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The Who Add Joan Jett, More Dates to Extensive 2015 Tour

The Who have added some soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame firepower to join them on the road when the Tommy rockers bring their Who Hits 50! Tour to North America next year: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Rock Hall Class of 2015 inductees, will serve as opening act on both North American legs of the Who’s jaunt. The Who also added a slate of new dates to their extensive trek. Joan Jett on Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I’m Flabbergasted’ “Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment,” Roger Daltrey said in a statement. “I love her.”  “We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time,” Pete Townshend added

Hear Old Crow Medicine Show’s Rollicking Bob Wills Tribute

On March 3rd, Asleep at the Wheel will release their third tribute to Bob Wills, the revered “King of Western Swing.” But they aren’t going it alone: The big band and its leader Ray Benson recruited a crop of guest stars, from veterans Willie Nelson and George Strait to contemporary Americana acts the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show to cover Wills classics. Today, Rolling Stone Country premieres Old Crow’s contribution to Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys , the rollicking “Tiger Rag.” Inside the Bluegrass Civil War “It’s a helluva cut,” says Benson, seated on his bus last night in Nashville, where the Austin-based Wheel was performing. “Every 10 years there is a group of youngsters who are exactly what I was when I was young and saying, ‘What kind of music do I want to play?’ I wanted to play roots music.” Benson approached Old Crow Medicine Show after a performance in Austin and eventually asked them to participate in Still the King , co-produced by Benson’s son, Sam Seifert. Old Crow’s Ketch Secor suggested the little-known “Tiger Rag,” from Wills’ time with the Light Crust Dough Boys band

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Lead Big Barrel Country Festival

Much like Stagecoach following Coachella at the same California venue, the East Coast is getting a huge country music festival that will act as a cousin to an annual rock extravaganza. Organizers of the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware — this year headlined by Foo Fighters, Outkast and Jack Johnson — have announced the 2015 Big Barrel Country Music Festival. It will take place at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 26—28, the weekend after Firefly. 25 Best Country Songs of 2014 While the 2015 Firefly lineup is still under lock and key, the Big Barrel headliners were announced today: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood. More than 40 other big Nashville names are also on the bill, including Gary Allan, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Jake Owen.

Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan Are 2014 Country Chart Champs

It was, by all accounts, a very good year to be Eric Church, Jason Aldean or Luke Bryan. But which of them was the year’s top country artist overall? It depends on which year-end chart statistics you consult. 40 Best Country Albums of 2014 Church, whose The Outsiders garnered four Grammy nominations, had the best-selling album of 2014, according to year-to-date Nielsen Soundscan figures, and the LP was Billboard ‘s Number Four country album of the year (on a chart that’s topped by three 2013 releases).

Gator Quartet Tabbed AVCA All-Americans

AVCA First Team All-American Alex Holston led the way for Florida volleyball’s four 2014 All-America honorees, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association Wednesday in advance of the 2014 Final Four in Oklahoma City this week.

5 Things We Learned at Nicki Minaj’s Revealing CRWN Q&A

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.

Hear Joe Pug’s Cathartic ‘If Still It Can’t Be Found,’ Featuring Wilco’s Pat Sansone

Once in a while, you have to be a little out of tune to find your way. This was the case for folk troubadour Joe Pug, anyway, as he toiled away in a quest to create the songs that would comprise his upcoming LP, Windfall — and, in particular, the wistfully-strummed ballad “If Still It Can’t Be Found,” premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country . Joe Pug Brings New Tunes to SXSW “I had been in a bit of a songwriting rut, just sitting in my house with the guitar in my hands playing the same chords over and over,” Pug says. “To wake myself up, I went out and got one of those ‘free-if-you-move-it’ Craigslist pianos

McElwain Announces Collins as Defensive Coordinator

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Modest Mouse Unveil Frantic, Stomping ‘Lampshades on Fire’

Modest Mouse have released the frantic, bounding “Lampshades on Fire,” the first taste of their upcoming new album, Strangers to Ourselves . The band enlisted numerous fans to help announce the album, sending them a double-A side 7-inch of the LP’s first single, one of which spins on a turntable in the video accompanying the song’s official release. 100 Best Songs of the 2000s A stomping, up-tempo number, “Lampshades on Fire” boasts a relentless, clattering drum beat and finds frontman Isaac Brock unleashing a torrent of tightly-wound lyrics over a simple buoyant keyboard riff and striking, but funky, guitar work. The song has been a part of Modest Mouse’s live sets since 2011.  “Lampshades on Fire” will be made available as an instant download to those who pre-order Strangers to Ourselves on iTunes or Amazon

‘Nashville’ Stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen Do Broadway in ABC Special

Nashville  stars Clare Bowen (Scarlett) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar) are leaving Music City for the bright lights of Broadway — temporarily. The pair will sing the title song from the Disney film-turned Broadway hit  Beauty and the Beast  during an ABC behind-the-scenes special about the eight musicals Disney has taken to the Great White Way. (Watch the performance above.) ‘Nashville’ Wraps Fall Season With Wedding Bells The producers of Backstage With Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years told the singers appearing on the special that they were looking for performers who could offer unexpected interpretations of the familiar tunes. Bowen says she rearranged a few things to come up with the stripped-down version of the song she and Palladio performed.

Shane Sparks Named MM of NRG Rhinelander/Minoqua, WI Cluster

Shane Sparks , NRG Media Ft. Akinson, WI cluster DOS has been named Market Manager fo NRG’s Northwoods, WI (Rhinelander-Minoqua) cluster.   Chuck Ducoty, COO said, ” Shane Sparks is our ideal candidate for this position, offering both range and depth of experience in radio .  Sparks understands all facets of the buseinss with a successful track record in operations, sales managerment and on-air work, as a successful play-by-play annoucner and sports show host.” “I feel ready to take the next step.

Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Ringo Starr Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Class

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all join the class of 2015. Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence and 1950s R&B group the “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, 1986 – 2014 The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18th, 2015. Once again, the general public will be allowed to attend. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

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