U.K. dance/electronic duo Layo & Bushwacka! knows the true meaning of a "good beat." The act's debut, 1998's Low Life, overflowed with a handful of aural flavors, from house and electro to blues and dub.
2001 - In tribute to all affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11, the Grand Ole Opry, a uniquely American institution, distributes American flags to patrons as they enter the Opry House for the show.
Thanks to the keen guidance of their longtime booking agent, Chris Goldsmith, this 60-year-old outfit recently embraced a more blues-infused sound that has rejuvenated the act while attracting a more mainstream, NPR-favoring crowd.
"I Am Mine," the first single from Pearl Jam's upcoming album "Riot Act," is being previewed online beginning today (Sept. 13) via AOL's First Listen (keyword: First Listen) program and Netscape Music.
Veteran country artist Mel Tillis says he's going to begin touring again beginning next year. This after a 45-year career that has yielded more than 60 albums. The 70-year-old entertainer has a full slate of dates in Branson, Mo., and a few road dates scheduled through October.
R&B superstar act TLC is set to release "3D" -- the group's fourth album and first since the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes earlier this year. Due Nov. 12 via Arista, the album will be the follow-up to 1999's "Fanmail," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 4.68 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour follows his 2000 set, "Joko," with the first worldwide release through his current Nonesuch/EastWest deal. "Nothing's in Vain (Coono Du Réér)" is due Oct. 21 in Europe, and a day later in the U.S.
Emergency back surgery has abruptly taken Al Jarreau off the road. The veteran jazz vocalist underwent a procedure early yesterday (Sept. 12) morning at Los Angeles' USC Medical Center to relieve compression on his spinal cord. "This became urgent as I was not only experiencing a lot of pain in my upper back and arms, but my walking and balance has progressively worsened over the last eight weeks," Jarreau explained in a letter on his official Web site.