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Revered musician/guitarist Steve Earle is a busy man these days — the new Steve Earle & the Dukes album, Ghosts of West Virginia, is slated to be released on May 22, and on Friday he was the latest music icon to take part in Rolling Stone’s In My Room livestream series. Streaming from his home in Fairview, Tennessee, Earle played a trio of songs for the series — new song “John Henry Was a Steel-Drivin’ Man,” “Christmas in Washington” and “Copperhead Road”: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-h7bIqH3zD/ Steve Earle joins the growing list of artists participating in the In My Room livestream series, a…

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Iconic singer/songwriter Christopher Cross is among the latest to go public with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, as he alerted fans to his battle with coronavirus in a message posted to his social media channels on Friday: Dear Friends, I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in hope this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is. Although I am fortunate enough to be cared…

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On Saturday, April 25, Rock Cellar Productions (in association with the Get Together Foundation) will put on the All Together Now!, an online concert event helping the city of Los Angeles — specifically its L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund — during the ongoing pandemic.  More, via our press release and corresponding Facebook Event page: The concert is set to be a major and significant relief effort to help Angelenos cope with the severe restrictions imposed on everyone during this dangerous and uncertain time of the novel coronavirus crisis. Keeping with the strict “stay at home” regulations of health authorities and…

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Update: In addition to the music documentaries + films highlighted below, there are a number of innovative livestream concert events popping up every few minutes, it seems, in response to the coronavirus pandemic …  The world’s attention surrounds the coronavirus pandemic. Tours are canceled, supermarkets are packed (and, likely, ransacked), tensions are high, and … couches are filled. We’re being told to stay home if necessary and possible, self-isolating to prevent risk of spreading or contracting the virus, which means it’s time to load up on snacks and watch TV. There are a number of noteworthy music films and documentaries…

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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and its hold on society and the music business, Deep Purple has decided to postpone the release of its upcoming 21st studio album, Whoosh!, from June 12 to August 7. The news came on Friday, along with this message from Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction…well, not exactly in this case; more cause and effect, where the latter is often greater than the former. Distribution lines (the physical sales of CDs, vinyl, cassettes (?) etc) and retail outlets are closed until The Dreaded Lurgy…

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Country/folk legend John Prine is still in the ICU as he battles pneumonia in both lungs, according to an update from his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, late Thursday night. Prine, 73, was hospitalized with symptoms of the coronavirus last week, and despite being upgraded from critical to stable condition, he isn’t out of the woods just yet, so to speak. Fiona updated the status of her husband in a series of posts on Twitter, beginning with: “This is John’s 8th day in ICU. He is receiving excellent medical care and being treated with kindness and compassion by the entire team…

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This interview with Bill Withers, originally conducted years ago, first ran on Rock Cellar in 2015. In light of Withers’ passing, we’re bringing it back as a snapshot of the man’s impeccable legacy of timeless music. Soul. It’s elusive. It’s intangible. It’s a hugely desired commodity. It’s what separates the men from the boys. It’s magic. And you either have it or you don’t. One man who personifies the essence of soul is the legendary Bill Withers, who will (finally) be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Revered in music circles as one of the…

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Grey Daze is the band Chester Bennington was in prior to joining Linkin Park and becoming a global phenomenon in the late 1990s. On June 26, the band will release an album titled Amends, featuring vocal tracks from the late singer matched with new recordings of the band’s earlier material. Featuring newly recorded music and remastered vocals from Bennington, the project is going to be something of an exercise in catharsis for both Bennington’s former band mates — Sean Dowdall (drums), Mace Beyers (bass) and Cristin Davis (guitar) — and Linkin Park fans still reeling from Bennington’s sudden passing in…

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Bill Withers, the legendary singer/songwriter/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician known for several classic hits including “Lean On Me,” “Use Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” “Lovely Day” and more, has passed away at the age of 81 due to heart complications. The news was sent along by Withers’ family on Friday in the form of an official statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them…

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Manchester-based rock/pop band The 1975 was planning to release a new album this spring, but Notes on a Conditional Form has since been pushed back twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. The record is now scheduled to come out on May 22, barring any additional delays. As a means of keeping fans entertained despite the delay (and as an escape from the confusing reality of our current situation), the 1975 premiered a new song on Friday. Titled “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America,” it’s a tender acoustic ballad featuring a guest appearance from Phoebe Bridgers, who lends her voice to…

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