730 CKDM - The Parklands Best

Monday, 25 September 2017 08:30

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

 

Legendary artists Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on Saturday.

 

The live concert and ceremony was held at Toronto's Massey Hall. 

The 71-year old Young told the crowd he was ``terribly proud to be Canadian,'' as he was inducted. 

Cockburn, who's 72, thanked his long-time manager Bernie Finkelstein, saying ``In a world increasingly defined its by fakery, we together have pulled off the greatest trick ever -- we spread truth.'' 

Among the highlights of the night was singer k.d. lang whose heart-wrenching take on Young's ``Helpless'' earned her a standing ovation. 

Quebecois inductees were Beau Dommage, a group formed in the early 1970s that became known for writing popular French folk staples. 

Rounding out the group was Expo '67 theme writer Stephane Venne whose songwriting career was launched when he penned the winning song.  

 

JASON ISBELL -  DELAYS SHOWS

 

Jason Isbell is postponing his shows this week because of a death in the family of bassist Jimbo Hart. Isbell asked fans on social media to send their ``good vibes'' to Hart. Isbell will resume touring Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

---

 

MARY J. BLIGE - PERFORM CALLED OFF

 

Mary J. Blige's concert in Louisville was cancelled, but no one is saying why. Neither the venue nor Blige's representative has said why Saturday's show was called off. Refunds are being given. Blige has no more tour dates scheduled. 

---

 

CHRIS STAPLETON - PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL

 

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton reunited on stage for Timberlake's Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, on Saturday. They did three songs together, including ``Tennessee Whiskey.'' That was the song they did together at the

2015 Country Music Association Awards show that sent Stapleton's career skyrocketing. Timberlake, a Tennessee native, joked to the crowd he was nervous because he might be related to half of them.

The festival also included Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Walk The Moon and Mavis Staples. 

---

 

CHARLES BRADLEY - OBIT

 

Soul singer Charles Bradley is being remembered for his electric performances and his hugs. Bradley died Saturday at the age of 68. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and later received a clean bill of health, but the cancer had spread to his liver. Bradley was not known for radio hits, although he grabbed attention with his soulful reinterpretation of the Black Sabbath song ``Changes.'' Busta Rhymes and Jay Z sampled his songs.

Bradley cited James Brown as an influence and even had worked as a Brown impersonator. He would close shows by giving hugs to the audience members. 

---

 

CHIEF KEEF - DRUG TRIAL

 

Chief Keef has pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanour drug charges. He was arrested June 12th at the airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Officials say they found marijuana in Chief Keef's carry-on bag. The Argus Leader reports Chief Keef returned to Sioux Falls last week to plead not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 27th. He faces up to five years in prison and a 10-thousand dollar fine. 

---

 

DEMI LOVATO - MENTAL HEALTH

 

Demi Lovato has been a strong advocate for mental health issues _ in part because she's had struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse and being bipolar. Now she is looking to help kids displaced by conflicts in places like Iraq to keep strong emotionally. She's pushing for the expansion of an international program to help young people in conflict-ridden areas. Lovato performed at a United Nations concert in Central Park over the weekend. 

---

 

MEGHAN MARKLE - PRINCE HARRY

 

Prince Harry's girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, was on hand to support her bae at an event in Toronto over the weekend. Markle was in the stands for Saturday's opening ceremony of the Invictus Games for wounded veterans. Markle lives in Toronto, but hadn't appeared with Harry since he arrived in the city. She recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. 

---

 

JIMMY TINGLE - PUBLIC OFFICE

 

No joke. Comedian Jimmy Tingle seems serious about making a run at politics. He's filed paperwork indicating he plans to run for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat in 2018. Tingle has been a longtime social and political humorist. He tells The Boston Globe running for office would be a way to, as he put it, ``take it to the next level.'' 

---

 

The Launch

Five more music industry heavyweights have joined CTV's upcoming music competition series ``The Launch.'' 

Bell Media says Culture Club alumnus Boy George, Canadian pop star Alessia Cara and M?tley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx have signed on as mentors for the inaugural season of the show, which is now in production. 

The other new arrivals to the show are songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles. 

Previously announced mentors include Canadian country star Shania Twain, Fergie, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and music mogul Scott Borchetta. 

In each episode of the Canadian series, five homegrown singers will perform a rendition of a new tune penned by a songwriter. The four mentors then pick two finalists to work with a renowned producer and perform the song again, with the winner becoming the official singer of the track. 

Bell Media says the show is ``being readied for an upcoming international rollout.'' 

 

MUSICIANS - SUPPORT PRO ATHLETES BY KNEELING ON STAGE

 

Stevie Wonder and former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey showed their solidarity for pro athletes who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism in America. During the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, Wonder said, ``Tonight, I take a knee for America. Both knees!'' Then he knelt on the stage. Linsey sang the national anthem before the Seahawks-Titans game yesterday and took a knee as she finished. So did the guitarist who accompanied her. U-S President Donald Trump recently said that N-F-L players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired and N-F-L Commissioner Roger Goodell should order them to stand. 

---

 

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT - PROTEST CONCERT

 

Thousands of people have packed a stadium in Charlottesville for a concert intended to raise money for charity and promote unity in the aftermath of this summer's white nationalist rallies. Dave Matthews, whose band got its start in the Virginia college town, hosted the show last night and thanked the attendees and performers for coming together on short notice. He introduced Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a driver slammed into a crowd protesting white nationalists on Aug. 12th. Bro told the crowd the concert was a ``powerful and peaceful'' way to come together and turn anger into action and understanding. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay made a surprise appearance. Other performers included Cage the Elephant, Pharrell Williams and The Roots. 

---

 

PETE TOWNSHEND - MARRIED

 

Pete Townshend is confirming what he's been occasionally mentioning from the stage: he's got a wife. Townshend writes on Facebook he quietly married his girlfriend, musician Rachel Fuller, about a year ago. They had been dating for 20 years.

Townshend says they did it at the local register's office outside London with just two witnesses: his security man and his personal assistant. Townshend says they kept it quiet because they're selfish. He describes Fuller as a ``genius,'' ''beautiful`` and ''smart.`` 

---

 

AARON CARTER - REHAB

 

Aaron Carter says he is ``disappearing for a while to work on myself.'' Carter's representative confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Carter has checked into rehab. Carter was arrested in July for driving under the influence and possessing marijuana. Carter tweets his ``stressors have not subsided with family'' and he needs time off. He also says, ``MY FAMILY has nothing to do with this. I've actually had to cut them all off unfortunately and it's gonna stay that way.'' Carter had a public argument on Twitter with his brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Aaron Carter says he's quitting Twitter for a while but he will be back with new music. 

---

 

PUERTO RICO - HELP

 

NEW YORK (AP) _ Musicians with Puerto Rican roots are urging support for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday to announce an aid package to Puerto Rico. Lopez pledged one-million of her own money. Marc Anthony and Luis Fonsi are asking fans to join the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello, in a campaign for donations at UnitedForPuertoRico-dot-com. Ricky Martin started a crowdfunded campaign to gather donations for hurricane victims. Daddy Yankee fans answered his call for donations of diapers, bottled water, mosquito repellent and flashlight batteries. Daddy Yankee says he's sure that ``God blesses the happy giver.''

 

---

 

KENNY CHESNEY - FALSE CHARITIES

 

Kenny Chesney is urging fans to be careful of anyone who uses his name to raise money for hurricane relief.

Chesney says the only charity he is working with is Love For Love City, which is helping rebuild the Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Chesney's vacation home there was damaged, but his concern is for the residents who lost everything. Chesney has sent planes of supplies to the islands and transported people and pets to the mainland. Chesney says he's been vetting local and national organizations to make sure any donations get to the right people. 

---

 

LADY GAGA  - ON FAME

 

Lady Gaga says the most touching thing about her new documentary, ``Gaga: Five Foot Two,'' is that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. She writes on Instagram that the film shows fame is lonely, isolating and psychologically challenging. Lady Gaga says being famous is ``unnatural'' but ``complicated'' because she knows she's destined to be a performer. She says she went through a range of emotions seeing it, knowing she could not be objective about herself. However, she believes director Chris Moukarbel made an authentic film.

``Gaga: Five Foot Two'' is on Netflix now.

 

---

 

CAGE THE ELEPHANT: THE NEXT GENERATION

 

Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz has been producing other acts in his spare time, including his little brother's band. Shultz says his brother, Dan, is in a band called Dan Luke and the Raid. Shultz says his brother isn't running from the family connections but Dan definitely wants his music to stand on its own. Shultz says his brother is 15 years younger than him, so he jokes that Dan probably doesn't care that much for Cage The Elephant. 

---

 

(The Canadian Press)

Read 96 times Last modified on Monday, 25 September 2017 08:46

Country Music Night Community Fundraiser in Ochre River!

Sunday, 19 November 2017 09:01
Country Music Night Community Fundraiser in Ochre River!

Enjoy a night of Country Western Music with Adele McQuarrie and friends at the Ochre River Hall on Saturday November 25, from 7pm to 10pm. Admission is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under only $5. There will be a 50/50 draw and refreshments provided. All proceeds will be donated to the Bridge Youth Drop in Center. 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017 08:29
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

 

NEIL YOUNG - MUSIC ARCHIVE

 

Neil Young promises to open his music archive for free on Dec. 1st. Young writes on Facebook that fans will be able to ``visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow.'' It dates back to his first single released in Canada in 1963. Young's new album, ``The Visitor,'' will be released that same day.

 

---

 

FIVE FOR FIGHTING - CHRISTMAS SONG

 

Five For Fighting singer John Ondrasik was talking with musician Jim Brickman about how they didn't want to ``just want to regurgitate another Christmas song.''

They both had done work for military causes, so they decided to write a holiday song for them called ``Christmas Where You Are.''

Ondrasik says his work with the military has been rewarding, but people are surprised to learn he has no family connection to the military. He says after 9-11, he got letters from soldiers in Iraq telling him how much his song ``Superman'' meant to them and that sparked his interest in helping them. ``Christmas Where You Are'' is on Brickman's new album, ``A Joyful Christmas.'' 

---

 

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - PREVIEW

 

Kelly Clarkson and Pink will open the American Music Awards on Sunday. Other performers include Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid , Imagine Dragons and Demi Lovato.

Diana Ross also will perform and get a lifetime achievement award.

Whoever wins artist of the year will win it for the first time. The contenders are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Toronto rapper Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Mars leads the nominations with eight. A-B-C will carry the awards live from Los Angeles. 

---

 

BONO - LITHUANIA INVITE

 

The mayor of a town in Lithuania where Bono supposedly owns a shopping mall has invited Bono to visit it.

Alvydas Katinas, the mayor of Utena in northeastern Lithuania, says he wrote to Bono to invite him to see the Ausra shopping centre.

Bono was named in the so-called Paradise Papers, documents that detail tax dodging by multinationals and wealthy individuals.

According to the documents, Bono is a part owner of the mall due to low-tax investments in Malta. Katinas says Bono has never visited Lithuania and he could help promote the town. 

---

 

``THOR: RAGNORAK'' - ``IMMIGRANT SONG'' SALES

 

Led Zeppelin's ``Immigrant Song'' is seeing a sales boost, thanks to the new ``Thor'' movie. Billboard reports 18-thousand downloads of the song were sold in the week after ``Thor: Ragnorak '' opened two weeks ago, compared to the previous week's sales of about two-thousand. The song is featured in the movie. ``Immigrant Song'' was featured in the movie's trailer that came out in April and it sold seven-thousand copies that week. 

---

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD - OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME

 

Carrie Underwood's broken wrist has cost her a home-state honour. The Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports Underwood was not inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last night because she was unable to attend. Hall of Fame officials say Underwood will be eligible to be nominated again and will be considered for a future class. Underwood injured herself in a fall at her home in Nashville last Friday. 

--- 

TAYLOR SWIFT - SETS SALES MARK

 

In just four days, Taylor Swift's new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.

Billboard reports ``reputation,'' moved 1.05-million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release. Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran's ``Divide'' was the year's bestselling album, with 919-thousand units sold. Number three is Kendrick Lamar's ``Damn.'' It has sold 842-thousand units. 

---

 

TAYLOR SWIFT - SURPRISE

 

Right on the heels of Billboard's report that her ``reputation'' album moved more than one-million copies in its first four days, we get word of a surprise she gave some fans in Tennessee. The Nashville Tennessean reports the superstar singer chronicled a run she made through a local Target store. She stopped by to pick up a few things, including that new album. She says she has a tradition of visiting the store to buy her album when a new one comes out. 

---

 

``DESPACITO'' - LATIN GRAMMYS

 

The global hit ``Despacito'' was the big winner at the Latin Grammy Awards. It made good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year.

Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi dedicated his awards to his native Puerto Rico, as did several other artists throughout the three-hour show, which opened with a moment of silence for the storm-ravaged island. 

---

 

MEEK MILL - APPEAL

 

Among the arguments Meek Mills' lawyers are offering in their plea to get him out of prison is the fact that neither his probation officer nor a prosecutor thought he should go back to prison. His lawyers have filed an appeal asking for Mill's probation to be terminated. Last week, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill to two to four years in prison for violating probation in a gun and drug case. Brinkley cited a failed drug test, failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two other unrelated arrests. Because Mill is a celebrity, he's in protective custody in state prison, but the only housing for protective custody there is solitary confinement, according to the motion. On Tuesday, Mill's lawyers asked Brinkley to recuse herself from the case, saying she's overstepped her bounds as a judge. They say among other things, Brinkley asked Mill to remake the Boyz II Men song ``On Bended Knee'' and mention her in it. 

---

 

NOTHING BUT THIEVES - SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS

 

Nothing But Thieves says they ``100 per cent deny'' allegations of sexual assault. The band says in a statement they were advised not to address false allegations that have circulated on social media, but they say they could not idly sit by.

They say the past week has been one of the most difficult of their career and add that ``being demonized and subject to so much hate over things that are false is incredibly upsetting.'' They are considering legal action. A Nothing But Thieves concert sponsored by the British magazine New Music Express was called off this week in response to the allegations. 

---

 

HALSEY - CALLS OFF SHOW

 

Halsey says she needs to take a few days from her tour to gain her composure, but she's not saying what's wrong.

Billboard magazine reports Halsey stopped her concert in Calgary, mid-set, and the rest was cancelled. Wednesday's show in Edmonton was called off. Halsey apologizes on Instagram and says very few things in the world would make her stop a show. She promises to make it up to her Canadian fans. Halsey intends to be good to go for the Minneapolis concert tomorrow. 

---

 

MARIAH CAREY - CANCELS CONCERTS

 

Mariah Carey is calling off the first few shows of her ``All I Want For Christmas'' tour because she's sick. She writes on social media she had the flu last week and now has an upper respiratory infection. The tour was supposed to begin tonight in Windsor, Ontario. While Carey does not state which dates are affected, her website indicates her next scheduled date is Nov. 27th in New York. 

---   

(The Associated Press)

 

 

SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:33
SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

 

 

Richard Inman image

Richard InmanWinnipeg, Manitoba

Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a rich baritone voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem.

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:26
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

 

 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE - GUILTY PLEA

 

Melissa Etheridge has been fined 750-dollars and ordered to serve unsupervised probation for a misdemeanour charge of possessing marijuana. Etheridge's lawyer entered a guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday in Bowbells, North Dakota. She was arrested in August when her tour bus crossed from Canada into the U-S and investigators found marijuana on board.

KMOT-TV reports Etheridge's attorney says she intended to apply for a medical marijuana license in North Dakota. She has used marijuana to treat her breast cancer.

---

 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER

 

After Stone Temple Pilots got more than 15-thousand online applications to be their new lead singer, they went with a guy who did not apply that way. Jeff Gutt (GOOT) will be the new S-T-P singer. He's a veteran of the Detroit music scene and was the runner-up on the third season of ``The X Factor.'' Bassist Robert DeLeo heard about Gutt after playing a show with Hollywood Vampires and asked Gutt to try out. S-T-P auditioned more than 30 singers. Gutt says no one can fill the shoes of late singer Scott Weiland and he's not even going to try. He says S-T-P's songs deserve to be performed and he's honoured the band chose him to help. The new version of S-T-P will release an album early next year. Their first single, ``Meadow,'' is out now. 

---

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD - SURGERY

 

Carrie Underwood says she's ``doing great'' after having surgery on her wrist Tuesday. Underwood tweets all went well, even though she will ``be setting off airport metal detectors from now on.'' She gives a shout-out to the medical personnel, family and friends who she says have been taking great care of her. Underwood broke her wrist in a fall at her home in Nashville on Friday night. 

---

 

TAYLOR SWIFT - SHOPPING

 

Shoppers at Target in Nashville ran into a familiar face Tuesday night: Taylor Swift. She has a tradition of going to Target to buy her latest album. She chronicled the night of signing autographs and taking selfies on Instagram Stories. One man said he lives across the street and just came in to get pasta sauce and he ran into Swift. Another fan was near tears as she told a friend on the phone, ``I love Taylor Swift. Yeah, she's just out here shopping!'' Swift's album, ``reputation,'' came out last week. 

---

 

PHARRELL WILLIAMS - ``100 YEARS''

 

Pharrell Williams has released a song that will not be heard again for a century, assuming the earth is still around. Williams debuted a new song called ``100 Years'' has been engraved on vinyl made out of clay in Shanghai this week. It will be locked in a safe that's vulnerable to water damage. If rising tides caused by global warming don't destroy the vinyl, it will be released in 2117. Williams says if humans as a species don't do something about climate change, ``We lose the track but we also lose the planet.'' What's the song about? Williams says it's a sarcastic postcard to climate change deniers. 

---

 

EDDIE MONTGOMERY - REMEMBERS TROY GENTRY

 

Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry says a little piece of his soul was lost the day of bandmate Troy Gentry's death. Montgomery tells People magazine the September helicopter crash that killed Gentry was ``horrific'' and he will never get over it. Montgomery says years ago, they actually talked about what they'd do if one of them died, and they agreed to keep Montgomery Gentry going. Montgomery says he always thought he'd be the one to go first. 

---

 

LINKIN PARK - LIVE ALBUM

 

Linkin Park fans will be able to get a listen to the concert the band never got to perform in the U-S Linkin Park will release the ``One More Light Live'' album on Dec. 15th. It was recorded during their run of shows in early summer in South America and Europe. The surviving band members say in a statement the shows were ``extraordinary'' and singer Chester Bennington said they were the best shows they had ever done. Bennington hanged himself July 20th, the day before the American leg of the tour was supposed to begin. 

---   

(The Associated Press)