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Blackbird Presents and Concord Bicycle Music Partner on Three Historic Concert Recordings

Billboard.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 5:45am
Blackbird Presents and Concord Bicycle Music are joining forces for the multi-format release of three classic concert recordings featuring the music...
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Heavy Rain Falls, Gary Clark Jr., Elvis Costello and Flo Rida Shine For New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 4

Billboard.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:35am
Intense but brief rainstorms put a damper on about half of New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s fourth day on Thursday (April 28), with...
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'It's a Muscle; Use It': Songwriters Talk Craft at ASCAP Expo

Billboard.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:49am
One of the most popular sessions during the opening day of the 11th annual ASCAP Expo was “We Create Music” on Thursday (April 28)....
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Kesha and Zedd's Powerful Collaboration 'True Colors' Has Arrived: Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:42am
Just hours after teasing a snippet of "True Colors," Kesha has dropped the full-length version of the track. ...
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Everything You Need to Know From Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Interview with Drake

Billboard.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:42am
Drake thinks big picture on his fourth studio effort Views. The Toronto rapper taps into several sides of himself from dancehall magnet...
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From Nicky Jam to Enrique Iglesias & Daddy Yankee vs Don Omar: Collabs Rule at 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Billboard.com - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:19am
The Billboard Latin Music Awards show was dedicated to the trend that has dominated the charts for the past few years, but especially in 2016: Duets...
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Del & Woody - A Review

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:00am
Del and WoodyDel McCoury has put together an exciting new project, Del & Woody, comprising a dozen original lyrics of legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie that are set to music by bluegrass artist Del McCoury. The project, a brainchild of Nora Guthrie, Woody's daugher, came to completion earlier this year. Del has worked on varied and diverse projects and this would a good fit as the music has similar roots.

Woody came from a different time and different roots than Del. Woody experienced first hand, the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression as he, himself, took part in the Oklahoma to California migration. "Dust Bowl Troubadour," as he was also known as became an icon of America's folk revolution during the late 1950's into the '60s. Guthrie died in 1967 at the age of 55.

Del McCoury has worked on may projects including jazz, country, and others. He is certainly familiar with the music of the time but, interestingly, he wasn't that familiar with Woody's material. Del is in the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of fame and received the National Heritage Fellowship. He is known around the world in bluegrass circles as well as other genres that touch the style. A true artist, Del put a lot of thought and planning into these songs to enrich Woody's lyrics with Del's musical style. The magic worked as these tracks present to the listener.

While Woody didn't put the life and energy into his performances that Del brings to these songs, Del does manage to convey the feelings that Woody would have. Prior to listening to this album, I pulled some dusty Woody vinyl out and gave it a spin. The vinyl brought to life Woody favorites such as "The Wreck of the Old 97," "This Land is Your Land," "Grand Coulee Dam," "Goodnight Little Darlin'," and many other old classics.

Having refreshed my mine into the sound, feeling, emotion of Woody Guthrie, I was ready to give this new project a spin. The gold mine of new material was exciting to open and experience. I wasn't disappointed.

Woody had a thing about trains and the opening track "The New York Trains" set the mark for what was to follow. Del sets these lyrics to his own music bringing these unfamiliar works to shine in the light for the first time. Like the "California Gold" that was lost, these works could have also been lost had it not been for Nora and Del collaborating to bring them a new life.

Some of the songs like "Hoecake Fritters," "Because You Took Me In Out Of The Rain" and "Dirty Overhalls" are obviously sung with a different emotion than what Woody would have taken, the tracks are still fitting and very appropriate with their up tempo energetic presentation.

Del has managed to make music from a half century past and turned it into modern and contemporary music for today. He has brought a beam of light to breathe new life into the music of Woody Guthrie. Guthrie was a massive influence on the folk music and just possibly, this album will continue that tradition. Bluegrass and folk have always been joined at the hip and Del did a wonderful job in keeping that union binding.

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Infamous Stringdusters "Ladies & Gentlemen" in 140 Gram Vinyl

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:00am

Ladies & GentlemenNashville, TN -- Standing at the crossroads of modern bluegrass and newgrass, The Infamous Stringdusters are a band that is “stretching [bluegrass] from within” (New York Times). For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them. The list of featured guests includes some of the most dynamic and innovative artists from across the roots music, Americana and country worlds: Nicki Bluhm, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jennifer Hartswick, Sarah Jarosz, Claire Lynch, Aoife O’Donovan, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack and Celia Woodsmith. Each artist guested on a different original song or tune written by the members of the band specifically for this project.

Features Guests: Nicki Bluhm, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jennifer Hartswick, Sarah Jarosz, Claire Lynch, Aoife O’Donovan, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack and Celia Woodsmith.

Ladies & Gentlemen was produced by GRAMMY-winner Chris Goldsmith and shows the breadth of The Infamous Stringdusters’ musical vision and talents. Band members Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass), play alongside the vocalists with the circuital unity of the seasoned bluegrass band that they are. Big harmonies and exploratory compositions, along with the band’s profound commitment to presentation, seem bound to inspire traditionalists and newcomers to stomp their feet on common ground. With a new voice for every song, world-class instrumental backing, captivating song structure and unexpected combinations, Ladies & Gentlemen is sure to please at every turn.

The Infamous Stringdusters’ resume includes five studio albums, three International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a GRAMMY nomination.

This LP is available for pre-order and will ship on or by its release date (May 3, 2016).

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YouTube Changes Content ID Rules to Allow for Money Collection During Rights Investigations

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:56pm
Internet video giant YouTube has made a change in its Content ID evaluation process that will benefit creators whose work has been improperly...
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Corinne Bailey Rae on Her New Sound and Feeling 'Joy Again' After Heartbreak

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:52pm
"I'm not shy!" says Corinne Bailey Rae, loudly while laughing -- and only a fool would argue with her. The 37-year-old English...
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Kanye West Uses Aziz Ansari Spoof as Official Video for 'Famous'

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:37pm
Kanye West has gone meta with his latest music video, choosing a spoof clip recorded by comedians Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim as the official video...
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Juan Gabriel & Nicky Jam Win Big at 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:17pm
Propelled by their global hit “El Perdón,” Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias were the big winners of the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards,...
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'Purple Rain' Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin Dies at 81

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:46pm
Donald E. Thorin, the cinematographer on such films as An Officer and a Gentleman, the Prince starrer Purple Rain and Scent of a Woman, has died. He...
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Drake Offers His POV on Love, Success & Toronto On 'View'

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:30pm
At 29 years old, Drake has lived what sounds like many lives. From Degrassi child star to mixtape Drake and now Toronto rap mogul, the self...
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Investigators Look at Overdose in Prince's Death

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:03pm
Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found...
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Suzanne Vega On That Note From Prince: 'I Always Felt That Connection'

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 8:58pm
When Suzanne Vega tweeted a photo on Monday of a sweet letter she received from Prince, praising her 1987 song “Luka,” she thought her...
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Camera Raw 9.5.1, Lightroom updates add Pentax K-1 support

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 8:36pm

Adobe has released updates for ACR as well as standalone and CC versions of Lightroom, providing Raw support for the Pentax K-1 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III. Adobe Camera Raw 9.5.1, Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 and Lightroom 6.5.1 are all available for download and offer some minor bug fixes along with the new camera support. Updates are also available for Adobe DNG Converter for Windows and Mac.

Lightroom Mobile for iOS also gets an update. Version 2.3 brings improvements to editing workflow by making it easier to start editing a single photo from the device's camera roll. The latest version is available for iPhones and iPads at the App Store.

Bugs Fixed in Camera Raw 9.5.1

  • EXIF lens name not visible for some camera models.
  • Camera Raw would not launch under Mac OSX 10.7 and 10.8.
  • Errors when using Camera Raw to tone HDR images from Photoshop. This occurred when converting 32-bit files to 16 or 8-bit files.

Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1

  • Droplets not working as export actions 
  • Issues with incorrect folder permissions.  Please see instructions to help correct user permissions issues.
  • EXIF lens name not visible for some camera models.  Please see instructions to reparse the Lens metadata after installing the update.
  • Focus lost in the keyword panel when navigating to the next image
  • Error when merging to HDR or Panorama from a collapsed stack 
  • Removed dependencies on QuickTime for some video codecs on Windows. Please see https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/quicktime-uninstallation-impact.html for more information
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Tori Kelly Joins Amy Grant For 'Baby Baby' Remake: Listen

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 8:21pm
To commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the release of her song "Baby Baby," Amy Grant teamed up with Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly...
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Billboard Latin Music Awards 2016: See the Full Winners List (Updating Live)

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 8:00pm
The 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards have arrived! Follow along with the complete updated winners list below: Billboard Latin Music Awards...
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Kesha Shares Preview Video of Zedd Collaboration 'True Colors': Watch

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:44pm
Just one day before the song's release, Kesha took to her social media accounts to share a preview of "True Colors," a cover of...
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