Bill Janovitz says that early in his career, he vowed never to become the sappy sort of singer/songwriter who writes cutesy songs about the birth of a child. Well, he can't keep from chuckling as he admits that he's failed.
On "Up Here" his second solo effort -- a one-off release for spinART due Aug. 21 -- the Buffalo Tom frontman offers up the sweet "Light in December," a lovely tribute to his two-year-old daughter: "You are my last reward/When the light leaves the day, I have something to look toward/Your mother's laugh, the photograph, the flash pops on the better half."
The day before the Latin Grammy nominations were announced, Juan Esteban Aristizabal -- better known as Juanes -- arrived in Miami from his home in Bogota, Colombia, carrying only a gym bag and his guitar. He had been urged to attend the July 17 Grammy nomination press conference, but he was leery about doing so.
With 10 nominations, Arista Nashville artist Carolyn Dawn Johnson leads the list of nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association's (CCMA) 25th annual awards. Mercury Nashville's Terri Clark earned six nominations, followed by Jason McCoy and Lisa Brokop with five each, and Adam Gregory, who received four nods.
The Backstreet Boys expect to resume the group's Black & Blue World Tour 2001 slightly later than originally planned, following band member AJ McLean's completion of treatment for depression and alcohol abuse. Instead of the original Aug. 7 re-start date in Vancouver, the trek will now relaunch Aug. 24 in Milwaukee.
Mariah Carey is under psychiatric care following last week's hospitalization, which her publicist now says was the result of an "emotional and physical breakdown." As previously reported, the 31-year-old singer checked herself into an undisclosed hospital last week. At the time, her spokesperson said Carey was suffering from "extreme exhaustion."
A surgical procedure has forced singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow to cancel her second concert in Michigan this summer. The William Morris Agency, which represents Crow, said she would not make her scheduled Aug. 6 concert date at the Turtle Creek Casino in Williamsburg.
The road manager for the rap group Insane Clown Posse pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a fight with a fan of rap rival Eminem. William Dail, 27, was accused of choking the Eminem fan until he blacked out after an Insane Clown Posse concert in Omaha, Neb., in May.
Hard rock heavyweights Tool have confirmed the first four dates of a fall U.S. tour, starting Sept. 6 in St. Paul, Minn. From there, the group will hit Madison, Wis. (Sept. 7); Noblesville, Ind. (Sept. 9), and Rosemont, Ill. (Sept. 10). Additional dates are expected for the trek, which will last into October. No support act for the first four shows has been announced, but experimental rock outfit Fantomas is due to join the tour from Sept. 22-Oct. 7.
Owners of a kennel north of Santa Fe, N.M., are suing country singer Carlene Carter and her companion, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein, for more than $22,000 in fees they say the couple owes for leaving dogs in the kennel for more than a year.
It hasn't been a good day for North American electronic music festivals. The inaugural Mekka electronic/hip-hop tour, set to kick off Saturday (Aug. 4) in Detroit, has been canceled, according to tour organizers. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas edition of the Creamfields electronica fest, set for Sept. 29, has been axed. The New York-area version of the event remains on the schedule for Sept. 1.
Mick Jagger's first solo record in eight years has found a home at Virgin Records, the label confirms. Although a title has yet to be announced for the follow-up to 1993's "Wandering Spirit," a November release date is promised. The Rolling Stones frontman has spent the bulk of the year working on the project in New York and London with a variety of collaborators, including U2 frontman Bono, Lenny Kravitz, the Who's Pete Townshend, and matchbox twenty vocalist Rob Thomas.
Pop group O-Town and teenage rapper Lil' Bow Wow will co-headline the sixth annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. The Aug. 25 event, which kicks off the U.S. Tennis Association's (USTA) U.S. Open tournament, will be held at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, in the New York borough of Queens.