Ralph Stanley is in the hospital this week, recovering from a fractured pelvis sustained in a fall on September 26th. The 88-year-old bluegrass legend is expected to make a full recovery, although the injury has already forced him to cancel a pair of upcoming shows, including an appearance at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Hear All-Star Bluegrass Trio’s Debut Song With Ralph Stanley Rumors that Stanley broke his hip were dispelled by a Wednesday afternoon post on Stanley’s Facebook page , which identified the injury as a small pelvic fracture. He’s expected to return to the concert circuit soon, with an October 18th show at Austin’s Paramount Theatre serving as his first gig since the fall. The oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, Stanley is one of bluegrass music’s architects, as well as a member of pioneering groups the Clinch Mountain Boys and the Stanley Brothers. Related Inside the Bluegrass Civil War Earls of Leicester Win Big at Bluegrass Awards Ralph Stanley on His All-Star Album With Robert Plant
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Austin City Limits will help bring the 2015 festival season to a close this weekend with a packed lineup featuring the Strokes, the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels and many more. For those who can’t make it to Austin, ACL and Red Bull TV have teamed up for a livestream that will broadcast a number of high-profile sets from today through Sunday, October 4th. (Respective Friday and Saturday headliners Foo Fighters and Drake will not appear on the livestream.) The livestream kicks off today at 2 p.m. CT. Atmospheric L.A. quartet Talk in Tongues and Austin country vets Asleep at the Wheel will be the first groups to appear on the broadcast, starting at 3:15 p.m. Turning up on the stream throughout the weekend are a number of big acts including fun.’s Nate Ruess (Friday at 5 p.m.), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday at 9:15 p.m.), Run the Jewels (Friday at 10:15 p.m.), Father John Misty (Saturday at 5 p.m.), Deadmau5 (Saturday at 9:20 p.m.), A$AP Rocky (Saturday at 9:30 p.m.), the Weeknd (Sunday at 9:3o p.m.), the Strokes (Sunday at 9:45 p.m.) and Dwight Yoakam (Sunday at 10:30 p.m.). Foo Fighters, Drake, the Strokes to Headline ACL Fest In addition to the performances, the livestream’s three channels will also feature interviews with performers, behind-the-scenes access and other highlights from the festival. See here for a full broadcast schedule
Patty Griffin’s Servant of Love is out just in time for fall, but its most poignant track looks ahead to winter, holding onto a perfect day when snow melts from the trees. That’s “Made of the Sun,” and it awaits halfway through an album that’s equal parts haunted (“Everything’s Changed”), political (“Good and Gone” is inspired by a 2014 police shooting) and even aggressive (“Gunpowder”). The album follows Silver Bell , which Griffin had recorded in 2000 but remained unreleased until 2013. Rolling Stone Country catches up with the legendary singer-songwriter about making the new LP, overcoming the old one and why she stopped listening to mainstream country music. Robert Plant Joins Patty Griffin Onstage for Benefit Show One of the most thought provoking — and left-of-center — songs on the album is “Good and Gone.” What compelled you to write that? That was inspired by the shooting of John Crawford in a Walmart in Ohio. I was thinking about the young man who made the phone call. [ John Crawford III was an African-American man who was shot by a police officer while holding an unloaded pellet gun he’d picked up from a Walmart shelf
Last month, rising English singer-songwriter James Bay accepted the award for Breakthrough Musician at GQ ‘s Men of the Year event, after a glowing introduction from guitar legend Ronnie Wood. The two musicians built on that camaraderie during Bay’s September 30th show at London’s Brixton Academy – the first of three sold-out gigs – with Wood delivering a scorching guitar solo on a cover of the Faces’ “(You Know) I’m Losing You.” James Bay: See the English Folk-Rock Sensation Conquer NYC “It’s been a mad few weeks,” Bay tells Rolling Stone . “Back at the beginning of September, Ronnie presented me with an award (insane moment!) So I was lucky enough to meet and get to hang with him (and Keith [Richards]!) that night. Later on, Ronnie and I got talking, and he’d asked what I was up to, etc. I’d been telling everyone how excited I was about my three nights coming up at Brixton Academy. Next thing I know, all caught up in the moment, the question just jumped out, ‘Would you be up for joining me onstage?’ He said he’d totally be up for it.
Like most Steelers fans, Snoop Dogg has been known to launch into an impassioned rant about the team from time to time (also like most Steelers fans, he’s not from Pittsburgh). And after last night’s loss to the hated Baltimore Ravens, the Doggfather uncorked some vintage vitriol – then poured it all over the head of kicker Josh Scobee. ‘WWE Raw’: Sting, Snoop Dogg and Hulk Hogan Take Us Home Here’s a quick backstory: With their kickers dropping like flies, the Steelers acquired Scobee in a trade at the end of August, hoping his veteran magic would help fill the void. Heinz Field is known as one of the most difficult stadiums to kick in, but Scobee – a 12-year vet and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ all-time leading scorer – seemed fit for the task. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, he hasn’t been. Scobee missed two kicks in Pittsburgh’s season-opening loss to New England ( the first Steeler to do so since 1970 ), and did the same thing on Thursday night, pushing a pair of kicks wide left, and essentially forcing coach Mike Tomlin to have to gamble on a couple of late fourth-down conversions. To make matters worse, the Steelers lost in overtime, with Baltimore’s Justin Tucker hitting a 52-yard field goal for the victory. And Snoop had seen enough, taking to Instagram to vent his frustrations over Scobee, who he hopes is taking the first flight out of Pittsburgh this morning.
Sam Smith became 2014’s pop breakout with his soulful debut LP, In the Lonely Hour . Now the “Stay With Me” singer has announced a deluxe reissue of the album, The Drowning Shadows Edition , out November 6th via Capitol Records, DIY reports. (A representative for Smith confirmed the reissue to Rolling Stone .) The package is titled after a new song, “Drowning Shadows,” written by Smith and Fraser T. Smith. 22 Things We Learned Hanging Out With Sam Smith The album features several cover tracks, including Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know?” and Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game.” Guest vocalists appear on three previously released, reworked tracks: Mary J. Blige on “Stay With Me,” A$AP Rocky on “I’m Not the Only One,” and John Legend on “Lay Me Down.” Rounding out the tracklist are acoustic versions of “Latch” and “Omen,” two collaborations with electronic duo Disclosure, along with a live version of “Latch” recorded at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Last month, Smith and Disclosure visited the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and unleashed a simmering cover of Drake’s booty call jam “Hotline Bling.” The electronic duo – brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence – contributed “additional production” to Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” his theme for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre . The ballad finds Smith exploring his falsetto over elegant orchestrations, singing lines like, “If I risk it all/Could you break my heart?/How do I live?/How do I breathe?/When you’re not here, I’m suffocating.” “I tried to put myself in the shoes of Bond,” Smith told NPR of the song, which he wrote with “Stay With Me” collaborator Jimmy Napes in less than 30 minutes
Twenty years ago today, an already-buzzing English rock band named Oasis released their second studio album. Almost immediately, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? , a more pop-friendly effort than its predecessor , completely changed the band’s trajectory: The album became the third-best-selling LP in England’s history, topped only by the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Queen’s Greatest Hits , and made the band’s co-leaders and brothers Gallagher, singer Liam and guitarist-songwriter Noel, paparazzi-level famous. (That their bickering and in-fighting would grab most of the subsequent headlines foreshadowed the group’s eventual demise.) Paul McCartney to Oasis: ‘Get Together and Make Good Music’ Sure, you know that the album spawned a pair of hit singles Stateside with “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” but there’s plenty more to learn about this quintessential Britpop masterpiece. We’ve dug through the archives and uncovered 10 things you might not know about (What’s the Story) , from the young woman who inspired its hit single to Noel’s unorthodox songwriting method.
Rage Against the Machine bassist, former Audioslave member and Wakrat co-founder Tim Commerford has already sounded off on Limp Bizkit and other rap-rock bands that came in the wake of the group’s massive success. But in a wide-ranging talk with Rolling Stone , the opinionated musician opened up about the status of RATM, the band’s Hall of Fame chances and Zack de la Rocha’s latest musical endeavor. Rage Against the Machine Bassist Apologizes for Limp Bizkit At 47, the self-described “conspiracy theorist” still adheres to the “question everything” motto that defined so much of Rage Against the Machine’s ethos. “I can’t stop myself from finding information that makes me mad and writing about it,” Commerford says. It’s this mindset that informs the bassist’s non-traditional views, which include notions of staged moon landings and ISIS not really existing. “You don’t really want to get me started on this,” Commerford says about his conspiracy theorist leanings. We disagree. It’s been 15 years since Rage Against the Machine released their last album . Do you think rock music is in a better or worse spot now compared to 2000
Kanye West provides a hype hook on “Mula,” a new track from the Game set to appear on the Los Angeles rapper’s upcoming double album The Documentary 2 , which arrives October 9th. The Game Enlists Kanye, Dre, Drake for ‘Documentary 2’ LP Produced by West and Sevn Thomas, “Mula” is centered around a sample of Phantogram’s “Fall in Love,” and Sarah Barthel’s vocals waft ominously beneath hard trap percussion. Over that washed out melange, the Game spits a torrent of clever, vicious braggadocio, referencing NBA great Alonzo Mourning and Alonzo Harris — Denzel Washington’s character in Training Day — in the same breath, and later boasting about trading in his Jordan sneakers for fresh Yeezys (“No lie, J’s on / Take these motherfuckers off and throw some Ye’s on”). West, for his part, makes a quick Eazy-E-referencing cameo in the second verse, but otherwise handles vocal duties on the chorus. He periodically matches the sample of Barthel’s vocals, but delivers a punchy, straining hook that — in classic Yeezy form — finds him mulling the loneliness and luxury that comes with all that mula.
Her Sound: On the back of her rustic acoustic guitar playing and her immediately recognizable, sometimes-childlike-sometimes – antiquated vocals, Valerie June mixes rural blues, Southern soul, back porch country, old-time gospel and Appalachian folk into a sonic stew she cheekily calls “organic moonshine roots music.” “Being from Memphis, I truly love all of the different genres of music that were born and married there,” she tells Rolling Stone . “Blues, gospel, rockabilly, country, I love all of it.” Meet Nashville’s Hottest New Avant-Garde Rock Band But when June first started dishing out her bluesy concoction, audiences didn’t know what to do with the finished product, much less how to label it. “At first, they didn’t know what to call my music. So I knew I had to help people out,” she relates. “I wanted to call it something magical, and at the core of blues, gospel, folk, and rock & roll is roots music – so that’s what I ended up calling it.” Big Break: In 2009, June appeared in the MTV series $5 Cover , an episodic show chronicling the modern Memphis music scene from the mind of director Craig Brewer ( Hustle and Flow , Black Snake Moan ). June came by the gig pretty easily — “I used to serve Craig coffee every morning,” she reveals — and it certainly paid off for the struggling artist. “I acted on the show and I got to perform ‘No Draws Blues,’ my only blues song at the time, for a huge audience.
For many aspiring musicians plying their trade in bars and coffeehouses, learning cover songs is a necessity. But for singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, who’s been playing her own songs on stages around the world for the better part of three decades, paying tribute to those who have influenced her own writing is a genuine passion. 10 Country Albums We Loved in the 1970s You’ve Never Heard For the second time in her career, Colvin puts her stamp on a dozen tunes from writers like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Finn and Creedence Clearwater Revival on the acoustic Uncovered . The new LP, out now on Fantasy Records, arrives 21 years after the similarly-themed Cover Girl , which spotlighted her unique takes on songs by Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and the Police. Colvin, who will spend much of the next two months touring with the Eagles’ Don Henley, talks with Rolling Stone Country about the first songs that took her breath away, her ongoing battle with stage fright and the reason most of her covers come from male songwriters. Why was now the right time for you to do another album of covers? It was, in part, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cover Girl . Actually, more like 21st — but who’s counting? I’ve amassed a bunch of covers since then and I love to do them. I get a lot of joy out of covering other people’s songs and, at my best, I think I bring something a little new to a lot of them
“Jake Owen? Who is Jake Owen?” asks Chris Isaak, seated in a corner of Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel, sipping a bottle of water underneath an ornate cathedral ceiling that’s painted like a clouded sky. It’s early afternoon, and he’s just handed his trusty sidekick — a fluffy white Maltese terrier named Rodney — over to his manager, and has a few hours to go before he’s due to arrive at the evening’s festivities: the ACM Honors, hosted by Owen. 50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own “Is he a good country singer?” Isaak asks Rolling Stone Country . “He must be, because he’s hosting the show.” Later, the 59-year-old artist will change out of his dark slacks and polyester-looking Oxford into a dark suit to honor songwriting squad Felice and Boudleaux Bryant — a legendary team to some, a veritable “who?” to others. Isaak, of course, falls into the former category.