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November 20, 2014 - In This Issue:
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Arabella Jones Revs Engines Nationwide With Multiple Performances During NASCAR Ford Championship

Rising Country Star and YouTube Sensation, Arabella Jones, is gearing up to release new music in the coming months, but first will be making a pit stop in Miami for several performances during this weekend's NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend. Arabella will be singing "God Bless America" for a sold out crowd at the Homestead Miami Speedway before both the Nationwide Series on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series Championship on Sunday.

Race fans can also check out her high energy acoustic set at the Monster Energy merchandise trailer Friday at 4pm, and Sunday at 10am during a pre-race show in the Coke Zero Fan Zone. Check your local listings for air times of the Nationwide and Sprint cup races.


This weekend's festivities wrap up a busy month for Arabella, as her Monster Energy's Peace Tea sponsorship also took her to the Charlotte Motor Speedway weekend activities in October followed by the Ragnar Trail Relay in West Virginia. While in Charlotte, Jones performed for WCNC's Charlotte Today (view WCNC performance HERE), visited radio stations, and played at the Kyle Bush Foundation's 2nd Annual Project Pink benefit hosted by Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha.


Arabella Jones has accomplished more by the age of 19 than some artists do in a lifetime. As her star continues to rise, Arabella could not be happier to share her signature sound with the world. Her vocals are edgy and powerful, with outlaw country and southern rock influences, but she still manages to let her femininity shine through, setting her apart from the crowd.


Living in Texas has not slowed Arabella from diving right into the Nashville music scene and adopting it as her second home. Jones' much anticipated new music was recently recorded in Nashville with producers Grammy nominated Dale Oliver and Country Singer Bucky Covington. She has gained attention from many sponsors, including Peace Tea, a Division of Monster Energy [who even designed a special edition drink container in her likeness]. In 2014, she participated in CMA

Fest for the first time as an artist performing at several events across the city.

Stay connected with Arabella at ArabellaJones.com, on twitter @TheArabella, and at facebook.com/ ArabellaJonesMusic for new music and updates.

Finish Reading the article: HERE

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The Henningsens' "Our Family Christmas" Is Like Combining "O Brother" and U2, Says Aaron

We try to hold fast to the "no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving" policy around these parts, but it's harder and harder to resist as the day gets closer.

So let's just jump right in with family trio The Henningsens-father Brian, son Aaron, daughter Clara-and their newly released collection Our Family Christmas. The digital-only release (available now) combines standards like "White Christmas" and "O Holy Night" with originals like "Christmas Kissin'," which features Jerrod Niemann.


"We went into it with a couple friends of ours who are writers and producers, great artists themselves-Spencer and Preston Dalton," Brian explains. "We'd never done any project with them, we'd only written with them and they just blew the doors off this. It is so cool that, I'm not kidding you, I will want to listen to it the rest of the year.


"I mean, we are a little biased, but at the same time it is really cool," Clara adds.

Our Family Christmas takes the trio's harmonizing talents and puts them in more rootsy, acoustic bluegrass arrangements, something Aaron calls "a cross between O Brother, Where Art Thou? and a U2 album."

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Will Sony Music Follow Swift's Spotify Boycott?

TAYLOR SWIFT has started the dominos tumbling.

VARIETY is reporting that SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is considering dropping its artists -- which include ONE DIRECTION, PITBULL, CALVIN HARRIS and CARRIE UNDERWOOD -- from all free-music streaming services, which presumably includes SPOTIFY.


SWIFT's DECISION has reportedly promoted the music giant -- #2 behind only UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP in worldwide marketshare -- to revisit the licensing of songs for free, ad-supported music services, according to EVP/CFO KEVIN KELLEHER.


"A lot of conversation has taken place over the last week in the light of SWIFT's decision," KELLEHER sais at SONY's investor relations day today, as reported by the WALL STREET JOURNAL.


"The key question is, are the free, ad-supported services taking away from, how quickly and to what extent can we grow those paid services?" KELLEHER said. "What it all really comes down to is how much value are the music company and the artist getting from the different consumption methods?"


At the same time, KELLEHER says SONY is "very encouraged" by the rise in subscription-based streaming services,like GOOGLE's YOUTUBE MUSIC KEY, which is setting a special introductory price of $7.99 per month, as opposed to its normal charge fo $9.99.


SONY said it expects revenue for the music group to be $4.8 billion to $5.2 billion for the 2017-18 fiscal year. That would be up to 8% growth compared with the $4.8 billion projected for the 12 months ending in March 2015.

A representative for SONY offered no comment.

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WGN radio knocked off air when pipes burst at Tribune Tower

Burst pipes at Tribune Tower knocked WGN-AM 720 off the air for 20 minutes during the 6 a.m. hour of the Steve Cochran show.

The water streamed down from the ninth floor, where the pipes burst, and reached the radio studios on the seventh floor, causing the interruption at the start of morning drive Tuesday, according to WGN President Jimmy de Castro.

"The actual signal was knocked off for 20 minutes, and we're lucky ... that the engineers were able to get us back on," de Castro said.

Tribune Tower, at 435 N. Michigan Ave., houses Tribune Media, parent company of WGN Radio, and Tribune Publishing, the spun off newspaper company that includes the Chicago Tribune. The burst pipes affected numerous floors in the building, pooling in the lobby and shutting down a bank of elevators, according to de Castro.

"There's apparently pretty significant damage," said de Castro, who was stuck in traffic driving to work during the incident. "The seventh floor where the station is, is basically intact, but the lobby is a wreck and smells horrible and has water all over. I just heard we had a priest on the air who had to wade through it to get on the air."

The radio station remained online throughout, according to de Castro, but lost its signal during a very busy news morning outside of Tribune Tower as well, with a plane crash at Midway Airport, a bus fire on Lake Shore Drive and extremely cold temperatures affecting commuters.

"There's a lot of craziness, so it's a good time to be listening to the radio," de Castro said. "When I couldn't get the station for the first time, I thought it was me, but that happens."


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Decades of blues musicians find inspiration in Shreveport

Shreveport knows blues.

Songs of love and loss, of passion and punishment, have filled city dance halls and bars since Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter honed his guitar skills in St. Paul's Bottoms circa 1904.

And they've continued through the decades as big-name performers brought new variations to town and local record labels broadcast evolving sounds.


"That style of music has virtually been around Shreveport since it was invented," said Chris Brown, an archivist at Centenary College and local music historian.


Brown, who showcases local musician sounds and stories on his Shreveport Songs blog, said period newspapers illustrate a rich history of the genre in Shreveport. But that history can be hard to tap into because not all blues musicians made records in its infancy.

As the decades passed, that changed, and eventually, in the 1960s, local record labels, such as Jewel Records and Murco Records, began releasing music by Shreveport musicians, he said.


In light of Saturday's Highland and Jazz Blues Festival, which features some of today's local blues artists, The Times asked Brown to detail key players and venues of Shreveport's Blues scene through the decades. Here's a few people and places that were part of the local progression of the genre in Shreveport.

Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter


A teenage boy wandering the streets of a newly established red light district, Ledbetter played a mix of blues and popular songs around 1904.

Those performances are some of the earliest examples of blues music in Shreveport, Brown said.


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