JERRY LEE LEWIS - UPDATE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some encouraging news about Jerry Lee Lewis. His reps say the musical pioneer has been transferred to a rehabilitation center. This comes two weeks after Lewis suffered a stroke and spent two weeks in the hospital. A new release quotes a doctor as saying Lewis “is expected to fully recover” — and is “heading in the right direction.” The statement also says Lewis will have to skip some upcoming performances. Those include one next month at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, one set for May 18 at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. and a third on June 8 at The Birchmere located outside Washington D.C.
KANE BROWN - LAWSUIT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Kane Brown and Atlanta-based producer Polow Da Don are suing each other in a contract dispute that has both sides claiming they are owed money. The Grammy-nominated producer sued Brown in February in federal court in Atlanta, claiming breach of contract. He’s seeking damages in excess of $75,000. Brown’s attorneys filed a countersuit yesterday, saying the country star was nudged into a lopsided deal that “cost him millions and drastically limited his earning potential and market value.” Brown is seeking unspecified damages. Brown’s self-titled debut on Sony Music Nashville in 2016 was certified platinum and his second album, “Experiment,” made its debut at No. 1 on both the pop and country charts last year.
ANDRE WILLIAMS - OBIT
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and crossed musical genres, has died. He was 82. His manager and musical director says Williams was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and was receiving hospice care at a Chicago nursing home when he died Sunday. Williams moved as a young man from Alabama to Detroit, where he signed with Fortune Records and later with Motown Records. His early hits included “Bacon Fat,” ″Jail Bait” and “Shake a Tail Feather,” which Ray Charles sang in “The Blues Brothers.” Williams also produced a recording of “Mustang Sally” by its composer, “Sir” Mack Rice.
MUSIC - NFL DRAFT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The stars of the gridiron will meet the stars of Music City when the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, Tennessee in April. The NFL says Grammy-winning country star Tim McGraw will perform a free outdoor concert on April 26 and Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem on April 25 to open the three days of draft events. The league adds that more than 20 Nashville-based acts will perform — with other names to be announced soon.
LOU REED - NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed. The library acquired the archive after performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who was married to Reed, decided to share it. She says she wanted to place the material with an institution that could preserve and showcase it. The New York Times reports the archive includes a large collection of personal notes, photographs and more than 600 hours of recordings. Reed died in 2013.