May 16, 2005

Tony Furtado: Bare Bones

Merging the shuffling, lead-footed tales of the red-clay south with progressive songwriting and intricate, modern composition, Tony Furtado has joined peers like Kelly Joe Phelps as a new traditionalist genre bender of the finger-picked Delta blues style.

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Doves: Some Cities

Some Cities holds an obvious departure from their prior two epic releases, as the eleven songs feature more live arrangements verse the overdub experiments of Doves past. Songs rooted in soul that haven’t been presented in Doves studio efforts illustrate a ray of country sun over their gray Manchester landscape.

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Wilco To Hit Studio After Summer Tour – Sam Jones Live DVD Due Out

Wilco will head back into the studio in August to begin recording the follow-up to 2004’s A Ghost Is Born. “For some reason, we’ve been digging a lot of dance music recently, like Fela Kuti,” says Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy, “so look out!”

First, the band will kick off a summer tour on May 28th in Washington. Fellow rockers My Morning Jacket and hip-hoppers the Roots will pop up along the way. “I read an interview where [Roots drummer] ?uestlove said he really likes A Ghost Is Born,” Tweedy says of the pairing.

Filmmaker Sam Jones, who directed the acclaimed 2002 Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, captured the band live during its recent four-night stand at Chicago’s Vic Theatre. A live DVD is due later this year.

Wilco tour dates:

5/28: George, WA, Sasquatch! Festival at the Gorge
6/11: Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre
6/14: Los Angeles, Greek Theatre (with the Roots)
6/16: Telluride, CO, Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6/17: Morrison, CO, Red Rocks (with the Roots)
6/18: Lawrence, KS, Wakarusa Festival
6/21: Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (with My Morning Jacket)
6/23: Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing (with My Morning Jacket)
6/24: Boston, Agganis Arena (with My Morning Jacket)
6/26: Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion (with the Roots)
6/28: Montreal, Metropolis (with My Morning Jacket)
6/29: Buffalo, Albright Knox Art Museum (with My Morning Jacket)


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Dissing The Pop – John Mayer To Form Blues Trio

“I’m ready to shake it all up,” John Mayer says of his next studioalbum, Continuum, due in early 2006.

“They are tunes that live on guitar. When it comes out, I may never win a Grammy again, I may never sell a million records again, but the world will get where I’m coming from,” he tells Rolling Stone’s Smoking Section column. “I’m not afraid to lose it all.”

Meanwhile, Mayer has been an in-demand guest for his heroes: He has recorded with Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy for their upcoming albums, and he’ll be performing at Bonnaroo on June 10th with Herbie Hancock’s reunited Seventies funk-jazz group, the Headhunters. The group will play additional gigs on the 8th in St. Louis, on the 9th in Kettering, Ohio, and on the 11th in Memphis.

Mayer is also preparing to flex his new blues-based outfit, the John Mayer Trio, on the road and on a live disc. “I’m gonna go out in the fall with the trio and just play,” he says. “Power-rockin’, electric-guitar, in-your-face blues.”


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Reverend Run To Star In Reality Series

Run-DMC’s Reverend Run will open his home to MTV cameras for the new reality series “Run’s House.” The show will hit the airwaves at the end of the year and was brought to MTV by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy TV and Run’s brother, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons.

“Run’s House” will chronicle the artist in the midst of recording his debut solo album while attempting to raise his five children, who range in age from nine to 21. The show is also expected to feature appearances by Simmons, who lives down the street from Run in Saddle River, N.J.


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