BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S BORN TO RUN
Bruce Springsteen turns 67 on September 23 and his greatest gift will be the release of his 500-page autobiography coupled with a new album.
“Writing about yourself is a funny business. But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this,” Springsteen said in February.
On the shelves September 27, Born to Run is a piece of work the singer began writing quietly in 2009, but the excitement is mounting because it will have an audio companion, entitled Chapter and Verse, that will open with five previously unreleased songs by The Boss himself.
The collected songs trace Springsteen’s musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book. The compilation will kick off with two tracks from the singers high school band, The Castiles, and winds all the way through to 2012’s Wrecking Ball.
Chapter and Verse will also feature recordings from the Steel Mill and Bruce Springsteen Band, featuring musicians who went on to perform in the E Street Band, as well as solo demos of Henry Boy and Growin’ Up that were recorded in 1972, just before Springsteen began work on his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
The New Jersey native’s hotly anticipated solo album, which manager Jon Landau told Billboard will be a “very different kind of record,” is slated for release in 2017.
“When I say solo record, I’m not talking about an acoustic record,” Landau said. “It is, in fact, a very expansive record, a very rich record. It’s one of Bruce’s very creative efforts. Stay tuned, and we’ll see exactly how that shapes up next year.”
The U.S. leg of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s summer stadium tour will kick off with a three-night run at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Aug. 23 and conclude Sept. 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
LOVE REMAINS FOR HILLARY SCOTT
Five years ago, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and the Scott Family couldn’t have predicted the gift they would give the world when they started recording demos of their favorite hymns.
The project began as a thank you to loved ones for their support following the passing of Scott’s grandfather and became the family’s first Christian album, Love Remains.
“The process of making this album has been not only creatively inspiring but I’ve also really been able to grow as a person,” says Hillary Scott. “We’ve had this intense concentrated amount of time as a family together, which has been so special. With all that we’ve gone through together, the highs, the lows – to be able to process all of that together, to heal together, to grieve together, to laugh, to cry, all of those things…it’s just been such a continuation of solidifying the strong foundation that we have in our family.”
The uplifting 13-song collection, under the production of five-time CMA winner and bluegrass giant, Ricky Skaggs, shows how faith and music can heal. Love Remains blurs the lines between gospel, bluegrass, country and pop and at the center of the mix are the rich, entwined voices of the Scotts, who take turns harmonizing and singing lead.
“We didn’t want to make a sad record,” noted Lang Scott. “You’re always sad when you lose a loved one, but if you have that faith, it gives you hope. It gives you the courage to press on.”
New Lady Antebellum music is being created, but they’re taking their time with the material. “Where we are is in exploration mode,” she reveals. “This fall is really blocked off totally for honing in on that. We’ve got a couple things that we are really excited about that we’re living with, different songs we’ve written and some we’ve found. But there’s no hard deadline, which is nice.”
“We’ve given ourselves the gift of time to make sure every song counts that we record,” she says. “It’s slow and steady and we’ll probably pick up more in the next couple months.”
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS’ HEART ACHES
In mid-July, Latin sensation Enrique Iglesias released the English version of his current hit Duele el Corazón featuring Tinashe and Javada.
The tropical-urban fusion track is the companion to Iglesias’ original Duele el Corazón featuring Wisin, which remained at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs for four weeks. The heartthrob has done it once again and while ostensibly in English, Duele retains its Spanish title and a bilingual chorus.
“This song was born from an idea of one of my friends,” said Iglesias in a radio interview with Miami’s Romance 107.5 FM. “I then worked in the studio and developed it in the studio for about eight months…which is not that much time.”
The Spanish singer noted that he likes to release records that he likes from the get-go. “What I look for in a song is something that animates people, something that I like,” he said.
The No. 1 debut is Iglesias’ fourth chart-topping bow, breaking him out of a tie with Mana (with 3 No. 1 debuts) to now solely hold the record for most No. 1 arrivals. Duele becomes the 17th overall song to start atop the list since the chart began in 1994, extending the singer’s record for most No. 1’s on the chart, and becoming his 28th career No. 1 ahead of Ricky Martin, who boasts 15 No. 1’s.
MIKE IMBASCIANI & THE BLUEZ ROCKERS
Mike Imbasciani is a 18-year-old with an old musical soul. A classic rock and blues music aficionado, Mike is all about Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and much more. He and his band the Bluez Rockerz entertain audiences with a large repertoire of great tunes, sprinkled with a few originals. Jive with them on:
– August 5: 7 pm at Paradise Tiki Hut in Cape Coral, FL.
– August 6: 11:30 am at Black Widow Harley Davidson in Port Charlotte, FL.
– August 12 & 26: 7:30 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.
– August 19: 7 pm at Englewood’s on Dearborn Street in Englewood, 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, Dan Keady on the guitar, Michael Baer on the keyboard, the effortless sounds of Newt Cole and Don Hulgas’ saxophone action. Jam with them on:
– August 2: 6 pm at Fathom’s at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, FL.
– August 4, 11, 18 & 25: 7:30 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
– August 5, 12 & 19: 6 pm at Pincher’s Tiki Bar Wyndham Hotel in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– August 6: 7 pm at Duffy’s Sports in Cape Coral, FL.
– August 7, 14 & 21: 1 pm at Doc Ford’s in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– August 13: 7 pm at Patio de Leon in Downtown Fort Myers, FL.
– August 20: 7 pm at Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key Resort in Cape Coral, FL.
David Johnson has that Motown vibe from his hometown, Detroit, Michigan. A classical soul and R&B music lover, Johnson has enjoyed his time playing with several artists and bands. He entertains the crowds with the individuality, soulfulness, and sincerity of his tunes. Blues it up on:
– August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: 7:30 pm at Mudbone’s Blues and Beyond Jam! in Naples, FL.
– August 10, 17, 24 & 31: 5 pm at Lighthouse Restaurant in Fort Myers, FL.
– August 11, 18, 25: 7 pm at Space 39 in Fort Myers, FL.
– August 19 & 26: 7 pm at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– August 21 & 28: 6 pm at Key Lime Bistro in Captiva, FL.