6.27-28 Angie Keilhauer Wild (Independent) Blind Pilot "Umpqua Rushing" (ATO) Charles Bradley "Changes" (Daptone) Frankie Lee "Where Do We Belong" (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Haley Bonar "Kismet Kill" (Independent/Thirty Tigers) James Bay "Best Fake Smile" (Republic) John Paul White "The Martyr" (Single Lock/Thirty Tigers) Jonah Tolchin "Thousand Mile Night" (Yep Roc) Lady Wray "Do It Again" (Independent) Look Park "Aeroplane" (Yep Roc) LP "Strange" (Vagrant) Miss Sophie Lee & The Parish Suites Traverse This Universe (Independent) Passenger "Somebody's Love" (Nettwerk) PondHawks "Bitter Game" (Riverpool) River Whyless "All Day All Night" (Partisan)
Boulder: More Performances Added With the FMQB Triple A Conference only seven weeks away, August 10-13 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, the list of performers continues to grow with the recent addition of Augustines, Paper Bird, The Marcus King Band and Warpaint to a lineup that currently includes American Young, Amos Lee, Band of Horses, Barns Courtney, Blind Pilot, Boo Ray, Brian Fallon, Castro, Cobi, Declan McKenna, Foy Vance, Graham Nash, Hannah Gill & The Hours, Jamestown Revival, Joseph, Lake Street Dive, Maybird, Moon Taxi, Muddy Magnolias, Norah Jones, Passenger, Paul Loren, Rachael Sage, Sara Hartman, Sara Watkins, The Record Company, The Wind + The Wave, Tom Odell and Wynonna & The Big Noise, with a few more artists left to be announced. You can register at registration.fmqb.com, with the $429 rate in effect through July 31. There are also just a few rooms left at the St. Julien at special FMQB rates starting at only $229/night, so reserve yours now by calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.
Art Phillips Passes FMQBis sad to report that industry veteran Art Phillips passed away on Sunday, June 19 after a year-long fight with cancer of the appendix. Phillips, a passionate music lover, began his career in radio and then spent decades expanding that career through a stint at the trade Album Network and then various labels as one of the most respected promotion people in the business. FMQB sends its condolences to Phillips’ wife, Jill Quinn, as well his extended family and many, many friends inside and outside of the industry
Recording Academy Announces Amendments
The Recording Academy has completed its annual awards review and established new amendments and key dates guiding the 59th Annual Grammy Awards process. Among other changes, the updates allow previously ineligible streaming-only works into the process and limit the number of categories in which members may vote. The new guidelines go into effect immediately in the current-year awards cycle.
"The Grammys aren't just peer-awarded, they're peer-driven. Throughout the year, members of the music community come to us asking to make changes to the Awards process, and we work with them to figure out how those changes might work," said Bill Freimuth, SVP of Awards for The Recording Academy. "I'm proud of this year's changes because they're a testament to the artists, producers, writers – the people who rolled up their sleeves to shape the proposals and, in turn, the future of the Grammys. It's exactly what they should be doing. It's their award."
The eligibility period runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Nominations will be announced December 6, 2016 and the Grammys will be handed out on February 12, 2017 on CBS.
Previous eligibility guidelines required recordings to be commercially available via general distribution or digital recordings/downloads, thereby precluding works released solely through streaming services. The eligibility guidelines have been revised to include recordings released via streaming platforms.
Additionally, the number of categories in which Academy members may vote has decreased from 20 to 15, plus the four General Field categories (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist).
The Academy's Best New Artist rules have been amended to "remove the album barrier given current trends in how new music and developing artists are released and promoted." To be eligible in the category of Best New Artist, the artist, duo, or group must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums. They also may not have entered into this category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group. Additionally, a new artist "must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period."
Also, the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category has been renamed and redefined as Best Rap/Sung Performance to "represent the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing."
Finally, the Best Blues Album category has been split into Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Head and the Heart Signs Of Light
Amos Lee Spirit
Beck Single Only-Beck
Elle King Ghostbusters Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Paul Simon Stranger To Stranger
Avett Brothers True Sadness
Jayhawks Paging Mr. Proust