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SXSW Closes 20th Anniversary Conference

March 20, 2006

In the 20 years since SXSW launched as an alt-country, well, alt-a lot of things music conference, the music festival has grown to include an expanded genre range, media and film. The first year there were 700 people there - this year more than 8000. It's pretty much the Sundance of music. And, they had fireworks (as well as Neil Young). Folk Alliance should make that a priority for next year in Memphis.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:29 PM | Comments (3)

Born Again Folkie Bruce Springsteen Honors Pete Seeger

March 3, 2006

The Boss continues his slow slide over to our side with an album of Pete Seeger covers. Springsteen's album will be released on big-time Columbia in late April. Because many of Seeger's greatest hits were his (or the Weavers') interpretations of traditional songs - some collected while Seeger worked with Alan Lomax - they aren't exactly Seeger covers. But they are a fitting homage to one of the enduring greats in folk music. And, the song list is VERY old-school, with choices that include Jessie James, John Henry, Erie Canal, Jacob's Ladder, Eyes on the Prize, Shenandoah, We Shall Overcome, Froggie Went A-Courtin', Buffalo Gals, How Can I Keep From Singing and five others. I can't wait!

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Pamela Anderson to Host JUNO Awards

March 2, 2006

Actress/It-girl Pamela Anderson (who I didn't even know was Canadian) will act as host for the 35th Annual JUNO Awards on April 2 in Halifax, NS. Although generally hosted by an actual musician, Anderson (who was married to Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and dated Kid Rock) is sure to bring a celebrity flair to the event. Anderson says, "Canadian music rocks. This is going to be one kick-ass awards show."

In other JUNO news, Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle will be leading the CARAS Songwriters' Circle earlier JUNO day, featuring JUNO nominees and Ron Sexsmith.

Anderson and the other performers and presenters at this year's awards ceremony take home a gift bag with treats that include a hydro massage, fragrances from Chanel, a Danier Leather travel bag valued at $395, a Dyson vacuum, M.A.C Cosmetics, a pair of PF Flyers, a Sony Ericsson W600 Walkman Phone, a queen-size down duvet and pillows from Westex International and plenty more to make the trip to Halifax worth it.

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