Sharon Jones, is a fighter with not one ounce of quit in her. She has wound through a long perilous road to get to where she always wanted, singing before an audience. The former wedding singer and corrections officer was once told by a Sony executive that she was too old, fat, short and black to have a singing career has fought the odds and won everytime. But her hardest battle couldn't be conquered so easily. Miss Sharon Jones, a documentary debuting at SXSW documents Jones' toughest opponent, cancer.
The Suffers, the award-winning, 10-piece soul collective from Houston, have recently released their new EP "Make Some Room," and after doing so they will set out on a West Coast tour starting in February.
"Rolling Stone" has ranked K-pop star Hyuna’s hit “Red” No. 5 on its “10 Best Music Videos of 2014” list. Hyuna, the rapper from the all-girl K-pop sensation 4Minute, released her third solo album last year, titled "A Talk," which included her single “Red.” Its rare to see a K-pop video rank in an American list, especially so high. Hyuna is the only Asian artist to make the cut. “Hyuna's K-pop hit is a schizophrenic mess, switching from trap and hip-hop to bubbly pop and slinky Middle Eastern electro,” says the magazine. The list also includes Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” with ‘“Chandelier” by Sia at No. 1. After “Red” was released in South Korea, it quickly climbed the charts all the way to the No. 1 spot. The video for “Red” currently has more than 20 million YouTube views.
Music Times contributor Ian Holubiak and his band Oh Honey are on the road, traveling to SXSW and across the country to spread the musical word. Ian will give us a look into the life of the touring act as part of the Tour Journal series. Stay tuned for more refelctions from the road.
Every now and then, I have to remind myself that James Booker was a real, live, gay piano-playing machine. Yes, the big boogie-woogie pianist remains a legend among legends, existing in a realm similar to Liberace--but, ya know, for the blues.