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In this Feb. 26, 2016, photo, Walter Grooms, of Harrisonburg, Va. at left, plays the fiddle with Ira Carte, of Mount Jackson, Va., during a Friday night bluegrass jam session at the New Market Community Center in New Market, Va. Since the March 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, musicians have adapted to streaming shows online and collaborating with distant artists for songs in solidarity, but revenue and environmental changes have caused some music makers to reflect on and experiment with their artistic intentions. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

Musicians explore innovation during new age 'wild west'

May. 31, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — At the foot of the bed rests a glittery blue drum set and lodged between a worn leather sofa and his desk are four instruments crammed, but within arm’s reach. Boundaries between personal, private and work life have become obsolete for many, but Valentin Prince has chosen to...

Radio stations play more upbeat music during the pandemic

May. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Life can get difficult during a pandemic. Pop radio stations want you to know they’re here for you. Adult contemporary stations across the country have been playing more upbeat, hopeful and nostalgic songs since the country went into lockdown. At local station 103.7 Play,...

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Review: Bracing tenor helps Teddy Thompson do retro right

May. 28, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

Teddy Thompson, “Heartbreaker Please” (Thirty Tigers) Teddy Thompson's roots are showing, and that's nothing new. The New York-based singer-songwriter is the son of British folk-rock royalty but grew up on Sam Cooke, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers, and he often makes music suitable for a...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson’s singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Wilson, Rapinoe, Bird to host remote ESPYS feting heroism

May. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, poses for a portrait to promote her Comedy Central series

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

May. 26, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6: May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 90. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 82. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 80. Actress Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey”) is 77. Actor Tom Berenger is...

En esta foto del 19 de agosto de 2004, Little Richard actúa en el Westbury Music Fair en Westbury, Nueva York. Little Richard fue sepultado en su alma mater en el norte de Alabama el miércoles 20 de mayo de 2020. El pionero del rock 'n' roll murio el 9 de mayo, a los 87 años. (AP Foto/Ed Betz, Archivo)

Little Richard statue to be erected outside childhood home

May. 21, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A statue of the late rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard is expected to be installed outside his childhood home in Macon, Georgia. The Little Richard House Resource Center Facebook page announced the tribute Wednesday during a live Zoom meeting, news outlets reported. ...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2004 file photo, Little Richard performs at Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, NY.  Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

Little Richard laid to rest at Alabama alma mater

May. 21, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Little Richard was remembered not just as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer but a man of generosity and faith at a memorial service at his alma mater where he was laid to rest Wednesday. Mourners gathered at Oakwood University to pay their respects, many wearing face masks and...

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Review: Victor Wainwright starts a party on 'Memphis Loud'

May. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

Victor Wainwright and the Train, “Memphis Loud” (Ruf) Here’s an hour-long set to help fill the void created by all of those canceled summer music festivals. “Memphis Loud” was tracked live in the studio by Victor Wainwright and the Train, creating a vibe suitable for a crowd...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2010 file photo, media executive Andre Harrell speaks during the 2010 BET Hip Hop Honors in Washington. A tribute to Harrell, the late music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and died earlier this month, will air Sunday on BET, BET Jams, BET Soul and REVOLT TV, where Harrell served as vice chairman.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Tribute broadcast planned for late music exec Andre Harrell

May. 19, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tribute to Andre Harrell, the influential music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and died earlier this month, will air Sunday. The memorial broadcast dubbed “Mr. Champagne and Bubbles” — a nickname of Harrell’s — will feature...

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Beyoncé to give graduation speech alongside the Obamas

May. 19, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé has been added to the list of guest speakers for YouTube's virtual commencement ceremony that will also feature the Obamas. YouTube announced Tuesday that Beyoncé will deliver an inspirational message to the 2020 class for its “Dear Class of 2020" event, which will...