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Photo Courtesy: Republic Records

Photo Courtesy: Republic Records

EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT

On October 7, Weezer fans will wait no longer for the bands first album in four years.  Everything Will Be Alright in the End is the ninth release for the group and takes listeners back to the band’s 1994 sound in their Blue and Green self-titled albums.

EWBAITE was set to release in late September, but the band was forced to push it back a week.  In the meantime, Weezer unveiled the record’s track list, which reveals the final song is actually a three-song medley called The Futurescope Trilogy.

Back to the Shack was the lead single off the album, but the latest talk is about their newest released track Cleopatra.

As Rivers Cuomo previously told Rolling Stone, “The overarching theme of the album is an increased awareness of the impermanence of everything we took for granted,” and Cleopatra fits in with that motif.

EWBAITE is classic Weezer, including collaborators such as Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, Josh Alexander, Jacob Kasher, Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard, Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick and production by Ric Ocasek, who worked on the band’s classic Blue and Green self-titled albums.

“We just have that chemistry,” Cuomo told Rolling Stone about reuniting with Ocasek. “Even when we know he’s on the way to the studio, we all start playing different.”

Photo Courtesy: SYCO/Columbia

Photo Courtesy: SYCO/Columbia

ONE DIRECTION ANNOUNCES FOUR

The heartthrob cuties One Direction announced their newest album FOUR will hit shelves on November 17.

Boasting a more “natural, not too-over produced sound”, FOUR promises tunes that definitely “tie into that Story Of My Life kind of sound,” Zayn Malik told Billboard at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.

“We tried to keep what is our sound, but just kind of grow with it as we’ve obviously grown up.  We’ve grown a bit more facial hair.  And our lyrics need to get a little older as well.  So, we just kind of want to grow with our fan base,” Malik adds.

The progression Malik is talking about includes some “songs [that] have got a classic, natural, quite simple [sound to] some of it,” band mate Louis Tomlinson added.  “Not too over-produced.”

1D continues on their current world tour of arenas and stadiums and released the newest single, Steal My Girl, on September 29.  The song had fans buzzing with anticipation over the track written by Tomlinson and Payne, with Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan.

Photo Courtesy: Capitol Records

Photo Courtesy: Capitol Records

LITTLE BIG TOWN GOES EDGY!

The quartet Little Big Town is running with the Day Drinking fun vibe and keeping the October 21 Pain Killer release edgy!

“The energy and fun of that song was the catalyst,” says LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman. “We had it in the back of our minds the whole time that it would be the first single.”

But the Grammy-winning band isn’t stopping at just an album release; the country group also announced their 2014 Pain Killer Tour, kicking off in November.  The headlining tour will launch on November 8 in Youngstown, Ohio and will feature Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne as openers, stopping in 13 cities across the U.S. before wrapping up on December 13 in Rockford, Illinois.

“We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour,” says singer Karen Fairchild.  “Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brett and Brothers…we’re big fans.”

LBT is offering fans the chance to purchase exclusive VIP packages, which include meet-and-greets, pre-show sound check viewings, exclusive merchandise and much more.

“The band is so stoked about this record that we’ve been playing new songs all summer,” adds Westbrook. “We can’t wait to play the whole thing, along with our hits the fans know and love this November.”

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Local Vibe

THE DEL PRADO’S

The Del Prado’s are a Southwest Florida Oldies Tribute group playing music from the 50’s and 60’s.  The band came together in 2002 and has performed with a slew of artists including The Platters, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, The Mystics and many more.

- October 2: 7 pm at the Cape Coral Yacht Club in Cape Coral, FL.
– October 4: 5:30 pm at Ter-Tini’s Bar in Fort Myers, FL.
– October 18: 6:30 pm at The Shell Factory in Fort Myers, FL.
– October 31: 7 pm at The Italian American Club in Cape Coral, FL.

TIM MCGEARY

Singer/songwriter Tim McGeary has a hunger to make music.  After a couple of decades of plying his craft, his passion for songwriting is as intense as ever.  McGeary’s tunes have been tapped for hit television shows such as Smallville, One Tree Hill and Glory Days.

- October 3: 7 pm at the Island Hopper Festival at Nervous Nellies in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– October 4: 4 pm at the Island Hopper Festival at the Smoking Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– October 4: 8 pm at the Island Hopper Festival at The Beached Whale in Fort Myers Beach, FL.

DEB & THE DYNAMICS

Deb and the Dynamics is a soulful blues and R&B band playing everything from Louis Jordan to Janis Joplin and more. The band includes the remarkable chops of Deb Salyer, Michael Baer on the keyboard, the smokin’ skins of Cory McClure, the effortless sounds of Newt Cole and Don Hulgas’ saxophone action.

- October 2, 9, 16 & 23: 7:30 – 11 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
– October 3, 10 & 17: 6 pm at Pincher’s Wyndham Hotel in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– October 4: 6 pm at The Marina at Edison in Fort Myers, FL.
– October 5, 12, 19 & 26: 2 – 5 pm at Doc Ford’s in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– October 11: 4:30 pm at The Hut in Fort Myers, FL.
– October 18: 7 pm at Ter-Tini’s in Fort Myers, FL.
– October 25: 9 pm at Tween Waters Halloween Bash in Captiva, FL.
– October 30: 7:30 pm at Bonita Spring Center for the Performing Arts in Bonita Springs, FL.
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Paving the Country Road
Sammy Kershaw to perform at CocoFest

By: Yohana de la Torre, Chief Editor
Enjoy some Sammy Kershaw on November 7, 2014 at the Cape Coral Coconut Festival in Sun Splash Family Waterpark.

Enjoy some Sammy Kershaw on November 7, 2014 at the Cape Coral Coconut Festival in Sun Splash Family Waterpark.

For country singer Sammy Kershaw, his love of music is as diverse as his hometown of Kaplan, Louisiana.

Performing since the age of 12 in honky tonks, Kershaw has lived the lyrics of his tunes.

Often referred to as the heir apparent to the legendary George Jones, this GRAMMY®-nominated artist’s hit songs include Cadillac Style, Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer, She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful, I Can’t Reach Her Anymore, National Working Woman’s Holiday and Love Of My Life.  He has shared the stage with the likes of George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Mel Street and many others.  And is a multi-platinum selling artist whose history includes six Gold and five Platinum albums that have collectively sold millions of records throughout the world.

Recently, he released a vinyl George Jones tribute album, Do You Know Me? tackling some of Jones’ biggest career songs on the 14-track album.  Vinyl was the method of choice because that sound can’t be replicated, specifically in Kershaw’s renditions of White Lightning, Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes, The Grand Tour, He Stopped Loving Her Today and The Race Is On, among others.  Two all new songs, inspired by Jones, are also included and Kershaw recruited the “Possum’s” daughter, Georgette Jones, for the classic duet, Near You.

GCT chatted with Kershaw about his musical inspiration, the business and his upcoming Southwest Florida visit.  Here is what he had to say:  

YD: Sammy, what inspires your music?

SK: “I’ve learned there is no real formula to writing. I can get inspiration from just about anywhere, but I will say I won’t record a song unless I have lived it.”

YD: You’ve been doing this for quite some time now.  What is it about country music that caught your attention?

SK: “Well, I love all kinds of music, but I was around Country a lot as a kid and just loved listening to it and singing it ever since I was small.  In Louisiana, we have all kinds of music from Cajun to Blues, Country, Zydeco to Swamp Pop and Rock.  So, I pull my style from all of them.”

YD: What do you think a musician needs to make it in the business?

SK: “Persistence, drive and a lot of luck is needed in this profession.  When I got my record deal in 1991, I had already been performing and traveling on the road for 21 years.  I never gave up…so I always say I was a 21-year overnight success.”

YD: What do you hope to leave behind with your work?

SK: “I just to hope to have touched someone in whatever way they relate to my songs.  I have lived everything I have recorded, and I am sure many of the fans have to.”

YD: Finally, you will take part in the Cape Coral Coconut Fest in November.  Have you been to Southwest Florida before and can you tell us a little about what patrons can expect from your show?

SK: “Been to Florida many times, and no one can deny that it is beautiful and the fans are great!  Of course I’m partial to Louisiana, but I love the Florida Gulf Coast.  As far as the show, I will give the fans the hit records they gave to me.”

- Enjoy some Sammy Kershaw on November 7, 2014 at the Cape Coral Coconut Festival in Sun Splash Family Waterpark.  Sun Splash is located at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral, FL.  Tickets are currently on sale by calling (239) 573-3128 or visiting www.cocofest.com!