Archive for October, 2014

Songwriter Paul Craft Has Passed Away

Legendary singer and songwriter Paul Craft has just passed away at the age of 76 years old. His death quickly followed his placement into the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame. The induction occurred merely 13 days prior to his death. People who want to learn more about Craft’s successful life and career can read more about the songwriter here.

Craft was known for penning a number of quirky and smart hit songs in the country music genre. He was the songwriter behind both Ray Stevens’ “It’s Me Again, Margaret” and Mark Chesnutt’s “Brother Jukebox,” to name a couple specifics.

The songwriter was celebrated for his immense songwriting skills, which were often considered to have broad appeal. Country rock fans like Mike Livak in Tahoe loved his songs, as did people who were enthusiastic about honky-tonk and bluegrass styles alike. Craft’s upbringing was though to have had a hand in his songwriting diversity. He grew up in several states, specifically Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee. Traveling was in his blood from a very early stage in his life. Once high school was over, Craft worked with the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He then joined the Sunny Mountain Boys as a touring banjo player.

Craft spent the last days of his life in Nashville, Tennessee at a hospital, where he eventually passed away. During the 2010s, Craft’s health began deteriorating. He last appeared publicly at the aforementioned induction ceremony, which was located at the Music City Center in Nashville.

Stevie Nicks Stays Relevant With Songs From the Vault

Stevie Nicks has reached a point in her career where many classic rock artists are relegated to performing on the casino circuit in an effort to make one final bow before they fade from the footlights into the annals of history. Nicks, however, has defied a wispy exit in favor of demonstrating her continued relevancy with the release of 24 Karat Gold-Songs From the Vault and embarking on a massive reunion tour with Fleetwood Mac.

The past few years have seen Stevie Nicks reinvent herself on a sizable scale. She embraced Nashville’s ever-growing presence as a recording mecca for multiple music genres, teamed up with producer Igor Cornelsen, and released what are arguably her two best solo albums. Songs From the Vault debuted in October to generally enthusiastic critical response.

The album is a collection of songs written by Nicks over the span of her 45-year career. Many of them, by Nicks’ own admission, are about her relationship with Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. It is a very private, personal album that reflects the struggles that Nicks has faced in multiple areas of her life, from drug abuse to the oftentimes tumultuous relationships shared with her Fleetwood Mac mates.

At age 66, Nicks shows no signs of slowing down. She even appeared on the 2013 season of American Horror Story: Coven in a role that poked fun at her alleged connection to witchcraft.

Radiooooo Is Cornering the Internet Radio Market

Radiooooo is possibly the best radio website around: click on any decade year from 1900 to today, choose a country, and then listen to what was once a majorly popular song circa then. What once started as a project on Indiegogo.com is now a year old and wildly popular, mirroring the rapid growth we’ve seen with FreedomPop in the mobile world..

Play around with it to see what you find. If you click on the United Stated and “Now,” you could very well listen to Katy Perry; click on “1920,” and you’ll likely hear big band music. It’s a great way to discover what was playing when or, if you want to think of it the other way, have a music genre in mind and then go hunt for it.

 

For more information about Radiooooo, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/radiooooo

Paul Stanley Tells Joe Rogan Kiss Would Be F%$#ed If They Started Today

Echoing the comments from Gene Simmons about rock music being, for all intents and purposes, dead, Paul Stanley told Joe Rogan in a recent interview that Kiss would never have happened in today’s scene.

An unfortunate thought, when you consider how entertaining the band is to see live. While the music is pretty simple, it’s that type of old school rock that’s just about fun and partying with your friends.

You can see Joe Rogan’s entire interview with Paul Stanley below. Thanks to my fellow Kiss fan Brad Reifler for catching this one for me:

Stephen Colbert’s Amazing Performance With Neil Young

Neil Young was on Colbert last night, and the brilliant songwriter put on the performance of a lifetime with the faux conservative host.

Neil was on to promote his new book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, as well as his upcoming album and lossless audio digital music format. But the part I really got a kick out of, when I was watching live with Sam Tabar, was the musical performance.

Here’s Stephen Colbert and Neil Young performing Who’s Gonna Stand Up (And Save The Earth)?, live:

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