Actress and musician Rita Wilson will release her self-titled second LP early in 2016 and is taking the new music on the road. The singer-songwriter co-wrote all the tunes on her follow-up to 2012’s AM/FM , teaming with some of Nashville’s top tunesmiths for the project, including Matraca Berg, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, the Warren Brothers and Kristian Bush. Producers on the new LP include Nathan Chapman, Richard Marx, John Shanks and Babyface. Americana Awards 2015: Our Best Backstage Photos Wilson’s tour will kick off in March, stopping in more than 20 cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Chicago and Nashville. Before hitting the road, Wilson will settle in for a residency at New York’s Café Carlyle, from February 23rd to March 5th. Pre-sale ticket information is available on her website . Born in Hollywood, Wilson, who is married to Oscar winner Tom Hanks, is recognized for her numerous onscreen roles in films ( Sleepless in Seattle , It’s Complicated ) and TV ( The Good Wife , Girls ), as well as in live theater. A friendship with famed songwriter — and former American Idol judge — Kara DioGuardi was the encouragement she needed to try her hand at co-writing, in spite of what she says made for some initially awkward encounters. “It was really nerve-racking, because you go in, meet complete strangers and expose yourself,” Wilson tells Rolling Stone Country of her earliest efforts. “You leave there after you’ve had musical intercourse, and you’re left with a beautiful song baby. [ Laughs ] You have to be open to everything and let it all hang out without any sort of protection
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Although Lady Antebellum have said they’re ready to take a mini-hiatus, the Grammy-winning trio hasn’t exactly been slowing down. They recently scored their first-ever Number One single on Billboard’s Club chart, a collaboration with electronic-music star Audien. (Watch the song’s interstellar music video below.) See Charles Kelley, Maren Morris Preview New Music Titled “Something Better,” the soaring dance anthem mixes the electronic flourishes of EDM with the sky-high harmonies of Lady A’s Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood. But at its core, it’s a duet, which was Audien’s intention all along. “I had this idea of doing a duet with dance music, which no one has really touched on yet,” says the 23-year-old production wiz, who says he grew up on the songs of Lady Antebellum and knew the group would be the perfect choice to fulfill his vision. The band, however, had some initial hesitation about veering into a foreign genre. “When we got asked to be a part of it, at first it was like, ‘Aw, man, I don’t know.’ Because we always want to be a little protective of what we do and make sure it didn’t look like we had lost our mind and all of a sudden thought we were going to do dance music,” says Kelley. “But the minute we heard the song, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ We felt excited and honored to be asked.
Black Sabbath has extended its last tour, aptly dubbed “The End.” The North American run now extends into mid-September. More news: Black Sabbath , Coheed and Cambria
“There was a spirit and reverence they brought to it,” Derek Trucks said in a recent interview, marking the one-year anniversary of his final performance with the Allman Brothers Band , at New York’s Beacon Theater on October 28th , 2014. “I hoped it would be that way,” the guitarist went on, “but I didn’t know how it would turn out. People have a tendency — you let your ego get in the way of the big moments,” he adds, laughing. Warren Haynes Talks Life After Allman Brothers “That night everybody got out of the way,” Trucks said, with gratitude and pride evident even over the phone from his home in Jacksonville, Florida. The group’s suriving original members — singer-organist Gregg Allman, drummer Jaimoe and Derek’s uncle, drummer Butch Trucks — “were all thinking about those first days in Jacksonville when they formed the band. I could see my uncle between sets — you could see the wheels turning. It was all in the right spirit.
Taylor Swift celebrated the one-year anniversary of her blockbuster pop album, 1989 , with an acoustic performance of “Out of the Woods,” recorded last month at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. Taylor Swift Talks ‘Bad Blood,’ Kanye West, Managing Mythos Swift introduced the song by saying it chronicled a relationship dominated by anxiety: “I think a lot of relationships can be solid, and that’s what you hope for — solid and healthy — but that’s not always what you get,” she said. “And it doesn’t mean that it’s not special and extraordinary just to have a relationship that’s fragile and somehow meaningful in that fragility.” Though “Out of the Woods” — co-written with Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff — thrives as an outsized synth-pop anthem, Swift’s stripped-down rendition was an apt compliment to her description. With her vocals driving the performance, Swift kept her piano playing simple, staggered and sparse, letting that fragility shine during the bridge when each chord rang out beneath her quickening lyrics. Since the release of 1989 , Swift has spent much of the past year touring behind the record. While a slate of international dates loom this winter, she will finally wrap up her extensive North American leg on Saturday, October 31st, in Tampa, Florida. Related The Billion View Club: YouTube’s 10 Most Watched Videos See Ryan Adams, Taylor Swift Discuss ‘1989,’ Songwriting Watch Martin O’Malley Sing Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’