Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Man Honors Blues Artists One Grave at a Time

Famous blues piano player, Otis Spann was buried in an unmarked grave near Chicago after he died April 24, 1970. Thanks to Steven Salter, and his Killer Blues Headstone Project, Spann now has a gravestone. (Photo: Courtesy Steven Salter via WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich.)

WHITEHALL, Mich. — What started out as a simple passion for a Michigan man ended up evolving into a pilgrimage as his love for the blues is making sure some of the country's greatest musicians will never be forgotten.
Many blues artists died before any of their music earned any money, which means several of the nation’s greatest blues artists are buried in small towns and cow pastures in unmarked graves.
To Steven Salter, of Whitehall, Mich., that’s grossly unacceptable. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years providing headstones for blues artists, thanks to a niche non-profit organization he and four others created called “Killer Blues Headstone Project.”

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nine Music Festivals and Events You Can't Miss this September in Raleigh, N.C.

With the most live music in the state, you can find a show in Raleigh, N.C., every day of the year and from one end of the destination to the other. And the calendar hits a high note around Sept. as some of the year's biggest festivals and concerts are staged in Raleigh, creating the Raleigh M.A.I.N. Events, an initiative that celebrates a month of music, art, innovation and noise through 20 happenings. In addition to the Raleigh M.A.I.N. Events, the capital city's surrounding towns add can't-miss festivals to the mix—all the more reason to plan a road trip in Sept.! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Heavy Metal Music Growing Everywhere

Metal guitarist and Wilmington resident Chris Elliot of the band Omeni.
COLUMBUS — When iconic heavy metal singer Rob Halford of Judas Priest took the stage last Monday night and performed with new wave Japanese heavy metal band Babymetal, many fans in the tradition-soaked genre were surprised.
 But Bowling Green State University anthropologist and pop culture professor Dr. Jeremy Wallach said the collaboration didn’t surprise him at all.
Heavy metal music isn’t just growing in popularity in the U.S., it is growing in worldwide appeal, he says. And with that international growth comes a shift in what defines heavy metal music.
The historic pairing of “old and new” music didn’t surprise Xenia native Chris Elliot of Wilmington or music blogger Jonathan Williams of Washington Court House, either.

Why Is America’s First Country Music Superstar Buried In Bridgeport?

Bluegrass musician Nick Novia plays at the grave of Marion T. Slaughter – known professionally as Vernon Dalhart – in Bridgeport's Mountain Grove Cemetery.
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There are questions that might stump even the most dedicated country music fan: Who kickstarted the country music industry in the 1920s, even before big names like Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family? And why is this Texas musician buried in Bridgeport, Connecticut?
His name was Vernon Dalhart, and he released some of the best-selling records of the era, including “The Prisoner’s Song.”

Monday, August 15, 2016

Daughter of Jock Scot Remembers 'Rebellious' Dad Who Could Silence a Crowd With His Words

POPPY Chancellor is among loved ones hailing the musician in a documentary filmed two weeks after he was diagnosed with the cancer that claimed his life. 
IRVINE Welsh and Billy Bragg hail him as a hero. Shane MacGowan was one of his closest friends.
His romances with singer Neneh Cherry and actress Anna Chancellor made gossip columns, as did his friendships with aristocracy.

But few outside of the post-punk music scene know much about poet Jock Scot. Yet his family and friends says his influence on music, literature and the arts was extraordinary.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Originality Plays a Big Role in Southern Illinois Music Scene

The Ivas John Band performs at John Brown's on the Square on Tuesday evening in Marion
Originality, and a love for live music, is what you will find in Southern Illinois.
Those looking for a live show in Southern Illinois don’t have to look very long or hard to a find young, local band paying its dues to play for a crowd. Most of the shows take place in Carbondale, but venues are available in Marion, Murphysboro, and several of the smaller towns that make up this region.

Southern Illinois is full of artists who are looking to play for somebody, or jump in with a band that has a vacancy, and the ones who reap the benefits of a vibrant, energetic region are the music lovers filling up the venues.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Music Industry’s New Revenue Stream: Videogame-App Makers

Record labels and publishers strike deals with SongLily, a licensing platform 

A game developer recently paid SongLily $1,440 to license ‘Ace of Spades’ by metal band Motörhead. Photo: Joel Ryan/Associated Press
The music industry has identified a rare constituency willing to pay handsomely for music in the digital age: videogame-app makers.

In recent months, major record companies and publishers have struck agreements with a startup called SongLily, a music-licensing platform aimed at videogame and mobile-app builders. There are about 19 million of these software developers world-wide, according to Evans Data’s 2016 Global Developer Population and Demographic Study.

The deals allow SongLily to offer some of the labels’ well-known songs to game and app developers for an annual flat fee, currently about $1,440 per major-label song, for up to 100,000 app downloads or unique registered players.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

China's Digital Music Industry Is Booming and Everyone Wants to Join in the Beat

Chinese streaming service provider QQ Music is one of the most successful companies riding the current digital music boom. (Photo : YouTube)
Major Chinese and international music labels are starting to recognize the potential of digital music distribution and are now in a race to get the most out of the boom.

The development was made apparent during a gathering of prominent music industry players in Beijing on July 25.Among those present were Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music, China Entertainment News reported.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ronnie James Dio: Heavy Metal Icon Returns From The Dead In Germany

Ronnie James Dio passed away in 2010 after battling stomach cancer. On Saturday, Germany held their heavy metal Wacken Open Air music festival and fans were stunned when they saw what appeared on the stage. They saw Dio, in hologram form, perform as it yelled out the heavy metal anthem “We Rock.” The Dio hologram also flashed the famous “devil horns” hand gesture that Ronnie made famous.