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May 27, 2017

Blues Rock Legend Gregg Allman Dies

Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock n’ blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and the epic concert jam “Whipping Post,” has died at age 69, Billboard reports. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.

He “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” according to a statement on Gregg Allman’s official website, noting that the family planned to release a statement soon. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

With his long blond hair, cool facade, and songs that chronicled restless, wounded lives, Allman came to personify the sexy, hard-living rock outlaw in a life marked by musical triumph and calamitous loss.

Allman fronted his band for 45 years, first alongside Duane and then as its sole namesake, after his older brother — regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in rock history — was killed in a motorcycle accident in November 1971, just as their trailblazing Southern rock tracks were taking hold on the charts.

Soldiering on through grief and then the eerily similar death of bassist Berry Oakley just one year and 10 days after Duane died, Allman and the band became as well known for their stoic survival as they were for their freewheeling concerts.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allman family and friends.

Source: Billboard
Photo by Ian Rawn Photography


May 2, 2017

Funkee Boy Touts His “Triumph” Over Cancer With New Single

Bobbi “Funkee Boy” Tammaro, who gave us such smooth albums as Soul Purpose & Philosoulphy, has released the first single, “Triumph,” from his upcoming CD Life Sign. The cool & melodic single is a clear commentary on his triumphant battle with cancer. Possessing that signature Funkee Boy groove, “Triumph” also features saxman Michael Lington. The single can be found on Amazon (www.amazon.com). Watch for TSJR’s review of the full CD soon here on our CD Reviews page.


May 2, 2017

Maysa Takes On Rock Classic With Upcoming Album

Coming forth with a somewhat different artistic approach, songstress Maysa is reaching into the 1980s to interpret Pat Benatar’s classic gem, “Love Is A Battlefield.” From her upcoming release by the same name, due in late May on Shanachie Entertainment, Maysa reshapes the title track to put her own signature touch on the track. Though the melody is very recognizable, Maysa’s voice simply melts alongside the finger snapping grooves, which are graced with a sophisticated flair. Not surprisingly, It seems no matter what the genre, Maysa somehow figures out to breathe new life into old music history.

Source: SoulTracks


May 2, 2017

Sheila E. Partners With PledgeMusic For Forthcoming Album, ICONIC

World-famous drummer Sheila E. has joined forces with PledgeMusic to launch a pre-order campaign for ICONIC, a poignant new album confronting our current political times. Fans who pre-order the album will not only be among the first to witness Sheila E.’s creative journey, but will also have access to a piece of the icon’s storied history with limited edition items and unprecedented experiences available exclusively through PledgeMusic.

Pledgers can pre-order the album in digital and CD form now on Sheila E.’s campaign page. The leaders in direct-to-fan platforms, PledgeMusic allows artists to get more personal with their fans, offering pledgers updates straight from the band and items not available anywhere else.

With her new project, Sheila E. is taking a stand, serving the country she loves in the best way she knows how – through music. A protest album for modern times, ICONIC draws on great American music history, reinventing revolution songs from the past to resonate with each of us who are grappling with the current political landscape.

The album will feature an impressive array of collaborators joining Sheila in her mission, including George Clinton, Bootsy, Ringo, Freddie Stone, and more.

Source: Smooth Jazz Network