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Arlo Guthrie Releases CD and Begins Tour

June 29, 2007

Arlo Guthrie is celebrating his 60th birthday on July 10 by releasing a new CD, In Times Like These - a collaboration with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. The following week, he kicks off his Solo Reunion Tour - Together at Last with concerts throughout the country (including here in Northeast Ohio) through November and then from February through May. He begins his tour on July 12 at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma.

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Dylan Wants Your Input

Bob Dylan is looking for fan input as he assembles a box set retrospective set to be released in October. His new website (www.dylan07.com/stories.html) is asking fans to post both their favorite Dylan song and personal stories about how the singer/songwriter their lives. The stories may end up on the website's front page as it goes fully live in September.

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New Releases for June 26

**Ed. note - Late as always-and including a few surprises. Don't hold your breath next week, it's my birthday and I'm going to spend a lot of time "celebrating."**

Bryan Ferry: Dylanesque
The Albion Band: Dancing Days Are Here Again
King Wilkie: Low Country Suite
Russ Barenberg: When at Last
Amy Cook: The Sky Observer's Guide
Chris Kasper: Flying Boy
Judy Collins: Judy Collins Sings Lennon & McCartney
Rose Maddox with the Vern Williams Band: This is Rose Maddox
Nick Lowe: At My Age
Randy Bachman: Jukebox
Smithsonian Folkways: Sound Neighbours: Contemporary Music in Northern Ireland
Steve Forbert: Strange Names & New Sensations
Pegi Young: Pegi Young
Sinead O'Connor: Theology
Kelly Clarkson: My December
Marc Broussard: S.O.S.: Save Our Soul
Grateful Dead: Three from the Vault

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House Small Business Committee Holds Hearings on Internet Broadcasting

June 26, 2007

The House Small Business Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the Internet Radio Equality Act focusing on "Assessing the Impact of the Copyright Royalty Board Decision to Increase Royalty Rates on Recording Artists and Webcasters" on Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m. in room 2360 in the Rayburn HOB (House Office Building, not House of Blues). New York City Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez is Chair of the House Small Business Committee.

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Americana Music Associations Announces Award Nominations

June 25, 2007

It's a new world order as Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin share the title of most nominations for this year's Americana Music Awards with the Avett Brothers. Works nominated were released between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2007. Awards will be presented on November 1 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during the Americana Music Festival and Conference. Here are the nominees:

Album of the Year
Emotionalism - The Avett Brothers
Modern Times - Bob Dylan
West - Lucinda Williams
Children Running Through - Patty Griffin

Artist of the Year
Joe Ely
Lucinda Williams
Patty Griffin
Todd Snider

Instrumentalist of the Year
Buddy Miller
Gurf Morlix
Sam Bush
Will Kimbrough

New and Emerging Artist
Amy LaVere
The Avett Brothers
Sunny Sweeney
Uncle Earl

Song of the Year
Hank Williams' Ghost - Darrell Scott
Sometimes It Takes Balls to be a Woman - Elizabeth Cook and Melinda Schneider
Are You Alright? - Lucinda Williams
Heavenly Day - Patty Griffin

Duo Group of the Year
The Avett Brothers
The Duhks
The Hacienda Brothers
Old Crow Medicine Show
Son Volt

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New Releases for June 19

June 19, 2007

**Ed. note - I had to search through a couple of genres to pull this list together, including a new Celtic CD for wine lovers. Enjoy.**

Inverness Highlanders: A Taste of Scotland: Great with Zinfandel
Ron Block: DoorWay
The Hackensaw Boys: Look Out
Eliza Gilkyson: Live from Austin TX
K.C. Groves: Can You Hear It
Liz Carlisle: Water is Wide
Rusted Root: Rusted Root
John Prine: Platinum Collection
Mandy Moore: Wild Hope
The White Stripes: Icky Thump
Various: The Great Koonaklaster Speaks: A John Fahey Celebration
Dr. Cornel West: Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations
Ohta-San: Ukulele Bosa Nova
Various: Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

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Dolly Parton - Girl Scout

The Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council honored singer/songwriter Dolly Parton with a sash marking her lifetime of achievements as the musician/humanitarian was named an honorary Girl Scout at a Dollywood ceremony. Parton turned the tables by presenting the Gold Award, Girl Scouting's highest honor, to a group of girls from East Tennessee. Parton noted that when she was a girl, there were no troops in her rural area. The Girl Scouts of America were established in Savannah, Georgia in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low and now boast nearly 4 million members.

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Bob Dylan Named Winner of Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts

June 18, 2007

Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan has added another prize to his trophy case. He has been announced as this year's recipient of Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts for his work as a songwriter and musician. A judging panel under the direction of H.R.H. The Prince of Asturias has been presenting 8 awards in a variety of areas in the arts and humanities since 1981. Dylan's award is the second to be announced for 2007, the first was Al Gore who was recognized for International Cooperation. Each award carries a 50,000 Euro prize, a commissioned sculpture, a diploma and an insignia. They will be presented this fall in Oviedo. The Prince Asturias Award for the Arts "will be bestowed upon the individual, working group or institution whose work in the fields of Architecture, Cinematography, Dance, Sculpture, Music, Painting and other forms of artistic expression constitutes a significant contribution to Mankind's cultural heritage."

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Ornette Coleman Suffers Heat Stroke at Bonnaroo

Jazz legend Ornette Coleman had to make an unexpected trip to the hospital after becoming ill in the Tennessee heat while performing on the final day of Bonnaroo. The 77-year-old saxman received fluids and is now recovering. The music festival took in a record $17 mil. and sold out all of the available 80,000 passes. A 25-year-old man, Cody Conover, from Kentucky died on the first day, bringing the festival's total to 6 deaths. The cause of Conover's death has yet to be determined.

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Billboard Posts Canadian Chart

June 15, 2007

Billboard, the industry magazine/website that is the repository of most music chart information, is adding a Canadian Hot 100 to its general reporting. The chart lists the top 100 singles in Canada based on sales (both bricks and mortar and digital) and radio airplay. This week, Rhianna, herself a Canadian, sits atop the chart.

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Grammy Awards Add Zydeco/Cajun Category

June 14, 2007

The Recording Academy is expanding their nearly encyclopedic list of Grammy Award categories with the addition of Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album. The award will fall in the Folk Field (along with traditional, contemporary/Americana, Hawiian and Native American albums) and bring the total number of Grammy categories up to 110 (which explains why more awards are presented off camera than on).

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Span Fest 2007 with Steeleye Span

Span Fest: A festival honoring British Folk Rock legends Steeleye Span is taking place July 27--28 at Kentwell between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury on the Suffolk/Essex border in England. Featuring Oysterband, Bellowhead, Ashley Hutchings, Tanna, Maddy Prior, Ken Nicol and of course Steeleye Span headlining the event.

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New Releases for June 5

June 5, 2007

**Ed. note - More new releases this week, but not as many as I originally thought. When they list releases as new, it really throws me off. There were quite a few from my favorite band - Various.**

Various: Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash
Boega: Mischief
Various: Best of Pickin' on the Dixie Chicks
Simone White: I Am the Man
Girlyman: Joyful Sign
Various: Green Day's of Christmas: The Green Day Tribute
Suzanne Vega: Beauty and Crime
Bright Eyes: Cassadaga
Bruce Springsteen: Live in Dublin

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New Folk Winners Announced

June 1, 2007

Six performers have been named winners of the 2007 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk contest. The group was selected from 24 contest finalists who performed during last weekend (5/26 & 27). Taking the Kerrville stage Sunday, June 3 at noon will be: Danny Schmidt, Storyhill, Carla Gover, David Llewellyn, John Wort Hannam, and Anthony da Costa. The judges for this year's finals were Johnathan Byrd, Johnsmith, and Cosy Sheridan.

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