Farm Aid is coming to East Troy, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater on September 21st. The lineup includes Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews in addition to Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Yola, and Particle Kid. “We’re bringing Farm Aid to the heartland because we need to show the country what’s happening to the people who grow our food and take care of our soil and water,” John Mellencamp said in a statement. “We want family farmers to know that we won’t let them go down without a fight. And neither should you–farmers need us, and we need farmers.” Dave Matthews echoed the sentiment. “Everybody in this country should have access to good food,” he said. “And the people produce the best food – our family farmers – should be … [Read more...] about Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt to Headline Farm Aid 2019
David Letterman will induct Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Brooklyn induction ceremony Friday, with the retired Late Show host filling in for Neil Young. “Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this Year’s Induction Ceremony,” the Rock Hall said in a statement Wednesday. “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thrilled that David Letterman has agreed to induct Pearl Jam this Friday night at the 32nd Annual Induction Ceremony.” Letterman’s Late Show was a favorite late-night venue for Pearl Jam, who performed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre seven times – compared to the zero appearances they made on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show – with Eddie Vedder also performing as a solo artist on Late Show. In 2006, the band played a 10-song set for the Late Show audience. The band’s first Late Show visit occurred in September 1996 with a run-through of No Code’s “Hail Hail.” … [Read more...] about David Letterman to Replace Neil Young for Pearl Jam Rock Hall Induction
Jesse Dayton releases his new album Mixtape Volume 1 on August 9th. It’s a collection of cover songs that highlight the East Texas songwriter’s diverse influences — Dayton interprets everyone from Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot to the Cars and AC/DC. Ahead of Friday’s release, the Americana multi-tasker is streaming the album on Rolling Stone Country, where he also explains in his own words how he chose the 10 tracks. 1. “Redneck Friend,” Jackson Browne“When the Laurel Canyon Seventies songwriters hit national FM radio, my little redneck hometown in Texas loved those songs as well. Jackson’s lyrics about ‘Daddy’s in the den shooting up the evening news’ means even more today than it did when it came out.” 2. “Harvest,” Neil Young“Approaching a Neil Young song with a country arrangement is no stretch. George Jones had a hit with James Taylor’s … [Read more...] about Hear Jesse Dayton Cover Neil Young, AC/DC on New Album ‘Mixtape Volume 1’
“We Have a Rat Problem” — that’s Tim Heidecker’s slogan as he campaigns for San Bernardino, California’s District Attorney in the trailer for the upcoming political mockumentary, Mister America. The problem is, he himself is considered a scoundrel and his motives for running are questionable. Written by Adult Swim series On Cinema‘s Heidecker, Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger) and director Eric Notarnicola, the satirical film follows Heidecker during his final month on the campaign trail. In the new trailer, he’s seen knocking on doors and greeting skeptical voters on the streets and in restaurants. “You want an outsider to shake things up, because San Bernardino has gotten to be so corrupt,” he says. However, it seems it’s his own deeds that may do him in while fueling his run, which appears prompted by wanting revenge on incumbent DA Vincent Rosetti, who served as prosecutor in a murder case against Heidecker. … [Read more...] about ‘Mister America’ Trailer: Tim Heidecker Runs for District Attorney in Mockumentary
In the latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, Brittany Spanos, Rob Sheffield, and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to discuss the unexpected intersection of two artists whose heyday is separated by decades, styles and a whole lot of other differences: Billie Eilish and Van Halen. When Jimmy Kimmel recently asked Eilish about one of his favorite bands, she was baffled — understandably, given that Van Halen released its first album 23 years before her birth. The clip went viral, sparked an unfair pile-on from rock fans against Eilish, and then, in turn, questionably accurate attacks on Van Halen’s music from non-fans. But the episode digs into more interesting issues: What does this incident say about Eilish’s tastes, about the tricky art of classic rock legacy maintenance, and ever-widening musical generation gaps? Meanwhile, Sheffield argues that Eilish has more in common with David Lee Roth than their fans would think — starting with their … [Read more...] about Should Billie Eilish Have Heard of Van Halen?