After his unceremonious 2000 ousting from the band he helped propel to stardom, celebrated Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts put his own group together, and the result is a fine collection of jam-heavy blues rock songs.
Newcomer Jimmy Cozier already scored an R&B/pop crossover hit his first time at bat with the Mike City-written/produced "She's All I Got." Judging by this promising debut album, listeners won't have any problems cozying up further to the singer/songwriter's particular brand of R&B—reminiscent of the love-themed territory explored by such contemporary predecessors as Carl Thomas.
Bjork has enlisted the backing of the 54-piece Netherlands-based Il Novecento Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Simon Lee, for her upcoming world tour of opera houses and theaters. Along with experimental electronic duo Matmos and harpist Zeena Parkins, the Icelandic vocalist will be accompanied by a choir of girls from Greenland and a Canadian throat singer. As previously reported, the trek begins Aug. 18 with the first of four shows in Paris.
Velocette (formerly Capricorn) Records plans to re-release "Nine High a Pallet," the 1995 collaboration between folksy singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt and jam band Widespread Panic, released under the name Brute. The new, enhanced version of the album -- due Oct. 9 and remastered earlier this summer by Scott Stuckey -- will feature new artwork, as well as videos for the songs "Westport Ferry" and "Mr. Hard On."
The Dave Matthews Band has compiled 12 music videos for the DVD/VHS release "The Videos 1994-2001," due Aug. 21 from RCA. Alongside clips for such tracks as "What Would You Say?," "Tripping Billies," "Crash Into Me," and "Satellite" are three behind-the-scenes segments spotlighting the creation of videos for "I Did It," "Don't Drink the Water," and "Stay (Wasting Time)."
Although Napster promises to deploy a fee-based system for trading and downloading music files in the near future, the majority of online music fans won't be there to support it, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. An overwhelming 65% of 8,520 voters believe that Napster has become irrelevant, and that there are other places on the Internet to trade music.