Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Doheny Blues Fest, Toto, 'Empire' soundtrack

There is all kinds of news coming out of the President's Day weekend and it's below. Also, make sure to check out my weekly album review column posted today on the MusicNewsNashville.com site via the link herewhere I review the latest albums from The Mavericks, Les Stroud and the Campfire Kings and more! 

Doheny Blues Festival announces more artists

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist TAJ MAHAL is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world - west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more.

The eldest son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters, MUD MORGANFIELD  
and Fabulous Thunderbird frontman KIM WILSON came together for their 2014 release
"FOR POPS" which represents some of Mud's favorite songs from his father, and they were backed by the stellar Severn Records team of Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn (guitars), Barrelhouse Chuck (Piano) Steve Gomes (bass) and Robb Stupka (drums).  
The accolades have been pouring in for longtime Chicago guitarist LURRIE BELL
who has experienced a renaissance of interest with his two recent releases.
In 2014, Lurrie was nominated for 5 Blues Music Awards, and he is nominated
for "Best Traditional Blues Artist" for the upcoming 2015 BMAs in May.

Direct from France, NICO WAYNE TOUSSAINT is taking America by storm,

having just placed 3rd in Memphis' recent International Blues Challenge,
with Nico personally receiving the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica player.
A fighter, a lover, a vagabond... CANDYE KANE is back, stronger than ever, and Doheny Blues is proud that she will bring her barrelhouse belting to this year's festival. 

 Purchase tickets online through our secure ticketing site.
 Purchase your Weekend Passes in October 2014 and all service fees are waived!

Please note:
 If you purchase a Weekend Pass, your EventBand must be worn for the duration of the festival. The EventBand is non-transferable (you cannot give it to someone else), non-exchangeable and cannot be removed.

ELECTRONIC TICKET DELIVERYYou will receive a confirmation email with your attached PDF ticket(s). Your ticket(s) are available to print instantly. You will exchange your printed ticket for your EventBand (admission wristband) at the Front Gate the morning of the festival.

1. All sales are final; there are no refunds.
2. All prices listed are "per person".
3. Tickets/EventBands are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
4. We are not responsible for lost or stolen Tickets/EventBands.
5. Weekend Passes are NOT available at the gate.
6. Weekend Passes/2-Day EventBands are only good for one person for the entire weekend.
7. Weekend Pass Holders must wear their EventBand for the duration of the festival.
8. All customers purchasing a ticket to the Doheny Blues Festival agree to the festival guidelines and ticket policies.
9. If single day tickets are available for purchase at the gate, they will be $10 more while supplies last.
10. Artists and times are subject to change without notice; the festival is rain or shine.
11. Ticket policies, festival guidelines and important information is available on the Doheny Blues website.

Toto debut new song 'Holy War'
Listen Here: http://radi.al/HolyWar
Available Today Along With “Orphan” 
When You Pre Order TOTO XIV
First New Studio Album in Ten Years Out In Europe 3/20, 
The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on 3/24

World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015

Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on March 24, 2015.  The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow.   

Fans can now listen to the second track to debut from TOTO XIV which is: “Holy War.”  The song is available now along with “Orphan” as an instant grat track beginning today on iTunes worldwide when you pre-order:http://geni.us/TotoXIViTunes.  You can hear the track here: http://radi.al/HolyWar

Configurations for the album will also include CD, with a deluxe edition available featuring a "making of" documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph. 

Toto XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 

As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 

The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.  A North American tour will follow in the summer of 2015.  The band is also in the planning stages for their return to Asia later this year.

The last couple of years have been active, with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April, 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Polandtitle was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last August and September, the band hit the road travelling across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 

Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.  The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (http://www.fallenheroes.org/), and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.

An EPK featuring the band's insights can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/vsBf9hSkOPQ
1.     Running Out Of Time
2.     Burn
3.     Holy War
4.     21st Century Blues
5.     Orphan
6.     Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
7.     The Little Things
8.     Chinatown
9.     All The Tears That Shine
10.  Fortune
11.  Great Expectations

5/21     Glasgow, UK                                                  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5/23     Dublin, Ireland                                                Vicar Street (SOLD OUT)
5/25     Manchester, UK                                             02 Apollo Manchester
5/26     London, UK                                                    Apollo Hammersmith
5/28     Paris, France                                                   Zenith
5/29     Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg                       Rockhal
5/30     Amsterdam, Netherlands                                Ziggo Dome
6/02     Sonderborg, Denmark                                     Molleparkens Friluftscene
6/03     Copenhagen, Denmark                                    Falkoner Theatre
6/04     Solvesborg, Sweden                                        Sweden Rock Festival
6/06     Bergen, Norway                                              Bergen Calling
6/07     Oslo, Norway                                                 Sentrum Scene (SOLD OUT)
6/10     Bremerhaven, Germany                                  Stadthalle
6/11     Berlin, Germany                                             Tempodrome
6/12     Leipzig, Germany                                           Parkbuhne
6/13     Dresden, Germany                                          Junge Garde
6/15     Cologne, Germany                                          Tanzbrunnen
6/16     Offenbach, Germany                                      Stadthalle
6/17     Stuttgart, Germany                                         Freilichtbuhne Killesberg
6/18     Abenberg, Germany                                        Burg Abenberg
6/20     Hinwil, Switzerland                                        Rock The Ring Festival
6/21     Klam, Austria                                                 Castle Clam
6/23     Wroclaw, Poland                                             Orbita Hol
6/24     Warsaw, Poland                                              Torwar
6/26     Budapest, Hungary                                         Petofi Hall
6/27     Bucharest, Romania                                        Sala Palatului
6/28     Sofia, Bulgaria                                                Arena Armeec
6/30     Belgrade, Serbia                                               Kalemegdan Fortress
7/03     Milan, Italy                                                     City Sound Milan
7/05     Rome, Italy                                                     Cavea Auditorium
7/07     Kufstein, Austria                                            Festungsarena
7/08     Munich, Germany                                          Olympiahalle
7/10     Zottegem, Belgium                                          Rock Zottegem Festival
7/13     Morzine, France                                             Morzine Harley Days
7/15     Nimes, France                                                 Festival de Nimes
7/16     Vienne, France                                                Theatre Antique
7/19     Taormina, Italy                                               Anfiteatro Romano

Original Soundtrack from Season ONE of “Empire” coming March 10, 2015

Columbia Records, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) are pleased to announce the release of theOriginal Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire, available on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The release is the first in a series of soundtracks that will feature original music from critically acclaimed drama EMPIRE, and will showcase cast members Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and Bryshere Gray a.k.a. Yazz (Hakeem Lyon), alongside Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and guest stars Courtney Love, Juicy J, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, Mary J. Blige and Rita Ora. The Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire is available for pre-order now http://smarturl.it/EmpireSoundtrack.
The soundtrack will include the emotional ballad “Good Enough,” up-tempo track “No Apologies”and soul-stirring song “What Is Love.” See below for full track-listing, which includes never-before-heard songs from upcoming episodes. The digital deluxe version of Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire features seven additional songs.
Since its premiere on Jan. 7, EMPIRE’s meteoric debut season has broken records and critics cannot stop raving about it. Entertainment Weekly proclaimed the show as “a character-driven, sudsy yet soulful musical drama that is both aware of the culture and about the culture.” The Hollywood Reporter stated that EMPIRE is “entertaining as hell with a strong story base and great music.” A powerful and unique program coupled with an extremely talented cast make it easy to see why Vulture said that “EMPIRE is a bona-fide phenomenon.”
EMPIRE airs Wednesdays (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Standard Edition Track-list:
1. Good Enough feat. Jussie Smollett
2. What Is Love feat. V.Bozeman
3. No Apologies feat. Yazz and Jussie Smollett
4. Keep It Movin’ feat. Serayah McNeil and Yazz
5. Walk Out On Me feat. Courtney Love
6. Conqueror feat. Estelle and Jussie Smollett
7. Remember The Music feat. Jennifer Hudson
8. Shake Down feat. Mary J. Blige and Terrence Howard
9. Power of the Empire feat. Yazz
10. Nothing To Lose feat. Jussie Smollett
11. Whatever Makes You Happy feat. Jennifer Hudson and Juicy J
Digital Deluxe Edition Track-list:

  1. Good Enough feat. Jussie Smollett
  2. What Is Love feat. V.Bozeman
  3. No Apologies feat. Yazz and Jussie Smollett
  4. Keep It Movin’ feat. Serayah McNeil and Yazz
  5. Keep Your Money feat. Jussie Smollett
  6. Drip Drop feat. Yazz and Serayah McNeil
  7. Can’t Truss ‘Em feat. Yazz
  8. I Wanna Love You feat. Jussie Smollett
  9. Money For Nothing feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
  10. Walk Out On Me feat. Courtney Love
  11. You’re So Beautiful feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
  12. Conqueror feat. Estelle and Jussie Smollett
  13. Remember The Music feat. Jennifer Hudson
  14. Power Of The Empire feat. Yazz
  15. Shake Down feat. Mary J. Blige and Terrence Howard
  16. Nothing To Lose feat. Jussie Smollett
  17. Whatever Makes You Happy feat. Jennifer Hudson and Juicy J
  18. NY Raining feat. Charles Hamilton and Rita Ora

One of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, Columbia Records is home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.
About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records,Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration,RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
About Twentieth Century Fox Television
A 21st Century Fox company, Twentieth Century Fox Television is one of the industry’s most prolific suppliers of primetime television programming and entertainment content, including this season's smash sensation Empire from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer, the five-time Emmy Award winning blockbuster comedy Modern Family, the pop culture phenomenon anthology series American Horror Story, and the longest running primetime scripted series in the history of television, The Simpsons. The studio’s cable production division, Fox 21, is responsible for the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning Homeland, the critically acclaimed Sons of Anarchy (with FX Productions) and Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk’s upcoming anthology series American Crime Story. Eagerly anticipated new series include Last Man on Earth starring Will Forte and Scream Queens from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto. Twentieth Century Fox Television is a division of Fox Television Group, led  by Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
About Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including EMPIRE, GOTHAM, AMERICAN IDOL, THE FOLLOWING, NEW GIRL, GLEE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and SLEEPY HOLLOW. FOX is the only network to ever rank No. 1 in the key adult demographic for eight consecutive seasons and continues to dominate all network competition in the more targeted Adults 18-34 and Teen demographics. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports and Sunday morning news. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app at www.fox.com/foxnow. “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV and follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com

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