1. Arlo Guthrie on Dad Woody's Legacy 50 Years After Death: Protest Songs Were 'The Original Social Media'

    October 11, 2017 8:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The way you knew what was happening was from traveling entertainers, musicians and balladeers." Fifty years since the death of Woody Guthrie , the folk singer’s topical messages are as timely as ever, his eldest son Arlo Guthrie tells Bil ...

  2. Gaga Meets Guthrie: Why 'This Land Is Your Land' Still Skirts the Line Between Patriotic Anthem & Political Broadside

    February 06, 2017 10:18 PM EST 0 0 4 When Lady Gaga  opened her Super Bowl halftime show Sunday singing a snippet of Woody Guthrie 's iconic folk song "This Land is Your Land" was she appealing to America’s national spirit by performing one of its favorite patriotic anth ...

  3. Listen to Chicano Batman's Version of 'This Land Is Your Land'

    January 19, 2017 2:12 PM EST 0 0 3 Los Angeles psychedelic band Chicano Batman dropped a re-imagined soulful version of Woody Guthrie 's iconic song "This Land is Your Land" in partnership with the whisky brand Johnnie Walker for its new campaign Keep Walking America. ...

  4. One Month After the Election, How Is Pop Dealing With Politics?

    December 08, 2016 9:11 AM EST 0 0 0 The presidential election's shocking conclusion has passed -- are artists looking ahead with fresh eyes? Moby empathizes with musicians who are disinclined to speak out about politics -- he's single and doesn't have to worry about a D ...

  5. Country Singer Radney Foster Looks to Fascists of the Past to Explain Trump's Popularity

    November 01, 2016 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Radney Foster has carved out a remarkable career since breaking out as a member of Foster & Lloyd nearly three decades ago -- scoring hits as a duo, a solo act, and a songwriter for the likes of Keith Urban and Sara Evans . Many of these have be ...

  6. Oscar Brand, 'Folksong Festival' Radio Host, Dies at 96

    October 01, 2016 5:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Oscar Brand, a longtime force on the American folk scene whose radio program Folksong Festival showcased Woody Guthrie and a young Bob Dylan among music greats and newcomers, has died, his manager said Saturday (Oct. 1). He was 96. Brand died at his ...

  7. Songwriters Behind Miranda Lambert Hit Address Cultural Chaos During Election Cycle

    July 22, 2016 11:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 When  Miranda Lambert  brought the award-winning “The House That Built Me” to the public, plenty of people connected with the internal heartache and loss of self that the song represented. To the men who wrote it,  Tom Douglas  and  Allen Shamblin , ...

  8. Woody Guthrie Was Calling a Trump Racist More Than 65 Years Ago

    January 21, 2016 5:07 PM EST 0 0 0 Donald Trump is plenty loathed these days for lining his campaign trail with what many find to be racist proclamations, but Woody Guthrie was way early on the tip with a hatred for Trump's father spanning back more than 65 years.  Cyndi Lauper ...

  9. Ships Linked To Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger Being Repaired

    December 21, 2015 11:21 PM EST 0 0 0 Folk music icons Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger are having a reunion of a nautical nature. The Daily Freeman of Kingston reports that two Hudson River replica sloops are being restored at the same upstate New York boatyard. One was named after Guthri ...

  10. Military Questioned Woody Guthrie About Pete Seeger's Wartime Loyalty During WWII

    December 19, 2015 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 As Army Pvt. Pete Seeger eagerly waited for a chance to fight for his country during World War II, military investigators quietly built a case that the young folk singer was "potentially subversive." Arlo Guthrie Remembers Pete Seeger: � ...

  11. Super Bowl Commercials Pay Off on Emerging Artists Chart

    February 17, 2015 6:18 PM EST As expected, the Feb. 1 Super Bowl sparked major gains for Katy Perry and Missy Elliott , who turned exposure from the halftime show into song purchases. But they (and the New England Patriots) weren't the night's only big winners. Thr ...

  12. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was ...

  13. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hope ...

  14. Pete Seeger Tribute to Go On as Planned

    January 29, 2014 7:33 PM EST 0 0 0 The folk singer is scheduled to receive the first Woody Guthrie Prize from the GRAMMY Museum next month The GRAMMY Museum and Woody Guthrie Center’s celebration of folk singer Pete Seeger on Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York Cit ...

  15. Pete Seeger Tribute in NYC to Go Ahead

    January 29, 2014 7:33 PM EST The GRAMMY Museum and Woody Guthrie Center’s celebration of folk singer Pete Seeger on Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City will continue as planned. Seeger was scheduled to accept the first-ever Woody Guthrie Prize award an ...

  16. Pete Seeger: A Personal Tribute

    January 28, 2014 8:07 AM EST This is how I first learned from Pete Seeger that we only move forward when we all pull together: We stood in a line, our feet braced against the gentle rocking of the boat, our young fingers grasping the thick, braided halyard. Then, at the di ...

  17. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94

    January 28, 2014 2:26 AM EST Pete Seeger, who used his voice as a musician, folk song curator, environmentalist and humanitarian to demand justice for less-privileged, died Jan. 27 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He touched lives by singing for unions, children and preside ...

  18. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Musician, Activist, Dies at 94

    January 28, 2014 2:26 AM EST Pete Seeger, who used his voice as a musician, folk song curator, environmentalist and humanitarian to demand justice for less-privileged, died Jan. 27 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He touched lives by singing for unions, children and pres ...

  19. Backbeat: Farm Aid 2013 -- Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 24, 2013 5:47 AM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Sarat ...

  20. Woody Guthrie's Hometown to Rebuild Singer's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2013 9:03 PM EDT When Woody Guthrie's dilapidated boyhood home was ordered torn down in the late 1970s, the demolition reflected the strained relationship between conservative Oklahoma and the native son famous for his folk singing and progressive politics. T ...

  21. Newport Folk Festival's Popularity Soars As it Celebrates 54th Edition

    July 21, 2013 11:54 PM EDT Tickets for the main two days of this year's Newport Folk Festival sold out five months early and before anyone knew who was playing -- another indication of how the 54-year-old event is staying fresh and relevant with a mix of musical icons ...

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  23. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

  24. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Announces Capitol Hill Showcase To Coincide With Royalty Hearings; Ole, BMG & Kobalt Signings; More

    November 27, 2012 3:57 PM EST -- The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has organized a songwriters' showcase for Nov. 28, the same day as the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding hearings on music licensing. The e ...

  25. Chuck Berry Looks to Record, Admits Future is 'Very Dim'

    October 28, 2012 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Pays Tribute to 86-Year-Old Icon Still rockin' at 86, music legend Chuck Berry promised a comeback Saturday with six new songs, some written 16 years ago. "And as soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do ...

  26. Watch Bruce Springsteen Impersonate Obama, Sing 'Campaign' Song

    October 24, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen gave about 5,000 fans a treat at a free concert Tuesday in Virginia that doubled as rally for President Obama's re-election. During the event in Charlottesville, the Boss performed a jokey "campaign" song on behalf o ...

  27. Album Reviews: Little Big Town, Dwele, Dispatch & Jessie Ware

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT LITTLE BIG TOWN Tornado Producer: Jay Joyce Capitol Nashville Release Date: Sept. 11 This co-ed Nashville quartet turned in one of the strongest-and most polished-performances on Lionel Richie's recent country duets album, "Tuskegee" ...

  28. Exclusive: Pete Seeger Duets With Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle on New Album

    August 01, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Folk Icon Releasing Two Albums on Sept. 25: 'A More Perfect Union' and 'Pete Remembers Woody' Folk music legend Pete Seeger , 93, is releasing two albums on Appleseed Recordings. "A More Perfect Union" features 14 new s ...

  29. Chuck Berry Getting All-Star Tribute at Rock Hall of Fame

    July 24, 2012 8:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 One of rock's pioneers will be celebrated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this fall. Chuck Berry will be honored by the hall as part of its American Music Masters series. Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In Octo ...

  30. Ne-Yo, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 15, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Ne-Yo poses with Swizz Beatz after accepting his Hal David Starlight Award. (Photo: Getty/Larry Busacca) Now, incredibly, in its 43rd year, the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is roughly the publishing world's equivalent of the Grammys, but ...

  31. Starting With A Song

    June 06, 2012 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 In a business where ego and star power often demand center stage, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) awards dinner each June emerges like Brigadoon, an always magical, sometimes humbling celebration where the songwriting community honors its finest. ...

  32. A Song To Woody, And Others

    June 06, 2012 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 Here is a look at the honorees who will be recognized at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala on June 14 in New York.Woody Guthrie: Pioneer Award When two of America's greatest songwriters, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, gathered in ...

  33. Howie Richmond, Co-Founder of Songwriters Hall of Fame, Dies

    June 01, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Howie Richmond, a giant in music publishing since the 1940s, died May 20 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 94. Richmond began his career in the music industry in 1935, working in publicity, before founding publishing company Cromwell Music in 1949 a ...

  34. Summer Music Preview: Kings of Rock

    May 23, 2012 10:45 PM EDT 0 0 Contrary to reports, rumors and speculation, the genre continues to roar By Mitchell Peters and Phil Gallo The Smashing Pumpkins Album title: Oceania Label: Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution Management: Peter Katsis, Prospec ...

  35. Donovan Q&A: Catching Up With a Folk Rock Superman

    April 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the three months since Donovan received the news that he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , he has stepped up his activity in front of the film, TV and music industries. He performed at the Sundance Film Festival, made numerou ...

  36. Corey Harris on 'Meeting' Woody Guthrie, Working With Wilco & His New Film

    April 06, 2012 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Corey Harris was an adjunct player in the "Mermaid Avenue" project helmed by Billy Bragg and Wilco. But with the "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions" box set arriving April 21, the roots music troubadour says he has fond memor ...

  37. Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 'Americana' Coming in June

    March 19, 2012 8:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Young is turning to America's musical roots for his next album. "Americana," recorded with his reconvened longtime collaborators, Crazy Horse, is set for a June 5 release. According to Rolling Stone , the set will include folk st ...

  38. Juanes Knows How First Crossover Album Would Sound

    March 18, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I really respect Shakira and Enrique, but if I do it someday I will do it differently," Latin rocker tells SXSW. Juanes tore into a set of his Latin chart hits at ACL Live at the Moody Theater Friday for a loosely packed audience of Austi ...

  39. Juanes Forsakes Stadiums For Intimate SXSW Q&A, Performance

    March 18, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Juanes performing at Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater with rock crit Dave Marsh who hosted a Q&A with the Latin superstar . (Photo: Judy Cantor-Navas) Juanes tore into a set of his Latin chart hits at ACL Live at the Moody Theater F ...

  40. SXSW 2012: 10 Things Seen and Heard Friday

    March 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Who forgot their lyrics? Who had synchronized dance moves? And who had Bill Murray rocking out in the crowd? Here are 10 things from Friday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. As he promised, ...

  41. Bruce Springsteen Plays Incendiary SXSW Show With Tom Morello, Jimmy Cliff, Arcade Fire

    March 16, 2012 11:01 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen played an epic 2-hour and 50-minutee set at Austin's ACL Live at Moody Theater (Photo: Getty Images) Bruce Springsteen came to South By Southwest to make a speech. He wound up making history - at least by the standards of hi ...

  42. Bruce Springsteen Captures SXSW With Epic, Raucous Revue

    March 16, 2012 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 In Nearly 3-Hour Set, The Boss and His Army (Including Tom Morello, Eric Burdon, Arcade Fire) Deliver Night of Live Magic B ruce Springsteen came to South By Southwest to make a speech . He wound up making history -- at least by the standards of his ...

  43. Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Keynote: 'Stay Hard, Stay Hungry'

    March 15, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Boss Was in a Giving Mood, Offering Wisdom & Recounting His Own Musical Journey Declaring that "every important musician in this town is asleep -- or they will be by the time I finished this thing," Bruce Springsteen spent nearly 5 ...

  44. SXSW Keynote: Bruce Springsteen Speaks to the Young Musicians and the Old Guard

    March 15, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Declaring that "every important musician in this town is asleep - or they will be by the time I finish this thing," Bruce Springsteen spent nearly 50 minutes early Thursday afternoon encouraging his musical colleagues and offering insigh ...

  45. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  46. Jay Farrar Tackles Woody Guthrie in 'New Multitudes'

    March 09, 2012 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Collaboration With Members of MMJ, Varnaline & Centro-matic Tops Billboard's Heatseekers Chart The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Bi ...

  47. How Woody Guthrie's Lyrics With Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker and Will Johnson Topped Billboard's Heatseekers Chart

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart, they hit Santa Monica radio station KCRW for a performance and interv ...

  48. Exclusive: Billy Bragg on Woody Guthrie, 3rd 'Mermaid Avenue' Set

    March 08, 2012 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 "My initial reaction was, 'Surely this is Bob Dylan's job'" -- Billy Bragg To commemorate 100 years since Woody Guthrie 's birth, Nonesuch Records will release the four-disc "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions,& ...

  49. SXSW En Espanol: Billboard Latin Showcase To Feature La Vida Boheme, Jotdog, Muchachito Bombo Inferno

    March 02, 2012 12:13 PM EST The line up of international acts performing at the Billboard Latin showcase March 14 at SXSW exemplifies the style-shifting nature of current Latin music. Grammy-nominated art punk rockers La Vida Boheme will be joined by Mexican electro-pop duo ...

  50. Tom Morello Occupies Wall Street: 'Every Movement Has a Soundtrack'

    October 13, 2011 10:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Mic check," declared Tom Morello, a.k.a. the Nightwatchman, at noon today (Oct. 13) in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, only he had no microphone. "Mic check," echoed the crowd, crammed shoulder-to-shoulder and surrounding ...

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