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See Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato Deliver Sultry ‘Fight’ on ‘GMA’

June 25th, 2016 · Guitar

Not since his “Remind Me” duet with Carrie Underwood has Brad Paisley exhibited such chemistry with an onstage partner. This morning on Good Morning America, the country guitarslinger teamed up with pop star Demi Lovato to deliver an especially sultry “Without a Fight,” their new duet.

“There’s a tangled mess of sheets on the bed, the lack of sleep pounding in my head / We both regret some of the things we said but we love the way it ended,” sang Paisley.

The song is the first single off Paisley’s upcoming 10th studio album, a project that includes guest appearances by Mick Jagger and Timbaland. Paisley and Lovato also shared a stage together back in April, performing her single “Stone Cold,” with Paisley offering evocative guitar licks.

Paisley, who wrote “Without a Fight” with Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller, will bring his summer tour to Connecticut tomorrow night.

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See Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley’s Swaggering ‘Smooth’

June 25th, 2016 · Guitar

In 1999, singer Rob Thomas stepped away from his main gig in Matchbox 20 to record the song “Smooth” for guitarist Carlos Santana’s comeback album Supernatural. To call the result a smash is a little like saying the sun is hot — ”Smooth” was a 12-week Number One and ended up as the Number Two Billboard Hot 100 song from the 20th century.

So naturally, Thomas’ upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley includes the pair collaborating on ”Smooth” among their other selections. In the video above, Thomas and Kelley take turns crooning the deeper verse parts and then join up for pristine harmonies on the urgent choruses, swaying to the song’s Latin rhythms. Their episode of CMT Crossroads airs July 1st at 10 p.m. ET.

Earlier in 2016, Kelley released his solo debut The Driver, which includes his current single ”Lonely Girl.” His main group Lady Antebellum has been on a brief hiatus, but he recently confirmed that the trio was already working on new music and had lined up some festival dates for this summer.

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Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Readies Biopic ‘Free Bird’

June 25th, 2016 · Guitar

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle will co-write and produce a biopic about his life with the Southern rock band. The film, tentatively titled Free Bird, also focuses on one of the music’s most tragic moments: The 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of six people, including his friend and Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant.

Related: 35 Years After Tragedy, Lynyrd Skynyrd Still Carries On

“This film’s story — MY story — is not just about the plane crash but also about my personal relationship with the genius that was Ronnie Van Zant, whom I loved like a brother and still miss to this day,” Pyle said of the film in a statement. Speaking to Deadline, Pyle added, “This is a much deserved movie for the fans of Skynyrd.”

Pyle, who served as Skynyrd’s drummer from 1974 to 1991 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, penned the Free Bird script with the film’s director Jared Cohn. Cleopatra Films will produce the film, which is scheduled to go into production later this year.

As this film is not an authorized Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic and instead Pyle’s life story, producers have not yet secured the rights to the band’s music. For now, Free Bird will feature original musical contributions from Pyle.

Pyle also said of the film, “We want this to be a good movie that tells a very passionate, intimate story about the music and the band and a rise and fall that happened so suddenly. I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet.

During the writing of the film, Pyle spent 20 hours remembering every detail of the 1977 crash. “Of course, there is the tragedy, us being on this airplane that ran out of fuel after a performance in Greenville South Carolina that became the last place Ronnie Van Zant ever sang ‘Free Bird.’ It’s incredibly personal and passionate to me and I want the movie going public to be able to share the laughs and the tears.”

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Steven Tyler Confirms Aerosmith 2017 Farewell Tour

June 25th, 2016 · Guitar

Steven Tyler phoned into The Howard Stern Show Tuesday to discuss his new solo country LP as well as to confirm the rumors that Aerosmith are planning a farewell tour in 2017. “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this … We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that,” Tyler said.

Stern, stunned by the news, made Tyler confirm whether Aerosmith were planning a farewell tour. “I think so, next year,” the singer said. Asked whether guitarist Joe Perry is aware of Aerosmith’s farewell plans, Tyler responded with a simple “Mmhmm.”

Tyler then poked fun at bands like the Who and Kiss, whose previous farewell tours lacked finality. While the details of the farewell tour likely haven’t been ironed out yet, Tyler joked about the tour’s length would last “probably forever.”

In May, Tyler revealed to Rolling Stone that he and bandmates were contemplating one last trek together. “I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” Tyler said. “And then in 2017 we go out with Aerosmith. We’re probably doing a farewell tour. Look, there’s two bands that still have the original members, us and the Stones. I’m grateful for that. Whether we do a farewell tour or go into the studio and do another record, I’m just excited about it.”

Tyler has been making the rounds as he promotes his country LP We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, and on Friday the singer appeared Today to perform the album’s title track and third single. Tyler also unveiled his cover of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s “Piece of My Heart,” which also appears to be destined for his solo album.

“I believe y’all are gonna listen to this stuff and you’re gonna agree with me that it fell from a star,” Tyler told Rolling Stone Country of his new album. “I had nothing to do with this shit, it’s just Nashville. There’s something so magical about this town and me writing with all these people.”

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Damon Albarn, Johnny Marr, Ellie Goulding Outraged Over Brexit

June 25th, 2016 · Guitar

In a historic referendum, Britain voted to leave the European Union, leaving a wave of economic uncertainty that has left many musicians and entertainment industry members crestfallen and outraged. 

On Friday, British musicians like Blur’s Damon Albarn and British indie pop band Bastille used the stages of Glastonbury Festival as a platform. ”Democracy failed us because it was ill-informed,” Albarn said Friday morning onstage.

Bastille changed the lyrics of their hit “Pompeii” during a live acoustic set, with frontman Dan Smith singing, ”And the pound kept tumbling down on the weekend that we love.” The British pound sank to its lowest level in 31 years following the decision.

The “Brexit” vote means that over the next two years, Britain will negotiate its secession plan with the EU, the 28-state economic and political union initiated after World War II and formally established in 1993. Many fear that one of the repercussions of the Brexit will be the secession of Scotland from the U.K. since Scots voted to remain in the EU. British prime minister David Cameron also announced his resignation hours after the vote to leave the EU was determined.

Many members of the music community took to social media to voice dismay over the vote, including Oasis’ Noel and Liam Gallagher, Dev Hynes, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Johnny Marr, Lily Allen and J.K. Rowling. 

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Bernie Worrell, Parliament-Funkadelic Keyboardist, Dead at 72

June 25th, 2016 · Guitar

Bernie Worrell, keyboardist for Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 72.

“Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit,” Worrell’s wife Judie wrote on Facebook Friday. “Rest in peace, my love — you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios.”

In January, Worrell revealed that he was battling a “mild form” of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. At the time, Worrell’s wife Judie appealed to fans asking for $10,000 in donations so that the keyboardist could complete his final album Retrospectives within his lifetime. A YouCaring page seeking $75,000 was also initiated in order to help Worrell alleviate the financial burden of his medical bills.

Born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1944, the Julliard-trained Worrell met George Clinton, then leader of a doo-wop act called the Parliaments, in the early 1970s. Soon after, Worrell – along with the rest of Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic crew, including guitarist Eddie Hazel, singer “Fuzzy” Haskins and “Billy Bass” Nelson – moved to Detroit, where they completed work on their 1970 debut Funkadelic. Five months later, the group released their Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow.

Dubbed the “Wizard of Woo,” Worrell is credited with giving the funk outfit their futuristic sound. “I wasn’t really interested in technology, but when I was in college, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, I used to listen to Emerson, Lake Palmer. I loved the Tarkus album. Keith was the first guy I heard using the Moog. I liked the sound of that album and the things he was doing with the instrument,” Worrell told Music Radar. “I found out that it was a Moog synthesizer, and later on I purchased my own Minimoog – or George did. I started messing with the sounds. That’s all I really do: I turn the knobs until it does what I want.”

On Worrell’s official site, he said of his experimentation with the instrument, “When the synthesizers came about, my having been brought up classically and knowing a full range of orchestra, tympanis and everything, I knew how it sounded and what it felt like. So, if I’m playing a horn arrangement on keyboard, or strings, it sounds like strings or horns, ’cause I know how to phrase it, how a string phrases, different attacks from the aperture for horns, trumpets, sax or trombones.”

Worrell was among the 15 members of Parliament-Funkadelic to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The keyboardist remained one of the collective’s most reliable mainstays, appearing on everything from 1971′s Maggot Brain to Parliament’s 1975 space-funk masterpiece Mothership Connection to Funkadelic’s 1979 One Nation Under the Groove, Number 177 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums list.

Worrell would later earn co-songwriting credits on Parliament hits like “Up on the Down Stroke,” “Chocolate City,” “P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up),” “Mothership Connection (Star Child)” and “Flash Light,” which featured Worrell’s now-legendary Minimoog bass line.

Following the Parliament-Funkadelic’s insanely prolific Seventies, Worrell parted ways with the collective after Clinton dissolved the groups for business and managerial issues. While Worrell would continue to contribute to Clinton’s solo albums in the Eighties – notably 1982′s “Atomic Dog”-featuring Computer Games – the keyboardist was recruited to join another emerging act at this time: Talking Heads.

“The Talking Heads wanted to funk,” Worrell told New Times in 2014. “I found out after I joined them that David (Byrne) and Chris Frantz used to sneak into P-Funk concerts when they were students at the art school in Providence. I didn’t know that, they must have been the only white kids there. The other similarity is the way they work in the studio and the freedom that I had. When I first got a call from the Talking Heads I didn’t know who they were. The Talking who? I’d heard of New Wave but I had to look it up.”

After releasing their landmark LP Remain in Light in 1980, Talking Heads were faced with translating the album’s complex, layered rhythms to the stage. To help them perform that album live, Worrell and King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew were added to strengthen the touring lineup. Worrell ended up remaining the band’s keyboardist and unofficial member for the next dozen years until their 1992 breakup.

Worrell contributed synthesizers to Talking Heads’ 1983 album Speaking in Tongues and featured prominently in the band’s 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. Although not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Talking Heads, the keyboardist was invited to join them onstage for their one-off reunion in 2002.

In addition to his work within Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads, Worrell released five solo albums, beginning with 1978′s heavily P-Funk-assisted All the Woo in the World, co-produced by Worrell and Clinton. In 1990, Worrell released his second solo LP Funk of Ages, an all-star affair that featured guests like Keith Richards, Talking Heads’ Byrne and Jerry Harrison, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Sly Dunbar, Herbie Hancock and many more.

Over the years, Worrell has also collaborated with Jack Bruce, B-52′s Fred Schneider, Mos Def, Les Claypool, Fela Kuti, Ginger Baker and many more. Worrell was also a part-time member of the Bill Laswell-led group Praxis, featuring Buckethead and drummer Bryan “Brain” Mantia.” Worrell also appeared in the documentary Moog and played Meryl Streep’s keyboardist in the 2015 film Ricki and the Flash, which reunited him with Stop Making Sense director Jonathan Demme.

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Led Zep Plaintiff Lawyer: ‘Case Was Tried in an Alternate Reality’

June 24th, 2016 · Guitar

Attorney Francis Malofiy, the lawyer for the plaintiff that brought a copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin, has responded to the verdict. On Thursday, a Los Angeles jury ruled in the legendary group’s favor, shooting down the allegation that the band had plagiarized the music to “Stairway to Heaven.” The suit was filed in 2014 on behalf of the estate of Spirit late guitarist Randy Wolfe who performed as Randy California, and asserted that the song borrowed from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus.” 

“For Led Zeppelin, they won on a technicality – they should be proud of that,” Malofiy tells Rolling Stone in an email. “For Plaintiff, the jury’s verdict is disappointing, but largely determined by one ruling of the court: Plaintiff was not permitted to play the album recording of Taurus, which Jimmy Page had in his record collection. This ruling, which limited Plaintiff to using the sheet music deposited in the Copyright Office, effectively tied our hands behind our back. Needless to say, we do not believe it is legally correct or logically sound.”

The jury was not legally allowed to hear the original recordings of “Stairway to Heaven” or “Taurus” when determining their verdict. What they heard in the courtroom instead was an expert perform both songs based on the original sheet music.

Malofiy asserts that the “very basic piece of sheet music” had not been seen by anyone involved in the case, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. “In essence, this case was tried in an alternate reality. The jury never heard the album recording of ‘Taurus’ that Jimmy Page heard and used to create ‘Stairway to Heaven,’” he says, adding that it “bore little relation to the reality of the claim.”

While the jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin, Malofiy says that the jury was on the plaintiff’s side for a seemingly crucial aspect during the trial. “The jury agreed very clearly with Plaintiff that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had access to ‘Taurus,’ and discounted their denials that they had never heard ‘Taurus’ before,” Malofiy says. “For Led Zeppelin the case was about their legacy and reputation; for Randy California it was about credit. In this regard, neither party won.”

“Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant,” Malofiy says. “Here, there was injustice.”

Read the full statement below.

Justice is about the search for the truth; it escaped us. 

For Led Zeppelin, they won on a technicality—they should be proud of that.

For Plaintiff the jury’s verdict is disappointing, but largely determined by one ruling of the court: Plaintiff was not permitted to play the album recording of Taurus, which Jimmy Page had in his record collection. This ruling, which limited Plaintiff to using the sheet music deposited in the Copyright Office, effectively tied our hands behind our back. Needless to say, we do not believe it is legally correct or logically sound.

In essence, this case was tried in an alternate reality. The jury never heard the album recording of Taurus that Jimmy Page heard and used to create Stairway to Heaven. Instead it heard a very basic piece of sheet music that no one, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, had ever seen. It was an artificial comparison that bore little relation to the reality of the claim.

It is important to realize, however, that the jury agreed very clearly with Plaintiff that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had access to Taurus, and discounted their denials that they had never heard Taurus before. For Led Zeppelin the case was about their legacy and reputation; for Randy California it was about credit. In this regard, neither party won.

Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.

Here there was injustice.

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Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Future Head to Strip Club for ‘Magic City Monday’

June 24th, 2016 · Guitar

Jeezy has released new song, “Magic City Monday.” Named after the famous Atlanta strip club and presumably one of the good days of the week to visit, it’s fitting the rapper teamed up with fellow ATL stars 2 Chainz and Future for the D. Rich-produced track.

On the song, Jeezy steps up first and reminds listeners that “hustlin’ is the game.” Then 2 Chainz takes the reins mid-song, where he pulls up to the club and he “got the money on the floor.” Future rounds out the set with his rapid-fire verse, where he’s living it up in foreign cars.

Jeezy took to Instagram to tease the song a couple days prior, with a snap that had him and his friends making it rain, befitting the song’s theme.

A photo posted by @jeezy on Jun 21, 2016 at 7:31am PDT

Jeezy dropped his latest album, Church in these Streets, in November. Just before he unveiled his new LP, he released “Where I’m From.” Last fall, Jeezy also featured on 2 Chainz’s “BFF.”

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Bluegrass Great Ralph Stanley Dead at 89

June 24th, 2016 · Guitar

Ralph Stanley, a pioneer of bluegrass and Appalachian music, died today, June 23rd, following a battle with skin cancer. He was 89.

His grandson Nathan Stanley, who had been touring with the banjo legend in recent years, confirmed the news on Facebook. “My heart is broken into pieces. My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago,” he wrote, adding, “My Papaw was loved by millions of fans from all around the world, and he loved all of you. If he was singing and on stage, he was happy.”

Born on February 25th, 1927, in Stratton, Virginia, Ralph Edmund Stanley teamed up with his guitar-playing sibling Carter in 1946 and began incorporating the folk traditions of the region and Carter Family-style harmonies into their duo the Stanley Brothers and their backing band the Clinch Mountain Boys. Initially the Stanley Brothers performed live on radio stations in Virginia and sang Bill Monroe’s songs, but began writing and arranging their own material and recorded sessions for Columbia, Mercury and King Records that established them as key figures in the early growth of traditional bluegrass music. Their 1951 recording of the traditional song “Man of Constant Sorrow” has been adapted and re-adapted numerous times in the following years and they found favor with the folk movement of the Sixties. Sadly, Carter died in 1966 at 41 years old, and Ralph was forced to carry on as a solo artist. 

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys remained a popular fixture at bluegrass festivals for another 50 years, and the band was an incubator for country and bluegrass talent with members including — at various points — Larry Sparks, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs.

In 1976, Stanley was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee — hence his usual “Dr.” prefix. He also performed at the inaugurations of presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and was given a National Medal of Arts and a Living Legends medal from the Library of Congress. Amazingly, he didn’t join the Grand Ole Opry until 2000.

That same year, his music found an entirely new audience when he performed on the hit soundtrack for the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou. That multi-million selection included an updated version of “Man of Constant Sorrow” (performed by Union Station’s Dan Tyminski) and Stanley’s a capella rendition of “O Death.” The latter won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2002, beating out Tim McGraw, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. The soundtrack proved to be an influential touchstone for the growth and rise of Americana music, which is steadily growing in profile and popularity. Stanley also appeared on the Lawless soundtrack in 2012, singing a bluegrass version of the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat.” 

In spite of the advances of age and poor health, Stanley continued touring into his 80s, backed by family members like his son Ralph Stanley II and grandson Nathan. He is survived by his wife Jimmie, three children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Luke Bell Details Summer 2016 Tour Dates

June 24th, 2016 · Guitar

Young traditionalist Luke Bell has announced a series of summer tour dates that will support his recent self-titled debut album. The trek will get underway with a July 9th show in Bell’s home state of Wyoming and largely keep him out west (including several dates with Hayes Carll) until AmericanaFest hits Nashville in September.

Released on June 17th, Luke Bell showcases the singer-songwriter’s affinity for dusty honky-tonk tunes and the western-influenced ballads. The album was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) and its first single “Where Ya Been” premiered on Beats 1 radio.

A former ranch hand who knows a thing or two about being a cowboy, Bell says he has diverse taste but focuses on country music because it’s all about simplicity.

“I grew up on all kinds of music, just like everybody else. I loved Nirvana,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “I loved punk rock. But I’m very drawn to the simplicity and timelessness of honky-tonk music. A lot of different music is about examining the human condition, but with honky-tonk, you get to have a sense of humor in the delivery. You can laugh at yourself.”

Here are Luke Bell’s tour dates:
July 9 – Meeteetse, WY @ Pitch Fork Ranch
July 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (with Hayes Carll)
July 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (with Hayes Carll)
July 30 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge (with Hayes Carll)
Aug. 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room (with Hayes Carll)
Aug. 3 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (with Hayes Carll)
Aug. 11 – Kansas City, MO @ KC Live! (with Dwight Yoakam)
Aug. 12 – Sandpoint, ID @ Memorial Field
Aug. 26 – Davenport, IA @ LeClaire Park
Sept. 20-25 – Nashville, TN @ AmericanaFest

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