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Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show Team Up for Cmt Crossroads: See Their First Performance

Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show Team Up for Cmt Crossroads: See Their First Performance
Kesha is digging back into her country roots — the star is set to share the stage with Old Crow Medicine Show for an all-new Cmt Crossroads collaboration.

The hour-long concert special will feature special performances of both artists’ biggest hits, including tracks from Kesha’s No. 1 album Rainbow and Old Crow Medicine Show’s iconic archive that spans nearly two decades.

People has the exclusive clip of their “Your Love Is My Drug” rendition.

“I grew up on country music. It was the first music I sang, listened to and wrote as a child, and I’m especially stoked to
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Swan Songs: 8 Great Albums from Artists Who Died Shortly After (or Before) Release

Swan Songs: 8 Great Albums from Artists Who Died Shortly After (or Before) Release
Chuck Berry’s Chuck, his first album in 38 years, will come out this year. It’s hard to say whether Berry recorded it — with his longtime backing band — knowing that his remaining time was limited, but he did include a dedication to his wife Themetta in the album’s release statement: “My darlin’, I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”

However the record turns out, it will be impossible to listen to it without Berry’s death coloring how we enjoy the music. Given that the
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Mick Jagger's Custom-Made Velvet Pants Expected to Fetch More Than $10k at Auction (Photos)

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You want to get into Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' pants ... you can, for a hefty price. A pair of sage green velvet pants custom-made for the Rolling Stones frontman, and later shared with his bandmate, are up for auction. The slick slacks were gifted to Gram Parsons, which makes it an awesome triangle tailored for the highest bidder. Bidding begins at a grand, but Mick, Keith and Gram's trousers are expected to haul in more than $10k.
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Leon Russell, Musician and Writer of ‘A Song for You,’ Dies at 74

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Leon Russell, Musician and Writer of ‘A Song for You,’ Dies at 74
Leon Russell, musician and songwriter known for his work with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and George Harrison, died in his sleep today. He was 74.

Read More: Leon Russell Gets Reflective at ‘A Poem is a Naked Person’ NYC Opening

Russell first rose to acclaim as a session musician in the 1950’s and 60’s, playing with a diverse range of artists, from Ray Charles to Gram Parsons. His piano playing can be heard on the Beach Boys’ early albums, including their landmark “Pet Sounds,” The Rolling Stones’ “Live with Me” off of the album “Let It Bleed” and The Byrds’ version of “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Many of his songs have become hits for other artists, such as “Delta Lady” for Joe Cocker, “Superstar” for The Carpenters and “The Masquerade” for George Benson.

On top of his work with other artists, he has also produced plenty of original hit songs. His
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How Merle Haggard Changed the Course of Country Music

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How Merle Haggard Changed the Course of Country Music
Legendary country star Merle Haggard died Wednesday on his 79th birthday, a coincidence that wouldn't seem out of place in one of Haggard's many indispensable contributions to country music. But Haggard didn't just pen hits like "Okie from Muskogee," "Sing Me Back Home" and "Mama Tried." He fundamentally altered the course of country music on a granular level, introducing a sonic blueprint that would come to be known as "the Bakersfield sound," a rough-hewn counterpoint to the sweeter sounds coming out of Nashville at the same time. Born in Bakersfield, California, to Dust Bowl migrants from Oklahoma, Haggard spent large
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Bill Murray Joins the Band at ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Party

Bill Murray Joins the Band at ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Party
Wherever Bill Murray goes, there he is. Murray isn’t just one of the most acclaimed actors alive; he’s also a notorious free-spirit, one seemingly allergic to ever being bored.

So when Murray decided to join the cover band playing at Monday’s after-party for the New York premiere of “Rock the Kasbah” for a spirited rendition of the Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin,” it was both one of those moments everyone who attended will talk about it forever, and just another day in the life of Murray.

Later, Bruce Willis, Murray’s co-star in Kasbah, joined the band, Chevy Chevis Entertainment, for a run through of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” while partygoers, including Zooey Deschanel, Sofia Coppola, Fred Durst and Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg looked on as they were served crab cakes and tomato soup at Good Units in the basement of the Hudson Hotel.

Jennifer Lopez,
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Keef!

The devil-may-care, rakish charisma of the rough-hewn rockstar Keith Richards is on full display in the brand new Netflix-released documentary, Keith Richards: Under The Influence.

It's an intimate portrait of the biggest rascal in rock 'n' roll history. Originally conceived as a companion video for the release of his new solo album, his first in 23 years, Crosseyed Heart, that project was expanded into an 80-minute history lesson of Keef and his true influences culling incredible archival material, interviews, and studio footage of him recording his new solo album. The craggy-faced Keith with lit cigarette in hand, chuckles and chortles as he regales stories of his love and passion of the blues, country, rock, guitars, musical comrades, and his position in The Greatest Rock Band in History.

Academy-award winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Best of Enemies) does a terrific job of getting Keith to share marvelous stories about meeting
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Axs TV The Big Interview Kicks Off July 7, Details

Axs TV with Dan Rather’s very big summer include interviews with Bob Weir, Dwight Yoakum and more.The Big Interview continues its third season on Axs TV with six more candid and thought-provoking episodes beginning Tuesday, July 7, at 8pE. Hosted by legendary newsman Dan Rather, the series kicks off a six-episode summer run with 13-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris. On July 7, Harris discusses her partnership with music legend Gram Parsons, whose death inspired her hit “Boulder To Birmingham”; her introduction to Country music; finding her own voice; the recent loss of her mother; and her evolution both as an […]
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Jenny Lewis Talks Tour, New Album and Troop Beverly Hills

Jenny Lewis Talks Tour, New Album and Troop Beverly Hills
You may know Jenny Lewis from a few places. She had a nearly 20-year career in Hollywood, with roles in cult classics Troop Beverly Hills and The Wizard before abruptly pivoting into music with adored indie band Rilo Kiley. Lewis has also turned in critically acclaimed collaborations with the Watson Twins and her partner Jonathan Rice as part of Jenny & Johnny. She's releasing her third solo album, The Voyager, on July 29, and is touring extensively in support of it. We talked to Lewis on the heels of her performance at New York City's Governor's Ball about touring, the new record,
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The Coen Brothers' Classic Folk Tale: Behind 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The Coen Brothers' Classic Folk Tale: Behind 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
The Coen brothers' movies are not, for the most part, overflowing with sentiment. Black humor, existential mysteries, endlessly quotable dialogue? Sure. Unabashed emotion? Shut the fuck up, Donny. But they've learned to lace their films with deft musical moments that do that cathartic work for them. Their new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis (out December 6th), is their deepest musical dive since 2000's O Brother, Where Art Thou? The title character is an emotionally blocked, career-stymied folk singer (played by Oscar Isaac) in early-Sixties Greenwich Village, and the film is packed with performances.
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Chris Noth Talks 'Satc' Legacy

Chris Noth Talks 'Satc' Legacy
These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?

Chris Noth may be best-known for playing the cad who kept Carrie Bradshaw hanging on for six seasons of "Sex and the City," but these days the big-hearted actor is more interested in his philanthropic efforts (when he's not starring on "The Good Wife" and working on upcoming film projects such as "Lovelace"). Noth recently teamed with Beaulieu Vineyard in its search for a National Hometown Hunger Hero, through the winery’s Give & Give Back program. That title (and a $10,000 donation) was bestowed on Brett Meyers, founder of the food delivery nonprofit Nourish Now.
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The Jim & Buddy Show

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale Thursday, February 21, 2013 The Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Some music needs to be heard in concert to be fully appreciated. No amount of spin doctoring by journalists or peer pressure from fanatical fans can justify an act unless one catches said act live. Best to let the music do the talking in a live music venue and judge said act accordingly. And so it was, again, last night at Bowery Ballroom where Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller performed a well-crafted, expertly executed set of Americana music that was exhilarating, entertaining, and well, just plan fun.

I first met the Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale back in the early '90s, around the release of his second solo CD, Pretty Close to the Truth. And I discovered Buddy because he played guitar on Jim's records. I was struck by how effortlessly Jim spun gold with his brand of authentic,
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Five-year Plan: January albums

1963

Johnny Cash: Blood, Sweat and Tears (Columbia)

Some of Cash's '60s concept albums were burdened with much too talking between tracks; here the tribute to the American working man gets to mostly stand alone on its musical merits, and shines. Notably, it incluces the top version of the traditional "John Henry"” about the most legendarily heroic working man ever, and the version of "Casey Jones" here is classic as well. Politically and psychologically, Cash was the perfect man for this job.

1968

Byrds: Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia)

Sometimes transitional albums, confusing listeners expecting a group's earlier style, are underrated. Not so with this classic. It's true that it didn't sell as well as earlier Byrds LPs, nor did the single from the album chart very high, but for decades Notorious Byrd Brothers has been widely revered, and not just by fans; some critics have even anointed it as the band's best album.
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Best 12 Albums for 2012

Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots. Moreover, I decided to include twelve more picks at the end of my selections to show what else was being considered.

Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk)

I've not seen this album on any critics' year-end lists (aside from my managing editor Steve's list, obviously). Not sure why, because Nada Surf released a timeless collection of alt pop-rock songs. This is songwriting 101 -- verse, chorus, verse, bridge. If there is a better pop-rock band in America, let me know. Twenty years in and no sign of lazy rock star bullshit, just plenty of great chiming guitar riffs and hooky-as-hell tunes. Album of the year.

Father John Misty Fear Fun (Sub Pop)

Father John
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Thankful For Some Tasty New Rock Music!

Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a terrific month for mining new music. I caught an advance screening of Led Zeppelin's new concert movie at MoMA (and their press conference), discovered what may be my favorite album of the year, and found inspiring young musicians sharing their chops and muses with the world. With the holidays around the corner, here are some early suggestions for music very much worth sharing with friends, lovers, bosses, and family.

"You're So Great / It's All Right, Ma" Wendy James You're So Great E.P. (Cobraside)

If Brit-born/NYC-based Ms. James's claim-to-fame-band Transvision Vamp was a tad too sugar-pop coated for your New Yawk punk rawk palette, not to worry. Thanks to guitarist James Williamson (Iggy Pop Stooge) and drummer James Sclavunos (Nick Cave alumnus), she's found some downtown 'tude. The A-side is a fun retro Ramones-style punk ditty, but it's the flip-side Grinderman-grind Dylan cover where it all comes together.
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Goodbye to Flying Burrito Brother Chris Ethridge & Bee Gee Robin Gibb

As my friend Pam Grossman put it, "Yes, universe, I know. I know too well that time passes and we are all going to die, sooner or hopefully later. I also know that cancer sucks. You do not need to drive these points home by killing off musicians I love every other day." This was prompted by the passing of Robin Gibb just after we lost Donna Summer and several other greats. Meanwhile, my friend Davie Kaufman, the biggest Flying Burrito Brothers fan I know, was disappointed that I hadn't yet marked the passing of Chris Ethridge, an original member of the Burritos, also taken from us by cancer.

Chris Ethridge was born in Mississippi in 1947 and moved to California when he was 17. In 1967 he joined Gram Parsons in the International Submarine Band in time to play bass on the group's only LP, Safe at Home. Though its release was delayed,
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TV review: 56 Up; Chatsworth

We only get snapshots of lives in 56 Up – but it's more real than most reality TV

So we're reached 56 Up (ITV1) in Michael Apted's extraordinary, bold series of films that follows its characters throughout their lives and spans an entire generation.

They're middle-aged now. Sue is happier, more confident and relaxed than she has been. She's got her Glen; she's got a job she loves at a university, though she never went to one herself; and now she's got amateur dramatics too.

Paul, the little boy with the worried look who was in care at seven and then moved to Australia, did get married, despite saying in 1964 he didn't want to because a wife might make him eat something he didn't like, like greens. I don't know if his wife does – make him eat greens – but she does sort of eclipse her husband. That's no bad thing. Seven Up!
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Flying Burrito Brothers bassist Chris Ethridge dies at 65

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Meridian, Miss. (AP) — John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge II, a Mississippi-born musician, bassist and songwriter who was a founding member of the 1960s country-rock band "The Flying Burrito Brothers," has died. He was 65. Officials with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home said Tuesday that Ethridge died Monday at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. The family said in a statement that Ethridge had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September. Born and raised in Meridian, Ethridge moved to Los Angeles when he was 17. Ethridge collaborated with another seminal Southern music figure, Gram Parsons, on several projects, including the Flying Burrito...
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Brendan Benson: What Kind of World

On “What Kind of World,” the opening title track of his latest solo album, Brendan Benson laments about being, “So looked over, so underrated” over a somber organ and appregiated guitar chords, and you can’t help to think that the guy kind of has a point. Since 1996, Benson has released five good—at least one great (2002’s Lapalco)—records of guitar rock that seamlessly fuse the hooks and sweetness of Big Star with the more gruff riffs of his Michigan brethren The Stooges and the twang of The Band and Gram Parsons. However, it is still safe to say that far...
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Flying Burrito Brothers Bassist Dead At 65

Chris Ethridge, the bassist and founding member of the Flying Burritos Brothers, has passed away, The Los Angeles Times reports. Ethridge reportedly died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 65.

The country-rock pioneer co-founded the band with Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow. The group is best-known for their seminal debut album, 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin, which has since been credited with pioneering the country-rock genre. Ethridge played both bass and piano on the album. He left the band in 1970, before the band released Burrito Deluxe.

Ethridge also spent roughly eight years in Willie Nelson’s touring band, during which he recorded one of Nelson’s most famous anthems, “Whiskey River.” On Monday, Nelson addressed Ethridge's passing on Twitter.

"Wn&F are sad to hear of the passing of Family member & friend Chris Ethridge he was a talented musician & we were honored to call him Family,
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