Ever wonder what would happen if Belle & Sebastian united forces with nonprofit musical group Up With People, with Phil Spector as producer? No? Well, Toronto's Joel Gibb, who records as the Hidden Cameras, apparently has.
It must be tough to make a live concert into a TV special. There are all sorts of production requirements that are satisfied by starting and stopping an event while taping. And while the end result can look and sound seamless on the air, in person those delays can be painful as energy is sapped, spontaneity killed, and momentum halted, tainting what should be the show of a lifetime.
2001 - Georgia rockers Third Day take top honors at the 32nd annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards, presented at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. The act wins five honors: rock recorded song, praise and worship album, group of the year, artist of the year, and special-event album of the year.
Longtime veteran of the New York music scene Soozie Tyrell, who has accompanied the likes of David Johansen, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, and most recently Bruce Springsteen, dramatically—and finally—grabs her own hard-earned share of the spotlight with her solo debut.
It is tough not to be jealous of Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes' 22-year-old frontman. During the second of two recent shows in Los Angeles, Oberst spectacularly described in song the beautiful but oftentimes terrible nuances of the human experience at an age when he is barely able to drink legally. And—oh, yeah—the guy is pretty dreamy looking, too.
Fiercely independent and musically fearless, Waylon Jennings' contributions to American music cannot be overstated, and the diverse nature of those paying homage on this record gives evidence of Ol' Waylon's far-flung influence.
While it may be facile to refer to Yerba Buena as an "East Coast Ozomatli," the comparisons between both groups are inevitable, given their mÉlange of styles, penchant for bilingual lyrics, and the fact that the two are essentially party bands that rely more on groove and vibe than on melody-rich material.
In recent years, African musicians have been particularly innovative in using techno and electronica to expand the sonic dimension of their various traditional musics, as well as creating music that is as new as anything being composed in Europe or the U.S.