This live double-disc release hits the racks just as Caetano Veloso's Alfred A. Knopf memoir Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil is hitting bookshelves. It's a timely confluence of words and music, all inspired by the tropicalismo movement initiated by Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Gal Costa in the late '60s. Live in Bahia, recorded in São Paulo and Salvador de Bahia, is an enchanting journey through Veloso's storied discography. Backed by a band of virtual superstars, including Jaques Morelenbaum, Davi Moraes, Pedro Sá, and Cesinha, Veloso takes us through 32 songs. The music is a thrill: tropicalismo, samba, bossa nova, as well as the dazzling samba-rap number "Lingua." This is an all-together extraordinary live performance. The musicianship is top-notch, the recording is excellent, and Veloso is a creative force to be reckoned with, both as a vocalist and tunesmith. Prepare yourself to be whisked away.—PVV
After he and his choir's surprising success with their debut album in 2000, Montgomery—the musically gifted pastor of Houston's Abundant Life Cathedral mega-church—returns here on a two-disc, live production, having handed the baton to his music director, Mark Taylor.
2001 - Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town of Modena, Italy. The opera star, who was accused of owing the government $18 million for income earned from 1989-95, faced a nominal 18-month prison sentence.
Renowned dobro player Bashful Brother Oswald died yesterday (Oct. 17) in Nashville after a lengthy illness. He was 90. Although only a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1995, Oswald played on the Opry stage for more than half a century as a member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys. In addition to the dobro, the artist also played guitar, banjo, and jug, sang tenor, and performed comedy.
The mother of Icelandic pop queen Bjork is in the midst of a hunger strike in a bid to persuade the world's largest aluminum producer to pull out of a project in the Icelandic highlands. Hildur Runa Hauksdottir, who helped Bjork produce her first record at age 11, said she's gotten a lot of public support. "I'm more optimistic now than I was at the start of the hunger strike," she said. "People are pledging their support and for me that gives me a lot of strength.
The Del McCoury Band took top honors at the 13th annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (IBMA) last night (Oct. 17) at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. The group won three awards, including its sixth for entertainer of the year, and the song of the year honor for its cover of the Richard Thompson-penned "1952 Vincent Black Lightning."
Canada will be looking for its own Kelly Clarkson when CTV launches a spin-off of the hugely popular "American Idol" series, set to premiere in 2003. Dubbed "Canadian Idol," the show will bow following the completion of the second season of "American Idol," which is slated to air early next year on Fox. Auditions will be conducted in several major Canadian cities, and the series, presented by CTV and FremantleMedia/19TV, will follow the same format as "American Idol."
The U.S. Senate, in the final hours of the 107th. Congress last night (Oct. 17), failed to pass a bill supported by record companies and artists groups that would have given small-company Webcasters making less than $1 million a year a break on digital performance royalties that are due on Sunday.