Music News- Dire Straits founding member, Mark Knopfler, one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of all time, has announced a world tour with his band in 2019. The ‘Down The Road Wherever’ tour commences in Barcelona in April and will continue all over Europe finishing in Verona in July before heading to the USA through August and September.
Knopfler, who will release his ninth solo studio album ‘Down the Road Wherever’ on 16th November, has always viewed touring as an integral part of the process of releasing an album, going from songwriting through recording and ending up on the road performing old and new songs.
Says Mark: ‘My songs are made to be performed live. I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.’
Knopfler, who recorded ‘Down The Road Wherever’ in his west London studio, British Grove, will be performing on tour with an expanded ten-piece band most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions will be Graeme Blevins (saxophone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet)
Music News- ANTI- Records has released the new album 'Soft Power' from Syracuse, NY native Doe Paoro. It was produced by Grammy Award-winner Jimmy Hogarth (Sia, Corinne Bailey Rae). Comprised of songs co-written by Paoro (aka Sonia Kreitzer) with Dan Nigro, Justin Raisen, and Matt Hales, 'Soft Power' is the artist’s most assured and authentic body of work to date.
“I wanted to make an entire album that could be recreated live because for me, that’s where the deeper connection takes place,” explains Paoro, who recorded the album with a crack team of London-based musicians that have played with Adele, Brian Eno, and Sia. “One of my intentions was to drop any questions about what might be inventive, and just focus on writing songs that felt true to my experience. The idea was to push things forward just by creating something well-made and authentic.”
'Soft Power' has earned accolades from EARMILK, Ones to Watch, and LA Record, who praised the album’s eclectic style and powerful vocals. Stereogum wrote that one of Paoro’s latest tracks “recalls the rosy-tinted sound of ‘60s girl groups like the Shirelles [and] the vintage sound of Rihanna’s ‘Love On The Brain’” as well as the work of Amy Winehouse, and highlighted the “smoky vocals and piano-driven balladry.”
Doe Paoro will embark on a headlining tour in support of 'Soft Power' this fall, including a stop at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade and a hometown show at LA’s Lodge Room. Full tour routing below.
Music News - On December 7, Coldplay will celebrate their record-breaking A Head Full Of Dreams Tour with the release of Live In Buenos Aires (album) / Live In São Paulo (film) / A Head Full Of Dreams (Film, via Amazon Prime), on CD, DVD, vinyl and digital.
The Live In Buenos Aires album was recorded on 15 November 2017 - the final night of the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. The 24 track audio set marks the first time that a Coldplay concert has been released in its entirety. The accompanying two hour concert film Live In São Paulo was filmed a week earlier on November 8, 2017.
The A Head Full Of Dreams Tour has been confirmed as the third biggest of all time, having played to more than 5.5 million fans across the world.
The combined live album / live concert film release - also known as the Butterfly package - is completed by the new A Head Full Of Dreams documentary film, which charts Coldplay’s colorful 20 year history.
In addition, Viva La Vida from Live In Buenos Aires is available to stream/download worldwide from today below, with the Live In São Paulo video of the song available on YouTube (see below).
Music News- Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is being released November 16 via Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings in partnership with Roy’s Boys LLC, the Nashville-based company founded by Roy Orbison’s sons to administer their father’s catalog and safeguard his legacy. Available on CD and digital formats on November 16, and double vinyl LP on November 23, this brand-new album infuses Orbison’s best original vocal performances with the emotion and world-class musicianship of the Royal Philharmonic, London’s most notable orchestra.
With the production team of Don Reedman and Nick Patrick again at the helm, Unchained Melodies is a fitting follow up to last year’s sensational A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Reedman and Patrick have an unparalleled track record in this field, having also produced If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Roy’s sons Wesley (guitar), Roy Jr. (guitar) and Alex (drums), contribute additional instrumentation on select tracks and are occasionally joined by the “Orbison women” on back up vocals – Wesley’s daughter Emily Orbison (whose husband, Cameron Davidson, engineered the session), Wesley’s fiancé Jennifer Hicks, Roy Jr.’s wife Åsa Orbison, and Alex’s wife Erika Wolf Orbison all participate, truly making Unchained Melodies a cross-generational family affair.
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Watch video about the making of Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra below-
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Music News- Alejandro Escovedo and Don Antonio have announced early 2019 USA tour dates, including their first stops in many American cities since the release of ‘The Crossing’ on Yep Roc Records in September. Deemed as “possibly the finest recorded work” of Escovedo’s five-decade career by NPR, the sprawling and cinematic seventeen-song concept record follows the story of two young immigrants working in a Texas restaurant, searching for their version of the American Dream and finding something starkly different in its place.
Watch Alejandro discuss the record with Anthony Mason on CBS This Morning, below.
‘The Crossing’ features guest appearances from Wayne Kramer, James Williamson, Joe Ely and John Perry of the Only Ones – all of who will appear with Alejandro and Don Antonio at their ACL Live at The Moody Theater tour kick-off show on January 5 in Austin. Special guests will also be announced soon for the three night City Winery runs in both New York and Chicago. Don Antonio will join Alejandro on each of the U.S. dates, after collaborating closely with him on the writing and recording of ‘The Crossing.’ Says NPR, “the band's cinematic approach to music is perfectly suited for Escovedo's vision.”
Alejandro will return to Austin in February 2019 to accept the Townes Van Zandt Songwriting Award at the 37th Austin Music Awards. Last year, Escovedo presented the award to his longtime friend and collaborator Joe Ely.
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO AND DON ANTONIO 2019 TOUR ITINERARY-
January 5 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
January 6 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
January 8 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
January 10 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
January 11 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
January 12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
January 15 – Washington, DC – City Winery
January 17 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
January 18 – New York, NY – City Winery
January 19 – New York, NY – City Winery
January 20 – New York, NY – City Winery
January 22 – Boston, MA – City Winery
January 24 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts
January 25 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall Loft
January 26 – Fairfield, CT – Stage On
January 29 – Detroit, MI – El Club
January 31 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
February 1 - Chicago, IL – City Winery
February 2 - Chicago, IL – City Winery
* with Wayne Kramer, Joe Ely, James Williamson, John Perry
Music News- The Experience Hendrix Tour, the critically acclaimed multi-artist celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s musical genius returns in 2019 with its biggest ever tour--30 dates through the East Coast, South and Midwest. What began as a single show tribute at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000 has blossomed into a full-fledged concert experience that has thrilled countless fans across the US. The tour presents a host of great artists collaborating and interpreting Hendrix’s legendary songs as part of a powerhouse, three hour concert experience.
This latest edition of the much anticipated tour once again emphasizes the influence Hendrix has made on a diverse group of artists. The concerts will bring together artists as disparate as guitar wizard Joe Satriani, blues great Taj Mahal, Ernie Isley and Dweezil Zappa. Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine will make his Experience Hendrix Tour debut while mainstays such as Billy Cox, Jonny Lang, and Eric Johnson will also be on board for the expedition. The Experience Hendrix Tour offers fans a rare opportunity to see many highly regarded players performing together in a unique setting.
15-time Grammy Award nominee Joe Satriani will make his long-awaited return when the tour kicks off March 3 kickoff in Pompano Beach, FL. Notable for being the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, Satriani came to the forefront with the release of his 1987 solo album Surfing with the Alien. He has worked with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult and the fabled Spinal Tap and is a member of rock super group Chickenfoot. In keeping with the spirit of the Experience Hendrix Tour, Satriani has formed an all star trio especially for the occasion, calling upon bassist and vocalist dUg Pinnick from King’s X, and prolific sideman Kenny Aronoff on drums to serve as his rhythm section.
Satriani commented, "The Experience Hendrix Tours are always so much fun. The camaraderie between all the musicians on the show is magical. I’m so excited to play some deep Hendrix tracks in a power trio setting with dUg Pinnick and Kenny Aronoff!!!”
Originally the lead guitarist for Metallica, Dave Mustaine next founded Megadeth in 1983 and the group has earned a loyal, worldwide following. The Southern California native can be considered an architect of the speed metal movement, which is one of many branches on the family tree of heavy, guitar-based music that can be traced back to Jimi Hendrix. With five platinum albums and one multi-platinum album under his belt, Mustaine and his sound are institutions in the rock world. The 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour will be his first.
Dave Mustaine expressed his excitement about being part of the tour. “Jimi Hendrix. The name that comes to my mind as one the ‘Premiere American Guitarists Of All Time.’ An Innovator, and legendary musician, I am beyond honored to do my part in this tribute to the immortal Jimi Hendrix, and want to thank [EH Tour producer] John McDermott for inviting me to play along such mind-blowing guitarists as Joe Satriani, and a personal favorite of mine, Eric Johnson. See you there!”
Music News - Angelique Kidjo’s track-by-track re-imagining of Talking Heads’ landmark 1980 album ‘Remain in Light’ took the music world by storm this year. A newly recorded Amazon Original version of album highlight “The Great Curve” was recently released on Amazon Music featuring Alicia Keys on vocals and Questlove on drums, plus guitar from Blood Orange. Angelique has now unveiled the music video for the song. It features Angelique and Alicia Keys in the studio together, plus footage of fans from across the globe participating in a dance contest that Angelique initiated on social media. Watch “The Great Curve” below.
Kidjo partnered with super producer and 2015 Grammy Producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, Beyonce) for her version of ‘Remain in Light,’ which brings the Talking Heads album full circle, back to the sounds of West Africa that inspired the original. This has led to a tremendous 2018: she performed “Once In A Lifetime” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, discussed the album with David Byrne on New Yorker Radio Hour, was profiled by Pitchfork, NPR’s Morning Edition, Rolling Stone and beyond.
She will continue touring ‘Remain In Light’ internationally through the year.
Music News - The video for her 1972 demo “Stayin Home” off the posthumous album, Where Do I Come From, by Maggie Roche (1951-2017), premiered. Maggie’s sister Suzzy Roche acknowledges that the Where Do I Come From project has been “quite an emotional roller coaster” for her. “Stayin Home” provides a visual souvenir of the late singer-songwriter. Michael Grenadier created the video in collaboration with Dick Connette. Watch/listen below.
Where Do I Come From, a 32-track, 2CD collection of songs by Maggie Roche, will be released by StorySound Records on what would have been the beloved singer’s 67th birthday, October 26th, providing a immersive and poignant look at one of our most original American songwriters.
Maggie, who passed away in 2017 after a long struggle with cancer, was at the center of the long-running and much-admired music group The Roches, created with her sisters Terreand Suzzy. Maggie composed her songs for three voices, fashioning the signature sound of The Roches. Where Do I Come From spans her entire music career, from her 1975 duo album with Terre, through The Roches 2007 reunion record. The collection, which has been compiled in close collaboration with Suzzy, also features four previously unreleased recordings: “Stayin’ Home,” an early song that provides a snapshot of a young feisty Maggie as she ventures out into the world. “Down The Dream,” a live studio track recorded after word that Columbia Records had doubts about the progress Maggie and Terre were making in their recording sessions. (Another version of the song wound up on the 1975 duo album Seductive Reasoning, but this demo is classic, unedited Maggie.) “Where Do I Come From,” the title track, was found among Maggie’s things after her death and is most likely the last song she wrote. The newly recorded Christmas song, “Christmas Love,” was not written in time to make it onto We Three Kings, the Roches cherished 1990 Christmas album. Her family, in loving memory, sings “Christmas Love” for this collection.