Posts by Wendy Geller
"Musicians are starved and music is under duress": So says none other than musical legend Neil Young, who claims himself to be "just another musician."
The latter fact is debatable -- Young, of course, has a pedigree which includes not one but two nominations into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- but the former is annually up for debate, given that Young is speaking at one of the country's biggest yearly music festivals, offering up artists who have yet to even have an idea of the scope Young and others on his musical level have brought to rock history.
In this exclusive interview, shot during his time at South By Southwest 2014, the icon discusses with Yahoo Music a variety of musician's-musician topics, including the debate about the analog vs. digital format, his opinion of the music business and record labels (which may surprise you), some of his most-loved hits, starting a business using the new format of Kickstarter, and the elusive "echo" that he says has all but disappeared from music.
Seattle's Mary Lambert has become a household name at this point for her contributions to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's hit "Same Love," which has resulted in the singer/songwriter -- who is openly gay -- finding herself in the position of advocacy via her confessional, revealing, and educational songs referencing her sexual orientation and body image.
One of these songs, "Body Love," with its repetition of "You are worth more," has in particular received a flood of response from girls who relate to the lyrics. Lambert gave an intimate performance of the song at Yahoo's Brazos Hall during the 2014 South By Southwest festival, as well as chatted with Yahoo Music about its influence.
"I get emails at least daily about 'Body Love,' the singer said. "I think the most moving ones [come from] high school girls. There was this one girl in particular that said she had discovered it... She took all of her friends, and they were all in the car, and she played it on her phone. They were all crying and having this moment as 15-year-old girls."
- Wendy Geller at Our Country2 days ago
Country's favorite couple has a little something going on the side.
Yes, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert each have a new duet coming out in the next few months. Shelton recorded a song with fellow "Voice" judge Shakira for her latest release. And Lambert revealed this week that she has a song on her upcoming album, "Platinum," featuring none other than Carrie Underwood.
However, the couple reported very different experiences recording these tracks. While Shelton was cool as a cucumber when it came to working with Shakira, Lambert claimed to be a "bucket of nerves" over her collaboration with Underwood.
"To me, this [was] such a big deal," Lambert recently told People Country about approaching Underwood. "It took me forever to write the email to ask her; like I was writing to someone I had a crush on and you don't want to mess it up."
Spandau Ballet has — as the lyrics of their signature hit, "True," attest — "come back again."
A full 28 years since their last U.S. performance, the British New Romantic pioneers took the stage at Austin's Vulcan Gas Co. Wednesday night as part of the annual South by Southwest festival, delighting the audience with an 11-song set including hits "Gold" and, of course, "True."
Spandau Ballet was not only in town to revisit an American stage — the band was also promoting its upcoming documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World," which includes archival footage of the group from its early days in the '80s (the band called it quits in 1990 before reuniting in 2009; the band last played the U.S. in 1986). The film was screened earlier in the afternoon, building considerable anticipation for Spandau's evening performance.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country3 days ago
Sara Evans's new album, "Slow Me Down," is notable for many good reasons -- not the least of which being her selection of duet partners for several of the set's songs. The country star can be heard here matching her pipes with Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill, and Isaac Slade of the Fray.
In this exclusive clip, Evans details what it was like to work with Fray frontman Slade on the tune "Can't Stop Loving You."
"I've always loved the Fray," Evans explains. "I'm just madly in love with their music, and Isaac Slade's voice." Check out how the studio session went, above!
Evans compares the song to Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" in that it has a progressing sense of passion; and, like that tune, she's predicting her duet with Slade will also be a huge crossover hit. What do you think?
- Wendy Geller at Yahoo Music3 days ago
One of the most anticipated performances at 2014's South by Southwest festival is from the iconic punk pioneers Blondie, who will be appearing at Yahoo's Brazos Hall Thursday night to rock out the crowd with their extensive catalog of ageless hits.
However, if you aren't able to catch a plane to Austin today, you can still enjoy the show from the comfort of your home: It'll be livestreamed via Yahoo Screen starting at around 12:45 a.m. ET. If you're out and about in the night hours, you can even watch it on your mobile!
Blondie's livestreamed concert is being sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel in conjunction with the upcoming cable-TV premiere of the documentary "Blondie’s New York", which details the band’s rise to stardom and the recording of its breakout 1978 album "Parallel Lines." "Blondie's New York" will debut on the network on March 21 at 10 p.m. ET.
- Our Country4 days ago
Sara Evans has been having a very busy day. By the time she arrives at the Ram Country studios to perform music from her brand-new album, she's already done five straight hours of radio interviews, and is understandably feeling a little bit on the wilted side.
Given that, one can't begrudge her the red solo cup in her hand...which she admits, with a smile and without apology, contains a beer.
It's this sort of casual, down-to-earth attitude that makes Evans adorable -- and accessible -- to a wide range of fans. It would be all too easy for the singer to come off as intimidating: She is extraordinarily beautiful, has a mighty vocal range (after a few sips of her liquid refreshment, Evans manages to shake the studio roof with her vocals, then dash off for an Opry appearance shortly after), and balances a Superwoman's slate of career/family responsiblities with apparent ease. However, there is a consistent real-girl charm to her that has followed throughout her 17-year career, all the way up to latest release "Slow Me Down."
- Our Country5 days ago
When Eric Church sang his single "Give Me Back My Hometown" last month, we're sure he meant it in a literal fashion. The country star took on an ambitious promotional feat for the February 11 release of fourth album "The Outsiders" -- playing six clubs in six cities in a mere two days , with the shows ranging as far north as Indianapolis all the way south to Atlanta.
So, what's it like to cram all that music, travel, and fan adoration into just 48 hours? Church offers Yahoo Music this exclusive clip which gives a virtual impression of the whirlwind trek he took. This is clearly a performer who isn't concerned with the ordinary way of doing things -- in short, they don't slap the "outlaw" tag on this original singer for nothin'!
- Our Country9 days ago
Time certainly flies: This month marks the 20th anniversary of superstar Tim McGraw's very first hit single, “Indian Outlaw,” which cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Country Singles charts in March of 1994 and also became a crossover hit.
Until then, McGraw had been trying to make it in Nashville for roughly four years. “Indian Outlaw” cracked Music City open for him, and eventually led to his first No. 1 album, "Not A Moment Too Soon." However, this success didn’t come without a little controversy.
Or, make that a lot of controversy. Namely, in the form of serious criticism from Native American groups who said that the lyrics -- which included references to wigwams and tomahawks -- promoted stereotypes. The then-chief of the Cherokee Nation said the tune was “offensive,” resulting in a few radio stations taking it off the air.
The producer of the song, James Stroud, himself was originally wary of releasing it as a single. He related to Great American Country in 2011 that he initially urged McGraw not to even cut it.
- Our Country11 days ago
David Nail released his much-anticipated third album, "I'm A Fire" this week to rave reviews from critics and fans. The singer offered up his thoughts on the set's moving title track exclusively to Yahoo Music, explaining that it's a "bona fide love song" and essentially an ode to his wife of nearly 5 years, Catherine.
"It was really inspired by the relationship that I have with my wife," Nail notes. "To me, 'I’m a fire' means, 'You made me a better man…I am what I am because of you. This feeling I have for you burns because of what you are."
Nail further details how life on the road can sometimes put wear and tear on a marriage, but that he and his spouse manage to work things out every time due to this special "fire" they have for each other.
Rounding out Nail's romantic words are glimpses of his actual wife watching him work in the studio. Enjoy this exclusive and intimate look behind-the-scenes of Nail's real life!
If you'd like to catch Nail on tour, you can keep up with his schedule here.