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Keb’ Mo’ Shares ‘Good To Be (Home Again)’ Single

Keb’ Mo’ released a new single, “Good To Be (Home Again).” The track will appear on the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist’s upcoming album, Good To Be, set for release via Rounder Records on January 21.

Keb’ Mo’, the stage name of Kevin Moore, announced Good To Be in October and shared the single, “Good Strong Woman,” featuring Darius Rucker. The album’s title track, “Good To Be (Home Again),” is one of three songs on the new LP Moore co-produced with country star Vince Gill. “‘Good To Be (Home Again)’ feels like the title track to my life,” Keb said in a press release.

As the pandemic sidelined Moore’s tour plans, the singer-songwriter purchased his late mother’s home in Compton, California where he grew up, splitting his time between his hometown and his adopted hometown of Nashville. Good To Be and its title track sees Keb’ Mo’ reflecting on the experience of returning home.

“You can’t bring an attitude to Compton,” Moore said. “You can’t pose. You can’t be anything but real when you’re walking down the same streets you used to ride your bike on as a kid. In a lot of ways, coming back there felt like it completed me.”

Listen to “Good To Be (Home Again)” below:

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Courtney Barnett Performs ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ Tracks Live On KEXP

Courtney Barnett stopped by KEXP’s studio in December to perform for the Seattle radio station’s Live On KEXP video series. The singer-songwriter and guitarist delivered songs from her 2021 album, Things Take Time, Take Time.

Courtney and her band — drummer Stella Mozgawa and bassist Bones Sloane — kicked off their KEXP appearance with Things Take Time, Take Time opening track “Rae Street” followed by the second song on the album, “​​Sunfair Sundown.” Barnett and company would also deliver the LP’s fourth and fifth tracks, “Before You Gotta Go” and “Turning Green” to wrap up.

Watch Courtney Barnett perform Live On KEXP below:

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Ghost Light Cancels Winter Tour 2022 Due To COVID-19

Ghost Light canceled their eight-date Winter Tour 2022 originally scheduled for January 20-29. The quintet’s first tour since January 2020 has been axed in the wake of COVID-19 cases spiking.

“We’ve agonized over this decision and have tried to find every possible way to play this tour in a safe and sustainable way, but the reality is that doing a club tour in a van during a pandemic comes with a massive amount of risk, unpredictability and difficult logistics,” noted Ghost Light in announcing the news on the band’s social feeds. “With this in mind and out of concern for the health and well being of the band, our families and our fans, we’ve made the decision to cancel the first eight dates of our tour.”

Ghost Light are now expected to return to the road for a spring tour in March and April featuring stops in California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. The band consisting of guitarists/vocalists Raina Mullen and Tom Hamilton, keyboardist Holly Bowling, bassist Dan Africano and drummer Scott Zwang was supposed to play Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Fairfield (Connecticut), Pittsburgh, Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), Albany and Cambridge (Massachusetts) later this month.

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The Garcia Project Announces Winter Getaway Run 2022

The Garcia Project heads to Florida later this month for their Winter Getaway Run 2022. The group will bring their Jerry Garcia Band tribute to Boca Raton, DeLand, Fort White, Atlantic Beach and Stuart between January 26 and 30.

Up first is a concert at Boca Raton’s Funky Biscuit on January 26. The Garcia Project then hits Cafe da Vinci in DeLand on January 27 and Rum 138 in Fort White on January 28. Next comes a performance at Voo Swar in Atlantic Beach on January 29 before the group concludes the brief run at Terra Fermata in Stuart on January 30.

The Garcia Project will utilize setlists based on actual Jerry Garcia Band setlists performed between 1976 and 1995. Tickets for all five concerts are on sale now. Follow this link for more information.

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Watch Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Prince, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and more are highlighted in The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s video celebrating Martin Luther King Day 2022. Jennifer Hudson and Robert Randolph also join host and Rock Hall VP of Education and Engagement Jason Hanley on a journey through rock ‘n’ roll’s roots in African American music through Black artists’ continual shaping and innovating of popular music to the present day.

The video starts with Prince’s performance for his 2004 Rock Hall induction. While his guitar solo on an all star jam of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that same year is known as one of the greatest Rock Hall performances of all time, the video features Prince playing his classic “Let’s Go Crazy” which sees the guitarist thrilling as well.

Jennifer Hudson then talks about Aretha Franklin and her role as the Queen Of Soul in the 2021 film Respect, touching on the universality of the song “Respect” as well as Aretha’s own relatability. The second performance then features the pioneering Queen Of R&B, Ruth Brown, whose hits in the 1950s like “So Long,” “Teardrops from My Eyes” and “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” garnered Atlantic Records — a label that went on to put out so many important rock records — the nickname, “the house that Ruth built.” Rock Hall’s MLK video sees Ruth performing the aforementioned “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” at her 1993 induction with guitarist Bonnie Raitt.

Next, sacred steel guitarist Robert Randolph gives some insight into gospel’s influence on popular music throughout the decades. Rock Hall curator Sule Holder spotlights gospel’s role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s as well as its influence on artists including Aretha, Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, James Brown and many more. Holder highlights JB’s concert in Boston the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 as the show that “saved Boston” when tensions were running high in the city. Additionally, Sule speaks about contemporary musician activists like Janelle Monáe. Holder also highlights Jimi Hendrix and his iconic performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock which was not only innovative from a guitar standpoint but also forced people to think about the United States in a different way.

The video ends with a super-cut of performers at the 2021 Rock Hall induction including a spotlight on the Queen Of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner, who was inducted as a solo artist in 2021. Jennifer Hudson also delivers inductee Carole King’s “Natural Woman,” a song immortalized by Aretha Franklin. Additionally, the super-cut features performances by H.E.R., Gary Clark Jr. and LL Cool Jay among others along with an all-star lyric video honoring inductee JAY-Z.

Watch the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2022 MLK virtual celebration below:

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Yola Reschedules February Tour Dates For September 2022 Due To COVID-19

Yola Reschedules February Tour Dates For September 2022 Due To COVID-19

Yola postponed a series of February 2022 tour dates due to COVID-19. The singer-songwriter will now perform 10 headlining shows originally scheduled for next month in September.

“Whilst Yola, the band & crew, cannot wait to get back on the road, the continuing threat of COVID to the live music industry is very real, and makes touring too uncertain,” wrote Yola’s team in an announcement on social feeds. “The future is brighter, we have high hopes for spring and we can’t wait to see you on the road,” added Team Yola. “In the meantime, get boosted, stay safe and look after each other.

The Grammy-nominated artist also shared a video message to her fans. “I’m bummed we had to reschedule [the tour dates]. But, also, I’m really thinking about the safety of my crew and my band and my fans, all of you who I love dearly — especially if you have loved ones who are in vulnerable groups,” Yola said. “I really want to make sure that we’re doing this safely. I know you can’t wait to hear this record live. Hell, we can’t wait to play for you live so please get vaxxed.”

Yola will now start her headlining tour in support of Stand For Myself with two nights at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in her current hometown of Nashville on March 3 and 4. The British singer first heads to Mexico to participate in Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend 3 destination event on February 2. February concerts moved to September include stops in Minneapolis, Des Moines (Iowa), St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Charlottesville (Virginia), New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Watch Yola’s video message and read a note from her team below:
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