Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne pulls dates due to illness

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne has been forced to cancel his show in Minneapolis tonight due to illness. The legendary singer songwriter was to perform at the State Theatre in Minneapolis but the show has now been rescheduled to May 29. It is unknown at this stage if his sold-out concert tomorrow at Peoria, Il will be going ahead.

The 70s music legend has a busy year of touring already in place for 2011 with dates scheduled through to August 21.

Browne’s last studio album was ‘Time The Conqueror’ in 2008. His most recent release is ‘Love Is Strange’ with David Lindley from May 2010.

Ray Davies, one of the UK’s finest songwriters, releases ‘See My Friends’

Ray Davies,

Ray Davies,

Ray Davies collaborates Jon Bon Jovi, Mumford & Sons, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen on new album
Ray Davies, one of the UK’s finest songwriters, releases ‘See My Friends’, an album of classic Kinks songs turned into unique collaborations on Universal on November 1st. On this one of a kind album, Ray collaborates with a formidable selection of artists on tracks from his incredible songwriting career, revisiting his back catalogue and crafting new versions of his classic songs. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Metallica features on this diverse collection of material.  Highlights include ‘Days’/'This Time Tomorrow’ with Mumford & Sons, ‘Better Things’ with Bruce Springsteen, ‘You Really Got Me’ with Metallica and ‘Tired of Waiting For You’ with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody.    ‘This project came about almost by accident,’ says Ray Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of ‘Till The End Of The Day’ in the summer of 2009, with the late, great Big Star singer Alex Chilton. ‘With some tracks I had to appreciate the style of the other artists, otherwise it would have sounded unbalanced. And I wanted the album to work as an entire listening experience but each track had a life of its own,’ explains Ray. Ray was happy to go where the music took him, in every sense: Oslo via Denmark, Germany and Belgium to record with Metallica, New York to record with Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey for Bruce Springsteen, Chicago for Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins and his own north London base, the legendary KONK studios, for much of the rest. ‘This record is well-travelled already,’ explains Ray. Paloma Faith, Jackson Browne, Black Francis of the Pixies, Lucinda Williams, Amy Macdonald and Spoon also feature on the record, which follows Ray’s acclaimed tour of North America and the UK plus a stand out set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage this summer.

The tracklisting for ‘See My Friends’ is:

1. Better Things – Ray Davies & Bruce Springsteen
2. Celluloid Heroes – Ray Davies, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora
3. Days/This Time Tomorrow – Ray Davies & Mumford & Sons
4. Long Way From Home – Ray Davies, Lucinda Williams & The 88
5. You Really Got Me – Ray Davies & Metallica
6. Lola – Ray Davies & Paloma Faith
7. Waterloo Sunset – Ray Davies & Jackson Browne
8. ‘Til The End of The Day – Ray Davies, Alex Chilton & The 88
9. Dead End Street – Ray Davies & Amy Macdonald
10. See My Friends Ray Davies & Spoon
11. This Is Where I Belong – Ray Davies & Black Francis
12. David Watts – Ray Davies & The 88
13. Tired Of Waiting – Ray Davies & Gary Lightbody
14. All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer – Ray Davies & Billy Corgan

Shakira Added To Glastonbury Festival Line-Up

Shakira Added To Glastonbury Festival Line-Up

Shakira Added To Glastonbury Festival Line-Up

Shakira Added To Glastonbury Festival Line-Up.  Shakira will be adding her star power to the already star-studded lineup of Glastonbury Festival. The Colombian songstress has been announced to take the Pyramid Stage of the festival’s Saturday show. The 33-year-old “Hips Don’t Lie” singer will be appearing on June 26, and will be sharing the Pyramid stage with Muse, Scissor Sisters, Jackson Browne, Seasick Steve, and The Lightning Seeds. Organizer Emily Eavis said in a statement, “Shakira is not only an amazing pop star but also socially and politically forward thinking; she’s working incredibly hard for good causes around the world. We feel honored to have the she wolf herself come to Worthy Farm!” The feeling is mutual it seems. Shakira said that she’s “looking forward to playing Glastonbury this year and being part of their 40th anniversary.” “Glastonbury is famous for being one of the best festival crowds, so I’m sure I’ll have a great time.” Headliners for this year are U2, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Dizzee Rascal, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Slash, Norah Jones, Ray Davies, and Stevie Wonder among others. The festival will run from June 25 to 27.

Angus and Julia Stone added to Cornbury Festival

Angus and Julia Stone added to Cornbury Festival

Angus and Julia Stone added to Cornbury Festival

Angus and Julia Stone added to Cornbury Festival. The final performers at the 2010 Cornbury Festival have been confirmed. They include Angus and Julia Stone, Joshua Radin, Fisherman’s Friends, Seth Lakeman, Lucinda Belle Orchestra, Ben Montague, Jon Allen and Danny and the Champions of the World.   These acclaimed artists will play at Cornbury Festival on July 3 – 4 in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, alongside headliners David Gray and Jackson Browne. Other previously announced artists include Noisettes, Imelda May, The Feeling, Candi Staton, The Blockheads, Reef, Tiffany Page, Dr John, Newton Faulkener, Squeeze, Buddy Guy, Loyd Grossman’s New Forbidden, Kathryn Tickell and a special performance by Staxs featuring Kiki Dee and Louise Marshall. Tickets for the 2010 Cornbury Festival are currently on sale. Visit www.cornburyfestival.com

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April .  Britain’s most enigmatic roots guitarist since the heyday of the Yardbirds, 22-year-old Isle Of Man-born Davy Knowles returns to the UK this April with his band Back Door Slam and his brand new album ‘Coming Up For Air’, which was released in November last year by Blixstreet Records.  Davy Knowles will be playing four dates across the UK taking in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London in support of ‘Coming Up For Air’. The album has received much critical acclaim in the UK over the last couple of months including articles in The Sunday Times Culture, Classic Rock and appearances on BBC Breakfast TV , BBC London and Kerrang radio.  Davy’s last gig in the UK in February this year was to a packed and eager 100 Club that saw Davy perform a truly masterful and mesmerizing set. The Isle of Man native is proving that blues/rock guitar could very well be the next big thing with a style that unites young and old blues followers. The ever-expanding army of Davy Knowles fans will surely agree!

You can catch him at one of the following dates

Sunday 4th April – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Monday 5th April – Night and Day Café, Manchester
Tuesday 6th – 02 Academy, Birmingham
Wednesday 7th – Bush Hall, London

www.myspace.com/davyknowlesbackdoorslam
www.davyknowles.com

Davy Knowles returns to the UK

Davy Knowles returns to the UK. Britain’s most ferocious roots guitarist since the heyday of the Yardbirds, 22-year-old Isle Of Man-born Davy Knowles returns to the UK with his band Back Door Slam for a special headline gig at The 100 Club on the 9th February and a performance at the Next Big Thing festival on 11th February.

His last London show at the Borderline in October 2009 saw the venue completely packed out with relatively little advance press. For a blues artist, one would expect a mature audience, but Davy’s crowd was completely mixed, with both young girls and blues experts standing in awe of his guitar wizardry. It’s not surprising considering he has spent two years wowing audiences in every state of the US and supporting legends such as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynrd and Chickenfoot.

His debut UK album ‘Coming Up For Air’ was released in November last year by Blixstreet Records and was met with critical acclaim at press, radio, and online. The album was produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist Peter Frampton and features the crème de la crème of musical talent on it such as Fritz Lewak (drums) and Kevin McCormick on bass (Jackson Browne’s rhythm section), respected British singer and Richard Thompson band member Christine Collister on backing vocals, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench on keyboards. The album features 11 brand new studio tracks and one cover of ‘Hear Me Lord’ by George Harrison.

The Isle of Man native is proving that blues/rock guitar could very well be the next big thing with a style that unites young and old blues followers. The ever-expanding army of Davy Knowles fans will surely agree!

London Dates:

9th February – 100 Club, London
11th February – Next Big Thing Festival @ Upstairs at The Relentless Garage

www.davyknowles.com
www.myspace.com/davyknowlesbackdoorslam

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