Claudia Lennear

Claudia Lennear teams with Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon just signed Ms. Lennear to her Hello Sunshine production company as a consultant for an upcoming film detailing a semi-fictional account of a 1970's girl rock and roll singer.

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, the unfinished song she was writing with David Bowie and her current musical projects with John Sebastian and Jackson Browne.

Kevin Godley (formerly of 10cc) to release very first solo album Muscle Memory on December 17, 2020...

Grammy award winning songwriter/guitarist/artist Steve Wariner has teamed rockabilly crooner Robert Gordon for a cover of "I've Had Enough" -the rollicking 1956 song penned and performed by icon Jerry Reed.

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... ...read more>

Elvin Bishop (founding member of the iconic Paul Butterfield Blues Band) joins Shirley King (daughter of blues legend B.B. King) on her new song "I Did You Wrong" ...read more >

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...

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.

Clips from the new Deep Purple album have leaked online. Bob Ezrin and Roger Glover have crafted a masterpiece. WHOOSH! to be released in September...

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.

Heavy metal icon and punk pioneer Danzig has released "DANZIG Sings ELVIS" with Cleopatra Records. After crediting Elvis Presley as one of his greatest influences, Danzig has wrapped up a full-length album that will also be available on vinyl. While recording this project, it was important to not only include some well-known Elvis recordings, but also some that were not hits, but influential nonetheless...

Filmmaker/photographer Deborah Anderson has started a fundraiser campaign to help get her Award-Winning Documentary "Women Of The White Buffalo" out into the world via a streaming platform. The film's theme song is written and performed by YES legend Jon Anderson who's voice is also heard throughout the documentary

50 YEARS on from the release of Tea for the Tillerman, the 1970 multi-platinum selling, era-defining album that made a superstar, Yusuf / Cat Stevens is set to release Tea for the Tillerman 2 on September 18th via UMe.

There were a lot of emotional moments during the Southern Creed Farewell Show at Lafayette's Music Room on Saturday, December 21, 2019. It was the last time to ever see Steve Ingle, Hal Butler, James Flynn, Jimmy Rusidoff and Chip Thomas onstage together...

Don McLean ('American Pie', etc.) made a rare Memphis appearance at the Graceland Soundstage. Before the concert, McLean told Jungleroom.com 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 brilliant 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 jungleroom.com: "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!!

Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and longtime St. Jude supporter Brad Paisley made a surprise appearance on Saturday night in front of more than 800 country music industry attendees (including radio personalities, artists, executives, label representatives and media) at the St. Jude Country Cares Seminar. Paisley was joined on stage by St. Jude patient Addie to perform a live duet of his new song, "Alive Right Now"...read more

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. ..read more

David Hasselhoff enlisted famed guitarist Steve Cropper (Stax, Booker T and the MG's, the Blues Brothers, etc.) to play on the song "Sugar, Sugar" (the old Archies hit from 1969) for his new album...

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."

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 Jungleroom.com: "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 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. 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 AUTHORITY...read more

Southern Rock neotraditional group, Scooter Brown Band, made their Grand Ole Opry debut. After a rousing welcome and endorsement from Opry star Charlie Daniels, the band played their signature title-track from their album American Son along with "Georgia" and "Ain't Country At All." They joined a star-filled line-up including Little Big Town, Dailey & Vincent, Cam, Bill Anderson, Zach Williams and the Charlie Daniels Band. Not only was one Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member (Daniels) on hand to support, but long-time friend of the band Randy Travis also showed up and was greeted with a standing ovation by the sold-out crowd...read more

Alan Parsons kicked Off a week-long celebration of Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary at the Cocoa Riverfront Park in Florida with opening act Edison's Children featuring Rick Armstrong, son of astronaut Neil Armstrong...read more

Chuck Negron, formerly of iconic band Three Dog Night, proposed to his long-time girlfriend and manager, Ami Albea, in the midst of his sixth appearance on the "Happy Together Tour"...

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 Jungleroom.com about working on Tina Turner's song "The Best" for producer Dan Hartman in 1989...read more

Candice Night spoke with Jungleroom.com about her amazing vocal contibution on 'Don't Kill The Whale' for the "A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute" album...read 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 ...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.

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    Halle Berry with Carl F. Bucherer
     

    Roger Glover of Deep Purple