Billboard Bits: John Cale, Blues&Brews, George Winston

News on John Cale, Blues&Brews, George Winston

CaleFormer Velvet Underground principal John Cale will release a new album, "Black Acetate," Sept. 12 in the U.K. via EMI. The 13-track set is led by the single "Turn the Lights On," which will hit digital download outlets on Aug. 1. The album is said to be more guitar-driven than its predecessor, last year's acclaimed "HoboSapiens."

Fresh off a performance in London at the Patti Smith-curated Meltdown Festival, Cale is planning a European tour to kick off in September.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

AlAl Green, Joan Osborne and the Robert Cray Band are the latest additions to the now finalized lineup for 12th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
As previously reported, the Sept. 16-18 event in the Colorado town will also feature the Black Crowes, Maceo Parker and the Subdudes.

Single day tickets, weekend passes and camping accommodations are all available online at or 866-515-6166.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

GeorgePianist George Winston's 1991 album "Summer" will be reissued Sept. 13 via Windham Hill/Legacy. The set will now include the previously unreleased track "Old Friends," as well as viewable/printable sheet music for an as-yet-unannounced song.

Released eight years after Winston's last prior seasonal-themed release, "Summer" peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart and spent 107 weeks on the tally. It has sold more than 912,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Winston will begin a fresh round of touring July 9 in Boulder, Colo. A number of shows on his upcoming itinerary are either solo guitar or harmonica benefit concerts.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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