April 27, 2013 |
INDIO -- With its elaborate network of traditions and signifiers, country music provides great cover for moonlighters eager to escape into a ready-made sideline. Quite a few part-timers are on the bill at Stagecoach this year, including the pop-jazz superstar Norah Jones, Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters) and the actors Jeff Bridges and John C. Reilly. And on Sunday night, the main stage will feature Darius Rucker, who's a full-time country act these days but reached Nashville only after scaling the pop chart with Hootie & the Blowfish.
March 28, 2013 |
Smokey Robinson is getting in on the duets album action. Following his appearance Wednesday night on "American Idol," the R&B legend announced Thursday that he's to release a set of all-star duets this fall through the Verve Music Group. The album will join a rash of such collections, including recent efforts from Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie. Paul Anka has one due out next month, while John Fogerty will unveil his in May. But wait! "Unlike any other duet-themed project produced to date," a statement insists, "this unique album will include all hits written by Robinson," and that certainly seems true enough: Pop & Hiss can't recall another duets record filled only with Robinson's songs.
February 20, 2013 |
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced that three Academy Award-winning actors--Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls"), Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago") and Russell Crowe ("Gladiator"), who is currently in "Les Misérables - will be performing Sunday at the ceremony in a celebration honoring movie musicals of the last decade. The three will be joining the stars of "Les Misérables," Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, along with Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tviet, Samantha Banks and Helena Bonham Carter in the tribute to "Les Misérables, "Dreamgirls" and "Chicago," which was the last musical to win the best picture Oscar.
August 13, 2012 |
John Legend is busy putting the finishing touches on his fourth album, “Love in the Future,” the nine-time Grammy winner's first solo album in nearly four years. To preview the upcoming record, the soul crooner announced Monday that he would set out on a fall U.S. tour. The trek, which kicks off Oct. 16 in Clearwater, Fla., will hit more than 20 cities including a Nov. 18 stop in Los Angeles at the Wiltern. Joining Legend are two fresh faces: soul singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe (she's penned tracks for Britney Spears, Melanie Fiona, Estelle and Brandy)
August 12, 2012 |
Since the birth of recorded music, America has known and adored its share of popular female voices, the kind we refer to on a first-name basis. Bessie, Billie, Ella, Aretha, Barbra, Nina, Diana and Cassandra . . . All have tapped into a river of inspiration nearly as old as the country. Norah Jones is the most recent version, a singer who has internalized the building blocks of the country's sounds - blues, jazz, country and western, Tin Pan Alley, popular song and rhythm & blues - to present her embodiment of an American musical archetype.
May 6, 2012 |
Mention that Norah Jones has a new record and most likely an aural picture emerges. Maybe it's a hazard of success or having such a recognizable, lightly sanded voice, but after she took home five Grammys for the nearly inescapable "Come Away With Me" in 2003, Norah Jones' particular brand of song craft became synonymous with an understated, ballad-friendly sound that was always tasteful but sometimes a bit unobtrusive. "If there was no Adele or Norah, what would they play in coffee shops and hotels?"