The Allman Brothers Band kicked off its As previously reported, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are all slated to perform at the ceremony with Jeff Foxworthy will hosting.
— Katie Hasty, N.Y.
French rock act Phoenix will release its third studio album, “It’s Never Been Like That,” May 23 via Astralwerks. While prior efforts often channeled a slick, 1970s vibe in the vein of Steely Dan and the Bee Gees, the new 10-track set opts for a more straightforward rock approach with shades of the Strokes and Kings Of Leon, best heard on opener “Napoleon Says,” the urgent “Rally” and the melodically memorable “Courtesy Laughs.”
An April tour of Europe is in the works, to be followed by an April 30 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
Here is the track list for “It’s Never Been Like That”:
“Long Distance Call”
“One Time Too Many”
“Lost and Found”
“Sometimes in a Fall”
“Second to None”
— Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
R&B singer/songwriter Case is making up for lost time. It has been five years since the former Def Jam artist’s last album, “Open Letter,” which featured the No. 1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit “Missing You.” Case plans to issue two new albums this year through Indigo Blue, an independent label operated by his manager, Blue Wiliams.
The first set, “The Rose Experience,” is due in June and will be preceded by first single “Turns Me On.” The as-yet-untitled second disc is expected in November. Case recently wrapped the Ladies Night Out tour with fellow contemporary soulsters Jagged Edge, Ginuwine and Donell Jones.
— Gail Mitchell, L.A.