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Jesse James Talks His Role in Hank Williams Biopic 'The Last Ride'

May 29th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
The Last Ride
In The Last Ride, young actor Jesse James - not to be confused with the outlaw or the reality TV personality - plays the teenager who takes to the road with ailing country music legend Hank Williams. It's a flick about a larger-than-life musician and thus filled with great music, but it's also a character-driven story, too. BFTV recently talked with Jesse about making The Last Ride and what he wants audiences to take away from the trip.

"It's not your typical biopic," he explained. "It is about Hank Williams' last days, but it's Hank Williams' last days seen through the eyes of this 19-yea...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

Hank Williams Jr. Releases New Album, '127 Rose Avenue'

June 15th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Hank Williams Jr. new album 127 Rose Avenue
Hank Williams Jr. has been a walking embodiment of American music for three generations of fans. As a youngster, he sang his father's songs, carrying forward country's richest legacy. As a young adult, he forged his own million-selling, award-winning path, becoming an icon of Outlaw country and Southern rock, helping bridge the gap between Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Today, he is seen as a founding father of both genres, serving as inspiration for musicians ranging from Montgomery Gentry to Kid Rock.

Along the way, Hank Jr. has become a living icon, an American original whose accompl...

Wynonna's Album 'Sing - Chapter 1' Out Feb. 3; Free NYC Concert Feb. 4

January 23rd, 2009 11:13am EST
Wynonna Judd
Twenty five: the number of years the incredible songtress Wynonna Judd has been bringing her amazing voice, her inspirational stories and her unique blend of country, soul and good 'ol Rock'n'Roll to the masses. In celebration of this illustrious career, Wynonna will be releasing her 7th studio album in 2009 - an eclectic assortment of standards paying homage to all the different genres and songs that have formed the soundtrack to her own life. Produced by long time collaborators Don Potter and Brent Mahar and recorded at Sound Kitchen, The Blue Room Studios and East Iris Studios in Nashv...

Hank Williams III To Release 'Damn Right Rebel Proud' Oct. 21

August 30th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Hank Williams III
Don't look for any apologies on Damn Right Rebel Proud, the upcoming sixth album from Hank Williams III. Filled with a self-described "Jekyll and Hyde" mix of disturbingly dark stuff and "good ol' country," the straight-talkin' third-generation rebel's new album is set for release October 21 via Sidewalk Records.

The first single is the mutated truckers' tune "Long Hauls & Close Calls," for which a video has been shot. III thinks of it as the album's "crossover" track, explaining that "It's got a little bit of the scream for the kids in black and a little bit of the banjo and dobro fo...

Billy Bob Thornton And The Boxmasters To Release Debut 2-CD Set June 10

April 20th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters
Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters, composed of W.R. 'Bud' Thornton (drums, vocals/background vocals), J.D. Andrew (electric/acoustic guitars, bass, background vocals) and Mike Butler (electric guitar, lap steel, dobro), join forces with Vanguard Records to release their debut 2-CD set, June 10 on Sawmill/Vanguard Records. The 23 tracks on The Boxmasters feature original songs penned and co-penned by Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew. They also include some classic cover tunes with a distinctive flair. The Boxmasters was produced by W.R. 'Bud' Thornton and GRAMMY®-winning engineer J.D....

Music Spotlight: Cat Power

February 1st, 2008 10:12am EST
Cat Power
Chan Manning, the artist that also goes under the moniker Cat Power, has a silent staying power that is undeniable. As a musician, Cat Power is of elegant simplicity. Her songs and her messages are quite straightforward. Her voice is of, and in itself entirely, unique and unforgettable.

Hailing from Georgia, Cat Power has had a formidable career spanning over 13 years with eight studio recordings. As an independent artist signed to Matador, she has developed a strong and fiercely dedicated fan base over the years, contributing much to her success.

Many may not know Cat Power ...

'Honeydripper' Hits The Sweet Spot With Deep Blues

January 27th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Honeydripper, the acclaimed new film written, directed and edited by John Sayles, revisits the genesis of rock 'n' roll -- namely '50s rural blues from the Deep South.

The story depicts a second chance for an aging bluesman, the kickoff to a young guitar turk's career and the rise of rock 'n' roll itself. The movie features an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DeCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas.

Honeydripper opened in New York and Los Angeles December 28 and spreads nationally in January and February. The...

Sarah Borges And The Broken Singles Release Sophomore CD

January 27th, 2008 9:30am EST
Sarah Borges
Following 2007's critically acclaimed hit "The Day We Met," roots-punk-rock songstress Sarah Borges and her band The Broken Singles will release a new video for the second single, "Stop And Think It Over."

The song (penned by Reigning Sound founder Greg Cartwright) is from the band's second full length CD Diamonds In The Dark, released on Sugar Hill Records. Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Morphine), Diamonds In The Dark throws away the notion of genre with influences ranging from Hank Williams to Sid Vicious, from Dolly Parton to punk legends X.

The video premie...

Randy Jackson Drafts All-Star Team Of Artists For 'Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1'

January 25th, 2008 8:33am EST
Randy Jackson
Grammy-winning producer, virtuoso musician, hit songwriter, legendary A&R executive and, of course, lovable American Idol judge - Randy Jackson has called upon every aspect of his staggering career to produce Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, his first solo album, which is due March 11, 2008, on his new label, Dream Merchant 21, and released through the Concord Music Group.

The album includes a stellar ensemble of artists and features the return of fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul who's track "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" is her first release of new music in over a decade. Other g...

Marvin Gaye Song Tops Cheating Poll

October 9th, 2007 8:36am EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul legend Marvin Gaye's classic track "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" has topped a new poll naming the best cheating songs of all time.

Gaye's 1968 track beat out competition from Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" and Squeeze's "Tempted" in the vote by readers of website


Rounding out the top five is Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

September 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 17

September 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Doug E. Fresh
Happy Birthday to singer Jennifer Pena (1983), Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau (1979), "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis (1975), Red "Power Ranger" Austin St. John (1975), NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (1975), NBA star Rasheed Wallace (1974), singer Anastacia (1968), rapper Doug E. Fresh (1966), "Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer (1965), "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann (1962), King's X guitarist Ty Tabor (1961), comedienne Rita Rudner (1956), actor Charles Martinet (1955), actress Cassandra Peterson (1951), "Three's Company" star John Ritter (1948; d. 2003), "One Flew...

The White Stripes Pay Their Country Dues At Nashville Show

May 21st, 2007 9:50am EDT
 The White Stripes
The White Stripes paid tribute to country's king and queens during their first U.S. live show since December 2005 on Friday night by adding Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn tunes to their set list. The gig at Nashville, Tennessee's Cannery Ballroom, sold out in just six minutes when tickets went on sale on Thursday after being announced on the duo's website.

And Jack and Meg White thrilled the 1,000-strong crowd by opening with Williams' Tennessee Border and performing Parton's Jolene and Lynn's Rated X during a dazzling set, in which they also played a handful of new tun...

David Crowder Band Follows 'A Collision' with 'Remedy'; Due This Fall

April 3rd, 2007 11:00pm EDT
David Crowder Band
MSN's Artist of the Year 2006 and sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records' David Crowder Band is currently in the studio recording songs for the follow up to the band's groundbreaking album, A Collision. The first new full-length studio album in two years, Remedy, is slated to release this fall.

Always transposing the norm, David Crowder Band gives its audience an inside look at the recording process for the new album, offering an eight-webcam view of The Barn, a recording facility built by the David Crowder Band in the legendary barn of Dr. Pepper fame. Fans can check out all the action 24 h...

Hank Williams Jr. Files For Divorce From Fourth Wife

February 18th, 2007 11:00pm EST
Hank Williams Jr.
Country music star Hank Williams Jr. has filed for divorce from his fourth wife of 16 years, Mary Jane Williams.

The pair met at a concert in 1985, and married in 1990.

The 57-year-old singer, who is the son of country legend Hank Williams, says, "All families experience difficulties. I hope everyone will respect our privacy during this time."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Police Arrest Two Men For Stealing Hank Williams' Notebook

November 1st, 2006 9:59am EST
Hank Williams
Tennessee police have arrested two men in connection with the theft of a notebook that once belonged to country music legend Hank Williams. Memorabilia collector Stephen M. Shutts, who co-owns the Honky Tonk Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Roadshow with The Mavericks star Robert Reynolds, and Francine Boykin have been released on bail.

Shutts told the authorities he bought the notebook at a garage sale and later sold it, while Boykin, a former custodian at Sony/ATV Music Publishing maintains she found the book of lyrics in a trash can. Both turned themselves in to police on Monday.


Hank Williams' Notebook 'Stolen'

October 23rd, 2006 1:30pm EDT
Hank Williams
A music publishing company has branded a notebook of unpublished lyrics by late country singer Hank Williams stolen property, and bosses have called on two collectors to return the artifact immediately.

Sony/ATV only realized the book, worth $250,000, was missing after reading a newspaper article detailing how collectors Stephen Shutts and Robert Reynolds acquired the item. Sony/ATV filed a stolen property report on September 20.

Shutts and Reynolds, who run travelling exhibit the Honky Tonk Hall Of Fame, said the notebook was given to them by a Nashville, Tennessee, woman last No...

Rhino Records Tunes Up And Polishes Dwight Yoakam's Debut Disc; Out Oct. 17

October 12th, 2006 4:57pm EDT
Dwight Yoakam
Seemingly too traditional for Nashville's music establishment at the time, Dwight Yoakam moved to Los Angeles in 1977, whereby the early 80s his captivating performances at the Palomino Club, Club Lingerie, Hong Kong Cafe and other Hollywood venues earned him and his band-the Babylonian Cowboys-a loyal following among California's burgeoning cowpunk scene. Rhino celebrates the 20th anniversary of Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., with a remastered version of his 1986 debut expanded with demos for the album recorded five years earlier. The double-disc set also features a live recording of Yoak...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 17

September 17th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Doug E. Fresh
Happy Birthday to singer Jennifer Pena (1983), Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau (1979), "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis (1975), Red "Power Ranger" Austin St. John (1975), NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (1975), NBA star Rasheed Wallace (1974), singer Anastacia (1968), rapper Doug E. Fresh (1966), "Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer (1965), "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann (1962), King's X guitarist Ty Tabor (1961), comedienne Rita Rudner (1956), actor Charles Martinet (1955), actress Cassandra Peterson (1951), "Three's Company" star John Ritter (1948; d. 2003), "One Flew...

Hank Williams Jr. Goes To Court To Face Assault Charges

April 5th, 2006 11:35am EDT
Hank Williams Jr.
Country star Hank Williams Jr. will appear in court today on charges of assaulting a 19-year-old waitress in a hotel bar last month. Holly Hornbeak alleges the singer cursed her, tried to kiss her and lifted her in a chokehold, according to Shelby County Sheriff spokesman Steve Shular.

Williams Jr., who maintains he is innocent, originally checked into the Peabody Hotel in order to be close to his daughter Hilary, who was being treated in a nearby hospital after being involved in a car crash on March 15.

The singer, son of late country music legend Hank Williams, claims he has b...

Hank Williams Jr. Gets Rights to Father's Recordings

January 26th, 2006 10:36am EST
Hank Williams Jr.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled the heirs of the late country legend Hank Williams own the rights to a collection of rare and live vintage recordings the country/folk legend made for radio broadcasts. The decision ends a lengthy court battle between Williams' son Hank Williams Jr. and Polygram Records bosses, who claimed they had the rights to the recordings.

The record label executives cited Williams' contract with MGM Records in their ownership claim for the 40-plus recordings, which were handed to them by the late country legend's former bassist Hillous Butrum. But authori...

Hank Williams III Goes 'Straight To Hell'

January 23rd, 2006 11:59pm EST
Hank Williams III
Hank Williams III's forthcoming album Straight To Hell, complete with Parental Advisory sticker, is a 12-song thrill-ride into a life of sin. The album was produced by Hank himself, and made on a $400 Korg D-1600 digital recording apparatus -- a piece of equipment he feels every musician ought to own as it empowered him to record on his terms and schedule, and on a budget of next to nothing.

Speaking to why Straight to Hell is a two-CD set, Hank says, "We should have had ten albums out by now. I have so much music. Tape sticks around longer than I will, and I've got to put out as much ...

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