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Bobby Kimball & Jimi Jamison for a duet project due in 2011

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Regarding MelodicRock.com, Mat Sinner recently posted about his current project - producing a new album featuring vocalists Bobby Kimball and Jimi Jamison. Yes, this is correct, but there's still a way to go and official news will be available shortly. Bobby stated in a recent interview that he and Jimi are set to record 20 songs written by Richard Page and Randy Goodrum for the project. So far recording of the band has taken place with Bobby and Jimi awaiting mixes to begin their vital roles. Stay tuned...

Sweet Baby James - A tribute to James Taylor by "Le collectif des amis de James Taylor"

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"A the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the legendary album SWEET BABY JAMES, we proposed to some international fans of James Taylor (coming from France, Germany, Belgium, USA, Australia, West Indies...) all musicians in their own rights - to celebrate the event in revisiting one of the eleven songs of this famous LP. The only rule was to save us from the the mirror image of the original version, 
"Try to take inspiration from the great diversity of styles pervading the album (pop, rock, country, blues, traditional, jazz...) Make the song your own and return the jewel in a new case!"
I must say that the result surpassed our expectations.
Our only hope is that this CD - which represents a kind of tribute to the numerous talents of JT - provides you as much joy as we all have to make it up. "

Samuel Légitimus from http://www.james-taylor.asso.fr/


I Like It Better Here - Music From Home

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For the new album "I Like It Better Here - Music From Home", several key figures from the U.S. Westcoast scene in the 70's, join forces to celebrate the joy and magic of home.

The songs touches a wide pallet of subjects - From "a sense of home" to "afraid to go home", from "longing for home" to "time to go home", and from "feels like coming home" to "the places the devil calls home".



Just like Plato said in 'Allegory Of The Cave'; "When the two lovers are finally stripped, even of physical fire, humbling them to the realization that the love that binds them together is not merely romantic - It is elemental and inevitable. It is home.

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Opening the album, with a live version of the title-track from his latest album, Joel Rafael gets some help from David Crosby and Graham Nash.

Songwriter Jack Tempchin (Eagles, Glenn Frey) co-wrote his contribution with Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominoes). 



Singer-songwriter Jeff Larson recruits his good friend Gerry Beckley (America) for assistance on production, percussion and back-up vocals.

Session-musican and songwriter Vince Melamed (Eagles, JD Souther, Dan Fogelberg) offers up an unreleased gem he nearly forgot about.



Anthony Crawford, who has worked with Neil Young, off and on, for more than 25 years, is half of new duo Sugarcane Jane.

Italian artist Francesco Lucarelli gets some serious assistance from Graham Nash and legendary producer Stephen Barncard.



Jackson Browne's mentor, Greg Copeland, contributes an unreleased gem from his latest, acclaimed album, "Diana & James".
 

Steve Noonan sings about his time in New York City in the 60's, spent with Jackson Browne, Greg Copeland and Adam Saylor.

Nashville singer-songwriter Keith Miles is joined by Jack Sundrud (Poco) and production wizard Bill Halverson.



Bob Cheevers gets three original members of Bread to join him for his contribution.



Reformed duo Batdorf & Rodney contributes a wonderful live version of "Home Again" recorded at Sirius XM Radio.

 Closing the set is Jackson Browne with a heartfelt rendition, recorded live, of his seasonal anthem "The Rebel Jesus".

More informations at Hemifran.com


Kenny Edwards passed away

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Kenny Edwards passed away. We have just learnt the death of Kenny Edwards, legendary talented artist. A very sad piece of news. RIP.

The official information is now featured in front of his official website, a message written by his manager Leslie Merical:

"Dear Friends, Kenny passed peacefully at around 5:30pm August 18th surrounded by love. Your words, thoughts, generosity, & kindness eased his transition. He was grateful for the love he was shown. Please check back for news about services and a memorial. We will be posting information soon."

Kenny Edwards had been battling prostate cancer and more recently thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a life-threatening blood disorder.

A memorial concert will take place at Zoeys Cafe in Ventura, CA (185 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura CA 93001) - Sunday August 22nd at 7pm 805-652-1137 (Make reservations asap - this is an intimate venue that Kenny loved) featuring Glen Phillips, Perla Batalla, Kate Shorr, Kiki Ebsen, Suzanne Paris, Sally Jaye, Jamie Drake, Justine Bennett, Erika and Brent Harding with Bill Flores, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale and other music friends.

Kenny Edwards has had an amazing music career and was vocalist but also played  guitar, bass, mandolin and harmonica. born February 10, 1946, he was a founding member of The Stone Poneys and a long time collaborator with both Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff. He also was an active member of the band BRYNDLE (with Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold & Wendy Waldman).

Kenny Edwards had worked live and in studio sessions with such great artists like Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, J.D. Souther, Don Henley, Brian Wilson, Warren Zevon, Art Garfunkel, Vince Gill, Mac McAnally, David Lee Murphy, Jennifer Warnes, Danny Kortchmar, Lowell George...

He has recorded 2 solo albums: "Kenny Edwards" (2002) and "Resurrection Road" (released in november 2009). This last LP was in Americana style, lyric driven acoustic music with folky/blues elements. Resurrection Road" was produced by Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan, Francis Cabrel).

You can leave tributes on his official Guestbook.


Richie Hayward passed away (drummer of the band Little Feat)

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Richie Hayward passed away. According to the official LITTLE FEAT Facebook fanpage, Richie Hayward (from the band LITTLE FEAT) passed away August 12,2010.

2 messages have been posted reporting this:

One from the member of the family, Amanda Condry-Krizan : "RIP Uncle Richie, we love u so very much!!!"

The other one from Little Feat: "Respected by many as a musician, loved by more as a person. R.I.P. Richie."

A Facebook tribute page has just been created: We love you Richie Hayward and we always will.

Richie Hayward was the drummer of the band LITTLE FEAT. On his Wikipedia page, you can find this:

"In August 2009, Richie Hayward announced that he had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and would not be at work indefinitely. A benefit concert was organized and a website created where fans unable to attend could donate towards his treatment costs. Hayward lived in Canada, outside of his native USA, and did not have health insurance. Little Feat have announced that their drum technician Ford will take his place. He died from liver cancer on August 12, 2010."

Steve Lukather (guitar player and singer from the band TOTO) on his Facebook page said: "I am saddened by the news that we lost yet another soul brother and legend Richie Hayward, drummer from Little Feat. He was a giant, an original and a great cat. God bless him and his family.. I will miss him, we all will."

At this hour, no Press Agency or Newspaper has confirmed this.

RIP Richie Hayward.

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Interview with Richard Page on InsideMusicast

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Since Richard Page’s last chat with Eddy and Rick, he has discovered a new-found inspiration to record a new album - PECULIAR LIFE. It’s his latest release since his 1996 album Shelter Me and last years Christmas single, I Always Cry At Christmas. As you might expect, Richard hasn’t lost his touch. 

This long-awaited body of work delivers on all levels and is pure Richard Page. He’s back. Inside MusiCast is proud to welcome once again… Richard Page.

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Steve Lukather's new release "All's Well That Ends Well"

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Guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer and arranger, Steve Lukather is set to release his new solo album All’s Well That Ends Well on Monday 11th October 2010. 

The founding member of Toto, Lukather will showcase his innate feel for rock and guitar music, along with his song writing talents. The new album is laden with extraordinary guitar playing performed across some of the best and most emotional songs of Steve’s career. Fee Waybill of the Tubes is featured on backing vocals and contributes to some of the co-song writing with CJ Vanston and Lukather. 

“I’m very excited because I have some great new music,” says Lukather. “I am trying for a personal best and working very hard on all aspects of music. It’s a journey that’s for sure.” 

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For over 30 years Lukather has been known as one of the founding members of the multi million selling band ‘Toto’. He has played on hundreds of albums with the biggest stars and music legends including Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Alice Cooper, George Benson, Cher, Rod Stewart and even played guitar on Michael Jackson’s multi-million selling milestone album ‘Thriller’. 

Along with several Grammy Awards over the years, in April 2010 he received the international Eddy Christiani Award for 33 years of guitar mastership. 

To coincide with the release of the album, Steve will embark on a European tour in November that will take in concerts in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and England.