• Jazzman Yusef Lateef Dies

    Jazz musician Yusef Lateef has died at the age of 93. Lateef passed away on December 23 after a reported battle with prostate cancer. He died at home in Shutesbury, Massachusetts. His funeral was held last Thursday December 26 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lateef was born William Emanuel Huddleston in 1920 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and ...
  • Woodford Diary – Day #3 – Sunday December 29, 2013

    Woodford – Day #3 – Sunday December 29, 2013 By Brian Wise Today’s highlight – Beth Orton’s appearance – nearly did not happen. A storm swept through the festival grounds cutting off power three times at the Ampitheatre where Clare Bowditch was attempting to open the evening’s entertainment. The light show provided by nature ...
  • Woodford Diary – Day #2 – Saturday December 28

    Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland – Saturday December 28. 2013 By Brian Wise The first thing that confronts you in the morning is the problem of sifting through the enormous festival program and deciding which of the 20 stages to visit. Nestled into the hills, the festival site alone covers many acres. Add to that ...
  • Woodford Folk Festival Diary – Day #1 – Friday December 27

    Woodford, Queensland, Friday December 27, 2013 – By Brian Wise They call it Woodfordia – not just Woodford. For a week each year over the Christmas/New Year period a large tract of land an hour north of Brisbane in the coastal hinterlands becomes a village of 20,000 people a day and the home to ...
  • David Simon Pens Pogues Musical

    David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire and Treme, is reported to be working on a musical based on the music of the Irish-rock group The Pogues, Treme was a showcase for the music of New Orleans and featured many of Simon’s favourite non-New Orleans based musicians including ...
  • ATN WRITERS’ BEST OF 2013

    MICHAEL GOLDBERG Top 10+ Albums My favorite albums of the year, in no particular order: 1. Body/Head – Coming Apart 2. Throwing Muses – Purgatory/ Paradise 3. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon 4. Bob Dylan – Another Self-Portrait 5. La Lux – It’s Alive 6. Savages – Silence Yourself 7. M.I.A. – Matangi 8. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 9. Joanna ...
  • Foo Fighters Superbowl Promo Gig

    Foo Fighters will headline a special gig on a cruise ship docked at Manhattan’s Pier 88 on the Hudson River next month in the run up to the 2014 Superbowl in February. Also performing at the event will be Imagine Dragons, The Roots and Fall Out Boy. The Roots are celebrating ...
  • Beatles 1963 Bootleg On Sale

    The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 is now officially for sale in the iTunes store. The 59 tracks have long been available as bootlegs: however, the tracks have been remastered for this latest ‘official’ release. The sudden disappearance from iTunes soon after its release two days ago led to reports that Apple had ...
  • Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt Into Hall Of Fame

    Nirvana has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its very first year of eligibility, and will be inducted next year along with glam rockers Kiss, as well as Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates and Cat Stevens. To be eligible for membership, a performer, ...
  • Keith Richards Turns 70!

    Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards has mystified the critics and made it to the age of 70 on December 18. It was a close thing. Just a few years back he fell out of a tree and was hospitalised. Late in 2012 the Stones made a return to live performance with shows in ...
  • Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

    ‘It’s a rosy re-telling, one that harbors little bitterness or chagrin.’ Review by Des Cowley. Simple Dreams: a Musical Memoir By Linda Ronstadt (Simon & Schuster) Perhaps what genuinely sets Linda Ronstadt apart from her musical peers in the early seventies – Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young – was that ...
  • Steve Earle Songwriting Workshop

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Steve Earle will lead a ‘songwriting intensive’ at ‘Camp Copperhead’ in Big Indian, upstate New York from July 7 – 11, 2014. In 2000, Earle presented a songwriting course at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. In 2012, he presented classes as part of Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch ...
  • ‘Lost’ Johnny Cash Album Due March

    Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings have announced a March 25, 2014 release date for Out Among the Stars, a ‘lost’ album’ of twelve recently discovered studio recordings made by Johnny Cash between 1981 and 1984. Produced in Nashville by local legend Billy Sherrill (Charlie Rich, George Jones, Tammy Wynette), the songs were recorded Columbia ...
  • Vote In The Annual ATN Readers Poll!

    SIMPLY CLICK THE ABOVE LOGO AND VOTE IN OUR ANNUAL AWARDS. OR GO HERE: Click here to take survey GO INTO THE RUNNING FOR THE FOLLOWING PRIZES: 1. A copy of a Chuck Leavell’s book Growing A Better America. We have 3 copies courtesy of Chuck himself). The Rolling Stones’ keyboardist ...
  • Beatles, Clifton Chenier Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

    Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards have been announced for the Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. Trustees Award honorees are Rick Hall, owner of Muscle Shoals’ FAME studios, photographer Jim Marshall and Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Emile Berliner and Lexicon are Technical GRAMMY ...
  • Jeff Beck Added To Bluesfest

    Bluesfest Byron Bay has announced yet more acts, including guitarist Jeff Beck, for its Easter event held over the Easter long weekend (April 17 – April 21) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay. The 2014 Event will be marking the 25th Silver Anniversary. The announcement follows hot on ...
  • CSN March US Tour Dates

    Los Angeles, CA, December 10, 2013: Crosby, Stills & Nash have announced a series of U.S. concerts for spring 2014, beginning March 4 at the Carpenter Center in Richmond, VA.  The dates follow their critically acclaimed tour of the U.S., Europe and the U.K. throughout 2013. The group will perform songs from ...
  • Stones Ticket Anger!

    By Brian Wise. November 10, 2013 If you were one of the Rolling Stones fans to miss out on getting tickets in yesterday’s pre-sale then join the club. There were a lot of us. And there are plenty of genuine fans out there complaining that they missed out while online ‘resellers’ ...
  • December 2013

    1 DECEMBER 1935: Lou Rawls, Sandy Nelson 1945: John Densmore (Doors) 1951–89: Jaco Pastorius 1969: Magic Sam Maghett the Chicago bluesman best known for his hit ‘High Heel Sneakers’ dies at age 32. 1976: The Sex Pistols swear at Bill Grundy on prime-time TV. 2 DECEMBER 1915: Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples 1982: Folksinger and songwriter David Blue (Cohen) dies whilst jogging ...
  • Time Tripping Back to 1970 with Neil Young

    “Opening up and finding what’s inside me to write.” By Michael Goldberg. Neil Young bangs away at the chords. And there’s such sadness in his voice. He’s playing an acoustic guitar. He’s nearly finished his third song of the night. Banging away too hard. Or maybe ...