Besides his numerous hit singles over the years, Kenny Rogers has given society a lot. He gave the world great roasted chicken. He made grey hair cool way before Anderson Cooper. And his more recent attempts to warn against the potential ill effects of plastic surgery have been incredibly noble.
Sure, the younger generation of musicians has the genetics and, more often than not, the chops. But the nepotism going on in the Rock world these days has to have aspiring and veteran musicians everywhere saying, "Brother, can you spare a gig?"
There is now no question as to who is the hardest-working man in showbiz. In what appears to be an effort to never spend a second off stage or out of a recording studio, Jack White has formed yet another “side project.” Scary thing is, once again, it’s a fantastic project.
We've often wondered if it's even possible to get through the day in these times without using the Internet. But a study by the Country Music Association found that an astonishing 50 percent of all Country music fans don't know a Twitter from a Google because they lack home Web access.
Republicans keep throwing everybody against the wall to see who sticks in terms of a revolutionary leader. Though a hypocritical radio blowhard seems to have emerged the winner, in the recent past the party has slung a plumber and a beauty queen/moose killer at the public to no avail. Our favorite new awkward Republican is Hi-Caliber, a construction-worker-turned-rapper from New Jersey.
Looks like Jamaica is about to get a lot less fun. Officials announced recently that there would be a ban on all references to sex and violence on the airwaves. The ban is specifically targeting music; according to the AP, the government plans to "ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson."
Put down the morphine: A recent study from Glasgow's Caledonian University says that music can make you feel less pain and stand pain for longer periods of time. Researchers say there is no particular genre that is most soothing; the music is generally that which the subjects claim as their favorite.
The members of Cincinnati-bred/ Brooklyn-based Indie rockers The National did their part to help Barack Obama become president last year with a big concert on Fountain Square, and the band's Bryce Dessner organizes the popular annual Indie/Chamber music MusicNow festival in his hometown each year. The local boys done good have done good again, this time by putting together a major CD compilation featuring some of the biggest names in the Indie world.
Musicians getting into acting is always a sketchy proposition (the opposite is also true: Joaquin Phoenix, please give up Hip Hop and go back to film immediately). But who would have thought that a musician becoming a talk show host would turn out so wonderfully? Elvis Costello's new talk/variety show 'Spectacle' is a fascinating slice of television airing now on the Sundance Channel (cable subscribers without Sundance can find episodes on their 'On Demand' services).