Monday, January 31, 2011

KEM coming to Fox

Fox Concerts & AEG Live present

wiith speciiall guests Ell DeBarge & Lediisii
Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm
Live at The Fox Theatre!
$59.50, $49.50 & $39.50
Limit of 8 tickets per customer.
On-Sale Information:
Tickets on sale Friday, February 4 at 10 am!
Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,
MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111.
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Universal Motown Records Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-producer KEM has
confirmed headlining dates for his 2011 U.S. “Intimacy” tour, with special guests, El DeBarge
and Ledisi. The tour takes its name from the title of KEM’s critically acclaimed latest album,
Intimacy, and will stop at the Fox Theatre on March 5 at 8 p.m.
A galvanizing live performer, who commands the stage with his soulful vocal ability and
captivating stage presence, KEM promises to deliver a standout live experience not to be missed.
In addition to revisiting popular classics such as “Love Calls” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You,”
the Detroit native will also showcase new favorites from Intimacy, including the powerful lead
single “Why Would You Stay,” which is nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
and Best R&B Song at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, airing February 13 on CBS.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ronnie Dunn releases first solo single

Ronnie Dunn Releases “Bleed Red,” the First Single from His Debut Solo Album

Hear a Preview Snippet of the Powerful New Song Beginning Today at

Commercial Digital Single Releases February 8;
“Bleed Red” Available to Country Radio Beginning January 30!

NashvilleTN – From honky-tonk revelry to soaring ballads, Ronnie Dunn’s voice has become one of the most singularly acclaimed in country music. Dunn now builds on his 30-million-selling history in Brooks & Dunn with the release of “Bleed Red,” the stirring first single from Dunn’s upcoming solo debut album.

Produced by Dunn and penned by Tommy Lee James and Andrew Dorff, “Bleed Red” showcases Dunn’s compelling vocals in a powerful ballad that stands as a poignant reminder of the importance of forgiveness, healing, and redemption.

About the new single, Dunn remarked, “This song knocked me out from the first listen.  I genuinely felt the spirit of the lyrics in my gut.  It’s a really big song, and it needed to be sung.”

Beginning today, fans can preview a snippet of “Bleed Red” on Dunn’s official website,  The full song will be available to country radio on January 30, the same day that fans will be able to hear the full version of “Bleed Red” on Dunn’s site.

In addition to being featured on Dunn’s debut solo album, set for release later this year, the digital single for “Bleed Red” will be available for sale beginning February 8.

Gatlins to play Late Late Show on Friday


New York, NY (January 25, 2011) – It was the city of Los Angeles that played an intricate part in catapulting Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers into stardom.  In 1979, while sitting in a grueling LA traffic jam on Highland Avenue, Larry Gatlin was inspired to write the biggest hit of the band's illustrious career, "All The Gold In California."

This weekend, Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin are back in Los Angeles, California and yes, they’re still singing about gold. Tune in to the CBS Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson this Friday night (January 28) and catch country music’s GRAMMY Award-winning harmonic siblings perform “Black Gold,” the latest single from the Gatlin Brothers’ critically acclaimed new album, Pilgrimage (Curb Records).

During the 1970s and 1980s, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers became one of country music’s most popular acts, introducing a new ‘countrypolitan’ sound to the genre. Larry Gatlin has a total of 33 Top 40 singles under his belt, including both his solo recordings and those with his brothers. The band’s biggest hits include, “Broken Lady,” “All the Gold In California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby,” and “Talkin’ to the Moon.”

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3rd Annual Spring Break Shows Set for March 8 & 9
At Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama CityFL

NASHVILLETN – January 25, 2011 – Capitol Records Nashville recording artist and ACM Top New Artist Luke Bryan will release his third Spring Break themed EP – “Spring Break 3…It’s A Shore Thing,” on March 1, 2011. The 4 song EP, all co-written by Bryan, features the original and never-before-released songs “If You Ain’t Here To Party,” “Faded Away,” “Love In A College Town,” and the title track “It’s A Shore Thing.” Bryan released his first “Spring Break With All My Friends” EP in 2009 followed by last year’s “Spring Break 2…Hangover Edition.”

“Are you kidding me? This is one of my favorite times of the year,” exclaimed Bryan. “I get to let loose, write new songs that are a little out of the box, play on the beach for 2 days and have fun with the fans during one of the best times of their lives!”

Bryan’s 2010 Spring Break tour was such a “Wild Weekend” - (one of the three self-penned songs on his second Spring Break EP “Spring Break 2…Hangover Edition.”) that the Georgia native couldn’t wait to get to work on this year’s release. This year Bryan will perform March 8th and 9th at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama CityFL.

Each of Bryan’s past Spring Break EPs (“Spring Break With All My Friends” and “Spring Break 2 … Hangover Edition”) can be found online at digital retailers.

Luke Bryan, the 2010 ACM Top New Artist, released his sophomore album, Doin’ My Thing, on Capitol Records Nashville in October 2009, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The Gold® certified album includes his #1 singles “Do I” and “Rain Is A Good Thing” as well as his currently rising Top 5 single “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”  Bryan hit the road earlier this month opening for Rascal Flatts on their “Nothing Like This,” tour and later this spring he’ll open for Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic” tour.
Bryan will be appearing at St. Louis at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 21 with McGraw.
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Jimmy Buffett leaves hospital

left hospital on Thursday, a day after he fell off a stage at the end of a Sydney concert and was knocked unconscious, Australian television reported.
Buffett departed St. Vincent's Hospital in inner Sydney via a back entrance to avoid the media after doctors gave him the all-clear on Thursday morning, Ten Network television reported.
Medical staff said the singer had suffered a head injury, but added he was in good spirits and lucky to have recovered so quickly from the fall at Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Witnesses attending his show described hearing a "crack" as Buffett's head hit the floor following an encore performance of his song "Lovely Cruise."
"He really took a very nasty tumble," the hospital's emergency department director Gordian Fulde, who attended the concert, told Seven Network television.
"He just didn't see the drop in front of the stage," Fulde said.
"I heard the 'crack' and I thought: 'This guy has broken his neck,'" he added.
Fulde, who is also a surgeon, rushed to the aid of the 64-year-old entertainer.
"He had a head injury and he lost consciousness ... (but) scans show that he's OK," Fulde told Seven Network.
Buffett lay on the floor in front of the first row of seating waiting for paramedics and an ambulance to arrive, and he was rushed to hospital half an hour later.
The Margaritaville singer had performed on Sunday and Monday to sold-out crowds at Sydney's Opera House, and the Wednesday concert was tacked on in response to demand.
"We've had an unfortunate incident, but the show's over so if you could move along that would be very, very cool, thank you," the audience was told after the accident.
A message posted on Buffett's website said he was doing well.
"As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital," the statement said.
"The doctors say he is doing well ... More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!"

Two major tours announced: Martin, Seger

International superstar Ricky Martin has announced a world tour that begin in Puerto Rico in April, followed by North American dates through May. The Rosemont at Chicago is the closest date to the area, taking place April 19. More dates are to be announced soon.. there is room for a St. Louis show on the touring schedule. Let's just see.....

Rock 'n Roll icon Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band is set to hit the road for a  tour beginning in March, the singer announced. Only thing is, do dates have been announced.....yet. Stay tuned

Willie's Country Throwdown coming to Sparta

A major concert tour is coming to the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta on Saturday, June 11 starring music icon Willie Nelson, and hot country rebel sensation Jamey Johnson, among others.
4 FINI, Inc., producers of the wildly successful Vans Warped Tour, have announced that Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour 2011 will trek the country beginning in May. The second annual outdoor amphitheater trek will feature a diverse lineup that brings together iconic and emerging artists in the country music scene as well as a full concourse of lifestyle attractions and  vendors (to be announced soon) with an affordable ticket price. The shooting complex is the only venue on the tour that is not in an amphitheater setting.
In a phone conversation with Kevin Lyman of the Lyman Group on Monday, he explained the reasoning behind choosing the complex.
“Obviously, I have been working from looking at maps of the venue, and it is a very unique venue for us to play,” Lyman said. “I chose it because of the festival atmosphere that we can provide at that facility. Anyone can book and play in an amphitheatre, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but playing at the shooting complex will give us a diversity that we need.”
Lyman said that he plans to visit the facility before the event to see it first hand if possible.
“I am definitely looking at touring the venue when I can, if my schedule will allow,” Lyman said. “This venue will serve as our St. Louis marketed venue, so it will be a regional event for Sparta to host. Hopefully we can engage some of the artists on the bill in participating in some of the activities that the venue provides, possibly for a charity fundraiser. More things like that will be forthcoming. I am definitely excited to be able to bring this tour to such a unique venue.”
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, headliner Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. In 2009, his new album releases include Naked Willie, Willie and the Wheel and the critically acclaimed American Classic. This past April, Willie Nelson's Country Music, produced by Grammy and Oscar winning T Bone Burnett, was released on Rounder Records and recently received a GRAMMY Nomination for Best Americana Album.
Country rebel artist Jamey Johnson is one of the hottest tickets in the music industry today, much due to the success of his smash single, “In Color.” His current effort is the two-disc collection, “The Guitar Song,” and is available in stores now.
Curt Jeffers of Borders North Productions, is serving as the local contact for the promoter, and will be coordinating local services for the show.
“We were in  negotiations of bringing in the IPRA (International Professional Rodeo Association) event in September to the complex, when we were contacted by the Lyman group about hosting the Throwdown Tour,” Jeffers said. “We are looking into bringing an artist in for that show, and that’s how the connection was made for this tour to look at our market.”
The 2011 version of the tour is second year of the tour, and will feature numerous artists with Nelson and Johnson including Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell & Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Realm who are among the initial acts confirmed to join Nelson for this nationwide country music tour kicking off in Philadelphia, PA on May 27 and running through July 4, where the tour will end with a big 4th of July bang.
The only tour of its kind in the world of country, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour mixes top country music artists with emerging singer-songwriters in a festival environment at an affordable ticket price. Country Throwdown offers a relaxing atmosphere where fans enjoy a constant stream of music on multiple stages all day long - doors open daily at 3:00 p.m. and the shows continue throughout the day until 11 p.m.
The festival show will feature on main stage, as well as two side stages, one that will feature up and coming country artists, sponsored by the famous BlueBird Cafe of Nashville.
Tour founder and co-producer Kevin Lyman says, “Much like the Vans Warped Tour, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown brings together a collective group of diverse artists. Not only do we have the opportunity to work with the original and legendary, bad ass Willie Nelson, we’re happy to have the return of today’s bad ass Jamey Johnson. I just feel lucky to be working with all these country artists.”
“We are so excited to have Willie Nelson on board this year and build on the success of last year’s tour,” says Sarah Baer, co-producer for the tour, “We are the only touring country music festival, offering a truly unique experience for country music fans who can’t travel to an event like CMA Music fest…we bring the legends and new faces closer to fan’s homes.”
Ticket prices, including pre-sale and VIP packages will be announced soon.
A portion of the ticket price will benefit Unite the United. Ticket pre-sale begins Friday, February 11 and sale to general public begins February 18 at 10 a.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit
“This is a great thing to bring an artist of this magnitude to Sparta,” Sparta Mayor Rob Link said. “The city will, of course, endorse this event and help in any way that is feasible regarding everything from behind-the-scenes operations to crowd and traffic control. We are excited that this event will be taking place right here in Sparta.”
Jeffers said that his role in the event will be working with the production company to coordinate local services, and that official announcements regarding artists, and ticketing will come directly from the producer of the event.
“Our office here at Border North will not be handling ticketing or public concerned issues with the event,” Jeffers said. “We are working the behind-the scenes production and advance details with the Lyman group.”
“This is only the beginning of what Border Productions, Inc. sees as a bright future for these types of events at the shooting complex,” Jeffers added. “Chris Hespen and the entire staff at the complex has been wonderful to work with in getting this, and other events scheduled and worked out. We will be announcing some other events and artists in the near future as well. We are working hard to bring quality entertainment and events to our region, while using a facility that has such a diversity that will allow all types of events to be held at one place.”
In addition to Willie’s Throwdown Tour and rodeo, a barbecue competition that will include 200-250 teams is also being planned for this summer. More details are to be release in the near future.

Lipizzaners to ride into Chaifetz


(St. Louis, MO – January 26, 2011) The “World-Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions ride into Chaifetz (SHAY-fetz) Arena at Saint Louis University for two performances on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets range from $24.50 - $32.50 for adults and $12.25-$32.50 for children (12 & under) and seniors (60 and older).  Tickets are on-sale now at, the Chaifetz Arena Box Office, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks stores, and charge by phone at 314-534-1111.  Group discounts are available by calling 314-977-5008. 

The “World-Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions include many of the traditional movements and exercises presented at the world-renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna.  Many of the horses and riders who appear in the show were hand-picked by producer Gary Lashinsky to perform in this family-oriented arena attraction.  Over the years, more than twenty-five million people throughout the world have seen this internationally acclaimed spectacle.

The graceful dance of the Lipizzaner Stallions is a breathtaking ballet over 400 years in the making.  A highlight of the performance is their spectacular leaps and maneuvers known as the “Air Above the Ground” which were born in the fury of the battlefield.  Now these stunning maneuvers are preserved as an equestrian work of art that can be witnessed from the safety of one’s seat.

Harkening back to a time when the horse was a symbol of grace and majesty, the Lipizzaner Stallions are a fun and entertaining family experience.  One does not need to be a horse lover to enjoy the skill and beauty of “The Dancing White Stallions.”

Taylor Swift playing two days in St. Louis on tour


                                    AUGUST 13TH & 14TH WITH SPECIAL GUEST NEEDTOBREATHE!
Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 4th at 10am. Tickets are available at the Scottrade Center Box Office, online at or charge by phone 800-745-3000.

ST. LOUIS, MO – January  26, 2011 Taylor Swift announced that she will tour the world in 2011 in support of her blockbuster Speak Now album, which shattered sales records with over a million copies sold in its first week of release. 
Taylor is currently slated to play 87 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents on the TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011, which kicks off February 9th in Singapore.
The 2011 dates will include six stadium shows – Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium, Detroit’s Ford Field, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, and Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium. Taylor’s 15-month, 107-date FEARLESS 2009 / 2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries.
Taylor will play shows throughout Asia and Europe during the first quarter of 2011, before kicking off her North American tour on May 27th in Omaha, Neb. SPEAK NOW Tour dates are planned for later in the year in Australia and New Zealand. The North American leg of the tour is sponsored by COVERGIRL®, and ticket prices start at $25.
The SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 is one of the most-anticipated musical experiences of the year, as Taylor’s live show is renowned for her incredibly high-energy theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements, all conceptualized by Taylor herself. During the course of her show, Taylor plays a variety of instruments and has multiple wardrobe changes. Each show, Taylor performs hit after hit from her three Big Machine Records albums, including the chart-topping “Mine,” “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” “Our Song,” and “Fifteen.”
“Swift’s fans don’t just believe in her savvy songwriting and gracious, magnetic stage presence. They trust her as a peer,” raved the Los Angeles Times. “And if the unerring pleasures of her set – and the crowd’s Beatles-sized reactions – were any indication, they’ll be trusting her for a long time.” The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic wrote: “Swift shoots to superstardom. Her two-hour set at the sold-out arena showed a level of creativity – and more important, sincerity - which many other acts don’t reach for decades, if ever. There is a new master of the stage in pop music moving quickly up the ladder.”
“I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011!” says Taylor. “The FEARLESS Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can’t wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing, and I’m thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!”
Taylor Swift is a four-time GRAMMY winner, the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in 2009. With 1,046,718 copies sold in the US in the first week of release, last month her Speak Now album scored SoundScan’s biggest single-week sales total since 2005 and is the biggest debuting country studio album in history. With the release of Speak Now, Taylor made history on the Billboard Hot 100, charting a record-breaking 11 songs from one album in a single week. Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales now in excess of 17 million albums and 31 million song downloads.
The North American leg of the TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR is sponsored by COVERGIRL®, and produced and promoted by The Messina Group (TMG.) The COVERGIRL® sponsorship is an expansion of the partnership announced earlier this year, when Taylor was named the newest COVERGIRL®. Taylor’s COVERGIRL® campaign is set to launch in January of 2011. TMG is a partner of AEG Live, one of the top live entertainment companies in the world, which produces world tours featuring internationally renowned artists and regional concerts and festivals. 
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jimmy Buffett takes a fall in Australia

Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin dies

Charlie Louvin, half of the Louvin Brothers duo whose harmonies inspired fellow country and pop singers for decades, died early Wednesday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

Brett Steele, his manager, said the Country Music Hall of Fame singer died at his home in Wartrace, Tenn.
Louvin was diagnosed with cancer last year and vowed to fight it. He underwent unsuccessful surgery to remove the tumor, but continued to schedule performances and even put out an album. He was one of several stars invited to a welcome home performance of the Grand Ole Opry last year after floods damaged the Opry house.
“I’m not afraid of dying,” Louvin told The Associated Press in 2010, a few days after the diagnosis. “We’re all going to do that. And I’ve had 83 years of almost uninterrupted good health, so I know that’s not by accident. So I’ve been blessed that long, and I could use a couple more.”
The unique sound of Charlie and his brother, Ira, was highly influential in the history of both country and rock and they were inducted into the hall in 2001.
Among their hits were “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby,” which was No. 1 in 1965, “When I Stop Dreaming,” ‘‘Hoping That You’re Hoping,” and “You’re Running Wild.”
The brothers decided to disband their duo in 1963. Ira died in a Missouri car accident two years later. Charlie later recalled that differences in personality and Ira’s drinking created friction between them, but said they probably would have reunited if Ira had lived.
Charlie Louvin recorded regularly after his brother died, most recently releasing “The Battle Rages On,” a collection of war songs, last winter. His biggest solo hits were “See the Big Man Cry” in 1965 and “I Don’t Love You Anymore” in 1964.
The Louvins influenced harmony acts from the Everly Brothers onward. Emmylou Harris had a hit with their “If I Could Only Win Your Love” in 1975. The Notting Hillbillies recorded the Louvins’ “Weapon of Prayer” in 1990.
Interest in his music resurged as Louvin reached his 80s. In 2007, his first studio album in years, Charlie Louvin, boasting appearances from artists like George Jones and Elvis Costello, was nominated for a Grammy as best traditional folk album.
A year later, his Steps To Heaven was nominated as best Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album. It was one of two albums he put out in 2008; the other was Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs.
Louvin said in a 1979 Associated Press interview that he and his brother, reunited, would have become country music superstars.
“If we were together today, we could be the hottest group. That’s where the music is – the Louvin Brothers sound. Everybody is trying the Louvin sound.”
He recalled in a 2007 AP interview that Ira “was extremely hard to get along with when he drank, and he drank too often.” But he said his brother was phenomenally talented as a songwriter, taking ideas proposed by Charlie and turning them into finished songs.
“My job was to listen to people ... and if they said something that caught your ear that would make a good title ... I would write it down and I’d give it to Ira.”
A complete song, Louvin recalled, would “come to him like, God, like he was reading it off of another piece of paper. ... He was nice enough to put my name on the songs also.”
The duo had become members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955, and Charlie Louvin remained an Opry performer for more than 50 years.
During one stretch of touring in 1955, Elvis Presley was the brothers’ opening act. That second billing didn’t last long, he recalled in 2007.
“It didn’t take a month until they dropped the name ‘Presley’ and nearly the backdrop of the entire stage was ELVIS. He got big quick, very quick, but he was a good kid.”
He laughed when he said he was “kinda like the people in the audience – I didn’t know what he’s doing. ... My brother said he’s the only man he’d ever seen that could wear his clothes on out from the inside with all his shaking.”
Their association with rock ‘n’ roll would get stronger when Gram Parsons introduced The Louvins’ sound to The Byrds and other willing acolytes in the late 1960s, most notably on The Byrds’ groundbreaking country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
Charlie Louvin was born Charles Loudermilk in Henager, Ala., in 1927. He and Ira, born in 1924, worked in the fields on the family farm and began singing together as teenagers, developing the harmony that would become their trademark.
“I can remember my brother and I singing together when I was five and he was eight years old,” Louvin told The Associated Press. “He already knew how, and he was teaching me.”
They worked on radio stations in Knoxville, Tenn., and Memphis, Tenn., in the 1940s, and signed their first record deal with Apollo in 1947. Eventually their sound would change music.
“I’m the biggest harmony lover in the world,” Louvin said last year. “If a song’s worth singing you ought to put harmony on it.”

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blues-Rock Artist Joe Bonamassa to Release New Solo Album Dust Bowl on March 22, 2011 with Special Guest Performances by Vince Gill and John Hiatt

Tour De Force Bonamassa Will Perform in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Asia and Australia Throughout 2011

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-talented blues-rock guitar hero, singer-songwriter, and member of Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa will release his twelfth full-length solo album, Dust Bowl , on March 22, 2011. This is Bonamassa's ninth studio release on his own J&R Adventures label, which he created with longtime manager Roy Weisman.   Dust Bowl was produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin) making it their sixth collaboration in five years.  Shirley most recently produced Bonamassa's 2010 release Black Rock, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Chart and #39 on the Top 200, and the 2010 debut album from Black Country Communion, Bonamassa's English-American rock band with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol).
Dust Bowl was recorded in sessions at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece, Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN, The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. It combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa's first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he's mastered in the years since and adds a dash of country from Joe's collaborations with the best of Nashville including legends Vince Gill and John Hiatt.
" Dust Bowl ," Shirley explains, "is very firmly rooted in the Blues, but definitely explores the outer reaches of the genre and showcases Joe's amazing virtuosity as he digs deep into his psyche in some lengthy and blistering guitar solos."
"This is the best album we've ever done," adds Bonamassa. "I'm finding more inspiration in storytelling in my 30s, in writing songs that are about something more profound than 'my baby left me.' I like albums that are made with the right intentions and sound organic and a little rough around the edges, like a great band playing live in the room, and that's what we accomplished with Dust Bowl ."
On the John Hiatt/John Porter-penned "Tennessee Plates," Hiatt duets with Bonamassa and Vince Gill lends his signature guitar stylings. Gill also plays on "Sweet Rowena," a song he composed with frequent writing partner Pete Wasner. Arlan Scheirbaum, Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin play on the Michael Kamen/Tim Curry track "No Love On The Street," and Glenn Hughes sings on the Paul Rodgers-penned "Heartbreaker."
The album opens with Bonamassa originals "Slow Train," an old-style British Blues song, and title track "Dust Bowl," the album's first single. "The title track of the album just describes my life. It really fits my voice, it fits me as a solo artist and just has a really nice feel to it." Other standout originals include "Black Lung Heartache," "The Last Matador of Bayonne," and "The Whale That Swallowed Jonah."
Dust Bowl 's release will be supported by a multi-country tour taking Bonamassa and his ace touring band consisting of Carmine Rojas (bass), Rick Melick (keyboards) and Tal Bergman (drums) to the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, China, Japan, Singapore and Australia
2010 was a stellar year for Bonamassa and his best to date. He was named Billboard's #1 Blues Artist based on the charting success of Black Rock, the #2 Billboard Blues Album of 2010, and 2009's Ballad of John Henry , which was #9. He was called "The Blues Rock Titan" by Guitar World and was honored twice in Guitar Player Magazine's 2010 Readers' Choice Awards winning "Best Overall Guitarist" for the first time and "Best Blues Guitarist" for the fourth consecutive year. Black Country Communion's debut self-titled album, released in Sept. 2010, entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #53 and received rave reviews. MOJO gave the album four stars and Goldmine said it's "Possibly the best hard rock album of 2010." Black Country Communion is currently in the studio recording their second album, which is tentatively set for a summer 2011 release.
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Dust Bowl Tracklisting:

Slow Train
Dust Bowl
Tennessee Plates (feat. John Hiatt)
The Meaning Of The Blues
Black Lung Heartache
You Better Watch Yourself
The Last Matador Of Bayonne
Heartbreaker (feat. Glenn Hughes)
No Love On The Street
The Whale That Swallowed Jonah
Sweet Rowena (feat. Vince Gill)

North American Tour dates:

Anaheim, CA
Grove of Anaheim
San Diego, CA
Balboa Theatre
Las Vegas, NV
House Of Blues
Tucson, AZ
Fox Tucson Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center
El Paso, TX
Plaza Theatre
Dallas, TX
Music Hall At Fair Park
Tulsa, OK
Brady Theatre
Sioux Falls, SD
Washington Pavilion
Kansas City, MO
The Midland by AMC
Ames, IA
Stephens Auditorium
Davenport, IA
Adler Theatre
Aurora, IL
Paramount Theatre
Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center
Green Bay, WI
Weidner Center
Milwaukee, WI
Pabst Theatre
Fort Wayne, IN
Embassy Theatre
Saginaw, MI
Dow Event Center
Columbus, OH
Palace Theatre Columbus
Cincinnati, OH
Taft Theatre
Grand Rapids, MI
DeVos Performance Hall
Reading, PA
Sovereign Performing Arts Center
Worcester, MA
Hanover Theatre
Westbury, NY
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
Montreal, Canada
Theatre St. Denis
Ottawa, Canada
Landsdowne Park Civic Center
Toronto, Canada
Massey Hall

Funeral for a Friend Announces U.S. Release Plans for New Album and Good Fight Music Signing; Welcome Home Armageddon, to Release on March 15th, 2011

New Track ‘Front Row Seats To the End of the World’ Available for Download Now at

British post-hardcore kings FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND are pleased to announce their U.S. plans to release their upcoming brand new full-length, Welcome Home Armageddon, set to hit stores stateside on March 15th, 2011. The album will be released on the band’s new label, GOOD FIGHT MUSIC, and will reconnect them with the original label team that released the band’s first two major pieces of music, Seven Ways to Scream Your Name EP (2003), and Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation (2003). This is their first offering of music since 2008’s Memory and Humanity, and promises to be a new musical direction for the band.

1. This Side Of Brightness
2. Old Hymns
3. Front Row Seats To The End of The World
4. Sixteen
5. Aftertaste
6. Spinning Over The Island
7. Man Alive
8. Owls (Are Watching)
9. Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t
10. Medicated
11. Broken Foundation
12. Welcome Home Armageddon

A new track cut from Welcome Home Armageddon, ‘Front Row Seats to The End of the World’, is available for download now at Please follow this link to download the track:

“On Welcome Home Armageddon, we truly stretched ourselves creatively,” states vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye. “We were obviously taken aback when Darran [Smith, former guitarist] left the band, but his choice allowed us to explore new territory musically, we just went in any and every direction we wanted to. The changes to our line-up reignited our passion, kicked our asses and made us work harder for this band than we’ve ever done before.”

With former Hondo Maclean and Ghostlines member Richard Boucher installed on bass and Gavin Burrough promoted to his preferred guitar, the band split time between Long Wave Studio and Monnow Valley Studio in Wales and set about crafting their latest effort with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Twin Atlantic, Kids In Glass Houses, Bullet For My Valentine). Romesh Dodangoda also produced 2008’s Memory and Humanity.

“The excitement we have for the future of this band is all over the songs on Welcome Home Armageddon,” adds Davies-Kreye. “The album is about acceptance and coming to terms with what has and is, while refusing to give up on what could be. There are songs that take me places I’ve been trying to go musically all my life. I’m so proud of what we have done.”

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND has sold considerably more than a million records, and all four of their albums have gone into the UK Top 20. The band has three Gold records, has graced countless magazine covers, and their tours sell out the UK’s larger venues in a matter of minutes. From the U.S. to Russia, Singapore to Australia, Japan and beyond, they have a following more loyal than bands considered their equal.

Over the course of the last decade, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND changed British rock music forever. The band’s journey from hardcore roots and DIY shows in Bridgend to major label records and worldwide tours has built a long and prosperous road that many homegrown bands from across the alternative spectrum have been traveling along ever since. Those that play to crowds of thousands each year on Warped Tour, that adorn countless magazine covers, that grace the stages of arenas and that still have ink drying on their recording contracts all owe a debt of thanks to the quintet’s approach, ambition and aesthetic.

  • Matthew Davies-Kreye - lead vocals
  • Kris Coombs-Roberts - guitar, vocals
  • Gavin Burrough - guitar, vocals
  • Ryan Richards - drums, vocals
  • Richard Boucher – bass

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83rd Academy Awards nominations released

Beverly Hills, CA – Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, January 25) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo'Nique.
Sherak and Mo'Nique, who won an Academy Award® for her supporting performance in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," announced the nominees in 10 of the 24 Award categories at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Lists of nominations in all categories were then distributed to the media in attendance and online via the official Academy Awards website,
Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.
Nominations ballots were mailed to the 5,755 voting members in late December and were returned directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the international accounting firm, for tabulation.
Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members this weekend at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.
All active and life members of the Academy are eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only if they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards
Performance by an actor in a leading role
  • Javier Bardem in "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions)
  • Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" (Paramount)
  • Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
  • Colin Firth in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
  • James Franco in "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
  • Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
  • John Hawkes in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
  • Jeremy Renner in "The Town" (Warner Bros.)
  • Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
  • Geoffrey Rush in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Performance by an actress in a leading role
  • Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
  • Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate)
  • Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
  • Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
  • Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" (The Weinstein Company)
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
  • Amy Adams in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
  • Helena Bonham Carter in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
  • Melissa Leo in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
  • Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit"(Paramount)
  • Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Best animated feature film of the year
  • "How to Train Your Dragon" (Paramount), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • "The Illusionist" (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet
  • "Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Lee Unkrich
Achievement in art direction
  • "Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney), Production Design: Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), Production Design: Jess Gonchor, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Achievement in cinematography
  • "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), Matthew Libatique
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Danny Cohen
  • "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeff Cronenweth
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design
  • "Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney), Colleen Atwood
  • "I Am Love" (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan
  • "The Tempest" (Miramax), Sandy Powell
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), Mary Zophres
Achievement in directing
  • "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky
  • "The Fighter" (Paramount), David O. Russell
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper
  • "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Best documentary feature
  • "Exit through the Gift Shop" (Producers Distribution Agency), A Paranoid Pictures Production, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
  • "Gasland", A Gasland Production, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • "Inside Job" (Sony Pictures Classics), A Representational Pictures Production, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • "Restrepo" (National Geographic Entertainment), An Outpost Films Production, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • "Waste Land" (Arthouse Films), An Almega Projects Production, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Best documentary short subject
  • "Killing in the Name", A Moxie Firecracker Films Production, Nominees to be determined
  • "Poster Girl", A Portrayal Films Production, Nominees to be determined
  • "Strangers No More", A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • "Sun Come Up", A Sun Come Up Production, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • "The Warriors of Qiugang", A Thomas Lennon Films Production, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Achievement in film editing
  • "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), Andrew Weisblum
  • "The Fighter" (Paramount), Pamela Martin
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Tariq Anwar
  • "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), Jon Harris
  • "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Best foreign language film of the year
  • "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions), A Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones and Ikiru Films Production, Mexico
  • "Dogtooth" (Kino International), A Boo Production, Greece
  • "In a Better World" (Sony Pictures Classics), A Zentropa Production, Denmark
  • "Incendies" (Sony Pictures Classics), A Micro-Scope Production, Canada
  • "Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)" (Cohen Media Group), A Tassili Films Production, Algeria
Achievement in makeup
  • "Barney’s Version" (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot
  • "The Way Back" (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • "The Wolfman" (Universal), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • "How to Train Your Dragon" (Paramount), John Powell
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), Hans Zimmer
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Alexandre Desplat
  • "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
  • "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • "Coming Home" from "Country Strong" (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)), Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • "I See the Light" from "Tangled" (Walt Disney), Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • "If I Rise" from "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Best motion picture of the year
  • "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • "The Fighter" (Paramount), A Relativity Media Production, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), A Warner Bros. UK Services Production, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features), An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production, Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), An Hours Production, Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), A Columbia Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ce├ín Chaffin, Producers
  • "Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), A Pixar Production, Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), A Paramount Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions), A Winter’s Bone Production, Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Best animated short film
  • "Day & Night" (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Teddy Newton
  • "The Gruffalo", A Magic Light Pictures Production, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • "Let’s Pollute", A Geefwee Boedoe Production, Geefwee Boedoe
  • "The Lost Thing", (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment), A Passion Pictures Australia Production, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • "Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)", A Sacrebleu Production, Bastien Dubois
Best live action short film
  • "The Confession" (National Film and Television School), A National Film and Television School Production, Tanel Toom
  • "The Crush" (Network Ireland Television), A Purdy Pictures Production, Michael Creagh
  • "God of Love", A Luke Matheny Production, Luke Matheny
  • "Na Wewe" (Premium Films), A CUT! Production, Ivan Goldschmidt
  • "Wish 143", A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Achievement in sound editing
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), Richard King
  • "Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • "Tron: Legacy" (Walt Disney), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • "Unstoppable" (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger
Achievement in sound mixing
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
  • "Salt" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
  • "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Achievement in visual effects
  • "Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" (Warner Bros.), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • "Hereafter" (Warner Bros.), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • "Iron Man 2" (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
Adapted screenplay
  • "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • "Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • "True Grit" (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Original screenplay
  • "Another Year" (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
  • "The Fighter" (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • "Inception" (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
  • "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler
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Entire Recording Process To Stream Live Online Beginning Jan. 30

Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 25, 2011 – Multiple GRAMMY nominee Dierks Bentley will move into a recording studio in Asheville, NC next week to record his sixth Capitol Nashville studio album. 
Bentley has spent the last four months writing hundreds of songs for the new project, and he’ll once again team up with award winning producer Jon Randall Stewart and recording engineer Gary Paczosa.  Country radio can expect a brand new single from Bentley in the Spring with the album following closely behind.  Beginning Sun., Jan. 30, fans will be able to “big brother” the entire recording experience from the studio through a live video feed 24 hours a day on

“I’ve been writing and re-writing and tweaking songs for the past four months to get ready for the studio,” says Bentley.  “I usually come home from the road and go right into the studio, so I’ve never put this much time into prepping and doing pre-production on songs.   I learned from my experience recording Ridge that getting out of Nashville and away from the business side of things can be really inspiring.   I’ve got the best musicians in the world, and we’re going to go hunker down for a few weeks and live and breathe this record.  I thought it would be cool to let the fans be part of the whole experience, so we’re going to let them watch as it all goes down.”

In addition to adding the studio cam to his website, Bentley is currently planning a complete relaunch of in March. Fans have already noticed the new dbtv video player on the site and temporarily discounted fan club memberships.  For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit