News Roundup: Neil Young, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Allman Brothers Band

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Neil Young will be getting some much deserved love in the coming weeks. First up; a January 29th MusiCares tribute concert at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which boasts a lineup of Wilco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, CSN, James Taylor, John  Cougar Mellencamp, and more. Young is being honored as MusiCare’s 2010 Person of the Year for his charity work.

That will be followed by a Canadian Neil Young tribute concert at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 18, hosted by Hal Wilner. That lineup will feature Lou Reed, Iron & Wine, Vashti Bunyan, Ron Sexsmith, Mark Kozelek, and members of Broken Social Scene. Pretty good, eh?

The Allman Brothers Band won’t be peakin’ at the Beacon this year. For the first time in twenty years, the band will not be playing it’s annual March residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The reason? Cirque du Soliel has been booked there instead. “It’s a drag,” Gregg Allman told the New York Times. “But one monkey don’t stop no show.”

In slightly related news, head over Wolfgang’s Vault to hear an amazing 1973 New Year’s Eve set by the Allmans at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Featuring a rare performance of “Les Brers In A Minor,” the set is overtaken by an epic jam featuring Jerry Garcia and Boz Scaggs that was one for the ages.

Vintage soul warriors Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are set to release their fourth full-length, I Learned the Hard Way, on Brooklyn’s independent Daptone Records. The album was produced by Dap-Kings bassist Bosco Mann, and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios.

Here’s the track list:

1. The Game Gets Old

2. I Learned The Hard Way

3. Better Things

4. Give It Back

5. Money

6. The Reason

7. Window Shopping

8. She Ain’t A Child No More

9. I’ll Still Be True

10. Without A Heart

11. If You Call

12. Mama Don’t Like My Man


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