You don’t mess with a country outlaw… especially when he’s packing. Related: Flashback: Watch a Johnny Cash Christmas Clip From 1978 On December 19, 1985 — almost 30 years to the date after the release of “Folsom Prison Blues,” during which Johnny Cash’s character shoots a man in Reno just to watch him die —songwriter Johnny Paycheck shot a man in Hillsboro, Ohio. Paycheck’s reasoning was a bit more complicated, though, involving claims of self-defense, accusations of being called a “hick” and, in what sounds like a line from a country song, an offer to eat some homemade turtle soup. It was 29 years ago today that Paycheck walked into the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio. The bar was less than 20 miles from his hometown of Greenfield, and the country singer was planning on heading back home to his childhood stomping grounds to visit his mother for the holidays.
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Nobody expected the Decemberists, the theatrically-minded indie-folk band from Portland, Oregon, to ever hit Number One on the Billboard album chart. So what did they do after their sixth LP, 2011’s The King Is Dead , made it all the way to the top? They took four years to release its follow-up, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (due January 20th). Not that they sat around drinking artisanal lattes: Although lead singer Colin Meloy has yet to get his stage musical off the ground, he did publish a trilogy of YA fantasy novels: Wildwood (which hit the New York Times bestseller lists), Under Wildwood and Wildwood Imperium , all illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis. “There are a lot of people who know me just for the books, which is strange to me, and then discover the band later,” Meloy told us on the phone from his home in Oregon.
One week after wrapping up a string of shared shows in the Southwest, Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams teamed up again last night, when both songwriters hit the stage during an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live . Lewis was the show’s musical guest, in her last gig of a busy year spent creating, releasing and promoting her third solo album, The Voyager . She brought along Adams for the ride, adding her producer — who recorded the bulk of The Voyager in his own PAX-AM Studio — to a large, all-star backup band that also featured several other solo artists, including guitarist Megan McCormick, keyboardist Natalie Prass and harmony vocalist Z Berg. Jenny Lewis Talks New LP, Country Influences Together, the group played “She’s Not Me” — which Adams covered with his own band on December 11th, during a California concert that doubled as his final co-headlining show with Jenny Lewis — and “Just One of the Guys.” It wasn’t the pair’s first time performing each other’s songs. Earlier this month, Adams joined Lewis onstage during a show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, guesting on “Just One of the Guys” and “Head Underwater.” Lewis returned the favor during Adams’ set later that night, singing Emmylou Harris’ part in “Oh My Sweet Carolina” and Kim Richey’s harmony vocals in “Come Pick Me Up.” Lewis and Adams were virtually strangers until the PAX-AM recording sessions, which were originally scheduled for a single day. Earlier this year, Lewis talked with Rolling Stone Country about her experience working with the songwriter/producer. ” I just went into [Pax-Am Studio] to record one tune, ‘She’s Not Me,’ which was a song I’d been working on in this Keith Richards-ish open tuning,” she said
Trace Adkins is set to appear in Roadrunner , an upcoming movie about car racing that’s being compared to the classic Burt Reynolds film, Smokey and the Bandit . Clint Eastwood’s 28-year-old son, Scott, is the only other publicly known cast member at this point, and a release date has yet to be set. Best Country Songs for the Silver Screen Adkins, who has also appeared on the big screen in such films as The Lincoln Lawyer , An American Carol and Trailer Park of Terror , admits he’s sometimes reluctant to talk about his acting roles. But the country singer, who is currently in the studio recording a new album, admits even a box office flop is good for the soul. “I’ve done some [films] that have been pretty bad, but some have been good ones,” the candid performer tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SiriusXM has announced a stacked New Year’s lineup with live concerts by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, Diplo and others to air throughout the night and into the following day on multiple channels. 50 Best Songs of 2014 Nelson’s headlining set at the Moody Theater in Austin, as part of Austin City Limits Live, will air on the country legend’s own Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 59, while Diplo and Skrillex’s co-headlining gig at Madison Square Garden will play on BPM, channel 51. On New Year’s Day, the Bridge, channel 32, will broadcast Elton John’s performance from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, and the Pulse, channel 15, will feature sets from a number of performers – including Meghan Trainor, Train and Matt Nathanson – playing the “Live in the Vineyard Concert.” Other live New Year’s Eve highlights include Phil Lesh at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York (Grateful Dead, channel 23), Southside Johnny at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey (E Street Radio, channel 20), Erasure at Terminal 5 in New York (First Wave, channel 33) and Widespread Panic at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina (Jam_ON, channel 29). Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren will spin back-to-back sets on Electric Area, channel 52, with the former broadcasting first from Pier 36 in New York, and the latter following live from White Wonderland in Anaheim, California. Along with these live sets, SiriusXM will also replay a number of concerts that aired throughout 2014, including the Black Keys’ private concert for SiriusXM listeners at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge (The Spectrum, channel 28); the Allman Brothers’ last concert at the Beacon Theatre (Classic Vinyl, channel 26); the Foo Fighters’ recent gig at Irving Plaza in New York (Alt Nation, channel 36); and Young Jeezy at the Echostage in Washington, D.C.
George Harrison, the Bee Gees and Buddy Guy are among a number of artists who will be receiving a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during the festivities surrounding next year’s Grammy Awards. Beck, Beyonce Nominated for Grammy Album of the Year The Recording Academy will also honor country duo the Louvin Brothers, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, composer Pierre Boulez and Tejano music accordionist Flaco Jiménez. Along with the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Grammys will also hand out Trustees Awards, which recognize contributions to music in areas other than performance. This year’s recipients are producer Richard Perry, husband-and-wife songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and jazz impresario George Wein
Last night at New York venue Le Poisson Rouge, Elliott Wilson hosted the latest edition of CRWN, a rap version of Inside the Actors Studio , with Nicki Minaj as his guest. The conversation was pegged to the release of The Pinkprint , her latest LP, but the night quickly became a celebration of the local star’s entire catalog, with fans rapping back verses – even obscure freestyles – at every segue. In between, Minaj spoke candidly about the state of Young Money, her position in the game and the making of the album. Here are five things we learned. 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014 1.
Carlos Santana has offered his support to protesters who have taken to the streets in America to stand up against alleged police brutality.
Its nominees were unexpected, but its winners were told in advance. Audience members were encouraged to drink and tweet from the on-set “Twitter bar.” And the hosts didn’t crack any Taylor Swift jokes…. In a musical genre of awards show after yet another awards show, the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards certainly made a unique mark. Jason Aldean Follows Taylor Swift’s Spotify Lead Luke Bryan and show hosts Florida Georgia Line were the night’s top winners, taking home three bronzed microphone trophies each — two of them shared, for their double platinum-selling “This Is How We Roll” collaboration. (See a full list of winners below.) Bryan, who performed “Roller Coaster” alongside one of its songwriters, Breakthrough Artist nominee Cole Swindell, was the first victor on the live broadcast, taking home Male Vocalist of the Year and using his mic time to acknowledge the show’s namesake radio program and its convivial host
With 9 , Damien Rice scored his first Number One in his home country, topping the Irish album chart in the fall of 2006. The singer-songwriter followed with a world tour and a pair of live albums but put off returning to the studio in order to spend some time in self-reflection. “When I was a teenager, I thought I’d know more when I was a man,” he says. “But now that I’m a man, I’m working on unlearning most of the things I learned as a teenager.” 50 Best Albums of 2014 Two years ago, Rice and producer Rick Rubin began recording the tracks that would form My Favourite Faded Fantasy , a raw return that document the musician’s long period of soul-searching
The Endless River might mark “the end” of Pink Floyd, but that doesn’t mean David Gilmour will cease performing the band’s music. The guitarist made a rare appearance Saturday night at a Bombay Bicycle Club concert at London’s Earls Court, first playing lap steel guitar on that band’s “Rinse Me Down” before performing the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” live for the first time in over two years, NME reports. Pink Floyd Say Goodbye “This man gave me my first guitar and was one of the first people to play this venue and by my count has played here more than 27 times,” Bombay Bicycle Club guitarist Jamie MacColl told the crowd. The Bombay Bicycle Club’s gig at Earls Court was to be the last concert ever at the legendary venue before its planned demolition and redevelopment, so it was natural for the Pink Floyd guitarist to be on hand for Earls Court’s curtain call.
One day after D’Angelo revealed he and his band the Vanguard would release his new album Black Messiah – his first LP in 14 years – in the near future, the idea of the neo-soul singer putting out music again still seemed difficult to fathom. However, with a Black Messiah listening party scheduled for Sunday night, D’Angelo has provided proof that his new studio album is on the horizon: A new single called “Sugah Daddy,” which the singer provided to Red Bull’s 20Before15 series. “He is about to take a radical 180 turn with this record,” Questlove told Rolling Stone of D’Angelo’s new album in June 2012. “It’s going to throw people off the same way that Prince’s Dirty Mind threw his R&B fanbase off. In the past few years, he’s discovered Bowie and Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Pet Sounds , Captain Beefheart and Zappa.” Despite the influx of new influences, D’Angelo fans will be happy to know that he still makes music that is uniquely D’Angelo’s: The brassy, funky “Sugah Daddy,” which fully employs the singer’s trademark falsetto, would slide comfortably on the back half of his neo-soul classic Voodoo .