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Queen to be Honored as Icons at BMI London Music Awards

Queen will be named BMI Icons at the organization’s annual London Awards. The ceremony is slated for Tuesday, October 4 at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane.

BMI honors songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” as Icons. Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon join a list of past honorees that includes 2010 recipient Don Black, Van Morrison, Donovan, the Bee Gees, James Brown, Willie Nelson, and more.

Outsized. Operatic. Magisterial. Queen defined a new type of rock superstardom. Vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon delivered drama, precision and, perhaps most of all, timeless songs. There are numerous BMI Awards between the four members, who are all songwriters with contributions to Queen’s repertoire, and consequently, the world’s collective pop culture. Mercury penned “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”; May composed “We Will Rock You” and “Fat Bottomed Girls”; Deacon wrote “Another One Bites the Dust”; and along with friend David Bowie, they all came together to write “Under Pressure.” Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, they became the first band ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a group rather than as individuals. The U.K. Music Hall of Fame welcomed Queen in 2004, while “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” have both been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991; the following year, remaining members orchestrated the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, and the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT) was established. To date, MPT has donated more than $15 million to the fight against AIDS around the world.

BMI represents the songs mentioned above and many others from Queen’s legendary catalog in the U.S. The quartet are all members of British performing right society PRS for Music.

Mimi Fishman Auction Happening Now!

The Mimi Fishman Foundation launches its second on-line charity auction of the year with items representing a variety of bands. Of special note the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team makes an appearance on the auction with a very special hall of fame package. The package consists of tickets to a Cardinals game, passes for the winner and guests to watch batting practice on the field, and an actual seat back from the old Busch Stadium signed by 5 Cardinals Hall of Fame players.

Other auction highlights include String Cheese Incident Red Rocks packages, a Gathering of the Vibes pass package, Dave Matthews Band ticket/lounge passes, and Jon Fishman signed/used drumsticks. In keeping with the baseball theme the auction also includes an official major league baseball signed by all members of Yonder Mountain String Band.

The auction is on the heels of the Foundation announcing their first grants of 2010 totally $18,000 raising the total the Foundation has given away since its inception to over $385,000. Bidding on the auction concludes Monday, April 26; with each auction item having it’s own specific end time.

Lone Star Icon Gary P Nunn To Release TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY

Gary P. Nunn and Guacamole Records are pleased to announce the April 6 release date of TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY, fifteenth studio album from the renowned artist touted as a “Texas Music Institution.” A travelogue of moods and songs, this new independent recording lends itself to a variety of dance rhythms, exposing emotional sweet spots layered with the heartfelt singing the traditionalist movement is praised for.

A 13-track adventure that crosses the borders and many a state line, the album orbits into the atmosphere with “Deja Vu,” a true to form “cosmic cowboy” trip back to a lost love. Wistful memories are revisited in the Mile-High City on “Denver,” a ramped up Cajun fais do do in “Down To Louisiana” offers an upbeat take on a New Orleans tradition while the soundtrack for a tropical island getaway is played out on “Mexican Boulevard” and “It’s Not Love.”

Longing for a return trip to Texas, “One State of Mind” eases the homesick heart while “Lone Star Blues” tours the cities and towns of the Republic. A colorful cast of characters, which includes a true Texan on “The Likes of Me” and a consummate bachelor who sings the anthem that is “I’m Not That Kind of Guy,” peppers the collection.

Love, a common theme whether lost or being searched for, is found just “A Two-Step Away” on a Friday night when “The Girl Just Loves to Dance.” The title track moves in toward the end with a message to Nashville about real country music still residing and flourishing in Texas and the sweetly pleading closing devotional “The Rest of My Life” ends the journey.
Tracked at Cherry Ridge Recording Studio in Floresville by distinguished C&W producer Tommy Detamore, TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY features three new tunes written or co-written by Nunn, a respected songwriter in his own right, alongside numbers by writers such as Johnny Divine, Levi Mullen, Steven Kundert, Michael Halvorsen and Gary’s brother, Steve K. Nunn. Arriving with a stamp of fan approval, Nunn has been showcasing the tunes, road-testing them alongside his Bunkhouse Band and using audience reaction and support as a marker while deciding what to record on the album.
A revered mainstay on the Texas Music Scene, and a seasoned inspiration to the upcoming generations of rising stars, Nunn is no stranger to acclaim and accolades. In addition to many gold albums, his efforts have been applauded and recognized with a number of notable awards and honors. Texas Governor Mark White named him an Official Ambassador to the World, and years later Governor Rick Perry followed by declaring him an Ambassador of Texas Music. An induction into the Texas Hall of Fame came in 2004, and Nunn is also honored in the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock. The Texas Department of Commerce and Tourism’s also included him on the roster of Lone Star Greats who are leaders in the fields of art, athletics and music. The previous residence he established on an 800-acre cattle in Oklahoma allowed him to be recognized by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his contribution to the preservation of the unique Southwestern style of music.
Having carved the path for the DIY movement prevalent in today’s independent music scene, Nunn’s TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTY continues these efforts, providing just the right amount of authenticity needed to ensure his reputation as being indisputably Texas and undeniably a fan favorite. For it is Nunn’s ongoing mission to make a connection with the audiences he entertains; over the last half-century Nunn has garnered a bevy of loyal fans by incorporating a variety of indigenous Texas genres and neighboring styles so as to paint a picture of the land and culture he calls “home.”
With the talent, acclaim, and support behind the release of TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY, a new chapter in Nunn’s career has evidently just begun.
Gary P. Nunn Texas Album Release shows and special appearances include:
April 2, Gilley’s, Dallas
April 3, Poodie s Hilltop Cafe, Spicewood, Texas
April 7, Hall Of Fame, Bryan, Texas
April 9, Blanco’s Bar & Grill, Houston
April 16, Broken Spoke, Austin *
April 17, Texas Hat Dance, Fredericksburg, Texas*
April 18, Texas Crawfish Festival, Old Town Spring, Texas
April 25, Love & War In Texas, Plano, Texas*
May 1, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas*
May 8, The Armadillo Palace, Houston
May 14, The Blue Light, Lubbock, Texas*
May 15, Outskirts, Wichita Falls, Texas*
May 16, Maifest, Anhalt, Texas
May 21, Hardin County Music Fest, Kountze, Texas
May 22, Great Texas Sausage Festival, Lake Somerville, Texas
May 28, Back Porch, Port Aransas, Texas*
May 29, House Pasture, Con Can, Texas*
May 30, Lakeside Icehouse, Bryan, Texas
June 2, County Line BBQ, San Antonio
June 4, Broken Spoke, Austin
June 6, Love and War In Texas (Shiner Sunday), Plano, Texas
* Dedicated Album Release Shows

PHAROAH SANDERS RETURNS to BROOKLYN

Two of Brooklyn’s vanguard organizations for African American music and culture, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium and International African Arts Festival, will collaborate to produce a Community Day Gala Concert, as part of the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, featuring saxophone great Pharoah Sanders. This event will take place on Saturday, March 27th at Boys and Girls High School auditorium located at 1700 Fulton Street in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.  Tickets are $35 in advance, available online or by calling 718.773.2252 or 718.638.6700.  Doors open at 7:30 PM concert begins at 8:00 PM.

Grammy award winner Pharoah Sanders has not performed in Brooklyn since his days at the legendary jazz shrine The East. Pharoah’s ascent to stardom began with collaborations with John Coltrane.  His distinctive sound has revered him among many jazz lovers.  Other jazz luminaries he has performed or recorded with include: McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins and Alice Coltrane just to name some.  This concert also includes performances by Omi Yesa (Afro-Cuban and Yoruba folklore music) and poet Louis Reyes Rivera.

International African Arts Festival is a not for profit entity that began in 1971 as a fundraiser for the Uhuru Sasa School. Their cultural presentation was originally known as the African Street Carnival, fore runner to BAM’s Dance Africa Festival.  Now in its 40th year the annual IAAF attracts nearly 75,000 people and presents musicians from across the African Diaspora.  International artist such as Fela Kuti, The Mighty Sparrow, Lauren Hill and Abbey Lincoln, just to name a few, as well as local artists present(ed) their musical styling's.

11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, March 27th thru April 30, 2010, will feature a lineup of international, local musicians; jazz forums; youth performances and a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museums (TM) induction ceremony.  Confirmed venues include: Brooklyn Tech Auditorium, Weeksville Historical Society, BAMcafe Live, Parlor Jazz, Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture-Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Afroarts Design, Sistas’ Place, Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, Two Steps Down, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn Arts Council, Rustik Lounge, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York Aquarium, Sugar Hill Restaurant and non traditional music venues throughout the borough.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium acknowledges Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center, Long Life Information & Referral Network, Brooklyn Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs and International African Arts Festival, Inc. for assistance with producing the 11th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, the longest continuous running jazz festival in the borough.

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC founded in 1999, is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, faith based and community organizations and musicians.  Over the past ten (10) years CBJC has presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museum (TM), and produced yearly programs that feature local jazz talent.  CBJC is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving, promoting and supporting live music within the under served communities of Brooklyn.

Live Trey Anastasio Webcast Tonight!

Tune in to iClips.net for this very special FREE presentation of Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB Live from the Pageant in St. Louis, MO on February 23, 2010. Start times are 8:30 p.m. EST, 7:30 CST, 6:30 MST, & 5:30 PST.

Classic TAB, which has backed Trey on many of his solo projects, recently hit the road following the triumphant return of Phish in 2009. This tour is the first for Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB since they went out as a quartet last fall.

ALSO:

Trey Anastasio to Present at Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame: Trey Anastasio is inducting rock group Genesis into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.  The presenters were announced Tuesday by the hall, which is based in Cleveland.  Wyclef Jean will honor Jimmy Cliff. Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees will induct ABBA. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is set to honor The Stooges. And Jackson Browne will induct David Geffen.  The induction ceremony takes place March 15 in New York and will air live on Fuse TV at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Mr. Bojangles To Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall of Fame

The Recording Academy recently announced that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” (by Jerry Jeff Walker) will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2010.  The Hall Of Fame serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all categories of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Recording Academy has become renowned.


Jeff Hanna (of the NGDB) states, “We’re really proud to be so closely associated with a song that has now become an American standard.  God bless Jerry Jeff for writing such a beautiful tune.”  He goes on to say that “the band feels deeply honored to have this recording included in the historically significant catalog of material that makes up the Grammy Hall of Fame.”

The band recently returned from a Northeast run with stops at Levon Helm’s legendary “Ramble” as well as a performance on the Early Show’s Saturday Edition’s “2nd Cup Café” where they performed a track off of their new album Speed of Life and the storied “Mr. Bojangles”.

Ben Harper To Present at 2008 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will induct blues harp legend Little Walter into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10 in New York City!

Ben will perform live today, Feb. 29th at the 58th Annual Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo, Italy's popular long-running song contest. He'll join Italian sensation Jovanotti for the song "Fango" , and play "Lifeline" solo acoustic. The event will be televised on Italy's Rai Uno.

Ringo Starr and Ben Harper meet for a one-on-one interview as part of the exclusive MySpace series "Artist on Artist." Catch it now at myspace.com/artistonartist!

B.H.I.C. will be the featured artist on the March 6th episode of "Live from the Artists Den", airing on Ovation TV. It will feature live footage from their 2007 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Get a sneak peak of "Forgiven" at ovationtv.com.

A live version of "With My Own Two Hands" has also been released on the CD "Live from the Artists Den: Season One." Buy it at Amazon.com.

"Body of War", featuring Ben Harper's "Black Rain" and a live duet with Eddie Vedder on "No More", is now available for pre-order at www.bodyofwarmusic.com. The website also features special footage and a studio version of the Vedder tune.

"Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," a double-CD compilation of songs curated by Iraq war veteran Tomas Young, will be released by Sire Records on March 18, 2008.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are heading back to Europe this summer! They'll be playing a mix of festivals and special headlining engagements. The current list of events is posted in Tour Dates. More dates will be added soon!!

B.H.I.C. invite you to Vail, CO on Saturday, April 12th for a special one-night only engagement at the 2008 Spring Back to Vail concert. Tickets on sale now!

Check out a smokin' live version of "Whipping Boy" recorded during the "Lifeline" tour in B.H.I.C. Radio exclusively at www.benharper.net!

Sunny Sweeney Releases Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame

Sunny Sweeney- for the Grateful Web

Keeping things twangy, tangy & tonkin' Sunny Sweeney releases Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame on Big Machine Records.  Catch Austin based Sunny Sweeney and her cracker-jack band at one of her many tour dates (below) or her upcoming SXSW performances!

"Not many debut discs sound this confident, poised, and excited." - Steve Pick, No Depression, 11/2006

"In East Texas honky-tonk queen, she has that brash confident approach that once personified Patsy Cline." - Fred Dellar, Mojo,11/6/2006

"Rarely do beauty, brains and brawn co-exist so organically as they do in Sunny Sweeney. Her brand of tough love might be the long-sought antidote for the vapid excesses that continue to infest mainstream country." - Darryl Smyers, Dallas Observer, 1/24/2007

"This honky-tonker confidently strides down a path that has been traversed by Rosie Flores, Kelly Willis and Miranda Lambert." - Bobby Reed, Chicago Sun Times, 3/4/07

"The girl can wail, and hopefully someone's paying attention . . . 4 stars."  - James Kelly, Creative Loafing (Atlanta), 1/9/2007

"Sweeney doesn't seem to care a flip about what's going on anyplace but right there in the Lone Star State, keeping things twangy, tangy, and tonkin' . . . . It's been a long time since any young female - think Joy Lynn White, maybe - got this deep-dish country."  - Alanna Nash, Amazon.com, 2/7/2007

 " . . . made from equal parts hick cool and industrial-strength Lone Star honky-tonk sawdust and stardust. Hall of Fame, her debut, is an invigorating batch of hard country tunes sung with a gutsy rural twang." - Rachel Swan, East Bay Express, 11/27/2006

"This debut is downright irresistible, with Sweeney's hankering for hooks not disturbing the hayseed charm. . . . Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame is a sweet, drawling mix of wistful, melodic sway and dancefloor precision." - Michael Corcoran, Austin American Statesman, 10/3/2006

SUNNY SWEENEY TOUR DATES 2007

3/14/07    Austin Airport/BMI Stage      SXSW
3/14/07    The Parish/AMA Showcase       SXSW
3/18/07    KHYI TX Music Revolution      Parker, TX
3/23/07    Floores Country Store         Helotes, TX
3/24/07    Muldoon's Saloon              El Campo, TX
3/31/07    Love & War in TX              Plano, TX
4/5/07     The Auslander                 Fredericksburg, TX
4/6/07     Gruene Hall                   New Braunfels, TX
4/7/07     Woody's Tavern                Fort Worth, TX
4/11/07    Hyatt Regency Lost Pines      Lost Pines, TX
4/13/07    All Good Café                 Dallas, TX
4/20/07    The Horseman                  Fort Worth, TX
4/21/07    Barton Creek Resort           Austin, TX
4/21/07    Continental Club              Austin, TX
4/27/07    Floore's Country Store        Helotes, TX
5/16/07    8.0's                         Fort Worth, TX
5/18/07    Red & Jerry's Rocky Mtn.      Sheridan, CO
5/19/07    Rock Springs Civic Ctr        Rock Springs, WY 
10/12/07   Sparks Ranch                  Longview, TX