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Singer Tanya Tucker performs at The River Front Stage as part of the 2015 CMA Music Festival on June 13, 2015 in Nashville. (Jason Moore/Zuma Press/TNS)

Tanya Tucker Stages Comeback

Sunday, November 29, 2015

In the ’70s, Tanya Tucker was a teen sensation, famous for hits like Delta Dawn. In the mid-’80s, she was reborn as a country-pop star. Throughout, she was a tabloid bad girl with a reputation for raising hell, locked in an infamous on-again, off-again relationship with Glen Campbell. Tucker and Campbell were the Blake and Miranda of their day, only more famous, and more screwed up: He was a 40-something country superstar, several times divorced, his career just beginning its downward swing. She was half his age, and in between hits. They drank and brawled, broke up and got back together. They performed for President …

Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album Sells for M illions

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wu-Tang Clan’s ambitious, one-of-a-kind secret album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin — of which only a single copy was produced — has been sold to an American buyer for an undisclosed figure that was in the millions, private auction house Paddle8 announced on Tuesday. Earlier this year, the group announced that the 31-track double album, recorded in secret over a six-year period, …

Musician Turns to Broadway

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New York — She’s got a new album out with brand-new music, but Sara Bareilles has pulled it all from her past. The singer-songwriter of such hits as Brave and Love Song has changed gears entirely to write eclectic music for the Broadway-bound stage musical Waitress. “This is the oldest part of me. …

Small Town to Music City

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I’ve got bigger plans Than meets the eye You can’t catch the fish If you don’t try — from Hometown by Brooks Hubbard Not long before Brooks Hubbard took his talents to Nashville this past summer, music teacher …

All-Star Guests Join Don Henley’s Album

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — When the Eagles’ Don Henley started looking for guest singers to accompany him on his new country album, he compared it to casting for a film. “It’s like reading a screenplay. Who would be the best to play this part?” Henley said. “I was extremely …

Music Preview: Performers Swing by From Across the Genre Spectrum

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rage, rage, if you must, against the dying of the autumn light. Then seek solace from the advancing darkness in the live music — sacred, secular, Scottish and Slambovian — coming to venues around the Upper Valley over …

Theater and Dance Season Preview: The Stage Is King in the Upper Valley

Thursday, September 24, 2015

In less than two weeks, Northern Stage opens its fall season with the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town on a brand-new stage in a state-of-the-art theater in downtown White River Junction. Repeat: The Barrette Center for the Arts, …

Federal Judge Rules ‘Happy Birthday’ Song in Public Domain

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Los Angeles — The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song Happy Birthday to You for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled …

Disconcerted: The Angst of Taking a Teen Daughter to See a Boy Band

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Problem 1: If a vehicle containing two adults and two teenage girls traveling at a speed of 70 mph reaches the outskirts of Foxborough, Mass, at 5 p.m., how long will it take the vehicle to reach Gillette …

Opera Illuminates a Mythical Vermont Town

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It’s been 15 years since A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine, a collaboration between composer Erik Nielsen and poet and writer David Budbill, was first produced by the Vermont Opera Theater of Montpelier. Based on Budbill’s suite …

Rolling Out a Solo Album

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New York — Keith Richards had just picked up a pack of cigarettes from the coffee table in front of him, skillfully removed the cellophane and fired up the first of a string of smokes while talking about …

Pianist Henry Butler Presses Ahead

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Ten years ago this week, the colossal New Orleans singer-pianist Henry Butler saw his life very nearly wrecked by Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath. Butler’s New Orleans house was deluged in six feet of water, most of …

Black Sabbath Announces Dates For Final Tour

Friday, September 4, 2015

New York — After five decades, Black Sabbath will launch a farewell tour next year. The heavy metal band starring Ozzy Osbourne announced dates for its The End tour, which kicks off Jan. 20, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska. Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler will visit …