The Blues ain’t perfect; the Blues is life. – Billy Cox
In 2009 Billy Cox was inducted into The Musicians Hall Of Fame; in 2010 he was honored with Experience Music Project’s Founders Award and earlier this year he was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame. With the honors and accolades pouring in, thick and fast, it would be understandable if he were to rest on his laurels. But that’s just not the Billy Cox way. He’s been a music man in motion for more than 50 years and shows no signs of slowing down. To continue, please click “MORE”!
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts names
Jason Moran Artistic Advisor for Jazz
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today named Jason Moran as its Artistic Advisor for Jazz effective immediately. Mr. Moran is the second person to hold the position, and is preceded by Dr. Billy Taylor, who served in the same capacity from 1994 until his death in 2010.
As Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Mr. Moran will assist staff in developing programming and curating artists for one of the largest jazz programs in the United States. Additionally, he will work with the Center’s other programming departments to coordinate programming for multidisciplinary festivals and events throughout the Kennedy Center’s upcoming seasons. To continue, please click “MORE”!
MAMAS GUN are set to release a new single on January 9th 2012. Entitled Only One, the track features Beverley Knight and deals with the subject of ‘soul mates’ and fateful love. It’s been lifted from the band’s second album The Life & Soul released in July 2011.
In 2010 Beverley Knight invited Mamas Gun on tour with her, having previously declared their music to be “something very special”. She has since explained further; “I heard their material and thought ‘this is so brilliant” because obviously the nucleus of the sound is soul but like me it’s got the funk in there and a bit of a rock edge; it had all the elements.”
The writing of Only One itself followed the 2010 tour and was a natural process between both writers, a perfect collaboration between artists who combine classic soul sounds together with a hybrid of several disparate music genres. Additionally, both artists are developing reputations as being amongst the UK’s strongest and most exciting live performers, the energy of which is also reflected in this song. To continue, please click “MORE”!
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