The late Levon Helm, Ewan McGregor, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Rosanne Cash and 43 other acts feature on a new song released by Amnesty International.
Titled Toast to Freedom, the song celebrates Amnesty's 50th anniversary and is being released to mark World Press Freedom Day on Thursday. The initial recording was made at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, before producer Bob Clearmountain sent it to dozens of artists – also including the Blind Boys of Alabama, Donald Fagen, Eric Burdon and Taj Mahal – to add their vocals. It was written by Carl Carlton and Larry Campbell.
The idea for Toast to Freedom was conceived by Bill Shipsey, founder of the Art for Amnesty campaign, his colleague Jochen Wilms and Carlton, who has previously worked with Robert Palmer and Eric Burdon.
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Lambert's nominations include Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Video of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are set to host the 44th Annual Cma Awards, to air live on ABC
Miranda Lamber (Photo: Lukelambert)
Miranda Lambert is up for a total of nine Cma Awards, including Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
Lambert will actually be going up against her fiance, Blake Shelton, in three award categories. That should make for some fun times at home!
The Cma Awards will air on November 12 on ABC. Check out the full list of nominees below.
Entertainer of the Year
Zac Brown Band
When I first heard of Joe Hill, some five years ago, my first thought was of the dedication page in one of my favorite novels, Stephen King’s The Shining: This is for Joe Hill King, who shines on. My second thought: Nah. Probably not him.
“Pop Art,” a heart-breaking slice of magical realism about a balloon boy, was being discussed in reverential tones among those who had read it, and his short-fiction collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was, some said, a revelation. Despite the accolades, I wasn’t in a mad rush to read Hill’s writing. In small press Horror circles, high praise sometimes comes a little easier than it should, and is not always to be trusted.
“Have you read Joe Hill?” asked a friend of mine, sounding a little like a Sutter Kane convert from John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness.
Joining the band on stage to perform songs from their album ‘The Foundation,’ their favorite covers, and new unreleased material were: Kid Rock, Little Big Town, Joey and Rory, Shawn Mullins, Oliver Wood, Angie Aparo and Aslyn.
A DVD of the evening’s performances, directed by Darren Doane (who also shot the band’s “Toes” video), goes on sale nationwide in Spring 2010 and all concertgoers will get a free copy of the DVD as a gift for purchasing tickets.
The Zac Brown Band did not replace anyone in the band, they just added to their foundation. Zbb has been courting Clay for some time. Zac says he had been trying to get him in the band for three years. While Zac admits its been a journey, he knew Clay could make the band better. Clay adds to the harmony of the band, singing the top parts and he plays in the band as well.
Clay will be a big part of the next
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