MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017
LUKE BRYAN AND DIERKS BENTLEY PREPARE FOR SUNDAY'S ACMS
Even though Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley have hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards together before, they're still learning about each other. Bentley says he found out Bryan doesn't have to wear deodorant. Bryan says that's what you can do ``when you exude excellence.'' Bryan predicts Democrats and Republicans will sit down together Sunday night to watch the A-C-Ms and ``stuff's going to start happening in this country.'' He also predicts, ``Cats and dogs are going to make out.'' Keith Urban leads the A-C-MS with seven nominations. The A-C-Ms will be carried live from Las Vegas on C-B-S on Sunday.
ROGER DALTREY GIVES HIS TWO CENTS ON POLITICS
Roger Daltrey believes ``a dead dog'' would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the presidential election because the Democrats ``threw it away.'' Daltrey tells Britain's N-M-E magazine he doesn't believe Donald Trump won as much as Clinton lost.
Daltrey says Trump needs a haircut and his mother would say Trump needs his mouth washed out. Daltrey says his home country of the U-K made the right decision in leaving the European Union and once the dust settles, everyone will realize it was the right move.
INSANE CLOWN POSSE SUED OVER ``VIOLENT J'S POEM''
Fans of Insane Clown Posse were surprised when the group posted a 2015 video for ``Violent J's Poem'' because it was so touchy-feely and out of character for the group. Ohio poet Stanley Gebhardt says that's because he wrote it, not Violent J.
The Detroit Free Press reports Gebhardt is suing I-C-P, saying ``Violent J's Poem'' is actually his poem, ``But You Didn't,''
word-for-word. It's about a son talking to a father who keeps ignoring him. Gebhardt says he copyrighted it in 1993 and it was published in one of the ``Chicken Soup For The Soul'' books.
Attorney Howard Hertz, who represents I-C-P, did not return calls for comment.
HOW BEYONCE'S ``FORMATION'' CAME TO BE
One of the most memorable lines from Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' album was based on a throwaway comment from Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd (RAY SHRIM'-er). He was riding with music producer Mike Will Made It to Coachella when Swae Lee blurted out, ``OK, ladies, let's get in formation.'' Mike Will latched onto it. He says Swae Lee ``might have a laundry list of voice notes, but never records the song.'' He says he envisioned it as a female empowerment song and they had to get it to Beyonce.
MASTODON OFFERS COLORING PAGE FOR ``EMPEROR OF SAND''
Maybe you don't like the colours of the new Mastodon album ``Emperor of Sand.'' They'll let you do your own colours. The vinyl version of the album comes with a coloring-book version of the cover and six official Mastodon coloring pencils.
``Emperor of Sand'' is out today.
JOAN BAEZ BRINGS INDIGO GIRL AND MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER TO ROCK HALL
Joan Baez has invited the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter to tour with her. First stop -- the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Baez will perform with the Indigo Girls and Carpenter at her induction on April 7th. They will tour together as Four Voices beginning June 2nd in Nashville.
DISHWALLA RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM
Dishwalla is back with their first album in a decade that they recorded at Eric Burdon's house.
Dishwalla recorded the album ``Juniper Road'' at Burdon's retreat in Joshua Tree, California. Justin Fox has stepped in on vocals for J-R Richards, who left the band in 2008. ``Juniper Road'' comes out May 5th. Dishwalla is probably best known for the 1996 hit ``Counting Blue Cars.''
(The Associated Press)