Friday, April 30, 2021

Pink Floyd’s 1975 masterpiece 'Wish You Were Here' to be celebrated via Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Rod Argent, Joe Satriani & more!

 This just landed in my inbox and I had to share! What a great cast of musicians banding together for a tribute (it arrives on May 28, 2021)...Robert Kinsler


Album features performances by Rick Wakeman, Ian Paice, Todd Rundgren, Geoff Tate, Joe Satriani, Steve Hackett, Steve Hillage, Edgar Froese, Tony Levin, James LaBrie, Bootsy Collins, Rat Scabies, Jah Wobble, Carmine Appice and more!

Los Angeles, CA - Pink Floyd’s 1975 album, Wish You Were Here, surely counts as one of the greatest rock albums of the 20th century. A musically and emotionally complex tribute to the band’s former leader, vocalist Syd Barrett, whose deteriorating mental health had caused the band to oust him in 1968, the album has become a touchstone for a generation of artists who sought to achieve the synthesis of brilliant, multi-part suites, poignant ballads, and heady melodic rockers that Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright & Nick Mason realized on this album. 

And now, a stunning all-star line-up of rock and metal royalty have gathered to recreate this epic masterpiece as a testament to its long-enduring legacy. Still Wish You Were Here includes awe-inspiring performances from keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Rock Hall of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren, ex-Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate, guitar god Joe Satriani, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, spacebass super genius Bootsy Collins, The Damned’s Rat Scabies, PiL’s Jah Wobble, The Zombies' Rod Argent and lots more! Get ready to fall in love with this classic record all over again.

Still Wish You Were Here will be available on both CD in a beautiful 6-panel deluxe digipak and a stunningly gorgeous gatefold vinyl in a variety of colors!

Pre-order the album:

Track List: 
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5) - Geoff Tate, Steve Hackett, Billy Sheehan, Mel Collins, Geoff Downes, Ian Paice
2. Welcome To The Machine - Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin
3. Have A Cigar - James LaBrie, Steve Stevens, Patrick Moraz, Rat Scabies, Jah Wobble
4. Wish You Were Here - Rik Emmett, Joe Satriani, Edgar Froese, David Ellefson, Carmine Appice
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) - Rod Argent, Steve Hillage, Ian Paice, Bootsy Collins

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The Shootouts release sophomore album 'Bullseye'

Here is news announced earlier today; The Shootouts' sophomore LP "Bullseye" is out now. You can read my 2019 review of the band's debut "Quick Draw" HERE. Robert Kinsler

The Shootouts Run The Gamut Of Classic Country and Western On 
Their Sophomore LP Bullseye
Available today; Produced by BR549’s Chuck Mead

Nashville, TN - April 30, 2021 - Equal parts vintage Nashville, Texas swing, and Bakersfield bravado, The Shootouts’ sophomore album Bullseye draws heavily from the music on which the band’s members were brought up, packaging all of country music’s classic subgenres in their modern, signature sound. Produced by former BR459 lead singer Chuck MeadBullseye shows The Shootouts mining their roots and expanding the territory they explored with their debut album, Quick Draw. The songs invoke a wide array of country music’s most important contributors, lassoing the band’s classic influences and bringing them straight into the present. "Great songs. Great picking. Great singing,” says Mead. “Bullseye gives it all to you. What more can you ask for?" 
Fans can purchase or stream Bullseye right now at this linkTo find more information on The Shootouts and to purchase all-new Shootouts merchandise—including limited edition, colored vinyl—visit On Wednesday, The Shootouts were invited by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to participate in a virtual interview and performance to celebrate the release of Bullseye which can be viewed now right here.  
With Mead at the helm, The Shootouts—Ryan Humbert (lead vocals, guitar), Emily Bates (backing vocals), Brian Poston (lead guitar), Dylan Gomez (drums), and Ryan McDermott (bass)—laid down songs like “Here Come The Blues,” an upbeat California country tune about the reckoning of loneliness and longing, “Everything I Know,” a galloping “High Plains” anthem told from the perspective of a lovesick fool, and “Saturday Night Town,” another rowdy live show staple beloved by Shootouts fans. 

While Bullseye is packed with rollicking barnburners that are just flat-out fun, some of its finest moments come from songs that evoke the heartfelt authenticity that has always been at the core of country music. But overall, The Shootouts’ mission with Bullseye was simply to create an album that puts a smile on listeners’ faces. “For everyone’s sake, this needed to be a fun record,” Humbert said. “We’re living through a time where people are suddenly out of work, have lost loved ones, and have been experiencing unimaginable stress on a daily basis. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes, we want them to take a break, crank it up, and enjoy themselves.”
Bullseye in the news:
The Shootouts made the cover of the Honky Tonk Times
Rolling Stone said, “The Shootouts mix supple Western swing with brash barroom country to A-plus results.”
American Songwriter commended the band for their unique blend of influences, saying “The Shootouts effectively straddle the line between being a uniquely sounding outfit yet feeling as comfortable as an old friend from the first moment you hear them.”
Ahead of release, the album is already seeing radio success—“Bullseye” is currently #24  on the Americana Album Chart and “Everything I Know” is #30 on the singles chart; multiple tracks from the album are spinning on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country. The band recently performed for WMOT’s “Finally Friday From Home” which fans can watch via NPR Music.
No Depression praised the album, saying, “If you want something done right, you go to the experts. So if you want some vintage honky-tonk, you go to The Shootouts. While the band’s previous release stuck to more meat-and-potatoes traditional country, they delight in mixing genres on Bullseye. Not only does the album urge us to have fun — important, of course — but it also reminds us that joy is the flip side of struggle.”
The Bluegrass Situation premiered the music video for “Saturday Night Town.”
In a full-album premiere, Cowboys & Indians wrote of the band, “Known for their high-energy blend of honky-tonk, Americana, and traditional country, the Shootouts hit the bullseye with their new record,” before adding, “If you happen to drop in at ‘Rattlesnake Whiskey,’ you’ll swear you just hit play on an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. And who doesn’t need more of that vibe right about now?”
The Boot praised album single “Here Come the Blues” on “upbeat, steady and twangy” despite the protagonist having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.
Regionally, the band has been the subject of features at Cleveland MagazineThe Canton Repository, and The Plain Dealer, who said, “The 12 songs on Bullseyehighlight The Shootout’s intentional resurgence of traditional honky-tonk music, veering away from the more widespread country-pop that has defined the genre. That effort has made the band stand out from the get-go, and continues to make The Shootouts a must-see act in Northeast Ohio.”
Pro Sound News broke down the technical details of Bullseye’s production.
Glide Magazine said the album, “really should be in your collection if you’re a fan of classic country and western swing.” 
More About The Shootouts:The Shootouts are known for their energetic blend of honky-tonk, Americana, and traditional country. After releasing their acclaimed 2019 debut Quick Draw, the band charted Top 50 on Americana radio and in 2020, were nominated for an Ameripolitan Music Award for “Best Honky-Tonk Group.” They have shared the stage with luminaries Marty Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radney Foster, Sheryl Crow, and many more. Produced by Grammy-nominee and BR549 founder Chuck Mead, their new album Bullseye ranges from catchy pedal steel-filled numbers (“Everything I Know”) to two-step worthy tunes (“Here Come The Blues”) to never before recorded fan live favorites (“Rattlesnake Whiskey” and “Saturday Night Town”). 

Sturgill Simpson covers "Paradise" for forthcoming John Prine tribute collection

A nice way to kick off the weekend with this stellar news; I love Sturgill Simpson's emotive take on John Prine's "Paradise." Make sure to check out the official media release below...Robert Kinsler

Sturgill simpson COVERS “PARADISE” FOR NEW JOHN PRINE TRIBUTE RECORD; 'Broken hearts and dirty windows: the songs of john prine, vol. 2' set for release on friday, october 8, 2021 

First installment of "big old goofy world: the  story of oh boy records' documentary debuts today, friday, april 30, 2021

April 30, 2021—A new version of John Prine’s beloved song, “Paradise,” performed by Sturgill Simpson, is out today on Oh Boy Records. Listen/share HERE. The song—whose proceeds benefit UNICEF USA’s Covid-19 Relief Fund—will be featured on the forthcoming Prine tribute record, Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2, out October 8 on Oh Boy Records (pre-order here). 
Simpson’s version of “Paradise” is the last song recorded at The Butcher Shoppe—the studio Prine founded with Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer David Ferguson—before the building’s demolition later this year. The studio was a meaningful place to Prine and Simpson, who shared a writing space in the building and recorded there numerous times throughout their respective careers. Reflecting on Prine’s influence, Simpson shares, “For myself along with many others, he was a mentor. He was very giving with his timew and wisdom, and we were all grateful to get to know him.” 
Each month ahead of the October release, Oh Boy will unveil a new artist and song that is featured on the tribute album. “Paradise” is the second track released, following Brandi Carlile’s rendition of “I Remember Everything,” which she performed during the 63rd GRAMMY Awards where the song won two awards: Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance. Written by Prine and his longtime collaborator Pat McLaughlin, “I Remember Everything” is Prine’s first #1 single and was recorded by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and engineer Gena Johnson.  
The release adds to an esteemed legacy for Oh Boy Records, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The country’s second oldest artist-owned independent label and the oldest in Nashville, Oh Boy was founded in 1981 by Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta and has since gone on to release more than fifty audio and video recordings while continuing to be a vital part of Nashville’s independent music community. To commemorate the milestone, Oh Boy will roll out several special releases this year including a new documentary series, “Big Old Goofy World: The Story of Oh Boy Records,” which chronicles the label’s rich history and legacy. Directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, the first installment of the series is debuting today—watch HERE
Regarded as one of the English language’s premier phrase-turners, Prine is a four-time Grammy-winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, a seven-time Americana Music Award-winner, a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient and member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Since his debut in 1971, Prine released over eighteen albums and has had his songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others, while drawing effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more, who knew him as a smiling, shuffling force for good. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce new album 'Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)'

 There are so many amazing songs on this upcoming collection. Just listen to the advance track and new video for "We're On Our Way Now," so magnificent. Prepare to be wowed! Robert Kinsler

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Announce
Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)
Out June 11, 2021 on Sour Mash Records

Greatest Hits Album Celebrating Ten Years of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Featuring Two Brand New Songs - View Album Trailer Here
Available To Pre Order Now Here
New Single “We’re On Our Way Now” Unveiled - Listen Here
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announced details of Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) today. The album, set to be released on June 11th via Sour Mash Records, is a definitive 18 track greatest hits package, and a timely reminder of the breadth and depth of classic songs from the first decade of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The new single “We’re On Our Way Now” is unveiled today, a taste of the future-fan-favorites to come. Listen here.
Curated and compiled entirely by Noel, the tracklisting of Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) encompasses songs from High Flying Birds’ three UK Number One albums (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsChasing Yesterday and Who Built The Moon?) and the three acclaimed EPs (Black Star DancingThis Is The Place and Blue Moon Rising). Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) also features two brand new songs produced by Noel Gallagher & Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey, “We’re On Our Way Now” and “Flying On The Ground. 

Noel Gallagher (seen on the digital screen) performing with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
at Coachella in Indio, CA in April 2012.
Photo credit: Robert Kinsler

Since establishing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds post the legendary success of Oasis, Gallagher has never sat still creatively. He’s mastered the art of embracing an instinctive sonic evolution and creative freedom whilst never neglecting the song craft. From the New Orleans brass powered blast of debut single “The Death Of You And Me” to the self produced psych-pop and space bound experimentation of “Chasing Yesterday”
and the disco saturated, sonic veer of “Who Built The Moon?” at the hands of renowned producer David Holmes and the subsequent EP releases, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have proven time and time again to be unshackled by genre and expectation. That Gallagher has so successfully married this bold and blistering approach with huge commercial success (over 2.4 million albums sold internationally with three UK Number One albums - marking a record breaking ten UK consecutive Number One studio albums across his career), coupled with relentless touring globally, is testament to Gallagher’s unerring ability to marry laser-guided melodies and fearless creativity.
Speaking of the timings of High Flying Birds’ greatest hits, Noel says: “10 years of The High Flying Birds?? Blimey! ... just think of all the things I COULD have done in that time!!”

"The title just came to me one afternoon, at the kitchen table.” He continues ”It's a saying isn't it: 'back the way we came'. I actually thought it was a great title. Which is why it's got vol 1. Because if there's another one, I'm not coming up with another title!"
Now with the best part of thirty years as one of the country's most respected and prolific songwriters under his belt, Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) celebrates another landmark in Noel Gallagher’s unparalleled career.
Full Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. Everybody’s On The Run
2. The Death Of You And Me
3. AKA … What A Life!
4. If I Had A Gun …
5. In The Heat Of The Moment
6. Riverman
7. Lock All The Doors
8. The Dying Of The Light
9. Ballad Of The Mighty I
10. We’re On Our Way Now
Disc 2
1. Black Star Dancing
2. Holy Mountain (Remastered)
3. A Dream Is All I Need To Get By
4. This Is The Place
5. It’s A Beautiful World
6. Blue Moon Rising
7. Dead In The Water (Live At RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
8. Flying On The Ground
Bonus Disc
1. It’s A Beautiful World (Instrumental)
2. If I Had A Gun … (Acoustic Version)
3. Black Star Dancing (Skeleton Key Remix)
4. Black Star Dancing (12” Mix Instrumental)
5. The Man Who Built The Moon (Acoustic Version)
6. International Magic (Demo)
7. Blue Moon Rising (Sons Of The Desert Remix)
8. The Dying Of The Light (Acoustic Version)
9. This Is The Place (Skeleton Key Remix)
10. This Is The Place (Instrumental)
11. Black Star Dancing (The Reflex Revision)
12. Be Careful What You Wish For (Instrumental)
Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 [2011-2021] is available to pre order now on the following formats:
Standard 2 CD
Deluxe 3 CD
Double heavyweight LP Formats
Limited edition Deluxe Box Set including set of deluxe vinyl, 
etched 7” plus 12” coffee table photo book with deluxe CD set
Online store exclusive - Double LP picture disc and cassette
Limited edition numbered, hand pressed, colored double LP with exclusive art print also released for Record Store Day on June 12th.
Picture credit: Matt Crockett

'Just a Gigolo' starring David Bowie out on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on June 29 from Shout! Factory

A 1978 classic starring David Bowie and film legend Marlene Dietrich - in her final role - will get its long-awaited release on June 29, 2021...Robert Kinsler

Los Angeles, CA –On June 29, 2021, Shout! Factory proudly presents Just a Gigolo on Blu-ray for the first time. The film will also be available on DVD, on digital and on demand the same day. The drama starring David Bowie has been newly remastered from original sources, presenting the film for the first time ever in high definition. The release comes complete with a 32-page booklet and with bonus features including The Making of Gigolo with Producer/Writer Joshua Sinclair and Assistant to the Director Rory MacLean, as well as audio commentary with Rory MacLean. Fans can pre-order their copies from now. 
Paul von Przygodski (David Bowie), a young Prussian gentleman, arrives in the trenches in time to be caught in the final explosion of the Great War. After recuperating in a military hospital, where he is mistaken for a French hero, he returns to Berlin. His family home has been turned into a boarding house, his father (Rudolf Schündler) is paralyzed, and his mother (Maria Schell) is working in the Turkish baths.
Attempting to find a new purpose, his childhood friend, Cilly (Sydne Rome), abandons him for fame and fortune; his former commanding officer, Captain Kraft (David Hemmings), tries to persuade him to join his right-wing movement and a widow, Helga von Kaiserling (Kim Novak), briefly seduces him with the finer things in life.
In a society where the individual comes first and anyone can be bought, he is recruited by Baroness von Semering (Marlene Dietrich) as one in her regiment of gigolos.
The cynical and decadent world of entertaining rich widows leads an increasingly disillusioned Paul to a poignant, chilling end.
Bonus Features:
  • 32-Page Booklet
  • The Making of Gigolo with Producer/Writer Joshua Sinclair and Assistant to the Director Rory MacLean
  • Audio Commentary with Rory MacLean
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a leading multi-platform media company devoted to film and TV distribution, development, and production, as well as the preservation and revitalization of the very best in pop-culture entertainment. Founded by Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos in 2003, Shout! owns and manages a large portfolio of films, contemporary and classic TV series, animation, and documentaries. The company’s creative acquisition mandate has established it as a leading independent distributor, with partners and properties including GKIDS, Sesame StreetThe Carol Burnett Show, The Johnny Carson Show, IFC Films, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, ITV Studios, Major League Baseball Productions, and many others. Shout! Factory Kids focuses on live-action and animated kids and family properties, and the company releases films and television shows in other genres under the Scream Factory and Shout Select imprints. Shout! develops, acquires and distributes new films via Shout! Studios, owns and operaates libraries including Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in partnership with creator Joel Hodgson) and the Roger Corman New Horizon Pictures Library, and operates the acclaimed streaming service Shout! Factory TV. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

AXS TV Presents 'Long Live The 90s' - A Limited Concert Series Starting May 9 with Pearl Jam

Some of rock music's greatest 90s-spawned artists will be featured on forthcoming AXS TV series...Robert Kinsler

Watch The Promo Clip Here




Los Angeles –  AXS TV turns back the clock this Spring with a time capsule full of iconic bands that defined an era in the “Long Live The 90s” all-new weekly limited concert series—launching Sunday, May 9 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The special event joins the Network’s “Sunday Night Rocks” lineup which also includes the star-studded music-themed countdown series The Top Ten Revealed at 8 p.m. ET, and the insightful profile series A Year In Music, hosted by GRAMMY®-winning Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Both series premiere new seasons on May 9. 


“Long Live The 90s” highlights seven influential bands whose sound helped shape one of music’s most important decades. This curated collection of unforgettable concerts finds each band taking the stage to showcase their unprecedented staying power as they perform career-spanning timeless hits. 


The series opens on May 9 with the Pearl Jam concert film Let’s Play Two, documenting the band’s epic two-night stop at Wrigley Field. Set amidst the backdrop of the Cubs’ historic 2016 season, Let’s Play Two details the unique relationship between the band, the team, and the city, spurred by hometown hero Eddie Vedder, and captures Pearl Jam in peak form as they tear through signatures, including “Better Man,” “Black,” and “Jeremy,” as well as legendary covers of Victoria Williams’ “Crazy Mary” and The Beatles’ “I’ve Got A Feeling.” Other series highlights include Garbage rocking the Queen City of the Plains with an evening of signature hits including “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Stupid Girl,” and “I Think I’m Paranoid” in Garbage: One Mile High… Live (May 16); and Stone Temple Pilots storming into the Windy City for a frenetic set at the Riviera Theatre featuring “Plush,” “Between The Lines” and “Creep” in Stone Temple Pilots: Live In Chicago (May 23).


“Long Live The 90s” is back in action on June 6 with alt-rock superstars Jane’s Addiction in a sideshow spectacle blending art with music as they performs “Jane Says,” “Up The Beach,” “Ocean Size,” and “Mountain Song” with burlesque dancers, trapeze artists and more flying through the air in Jane’s Addiction: Live In NYC. Then, Rage Against The Machine heads across the Pond for a roaring showcase, performing hits such as “Testify,” “Bulls On Parade,” and “Killing In The Name” in Rage Against The Machine – Live At Finsbury Park (June 13). The event closes with a pair of Live From The Artists Den specials, as rock trailblazers The Black Crowes fly South for a soaring set Oxford, Mississippi, performing “Shine Along,” “She Talks To Angels,” and “High Head Blues” (June 20); and Seattle legends Soundgarden wrap up their winter tour with a sold out show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, performing a landmark set that includes “Rusty Cage,” “Blind Dogs,” “Black Hole Sun,” and many more (June 27).


“Nostalgia is a powerful thing and these days, people are longing not only for a time when life was less complicated, but more imminently, for the day when we can get together to enjoy our favorite bands performing live again,” said Sarah Weidman, Head of Original Programming, Development and Multi-Platform Content for AXS TV. “From the fashion and music, to the toys and TV shows, the one era that people are constantly turning to is the 1990s. This curated concert series presents the ultimate trip down music’s memory lane, taking viewers back to one of rock’s most definitive decades with classic performances, iconic songs and groundbreaking bands that helped make the ‘90s so distinct. We are excited to be able to connect—and re-connect—viewers of all ages to these incredible events, giving them the best seat in the house for powerful sets packed with the classic hits they love.”


Long Live The 90s Limited Concert Series Lineup

5/9 - Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two
5/16 – Garbage: One Mile High…Live
5/23 - Stone Temple Pilots: Live in Chicago

6/6 - Jane’s Addiction: Live in NYC
6/13 - Rage Against the Machine – Live at Finsbury Park
6/20 – The Black Crowes: Live From the Artists Den

6/27 – Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den


About AXS TV

AXS TV is a leading music, entertainment, and lifestyle television network and digital media company controlled by Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc. AXS TV’s programming broadly appeals to a diverse and impassioned fanbase, offering eclectic content that includes concerts and music performances, celebrity interviews, documentaries, wrestling, MMA, special events, and pop culture series. The Network’s signature programs include Dan Rather’s “The Big Interview”, “Music’s Greatest Mysteries,” “The Top Ten Revealed,” and “A Year in Music” and concert events such as CMA Fest and Farm Aid. The channel is also the home of IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world’s largest entertainment properties and Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s premier all-women mixed martial arts promotion. The Network is available nationally in the United States and parts of Canada and the Caribbean. A full list of providers and territories can be found on For more information, visit and its social media channels YouTubeFacebookInstagram and Twitter.