Music News- Set to coincide with a highly anticipated new album release, John Mellencamp will embark on a 2019 tour entitled “The John Mellencamp Show” which will feature the rock icon’s classics plus some new material. Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of music’s most authentic and crowd pleasing concert performers, Mellencamp will begin the tour February 7th in his home state of Indiana at South Bend’s Morris Performing Arts Center and will span two months before ending in Clearwater, Florida at the famed Ruth Eckerd Hall. “The John Mellencamp Show” starts each night promptly at 8pm and will not have an opening act. Every ticket purchased online will receive a physical copy of Mellencamp’s forthcoming album “Other People’s Stuff” set for release on November 16th by Republic Records.
Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public beginning Friday, September 21st at 10:00am local time. Pre sale and VIP tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, September 19th at 10:00am local time. For more information and all ticketing information please visit Mellencamp.com.
Mellencamp’s live shows have garnered huge critical acclaim with the Hollywood Reporter calling it a “triumphant, career-spanning show” and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” by the Boston Globe. His extensive touring and live shows have solidified the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer’s place at the forefront of American music for the past 40 years.
JOHN MELLENCAMP 2019 TOUR ITINERARY-
February 7, 2019 - South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
February 8, 2019 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
February 10, 2019 - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center for the Arts
February 12, 2019 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
February 14, 2019 - Rockford, IL - Coronado Performing Arts Center
February 15, 2019 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
February 17, 2019 - Grand Rapids, MI - DeVos Performance Hall
February 19, 2019 - Youngstown, OH - Stambaugh Auditorium
February 20, 2019 - Baltimore, MD - Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
February 22, 2019 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
February 23, 2019 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre New Jersey
February 25, 2019 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre*
February 26, 2019 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre*
March 9, 2019 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
March 10, 2019 - Evansville, IN - Aiken Theatre at Old National Events Plaza
March 12, 2019 - St. Louis, MO - Stifel Theatre
March 14, 2019 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
March 16, 2019 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre
March 17, 2019 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
March 19, 2019 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
March 20, 2019 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
March 22, 2019 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
March 24, 2019 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 27, 2019 - Ft. Meyers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
March 29, 2019 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 30, 2019 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
*Public onsale 9/28 @11am - pre sale 9/26 @10am local time.
Music News- Lucero’s new song “Long Way Back Home” is the inspiration for a new short film, written and directed by renowned filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Series, Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, Loving) and shot by cinematographer Adam Stone. The track is off of the band’s celebrated new release Among the Ghosts. View Long Way Back Home, premiered yesterday. Watch below-
Lucero songwriter and frontman Ben Nichols teamed up with his brother (and filmmaker), Jeff Nichols, to create Long Way Back Home, a short film inspired by the band’s song of the same name.
The film tells the story of Stanton, portrayed by Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon (who also appears on Among the Ghosts), as he searches the streets and backroads of Memphis for his two younger brothers, played by Garrett Hedlund and Scoot McNairy. Intensity builds to the sounds of Lucero’s track as questions arise about the intentions of Shannon’s character. Is he searching for his brothers or hunting them down? Long Way Back Home also features appearances by actor Paul Sparks and the members of Lucero. The film was produced by Sarah Green and Erin Freeman and shot in both the band’s hometown of Memphis, TN and the Nichols brothers’ home state of Arkansas.
Music News- 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of Lucinda Williams’ critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning, highly-influential masterpiece Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. To celebrate the milestone year for this milestone work, Ms Williams will embark on a select twelve-date, ten-city tour where she will perform the album in its entirety, followed by a second set of songs from her celebrated career. The tour will primarily take place in the Northeast starting on November 2nd in Collingswood, NJ (Philadelphia market) and will include stops in Boston, New York, Toronto and Chicago.
The stories of the making of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, and how long it took, is the stuff of legend. The changing producers, the re-recording, the revolving list of musicians only add to the folklore surrounding the album’s creation. However it came to be, one thing remains true, Williams never wavered on her vision for this masterpiece, and what she envisioned changed music on a multitude of levels.
Following its release, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road was named Best Album of 1998 in the Village Voice’s annual “Pazz & Jop” critics poll and received a 4-star review in Rolling Stone,while garnering critical praise throughout the press. The album went on to win the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The influence of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road is immeasurable, and it is considered, much like Williams’ 1988 self-titled album, one of the cornerstones of what is now called Americana. Rolling Stone ranked it #304 on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Earlier this year, the anniversary of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road and its impact was the subject of a feature in Billboard, among others, and a thoughtful, insightful essay about its influence by Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield in Stereogum.
Williams will be joined on the tour by her incredible, long-time backing band Buick 6, featuring Butch Norton on drums, David Sutton on bass and Stuart Mathis on guitar.
Music News- Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck has announced his new album ‘C’est La Vie’, to be released October 5th on Dead Oceans. Houck’s first new Phosphorescent release in five years chronicles a life-altering period which saw him fall in love, start a family, leave New York for Nashville, and build a studio from the ground up. With a focus on translating these profound experiences to music as intuitively as he could, Houck pushes the boundaries of what a Phosphorescent record can sound like, balancing the earthy and the incandescent, the troubled and the serene, creating his own musical cosmos in the process.
Nowhere is this more evident than on the new song “New Birth In New England” from ‘C’est La Vie,’ a deceptively breezy snapshot survey of some of those life-altering events, condensed to five genre-defying minutes. Listen below-
Music News- The southern rockers of Jacksonville, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced plans to come home to play their final concert this September. The band's Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke took the stage at the Jaguars' annual State of the Franchise presentation, saying they were both born and raised in Jacksonville and would be proud to play their final concert in their home town.
"This is a dream come true for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band," Van Zant said. "We're going to rock the house here."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, whose legacy began in Jacksonville over 40 years ago, announced in January that they would be kicking off their final tour on May 4 in West Palm Beach.
The final stop on that tour will now be September 2 at what will then be TIAA Bank Field, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced.
Walking outside the stadium after the big announcement Thursday, Van Zant and Medlocke enjoyed a special moment when they saw their concert flyer posted on the jumbo stadium South End Zone scoreboard.
"It can’t get any better than that for it to be able to culminate here with a celebration like that; it’s going to be great," Medlocke said.
The concert, which will be the first at the stadium since 2015, will also feature Kid Rock and Jason Aldean, along with other "special guests" to be announced later. Van Zant said the acts will all be a mix of country and rock, because "that's what Lynyrd Skynyrd is all about."
In addition to performances, the all-day, all-night event will also include food trucks, games and more.
Original band member Gary Rossington joined by Van Zant, Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase are ready to rock their hometown of Jacksonville.
“We are very excited to have friends Jason Aldean and Kid Rock join us in our hometown of Jacksonville,” said Rossington. “Playing where the band got its start all those years ago is always special but having these guys with us makes it even sweeter. We can’t wait to rock EverBank Field!”
Medlocke said he and Van Zant have talked about getting a chance to finally go to some of the team's games now that things are winding down for the band and they won't be touring after September.
“My brother and Gary and Alan Collins started this band a long time ago,” Van Zant said. “We are on our farewell tour. It’s time to wrap it up. To be able to play Jacksonville, here, with the Jags, come on. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Tickets for the Labor Day weekend concert, which is the final one slated for the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. April 30. VIP presale access begins April 24.
Music News- Country-twinged Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke have announced a new album. Find A Light will be out on April 6 and is the follow-up to their two Billboard chart-topping country albums, 2015's Holding All The Roses and 2016's Like An Arrow.
For this sixth album, frontman Charlie Starr promises easygoing roots-rock ("Run Away From It All"), Southern rock stomps ("The Crooked Kind"), as well as stripped-down acoustic numbers ("I've Got This Song") and bruising alt-country ("Nobody Gives A Damn"). Fiddles, organ and bar-band pianos are all part of the mix.
"That's one of my favorite things about Blackberry Smoke albums - there's a lot of variety," Starr says. "My favorite albums through the years are built that way, too. I love a record that keeps you guessing. I love the fact that our records are sort of a ride, with different types of songs and different vibes." Read more here.
MUSIC NEWS- American rock quintet The Wild Feathers have announced that they will be back on the road for additional concert tour dates this fall in support of their self-titled, critically lauded debut album. The seemingly indefatigable Nashville quintet has continued to grow its audience at a rapid pace, with constant touring and barn-storming shows at clubs around the world and festivals across the country, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Summerfest this summer.
The Wild Feathers' upcoming fall tour includes a show at New York City's key concert venure, Irving Plaza, marking their fourth headlining show in NYC; a city that has embraced the band from the very start. They will also perform at the Squamish Valley Music Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience, as well as headline their hometown's Live on the Green Festival. See full tour itinerary below from MNN
MUSIC NEWS - Grammy-winning California/country rock singer Linda Ronstadt recently told AARP that she has Parkinson's disease. In an interview to be published next week on AARP.org, to promote new memoir "Simple Dreams", Ronstadt, 67, the singer says that she realized something was wrong eight years ago when she found herself unable to sing and was unable to figure out why.
"I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had," she told the organization. Although the interview excerpt didn't specify which tick-borne illness Ronstadt has/had, AARP linked to a Lyme Disease webpage.
Formed in Tampa Florida in the late sixties, Outlaws’ big signature sound became fully realized in the early 1970s and the band was the first signed to Arista Records by Clive
Davis. The self-titled1975 debut album from the "Florida guitar army" reached #13 on the Billboard album chart, and featured “There Goes Another Love Song” and their classic “Green Grass And High Tides.” Their re-make of “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” from GHOST RIDERS was a Top 40 hit single.