Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock's Greatest Legends

In 1968, rock promoter Bill Graham launched the Fillmore East in New York City and the Fillmore West in San Francisco, changing music forever. For three years, every major rock band played the Fillmores, performing legendary shows: Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Allman Brothers, and many more. Author John Glatt tells the story of the Fillmores through the lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, and an all-star supporting cast. Joplin opened the Fillmore East and delivered some of her greatest performances there and at its San Francisco twin. Carlos Santana grew up as a performer at the Fillmore West after being discovered by Graham on audition night. Always unpredicatable, Grace Slick’s electrifying Jefferson Airplane was the de facto resident band at both Fillmores. Chronicling the East and West Coast cultures of the late ’60s and early '70s—New York City with its speed, heroin, and the Velvet Underground versus San Francisco with the LSD-drenched Summer of Love—Glatt reveals how Graham the made it all possible . . . that is, until August 1969 when Woodstock changed everything and musicians suddenly realized their power.

But why did Bill Graham shutter both Fillmores within weeks of each other in 1971, during the height of their popularity? Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock's Greatest Legends, reveals how Graham’s claim that “The flowers wilted and the scene changed,” was not quite the whole story.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought @RandyOwenMusic Home

Randy Owen is the face of Alabama, the biggest country music group of all time. For legions of country music fans, Randy Owen is a household name.

Alabama has had 42 #1 hit singles and has sold more than 73 million records worldwide. In 1999 they were named the “Country Group of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America and inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Alabama is one of the 20 best-selling music acts of all time-in the U.S. alone, they have sold more albums than Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan.

Randy’s music comes from his heart and his small town roots. He was raised in rural Alabama and grew up working on a small share-cropper farm and today lives on this same land that his family worked for generations. Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home, which is also the title of one of the group’s first #1 hits, a country music classic--will weave in the Alabama story, Randy’s own experiences with temptation in the face of superstar status, and how he held on to his traditional, Christian values over time. An inspirational story about how a poor country boy became a country music hero to millions of fans, the book will reveal never before shared material about Randy’s close relationship with his father, his troubled teen years, and how his down-home country roots kept him grounded. Each chapter begins with Randy’s lyrics to an Alabama song that sets up the stories of his life, instantly connecting readers with their favorite songs and the man behind the music.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Country artist @AmberHayesMusic has released her own version of the classic holiday track, “Merry Christmas, Darling.”

Country artist Amber Hayes has released her own version of the classic holiday track, “Merry Christmas Darling.”

“Merry Christmas, Darling” was originally recorded by The Carpenters in 1970 and was written by Richard Carpenter and Frank Pooler. The classic song tells a story about going through the holidays without your special someone and dreaming of spending the festive season with them, wherever they are. 

Hayes recruited Nashville-based producer Charlie Kelley for helping bring her version to life. Hayes’ sultry vocal accompanied by a classic Country sound sets the Christmas mood and allows the listener to feel the holiday spirit.

“’Merry Christmas, Darling’ has been one of those Christmas songs that I've enjoyed performing live throughout the years,” commented Hayes. “I'm a big fan of Karen Carpenter's voice and the song—it has always been a staple in my Christmas playlist! I hope that fans will enjoy my version and listen to it this upcoming holiday season.”

The song is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.

“Merry Christmas, Darling” follows the release of Hayes’ song, "Hero's Heart." Hayes released the track in honor of her uncle, Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014. Hayes was in attendance at the White House with her uncle when he was presented with the award, which is the United States of America’s highest military honor. In addition, she released a new EP, Running Out of Memories late last year.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Nashville Among Top 10 Worst Cities for Halloween

Worst Cities for Halloween

91    Houston, TX
92    Nashville, TN
93    Indianapolis, IN
94    Charlotte, NC
95    Baton Rouge, LA
96    Oakland, CA
97    Winston-Salem, NC
98    Detroit, MI
99    Memphis, TN
100    St. Petersburg, FL

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music - John Fogerty

The long-awaited memoir from John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of rock, and John Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced their instantly recognizable classics: "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Born on the Bayou," and more. Now he reveals how he brought CCR to number one in the world, eclipsing even the Beatles in 1969. By the next year, though, Creedence was falling apart; their amazing, enduring success exploded and faded in just a few short years.

Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, takes readers from Fogerty's Northern California roots, through Creedence's success and the retreat from music and public life, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.

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