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Music Birthdays – March 16

1881 – Fannie Charles Dillon, American composer (d. 1947)
1885 – Giacomo Benvenuti, Italian composer and musicologist (d. 1943)
1906 – Henny Youngman, English-American violinist and comedian (d. 1998)
1920 – John Addison, English-American soldier and composer (d. 1998)
1925 – Cornell Borchers, Lithuanian-German actress and singer (d. 2014)
1929 – Betty Johnson, American singer
1930 – Tommy Flanagan, American pianist and composer (d. 2001)
1931 – Alan Heyman, American-South Korean musicologist and composer (d. 2014)
1934 – Roger Norrington, English violinist and conductor
1935 – Teresa Berganza, Spanish soprano and actress
1936 – Fred Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)
1940 – Keith Rowe, English guitarist
1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1946 – Sigmund Groven, Norwegian harmonica player and composer
1948 – Michael Owen Bruce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alice Cooper)
1948 – Richard Desjardins, Canadian singer-songwriter and director
1949 – Victor Garber, Canadian actor and singer
1949 – Elliott Murphy, American-French singer-songwriter and journalist
1951 – Ray Benson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Asleep At The Wheel)
1954 – Jimmy Nail, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1954 – Nancy Wilson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress (Heart)
1959 – Sebastian Currier, American composer and educator
1959 – Flavor Flav, American rapper and actor
1959 – Steve Marker, American musician
1963 – Jerome Flynn, English actor and singer
1963 – Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor and singer (d. 2002)
1964 – Patty Griffin, American singer-songwriter
1967 – Tracy Bonham, American singer and violinist
1967 – John Darnielle, American musician and novelist (Mountain Goats)
1967 – Ronnie McCoury, American bluegrass mandolin player, singer and songwriter
1970 – Joakim Berg, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1976 – Blu Cantrell, American singer-songwriter and producer
1979 – Leena Peisa, Finnish keyboard player and songwriter
1991 – Wolfgang Van Halen, American bassist (Van Halen)


NEW ALBUM ‘Prayer for Peace’ featuring the tracks ‘Prayer For Peace’; ‘You Got To Move’; Miss Maybelle

North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE, and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their third decade with perhaps the most vital album of their career. Self Produced by the three time Grammy Nominated Dickenson brothers PRAYER FOR PEACE was recorded in studios across America during North Mississippi Allstars’ 2016 tour, and sees the Dickinsons weaving their bred-to- the-bone musical sensibility with unstoppable energy, rhythmic reinvention, and a potent message of positivity, family, and hope.

Special guests on the album include bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company), Graeme Lesh (Midnight North, The Terrapin Family Band), vocalists Sharisse Norman and Danielle Nicole, bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White), and singer/fife player Shardé Thomas, daughter of Mississippi blues giant Otha Turner.

May 10th – World Café Live Downstairs, Philly
May 11th – Bowery Ballroom, NYC
May 12th – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
May 13th – Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY
May 15th – The Mod Club, Toronto
May 17th – El Club, Detroit
May 18th – Lincoln Hall, Chicago
May 19th – Third Man Records – Blue Room, Nashville
May 20th – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta
June 1st – 3rd – Antone’s, Austin
June 4th – Sam’s Burger Joint, San Antonio
June 6th – The Heights Theater, Houston
June 7th – The Kessler Theater, Dallas
June 9th – Santa Fe Brewing Co, Santa Fe, CA
June 13th – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
June 15th – The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood
June 16th – The Independent, San Francisco
June 17th – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
June 16-18th – Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey County Fairgrounds. Monterey CA

“The Allstars’ music is intricate and informed, but it also romps, stomps and quickens your pulse.” -Washington Post

“Deep roots,improvising valor and live-Cream brawn come easily to this trio.”
-David Fricke, Rolling Stone

“The North Mississippi Allstars crank out soulful, hard-driving Southern rock…for brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, it’s not just rock for rock’s sake. They dig deep for the roots of the music they’re passionate about.” -NPR

“The North Mississippi Allstars have been standard-bearers of sorts since they released their first album in 2000, keeping alive an endangered blues tradition from the hill country of the state that lent its name to Luther and Cody Dickinson’s band. It’s a role they take seriously.”
-Wall St Journal

Available everywhere June 2nd

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013”
Brings World’s Greatest Guitar Stars
To Cinemas This Summer

NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts LLC Present the
All-Star Benefit Concert in Select U.S. Theaters on Aug. 13



Eric Clapton (c)Centennial, Colo. – July 15, 2013 – Bringing the ultimate guitar concert featuring the most legendary guitarists in the world to select U.S. movie theaters, NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts LLC present “Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). This special, one-night event will feature the best performances and backstage access from Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival pre-recorded over two nights at Madison Square Garden this past April. Tickets for the live concert sold out within minutes of going on sale, but fans can experience one of the hottest events of the year from their local theater as Clapton gathers his most respected colleagues in the music industry for a jam session. The live concert and portions from the cinema event benefit the Crossroads Centre, a treatment and education facility for chemically dependent people, based in Antigua and founded by Clapton.

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 will be presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Eric Clapton (a)Musicians featured in the cinema event include the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes.

Since 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival has taken place every three years and the 2013 edition is the fourth in the series. A mix of sultry blues, classic rock and country jams, the festival offers a wide sampling of legendary guitarists and their greatest hits, where anything can unfold onstage at any time.  Since its inception, Clapton’s vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and perform together for the benefit of a good cause.

“NCM Fathom Events is thrilled to bring audiences the concert event of the summer as Eric Clapton and the world’s best guitarists combine for an unforgettable night in cinemas across the country,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of Business Development of NCM Fathom. “The Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival has long been one of the premiere events in music, and communities of fans nationwide will enjoy the ultimate concert experience on the big screen with amazing sound and front row seats.”

About National CineMedia (NCM)

National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately 19,300 screens (over 18,400 digital). During 2012, approximately 710 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place.  TheNCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 740 locations in 172 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications.  National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 44.9% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit (NCMI-E)

About the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival

The 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival Presented By Chase featured over 30 of the world’s greatest guitarists playing sidemen to each other over two nights at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, on April 12-13.  The Crossroads Guitar Festival supports The Crossroads Centre, Antigua, which was founded in 1998 to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and their significant others. Treatment is provided through residential care, as well as family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the movement toward a change in lifestyle. Crossroads Centre, Antigua also operates a 16-bed halfway house in Antigua called the Bevon House (exclusively for Antigua residents) and facilitates a school-based education series, Breaking the Cycle, in all Antiguan schools. The Crossroads Centre has recently expanded its program to offer transitional living for men, in line with the Crossroads Centre’s philosophy on recovery, at The Sanctuary in Delray Beach, Florida, for those who have completed a residential treatment program.  To donate now, go to  For more information, go to  or

Fans can experience one of the hottest events of the year in their local theater as Clapton gathers his most respected colleagues including Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes together for a jam session.

This special, one-night event will feature the best performances and backstage access from the All-Star Benefit Concert recorded at MSG this past April.

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Elton John, Mumford & Sons to pay tribute to Helm

mumsonsNEW YORK (AP) — Elton John and Mumford & Sons will hit the Grammys stage to pay tribute to Levon Helm.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that T Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes will also perform “The Weight” at Sunday’s awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

“Can you think of a song that fits (more)?” said Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards. “Philosophically it fits the moment.”

Helm was the drummer and singer for The Band. He died of complications from cancer last year at age 71.

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Elvis Presley 35th Anniversary


Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. He is often called the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”.

Today RadioMaxMusic features Elvis Presley hours all day beginning at 6am and at 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm ET.

For more on Elvis try these links….

Wikipedia (Elvis Presley)
Elvis Candlelight Vigil 35th Anniversary
Elvis Would Have Been Amazed
Elvis Presley Official Website
Elvis on Biography 
Elvis on IMDb
Elvis on Facebook
Elvis on Last fm





Once upon a time…or maybe twice…there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland…


London – March 20, 2012 – The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release on June 5th in North America.  The film’s songtrack album will be reissued on CD on the same date.

Currently out of print, the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc.  Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements.  This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Bonus features for the Yellow Submarine DVD and Blu-ray include a short making-of documentary titled “Mod Odyssey” (TRT: 7:30), the film’s original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, several brief interview clips with others involved with the film, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos.  Both Digipak packages will include reproductions of animation cels from the film, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet with a new essay by Yellow Submarine aficionado John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios).

Lasseter writes in his essay, “As a fan of animation and as a filmmaker, I tip my hat to the artists of Yellow Submarine, whose revolutionary work helped pave the way for the fantastically diverse world of animation that we all enjoy today.”

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.”  When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognised as a landmark achievement, revolutionising a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

“I thought from the very beginning that the film should be a series of interconnected shorts” remembered Edelmann.  “The style should vary every five minutes or so to keep the interest going until the end.”  These styles included melding live-action photography with animation, 3-dimensional sequences and kaleidoscopic “rotoscoping” where film is traced frame by frame into drawings.  The entire process took nearly two years, 14 different scripts, 40 animators and 140 technical artists, ultimately producing a groundbreaking triumph of animation.

On April 24, Candlewick Press will release a new, compact hardcover edition of the Yellow Submarine picture book, a read-aloud journey for the whole family.  Featuring the lighthearted wit of the film’s script alongside original artwork from the movie that has charmed children and adults through several generations, the beautiful, 40-page book will be sold by retailers everywhere and on the Beatles Store (  An interactive digital version of the book is also available as a free download on Apple’s iBookstore for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch at

Yellow Submarine synopsis:

Once upon a time… or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good.  Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day!  Armed with little more than their humour, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.


Production credits

Running Time: 89 minutes

Director – George Dunning

Producer – Al Brodax

Screen story – Lee Minoff

Screenplay – Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn, and Erich Segal

Art Director – Heinz Edelmann

Animation directors – Robert Balser and Jack Stokes

Production Executive – John Coates

Music Producer and Supervisor – George Martin


Featuring music by The Beatles

Yellow Submarine [DVD, Blu-ray]

Feature film [TRT: 89:00]

Fully restored in 4K and presented in the original aspect ratio of 1:66-1


Audio options:

English 5.1 DTS

German 5.1 DTS

Italian 5.1 DTS

English Dolby Stereo

Original Mono


Audio Commentary – Heinz Edelmann (Art Director) and John Coates (Producer)


Subtitle languages (feature only):

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Finnish, Japanese


Extra features:

Mod Odyssey documentary [TRT: 7:30]

Original theatrical trailer [TRT: 3:30]


Storyboard sequences:

– Sea of Monsters (split screen footage) [TRT: 4:20]

– Battle of the Monsters [118 images]

– Pepperland [64 images]



– Paul Angelis (voice of Ringo and Chief Blue Meanie) [TRT: 1:39]

– John Clive (voice of John) [TRT: 2:03]

– David Livesey (key animator) [TRT: 1:11]

– Millicent McMillan (Heinz Edelmann’s assistant) [TRT: 1:12]

– Jack Stokes (animation director) [TRT: 3:42]

– Erich Segal (co-writer) [TRT: 1:38]


Original pencil drawings [29 images]

Behind-the-scenes photos [30 images]


Yellow Submarine Songtrack [CD]

1. Yellow Submarine

2. Hey Bulldog

3. Eleanor Rigby

4. Love You To

5. All Together Now

6. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

7. Think For Yourself

8. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

9. With A Little Help From My Friends

10. Baby, You’re A Rich Man

11. Only A Northern Song

12. All You Need Is Love

13. When I’m Sixty Four

14. Nowhere Man

15. It’s All Too Much

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