Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It's the same wedding he remembers mournfully in "Bye Baby," which closes the Queens MC's 10th studio disc with a searingly personal flourish: "Did counseling, couldn't force me to stay."
Few female vocalists in any genre can boast a more stylistically diverse résumé than Carrie Underwood. In the past year alone, she's scored a No. 1 country hit with pal Brad Paisley, partnered with rock icon Steven Tyler for top-rated CMT show "Crossroads" and performed with legendary crooner Tony Bennett at the Grammy Awards. It is Underwood's appreciation for varied musical styles and her perpetual thirst for a creative challenge that laid the foundation for "Blown Away," her fourth and most adventurous album, due May 1.
Generous doses of Blind Faith and Derek & the Dominos music, some jaw-dropping collaborations and more solos than Chicago has hot dog stands made Eric Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival a hit yesterday (July 28). The 11-hour concert was held before a sell-out crowd of 28,000 at Toyota Park in the Windy City suburb of Bridgeview and featured Clapton, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Vince Gill and Buddy Guy, among others.
Collectors' Choice Music has set a Feb. 21 release date for reissues of 15 rarities from the Elektra archive, including material by Eric Clapton's supergroup Powerhouse, Lovin' Spoonful, Roxy, the Wackers and Phil Ochs