Country Music Legend Shares ‘Long Line of Heartaches’

None other than show business legend Dolly Parton once said that there were just three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Connie Smith. “The rest of us,” she said, “are only pretending.”  Connie Smith has just released “Long Line of Heartaches,” her first album of new songs since 1998, and only her second

Luke Bryan Sees Quick Success With ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’

Ten years ago, Luke Bryan moved to Nashville to pursue a career in Country music.  With the recent release of his third album, some critics believe Luke is destined to become the genre’s next big star. “Country Girl” was the first single from Luke Bryan’s new album, “Tailgates and Tanlines.”  The fastest-rising chart hit of

Star-Studded Tribute Honors Michael Jackson; Grand Ole Opry Celebrates 86th Birthday

Star-Studded Tribute Concert Honors Michael Jackson October 8, the late Michael Jackson will be honored at “Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert.”  The show will take place in Cardiff, Wales.  Academy Award-winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx will host the event.  Performers include Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Leona Lewis, Smokey Robinson, British boy band JLS,

During Trial Testimony Paramedics Say Michael Jackson Was Lifeless, Doctor ‘Frantic’

Paramedics, who rushed to Michael Jackson’s rented mansion the day the singer died, say they arrived within five minutes of being called but that Jackson seemed to have been dead for some time.  They also say his doctor, who was at the home, was “frantic.” The testimony came Friday in Los Angeles during the involuntary

Bucky, John Pizzarelli Share Mutual Love of Jazz on ‘Family Fugue’

Like father like son, or in the case of jazz guitarists Bucky and John Pizzarelli, like father and son. John Pizzarelli’s musical influences range from Nat “King” Cole to The Beatles, but his most enduring inspiration has been his father Bucky.  John once said, “His general love of music has made me appreciate everything I

R.E.M. Calls it Quits; Elton John Returns to Vegas

R.E.M. Calls it Quits R.E.M. announced on its website that the rock band is breaking up after 31 years.  Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills wrote, “To our fans and friends:  As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band.  We walk away with

Jazz Age Music Rocks Big Apple Club

It’s been nearly a century since the big band music of the Jazz Age was in full swing, but a nighttime visit to a nightclub in the Big Apple might have you fooled. On a recent Monday night at Sofia’s, a small nightclub in the Times Square theater district. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, resplendent

Jackson Estate Reports $310 Million in Earnings; FOX Premieres ‘X Factor’

Jackson Estate Earns $310 Million The Associated Press reports that Michael Jackson’s estate generated $310 million from the time of his death in June 2009 through December 2010.  Executors plan to distribute an initial $30 million to Jackson’s mother Katherine and his three children, Paris, Prince and Michael (a.k.a. Blanket).  Some of the money is

IBMA Announces 2011 Music Awards Nominations

The International Bluegrass Music Association [IBMA] has announced the nominees for its 22nd annual awards.  A relatively new band, the bluegrass “supergroup” The Boxcars, leads the pack this year with 10 nominations. “Jumpin’ The Track” earned The Boxcars one of its 10 International Bluegrass Music Award nominations. It’s up for “Recorded Instrumental Performance of The

Alligator Records Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th birthday Alligator Records!  The legendary blues label has marked the event with the release of “Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection.” If you ever want to start a blues label you should probably make yourself at home in Chicago, Illinois.  That’s what a young, impressionable college student named Bruce Iglauer did in 1971 after