1. Salvation and Sin

    April 03, 2009 4:00 PM EDT At 81, Charlie Louvin Returns With A Pair Of Albums "I was going to call these albums 'Heaven' and 'Hell,' " Charlie Louvin says in his smooth Southern drawl. He's talking about his two most recent projects, which he recorded last year at the age of 81: the…

  2. Galactic, Cracker, Travis Tritt On Board For Free Green Apple Festival Shows

    March 24, 2009 10:56 AM EDT Galactic, Cracker, Travis Tritt and Soulive are among the artists who will play free "Green Apple Thank You Concerts" in various venues in ten different cities on Earth Day (April 19). The concert audiences will be filled entirely with volunteers who participate in simultaneous…

  3. Big Boi At SXSW: Solo Albums, New OutKast Coming

    March 20, 2009 9:09 AM EDT Big Boi is bouncing on the sidewalk. He is pumped. The 34-year-old Atlanta rapper and half of the duo OutKast, has for the first time come to South by Southwest, the annual music conference and festival. In an interview on a downtown Austin street, he basks in the sun, enjoys a smoke and…

  4. Lil Wayne's Georgia Drug Charges Dismissed

    March 04, 2009 12:17 PM EST A judge in Atlanta has dismissed felony drug charges against rapper Lil Wayne. The Grammy-award winning rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was arrested in August 2006 at a hotel. Atlanta police said they found unmarked bottles containing hydrocodone and a generic form of…

  5. Update: Pylon Guitarist Randy Bewley Dies After Heart Attack

    February 25, 2009 2:37 PM EST Randall Bewley, guitarist and founding member of new wave band Pylon, died Wednesday (Feb. 25) afternoon after a heart attack on Monday in his hometown of Athens, Georgia, according to a report by The Athens Banner-Herald . Bewley was driving on Monday (Feb. 23) when his van drifted off the…

  6. Booker T. Rocks With Truckers, Neil Young

    January 16, 2009 4:44 PM EST Booker T. Jones' Stax/Volt resume reads like a field guide to American music, but for his Anti- debut and first solo set since the '80s, the 64-year-old soul man went with a different kind of Southern sound altogether, enlisting Georgia rockers the Drive-By Truckers as his backing…

  7. Suspects Caught In Allman House Burglary

    January 09, 2009 10:57 AM EST Gregg Allman almost had a few less silver dollars after someone broke into his southeast Georgia home and stole a coin collection, knives and unreleased concert recordings, police said. The Allman Brothers Band singer and keyboardist, 61, was out of town when burglars broke into his home in…

  8. This Day in Music

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt in Washington, D.C. Two men pull alongside Cam'ron's 2006 Lamborghini and open fire while the artist is stopped at a traffic li 2005 - Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt…

  9. R. Kelly Seeking $3.4M Payment From Promoter

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly has won a $3.4 million award against his former tour promoter and is asking a Los Angeles judge to help him collect. R. Kelly Touring, which represents the singer, filed court documents yeste R. Kelly has won a $3.4 million award against his former tour promoter and is asking a Los…

  10. Travis Barker Released From Georgia Hospital

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been released from an Augusta, Ga., hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash more than a week ago. Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been released from an Augusta, Ga., hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery…

  11. This Day in Music

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - British singer Robert Palmer, best known for his dapper dressing style and his iconic videos in the 1980s for songs like "Addicted to Love," dies. He is 54. Palmer, who had lived in Switzerland 2003 - British singer Robert Palmer, best known for his dapper dressing style and…

  12. Barker Has Surgeries For Burns Suffered In Crash

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite several surgeries for burns over his torso and lower body, former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is trying to stay positive after a South Carolina plane crash that killed four, including two Despite several surgeries for burns over his torso and lower body, former Blink-182 drummer…

  13. Barker, DJ AM Expected To Recover From Crash Burns

    September 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The medical director of the burn hospital where former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM are being treated says both men are expected to make full recoveries. The medical director of the burn hospital where former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM are being treated says both…

  14. This Day in Music

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwan leader Billy Corgan presents a multimedia poetry performance in his Chicago hometown, opening the Poetry Center of Chicago's 31st Annual Reading Serie 2003 - Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwan leader Billy Corgan presents a…

  15. This Day in Music

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - R.E.M. is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 2006 - R.E.M. is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 2005 - A fan-run museum dedicated exclusively to the Ramones opens in Berlin, Germany. 2004 - Izora Rhodes Armstead, one-half of disco/pop acts…

  16. Widespread Panic Sets Fall, New Year's Dates

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After finishing a string of Canadian dates, headlining Bonnaroo and playing multiple sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Widespread Panic is hitting the road again in the fall. After finishing a string of Canadian dates, headlining Bonnaroo and playing multiple sold-out shows at Red…

  17. Promoter Ordered To Pay Ne-Yo $700K

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a concert promoter to pay R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo $700,000 stemming from A lawsuit filed earlier this year. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a concert promoter to pay R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo $700,000 stemming from A…

  18. Da Brat Gets Three Years For Assault

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rap star Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, has been sentenced to three years in prison for hitting a hostess in the head with a rum bottle during an altercation at a suburban Atlanta nightclub Rap star Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, has been sentenced to three years in…

  19. This Day in Music

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of the Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic, dies at his home in Athens from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He is 40. 2002 - Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of the Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic, dies at…

  20. Chart Beat Chat: Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry, Jill Sobule, ABBA, Madonna

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry and Jill Sobule, the year-end singles charts, ABBA and more! I'M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER Hi, Fred. I love Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat. Your knowledge of and interest in music extends far beyond a single genre, which I…

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