John Broven, while living in the South of England during the 1950s and ’60s, loved American blues, rhythm-and-blues and swamp pop. He later documented the music in a trio of essential books, including the newly revised “South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous.” Readers embraced "South to Louisiana," published in 1983, as well as Broven's first book, 1974's "Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans." The two definitive accounts of Louisiana music made their way to schools, libraries, museum shops, tourist destinations and Louisiana music lovers around the world. Despite the richness of south Louisiana music, “so many people in Louisiana don’t appreciate just how adored the music is overseas," Broven said from his home in Long Island, New York. "My interest stemmed from collecting the records in England all those years ago.” An updated, second edition of "South to Louisiana" has recently been issued by Pelican Publishing Co. in Gretna. The book includes stories and … [Read more...] about ‘South to Louisiana,’ definitive book on state music history, receives updated second edition
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Diane Warren is getting the documentary treatment, courtesy of XTR . The doc, directed by Bess Kargman ( Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women’s Gymnastics ), will offer an intimate look at the life, career and process of one of the most accomplished songwriters of all time, revealing what has compelled her to write music continuously since the age of 14. Bryn Mooser’s premium nonfiction film and TV studio announced on Wednesday that the untitled film is already in the works. “With the popularity of music documentaries exploding, it’s finally time to tell the story of this prolific and legendary songwriter who has powered many superstars to the top of the charts. Diane Warren is one of the most prodigious, accomplished songwriters of our time,” said Justin Lacob, Head of Development at XTR. “This documentary gives an intimate look at all aspects of her life and career to pay homage to an unparalleled talent in the music and entertainment industry.” Related … [Read more...] about Songwriter Diane Warren At Center Of Feature Doc In The Works From XTR
The year 2020 will be a stain on the memories of most Australian artists. Closed borders and closed venues meant tour and album-release plans were either revised or brought to a halt, and revenue streams (not to mention fans) suffered accordingly. For Australian sibling duo Lime Cordiale , though, the pandemic created an unexpected opportunity. The Sydney-based indie-pop band ended up releasing its second album “to a bored, hungry audience,” as co-founder Oli Leimbach puts it, in July of last year. 14 Steps to a Better You debuted at Number One on the Australian Albums Chart (ARIA), the band’s first leader, and Lime Cordiale went on to win their first ARIA Award, for Breakthrough Artist. As the lockdown ripped the life out of live, Lime Cordiale scrapped shows around the globe. “[Before the pandemic] our touring schedule in 2020 looked so busy it was already hurting before we’d begun,” says Leimbach . Pre-Covid, Lime Cordiale planned a victory lap of their … [Read more...] about Live From the Trans-Tasman Bubble: How Australia Brought Concerts Back
“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?
Guitarist and singer Nancy Wilson has achieved much in a professional music career now going on nearly 50 years. With her sister, singer Ann Wilson, she is best known as the co-leader of the hugely successful rock band Heart, which have sold 35 million albums worldwide and charted such hit singles as "Crazy on You," "Barracuda," "These Dreams" and "Alone." Outside of Heart, Wilson has also formed her own band Roadcase Royale with singer Liv Warfield, as well as composed music for such films as Almost Famous , Jerry Maguire and Vanilla Sky , all of them directed by her former husband Cameron Crowe. But outside of a live album from 1999, the one thing Wilson had never done in her long tenure in music is release a solo record. That changes officially on May 7 when the musician will unveil her debut studio album You and Me , a collection of original and cover songs that not only features a core band of musicians whom she worked with in Heart, but also guests Warfield, the Foo … [Read more...] about Heart’s Nancy Wilson on Releasing Her First-Ever Solo Album and the Band’s Legacy