When the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction last week, four names with roots in country music were among those included. Vince Gill and Toby Keith were nominated as performing songwriters, while tunesmiths Bobby Braddock and Bob McDill were nominated under the nonperforming distinction. Toby Keith Is Country’s Highest Paid Star Gill writes and performs regularly, both as a solo artist and with Western swing group the Time Jumpers. In addition to the band’s usual Monday night showcases in Nashville, the group is currently in the midst of a U.S
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Alt-rock icons R.E.M. formed in 1980; a year later, MTV made its inaugural broadcast and soon began reporting on the Athens, Georgia-based group’s career. Now, a new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. by MTV , compiles decades of footage that the network had stored in its vaults to tell the group’s story.
Dave Grohl was actually a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for a short time, drumming with the band in November 1994, after Nirvana had ended with Kurt Cobain’s death but before he got the Foo Fighters off the ground. He appeared with them on Saturday Night Live , performing “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “Honey Bee,” but declined an invitation to join the band as a permanent member. Flashback: Tom Petty’s Last Dance With Drummer Stan Lynch Seventeen years later, however, Grohl had a chance to pay tribute to Petty (who turned 64 on October 20). At a 2011 gig in Council Bluffs, Iowa, opening act Motörhead didn’t make it to the show, so the Foos played for almost three-and-a-half hours, doing 29 songs, including covers of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out,” Mose Allison’s “Young Man Blues,” Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades” and Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Breakdown.” The front-row fan video in this clip also captures Grohl introducing the band and goofing around on Van Halen – skip ahead to 1:50 if you just want to hear the song
“I’m really into pink right now, which is weird because I did pink back in the day with my hair. Each time I’m cocooned, each time I transform into a new chapter, I do pink,” Gwen Stefani said recently during a New York Fashion Week interview. After breaking out of her solo career’s eight-year hibernation with her synth-driven new single “Baby Don’t Lie,” Stefani has shared that track’s colorful music video. A play on The Wizard of Oz , the video stars a wildly polygonal yellow brick road, an army of dancers and mountains of reoccurring Stefani patterns like bold black-and-white stripes, houndstooth and plenty of pink. 15 Musicians Who Run Business Empires In the eye-popping video, Stefani and her dancers are shown with bright pink Beats by Dre headphones around her neck while using the Beats Music app, which makes sense given that Instagram photo of her and Dr
Legendary entertainer Reba McEntire makes history yet again, becoming the first artist to sign with the newly formed NASH Icon Music label. A joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media, the label’s first signing was revealed Tuesday morning on Blair Garner’s syndicated radio show. Watch Reba McEntire ‘Pray for Peace’ McEntire has already cut 11 tracks for the new project, working with producers Tony Brown and James Stroud. She told Garner, “I’ve got three more to record…. I’m always trying to beat out what I have already, so we just keep looking.” Debuting on the charts in 1976, McEntire scored her first Top Ten hit with 1980’s “(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven,” and her first chart-topper, “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” two years later
When Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded their last record, 2011’s I’m With You , it was a different experience for the group. “We had a new guitar player [Josh Klinghoffer] and it was a real feeling-out process with each other,” Flea tells Rolling Stone . “We didn’t want to play gigs with him until we’d made a new record. This time, it feels a lot better than the last one.” 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now Now that the band has spent some time on the road with Klinghoffer, the bassist says they’ve been able to “establish a new language” within the group.