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#1 - APRIL 7, 2011
ROBERT PLANT AND BAND OF JOY CONFIRM TOUR DATES
year into playing together, the Band of Joy has found that rare sweet spot where composition and improvisation meld to create a fiery and soulful brand of jubilant rock’n’roll. Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal said, “The concerts are an eclectic mix pulled together by the charm and force of Mr. Plant’s personality, the wonder of his voice and his spirited band.” The touring band is the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multiinstrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/ vocals. New York, NY - Rounder Records is excited to announce that Robert Plant has confirmed an 11-date North American tour that begins in San Diego, CA, and ends at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The shows on previous legs of the tour have been some of P l a n t ’s m o s t i n s p i r e d l i v e performances in years. Nearly one The response to Band of Joy has been glowing. They have appeared on numerous year-end best-of lists, including the Rolling Stone Top 30, the Spin Top 40, and the American Songwriter Top 50 to name a few. For more information, visit: www.rounder.com/artists/robertplant.
House Concert: Artese N Toad
Ray Naylor will be hosting the Delaware County duo, Artest N Toad, at his home in Folcroft, PA on Saturday, April 16th at 8 PM. Artese N Toad are nationally published Americana and Roots songwriters who have been writing and performing for almost three decades. The duo has issued a series of train themed CD’s that have been well received by roots music and train fans alike. Performing as a duo and band, they have connected with audiences from Nashville to Pennsylvania, and are regulars at songwriting venues and outdoor music festivals. Artese N Toad have released 6 recordings. The latest release, MEET THE PHARAOHS, features their new studio band The Radio Pharaohs. For reservations and details, write: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web Page: http://raynaylor.net MySpace: www.myspace.com/RaySings60
2011 PHILADELPHIA SONGWRITING CONTEST DEADLINE: APRIL 15TH!
Philadelphia, PA - This year’s theme of ‘Revolution’ is one of the most challenging we’ve put forth. The Songwriter is one of the most treasured and relevant social commentators in any era and this time in history begs for your finest work, your vision, and your expression. Our Prize Package is exceptional, offering not only high profile performance opportunities but significant nonperformance prizes. For Submission Guidelines and all other details, visit: w w w. p h i l l y s o n g w r i t e r s . c o m / 03_news.html — Dena Marchiony, The Philadelphia Songwriters Project
#1 - APRIL 7, 2011
PROCEEDS FROM HANSON’S “GIVE A LITTLE” TO SUPPORT JAPANESE RELIEF EFFORT
thrilled that ‘Give A Little’ has a chance to live up to its title and inspire people to give what they can to help those in Japan still struggling in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.” ! In the short period of the initial campaign, which was started at the SXSW Interactive Event with the original launch of SXSW4Japan.org, online donations have topped $100,000, plus a much larger amount that was directed straight to the American Red Cross via their national text donation number. ! ! Music from the SXSW4JAPAN telecast has been compiled to create a robust beneﬁt album of the same name with more than 45 songs, which is currently available at Amazon.com with all proceeds also going to the American Red Cross. The streaming event and album features guest appearances and exclusive performances from a wide array of artists including John “JoJo” Hermann of Widespread Panic, North Mississippi Allstars, The Boxer Rebellion, The Hours, Michael Stipe, HANSON, Ben Folds, An Horse, Natasha Bedingﬁeld, Ozomatli, Alpha Rev, Anna Nalick, Charlie Mars, Cary Brothers, Michelle Branch, Bowling For Soup, Rooney, Amanda Palmer, Andrew WK, Taylor Locke And The Roughs, Jimmy Gnecco, Imani Coppola, Tracy Bonham and many more.
STYX AND YES CO-HEADLINING “PROGRESSIVE U.S. TOUR” SET TO KICK OFF JULY 4
Multi-platinum rock band STYX joins forces with the world’s most quintessential prog-rock band YES for a summer tour extravaganza. These two monster rock bands will embark on the 22city “Progressive U.S. Tour” starting July 4th and concluding August 3rd in Mountain View, CA. Tickets will go on sale starting the weekend of April 8th. STYX — Tommy Shaw (vocals/ guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals/guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals/keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo — has an unmistakable sound all their own, and they continue to prove that they’re one of the hardest working bands in the music world thanks to a vigorous tour schedule that keeps them constantly on the road all across the globe. Y E S — T h e L e g e n d a r y, Grammy® Award winning progrock band that has defined many a generation — will be on tour in support of their new album FLY FROM HERE on Frontiers Records releasing July 12th. YES features a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, and lead singer Benoit David. YES will be reuniting with keyboard player Geoff Downes for this tour. For additional ticket information please visit: www.styxworld.com or www.yesworld.com.
Los Angeles, CA - Like many, poprock trio Hanson was overwhelmed by the news of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month. In response, the band turned their focus to the worthy cause, announcing that they are donating the proceeds from “Give A Little” to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for the month of April. ! In addition, the band is at the helm of SXSW4Japan.org, an immense music project that started March 11th in Austin, TX, during the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. The ﬂagship event, a 12-hour live telecast to galvanize support for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, was pulled together in less than 48 hours, recruiting 40 artists performing more than 60 songs, and was viewed by people in 149 countries. ! Taylor Hanson says, “In special instances, music has the ability to inspire genuine action toward a worthy cause at a time of great need. We are proud to be a part of the immense collection of artists contributing to SXSW4JAPAN and
#1 - APRIL 7, 2011
SISTER HAZEL ANNOUNCES SIXTH ANNUAL HAZELNUT HANG
Palms, South Carolina, for June 3 through June 5, 2011. The Hazelnut Hang, which the band created as a way to interact more closely with their fans, is a weekend gathering of friends, fans, and the band members to share music, food, and fun, with plenty of time to hang out together. Confirmed to be joining the performance slate for the weekend are Brian Jarvis on June 3rd and TFDI (Tony Lucca, Matt Duke, Jay Nash) on June 4th. Sister Hazel, the five-piece rock band from Gainesville, Florida, has announced its sixth annual Hazelnut Hang at the Windjammer in Isle of All details are available at w w w. r o c k r i d g e m u s i c . c o m / hazelnuthang and tickets are on sale at www.the-windjammer.com.
SHINEDOWN TO RELEASE LIVE CD/DVD COLLECTION
SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE – which received its title from a member of the “Shinedown Nation” fan community – will include material filmed and recorded on Shinedown’s two epic 2010 headline tours: the inaugural “Carnival Of Madness” tour and the highly praised “Anything & Everything” acoustic tour. The Jacksonville, Florida-based band has long been hailed as one of rock’s most dynamic live acts. SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE showcases both the energy of the band’s electric show and intimacy of their acoustic sets. Details at: www.shinedown.com.
THE CARS: NEW ALBUM & NORTH AMERICAN SPRING TOUR
May 10th, 2011.! Move Like This, produced by Garret “Jacknife” Lee and The Cars, ﬁnds the beloved band - Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson brimming with conﬁdence and creative energy, in full charge of their considerable power and enduring inﬂuential artistry. The project’s genesis came in the fall of 2009 as Ocasek considered how to proceed with his latest batch of songs. He realized that his best option was the three players with whom he had the most symbiotic relationship. Ocasek reached out to Hawkes, Easton, and Robinson, each of whom were excited at the opportunity to play together again. “It totally clicked immediately,” Ocasek says. “Everybody got right into it, as if we had never stopped playing. After two days I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is going to be cool.’” “The Cars have always had a futuristic sound,” added Producer Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, The Hives, Weezer), “and this is something we wanted to keep - tight, taut and lean. There’s a freshness and clarity to The Cars and MOVE LIKE THIS that most new bands don’t have.! That’s pretty special.” To hear songs, play videos and get news on The Cars, please visit: www.thecars.org.
The Cars have announced an initial string of concerts across North America, due to begin Tuesday, May 10th at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo. !The set list will draw from the band’s remarkable career and include songs from their eagerly awaited new album MOVE LIKE THIS, set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on