May 3, 2013 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For a guy who sang so many sad songs, George Jones left behind a lot of laughs. There was more humor than sadness at Jones' funeral yesterday at the Grand Ole Opry House as thousands gathered in Nashville - some arriving hours before sunrise - to pay their respects to the man whose voice has defined country music for more than half a century. Friend after friend related stories of Jones' kindness, his love for his widow, Nancy, who's credited with helping him survive his personal demons later in life, and the funny little moments that will stick with them always.
March 15, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Every year, it seems the South by Southwest music festival can't possibly get any bigger - and each year it does. In 2012, Bruce Springsteen came to SXSW, and to keep attendees from lining up a day in advance, a lottery was held. This year, that distribution system is being employed for at least three shows: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on Wednesday (also featuring Waxahatchee, the nom de rock of Philadelphia songwriter Katie Crutchfield)
October 26, 2012 |
When Rodney Crowell first teamed up with poet and memoirist Mary Karr, he figured the collaboration might yield a couple of songs he could use on an album of his own. "But it caught on so fast and we produced so much in such a short time, I said, 'You know, we're making an album here,' " the 62-year-old singer and songwriter says over the phone while heading east from Columbus, Ohio. Indeed, they were. The terrific result is Kin: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell . Produced by Joe Henry, the 10 songs are sung by Crowell, Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, and Crowell's former wife Rosanne Cash.
August 31, 2012
Bruce Springsteen Like the titular wrecking ball of his latest album, Bruce Springsteen's tour seems to be gaining momentum and power the farther it has traveled - starting in the States, moving to Europe, and now swinging back to North America. By most accounts, and video evidence, the Wrecking Ball material has been well integrated into a show that packs a lot of fan favorites and, at its best, manages to be both tight and freewheelingly loose. For the outdoor shows he's now playing with his mighty E Street Band (we still wish he was indoors)
July 6, 2012 |
WHILE the outdoor summer concert season starts up in May, many of us aren't in the mood to get out and party till July — when school's out, the workload gets lighter and vacation time rolls around. And this summer, the concert pickings are so good and plentiful, we've been forced to boil down our "best-of" selection to a dozen shows and destinations, thereby allowing us to slide in some multiple night 'n' day entries. Showgoers — start your engines! Drive a little, groove a lot When the concert setting's right — wide open and leafy green — you can't beat the superior sound and (otherwise)
May 4, 2012
In Concert Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.academyofmusic.org . Feist. $27.50-$47.50. 5/8. 8 pm. 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. www.annenbergcenter.org . Vieux Farka Toure. $20-$40. 5/4. 7:30 pm. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com . Ottmar Liebert. $25-$39.50. 5/10. 8 pm. 1853 Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com . Fridays Unplugged. $10. 5/4. 421 N. Seventh St.; 215-569-9400.
January 25, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) Elizabeth Banks; Timothy Olyphant; John Mulaney. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) Scarlett Johansson; Julie Chen; Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Midnight, 6ABC) Robin Williams; Drew Hastings; Vince Gill performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) Cuba Gooding Jr.; Sarah Hyland; Big Freedia.