The latest posthumous music from Johnny Cash, who died in 2003, “Out Among the Stars,” recorded in the early ‘80s, was released this week and debuted at No. 3. Now, his son, country singer John Carter Cash, says that his dad’s archive contains a lot more unreleased music.
“There are a few things in the works, probably four or five albums,” he tells Britain’s Guardian. “There may be three or four albums’ worth of American Recordings stuff (the solo acoustic songs he recorded with produced Rick Rubin in the couple years before his death). But some of it may never see the light of day.”
Carter Cash gives credit for all this music to his mom (singer June Carter Cash) and dad.
“They never threw anything away. The kept everything in their lives.”
THE KINKS’ RAY & DAVE DAVIES PLAY TOGETHER
The Kinks 50th anniversary is this year. That legendary British Invasion band’s 67-year-old former and possibly future lead guitarist Dave Davies tells Britain’s Independent that he and his older brother, Ray, with whom he had feuded for decades, recently got together in Ray’s living room and played together for the first time since the band called it quits in 1996.
Davies’ interview took place at the Clissold Arms Pub, site of the brother’s first public performance, in 1961. Dave plays his first British gig in 13 years in London Friday night at the rather intimate 1,943-seat Barbicon.
Dave still has major problems with 69-year-old Ray.
“The older I get, the more difficult I find it to be around Ray.” he said. “I feel my energy seeping away from me sometimes if I’m with him, so I have to limit the time I spend with him.”
Dave also revealed that in 2004, as he was rehabilitating from a massive stroke, he tried living with Ray, who was healing from being shot in the leg in New Orleans several months earlier. Of that time he recalled that the argued so bitterly, he moved near the cold, damp moors near Dartmoor, Devon, near the southwestern tip of England, where he remained until last year, when he and his new girlfriend and manager moved to New Jersey.
Dave said that he and his brother concluded that the pressure to do something for The Kinks’ big Golden Anniversary this year might be too much.
“What’s all this pressure about the anniversary? Let’s celebrate the 51st year.”
TOURS: TOTO/MICHAEL MCDONALD, JAMES TAYLOR, GEORGE BENSON, STEPHEN STILLS
Toto will co-headline a 21-date late-summer tour with Michael McDonald that kicks off Aug. 2 in Grand Ronde, Oregon, at the 1,744-seat Spirit Mountain Casino, west of Salem, and ends Sept. 7 in Newport News, Virginia, at the 1,753-seat Ferguson Center the Arts. They have SoCal dates set: Aug. 7 at the 5,870-seat Greek Theatre in L.A., on Aug. 9 in Indio at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s 1,550-seat Special Events Center, and on Aug. 10 at Pala’s 2,000-seat Event Center.
James Taylor, who is appearing next week at Sting’s Rainforest Benefit at Carnegie Hall with Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and opera star Renee Fleming, embarks on his lengthy 39-date North American tour over Memorial Day Weekend at the 15,000-seat Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. He’s set to stop at the 4,562-seat Santa Barbara Bowl on June 4 and two gigs at the 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl on June 7-8.
Taylor’s tour concludes with a nine-day transatlantic concert cruise on the Queen Mary 2 from Aug. 27 – Sept. 4 that departs from NYC. Once in England, his 10-date British tour kicks off the day after he lands, on Sept. 5 at the Pavilion in Plymouth, England. That jaunt wraps at London’s 5,252-seat Royal Albert Hall, Oct. 7-8.
Smooth singing jazz guitarist George Benson, whose Grammy-winning 1978 live version of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil’s “On Broadway” hit No. 7 on the Hot 100 pop chart and remains a radio staple, embarks on an 11-date tour of Britain and Europe beginning on June 18 at Ronnie Scott’s famed London club and runs through July 12 at Jazz a Juan in France. Prior to departing, he’ll make stops in Temecula on June 14 at the Thornton Winery and he’ll headline the annual Playboy Jazz Fest the next day at the Hollywood Bowl. The 71-year-old will be back in SoCal upon his return from abroad. He’ll play the L.A. County Fair on Sept. 18.
So far this year, Graham Nash and David Crosby have both undertaken intimate tours. Now, it’s Stephen Stills’ turn with a West Coast run from May 8 at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz through June 3 at the Fox Theater in Tucson. Five of his 17 shows are in southern California: May 24 at the 1,550-seat Grenada Theater in Santa Barbara, May 25 at the 1,550-seat Fox Riverside Theater, on May 27-28 at the 600-capacity Belly Up in Solana Beach, and May 30 at the 480-capacity Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
ON THE U.S. ALBUM CHARTS
Barry Manilow notched his 14th Top 10 album, when his spare, intimate “Night Songs” debuted at No. 8. Veteran Christian singer Michael W. Smith’s 21st studio album made its first appearance on the chart at No. 25.
On other charts, “Live” from Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell is at No. 1 on the bluegrass chart, while the No. 1 jazz album is “Miles at the Fillmore: Miles Davis 1970 – The Bootleg Series, Volume 3.” Beck’s new “Blue Moon” sits atop the Adult Alternative chart, while Kylie Minogue’s “Into the Blue” rules the Dance Club chart.
RAY PRICE TO BE HONORED AT OPRY
Country legend Ray Price, who died in December at 87, will be honored on April 17 as part of the grand Ole Opry Classics Series at Nashville’s 2,362-seat Ryman Auditorium. Among those honoring the singer whose 1970 version of Kris Kristofferson’s “For the Good Times” was a crossover hit that remains popular today, will be Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys and Larry Gatlin. They’ll not only perform Price’s biggest hits but they will share their personal recollection of the star.
JON LORD TRIBUTE CONCERT IN LONDON
“Celebrating Jon Lord,” a tribute concert honoring the late Deep Purple keyboard master who amiably retired from the band in 2002 and died at age 71 in July 2012, was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Among the performers honoring Lord, who co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 in Hertford, England, backed by an 83-piece orchestra, were Deep Purple, former Purple singer-bassist Glenn Hughes, former Yes keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, Paul McCartney’s keyboardist of the past quarter-century Paul “Wix” Wickens, actor Jeremy Irons, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, The Jam’s Paul Weller, and Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden.
Perhaps the evening’s highlight was “Burn,” the title cut of Deep Purple’s 1974 album, featuring Hughes, Wakeman, Dickinson, and Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey and drummer Ian Paice.
BRITISH LEGENDS NEWS: PETE TOWNSHEND, ERIC CLAPTON
While Pete Townshend’s songs from The Who have been used extensively on the three “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” shows on CBS and FX’s “The Americans” used his 1982 Who song, “Eminence Front,” Townshend has written his first song specifically for television. Townshend and Nathan Barr, who writes music for “The Americans,” have composed “It Must Be Done” that can be heard on the April 30 “Americans” episode.
For his nine upcoming spring and summer shows, beginning with a headlining gig on April 27 at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Eric Clapton has replaced his longtime bassist Nathan East with one-time Procol Harum bassist Dave Bronze, and he’s again added guitarist Andy Fairweather Low. Original Wings drummer Henry Spinetti is replacing Steve Gadd, his drummer of many years.
Keyboardist Chris Stainton, who was in Joe Cocker’s Grease and Mad Dogs and Englishmen bands in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, is back with Slowhand for his 35th year, and former Squeeze singer-keyboardist Paulo Carrack (who’s been singing three songs each night, including his hit, “How Long,” from his pre-Squeeze band, Ace) is also back. Backup vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John, each of whom has been with EC for the last decade, remain in the band.