1. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  2. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  3. Peter Frampton Turns Eye to Humble Pie Box Set

    May 08, 2013 12:30 PM EDT From ballet to the circus to dishing up some Humble Pie, Peter Frampton has plenty on his plate these days. Perhaps the most exciting news is the impending release of some choice material from his old band's vault. Frampton and Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley are working with Omnivore…

  4. Tedeschi Trucks Band to Headline Sunshine Blues Festival

    October 09, 2012 9:40 AM EDT The Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival, to be held Jan. 18 2013 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The three-day fest will continue Jan. 19 to Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton and end Jan. 20 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. The festival will…

  5. Johnny Winter Honors 'Big Influences' on 'Roots,' out in September

    July 01, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter will pay tribute his blues heroes and, for the first time in his 42-year recording career, enlist the assistance of established younger artists on "Roots," his first album for Megaforce. The release date is Sept. 27. Sonny Landreth , Vince…

  6. Jimmy Buffett Plans Free Concert On Alabama Beach

    June 21, 2010 8:03 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett and a few of his friends plan to give a free concert on the Alabama coast to show support for the Gulf region. Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell says show will be July 1 on the beach at Gulf Shores. Buffett's website says the concert is meant to demonstrate support for…

  7. Eric Clapton Enlists Jeff Beck, John Mayer, ZZ Top For Crossroads Fest

    February 10, 2010 10:31 AM EST The Allman Brothers Band , ZZ Top , Jeff Beck , Steve Winwood , John Mayer , B.B. King and Sheryl Crow will join Eric Clapton at his third Crossroads Guitar Festival, which will take place June 26 at Toyota Park in Chicago -- where Clapton also held the 2007 event. The day-long festival will…

  8. Jimmy Buffett Goes Back To Roots For 'Hotel'

    November 30, 2009 10:11 AM EST J immy Buffett says he felt a greater level of engagement on his new album, "Buffet Hotel," than he has on many of his other recent efforts. "With a band this good and with people this good around you, you kind of get in a routine," Buffett tells Billboard.com,…

  9. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / April 24-26, 2009 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Track)

    April 29, 2009 5:42 PM EDT At 40 years old and still going strong, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is slipping into middle age with its musical mission evolving and its devotees skewing somewhat older and more musically literate than average concert crowds. Jazz Fest, as the two-weekend event is better known…

  10. Jimmy Buffett / June 7, 2008 / Raleigh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion)

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett has dubbed his 2008 summer tour "The Year Of Still Here," a title that denotes a bemused disbelief about the 61-year-old troubadour's continued success that is, needless to say, profound Jimmy Buffett has dubbed his 2008 summer tour "The Year Of Still Here,…

  11. Guitar Heroics Captured On Clapton's 'Crossroads' DVD

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Eric Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival will be immortalized on DVD Nov. 20 via Rhino, Billboard.com has learned. Eric Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival will be immortalized on DVD Nov. 20 via Rhino, Billboard.com has learned. The double-DVD set features 38 tracks…

  12. Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival / July 28, 2007 / Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park)

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT There's a higher purpose to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising money for the legendary axeman's Crossroads Centre rehabilitation center in Antigua. But when the show actually hits the There's a higher purpose to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar…

  13. Collaborations, Virtuosity Highlight Clapton Festival

    July 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Generous doses of Blind Faith and Derek & the Dominos music, some jaw-dropping collaborations and more solos than Chicago has hot dog stands made Eric Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival a Generous doses of Blind Faith and Derek & the Dominos music, some jaw-dropping…

  14. Clapton Flanked By Guitar Heroes For Summer Fest

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Eric Clapton will be surrounded by esteemed guests at his second Crossroads Guitar Festival, to be held July 28 at Toyota Park in Chicago. B.B. King, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson Eric Clapton will be surrounded by esteemed guests at his second Crossroads Guitar Festival,…

  15. Buffett Braves 'Weather' On New Album

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Perennial Parrothead Jimmy Buffett will release his 32nd record, "Take the Weather With You," Oct. 10 on RCA Records. Perennial Parrothead Jimmy Buffett will release his 32nd record, "Take the Weather With You," Oct. 10 on RCA Records. The title hails from Buffett's…

  16. Billboard Bits: Randy Newman, Trapt/Shinedown, Joan Jett

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Randy Newman, Trapt/Shinedown, Joan Jett Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Guster, Bela Fleck and the Del McCoury Band are among the artists recasting songs penned by Randy Newman on the tribute album "Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman." Due May 9 via Sugar Hill, the 12-track…

  17. Buffett Has A 'Hoot' With Jackson, Maroon 5

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST In addition to serving as co-producer and appearing in a small role as a marine science teacher, Jimmy Buffett headlines the sun-splashed soundtrack to the upcoming film "Hoot." In addition to serving as co-producer and appearing in a small role as a marine science teacher, Jimmy…

  18. Dylan, Simon, DMB Sign On For Jazz Fest

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST The event will be held in its usual location at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course on April 28-30 and May 5-7, despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffet, Allen Toussaint with Elvis Costello, Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, Ani DiFranco…

  19. Billboard Bits: Muppets, LeAnn Rimes, New York Guitar Festival

    November 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Martina McBride Joins "Muppet Christmas Carol" soundtrack, LeAnn Rimes plans free New York show and the New York Guitar Festival readies for its sixth year. Martina McBride's version of "When Love Is Gone" is a new addition to "The Muppet Christmas Carol"…

  20. Flow Of Katrina Donations Continues

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the music community has poured out a massive relief effort, generating substantial proceeds. Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, members In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the music community has…

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