March 5, 2016 |
Since forming Asleep at the Wheel in 1970, Ray Benson has seen his band win 10 Grammy Awards, play for the last three U.S. presidents, and perform more than 100 shows annually. Honored in October with a star on Philadelphia's Walk of Fame, the 6-foot-7 bandleader offered a short explanation for his success at the ceremony. "How did a Jewish kid from Philadelphia become a western swing icon?" Benson asked. "Two words: Sally Starr. " The longtime children's television host caught the young Benson's eye with her western wardrobe.
March 31, 2015 |
There is the art of jazz singing before Cassandra Wilson's 1993 album Blue Light 'Til Dawn and the same art afterward. With that album, the Jackson, Miss.-born composer and singer served notice that she'd sing her original material and display exquisite taste in selecting and interpreting the music of others. She mixed in blues, country, folk, and pop. She created a misty ambience to go with that musical blend, plus a husky low register and adventurous arrangements. Each album that followed captured the Wilson texture, her knack of softly punctuating lyrics, seemingly rendering them still in midair.
March 8, 2013
Denver gypsy music foursome Devotchka broke out to a wide audience with their score to the 2006 hit indie movie Little Miss Sunshine . They were last heard from on the grandiose 2011 album 100 Lovers . Friday's show at the Trocadero is one of just two performances on a mini-tour in which the Nick Urata-fronted foursome will be trying out new material for that album's yet-to-be-recorded follow-up, accompanied by a string quartet. Brooklyn folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard open up, on their way to the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
December 3, 2012 |
Loretta Lynn opened her set at the Keswick Theater Friday night singing, "They don't make 'em like my daddy anymore," and the same goes for the country high priestess herself. Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson, who covered Lynn on the 2010 tribute album Coal Miner's Daughter , may have built on her take-no-prisoners persona, but they don't have Lynn's coiled grace, the killing blow delivered with a dainty smile. At 80, she's physically frail - she cancelled a Philadelphia show in March 2011 for emergency knee surgery - and sometimes seemed to lose her way on stage.
October 24, 2010 |
Buika's smoky, throaty voice rises up from her superb new album, El Último Trago ( The Last Drink) , and the names of other incredible singers pass through your mind. Nina Simone. Miriam Makeba. Cesaria Evora. Mercedes Sosa. Amalia Rodrigues. Omara Portuondo. Buika, who comes to the Kimmel Center Tuesday, is like none - and has taken all on board. In Trago , the flexible, singular voice of María Concepción Balboa Buika combines elements of Afro-Cuban, flamenco, pan-American, and even Arabic music in a set of emotional songs played live in the studio with an all-star lineup of world musicians.
July 11, 2003 |
When asked to name a perfect pop song, Chris Collingwood comes up with six: the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Tom Petty's "Refugee," the Romantics' "What I Like About You," the Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian," Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," and Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman. " Fine choices all, but if Collingwood weren't such a modest guy, he might have added "Bright Future in Sales" or "Hey Julie" or maybe "All Kinds of Time" to the list. Those songs are from Welcome Interstate Managers, the new album by Fountains of Wayne, the heavenly guitar-pop quartet he leads along with fellow guitarist and songwriter Adam Schlesinger.
July 25, 2002 |
Recently retired talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell is not happy with the "boring" content of her magazine and has threatened to sue Rosie. The magazine is jointly owned by O'Donnell and Gruner & Jahr USA. O'Donnell contributes her name while Gruner & Jahr produce the magazine. Since Rosie began publishing in May 2001 (replacing McCall's), O'Donnell has butted heads several times with the publishers. She doesn't like the direction of Rosie under new editor Susan Toepfer, a former People deputy managing editor.
August 19, 2001 |
For Dale Watson, great music came at a great price. On Dec. 28, the Texas honky-tonker tried to kill himself by downing sleeping pills and vodka in an Austin- area hotel room. It had been 3 1/2 months since the death of his fiancee, Terri Herbert, in a car crash, and the 38-year-old singer was despondent. Fortunately, his road manager found him - "I was pretty far gone," a subdued Watson recalled recently from his Austin home - and after committing himself to a state hospital, he was found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.