Johnson’s Sophomore LP Is Everything That Is Good And Right With Rock And Roll

Courtesy: Big Johnson Records

American Idol winner Caleb Johnson is scheduled to release his new album Born From Southern Ground next month.  The rocker and his backing band, The Ramblin’ Saints will release the 10-song record June 14 through Big Johnson Records.  Listening through this latest offering from the singer and his fellow musicians – which is actually Johnson’s sophomore album – it goes without saying that this new record could be the record that breaks Johnson into the mainstream and makes him more than just another alum from that TV karaoke contest.  That is due both to the record’s musical arrangements and its lyrical themes.  ‘Sugar,’ which comes early in the record’s run is just one of the songs that serves to support those statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Hanging With The Band’ does just as much to support those statements, both with its full electric and acoustic takes.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘It’s Not The End’ also supports the noted statements.  When it is considered along with ‘Sugar,’ ‘Hanging With The Band’ and the rest of the record, the whole of BFSG becomes a work that makes Johnson more than just another one-off winner of one of TV’s many karaoke contests, but a truly viable rock star.

Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin’ Saints’ new album Born From Southern Ground is one of the most surprising records to be released so far this year.  It is a work that proves Caleb is the real deal and not just another forgettable member of one of the show’s season lineups.  These statements are supported early on in the album in the form of ‘Sugar.’  The song’s musical arrangement almost immediately conjures thoughts of Lenny Kravitz’s hit song ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ thanks to the guitar riff.  That same riff is echoed in the song’s chorus, adding even more to that comparison.  The inclusion of the keyboard line in the verses leads to a slight comparison to Peter Gabriel’s equally famed song ‘Sledgehammer.’  The two comparisons don’t seem to work in concept, but the way in which Johnson and his fellow musicians have used those influences makes the song in general work quite surprisingly well.  In fact they make this arrangement one of the song’s best compositions.  While the composition in itself makes for plenty of enjoyment for listeners, it is just one part of what makes the song such a strong addition to the record.  The song’s accessible lyrical content adds to its appeal.

Johnson sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s late in the evening/And my fever’s getting high/You know I got a sweet tooth that can last all night/You go the power/’Cause your love is so divine/Well just gimme some of that sweet sugar/Make me feel satisfied/Gimme some of that sugar.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Now, someone call the doctor/’Cause my love is fading fast/I think I broke my fever/But this hunger will not pass/Somebody help me/Please my appetite/Just gimme some of that sweet sugar/Make me feel satisfied/Gimme some of your sugar/Little kiss on the cheek.”  There’s pretty much no doubt about this song.  This is one of those come hither, randy type of songs that is certain to get people moving in more ways than one.  That is the case both in terms of these lyrics and the song’s upbeat musical arrangement.  When the two elements are considered together, the end result is a work that shows with ease just what makes BFSG a success.  It is just one of the album’s most notable offerings.  ‘Hanging With The Band’ is another easily accessible addition to BFSG, and shows in its own way what makes the album such a strong new offering from Johnson and company.

‘Hanging With The Band’ stands out, just as with ‘Sugar,’ in part because of its musical arrangement.  This applies both to the song’s full electric take and its acoustic version.  The electric arrangement conjures thoughts of Bob Seger and Zac Brown Band (fitting, considering that BFSG was recorded at Brown’s Southern Ground Studios).  The song’s acoustic take stands very well on its own merits in terms of its arrangement.  In gives the song a whole new identity, as a matter of fact; an identity that is just as enjoyable as the song’s electric take.  It’s not the first time any act has ever crafted such an arrangement, but it is no less enjoyable here than in the case of other acts.  To that end, it does plenty to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical theme does just as much to make the song appealing.

The song, lyrically, is another relatively simple work, on the surface.  It is a song that finds Johnson celebrating the simpler times in his life.  On a deeper level though, that celebration becomes a statement that will resonate with listeners as they think about the joys of the simple aspects of their own lives.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “Sometimes on hot nights like this/I can’t help but reminisce/About the wild-eyed, getting’ high, reckless innocence/Teenage girls and hometown boys/Just making out and making noise/Never knew fear/Just cheap beer and cigarettes/Dive bars, guitars, singing Turn the Page/Said one day, we’ll make it/Hit the big stage/Good times when life was easy/Wild nights and whiskey dreamin’/Rock and roll queens and kings every single summer/Live loud and it didn’t matter/Drove fast and loved even faster/Memories comin’ rushin’ back like the spell I’m under/Makes me close my eyes, get high and drink a cup of gin/Tonight’s alright with you/I’m hanging with the band.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Who says all those days are gone/When everybody sings along/I’m still pissin’ off every single neighbor in the neighborhood/I hope this party never ends/Love my family, I love my friend/I would take a trip back if I could/Dive bars, guitars, singing Walk This Way/Said one day, we’ll make it/Hit the big stage/ Good times when life was easy/Wild nights and whiskey dreamin’/Rock and roll queens and kings every single summer/Live loud and it didn’t matter/Drove fast and loved even faster/Memories comin’ rushin’ back like the spell I’m under/Makes me close my eyes, get high and drink a cup of gin/Tonight’s alright with you/I’m hanging with the band.”  There is no doubt from this, that again, this song is a celebration of Johnson’s life pre-celebrity.  While most of us may never know the celebrity life, it still is a story to which so many listeners can relate.  That is because it will lead listeners to appreciate the simplicity of their own lives; those friends and family, and just being able to live life.  That accessibility through the song’s lyrical content couples with the accessibility of the song’s musical arrangement and creates a whole that is yet another clear example of what makes BFSG a strong new offering from Caleb Johnson.  It still is hardly the last of the songs that can be cited in supporting that statement.  The even more powerful song that is ‘It’s Not The End’ is yet another example of what makes the album so strong.

‘It’s Not The End’ presents in its musical arrangement an old school, piano-driven ballad that is certain to appeal to a wide range of listeners.  The song starts off simply with that piano and Johnson’s vocals in the opening measures before gradually building to its climactic, almost gospel style finale.  What is truly interesting here is that Johnson’s vocal delivery this time actually echoes that of former Journey front man Steve Perry.  The whole of the arrangement is a work that exhibits great power that will certainly create great emotion in listeners’ minds and hearts.  That power and emotion grow even more through the song’s uplifting lyrical message of believing in one’s self.

Johnson sings in the song’s lead verse, “When you’re/Feeling/Like there’s nothing to believe in/It’s not the end/You’re fighting…battling your demons/It’s not the end/The angel beside you/Is waiting to show you the way/It’s not the end/It’s just the beginning/Let go of yourselves/While you’re holding on/If you’re lost in the dark/No matter where you are/The sun will shine again/No, it’s not the end.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “When your hope and faith is wearing thin/It’s not the end/there’s a new day/Blowing out the candle in the wind/Let it begin/So right here and now/The pain and the doubt/Let it all out/It’s not the end/It’s just the beginning/Let go of yourselves/While you’re holding on/If you’re lost in the dark/No matter where you are/The sun will shine again/No, it’s not the end.”  This is hardly the first time that any artist or act across the musical universe has ever presented such a message, but that does not make it any less powerful and welcome in Johnson’s case.  If anything, this message, coupled with the song’s equally powerful musical arrangements is just as welcome as any similar song from any other performer or act past and present.  It even brought tears to this big tough guy critic’s eyes.  Yes, that was just admitted to here.  The joining of the song’s arrangement and lyrical content is certain to make this song a fan favorite both on record and in person at Johnson’s shows.  It could just as easily be used for so many movie soundtracks and commercials.  That is how much the song stands out in whole.  When it is considered along with the equally accessible songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole of the album becomes a record that not only certifies Caleb Johnson as a bona fide rock star, but in itself “births” new hope for the future of rock and roll.

Caleb Johnson started out his career in the music industry as a contestant on a TV karaoke contest show.  Now years after he won the 13th season of that competition show, he has released in his sophomore album Born From Southern Ground, a work that exhibits everything that is good and right with rock and roll.  It also certifies Johnson’s place in the music community.  That is made clear through the songs discussed in this review, as well as the rest of the album’s songs.  When they are considered together, they make Born From Southern Ground one of the year’s most welcome surprises and one more of the year’s top new rock records.  Born From Southern Ground is scheduled for release June 14 through Big Johnson Records.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Caleb Johnson’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.calebjohnsonofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IdolCalebJohnson

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CalebJohnson

 

 

 

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Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin’ Saints Debuts New Video; Announces New Album, Tour Info

Courtesy: Big Johnson Records

Former American Idol winner Caleb Johnson and his band mates The Ramblin’ Saints will release their new album this summer.

The group is scheduled to release Born From Southern Ground on June June 14 through Big Johnson Records.  In anticipation of the album’s forthcoming release, the band released the video for the album’s new single ‘Solid Gold’ on Thursday at Billboard.com.  The video’s premiere comes approximately seven months after he group debuted the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Born and Raised.’

‘Solid Gold’ was co-written by Rival Sons front man Jay Buchanan and Blair Daly, who co-wrote most of the album’s songs along with Johnson.

Johnson spoke highly of Buchanan and Daly in a recent interview.

“I hold the highest admiration and respect for both Blair and Jay as musicians and people,” Johnson said. “I’ve been fortunate to have written some of the best songs of my career with Blair, and have been a massive fan of Jay’s voic and his band Rival Sons since 2010! I am honored that they would let me record ‘Solid Gold.’  The meaning of the song resonates deeply with me because it is an anthem of pursuing your dreams and never giving up.  I feel a lot of people can relate to that message on any given level of life.  Singing ‘Solid Gold’ is a full-circle moment for me, because I went from singing a Rival Sons song on American Idol to having a song on my album written by the singer of that band!”

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Solid Gold,’ like that of ‘Born and Raised,’ will appeal very much to fans of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Zac Brown Band.

Born From Southern Ground was recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning musician (and Johnson’s counsin) Bryan Sutton. Studio session musicians Audley Freed, Kenny Greenberg, Fred Eltringham, Mike Webb, Tony Lucido, Angela Primm, Gayle Mayes and Devon Michelle also played their own part in the record’s creation.

Pre-orders for Born From Southern Ground are open now.  Johnson said he is looking forward to the record’s release.

“This is the album I’ve always wanted to make, and I’m super excited for people to hear it,” Johnson said. “It’s real, raw and honest.  Music is a religious experience and can be life-changing.  Moving forward, I hope this album will inspire others the way I was inspired when I first heard the gospel through rock ‘n roll.”

Johnson and company are scheduled to hit the road in support of Born From Southern Ground later this month in Derry, NH.  The band’s upcoming live dates, which are opening dates for The Winery Dogs, run through May 7 in Hopewell, VA.

After that run ends, the band will join Meatloaf on the road for another short run through New Jersey in May.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

DATE               CITY                                         VENUE
With The Winery Dogs:
Tue 4/30            Derry, NH                                  Tupelo Music Hall
Wed 5/1            Derry, NY                                  Tupelo Music Hall
Fri 5/3               New York, NY                           Sony Hall
Tue 5/7             Hopewell, VA                            Beacon Theatre
With Meat Loaf:
Wed 5/15          Englewood, NJ                         Bergen Performing Arts Center
Fri 5/17             Newton, NJ                               Newton Theatre
Sat 5/18            Millville, NJ                               Levoy Theatre

More information on Caleb Johnson and The Ramblin’ Saints’ upcoming live dates, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.calebjohnsonofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IdolCalebJohnson

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CalebJohnson

 

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Goo Goo Dolls’ New EP Now Available

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Goo Goo Dolls fans have lots of reason to be “happy” today.

The veteran rock outfit released its new EP You Should Be Happy today via Warner Brothers Records. The 5-song disc’s lead single ‘Use Me’ is streaming online now, too. Audiences can view the song’s lyric video online now here. Audiences can also hear the record in whole here and can order it online here.

In celebration of the record’s release, the band will launch the “Long Way Home Tour” beginning July 14 in Mountain, CA.  American Idol star Phillip Phillips will join the band as direct support.  Tickets can be purchased online now via the band’s official website and through the official Live Nation website.

The tour’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour dates:
Fri- Jul-14-17 Mountain, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat-Jul-15-16 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Event Center
Sun-Jul-16-17 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Tue-Jul-18-17 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
Thu-Jul-20-17 South Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
Fri-Jul-21-17 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Hotel & Casino- Stir Cove
Mon-Jul-24-17 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank
Tue-Jul-25-17 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Farm Bureau
Thu-Jul-27-17 Peoria, IL Peoria Riverfront
Fri-Jul-28-17 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Stadium
Sat-Jul-29-17 Plymouth, MN Hilde Performance Center
Mon-Jul-31-17 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Wed-Aug-02-17 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at The Heights
Thu-Aug-03-17 Rochester Hills, MI Meadowbrook
Sat-Aug-05-17 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sun-Aug-06-17 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
Tue-Aug-08-17 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Wed-Aug-09-17 Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun
Fri-Aug-11-17 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Sat-Aug-12-17 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun-Aug-13-17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Center
Tue-Aug-15-17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wed-Aug-16-17 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
Fri-Aug-18-17 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat-Aug-19-17 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun-Aug-20-17 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Tue-Aug-22-17 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Wed-Aug-23-17 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
Fri-Aug-25-17 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
Sat-Aug-26-17 Asheville, NC Biltmore Estate – South Terrace
Sun-Aug-27-17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed-Aug-30-17 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Fri-Sep-01-17 Miami, FL Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront
Sat-Sep-02-17 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Mon-Sep-04-17 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Thu-Sep-07-17 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun-Sep-10-17 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Resort Casino
Tue-Sep-12-17 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Wed-Sep-13-17 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre

More information on You Should Be Happy is available online now along with Goo Goo Dolls’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.googoodolls.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/googoodolls

Twitter: http://twitter.com/googoodolls

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock, Virgin To Release New Queen Archived Concert This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Virgin Records

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Virgin Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Virgin Records will release this fall, another addition to its extensive collection of archived live Queen recordings.

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 will be released Tuesday, September 9th in the Untied States through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Monday, September 8th via Virgin Records in the United Kingdom. The concert was the final performance by the band on its very first ever nationwide headlining tour. The tour came on the heels of Queen’s tour supporting Mott The Hoople late the previous year. Queen was largely considered the better of the two bands during that tour.

The concert will be released on CD, Vinyl, DVD and SD Blu-ray as well as limited edition and digital sets. The specs for each format’s release are listed below.

QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74  – Package details

 

Package one

One CD featuring the November show

 

Package two

Two CD digi-pack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

 

Package three

DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

 

Package four (released in North America only)

SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box

 

Package five

2 Vinyl – Limited edition gate-fold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show.

 

Package six

4 Vinyl – Limited edition four vinyl LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show

 

Package seven 

Super Deluxe Box – Limited edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:

1)     Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

2)     A DVD and SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

3)     A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc and Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.

4)     Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian’s parents)

5)     A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!

6)     A reproduction of the 8 page show souvenir brochure

7)     Two button badges – reproductions of items available at the concert

8)     A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster

9)     A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.

10)  A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert

 

Queen Live at the Rainbow will also be available as one disc and two disc eAlbum.

 

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 – track listings:

 

One CD:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Two CD digi-pack & four vinyl LP boxed set:

 

                                    CD 1

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  8.              Great King Rat

                  9.              The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke

                  10.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  11.           Drum Solo

                  12.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  13.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  14.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  15.           Jailhouse Rock (Medley)

                                    Stupid Cupid (Medley)

                                    Be Bop A Lula (Medley)

                  16.           Liar

                  17.           See What A Fool I’ve Been

 

                                    CD 2

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

                                    BONUS TRACKS

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Son And Daughter

                  2.              Guitar Solo

                  3.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  4.              Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

 

Double Vinyl LP Package:

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              Keep Yourself Alive

                  8.              Drum Solo

                  9.              Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  10.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  11.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  12.           Liar

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  4.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  5.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  6.              Killer Queen

                  7.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  8.              Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  9.              Stone Cold Crazy

                  10.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

Queen is currently touring with American Idol contestant Adam Lambert on vocals in support of the upcoming live release. The tour kicked off yesterday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. More information on the band’s tour schedule, tickets and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/queen and http://www.queenonline.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Andy Grammer Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Pop star Andy Grammer has announced that he will hit the road this Summer beginning Tuesday, June 10th.

Grammer’s headlining tour is in support of his upcoming sophomore record. The as-yet untitled record features Grammer’s new single ‘Back Home’, which he recently debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. Fans can check out Grammer’s new single for free online now at http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/03/25/andy-grammer-unveils-new-feel-good-single-back-home-listen/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIPMkDT3Ebg&feature=youtu.be/ It is also available for download now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-home-single/id849196730?ls=1.

Ticket information for Grammer’s upcoming tour is available online at his official website, http://www.andygrammer.com. Grammer’s current tour schedule is listed below. It includes a performance at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, June 23rd.

DATE              CITY                           VENUE

Spring college tour:
Fri        4/11                 Ames, IA                                 Iowa State University
Sat       4/12                 Portland, OR                          University of Portland
Mon     4/14                 Pocatello, ID                           Idaho State University
Tue      4/15                 Provo, UT                               Brigham Young University
Thu      4/17                 Columbia, SC                         University of South Carolina
Sat       5/3                   Collegeville, MN                     College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

National headlining tour:

Tues 6/10 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
Thu 6/12 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 6/13 Austin, TX The Parish
Sun 6/15 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tues 6/17 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Wed 6/18 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Thu 6/19 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
Fri 6/20 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Sat 6/21 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre
Mon 6/23 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Tues 6/24 York, PA The Pullo Center
Wed 6/25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Thu 6/26 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Fri 6/27 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 6/29 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Mon 6/30 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Tues 7/1 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Wed 7/2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Sat 7/5 Covington, KY Madison Theater
Sun 7/6 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
Tues 7/8 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Sat 7/11 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Sun 7/12 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Tues 7/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Fri 7/17 San Francisco, CA

Great American Music Hall

 

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Andy Grammer Debuts New Single

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Andy Grammer is back. The pop sensation debuted his brand new single on ‘Back Home’ this week on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” ‘Back Home’ is the first single off of Grammer’s as-yet untitled sophomore album, which is due out this Fall on S-Curve Records. Fans can check out Grammer’s new single online now at http://onair.rs/1fy1bEJ. The song will be available for download via iTunes beginning Tuesday, April 8th and will start running on Adult Pop radio in May.
While they wait for more new music from Grammer, fans can catch him live on his Spring College Tour beginning Friday, April 4th at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. His current tour schedule, listed below, also includes stops at Washington College, Iowa State University, and the University Portland among others.

Catch ANDY GRAMMER on his spring college tour:
Fri 4/4 Auburn, AL Auburn University
Sat 4/5 Chestertown, MD Washington College
Fri 4/11 Ames, IA Iowa State University
Sat 4/12 Portland, OR University of Portland
Mon 4/14 Pocatello, ID Idaho State University
Tue 4/15 Provo, UT Brigham Young University
Thu 4/17 Columbia, SC University of South Carolina
Fri 4/25 Springfield, MA Western New England University
Sat 5/3 Collegeville, MN College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

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The Band Perry Receives Two ACM Award Nominations

Photo Credit: Mickey Brown

Photo Credit: Mickey Brown

Good news for The Band Perry.  The superstar country music trio has been nominated for two ACM Awards.

The announcement was made this week that the band has been nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year.”  The second of the nominations from the Academy of Country Music is for the video for the band’s #1 single, ‘Better Dig Two.’  That song was also the lead single from the band’s latest album, Pioneer.  This year marks the third consecutive year that The Band Perry has been nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year.”  It is the fourth consecutive year that the trio has received nominations from the Academy of Country Music.  The band’s biggest year to date was 2011.  It was that year that the band received five total ACM nominations.  It won the award that year for “New Artist of the Year.”

Reid Perry spoke on behalf of the band after the announcement.  He expressed the band’s excitement of being nominated again, and getting to come to Las Vegas again.  Las Vegas is the home of the ACM Awards, which will be broadcast on CBS April 6th on CBS.  “It’s such an honor to find out about our two ACM Award nominations,” he said.  “We love the theatrics that happen in Vegas, and remember, what happens in Vegas … gets broadcast on live TV.”

The announcement of the band’s latest nominations comes at a high time for the band as it is scheduled to perform live on Fox as part of the network’s Super Bowl pre-game party.  The band will perform alongside American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.  Reid’s brother and fellow band mate Neil jokingly discussed the band’s anticipation of playing the pre-game show and being back in temperatures above zero.  “We’re all huge football fans, and there’s nothing more exciting than to be a part of football’s biggest day,” he said. “We’ve been up in Canada on our We Are Pioneers World Tour for the past month, so we’re just glad it will be above zero degrees in New York!”

The band won’t be slowing down any time soon after its performance this weekend on Fox.  That performance is just part of its ongoing North American tour in support of Pioneer.  It will be in Independence, MO next Thursday, February 6th.  The band also has a planned performance later this Spring in North Carolina.  It is scheduled to perform live in Cherokee, North Carolina on Friday, April 25th at the Harrah’s Cherokee.  The band’s latest schedule of performances is listed below.

 

 

THE BAND PERRY FULL LIST OF TOUR DATES

JANUARY

31st

Bangor, ME

Cross Insurance Center

FEBRUARY

6th

Independence, MO

Independence Events Center

7th

Brookings, SD

Swifter Center

8th

Bemidji, MN

The Sanford Center

9th

Grand Forks, ND

Ralph Englestad Arena

13th

Dubuque, IA

Five Flags Center

14th

Kearney, NE

Viareo Event Center

15th

Rapid City, SD

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

16th

Billings, MT

Rimrock Auto Arena @MetraPark

20th

Rockford, IL

BMO Harris Bank Center

21st

Cape Girardeau, MO

Show Me Center

22nd

Corbin, KY

The Corbin Arena

23rd

Saginaw, MI

Dow Events Center

27th

Green Bay, WI

Resch Center

28th

Mankato, MN

Verizon Wireless Center

MARCH

1st

Duluth, MN

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena

2nd

Cedar Rapids, IA

U.S. Cellular Center

7th

Savannah, GA

Savannah Civic Center

8th

West Palm Beach, FL

Cruzan Amphitheater – WIRK Rib Roundup

9th

Plant City, FL

Florida Strawberry Festival

15th

Dublin, IE

Country to Country 2014: O2 Dublin

16th

London, UK

Country to Country 2014: O2

21st

Melbourne, FL

Runaway Country: Wickham Park

22nd

Houston, TX

Rodeo Houston

APRIL

11th

Florence, AZ

Country Thunder USA

25th

Cherokee, NC

Harrah’s Cherokee

26th

Dothan, AL

Toad Lick Festival

MAY

16th

Gardendale, TX

Texas Thunder

30th

Virginia Beach, VA

Patriotic Festival

JUNE

21st

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion *

27th

Dauphin, MB

Dauphin’s CountryFest

JULY

20th

Cincinnati, OH

Buckle-Up Music Festival

AUGUST

8th

Detroit Lake, MN

WE Fest

SEPTEMBER

5th

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion *

6th

San Diego, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheater *

12th

Sacramento, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheater *

13th

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheater *

* Blake Shelton Tour

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