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KATY'S NEW
THRILL RIDE
Who says you can't buy a thrill? (2/21a)
I DON'T KNOW; ALASKA
Cold state, warm reception. (2/21a)
SONY NASHVILLE INKS OLD CROW
Band celebrates Columbia signing by covering Blonde on Blonde in its entirety. Whoa. (2/21a)
MORE FUTURE IN THE
NEAR FUTURE
Epic rising star gets busy. (2/21a)
AMAZON GETS RICH
BMLG's Kelly Rich, that is. Come again? (2/21a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
Critics' Choice
NEW SONY SIGNING OLD CROW REVISITS A DYLAN CLASSIC
2/21/17

When Bob Dylan came out of retirement to tour with The Band in the mid-1970s, they opened shows with “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine),” the side 3, track 1 obscurity from Blonde on Blonde. Expect to hear it this spring when Old Crow Medicine Show embarks on their first tour after signing with Columbia Nashville.

Old Crow Medicine Show, which got its start—like The Band—by playing Canada and New York state before heading to Nashville, has signed with Sony Music Nashville/Columbia Records Nashville and scheduled their first release, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, for 4/28.

“Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee,” says Ketch Secor, the primary vocalist of the Old Crow Medicine Show. “But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning.  Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats.

“By deciding to record his newly found rock n’ roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger.”

The 14-track album was recorded live in May at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

An Old Crow Medicine Show Performing Blonde on Blonde tour will hit 26 cities, including Los Angeles’ Wiltern on 5/5, New York’s Town Hall on 5/24 and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 6/28.

Tour dates:
MAY
4 Santa Barbara - The Granada Theatre
5  Los Angeles - The Wiltern
6  Oakland - Fox Theater
8  Portland - Revolution Hall
10  Seattle - The Moore Theatre
12  Salt Lake City - Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
13  Aspen - Belly Up Aspen
14  Denver - Paramount Theatre  
20  Knoxville, Tenn. - Tennessee Theatre
22  Washington, D.C. - Lincoln Theatre
24  New York - The Town Hall
25  Boston - Orpheum Theatre
28  Cooperstown, N.Y. - Brewery Ommegang
30  Pittsburgh - Stage AE
31  Columbus, Ohio - EXPRESS LIVE!

JUNE
1  Cincinnati - Taft Theatre
2  Louisville - Iroquois Amphitheater
8  Chicago - The Vic Theatre
9  Milwaukee - Pabst Theater
10  St. Paul - The Palace Theatre
11  Kansas City - Uptown Theater
12  St. Louis - The Pageant
24  Manchester, U.K. - O2 Ritz
25  Glasgow, U.K. - O2 ABC
28  London - Shepherd’s Bush Empire
30  Amsterdam - Paradiso

The band celebrated their signing by performing “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” for the Nashville staff. Video cameras were rolling.

 

 

MUST-HEAR TELEVISION
2/8/17

Television's landmark album Marquee Moon (now available via Rhino) came out 40 years ago today. Yes, this makes us feel ancient. But more importantly, what a freakin' incredible record ("the best record ever, says me," says HITS President Karen Glauber). Just listen.

ZOMBIES SIGN LICENSING DEAL
PRIOR TO ODESSEY TOUR
2/7/17

The Zombies, who will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle with a spring tour across North America, have signed a comprehensive brand representation deal with Artist Legacy Group.

Under the new pact, ALG will coordinate license extension and branding opportunities for The Zombies’ name, likeness, band logo, album artwork and lyrics to their biggest hit singles, including “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season.”

"The Zombies are one of the most revered bands in rock history,” ALG’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Austin said. “Their iconic name, imagery, lyrics and song titles have evergreen pop culture relevance and we are honored to work with Colin, Rod and their teams to pursue brand extension opportunities that befit the band’s legendary status."

The spring trek across the U.S. and Canada, which will continue to England and Europe later in the year, includes the final full-album performances of Odessey and Oracle reuniting all four surviving members of the group: Colin Blunstone on lead vocals, Rod Argent on keyboards/vocals, Chris White on bass/vocals, and drummer Hugh Grundy.

Odessey and Oracle was recorded at Abbey Studios in the summer of 1967 right after another British band wrapped up something called Sgt. Pepper’s. It was released in April 1968, four months after the band broke up.

The Zombies, re-formed since 2004, are also celebrating their recent release Still Got That Hunger.

“The world knows them for their timeless hit songs, but the public is just now discovering the tremendous impact The Zombies have quietly made on music and culture over five decades,” said Cindy da Silva, who manages the band with Chris Tuthill.

In May, to celebrate the album’s 50th, Reel Art Press/BMG Books will release the book The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images, which has contributions from Brian Wilson, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Susanna Hoffs.

The 50th anniversary tour starts 3/17 in Philadelphia and includes shows at New York’s Town Hall on 3/25, the James K. Polk Theater in Nashville on 4/9 and The Theater at Ace Hotel in L.A. on 4/29.

 

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