Remember When? Jenni Rivera Owned Mariachi With 'La Gran Señora'
As the fifth anniversary of Jenni Rivera's death approaches, her indomitable Southland Latina spirit lives on. Both commercially and with her unique human touch, La Diva de la Banda's star continues to rise and her smile continues to shine worldwide as it does from the murals of Jenni Rivera Memorial Park in her native Long Beach, Calif.
Having grown up in her father's local record store, Rivera showed a unique flair and expertise in regional styles of Latin music that thrill California Southland audiences, workplaces, parties, and quinceañeras. Bilingual, she imbued hits in English and traditional Latina classics with her own touch, offending purists and converting fans who feel connected with her to this day. Her artistic progress evolved from ranchera through banda as a woman in a man's genre, and proved itself with mariachi with the 2009 release of La Gran Señora.
A consistently wonderful performer, many have raised a glass of her Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Reposado Tequila in her memory. La Gran Señora was nominated for a 2010 Latin GRAMMY for Best Ranchero Album and the following year La Gran Señora En Vivo was nominated in the Best Banda Album category.
"In order to record mariachi, people need to believe it," Rivera told Billboard. "And how will they believe it if you haven't lived it? So I needed to live it, I guess, first, and then express it throughout the recording."
In 2013 the GRAMMY Museum launched an exhibit dedicated to the the life and career of Rivera. Today, her image, television and film work, and love of music are celebrated and augmented by the ongoing charity work of the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation.
David Rawlings To Hit The Road On Headlining Tour
Americana superhero David Rawlings returns with his trusty sidekick Gillian Welch for a new tour in support of Rawlings' recently released solo album, Poor David's Almanack. The duo and their band skip town to kick off a tour in late November that will make its way west in the months that follow, wrapping up on the west coast in March 2018.
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Known for their masterful vocal harmonies and intrinsic chemistry, Rawlings and Welch have a storied musical partnership. Since they founded a Acony Records together in 2001, the duo has collaborated on eight studio albums in various iterations, now including both their solo work and together as Dave Rawlings Machine.
No strangers to critical acclaim, Rawlings and Welch received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2015 from Americana Music Association and the American Masters Award from Berklee College Of Music, Rawlings' alma mater, in 2016. Welch is a GRAMMY winner for her work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, which took home Album Of The Year for the 44th GRAMMY Awards in 2001, and Rawlings is a GRAMMY nominee for his part in Welch's 2011 album, The Harrow & The Harvest.
Accolades aside, it's quite evident that Rawlings and Welch love to play. Fans can look forward to two full sets each night of the tour from Rawlings, Welch and their band, according to Rolling Stone. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 29. A full list of dates and additional information can be found on Rawlings' website.
GRAMMY Museum Looks Forward To 10th Anniversary
What's going on at the GRAMMY Museum?
GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman spoke to Billboard recently for a wide-ranging interview about new ways the Museum is poised for the future. Going on 10 years exhibiting music history, educating and hosting great programs, the popular L.A. Live attraction can be pleased it now has a history of its own, attracting 150,000 visitors and 25,000 students last year.
"We need a refresh," said Goldman, explaining the integrated, online and national approach for the future. "We're going to launch a 10th-anniversary campaign [in 2018]. It will lead toward having the resources to do the things we want to do."
The Museum is dedicated to exploring "the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment." Although that's a wide-ranging mission for Goldman, his work for 12 years with Recording Academy education and MusiCares have made him accustomed to its scope.
On a personal note, Goldman shared a thank you note from Ozzy Osbourne he received following the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund event, supporting addiction recovery for musicians. Many other memories through the years and through decades of American music will mean more to an even wider reach of visitors, whether at L.A. Live, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, or other Museum events and initiatives.
Hear An Unreleased Beatles Demo, Then Bid On It On Ebay
Beatlemaniacs and rare record collectors better get ready to part ways with the contents of their wallets, as a previously-unreleased demo record cut by none other than the Beatles has popped up for auction on eBay, offered by Austia-based vintage record shop Parlogram.
The 7-inch acetate pressing contains a home-recorded version of "What Goes On…", with John Lennon on guitar backed by Paul McCartney's harmonies and a few tinkling piano notes added or overdubbed by an unidentified player.
The song was never performed live by the band, but a re-worked version made the cut for the album Rubber Soul. The version on the demo recording features substantially different verses, though the song's trademark chorus is largely unchanged.
The auction runs until Oct. 1, and the price is already up to £3,000 (about $4,048) with just 11 bids. How much is a piece of Beatles history worth to you?