CITI® PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FROM COLDPLAY AT THE BEACON THEATRE

New York – April 24, 2014 - Citi® today announced it will present A Very Special Performance from Coldplay at the iconic Beacon Theatre in New York City on Monday, May 5 at 5:00 pm.  The concert is one of Coldplay’s few U.S. performances prior to the May 19 release of the band’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, via Parlophone/Atlantic Records. This special event at the Beacon Theatre is the second performance Coldplay has done exclusively for Citi cardmembers this year.

“Last month the band treated our customers in Los Angeles to an up-close-and personal performance previewing Ghost Stories, and we can’t wait to see what surprises they will unveil in New York,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing at Citi. “There is so much enthusiasm from fans for the upcoming album, and we are thrilled to present our customers these exclusive performances celebrating Coldplay’s new music – as always experiencing them live will be a night to remember.”

Tickets A Very Special Performance from Coldplay will be available for purchase only with a Citi credit or debit card beginning Wednesday, April 30 at 10:00 am EST.  More information on how to purchase tickets can be found at www.citiprivatepass.com.

Citi offers Citi credit and debit cardmembers access to over 10,000 events annually through Citi Private Pass, the bank’s entertainment access program. In 2013, Citi offered cardmembers more than 5,000 music events, ranging from preferred tickets and early access to top concert tours to curated special events with Grammy-award winners and VIP experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A. Last year, Citi sponsored the Rolling Stones’ 50 & Counting Tour mobile app. In addition, Citi presented “Katy Perry’s: We Can Survive” benefit concert and exclusive cardmember pre-show experience at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Other experiences have featured artists such as Lady Gaga, Band of Horses, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, and more.

Stay tuned for more details on the unique experiences Citi is offering cardmembers during the biggest week in music and throughout the year.   For more information, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

 

John Fogerty Speaks At USC’s Thornton School Of Music

Rock Legend John Fogerty to Speak at
University of Southern California
Thornton School of Music’s
2014 Commencement Ceremony

LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2014) – Music icon John Fogerty will be the featured speaker at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music’s 2014 Commencement ceremony.

The university’s 131st Commencement takes place Friday, May 16. USC Thornton’s satellite ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. on the south lawn of Ramo Hall, directly following the university’s main ceremony.

“We are thrilled to welcome John Fogerty to Thornton to speak to our 2014 graduates,” said Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music. “As a singer, he has an artistic voice that is instantly recognizable to millions of music fans. As a songwriter, he has written some of the greatest songs in rock and roll.”

Over his remarkable five-decade career as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Fogerty has sold over 100 million records, earning 18 Gold Albums and 10 Platinum Albums. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won a GRAMMY Award for “Best Rock Album” for Blue Moon Swamp in 1998, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also a recipient of the BMI Icon Award. Fogerty and his chart-topping 1985 single “Centerfield” were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies — the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies. He is also one of the few musicians honored on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists and 100 Greatest Singers lists.

“I am hugely honored that they asked me to give the commencement speech for the USC Thornton School of Music,” said Fogerty. “When I was young, the idea of a popular music program ­— at USC no less — was unthinkable. It is so inspiring to see how the students and the University have embraced this important and influential part of our cultural lives. This day is so special for my family and me. My son Shane will be graduating with this class. It really doesn’t get any better!”

As the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty forged a distinctive sound combining blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie and Southern fried rock ‘n’ roll — all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective. He was responsible for writing the band’s best-selling singles, including “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” among others. Creedence Clearwater Revival became one of the most successful bands ever, producing seven full length albums — six of which have been certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Fogerty’s solo career proved to be equally impressive. Among the many highlights is 1985’s Centerfield. With a trio of timeless hit singles — including “The Old Man Down the Road,” “Rock And Roll Girls” and the irresistible title track — the album was certified 2x Platinum. Fogerty’s latest release, Wrote a Song For Everyone, marks his ninth studio solo album and is a celebration of his revered songbook. The album holds the distinction of receiving a rare 5 star rating from Rolling Stone, the only album released in 2013 to receive such a score.

Today, Fogerty continues to play for sold-out audiences worldwide. His incredibly high-powered performances have been hailed by critics and fans for his fiery guitar prowess and phenomenal vocals. He will be going on a worldwide tour this summer. To learn more, go to www.johnfogerty.com.

For more information USC’s Commencement, please visit http://commencement.usc.edu.

Neil Young A Letter Home Box Set On May 27

NEIL YOUNG TO RELEASE DELUXE BOX SET OF 
A LETTER HOME ALBUM ON MAY 27th

FIRST RELEASED ON VINYL ON JACK WHITE’S THIRD MAN RECORDS,

A LETTER HOME FEATURES ALBUM OF COVERS RECORDED AT WHITE’S RECORDING BOOTH IN NASHVILLE

 

BEAUTIFULLY HAND-MADE DELUXE BOX SET INCLUDES TWO VINYL LP’S, CD, DVD, SEVEN VINYL SINGLES AND MORE

April 24, 2014 - (Burbank, CA.) -  Neil Young will release a CD, digital album and a Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set of his recent vinyl album A Letter Home on Reprise Records on May 27th. The box set is a beautifully packaged expanded version of the vinyl edition first released on February 21stby Jack White’s Third Man Records. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will also contain a Download card for the hi-res Audiophile version of the album. Click here to pre-order A Letter Home. Click hereto view the album cover art. Click here to view the Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set package.Young recorded the collection of covers with White on a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and you’ll get the idea.  He describes the album as “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.”  Recorded live to track to one-track, mono, the album has an inherent warm, primitive feel of a vintage Folkways recording,

 

As for the track-listing, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as British folk artist Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” (which inspired Young to write 1972′s “Needle and the Damage Done”), Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country,” Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” Don Everly’s“I Wonder If I Care as Much,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Home Town,” and many others.  Clickhere to watch a video for “Needle of Death”

 

The album begins with Neil recording a spoken letter to his late mother, informing her of his personal and present state of affairs which sets the tone and atmosphere for the duration of the album. He does this once again at the beginning of Side 2 in a way which could explain why he’s selected these particular songs to record. In essence, this presentation is, as its title implies, A Letter Home from Neil. This is a deeply personal and expressive listening experience which is as real and raw emotionally as it is sonically and yet light of touch in its form and flow.

 

Reprise will release the complete box set, which includes a special “direct feed from the booth” audiophile vinyl version and a DVD that captured the original electro-mechanical process, along with comments from the producers and recording engineers. It includes:

 

Standard audio LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl

Audiophile LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl

Standard audio CD

DVD with footage from the recording

12″ x 12″, 32-page full color booklet

 

Seven 6″ vinyl discs pressed on clear vinyl. The 7th disc of this set features a version of Dylan’s

“Blowin’ In The Wind” backed with an alternate take / arrangement of “Crazy”

 

 

The track-listing for A Letter Home is as follows:

 

A Letter Home intro

Changes (Phil Ochs)

Girl from the North Country (Bob Dylan)

Needle of Death (Bert Jansch)

Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)

Crazy (Willie Nelson)

Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin)

On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)

If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot)

Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter)

My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen)

I Wonder If I Care as Much (Don Everly)

 

The Secret Sisters Hit #1 On Billboard Heatseekers Chart

THE SECRET SISTERS NEW ALBUM

PUT YOUR NEEDLE DOWN LANDS AT

#1 ON BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS CHART

 

Critically Acclaimed Duo’s First Album In Three Years

Produced By T Bone Burnett

Album Features New Original Songs Including First Single, “Rattle My Bones,”And “Dirty Lie” Co-Written by Bob Dylan

 

The Secret Sisters currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek on its entire US reunion tour in April and May  

 New York, NY – April 24, 2014 - THE SECRET SISTERS long-awaited second album, Put Your Needle Down has landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The Alabama duo’s critically-acclaimed sophomore set was produced by the iconic T Bone Burnett, and marks a giant creative step forward for siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers. Put Your Needle Down is currently available atiTunes and other select retailers via Republic Records.

The album’s 12 songs – primarily written or co-written by Laura and Lydia – seamlessly blend an exciting and decidedly Southern patchwork of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock and gospel.

Here’s what critics are saying about the album:

“[The Secret Sisters'] are as flawlessly retro as Mad Men and as lively and bold as Bettie Page, and their voices ring in impeccable harmonies that soar straight into The Everly Brothers‘ territory.

NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED 

“While still steeped in exquisite sibling harmonies, this album contemporizes them.”   - USA TODAY 

“Ethereal harmonies once again take center stage on the Secret Sisters’ sophomore album [that] takes the listener back to a time when vocalists valued purity over production. But this time around, they manage to marry their signature throwback sound with a lot more energy.”    ROLLING STONE

 

“Nashville sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers blend country, folk, blues, and gospel as naturally as they harmonize their voices.”    - PEOPLE

The album is preceded by the new single “Rattle My Bones,” hopping from a guitar gallop into sweet, soaring harmonies from Laura and Lydia, it taps into a delightfully entrancing energy that’s both enigmatic and endearing. The new album also features the he-said-she-said accusations of “Dirty Lie,” co-written with Bob Dylan. An unfinished song they brought to life, Dylan started writing “Dirty Lie” back in the ’80s and when he heard that The Secret Sisters were recording a new album, he sent several demos to them for their consideration and gave the Sisters the nod to finish the song and record it.

Put Your Needle Down illuminates the many facets of this diverse, dynamic, and darling twosome and sways from the soulful mourning of “Let There Be Lonely” to the coy “murder ballad” “Iuka,” and the uplifting musical baptism of “River Jordan.”

In support of the album’s release, The Secret Sisters are currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek on its entire US reunion tour in April and May.

 

Put Your Needle Down Track Listing:

1. Rattle My Bones
2. Iuka
3. Dirty Lie
4. The Pocket Knife
5. Let There Be Lonely
6. Black And Blue
7. Lonely Island
8. I Cannot Find A Way
9. If I Don’t

10. Good Luck Good Night Goodbye
11. Bad Habit
12. River Jordan

 

The tour itinerary is as follows:

4/16 Alabama Theater Birmingham, AL
4/17 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Ashville, NC
4/18 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/21 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
4/22 Johnny Mercer Theater Savannah, GA
4/24 NC Performing Arts Center North Charleston, SC
4/25 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
4/26 nTelos Wireless Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
4/27 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN
4/29 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
5/1 House of Blues Boston, MA
5/2 Keswick Theatre Upper Darby, PA
5/3 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/4 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/6 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
5/7 Murat Theatre at Old
National Centre
Indianapolis, IN
5/9 Riviera Theater Chicago, IL
5/10 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
5/11 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
5/13 1st BANK Center Broomfield, CO
5/14 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
5/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
5/17 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
5/19 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
5/20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
5/21 The Wiltern Los Angeles, C

http://www.secretsistersband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheSecretSisters

https://twitter.com/thesecretsisters

THE SECRET SISTERS NEW ALBUM

PUT YOUR NEEDLE DOWN LANDS AT

#1 ON BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS CHART

 

Critically Acclaimed Du

THE SECRET SISTERS NEW ALBUM

PUT YOUR NEEDLE DOWN LANDS AT

#1 ON BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS CHART

 

Critically Acclaimed Duo’s First Album In Three Years

Produced By T Bone Burnett

Album Features New Original Songs Including First Single, “Rattle My Bones,”

And “Dirty Lie” Co-Written by Bob Dylan

 

The Secret Sisters currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek

on its entire US reunion tour in April and May  

 New York, NY – April 24, 2014 - THE SECRET SISTERS long-awaited second album, Put Your Needle Down has landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The Alabama duo’s critically-acclaimed sophomore set was produced by the iconic T Bone Burnett, and marks a giant creative step forward for siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers. Put Your Needle Down is currently available atiTunes and other select retailers via Republic Records.

 

The album’s 12 songs – primarily written or co-written by Laura and Lydia – seamlessly blend an exciting and decidedly Southern patchwork of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock and gospel.

 

Here’s what critics are saying about the album:

 

“[The Secret Sisters'] are as flawlessly retro as Mad Men and as lively and bold as Bettie Page, and their voices ring in impeccable harmonies that soar straight into The Everly Brothers‘ territory.

NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED 

 

“While still steeped in exquisite sibling harmonies, this album contemporizes them.”   - USA TODAY 
 

“Ethereal harmonies once again take center stage on the Secret Sisters’ sophomore album [that] takes the listener back to a time when vocalists valued purity over production. But this time around, they manage to marry their signature throwback sound with a lot more energy.”    ROLLING STONE

 

“Nashville sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers blend country, folk, blues, and gospel as naturally as they harmonize their voices.”    - PEOPLE

The album is preceded by the new single “Rattle My Bones,” hopping from a guitar gallop into sweet, soaring harmonies from Laura and Lydia, it taps into a delightfully entrancing energy that’s both enigmatic and endearing. The new album also features the he-said-she-said accusations of “Dirty Lie,” co-written with Bob Dylan. An unfinished song they brought to life, Dylan started writing “Dirty Lie” back in the ’80s and when he heard that The Secret Sisters were recording a new album, he sent several demos to them for their consideration and gave the Sisters the nod to finish the song and record it.

 

Put Your Needle Down illuminates the many facets of this diverse, dynamic, and darling twosome and sways from the soulful mourning of “Let There Be Lonely” to the coy “murder ballad” “Iuka,” and the uplifting musical baptism of “River Jordan.”

 

In support of the album’s release, The Secret Sisters are currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek on its entire US reunion tour in April and May.

 

Put Your Needle Down Track Listing:

1. Rattle My Bones
2. Iuka
3. Dirty Lie
4. The Pocket Knife
5. Let There Be Lonely
6. Black And Blue
7. Lonely Island
8. I Cannot Find A Way
9. If I Don’t

10. Good Luck Good Night Goodbye
11. Bad Habit
12. River Jordan

 

The tour itinerary is as follows:

4/16 Alabama Theater Birmingham, AL
4/17 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Ashville, NC
4/18 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/21 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
4/22 Johnny Mercer Theater Savannah, GA
4/24 NC Performing Arts Center North Charleston, SC
4/25 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
4/26 nTelos Wireless Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
4/27 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN
4/29 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
5/1 House of Blues Boston, MA
5/2 Keswick Theatre Upper Darby, PA
5/3 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/4 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/6 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
5/7 Murat Theatre at Old
National Centre
Indianapolis, IN
5/9 Riviera Theater Chicago, IL
5/10 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
5/11 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
5/13 1st BANK Center Broomfield, CO
5/14 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
5/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
5/17 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
5/19 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
5/20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
5/21 The Wiltern Los Angeles, C

http://www.secretsistersband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheSecretSisters

https://twitter.com/thesecretsisters

o’s First Album In Three Years

Produced By T Bone Burnett

Album Features New Original Songs Including First Single, “Rattle My Bones,”

And “Dirty Lie” Co-Written by Bob Dylan

 

The Secret Sisters currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek

on its entire US reunion tour in April and May  

 New York, NY – April 24, 2014 - THE SECRET SISTERS long-awaited second album, Put Your Needle Down has landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The Alabama duo’s critically-acclaimed sophomore set was produced by the iconic T Bone Burnett, and marks a giant creative step forward for siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers. Put Your Needle Down is currently available atiTunes and other select retailers via Republic Records.

 

The album’s 12 songs – primarily written or co-written by Laura and Lydia – seamlessly blend an exciting and decidedly Southern patchwork of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock and gospel.

 

Here’s what critics are saying about the album:

 

“[The Secret Sisters'] are as flawlessly retro as Mad Men and as lively and bold as Bettie Page, and their voices ring in impeccable harmonies that soar straight into The Everly Brothers‘ territory.

NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED 

 

“While still steeped in exquisite sibling harmonies, this album contemporizes them.”   - USA TODAY 
 

“Ethereal harmonies once again take center stage on the Secret Sisters’ sophomore album [that] takes the listener back to a time when vocalists valued purity over production. But this time around, they manage to marry their signature throwback sound with a lot more energy.”    ROLLING STONE

 

“Nashville sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers blend country, folk, blues, and gospel as naturally as they harmonize their voices.”    - PEOPLE

The album is preceded by the new single “Rattle My Bones,” hopping from a guitar gallop into sweet, soaring harmonies from Laura and Lydia, it taps into a delightfully entrancing energy that’s both enigmatic and endearing. The new album also features the he-said-she-said accusations of “Dirty Lie,” co-written with Bob Dylan. An unfinished song they brought to life, Dylan started writing “Dirty Lie” back in the ’80s and when he heard that The Secret Sisters were recording a new album, he sent several demos to them for their consideration and gave the Sisters the nod to finish the song and record it.

 

Put Your Needle Down illuminates the many facets of this diverse, dynamic, and darling twosome and sways from the soulful mourning of “Let There Be Lonely” to the coy “murder ballad” “Iuka,” and the uplifting musical baptism of “River Jordan.”

 

In support of the album’s release, The Secret Sisters are currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek on its entire US reunion tour in April and May.

 

Put Your Needle Down Track Listing:

1. Rattle My Bones
2. Iuka
3. Dirty Lie
4. The Pocket Knife
5. Let There Be Lonely
6. Black And Blue
7. Lonely Island
8. I Cannot Find A Way
9. If I Don’t

10. Good Luck Good Night Goodbye
11. Bad Habit
12. River Jordan

 

The tour itinerary is as follows:

4/16 Alabama Theater Birmingham, AL
4/17 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Ashville, NC
4/18 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
4/21 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
4/22 Johnny Mercer Theater Savannah, GA
4/24 NC Performing Arts Center North Charleston, SC
4/25 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
4/26 nTelos Wireless Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
4/27 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN
4/29 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
5/1 House of Blues Boston, MA
5/2 Keswick Theatre Upper Darby, PA
5/3 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/4 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/6 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
5/7 Murat Theatre at Old
National Centre
Indianapolis, IN
5/9 Riviera Theater Chicago, IL
5/10 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
5/11 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
5/13 1st BANK Center Broomfield, CO
5/14 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
5/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
5/17 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
5/19 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
5/20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
5/21 The Wiltern Los Angeles, C

http://www.secretsistersband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheSecretSisters

https://twitter.com/thesecretsisters