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Fantasy Records To Release 'Light Your Light,' The New Album From Toots & The Maytals

8/28/2007 7:07pm EDT
Toots & The Maytals
New York, NY - On August 28, 2007 Fantasy Records will release Light Your Light, the latest album from Toots & The Maytals. On the heels of his Grammy triumph for 2004's True Love, Toots comes roaring back with an equally powerful collection of standards and instant classics on his Fantasy Records debut, Light Your Light.

Produced by the masterful Richard Feldman, Light Your Light revisits some of Toots' favorite compositions, shining a modern light on hits such as "Johnny Coolman," which features an appearance by guitarist Derek Trucks, and "Pain in My Heart", an homage to Otis Reddi...

Chaka Khan: 'Funk This' In Stores September 25

7/31/2007 6:00pm EDT
Chaka Khan
Say the name "Chaka" and most folks in the know instantly think of a woman who has made an indelible and lasting impression on the music scene of the past three decades. First, as the lead singer of the massively successful R&B, funk and pop band Rufus, then as a solo artist in her own right who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists (think Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Maysa among others). Like Aretha, like Joni, like Tina, a first name will do. For there's only one Chaka, woman of fire, possessed of a powerhouse, unforgettably distinctive trademark vocal style who ...

Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds Returns With 11th Album, 'Playlist,' In Stores September 18

7/29/2007 9:00am EDT
(New York, NY) 10-time Grammy award-winning megastar Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, an icon figure of live performance, songwriting, and production whose work on his own music and others' has resulted in more than 100 million career sales, has completed his 11th album, Playlist, which will arrive in stores September 18th as the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group and David Massey, President, Mercury Records.

Playlist will be Babyface's first album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of...

Blues-Rock Trio Back Door Slam To Release Debut CD This Summer; Tour With Rusted Root

6/20/2007 5:00pm EDT
Back Door Slam
Blix Street Records, best known for the catalog of recordings by the late Eva Cassidy, has signed dynamic young blues-rock trio Back Door Slam and will release the band's debut recording, Roll Away, in early summer, with distribution in the U.S. through Ryko.

Hailing from the United Kingdom's Isle of Man-- hardly a bastion for the blues-- Back Door Slam is fronted by 20-year-old singer, songwriter and guitar prodigy Davy Knowles, and has already begun to develop a following in the U.S. via high profile performances at SXSW in Austin and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. Fr...

Musicians Pay Homage To Ahmet Ertegun On 'The House That Ahmet Built'

6/14/2007 8:00pm EDT
Bette Midler
LOS ANGELES-Rhino Entertainment will release American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built on DVD June 12. The touching tribute features rare, private and classic clips, performances and studio sessions of Atlantic recording artists. The film is narrated by award-winning singer/actress Bette Midler.

For the last half-century, Ahmet Ertegun was hip-deep in R&B and Rock & Roll. American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built follows Ertegun's remarkable career and its impact on the evolution of the world's most popular musical genres while offering an in...

Tesla Says "Thank You" To Their Rock & Roll Heroes With The Release Of 'Real To Reel'; Summer Tour

5/2/2007 9:00pm EDT
Tesla--Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar)-has always been revered as a bluesy, no-frills, '70s-style hard rock band, concentrating on solid musicianship more than the trends of modern music. Now, after selling over 16 million albums worldwide since bursting onto the scene in 1986, they're paying homage to their hard rock heroes on their sixth studio album, Real To Reel, due out June 5 on their own independent label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).

The first single, Le...

Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible" Set For May 1st Release

4/19/2007 8:30pm EDT
Michael Buble
The one and only Michael Buble's eagerly awaited new CD "Call Me Irresponsible' will be released on May 1st, it was confirmed by his record label, Reprise Records. The first single from the new album, the Buble penned "Everything", has just been released and will be performed by the artist on The Today Show on the day of the release.

The Vancouver native, whose collective worldwide record sales are over 11 million units, is also scheduled to begin a global concert tour in Reno, Nevada on July 13th with stops including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Legendary Blues Guitarist and Singer Buddy Guy Begins North American Tour

4/3/2007 9:00pm EDT
Buddy Guy
Renowned blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, considered by many to be the master of Chicago-style electric blues will once again embark on a series of tour dates (see below).

In a career spanning more than 45 years, Buddy Guy has won five Grammy Awards both for his work on his electric and acoustic guitars, and for contemporary and traditional forms of blues music. By 2004, Buddy Guy had also earned 23 W.C. Handy Awards (the most any one blues artist has received), Billboard Magazine's prestigious The Century Award (Guy was its second recipient) for "distinguished artistic achievemen...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

3/30/2007 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930), Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853; d. 1890), and Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1...

New Album From Michael Bublé Due May 1

3/27/2007 9:30am EDT
Michael Buble
Michael Bublé's eagerly awaited new CD Call Me Irresponsible will be released on May 1st on Reprise Records. The first single from the new album, the Bublé penned Everything, has just been released and will be performed by the artist on The Today Show on the day of the release. Bublé is also scheduled to make a special appearance on American Idol on April 25th. The Vancouver native, whose collective worldwide record sales are over 11 million units, is also scheduled to begin a global concert tour in Reno, Nevada, on July 13th with stops including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Lo...

Unprecedented Collection Of Music Memorabilia To Be Offered In Live & Online Auction

3/26/2007 2:25pm EDT
U2's The Edge announced the Icons of Music Auction to benefit Music Rising on Saturday April 21 at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square at 5 p.m. The auction event will offer one of the most significant collections of music memorabilia from many of music's greatest legends with proceeds benefiting Music Rising.

The campaign was co-founded by The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz in 2005 to aid musicians of the Gulf Coast Region in regaining their livelihood after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The live and online a...

New CD Reviews, November 7, 2006 (Keith Urban, Josh Groban, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa & more)

11/6/2006 9:58pm EST
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Road to Escondido
CD releases this week include new albums from Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale, Keith Urban, Josh Groban and Sugarland; a previously unreleased Frank Zappa album; box sets from Frank Sinatra and The Bee Gees; and much more. Continue reading for reviews, info and tracklistings...

Frank Zappa - Trance-Fusion
When Frank Zappa died in 1993, he had spent much of his remaining time and energy completing a number of projects before the end finally came. Why the majority of them are still unreleased as of late 2006 is anybody's guess, but perhaps the long awaited release of Trance-Fusion is a good sig...

Guitar Legends JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Unite For An Epic, Soulful CD: "The Road To Escondido"

10/27/2006 12:56pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After years of admiring each other's musical masterworks and Clapton covers of Cale songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," guitar greats J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton have teamed up for the first time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The 14 track CD was produced and recorded by the duo in August 2005 in California. The resulting music defies being labeled into any one category, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that is unique musically, while still bearing the signature styles of Cale and Clap...

Cheetah Girls Outsold Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand Last Month

10/10/2006 11:50am EDT
The Cheetah Girls
The Cheetah Girls, the all-girl singing group based on the popular young adult book series and Disney Channel movie, have sold more concert tickets on the secondary market than legendary musicians the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand, according to the TicketsNow Entertainment Index for September.

In the latest index that was announced today, The Cheetah Girls took the number one spot on the Concert list with 12.1% of ticket sales, besting the Stones and Streisand who had 5.0% and 4.5% of concert sales, respectively. Following in fourth place was Eric Clapton with 3.9% and Roger Wate...

Kelly Price Returns To Gospel Roots With "This Is Who I Am," Out Oct. 24

10/4/2006 1:55pm EDT
Kelly Price
Kelly Price has been said to possess one of the most extraordinary voices in modern music. Born and reared in Queens, NY, Price’s musical talent showed itself at an early age. Price’s mother vividly recalls the many, many nights the household was awakened to the sound of Kelly singing out from her crib. As a child of the Church, both of her parents are ordained ministers, music became inextricably intertwined with the emotional fabric of her life, and it was through music that she expressed feelings she was often unable to speak aloud. One day, after being deeply saddened by a book she read...

Eric Clapton Suffers Hearing Loss From Years Of Loud Performances

9/12/2006 9:43am EDT
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton is going deaf - because of his own rock concerts. The legendary guitarist has revealed he suffers from mild tinnitus, ringing in the ears, and is convinced his excessively loud performances with Cream back in the 60s are to blame.

He told Daily Express newspaper: "My hearing isn't ruined, but if I stop and listen I've got whistling all the time which I suppose is a mild tinnitus. I probably had two 100-watt stacks at the height of things and I would turn one on for guitar solos. It was just mad!"

Clapton isn't the only 60s musician losing his hearing. The Who frontman...

Robert Randolph and the Family Band's "Colorblind" Hits Stores Sept. 25; Listen To "The Thrill Of It"

9/6/2006 1:22pm EDT
Robert Randolph
"We wanted to take our time and find ourselves," says Robert Randolph. "Find out what was really inside of me and the band and bring that out. Really try to come up with the best songs, dig deep within, and let all of the experiences that we have had in the last three years come out in the music."

With Colorblind, Randolph and the Family Band have taken the difficult leap from being great performing artists to being great recording artists. Since emerging from a House of God church in Orange, New Jersey steeped in the "sacred steel" tradition, Randolph's astonishing pedal steel playing...

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore Releases "Overnight Sensational"

8/31/2006 3:44pm EDT
Sam Moore
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy® Award winner Sam Moore -- the voice so identified with his classic hits "Hold On! I'm Comin", "I Thank You," and of course "Soul Man" "-- recently completed an astonishing new solo album project 'Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational' (August 29, Rhino Records). Bass player/record executive/talent judge Randy Jackson served as producer for Moore, long famous as the seminal voice of the duo bearing his name. Jackson created the current and contemporary sound as a backdrop, but Sam's voice and energetic presence are front and center. 'Sam Moore: Overnight Se...

Prolific Modern Jazz Guitarist Lee Ritenour's "Smoke N' Mirrors" Available Now

8/25/2006 1:12pm EDT
Lee Ritenour
True to its intriguing and provocative title, Lee Ritenour's latest CD Smoke N' Mirrors takes listeners on a magical, multi-faceted global journey unlike any other in the legendary guitarist's three decade, nearly 40 album career. Inspired by his very first trip to South Africa in 2005, where he performed five hugely successful concerts at festivals in Johannesburg and Capetown, with Smoke N' Mirrors, Ritenour takes an expansive, polyrhythmic approach, working with musicians from South Africa, Cameroon-West Africa, Brazil, Columbia, Peru and India. Also joining him on this recording is an e...

Def Leppard & Journey Announce Third Leg Of US Tour

8/22/2006 1:11pm EDT
Def Leppard
In what has become one of the hottest tours of the summer, Def Leppard and Journey have announced that their concert tour will be extended due to overwhelming demand from music fans across the nation. Tickets for the fall leg are scheduled to go on-sale this week with dates that will keep them on the road through November. The bands have teamed up with to offer a variety of VIP ticket packages. For more information, visit and or and follow the links.

The tour's initial leg kicked off at Camden, NJ's Tweeter Center on June 23...

Acoustic Guitar Virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel Returns With Live DVD And New CD

8/8/2006 11:45am EDT
Tommy Emmanuel
An array of sights and sounds for six-string aficionados will be seen and heard throughout the summer as guitar virtuoso and Grammy® Award nominee Tommy Emmanuel c.g.p. gives fans a double dose of his distinguished guitar styling. First his DVD release, Live At Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat, Australia, will come out July 11, followed by his sixth U.S. album, The Mystery, which will be released August 22. Both are on the Favored Nations Acoustic label, which is co-owned by renowned guitarist Steve Vai. Fans will also be treated to his magnificent guitar work as he performs live as part of ...

Check Out "Waiting On The World To Change," The First Single From John Mayer's "Continuum" album

8/2/2006 5:21pm EDT
John Mayer
From his acclaimed debut 'Room For Squares' in 2001, through 2003's 'Heavier Things,' to his most recent work with the John Mayer Trio, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has sold more than eight million albums and earned three Grammy Awards.

"As a songwriter, the Trio helped me focus on being more raw," he says. "As a guitar player, it helped me get a lot out of my system and get to a point somewhere between the Trio record and Room For Squares - and that's a really good place to be."

Over the past two years, Mayer's put in the time to get to that place. He famously toured an...

"We Are The '80s" Series Celebrates The Hitmakers Of That Decade

8/1/2006 2:24pm EDT
We Are The 80s Albums
A quarter century after the premiere of MTV at 12:01 a.m., on August 1, 1981, the cataclysmic changes brought about by the first decade of the video revolution are continuing to be seen and heard in the music of today's twenty-somethings' artists. Celebrating Bangles, Loverboy, Eddie Money, and Scandal (all on Columbia/ Legacy), Bow Wow Wow and Rick Springfield (on RCA/Legacy), and A Flock Of Seagulls (on Jive/Legacy), the first seven We Are The '80s collections arrived in stores on July 18. The title of the series comes from the popular "We Are the '80s" blocks of video programming that r...

Derek Trucks Band Release First DVD

6/22/2006 11:59pm EDT
Derek Trucks Band
On July 11th Derek Trucks Band will release 'Songlines Live,' an electrifying concert film from a sold out live performance at the Park West in Chicago on January 28th, 2006 and the DTB's first-ever DVD. The 'Songlines Live' DVD combines live concert footage with in-depth interviews with Trucks and band members Todd Smallie - Bass & vocals, Yonrico Scott - Drums, percussion, & vocals, Kofi Burbridge - Keyboards, flute & vocals, Mike Mattison - Lead vocals and Count M'Butu - congas and percussion. 'Songlines Live' was mixed by producer/engineer Jay Joyce, who also produced the 'Songlines' al...

Jerry Douglas Band To Open For Paul Simon

6/20/2006 3:00am EDT
Jerry Douglas
The Jerry Douglas Band has been confirmed for the opening position on the Paul Simon 2006 summer tour. Dates include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center. Jerry Douglas' newest CD on KOCH Records, "The Best Kept Secret," is in stores now.

Jerry Douglas, widely regarded as the world's best dobro player, was recently recognized again as Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association, his second such honor, adding to a long list of awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He has also received 12 G...

Eric Clapton Announces First Round of 2006 US Tour Dates

5/26/2006 12:29pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Following a 14 country sold-out European tour with an impressive seven-night run at London's Royal Albert Hall and a historic show in Moscow's Red Square, Eric Clapton will travel to the U.S. for the first leg of an American tour. European fans have shown great enthusiasm for the varied set list featuring rarely played Derek And The Dominos masterpieces "Got To Get Better In A Little While," "Layla" and "Let It Rain" along with Clapton classics such as "Pretending," "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Cocaine" mixed with the newer soulful tunes from the latest Clapton album "Back Home." As the London...

New Book About Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Laurel Canyon Hits Bookstores May 25

5/18/2006 11:00pm EDT
Laurel Canyon
Director Cameron Crowe says Michael Walker's "Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-And-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood" is "hilarious and true and bittersweet."

In the late sixties, musicians like Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Carole King, Frank Zappa, the Eagles, and the Mamas and the Papas came together for the first time to meld folk, rock, and American pop into something completely new, something that would launch a generation into history. Laurel Canyon is the account of what happened behind the scenes to make that generation of music blow up and out of Laurel Canyon, California. ...

Alexis 'Godfather of British Blues' Korner Anthology Features Robert Plant, Eric Clapton & Keith Richards

4/2/2006 4:46pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Castle Music is delighted to announce the May 1st, 2006 double disc album release of Kornerstoned: The Alexis Korner Anthology – 1954-1983, a deluxe slip cased set laced with copious rarities and material which debuts on CD for the very first time.

Alexis Korner’s role in the development of UK Blues, R&B and Rock cannot be overstated, and this set pays homage to the great musician. Featured sidemen/guests include Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Paul Rodgers, Chris Farlowe, Davy Graham, Long John Baldry, Robert Plant, Cyril Davies, Peter Thorup, Zoot Money, Duffy Power, Dick Heckstall-Smi...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

3/30/2006 3:00am EST
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930), Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853; d. 1890), and Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1...

Revealing Interview With Sheryl Crow Featured In Allure Magazine

1/23/2006 5:15pm EST
Sheryl Crow
No subject is off limits for Sheryl Crow in a revealing new interview Allure magazine. Crow crushes rumors about her relationship with Lance Armstrong being on the rocks, past loves (Eric Clapton and Owen Wilson), having children, and her young Grammy rivals.

On children: They are considering children of their own, she says. "But we want some adult time first." And then she adds, looking truly crestfallen, there's the matter of her age.

On her young rivals like fellow "Best Pop Vocal Album" Grammy nominee Kelly Clarkson: "I think there will hopefully be a paradigm shift. And as th...