Claudia Lennear

Claudia Lennear teams with Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has signed Ms. Lennear to her Big Indie Daisy Jones Inc production company as a consultant for a project that is set for production in January 2021. Based on the novel "Daisy Jones and the Six" the project is a fictional account of a female rock n' roll singer in the 70s.

Lennear is finishing work on her autobiography where she will share memories of recording at Willie Mitchell's studio with Ike and Tina Turner, being recruited by producer Don Nix to work on an Albert King album, introduced to a humble and shy Jimi Hendrix by Mick Jagger at Madison Square Garden and exposd to the delta blues by Keith Richards and Furry Lewis, singing with Jeanne Greene and the Muscle Shoals swampers, working with Clint Eastwood on his "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" film, backing up George Harrison at his "Concerts for Bangladesh", jamming at Eric Clapton's house with Dereck and the Dominoes, her friendship with bassist Duck Dunn and her current musical projects with John Sebastian and Jackson Browne.

The singer has "completed the lyrics to three songs" that David Bowie was writing the music for when he passed away. The singer explains that she "will complete the music Bowie and I started" and "will release a book about the special friendship I was privileged to share with David Bowie from the beginning of his career up to the last years of his life." In addition, she is "working on a CD of Americana music" and will "do a CD with Taj Mahal as producer to be released early next year."

Yes vocalist Jon Anderson's "Song of Seven" remastered and expanded edition (with fully restored artwork and notes) to be released November 27, 2020. Guest musicians Jack Bruce and Simon Phillips appeared on the 1980 album...

Keep your eyes on amazing new guitarist Wil Bart. His band Johnny in the Basement finished recording their forthcoming EP "I'll Have What He's Having" with producer/musician Luther Dickinson at Zebra Ranch Studios...

William Shatner and Ritchie Blackmore have formed a brand-new alliance that will have music fans cheering. The former Deep Purple axeman joins Shatner for a heart-rending version of "The Thrill Is Gone." Candice Night contributes background vocals and Shatner explains "'The Thrill is Gone' is the title of the song, but the thrill is there with Ritchie Blackmore and his great guitar!" Blackmore and Night return the praise saying, "We would like to express our gratitude for being able to appear on the recording with William Shatner. It is always an honor to work with him. He is a man of many legendary performances."

Ever wonder how hit songs get written? Billy Seidman did and he's sharing it all in his new book, "The Elements of Song Craft."read more

ALG Brands ("ALG") has been tapped to represent the estate of John Belushi and the Blues Brothers for licensing and legacy opportunities, it was announced today by ALG COO Scott Austin. read more

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry member and southern rock legend Charlie more

Internationally known multi-media performer and entrepreneur Rick Dees has partenered with Wellness Ventures (a new, fully-vertically integrated hemp CBD products company based in Louisville, Kentucky) as brand ambassador. An avid proponent of sustainable farming and organic agriculture, Dees is the proprietor of Sweetbrier Farm, affectionately known as "The Hemptons" located in the fertile bluegrass of Danville, Kentucky... read more

This November sees the release of 50th Anniversary edition of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs", available as a 4LP vinyl box set via UMe/Polydor. Layla is often regarded as Eric Clapton's greatest musical achievement. The album is notably known for its title track, an evergreen rock classic, which had top ten single chart success in the U.K. and features the dual wailing guitars of Clapton and Duane Allman. In 1970, following the break-up of Blind Faith and his departure from Delaney & Bonnie, Derek & The Dominos initially formed in the spring of that year. The group comprised Eric Clapton on guitar and vocals alongside three other former members of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Bobby Whitlock on keyboards, Carl Radle on bass and Jim Gordon on drums. Derek & The Dominos played their first concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom on June 14, 1970 as part of a U.K. summer tour. During late August to early October they recorded Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, with the Allman Brothers' guitarist Duane Allman sitting in, before returning to a tour of the U.K. and the U.S. until the end of the year. Shortly thereafter the group disbanded but their short time together offered up one of the rock canon's most enduring albums of all time. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 double album, the original has been given the 'Half-Speed Mastered' treatment by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios and is completed with a certificate of authentication.

Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman made a special guest appearance on Joey Molland's new rendition of the Paul McCartney penned Badfinger hit song "Come and Get It"...

Peter Frampton was amazing in concert and gracious offstage at the Orpheum theater in Memphis. All Blues, the new covers album from the Peter Frampton Band, is out via UMe. The album is receiving widespread critical acclaim... more>

"The Best Of Rory Gallagher" will be released as a 2CD set featuring 30 tracks, including a previously unreleased collaboration with Jerry Lee Lewis, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", from 1973's 'The Sessions Recorded in London With Great Guest Artists' album...

Right after the global debut in New York celebrities gathered again for the Los Angeles premiere of the Hollywood movie John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum on May 15, 2019. Swiss watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer was there of course, supporting director and friend of the brand Chad Stahelski with his latest work. After being featured in the first two episodes about contract killer and car fan John Wick, the Lucerne manufacturer's timepieces once again show the time of day in John Wick: Chapter 3, this time on the wrists of Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves.

Harvey Dalton Arnold (former member of Outlaws) has released his new album Stories To Live Up To. "Standing up or laying down, I won't be here when the sun goes down," says the 66 year old Southern Rock legend on his song "When the Sun Goes Down" from the new release on Music Maker Recordings.

When metal singer Glenn Danzig unveiled his long-awaited full-length tribute to Elvis Presley, fans and critics alike swooned. Rolling Stone called it "a reverent tip of the pompadour to the King" and Classic Rock Magazine admired that the album "mostly avoids the obvious greatest hits, favouring instead reverb-heavy lo-fi treatments that faithfully reference the originals" while The New Yorker's Amanda Petruisch declared that Danzig's version of the oft-covered Willie Nelson-penned classic "Always On My Mind" was the best she'd ever heard. And now fans are being rewarded with the release of a very special, limited edition 7" vinyl featuring Danzig's unforgettable version of that song as the A side plus an extra thrilling treat in the form of an unreleased "alternate vocal" version of the powerful ballad "Loving Arms" on the B side. The 7" will be available in four versions: classic retro black, purple, black & white starburst, and a unique leopard print picture vinyl that may very well melt turntables with its unbelievable amount of coolness. If the leopard print version of the full-length album, now regarded as a high-end collector's item, is any guide, this version of the 7" print version will soon be the hot ticket item of 2020. Danzig had this to say about the release, "I always wanted to do leopard print vinyl as no one to my knowledge has ever done it before. I showed a mockup to Brian [Perera] at Cleopatra and he loved it, so we went with it. Needless to say, we're both happy that fans are digging it as they're selling out very quickly."

Don McLean ('American Pie', etc.) made a rare Memphis appearance at the Graceland Soundstage. Before the concert, McLean told that "I will be at Graceland for a Fathers Day concert and I will sing 'And I Love You So,' a song I wrote which Elvis sang during the last year of his life," said McLean. "It also appears on his album, "Today", released in 1975."

Congatulations to actress/writer Densie Nicholas ("Room 222", "In the Heat of the Night", "Let's Do It Again", etc.): her play "Freedom Summer" will premier with the Crossroads Theatre Company of New Brunswick, NJ in 2020! Ms.Nicholas shared a "Memphis memory" with "My Memphis memory: en route to attend writers conference at Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley's estate in Mississippi a few years ago and stopped in Memphis.. visited STAX Museum, sat down to view Otis Redding concert film. It was so powerful, so raw & so deep & soulful, I slid off my chair onto the floor! Music sees me through many of life's more challenging episodes!!

The legendary "soul man" Sam Moore remembers Aretha Franklin...Moore was a label mate and close friends with the late Aretha Franklin, and joined many others in paying tribute to the Queen of Soul last year at Carnegie Hall in New York City. more

Brian May spoke to 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."

Freda Payne (remember her song "Band of Gold"?) was a part of the concert celebrating the launching of the David Gest foundation in London. Ms.Payne told "I remember the times I spent at David's home overlooking the Mississippi in Memphis ...David and I had many good times as I was his best friend."

Steve Fossen, the original bassist in Heart shares some insight into the early days of the band with "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. When we met and started playing music with Ann Wilson in Seattle, Michael Fisher lived in Vancouver BC Canada and did not met Ann until we played a show somewhat near BC in Bellingham WA. The Fisher brothers did not recruit Ann & Nancy ...

"The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls has been prominently listed as one of the "23 Best-Selling Soul Music eBooks of All Time" by leading book rating service BOOK more

Joan Jett has finished producing 81 year-old rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson just as Gibson guitars announced the premiere of the new "Joan Jett ES 339" signature guitar. "I have witnessed first-hand the love and personal handcrafting that goes into each of these guitars," explains Joan Jett. "I'm so very proud my signature 339 is one of the last designed and produced in Memphis and amongst the first from Gibson Nashville."

World-class guitarist Pat Thrall (Beyonce, Meat Loaf, Chaka Khan, Asia, Pat Travers, etc.) reminisces with about working on Tina Turner's song "The Best" for producer Dan Hartman in more

Country music veteran/Memphis girl Deborah Allen was surprised with a special presentation by T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang and WSM's Devon O'Day at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley Wednesday night during the 6th annual Country For A Cause, benefiting Monroe Carell Jr's Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. A proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, celebrating Deborah's 40 years in country music, was tearfully and happily received 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.

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  • Peter Frampton @ the Orpheum theater

    Halle Berry with Carl F. Bucherer

    Roger Glover of Deep Purple