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Stevie Ray Vaughan among the inaugural honorees for the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

by on Apr.03, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Stevie Ray Vaughan among the inaugural honorees for the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and his backing band, Double Trouble are among the inaugural honorees for the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Willie Nelson is also slated to to be inducted ceremony will take place April 26 at the University of Texas' Austin campus, and is being held in celebration of the PBS performance series Austin City Limits' 40th anniversary.

Austin360.com reports that the invitation-only ceremony will be at KLRU’s Studio 6A, a still-operating space in UT’s Jesse H. Jones Communication Center. It was the show’s original home through 2010. Episodes have since been recorded at the new ACL Live theater downtown since 2011.

Also being inducted are two non-musicians who played crucial roles in the development of “Austin City Limits”: Bill Arhos, who created the show, and the late Longhorns football coach Darrell Royal, who was a huge supporter of the program in its early years. Nelson, Arhos and Double Trouble members Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans will attend the induction and it will feature performances by Nelson, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Randolph, Mike Farris, Doyle Bramhall II and Lukas Nelson.

The ceremony will be taped for a two-hour special that will premiere this October during Austin City Limits' 40th season. That special will include segments from an all-star show still in the works to be held at the ACL Live venue.

"Austin City Limits has become a unique American institution, in both the worlds of popular music and television," says the series' executive producer, Terry Lickona, in a statement. "It has such a rich history and legacy that we decided it was time to celebrate and honor the artists and individuals who made it what it is today."

There will be new inductees each year,  but having Willie and SRV as the first two musical artists inducted is appropriate, since Nelson was the performer on the show’s pilot episode in October of 1974, with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were featured on the show in 1984 and 1990 episodes.

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Rock On the Talks: November 4-15

by on Nov.04, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rock On the Talks: November 4-15

Rock On The Talks November 4-15
Nov. 4 - Jane's Addiction - Jimmy Kimmel Live
Nov. 4 - Sting - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Nov. 5 - The Rides (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg) - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Nov. 6 - Sting - Ellen DeGeneres Show
Nov. 6 - Kelly Osbourne - Chelsea Lately
Nov. 6 - Sharon Osbourne - The Arsenio Hall Show
Nov. 7 - Nine Inch Nails - Jimmy Kimmel Live
Nov. 7 - Gary Clark Jr. - Late Show With David Letterman
Nov. 8 - Graham Nash - Tavis Smiley
Nov. 8 - Arcade Fire - Jimmy Kimmel Live - (R-10/29/13)
Nov. 8 - Gavin DeGraw - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Nov. 12 & 13 - The Killers - Jimmy Kimmel Live
Nov. 15 - Daughtry - Live With Kelly & Michael

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Rock Picks of the Week: Alter Bridge, Beware of Darkness, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Halestorm, Los Lonely Boys

by on Aug.18, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Alter Bridge, Beware of Darkness, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Halestorm, Los Lonely Boys

Already one of the most respected and popular acts in rock, Alter Bridge are back with the new track 'Addicted To Pain' from the band's new album 'Fortress.' The new album is due out October 8 in the USA and September 30th for the rest of the world. The album is their first new studio album in three years, and features twelve tracks that are sure to take Alter Bridge to an even bigger level if that is possible.

Myles Kennedy (vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitar), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums) enlisted their long-time producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, known for his work with Falling In Reverse, Story Of The Year and Incubus to once again deliver another great album of hard and heavy rock, along with tracks that show the softer side of the band and the beautiful vocal melodies.

Alter Bridge will play one U.S. tour date on October 4th at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, before embarking on a European tour that will run from October 16th through November 16 and feature Shinedown and Halestorm joining the band on select dates.

Guitarist Mark Tremonti said about the project, "When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement. We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet. From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do."

I'm sure the results will show that Mark is right, as Alter Bridge are set to be dominant in the rock world once again and are going to have a huge 2013-14!!

Alter Bridge - Fortress Track Listing
1. Cry of Achilles
2. Addicted to Pain
3. Bleed It Dry
4. Lover
5. The Uninvited
6. Peace is Broken
7. Calm the Fire
8. Waters Rising
9. Farther than the Sun
10. Cry a River
11. All Ends Well
12. Fortress

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Beware of Darkness are a new power trio consisting of vocalist/guitarist Kyle Nicolaides, bassist Daniel Curcio, and drummer Tony Cupito. The band's track 'Howl' has an indie spirit, with an in your face retro vibe that I and apparently many others are digging, as the track is currently in the top 5 of the Mainstream rock and Active rock charts in the U.S. It comes from the band's new album 'Orthodox.'

Beware of Darkness came together in 2010 after Kyle Nicolaides met Tony Cupito at one of Kyle's shows in downtown Los Angeles. The two began playing shows with various bass players until they met Daniel Curcio, who was visiting Santa Monica after finding out he had a long lost half brother living there. Nicolaides then signed a record deal with Bright Antenna Records and the band started opening up shows for the likes of Social Distortion and The Wombats. They have since opened for Tegan and Sara, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Deftones and played at the 2012 & 2013 SXSW Festival.

In July, Beware of Darkness opened up for The Smashing Pumpkins on their European tour and are currently on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival in the U.S. with Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Walking Papers, Danko Jones and more.

A band with a big future, I am expected a good run with the new album from the band and touring well into 2014.

Beware of Darkness Orthodox album cover

Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be releasing his first studio album in 7 years "Fight For My Soul" on September 2nd in the UK and Europe through Mascot Label Group and on September 17th in U.S. and Canada with Concord Music Group. Lang worked on the release for three years with Producer Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton's Grammy winning "Change the World."

Lang says about the album, "Much of what I've experienced through music and life in general is in these songs. I really like reaching out and connecting with people. For me, this is what it's all about. It keeps it fresh with different experiences every day."

"This particular record has taken quite a long time to finish for a lot of different reasons, Lang added. "Most of all, I started having kids a few years back. Between being with the family, and being out on the road touring, the last thing you want to do when home is to go make a record. I'm really happy with the body of work we have for this one. It's kind of hard to be excited and know what the record going to be like when the process is extended over such a long period of time. Today, sitting here, I'm really proud of the recordings.""

Since the release of his 1997 major label debut "Lie To Me", the then 16 year-old Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation.  The exciting new album should broaden his appeal and bring in new fans, while keeping the core he already has.

The first track released from the album, 'Blew Up (The House),' showcases the stellar vocals of Lang and the musicianship of his band, along with a Clapton vibe that you can really feel from the production work of Sims.

Tracklisting:
Blew Up (The House)
Breakin' In
We Are The Same
What You're Looking For
Not Right
The Truth
River
Fight For My Soul
All Of A Sudden
Seasons
I'll Always Be

Jonny Lang Fight For My Soul Album Cover

Halestorm have had one hell of a 2012-13 behind their 'The Strange Case Of...' album and frontwoman Lzzy Hale has firmly entrenched herself as one of, if not THE predominant leading woman in rock. The band were also awarded their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance this past February, some exciting recognition for the well deserved and constantly touring Pennsylvania band.

'Here's To Us' looks to be the last single from the current album and in the video for the song, Halestorm are initially transformed into a '8o's band with the big hair, spandex and eyeliner. That is followed by the band in grunge era attire, then the band wrap up the video for the track as they are, showing an appreciation for what has come before and influenced them. The video serves as a thank you for the fantastic last couple of years it has been.

The band released the following statement about the track and video:
"Here's to Us" is a song that we wrote for Us, About Us. It was the last song written for our record The Strange Case Of... Halestorm , and one that means the most personally. We've had a hell of a year, with a few number ones, a grammy, etc... plus this year marks our Tenth year as a foursome! We've been through a lot together as a band, and have always appreciated the low times as well as the high times, because it's about the journey for us. This sentiment has seeped its way into our fans base, who we've become very close to. It's been wonderful to hear the stories every night of what "Here's To Us" means to them! And also our road family, some of these wonderful people, including Maria Brink from In This Moment, Miles Kennedy of Alterbridge/The Conspirators, James Michael from Sixx Am, Brent Smith from Shinedown, Tyler Connolly from Theory Of A Deadman, David Draiman from Disturbed/Device, and of course Slash himself have joined us for special versions of this song!

The video is a little bit of everything Halestorm: we laughed our asses off, and also got a little emotional while filming it! We hope you enjoy it and that this song burrows itself deep inside your heart! From all of us in Halestorm, Thank You to all the Freaks and all the people that have made our Dream possible! Love you all!

- Lzzy, Arejay, Joe and Josh

We love you too...keep kicking ASS!

Halestorm The Strange Case Of... album cover

Los Lonely Boys are back with a new track 'Blame It On Love.' Guitarist Henry Garza recently told antimusic.com that the song "It is the first taste of this batch of new music we have recorded during our touring breaks. We picked this track to be the first to be released because we felt that this song really took us back to our Texican roots, and it was a song that almost anyone could connect with. The real inspiration behind this song was love, and we were looking for a way to say that love is the reason for everything. In all honesty, who hasn't had a situation where they could blame the outcome on love!? If we really pay attention, everything we do is motivated by love.

As for the actual recording of the track, the track was recorded in Austin, TX at Bismeaux Studios. We worked on this track with Don Gehman, and that was awesome. He has worked with so many greats (John Mellencamp, R.E.M.), and it was a humbling experience to be in the studio with him. Don just has a way of knowing how to make a track pop, and he did that with "Blame It On Love."

Overall, it was a great experience laying this track down, and we are very excited to share this new collection of songs. We are extremely blessed to continue to have the opportunity to spread the gospel of Texican rock and roll, and we hope that you like what you hear!"

The brother Garza will be touring through the rest of the Summer, with concerts booked into November. Get all the dates at loslonelyboys.com

Get the new single on itunes: http://bit.ly/13vLdvi

Los Lonely Boys Blame It On Love single cover

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Rock Picks of the Week: Nine Inch Nails, Stone Sour, Buckcherry, The Rides, Orianthi

by on Jul.12, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Nine Inch Nails, Stone Sour, Buckcherry, The Rides, Orianthi

'Came Back Haunted,' the new single from Nine Inch Nails, is already in the top 10 active rock tracks and kicks off the rock picks for this week. It's the first release from the new album 'Hesitation Marks', which is due out September 3rd on Columbia. The song is a strong return from Trent Reznor, with his vocal standing up to his past. The bassline, beat, synth and guitar are all back in a big way in this quality track.

The new album will feature guest musicians Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio, The Law).

Nine Inch Nails will kick off their world tour in Japan on July 26 at the Fuji Rocks Festival, and will follow that with festival performances in South Korea, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Ireland, England, France and Italy before kicking of their U.S. tour.

A 31-date North American tour on September 28 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and continue through November 25th in Calgary, Alberta. Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor will each open some of the dates. Tickets go on sale starting June 14th through Live Nation.

Nine Inch Nails will also perform at Lollapalooza on August 2nd, Outside Lands in San Francisco on August 9th, the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend and at the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans November 1st-3rd.

Nine Inch Nails 'Hesitation Marks' Tracklist:
1) The Eater of Dreams
2) Copy of A
3) Came Back Haunted
4) Find My Way
5) All Time Low
6) Disappointed
7) Everything
8) Satellite
9) Various Methods of Escape
10) Running
11) I Would for You
12) In Two
13) While I'm Still Here
14) Black Noise

David Lynch directed the Nine Inch Nails' video for 'Came Back Haunted,' working with Trent for the first time since 1997's 'Lost Highway' soundtrack. The video will give you a headache if you watch it too much

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Stone Sour have released a lyric video for "The Uncanny Valley", a track from the band's latest album, "House of Gold & Bones Part 2", the second installment of the group's two-part concept album. Get both if you haven't yet on CD, and make the actual house out of the packaging. The CD, which arrived everywhere this past April, debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200, marking the group's fourth consecutive Top 10 debut, an incredible achievement for the three-time Grammy-nominated act.

The first three issues of "House of Gold & Bones" (Dark Horse Comics) are available now. Written by Corey Taylor, the comic book follows and develops the story contained within the two-part album and features stunning covers from Jason Shawn Alexander ("Empty Zone", "Batman", "Abe Sapien"). The limited four-issue series is Taylor's debut in the comics genre.

The "House Of Gold & Bones" albums were recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of the band's native Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse).

Stone Sour House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 album cover

Buckcherry have released ‘Nothing Left But Tears’ as the new track off their most recent album ‘Confessions.' It's another solid track from a truly underrated American Hard Rock band. Buckcherry have North American tour dates scheduled throughout the summer, followed by a late fall European tour.

Frontman Josh Todd told ABC News Radio recently that Buckcherry’s latest album was originally supposed to serve as the soundtrack for a semi-autobiographical film he was considering making.

“I was writing a screenplay on my own life and I kinda condensed it down into a short film. So really, it wasn’t like a concept record it was like, 'Let’s make the record the soundtrack of the film.'” Todd is preparing to move forward with the 30-minute short in the near future, adding, “We’re working on [the film] right now. We got it casted, the locations, we got a director, you know.”

Guitarist Keith Nelson also revealed that the group has plans to record a live DVD on their current tour. “We just wanna really make sure that it’s something special that we have complete control over,” he explains. “We’ve had stuff that has been on DVD before but certainly not anything we could monitor or have a say in, so this is very exciting for us.”

Release dates for the short film and live DVD have yet to be announced.

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Legendary singer-songwriter Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield/CSN/CSN&Y) has united with guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg to form the new all-star blues-rock super group The Rides. The band's debut album, 'Can’t Get Enough,', is set for release on August 26 via Provogue Records.

The album features  4 co-written originals, a handful of covers, and a vintage, previously unrecorded Stills gem 'Can’t Get Enough' was inspired by - and is an homage to - the now classic 1968 album Super Session, which featured Stills on guitar on one side, and the late Mike Bloomfield on the other (Bloomfield had founded Electric Flag with Goldberg, who also played on Super Session, as did Blood, Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper).

The Rides bring a historic and distinctively American musical blues rock hybrid into the 21st century. Described by Stills as "the blues band of my dreams", The Rides will embark on a world tour beginning in September.

The project began with Stills and Goldberg writing together at their mutual manager Elliot Roberts’ recommendation. "It was like finding a long lost soul brother" says Goldberg (who hadn’t met Stills before, their shared 1968 credit notwithstanding). "We connected on so many things, started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song."

When Kenny Wayne Shepherd arrived, The Rides’ three-way chemistry immediately clicked. "The Rides are a perfect mix of generations, where three musicians who love and play the blues collide and create music that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences and career achievement," says 35-year-old, Shepherd, who’s had six #1 Blues albums. "Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the blues is the fabric that holds this all together."

That exhilarating creative sorcery blasts through ten tracks, four of them Stills, Shepherd, Goldberg co-writes including the album-opening barnburner "Roadhouse" - about the life of an itinerant bluesman - the melodic, CSN-esque "Don’t Want Lies," and the title track, a groove soaked, guitar-heavy anthem with a soul-baring lead vocal by Stills. Other highlights include a Crazy Horse-calibre interpretation of "Rockin’ in the Free World". "Everyone gets off on this one," says Goldberg, "it’s just a ton of electricity on this Neil Young classic."

The four additional covers are the tracks on which Shepherd sings lead, including "Talk To Me Baby" and "Honey Bee" by blues giants Elmore James and Muddy Waters, respectively, and Iggy and The Stooges’ "Search and Destroy," which The Rides truly make their own. The album closes with the raucous "Word Game," a song Stills wrote during his late ’60s era with Buffalo Springfield, but never recorded. "It’s an old acoustic song that I had fun adapting to an electric band," he says.

The in-the-moment energy and unscripted emotion of "Can’t Get Enough", however, are among the album’s greatest strengths, as is the powerhouse guitar interplay between Stills and Shepherd, and the stellar accompaniment from Goldberg - who, as a teenager in his native Chicago, sat in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and Howlin’ Wolf, and went on to play keyboards for Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, formed The Electric Flag, and composed with Gerry Goffin.

The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of about a week at EastWest in Los Angeles, helmed by long-time Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers). Mostly first or second takes made the album’s final cut. In addition to Chris Layton, Shepherd’s drummer, and also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, the album features bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne).

In the spirit of that simple, raw authentic 40s and 50s blues music the three of us love, we got in there and boom! A few takes and we were done," says Stills. "The songs have muscle; they don’t sound dated or contrived. They’re very natural and organic. I can’t wait to tour with these guys and start recording again."

Check out the first single, album samples, and the band's EPK below. The Rides will kick off a U.S. Summer tour on August 28 in New York City.

The Rides Can't Get EnoughThe Rides tour datesCurrent Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi has released a new video for the track 'Heaven In This Hell,' the title track of her current album, which came out this past March on Robo Records. The Australian guitarists bandmates in Alice Cooper, Glen Sobel (drums) and Tommy Henriksen (guitar) also appear in the new clip.

Leading up to her latest stint with Alice Cooper and reputation as one of the preeminent female guitarist in rock, Orianthi wrote her first song at the age of 6, was discovered and played alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, and was selected for Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It Tour" that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the fall of 2009, Orianthi released "According To You", her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S.

After recently wrapping up the 'Masters Of Madness' tour for Alice with Marilyn Manson, she will continue to tour this Summer with Alice and has also booked a few of her own headlining shows on off-days. Dates confirmed so far are July 17 in New York City at The Studio at Webster Hall, Mexicali Live in Teaneck, New Jersey on July 21,  as well as London's famed 100 Club on August 7. Her band for these shows will include Alice Cooper band members Glen Sobel on drums and bassist Chuck Garric. Rock on girl!!

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd – California Mid-State Fair – July 21, 2012

by on Aug.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – California Mid-State Fair – July 21, 2012

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band rocked the California Mid-State Fair on July 21, 2012. The band, consisting of Kenny, Noah Hunt on vocals, Tony Franklin on bass, Chris Layton on drums and Riley Osbourne brought an awesome set, which wrapped up with an amazing version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile.' The band played a completely different set in the late show, but unfortunately I wasn't able to attend both shows. Check out the first set in its entirety below. Thanks for rocking the California Central Coast Kenny & band!

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