Music Review: Kenny Rogers offers something a little different on ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’
Look mom, no ads – This article is #AdFree thanks to Beats says its new Beats Music streaming service will launch within the next few months in the US By Nick Summers , Monday, 7 Oct ’13, 02:57pm Use your (arrow) keys to browse more stories Beats will launch its long-awaited music streaming service, Beats Music , within the next few months in the United States.Luke Wood, president and COO of the company, told TNW that it will be accessible on the Web, as well as from an iOS or Android device. Support for Windows 8, presumably through a dedicated app, will arrive at a later date. Beats acquired MOG , another music streaming service, for $14 million in July last year. The company was already working on Beats Music before the buyout, but subsequently accelerated the projects internal development. GigaOM discovered in August that playlists were being touted as a core part of the Beats Music experience. Freelancers had been commissioned to compile thousands of these centered around a particular artist, activity, or the general mood of the listener.Wood corroborated this report: Were going to focus really heavily on playlists, because thats how we consume music and thats how most people consume music. Music streaming is a highly competitive space at the moment, with established brands such as Spotify, Rdio and Deezer fighting for new subscribers. Microsoft and Google are trying to muscle in with similar offerings, while Apple opts for a Pandora-style approach with its recently launched iTunes Radio . Wood emphasized that Beats Music would be different and based around a very specific idea. The service is focused on curation, rather than forcing users to search blindly for new tracks or artists that they might like. Were talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what were listening to, what we like, what weve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile, he added. Beats has created a formidable empire based on its popular range of high-end headphones, earphones and speakers. It has similar ambitions for Beats Music and will supplement this curation with an algorithm-based approach. You need to start with a great editorial team that has a point of view, but we want to have a situation where we can really scale to the depth of your appetite, he said. If you really love music, we want something that can go deep with you for a really long time.
He waited for the singing to begin. Some mornings he waited in vain. If the load of oysters wasnt good then there was not going to be a mood for singing, he said. And the work songs he recorded at shucking houses and at a crab-picking house in Northumberland County were already dying out. Hinson said many young black employees preferred to listen to the radio, and some associated the work songs with slavery. His liner notes quoted one young crab picker who said, I dont go for that old-timey slavery s—. BRI Records nine albums often mixed field recordings with commercial recordings and occasionally featured the re-creation of music genres by original performers of traditional songs that had already disappeared from Virginias soundscape. Vaughan Webb , assistant director at the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, said the focus of the Virginia Traditions recordings was on genres declining in popularity. The work songs album includes music recorded by famous musicologists and folklorists John Lomax and Alan Lomax , father and son. Lornells work for BRI Records yielded, along with contributions to other collections, albums titled Western Piedmont Blues, Non-Blues Secular Black Music, Tidewater Blues and Early Roanoke Country Radio. The Non-Blues Secular Black Music album, issued in 1978, was BRI Records first release. The album includes ballads, dance tunes and lyric songs. Webb said that even though the banjo has African roots, black banjo players and fiddle players were becoming scarce as hens teeth when Lornell did field recordings for the album. Webb completed field recordings for the Southwest Virginia Blues album, and his liner notes were nominated for a Grammy award in 1988. The album features bluesman James Henry Crip Diggs on vocal and guitar singing Poor Boy Long Way From Home. The liner notes reference a Feb. 16, 1955, article in The Roanoke Times and World-News that reported Diggs had been arrested for robbery and sang Hearts of Stone to investigating officers. And when he was acquitted one week later, the notes report, Diggs played guitar and serenaded detectives with Let Me Go, Lover. Jeff Place is an archivist for the Smithsonian Institutions Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
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By Associated Press, Kenny Rogers, You Cant Make Old Friends (Warner Bros.) Kenny Rogers enters his 75th year with an album that blends the familiar with the challenging, seeking new hits and pursuing new ideas even as he enters the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas His age occasionally shows in the raggedness at the edges of his vocal tone. But Rogers always made the huskiness of his voice work for him, and that holds true through most of these 11 new songs. Impressively, he hits high, forceful notes when required, matching longtime duet partner Dolly Parton on the soaring passages of the wistfully sentimental title tune, which would have fit on any of his solo albums from decades past. On the progressive side, Rogers tackles the struggles of a Mexican immigrant on the Spanish-tinged ballad Dreams Of The San Joaquin; a jaunty Gulf Coast dance tune on Dont Leave Me in the Night Time, featuring accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco; and a complex narrative about fighting darkness in the modern world on Turn This World Around, a duet with young singer-songwriter Eric Paslay. He occasionally reaches too far, as in Merica, certainly the first patriotic tune to reference a spanked child and a drunken uncle. For the most part, though, Rogers proves he can still deliver the romantic ballads and dramatic narratives on which his reputation rests. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.