Don McLean Chats With Essentially Pop About The ‘American Pie’ 50th Anniversary Tour Next Year With Tickets On General Sale Today. He Talks About The Power Of Production, The Story Behind The Song, And Co-Writing With Drake!

We were honoured that Steve Holley had the chance to chat with the living legend that is Don McLean and we hope you enjoy his candid responses to Steve’s questions.

READ ALL ABOUT IT – New Book Tells The Story Of The Front Page, The Tiny Nightclub That Brought Legendary Live Music To Carlisle

A Few months ago I reviewed a book by Paul Talling which heralded London’s Lost Music Venues. An exercise in nostalgia, Talling’s work also underlined…

CONCEPTUAL ART – Professor And The Madman Resurrect Prog-Rock On New Album ‘Seance’

Professor and the Madman are not a band you could accuse of lacking ambition. Seance, their fourth album and second to feature the much…

Smiling Sessions Kick Off Series 2 With KT Tunstall

Back in June we introduced you to The Smiling Sessions, a group run by a non profit organisation, who go into community centres for the elderly each week, where they host sing-a-longs for the residents and members. During the lockdown period, The Smiling Sessions certainly didn’t let their mates down, and instead went fully-virtual, with celebrities popping by to lead the sessions online.

The Pondhawks: The Top Of The Indie Music World

Often recited as being reminiscent of The Beatles, the Chicago based duo, The Pondhawks are quickly rising as one of the biggest Indie factions in the world. Their vocals and harmonies continue to bend genres and delight fans. Their newest song, “Afraid of Love” continues to create a buzz and fans are anxiously awaiting to see what’s next.

The Turnback Provide Brilliant Closing Credits Track With ‘You Kill Me’

New York trio The Turnback have released their latest single, ‘You Kill Me’ just in time for Halloween.

The Beatles Announce New Limited Edition Collection Of Remastered Seven-Inch Vinyl Singles – ‘The Beatles: The Singles Collection’

Following the huge success of the re-release of ‘Abbey Road’, The Beatles have announced that their 46 singles will be released on 23 180-gram seven inch vinyl singles. ‘The Beatles: The Singles Collection’ is out on November 22nd through Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

New Hope Club Put On Incredible London Show For UK ‘Love Again’ Tour

On Friday the 4th October, the boys of New Hope Club – Blake, Reece and George – treated their London fans to an astonishing sold out performance at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

Jon Patrick Walker – ‘Like A Rose’

You’ll remember our previous piece on Jon Patrick Walker, the actor and singer, who’s just finished a run of the musical, ‘Hamilton’, which saw him performing the role of King George III. Not one to rest on his laurels, Walker returns with the gorgeous song, ‘Like A Rose’, which comes from his upcoming album, ‘Welcome To The Edge Times’, set for release on October 25.

Slow Down Slicky: Earl Slick On Music, Bowie, And Being A Tough Cookie Touring With Glen Matlock

Lisa spoke with Earl Slick about passports, answering machines, the music industry and Bowie – as well as his upcoming tour with Glen Matlock and the Tough Cookies. The band will perform at 229 The Venue on August 10.

Robert LaRoche Channels The Everly Brothers With New Single ‘Drawn To You’ From Upcoming EP ‘A Thousand Shades’

Robert LaRoche channels the likes of The Everly Brothers – with more than a dash of Buddy Holly and perhaps a smattering of The Beach Boys – with his new single ‘Drawn To You’, set for release on July 12.

10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Creates New Videos For 10cc Concerts

Is this a 10cc reunion? Well, sort of…. Former band member and legendary director Kevin Godley has created 2 new videos for Graham Gouldman’s touring version of 10cc. This is not the first time the two founding band members have collaborated. Godley and Gouldman created some fascinating new music back in 2006 under the guise GG/06, in which the track used for one of the videos “Son of Man” was created.

Ban Hatton’s ‘Over Too Easy’ Is Sheer Poetry

Ban Hatton is an alternative country singer-songwriter, based in Richmond, Virginia. His sound is at once friendly, pleasant, and approachable; a combination of both his vocal style and his instrumentation. The overall effect is music that feels like a warm, welcoming hug.

Braden The Young ft Tevin Wiliams Releases Latest Single ‘Fireproof’

Released on 27 February after six months of production, talented pop/RnB artist Braden The Young has released his latest single, ‘Fireproof’, on 27 February. The track features vocals by Tevin Williams.

STIR OF ECHOES – ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ Evokes An Arcadian Vision Of A Vanishing England

One the few bright spots In an Autumn dominated by knife crime, lousy weather and the endless, wearying, machinations of Brexit, was the news that The Kinks had finally gone gold with The Village Green Preservation Society.

Jonny Dee – ‘The Man Who Fell From The Sky’

San Diego’s Jonny Dee’s love for the likes of David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson – along with a new found interest in spirituality and peace – has clearly had an influence on his new music. His latest album, ‘The Human Experience’, which was released in the spring, sees Dee declaring himself to be the new saviour of rock and roll, and blending elements of funk, jazz, psychedelia, and soul, combined with a rap sound and rock. Essentially it’s a sound all of his own, which he’s dubbed “psychedelic hip hop”.

The Beatles Reveal Three Versions Of ‘Glass Onion’ And Brand New Video!

In November 1968, millions of double LPs were shipped to record stores worldwide ahead of that tumultuous year’s most anticipated music event: the November 22nd release of ‘The BEATLES’ (soon to be better known as ‘The White Album’).

The Weeklings – ‘In The Moment’

The Weeklings, from New Jersey, have immersed themselves in the 60s, and their latest track and video, ‘In The Moment’, is a Beatles-inspired power pop song. Unlike others who have chosen to play music based on this time period, The Weeklings twist the past in a unique fashion, reconstructing their influences in such a way as to sound exciting and fresh, as well as catchy and familiar.

Here’s The Secret To Getting Superfans

Think of some of the most influential music of all time…Beyoncé, The Beatles, Michael Jackson…now think, what made these artists so successful? Sure, they made great music, but who’s listening to that great music? The fans! In this day an age, getting exposure to the right audience is just as important as getting your sound right. Reaching the right audience gives you the best shot at growing your fanbase, getting scouted, playing a live gig or even getting your first album deal. We’ve rounded up some top tips from music industry expert, Chris Grayston, on how to grow your fans and followers.

THE KOOKS Release New Album And Unveil ‘Four Leaf Clover’ Video Ahead Of UK Tour Dates

The Kooks have released their much awaited fifth studio album, ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’, via Lonely Cat/AWAL Recordings. The album coincides with a new video for ‘Four Leaf Clover’, which has been directed by Sophia + Robert, from Odelay Films, best known for their work with Kara Marni, and Grace Carter.

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