- AIN'T NO GRAVE: The latest from Cash.
*“American VI: Ain't No Grave,” the final chapter of Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin's “American” series, is due Feb. 26 on Lost Highway. It includes songs from Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson and a guest appearance by the Avett Brothers.
*?This year, we had more entrants to our Musicians Showcase than ever before. From that long list, we've selected 16 semifinalists: 3 Penny Acre, Big Boots, Bobby, Bonnie Montgomery, Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Cody Belew, the Dangerous Idiots, Elise Davis, Flash LaRue, Iron Tongue, Matt Stell and the Crashers, Outstanding Red Team, Ryan Couron, Stella Fancy, Sweet Eagle and Underclaire.
Last year, we admitted 20 bands, but we've decided to try a new wrinkle this year. We're adding a play-in round. Each week, the act that receives the highest score from judges advances to the final round and, new this year, the act that receives the second highest score will advance to a play-in round that will be decided completely by audience vote.
The semifinals begin on Jan. 28 at Sticky Fingerz and continue for the following three Thursdays at the club. The play-in date is Feb. 25, and then the finals happen on March 5 at Revolution.
Watch Rock Candy for much more info.
*?Mark your calendars, metal heads. Paul Di'Anno, the original lead singer of Iron Maiden (as in, pre-Bruce Dickinson), is headed to Vino's on Feb. 19. It's his first U.S. tour in 15 years and, yes, he'll be doing an Iron Maiden set. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and the George Jonestown Massacre, Iron Tongue and Sweet Eagle open.