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The Johnny Cash Project, an online global collective art project and visual testament to the life and career of Johnny Cash, “The Man In Black,” celebrates its official launch today, with over 5,000 frames submitted to the dynamic website in the three weeks since the site’s soft launch.

The highly interactive website celebrates American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Johnny Cash’s final studio recording, produced by Rick Rubin. The Johnny Cash Project sets out to engage fans of the beloved musical icon from around the world in an unprecedented collaborative project: the creation of an ever-evolving music video for the title track of the album. (more…)

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Just in time for Earth Day (April 22), Great American Taxi, whose current album Reckless Habits is climbing the Americana radio airplay charts, has donated a free download of a song, “Appalachian Soul” culled from its debut album Streets of Gold, to raise awareness of the plight of coal miners and their communities in West Virginia. The track is offered free to radio stations that agree to direct listeners to http://www.greatamericantaxi.com, which in turn links to West Virginia Council of Churches web site http://wvcc.org, which collects donations for the miners.

GAT frontman Vince Herman, who grew up in West Virginia, comments: “Great American Taxi sends our thoughts out to the families and communities affected by the mining disaster at the upper big branch mine. We hope that their unconquerable Appalachian spirit and families can help them navigate these difficult times. The country and the world share in their grief. We need coal.  We need our miners to be safe. We need understanding on all sides of this contentious issue of our national energy policy. We would like to make Taxis’ tribute to that Appalachian spirit available as a download here and suggest a donation to the WV council of churches to assist  the families of our fallen brothers. Let’s all come together and honor the families who have paid that ultimate price for our energy needs and hope that this is the last such disaster we must face.” (more…)

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MVD Visual is pleased to announce  “I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store” was released for North American distribution on April 17 (Record Store Day). It will be offered exclusively to independent record stores for a period of 90 days. Afterwards, it will be available everywhere on July 27.

Guerilla filmmaker Brendan Toller presents a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade.

Greedy record labels, media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, Ecommerce, shoddy “stars” pushed by big money, and the digital revolution all pose threats on the very well being of our favorite record stores and the music industry at large. Will these stores die? Will they survive? (more…)

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No One Knows About Persian Cats– a film about Tehran’s underground indie music scene that has won awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the audience award at the Miami Film Festival -is finally opening across the United States. While the political themes of the film are engaging, eye-opening and supremely important the overarching theme of the film is the shared love of rock & roll music. The soundtrack album (A European Best Seller) was released in the U.S. through Milan Records on April 13. The film was simultaneously made available nationwide on IFC Films’ video on demand platform starting April 16, available to over 50 million homes in all major markets.

Persian Cats follows young singer Negar and her musician boyfriend Ashkan (Take It Easy Hospital), who attempt to form a rock band after being released from prison.Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran , and dreaming of performing in Europe, they plan their escape. The necessary paperwork proves impossible to come by legitimately, so they team up with Nader, a fast-talking music promoter, who may be able to provide the connections they need. (more…)

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Acquisition Firmly Establishes the Combined Entity as the World’s Preeminent Independent Music Company

Los Angeles, CA – April 14th, 2010 – The Concord Music Group today announced the acquisition of storied Massachusetts-based independent music label Rounder Records.  Rounder, celebrating its 40th year as the world’s leading American roots music label, is a major force in a broad range of musical genres including bluegrass, Americana, singer-songwriter, Cajun & Zydeco and children’s music. Rounder possesses an extraordinary recorded catalog  and current artist roster including bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, actor/musician Steve Martin, jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, the iconic Robert Plant, notable children’s artist/activist Raffi and country legend Willie Nelson, to name just a few.  The acquisition of Rounder and its essential collection of over 3,000 masters combined with Concord Music Group’s rich catalog of more than 10,000 master recordings strengthens Concord’s status as one of the world’s most significant independent record companies, with a leadership position in multiple genres.

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Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will make a series of vinyl albums and singles available on April 17th exclusively in honor of Record Store Day ­ a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

These very special exclusive releases are as follows: (more…)

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Rock icon Neil Young will hit the road for his first solo concerts in many years on the Twisted Road tour, which begins on May 18th and continues through June 8th. As an even rarer treat for fans, Young will play solo in several of the region’s classic theaters, offering a program of his classic songs along with the special privilege of hearing brand new, as yet unrecorded songs for the first time. British folk legend Bert Jansch will open the shows.

Shows include the Louisville’s Palace Theatre on May 26th, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on May 29th, the Spartanburg (S.C.) Memorial Auditorium on May 30th, and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on June 1st. Please see below for all dates. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 27th, at 10 a.m. local time through Ticketmaster outlets. Complete information about the Twisted Road tour’s Southern dates is available at www.concertwire.com.

In addition, the concert film Neil Young Trunk Show will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Reprise Records later this year. The film is the second in director Jonathan Demme’s planned trilogy about the legendary rocker. Demme also directed the 2006 Young documentary Heart of Gold. Following that film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rolling Stone called it “an unconscious, raw, in-the-moment concert movie that respects the immediacy of creativity and the creator.” Theatrical screenings are being held across the country this week.

Watch the trailer here:  http://www.trunkshowmovie.com

Neil Young’s Twisted Road tour dates are as follows: (more…)

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Just in time for summer festival season and Earth Day, the new book Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide is now available. Written by industry leader Meegan Jones (sustainability coordinator for Festival Republic – Reading, Leeds, Latitude & Glastonbury Festivals and sustainability event consultant for many other events worldwide), Sustainable Event Management is a practical, step-by-step guide that takes the reader through all the key aspects of how to understand and manage the impacts of events of any type and scale most places in the world.

The product of tried-and-tested methods used across the event industry, coverage includes an overview of sustainable event management and detailed discussion of energy, zero emissions options, carbon management, transport, water, waste management and reduction, procurement and supply chains as well as communications and marketing. (more…)

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Acclaimed musician and songwriter Darrell Scott has been tapped to join Robert Plant’s new project, Band of Joy. The super group, which includes Plant and Scott alongside Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Byron House and Marco Giovino, will embark on a series of tour dates this summer. An album featuring this line-up will be released later this year on Rounder Records. Additional details to be announced shortly.

Preceding these tour dates, Full Light Records (via Thirty Tigers) will release a special two-disc set from Scott, A Crooked Road, on May 25, This is Scott’s eighth solo album and follows his critically acclaimed 2008 release Modern Hymns, which the Boston Globe declared as “…soaring…” and “….poignant…” Scott has consistently received praise from critics and fellow musicians alike­USA Today described his 2006 release, The Invisible Man, as “…brilliantly clever…” while legendary artist Robert Plant asserts, “a beautiful voice adrift in heartfelt song.” (more…)

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Country music icon Marty Stuart has signed with Sugar Hill Records and is set to release a new studio album this summer.  Stuart and the famed independent label have a history together that dates back 27 years, when his first solo album, “Busy Bee Café,” came out on the label in 1982.

“Everyone here at Sugar Hill Records is excited to have Marty return to the label…it’s very fitting since Sugar Hill released his solo debut many years ago,” said Gary Paczosa, Vice President of A&R for Sugar Hill Records.   “More than anything though, it’s about this new record.  It’s an amazing piece of work…deep, thoughtful, soulful, rich and COUNTRY.  I can’t wait for people to hear it.” (more…)

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