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Bill Wyman Solo Release: Back To Basics Due June

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Submitted by Iain Patience

It's over 20 years since Wyman packed in his illustrious career as Stones' Bassist. After 31 years at the very top with the ragamuffin Kings of R&B and Rock'n'Roll,  he turned his back on the infamous infighting that characterised much of the band's touring trips and studio struggles to go it alone and fight his own corner.

But even while still a Stone, Wyman was working on solo projects, always with a canny eye trained on the future and a passion for an eclectic and unusual batch of personal interests and pleasures: photography; metal detection and of course the inevitable music-making have all rubbed along together over the past few decades. The post-punk classic, 'Je Suis un Rock Star' was written by Wyman for Ian Drury but sadly Drury never recorded it. Instead, Wyman went ahead and reluctantly and recorded and released it to great success by himself.

In addition, his work with the wonderful Rhythm King is highly admired and praised, with a legion of fans dedicated to this offshoot outfit alone: a feat that would surely have earned Wyman a well-deserved, enviable place in modern music history on its own.

The Rhythm Kings comprises an ever-shifting mix of top musicians plying their trade on the road, in the studio, and in the hearts of many thousands of fans worldwide. Members have included Georgie Fame, Albert Lee, Martin Taylor, Terry Taylor, Henry Spinetti, Andy Fairweather Low, Gary Brooker, Mike Sanchez, Geraint Watkins, Beverley Skeete and many more over the years.

Guitar Workshop Plus

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Guitar Workshop Plus has announced the 2015 program with yet another incredible artist line-up for this year. This top ranked summer music program continues to provide the ultimate experience in music education and has scholarships available.

Guitar Workshop Plus has announced four sessions including the new location in Southern California for its 2015 summer schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

San Diego Session          June 21-26, 2015
Toronto (Session 1)         July 19-24, 2015
Toronto (Session 2)         July 26-31, 2015
Vancouver Session          August 11-16, 2015

MapleStar Music & Media Teams Up With Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase

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Cameron Tilbury, CEO and Creative Director of MapleStar Music & Media, is proud to announce that the company has signed on to co-sponsor the monthly Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase. We’re extremely proud to be part of these showcases,” said Tilbury. Every element of the Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase is presented to showcase hot, new artists in the best possible way. First of all, you can’t get any better than 3rd & Lindsley as a venue. The showcase houseband is a killer. The hosts of the showcase – wow!

Linda Davis,Deborah Allen...and of course, the talent. It's amazing to me that that talent featured on the showcase is still 'on the way up.' Combine all of that with the sponsors already on board and this is nothing but a first-class operation. We're honored to be a part of it."

Digital Rodeo’s President JohnPyne and Artist Promotions Bev Moser are happy to haveMapleStar Music & Media on board. "MapleStar Music & Media has supported us since the beginning. We're looking forward to working with their team."

Upcoming Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase dates will be announced soon.

Jason McCoy Returns as Host For The Country Music Association Of Ontario Awards

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Submitted by the CMAO

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO), presented by Slaight Music, has announced Jason McCoy of the Road Hammers is returning as host of the CMAO awards. Confirmed performers for the award show include Jason Blaine, Leah Daniels, Tim Hicks, the Russell DeCarle Trio and Deric Ruttan. The Western Swing Authority also returns to the awards as the event's house band. The award show will be held Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Flato Markham Theatre.

"It's an honour to be back hosting the celebration of Ontario's homegrown talent, simply the brightest and best of the Canadian Country scene!" McCoy says.

As a 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, and two-time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, McCoy is the king of reinvention. Growing up in the small town of Minesing, Ontario, McCoy admired the well-rounded artistry of classic entertainers from Roger Miller and Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell. Armed with a guitar and a dream, McCoy set out at the age of 19 to follow his own path to stardom. As a solo artist, he's racked up multiple CCMA and CMA awards along with a Gold album.

As creator and front man of the highest selling band in Canadian Country Music history, The Road Hammers, McCoy took on the Country Rock genre and guided the band to unprecedented success throughout Canada and the United States, picking up a Platinum album, CCMA Group of the Year award, and a JUNO Award along the way.

For Ticket Information visit www.cmaontario.ca

Glen Campbell Unreleased Track Released After 40 Years

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Submitted by Don Graham

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy album, on March 31st Capitol Nashville/UMe reissued a re-mastered version of  the recording. The new edition features five bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased song “Quits."   The other four bonus tracks include "Record Collector's Dream"  "Coming Home" as well as two remixes of "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)"and "Rhinestone Cowboy".

The song "Quits" was recorded in March 1975, a beautiful ballad about the end of a relationship that fits perfectly with Campbell's rich tenor for tone and emotion. It’s amazing that "Quits" was never released, with its mournful steel guitar intro and poignant lyrics “of all the words to choose from, there’s only one that fits, call it what you want to, but I just call it quits.” It’s even more fitting in light of the music icon having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011. Campbell recorded his final song, the Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." Campbell, who will turn79 on April 22nd, is now in a special care facility in Nashville.

Founding Member of Lynyrd Skynyrd Bob Burns Killed in Car Crash

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The former drummer and a founding member of the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., died April 3, 2015 in a single-vehicle crash in Georgia, police and his father said.

Burns’ vehicle went off a road just before midnight as it approached a curve near Cartersville, striking a mailbox and a tree, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. Burns, 64, was killed in the wreck. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The single-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and Watson said further details were not immediately available. There were no other cars involved in the accident and the police are investigating if the weather played a part in the accident.

Burns was one of five musicians who founded the band in Jacksonville, Florida. While Burns was with the group, it recorded “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps,” and “Free Bird.” He left the group in 1974. He performed alongside singer Ronnie Van Zant, bassist Larry Junstrom and guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins in Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1966 to 1974.

Burns left the band after becoming exhausted by touring. Artimus Pyle subsequently replaced him as drummer for 1975's Nuthin' Fancy album.

He was not aboard the plane that crashed in 1977, killing three of the band's members, including Van Zant. The group disbanded after the tragedy - but reformed in 1987 with Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, on lead vocals.

CMRRA Looks Forward to the Decision of the Supreme Court in CBC v SODRAC

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Submitted by the CMRRA Newsletter

CMRRA was in attendance at the Supreme Court of Canada as it heard submissions in CBC v SODRAC in Ottawa on March 16, 2015. We were there along with the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the International Confederation of Music Publishers as an intervener in support of the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC). Music Canada also attended as an intervener on SODRAC’s behalf.

The dispute between SODRAC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) centered upon reproductions of music contained in audiovisual programs. When music is incorporated into a television show or movie it is said to be “synchronized” with the visuals, and this process is handled via agreements between the producer of an audiovisual work and the music rightsholder(s) involved. When a broadcaster such as the CBC prepares to transmit an audiovisual program, they make internal copies to facilitate broadcasting, including by automated computer processes. These internal copies allow the broadcaster to more easily access and utilize the programs, and their creation necessitates reproducing the music that is itself contained in the programs. The CBC is currently required to pay royalties for the reproduction of music contained in these program copies to SODRAC pursuant to a decision by the Copyright Board of Canada.

Ticketfly Acquires Northern Tickets to Expand Business in Canada

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

On March 20, 2015  Ticketfly announced the acquisition of Northern Tickets, the in-house ticketing service of The MRG Group, which owns, operates, and manages premier music venues and events (in addition to restaurants and bars) across Canada. This deal brings Ticketfly's Canadian reach to more than 120 partners; company announces $1B in gross ticket sales.

This deal accelerates Ticketfly's North American growth, adding several prestigious Canadian venues to its growing roster. As terms of the deal, Ticketfly will become the ticketing and technology platform for some of the most legendary venues and events in Canada, including the Vogue Theatre, a historic 1300-capacity room in downtown Vancouver; the brand newAdelaide Hall, a 500-capacity room in Toronto; and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which attracts nearly half a million visitors every year. 

Today's announcement follows a banner year for Ticketfly. In 2014, Ticketfly reached $1 billion in cumulative gross ticket sales since selling its first ticket in 2009--$500 million of which was processed in 2014 (42% year-over-year growth). Last year, the company sold 16 million tickets, helping it achieve 38% year-over-year growth in tickets sold. 

Jason Schneider Releases Before They Make Me Run Keith Richards/Stones Chronicles

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On March 31, veteran Canadian music journalist and acclaimed author Jason Schneider released his first exclusive E-Book, Before They Make Me Run: Keith Richards and the Bust That Saved The Rolling Stones. The book chronicles the band’s (mis)adventures from 1977-1979.

In the mid-1970s, after a decade as the undisputed “greatest rock and roll band in the world,” The Rolling Stones were forced to confront not only the cold reality of the new punk rock era, but how guitarist Keith Richards’ mounting personal problems were threatening the band’s very existence.

Keith’s glorified image as rock’s ultimate outlaw, as a counterpoint to singer Mick Jagger’s image as rock’s ultimate sex symbol, was the basis of the Stones’ mystique. But at the start of 1977, as the Stones agreed to work on a new album in Toronto and spark the creative process by playing a small club there, all that Keith represented seemed to be finally catching up to him.

Before They Make Me Run is the first accurate chronicle of Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones’ darkest period, from the bust that led to charges of heroin trafficking laid against Keith, to his ultimate exoneration after playing what was surely the most unexpected benefit concert in history.

ole Acquires Publishing and Masters for Major Canadian Rock Bands

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

ole, the world’s fastest-growing independent rights management company, has acquired Anthem Entertainment Group’s Mark-Cain publishing catalog, including the associated master recordings of Taurus Records.

ole will now control a catalog of publishing and masters for more than 40 albums from Canadian artists such as Max Webster, Ian Thomas, Lawrence Gowan, The Reason, Coney Hatch, Boys Brigade, Rikers, Spoons, and Aerial.

Notable tracks featured in the catalog include “A Million Vacations,” “Let Go the Line,” and “Paradise Skies” by Max Webster; “Painted Ladies” by Ian Thomas; “A Criminal Mind,” “All the Lovers in the World,” and “When There’s Time (for Love)” by Lawrence Gowan; and many more.

“ole is very pleased to be able to work with such an amazing legacy of Canadian songs, recordings, and with the artists that created them,” said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO of ole. “For many of us, these songs are an integral part of the soundtrack of our lives, and we look forward to bringing them to new and wider audiences.”

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