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Federal Drug Agents Storm 'Jam Cruise' Featuring Taylor Hicks & Bob Weir

January 12th, 2011 8:31am EST
Taylor Hicks
A New Year cruise ferrying fans of "American Idol" star Taylor Hicks and funk icon Maceo Parker from Florida to the Caribbean and back has returned after a drug raid.

Reports suggest federal drug agents stormed the ship just before it was due to set sail last week - with guests looking forward to high seas concerts by Hicks, Parker, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and the Robert Randolph Band.

The authorities seized illegal drugs, including Ecstasy and LSD, and arrested several revellers, who did not make the voyage.

The Jam Cruise left port following the raids and returned on Monday, acco...
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Salvador Santana Band To Release Debut Album, 'SSB,' Feb. 26

February 25th, 2008 4:06pm EST
Salvador Santana
The Salvador Santana Band (SSB), featuring band leader, vocalist, composer & keyboardist Salvador Santana, is set to release its debut full-length album SSB on February 26. The musically and lyrically charged disc, for which Salvador Santana also served as Album Producer, comes out on the artist's VBE imprint with distribution through Tsunami Label Group. From the bracing rhythms of the opening track "Oh Yea Yeah" through "Why Yo," a politically-skewed dancehall track featuring Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli on lead vocal and trumpet, SSB pulses with a fresh, high-spirited sonic fusion of conscio...
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Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

April 12th, 2007 3:21pm EDT
Soulive
Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band’s Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label’s trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of Toussaint, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the ban...
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Josh Kelley's Third Album, "Just Say The Word," To Be Released On Oct. 10; Download A Free MP3!

October 4th, 2006 1:26pm EDT
Josh Kelley
Singer-songwriter Josh Kelley is eager to announce the October 10th release of his third album, "Just Say the Word." Entirely written, produced and performed by Kelley, "Just Say the Word" demonstrates an eclectic range of the artist's recent musical and personal evolution: "I often heard people say that sometimes you just wake up in life and realize that you want to be better - well, that's what happened to me about one year ago. I became a better guitar player, drummer, piano player, bass player, singer and songwriter. I found a new love in my life and an extra spark to my passion for ...
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Robert Randolph and the Family Band's "Colorblind" Hits Stores Sept. 25; Listen To "The Thrill Of It"

September 6th, 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...
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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore Releases "Overnight Sensational"

August 31st, 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...
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Gov't Mule Get 'High & Mighty' August 22nd

July 18th, 2006 4:21pm EDT
Gov
Big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations are the hallmarks of Gov't Mule's legendary live shows. Likewise, their well-crafted songs feature larger-than-life characters bearing life's heaviest burdens, performed by four musicians – guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, keyboard player Danny Louis, and bassist Andy Hess – whose powerful musicianship and chemistry along with their tireless work ethic have earned them the respect of their peers.

Their new ATO Records release, High & Mighty, produced by Haynes and Gordie Johnson (former leader of Canada's acc...
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The Black Crowes To Headline 10th Annual All Good Music Festival, July 14-16

June 5th, 2006 11:02am EDT
The Black Crowes
The power-packed lineup for this year’s 10th Annual All Good Music Festival has been finalized, with John Medeski & The Itch Featuring Eric Krasno of Soulive and Adam Deitch, plus DJ Logic and Gary Jules completing the biggest, most eclectic array of performers in the history of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier camping music event. Indeed, with Trey Anastasio & Mike Gordon featuring The Duo headlining the first night, theBlack Crowes headlining the second night, and late-night sets by the Greyboy Allstars (Friday) and the Disco Biscuits (Saturday), Walther Productions is pulling out all stops to...
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Initial 2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival Line-Up Includes Radiohead, Beck, Phil Lesh & More

February 1st, 2006 10:59am EST
Beck
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2006 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The fifth annual three-day camping and music festival will be held on June 16-18, 2006, on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Major acts this year include Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty and Phil Lesh. A list of confirmed acts follows, with more to be announced in the weeks ahead to round out the festival's 80-plus acts.

Radiohead

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Phil Lesh & Friends

Beck

Elvis Costello & the Impo...
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Grammy Tribute To Honor Sly And The Family Stone

January 26th, 2006 12:42pm EST
Sly & The Family Stone
In a special tribute to legendary funk band Sly And The Family Stone, an all-star cast of artists are set to come together on one stage for a not-to-be-missed performance on the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. The salute to the band's unforgettable music includes Grammy-nominated artists Maroon 5, Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas and John Legend; Grammy winners Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith; soul sweetheart Joss Stone; rocker Robert Randolph; and singer Devin Lima.

A music icon of the '60s and '70s, Stone is responsible for some of the most engaging anthems ("I Want To Take You Hi...
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2006 Langerado Music Festival Initial Line-Up Announced

November 30th, 2005 12:46pm EST
Ben Harper
Music festival season begins early in South Florida, and the Langerado Music Festival is the destination of choice for traveling music lovers ready to start the journey. The festival, now in its fourth year, is preparing to host a slew of fans from colder climates: music lovers, college spring-breakers and sun seekers who are aching for festival season to begin. For 2006 Langerado announces its biggest and best line-up ever:

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Meters, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Keller Williams, Burning Spear, G. L...
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Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

November 15th, 2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...
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