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Curly Putnam Heading For The Green Green Grass of Home

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Claude “Curly” Putman, has died at the age of 85. Putnam was a prolific songwriter writing or co-writing such hits as Tammy Wynette’s classic DIVORCE with Bobby Braddock and the George Jones comeback hit He Stopped Loving Her Today. But he is probably best known for the all time favourite Green, Green Grass of Home, which propelled Tom Jones to stardom

Curly was born and raised in Princeton, Alabama, on a mountain named after his family where his father worked in the sawmill where he would also work after school. He went to Southern University Junior College before spending four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Valley Forge.

After leaving the Navy, he played steel guitar with a band in Huntsville, Alabama, where he met his future wife, Bernice They would marry in 1956. They moved around for several years eventually settling in Huntsville where he worked in a shoe store. As a songwriter he had his first cuts from Marion Worth and Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker. He was transferred to a Nashville store before moving to Memphis then back to Huntsville where he played in a band at night. In 1960, he recorded "The Prison Song," a top 30 single. On a 1963 visit to Nashville, he ran into Buddy Killen, who was working for music-publishing company Tree International.who hired Putnam as a song plugger.

Country Music Awards 2016

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Photo at right: Dolly Parton Wins Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

The Country Music Awards are the best of the best in Country Music today. An A-star list gather together, with many hoping to be a winner.

The CMA Awards have been touted as "Country Music's Biggest Night" and A-list stars were all hoping to leave as winners.

Two stars were guaranteed to make acceptance speeches right off the top. It was announced in advance that Kenny Chesney would receive the Pinnacle Award and Dolly Parton would be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile Chris Stapleton took home two trophies and Garth Brooks nabbed the big award of the night, Entertainer of the Year.
Here is the list of CMA 2016 Winners:

Travis Tritt to Release A Man and His Guitar-Live From the Franklin Theatre

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Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt will release a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, ‪on Nov. 18. The much-anticipated release, shot and recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess in an intimate theater setting.

The project features Tritt at his best; performing an unplugged solo concert that gives fans the rare opportunity to hear a fresh take on some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come And Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It" are also included in the program.

Tritt’s discovery that an audience loved to hear him perform songs accompanied only by his guitar served as the inspiration behind the project. In this concert, Tritt acknowledges and pays tribute to artists he grew up admiring and those that were influential to him as he punctuates the release with personal stories and anecdotes from his long career. Select acoustic numbers and humorous moments between Tritt and his guests, Marty Stuart and James Otto, are also highlighted.

National Music Centre Launches Special Exhibition Dedicated to Tom Cochrane

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The National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary Alberta is pleased to launch a  honouring iconic Canadian musician Tom Cochrane. The special exhibition is to commemorate 25th anniversary of smash album Mad Mad World.

The exhibition, called Showcase: Tom Cochrane, will be located on Studio Bell’s fifth floor, and will feature a wide selection of awards and artifacts from Cochrane, including the 1963 Gretsch guitar, used by Cochrane in the music video for 1988 single “Big League,” and seen on the cover of his Victory Day album with Red Rider, along with the outfit worn in the music video for 1991 chart-topper “Life is a Highway.”

The opening of this new exhibition will coincide with the deluxe reissue of Cochrane’s 1991 Diamond-selling international smash, Mad Mad World, including a live concert recording in its entirety and demo version of globally-recognized anthem, “Life is a Highway,” and the announcement of a coast-to-coast Canadian tour in early 2017 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mad Mad World.

“’Mad Mad World was a record that changed my life. This exhibition is a reflection of that time in my career, but also captures many other important landmarks, from my early days on the Yorkville scene to playing with Red Rider and into my solo career," said Tom Cochrane. “I’m so humbled and honoured to have my story celebrated at Studio Bell.”

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band at Hugh's Room November 6, 2016

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The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians:John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.

Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers) of the formative country rock band:~ Desert Rose Band.

Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others. ~In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs. Jorgenson, who has played with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jim and Jesse, David Grisman and others, has enjoyed a successful career with the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters; as a member of Elton John’s band for six years; and most recently, in his John Jorgenson Quintet and John Jorgenson Electric Band configurations.  One of the elite Gypsy Jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds.

Acclaimed Houston Blues Singer Trudy Lynn releases new CD I’ll Sing the Blues for You

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Connor Ray Music announces an October 21 release date for I’ll Sing the Blues for You, the new CD from acclaimed Houston-based blues singer Trudy Lynn. I’ll Sing the Blues for You features 10 tracks dripping with blues, soul and R&B, and includes her unique takes on songs from Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulsom, Memphis Minnie and Johnny Copeland, among others, as well as the funky original, “Thru Chasin’ You,” destined to be a fan favorite. Backing Trudy on the new album are label president Steve Krase on harmonica, David Carter on guitar, Terry Dry on bass, Randy Wall on keyboards and Matt Johnson on drums.

Trudy Lynn will celebrate the new album with a special CD release party show at Houston’s famed Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club on Saturday, October 22.

“Choosing material for this album was quite an adventure,” says Trudy about I’ll Sing the Blues for You. “In my musical career, there are so many blues artists that I have been inspired by.”

“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25

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“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25 is scheduled for Tuesday October 25th at 7 pm at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto.

The Show Will Feature A Golden Musical Cast with Donnie”Mr.Downchild”Walsh W/ The Burgess Bros. Danny Marks,The Swingin Blackjacks, The Happy Pals, Frankie Foo, Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy, Laura Hubert, The Sinners Choir, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, My Sisters Boyfriend, The Django Gypsy Jam.
Prior to her passing in 2011, Amy Louie had a dream of one day establishing a fund to assist musician`s in their creative work. Her family, longtime proprietors of Grossman`s Tavern on Spadina Ave in Toronto have fulfilled that wish. Amy, a mother, with a full time career in real estate always found time for the family business and enjoyed the music, the musicians and the colorful cast of characters that can always be found at the loveable joint at Spadina and Cecil. She became a special person to everyone who got to know her.

Corus’ News Talk Radio Stations Now Available on Apple Music

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Starting October 11, 2016 Corus Radio is proud to announce that seven market-leading news talk stations across Canada are available to audiences for free on Apple Music.

Listeners in over 100 countries can now stream CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), News Talk 770 (Calgary), 630 CHED (Edmonton),680 CJOB (Winnipeg), AM 980 (London), AM 900 CHML (Hamilton) and AM 640 (Toronto) with Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Carplay.

Corus Radio is the first Canadian commercial radio company available on Apple Music, a revolutionary streaming service and app that gives users access to Apple’s entire music catalogue on their favourite devices. The wide group of talk radio shows will join other top international news brands including BBC, NPR, ESPN and Bloomberg.

“With Apple’s immense role in the music and technology space, we’re offering our audience the best possible listening experience on a wide variety of devices,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director, Digital, Corus Radio. “Our goal is to deliver high quality programming on every platform that matters to our listeners and we are thrilled to be the first Canadian broadcaster to do so on Apple Music.”

For more on Apple Music, visit apple.com/apple-music. To listen to your favourite Corus radio show on Apple Music, visit: CKNW AM 980, News Talk 770, 630 CHED, 680 CJOB, AM 980, AM 900 CHML, AM 640.

Brad Fillatre to Open Tour Dates for Multi-Award Winning Folk Trio The Once

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Toronto based singer/songwriter Brad Fillatre will be supporting Newfoundland's The Once for a select number of dates on their upcoming tour. The Corner Brook native, who has deep rooted friendships within the band couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. He and Phil Churchill actually grew up on the same street in Corner Brook. "It is an honor to be sharing the stage and spending time with some of my oldest and dearest friends." says Brad.

Brad was born in the small mill town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His earliest memories involve traveling the province with his parents as they tended to their funeral business. With each journey, the rugged coastline, and vast uninhabited landscapes entangled themselves into Brad’s creative conscience.
From a young age, Brad was drawn toward sound and all things musical. From the dusty, untended keys of the old piano at his grandmother’s cabin, to the sea of sound offered up by the second hand instruments in the local pawn shop. His unwavering curiosity finally persuaded his mother to purchase his first guitar. Immediately, Brad took over the rickety shed, set among the trees of his backyard. A place of solace, the shed was where he began timidly writing his first songs.

Rod Temperton, songwriter Behind Thriller Dies

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British writer of the huge Michael Jackson hit, who also worked with Quincy Jones, Anita Baker and Aretha Franklin, has died of cancer at the age of 66.

Rod Temperton, the British songwriter behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Rock With You, has died aged 66.

Jon Platt, the chairman of music publisher Warner/Chappell said Temperton died in London last week following “a brief aggressive battle with cancer”.

“His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times,” Platt added.

Temperton, whose other credits include Boogie Nights, Off the Wall, Give Me the Night, Sweet Freedom and Always and Forever, is one of the most important songwriters and composers in contemporary pop.

Hailing from Cleethorpes, his career began in the disco group Heatwave, a band best known for Boogie Nights, and went on to write for the likes of Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, The Brothers Johnson, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, who enlisted him to work alongside Jackson.

His compositions for the King of Pop – particularly on the Thriller album – are some of the most famous pop songs in history, and the album continues to sell more than 100,000 copies a year.

He came up with the title for the smash hit song and album Thriller, which went on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

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