Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones will perform a rare solo set in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Big Ears Festival in March 2024. John will present a set of grand piano, mandolin, bass and electronics with improvised, solo performances and occasional forays into the past.
A message from the Gary Wright family:
"Thank you to all his fans and those who loved him for taking the time to look at his contributions in life through a unique lens. You focused on what was meaningful and not what was sensationalized, and for that our family is grateful. Our hope is that his gift of music will continue to touch the hearts of all those who listen to it and will continue to do so for a very long time. Our love is alive- Dorian and Lehua Wright, Justin Wright. grandchildren Kirra and Aubrey Wright, sister Lorna Lee and Elise Belvedere (cousin).
The Forrest County Potawatomi Community has partnered with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS and their rock-inspired restaurant group, Rock & Brews, to bring their nationally recognized restaurant concept and live music to Wisconsin.
"Daisy Jones and the Six", produced by Reese Witherspoon, is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Claudia Lennear's connection to the series is as a “consultant”. Nabiyah Be (who gained major film credit as the villain "Linda" in Black Panther) portrays "Simone Jackson" — a character loosely based on Lennear...
Grammy-award honoree, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don McLean will be bringing his 50th Anniversary Tour to a city near you! In 2022, McLean celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic songs in history “American Pie,” and now in 2023, off that same album 50 years ago came “Vincent” (Starry, Starry Night). McLean is set to entertain fans from coast-to-coast proving that “bye-bye, Miss American Pie” will forever remain a classic staple in music.
Singer-songwriter and author, Kelly Lang has created a behind-the-scenes video to coincide with the release of Olivia Newton-John’s final duets album Just The Two of Us: Duets Collection Volume 1. The project features duets with Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Barry Gibb, Michael McDonald, John Travolta, Paul Anka, Jim Brickman, Richard Marx, Kelly Lang, and more.
Kelly Lang and Dame Olivia Newton-John have known each other for many years not only as fellow artists but also as close friends and cancer thrivers. Lang's autobiography titled, 'I'm Not Going Anywhere' includes the Foreword written by Olivia, a testament to their unbreakable bond. The two were introduced to each other by their mutual friend Sir Barry Gibb.
Newton-John’s album Just The Two of Us: Duets Collection Volume 1 includes a duet with Kelly of the Bee Gees classic “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” written by Barry Gibb. What makes this duet so unique is at the time of its recording, all three were thriving friends with a healthy future. Sadly, Olivia passed away before the release of this album, leaving her two friends behind trying to figure out how to mend their broken hearts.
The kindred friendship these three have shared over the years can’t be described in words, but can be seen in a few rare, behind-the-scenes photos in the new video that is being released for “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.”
"I’ll never forget the thrill of being in the studio and singing a duet with my musical hero, Dame Olivia Newton-John,” shares Lang. “The fact that we became friends through Sir Barry Gibb, the writer of “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” the song we recorded, was even more special. I must say though, that since her passing, the words to this song are even more meaningful. While putting the footage together for this video, I have to admit that many tears were shed. It is very bittersweet now to watch it knowing that we will never sing together again."
British classic rock legends Ten Years After’s A Space In Time new 50th Anniversary Remix will be available on 2CD and 2LP Half-Speed Master 180g Vinyl on March 17, 2023! A Space In Time was Ten Years After’s sixth, and best selling album, and was originally released in August 1971. Featuring their most well-known track “I’d Love To Change The World,” which regularly features in movies and TV shows, saw the band taking a more melodic direction from previous releases and showcased the band at their peak.
Ritchie Blackmore spoke with Jungleroom.com about recruiting Jimi Jamison to sing for Deep Purple in 1989--"I had seen Jimi in Survivor and was very impressed. I remember going down to Tennessee to meet him and I really liked him as a person. He then came up to try out with Deep Purple. We did 1 song, I think it was "Going Down" and he was so good I immediately stopped playing and just said "Youre in!" He said "Dont you want to do more songs?" I said "No, You are so damn good, I know that you are perfect for the job." We went out and celebrated at a restaurant. I was full of ideas due to his melodic soulful voice and he could improvise much better than a lot of singers I knew so he had every aspect I was looking for in a singer. Very, very nice guy. Very humble. Unfortunately, 2 weeks later, we were told he couldn't join the band. We never found out why. I think it had something to do with the management. I was surprised and saddened by what happened and it was a mystery to me what had gone down. It was a bad moment for me. I rated him as one of the top singers in the country. "
Steve Fossen, the original bassist in Heart shares some insight into the early days of the band with Jungleroom.com. "Heart started out as The Army in 1967 (October 1968 we became Whiteheart ... October 1969 we shortened the name to Heart). Roger (Fisher) and I met Ann in August of of 1971 ... we all played in a band called Hocus Pocus until December 1971. On April 21, 1972, we changed our band name back to Heart. Nancy joined us in 1974. "Dreamboat Annie" was recorded in 1975 released in America February 1976.
Young guitarist Chandler Smithers (known as the "Flamingo Kid") is all the talk of Memphis musical circles. Check out his band Memphis Mojo that includes Nate Matlock, Graham Whitworth and George Smithers...
Barnes Crossing Mall customers and staff were shocked when Alice Cooper made a suprise afternoon shopping visit to JC Penny before his concert at the Bankcorp South Arena in Tupelo. Opening act Ace Frehley left town with a new pair of "Elvis" socks thrown onstage from a fan...
Brian May spoke to Jungleroom.com about his contribution to 'Going Down: the songs of Don Nix': "Oh yes, I'd completely forgotten. I played on this track many months ago. It was a "quickie"-i've always liked the song and of course, Jeff Beck made it his own, and still enjoys playing it. The whole Don Nix track (in fact, the whole album) is recorded very real and live and informal, so I was pleased to be invited to have a blast on it and help."
Andy Black and David Beaver have released Can You Feel It?, their new album utilizing the finest musicians in Memphis. The unmatched skills of Joel Williams, Josh Haynes, Greg Reading, Evan Leake, Jimmy Tarbutton, Gene Ninez and Jaime Roberts are featured...read more
I asked Bob Tait if he remembered playing at Peaches Records with a group named Wyzard. "You are the you the first person I've heard mention that band in years," he said. "Wyzard was Debra Preston (who later became Debra Dejean) on vocals, Delmar Preston on guitar, myself on bass and Chuck Bratton on drums. We opened for Meatloaf at the Ritz on Madison avenue the first time he appeared in Memphis on the "Bat out of Hell" tour. We opened for alot of bands coming thru memphis and bigger bands from here. Today, Bob plays bass in 5 O'Clock Shadow with Gary Hagar and Bill Parsley.
Sartoris Literary Group announces the release of Chips Moman: The Record Producer Whose Genius Changed American Music, available wherever fine books are sold. It will also be available online in various eBook editions. "I think the Chips Moman story has provided me with the best book I have written since Colonel Tom Parker, which was purchased by Warner Bros. for its Elvis film starring Tom Hanks," says author James L. Dickerson. "I anticipate great interest in a movie based on Moman's story. Small wonder. He has been called the "Steve McQueen of the music business."