Hear Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants Cover Justin Townes Earle

October 22, 2014 Music

The folks at Bloodshot Records have been straddling the narrow line between roots music and punk rock for two decades, armed with a roster of artists who blend twang, Telecasters and tube amps into some of the most potent alt-country around. The label turns 20 this year, and to celebrate its anniversary — and to take another look at a catalog that includes landmark albums like Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker, Neko Case's Blacklisted and Justin Townes Earle's Midnight at the Movies — Bloodshot is releasing a compilation of cover songs titled While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records.



Butch Walker's New LP Features Johnny Depp, Ryan Adams


Thirty eight different bands make appearances on the double-album, which is due out November

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Hear Corinne Bailey Rae’s Breezy Cover of Paul McCartney’s ‘Bluebird’

October 22, 2014 Music

Corinne Bailey Rae's silky croon is the perfect vehicle for "Bluebird," the jazzy Paul McCartney & Wings classic from 1973's Band on the Run. Rae's laid-back cover was recorded for the upcoming tribute LP The Art of McCartney, which features an eclectic group of singers interpreting staples from the former Beatle's songbook. "Bluebird," available to stream above, finds Rae softening every syllable over fluttering acoustic guitar licks and splashy cymbals. 



Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A


In the behind-the-scenes clip below, Rae talks about joining the project – which was initiated by onetime McCartney producer Ralph Sall in 2003 – and the inspiration for picking "Bluebird."


"I liked the kind

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Kate Bush Pens Letter Thanking Fans Following Concert Run

October 22, 2014 Music

Kate Bush recently wrapped up a string of 22 sold-out concerts at London's Hammersmith Apollo, her first proper live shows in 35 years. The concerts were so "spectacular" that eight of Bush's albums jumped back into the Top 50 of the British album charts as a new audience discovered her music. Following the final performance on October 1st, Bush has penned a long letter on her official site to thank fans and share what the Before the Dawn concert series meant to her (via Pitchfork).



Kate Bush Makes Spectacular Return to the Stage


"It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I loved the whole process," Bush wrote. "Particularly putting the band, the chorus and the team together and watching it all evolve. It really was the

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Kenny G Angers Chinese Officials After Protest Site Visit

October 22, 2014 Music

The smooth jazz stylings of Kenny G are immensely popular in China thanks to the saxophonist's song "Going Home" becoming the nation's unofficial anthem to the end of the workday. However, after wrapping up a brief tour in the Asian nation, the musician visited Hong Kong and spent time with the pro-democracy protestors there. Because Kenny G merely visited the protestors, which gave their cause more visibility, Chinese government officials have now accused the saxophonist of meddling in foreign affairs.



China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet


"In Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation," the saxophonist tweeted along with a photo of himself at the site making a peace sign

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Third Day Singer Mac Powell Continues Country Cred With New Album ‘Southpaw’

October 22, 2014 Music

For Grammy-winning Christian rocker Mac Powell, country music wasn't just a creative itch that needed scratching.



Third Day Photos


"Two years ago, I made my first record and a lot of people thought, 'He's got it out of his system now,'" Powell tells Rolling Stone Country, "but all that did was make me want to do it even more."


And thus was born Southpaw, the singer's follow up to his 2012 self-titled country debut. The 12-song set, released October 14th, includes co-writes with country hitmakers Darius Rucker, Kristian Bush and Travis Tritt. It's arguably a natural transition for the bearded, long-haired Alabama native with a penchant for musical storytelling. Yet certainly not a permanent one. In his other life, the father of five is one of the most

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Why Robbie Robertson’s Son Wrote a Kids’ Book About His Dad

October 22, 2014 Music

Sebastian Robertson wasn't looking to do an exposé on his rock star father, Robbie Robertson. So a children's book was the perfect way to share the story of his dad's legacy. In Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, Sebastian takes children (ages six to nine) on the journey of Robbie Robertson, guitar legend and co-founder of the Band.



Robbie Robertson Talks About the Evolution of His Guitar Style


Alongside animated illustrations by musician Adam Gustavson, Rock and Roll Highway recounts the entire arc of Robbie Robertson's career, beginning when he was just a hard-working teenager with a passion for storytelling and guitar playing. "Robbie played until he couldn't feel his fingers," the book reads, "He even slept with his guitar."

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Dukes Of Hazzard Co-Stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat Record Christmas Album

October 22, 2014 Music

It's been more than three decades since John Schneider and Tom Wopat were just'a good ol' boys, never meaning no harm. But the Dukes of Hazzard co-stars are still very much a team. On October 28th, the pair will release Home for Christmas, an 18-track holiday album that mixes seasonal standards like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silver Bells" with humorous, left-field tracks like "Johnny, It's Cold Outside," a bromantic reinterpretation of Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Wopat, who wrote all the lyrics to "Johnny, It's Cold Outside," shares the microphone with Schneider on the bulk of the tracks, although each actor sings a pair of solo tunes, too.



The Dukes of Hazzard


Schneider and Wopat have long histories as vocalists. Two years before The Dukes

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50 Cent, Laverne Cox Join Cyndi Lauper to Help LGBT Youth

October 22, 2014 Music

Now in its fourth year, Cyndi Lauper's annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert has helped gain awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness as well as raise money for the singer's True Colors Fund. This year, the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays concert is welcoming 50 Cent, Sufjan Stevens, Salt-N-Pepa and Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines. The event will take place at New York's renowned Beacon Theatre on December 6th. Rosie O'Donnell and Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox will co-host the event, with 100% of the net proceeds going to the True Colors Fund.



'It's About More Than Our Bodies': Laverne Cox Talks Trans


"For the fourth year in a row, Home for the Holidays will feature an

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Vince Gill, Toby Keith Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

October 21, 2014 Music

When the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction last week, four names with roots in country music were among those included. Vince Gill and Toby Keith were nominated as performing songwriters, while tunesmiths Bobby Braddock and Bob McDill were nominated under the nonperforming distinction.



Toby Keith Is Country's Highest Paid Star


Gill writes and performs regularly, both as a solo artist and with Western swing group the Time Jumpers. In addition to the band's usual Monday night showcases in Nashville, the group is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour and will play a benefit for lung cancer research on November 30th with Reba McEntire. Time Jumpers member Dawn Sears is currently battling the disease.


Keith, meanwhile,

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‘Back to the Future’ Gets 30th Anniversary Screenings With Live Orchestra

October 21, 2014 Music

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future next year, Universal Pictures will rerelease the 1985 Michael J. Fox time-travel classic with live orchestration. According to Variety, the film will be screened in various venues around the world without the score, so that a live orchestra could perform Alan Silvestri's Academy Award–nominated music. The orchestra will also perform 15 minutes of new music that the composer wrote specifically for the engagements.



Siskel and Ebert Spar Over 'Back to the Future Part II'


The first performance of Back to the Future with live orchestration will take place in May 2015 in Lucerne, Switzerland. The presentation was co-created by IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, who

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