MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2017
The Wilkinsons played the Watson Art Centre last night to a very appreciative audience.
The show was opened by local singer songwriter Desiree Dorion who performed songs from her latest album "Tough Street" as well as some older songs.
The Wilkinsons played a mix of classic Wilkinsons hits as well as a few from the The Small Town Pistols and some of Amanda's solo work.
HARVEY RELIEF - DONATIONS
Country singer Chris Young and Toronto rapper Drake both have soft spots for Texas. That's why they're helping financially with disaster relief after Tropical Storm Harvey. Young, who used to live in the Arlington area, has donated 100-thousand dollars. Young says in tough times, ``You turn to your friends to help those in need and that's exactly what I'm doing.'' Drake writes on Instagram he's working with his manager with local relief groups.
He says Houston ``has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years.'' Lady Antebellum called off their concert in Houston Sunday, so they're donating their profits from merchandise sales from Saturday's concert in Dallas to relief efforts. Rapper Paul Wall, a Houston native, says he's planning some relief events now. Country singer Clint Black and rapper Baby Bash, both from Houston, have said they and their families are safe. Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child sends out prayers because she says ``Houston has and always will be the city that changed my life!''
TAYLOR SWIFT - SECRET
If Jack Antonoff of Bleachers knows who Taylor Swift is dissing in her song ``Look What You Made Me Do,''
he's not telling. He co-wrote the song with her, and when asked about it point blank, Antonoff said, ``That's for her to tell you.''
He will say that he loves working with Swift and collaborating has opened up a new world for him. He says he grew up writing only songs for himself, but he's gotten to work with Lorde (LORDE) and Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen as well as Swift. He says it means a lot and he learns a lot.
``DESPACITO'' - ``ONE SWEET DAY'' - MOST WEEKS AT NUMBER ONE
Luis Fonsi says it's ``a historic day for Latin music,'' because his song ``Despacito'' featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber has tied the record for most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ``Despacito'' has been number one for
16 weeks, tying the record with ``One Sweet Day'' by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. Fonsi says he's ``feeling very blessed right now.''
While it sure looks like ``Despacito'' could set a new record next week, there's a complicating factor: Taylor Swift. Billboard predicts that based on early sales, her song ``Look What You Made Me Do'' is on track to take over the top spot.
MASTODON - ``GAME OF THRONES''
There was Mastodon again on ``Game of Thrones.'' Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds appeared as wights in the season finale Sunday. They had appeared as Wildings in season 5. Dailor also had appeared as a White Walker in the July 16th episode.
LUKE BRYAN - TRUCK GETS STUCK
Luke Bryan's tour is unlikely to be affected by an accident involving one of his production trucks that went under an overpass that was too low. Bryan's next show is not until Friday in Lexington, Kentucky. New York's Newsday reports the truck was carrying Bryan's equipment after his show at Jones Beach Theatre outside New York when it hit an overpass on a Long Island parkway.
Normally, tractor-trailers are not allowed on those parkways, but they get special permits for shows at the theatre. No one was hurt.
The back end of the truck, with Bryan's picture on it, was stuck under the low part of an arch.
(The Associated Press)