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March 21 in Music History: Faces and the Pixies release their debut albums

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1952 – Cleveland stakes a claim on Rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed (“Moondog” on the air), it is widely considered the first Rock concert, with Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams on the bill. The crowd goes over capacity and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal.

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Just Announced: James Taylor and his All-Star Band headed to Wells Fargo Center with Bonnie Raitt in July

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James Taylor | Photo by Kate McCann | flickr.com/photos/126156760@N07

Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor and his aptly named backing All-Star Band recently announced his plans for a 13-date US tour to take place this summer with Bonnie Raitt coming along to support. The mostly-east coast dwelling tour kicks off in Jersey on July 6th, only to bless the Wells Fargo Center on July 9th. Releasing his latest album Before This World in 2015, Taylor’s massive hits “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Fire & Rain” keep his die-hards coming back for more, and this tour should be jammed-packed with them.

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XPN MusicNotes: Roy Orbison’s classic Black & White Night concert gets 30th anniversary package

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30 years ago, the late great Roy Orbison began his late 80’s comeback with the historic all-star “Black & White Night” concert film and show at LA’s Coconut Grove Club. It’s now getting the special bonus treatment to mark the 30 year milestone. Continue reading →

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Watch Bonnie Raitt and Amos Lee perform “Angel From Montgomery”

Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

This past May, legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt appeared at WXPN’s Non-Commvention. Performing material from her recent album, Dig In Deep, Raitt also performed a few classics from her back catalogue.

At the end of her set, Bonnie invited Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee out to duet on John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” a song that Raitt originally recorded with Prine on her 1974 album, Streetlights. Not having any time to rehearse, Lee played the part perfectly, and it was a highlight of Raitt’s set. Continue reading →

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In The Nick Of Time: Bonnie Raitt to perform at The Mann in August

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Bonnie Raitt | Photo courtesy of the artist

This Just In: singer-songwriter legend Bonnie Raitt has just announced a tour that includes a stop at The Mann Center on Saturday, August 26th.

Raitt will be touring for her most recent album Dig In Deep which was released on February 26th. Raitt will likely be playing a mix of timeless classics and new songs, such as XPN favorite, “Gypsy In Me.” Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: “Buy This Fracking Album!” w/ Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls & Steve Earle, and Ex-Nirvana member joins Modest Mouse on next album.

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Two dozen artists including Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, Steve Earle, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti have contributed songs to a two-disc compilation intended to educate listeners about the controversial method of “hydro-fracking:” The contentious process of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale. Continue reading →