Country Music People May 2019 - Page 7

Kane’s in Court New country star Kane Brown appeared in court March 18 to answer charges in a breach of contract lawsuit filed against the artist by producer Jamal Jones (Polow da Don) and production firm Zone 4. They have claimed he violated a 2015 pact with them by signing a recording contract with Sony Music and “almost totally excluded” them from his work product. In a 51-page legal counter-claim, Brown states Jones and Zone 4 “is unsatisfied with the million dollars in royalties, revenue and income he has made off of Kane Brown’s hard work” and “fraudulently induced Mr. Brown into signing a lopsided recording agreement in 2015 and repeatedly misled Mr. Brown and others to protect it.” There was also unbeknownst to Brown an undisclosed agreement between Jones and Zone 4 with Epic Records, a division of Sony, that limited their ability to negotiate a deal for the singer with other labels. Had he been aware, Brown would not have signed that 2015 agreement with Zone 4. Brown’s attorneys have asked the court to dismiss the original lawsuit and order Zone 4 reimburse their client for “any and all proceeds and revenue” related to their 2015 work together. A federal court in Atlanta, Ga., will consider the legal requests on both sides. Final curtain Jim Glaser (left), brother of country singers Chuck and Tompall Glaser died April 6 following a heart attack. He was 81. He performed as both a solo artist and alongside his two brothers in the group Tompall and the Glaser Brothers. Charting 22 singles between 1968-86 he was the only Galser to have a solo chart- topping single with 1984’s You’re Gettin’ To Me Again, bettering the efforts of brother Tompall (solo) and Tompall and the Glaser Brothers. The success of the single also saw him named Best New Male Vocalist at the ACMs that year. Singer-songwriter Billy Adams, 79, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn., died March 30, 2019, at a nursing home in Westmoreland, Tenn. He’s best remembered for his 1950s dance tune Rock, Pretty Mama, but also scored with a Dot recording True Love Will Come Your Way and a novelty number You Gotta Have a Duck- Tail (Haircut). Willie Murray Adams, one of 14 children, was born to a coal-miner and his wife, Charlie and Sarah Adams in Redbush, Ky. He grew up emanating the music of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, and recalled pounding hard driving rhythm on old lard bucket lids like a guitar, while listening to WSM’s Grand Ole Opry. A kindly neighbour lent Charlie a guitar so he could teach simple chords to his sons. After hearing Elvis Presley on the radio, singer-guitarist Billy formed a local band The Rock & Roll Boys, including brothers Curtis on electric lead guitar and Charlie, Jr., on bass. In 1955 they recorded Rock, Pretty Mama, which was finally released by Quincy Records in 1957. Soon they changed their name to The Rock-A-Teers, but after recording six songs for the indie Nau-Voo label in Ohio, sans commercial success, despite good reviews, they disbanded. In the mid-1960s, Billy recorded for Sun Records, notably Reconsider Baby (1964), and his jumpin’ cover of Open The Door Richard (1966). He returned to the new Sun Studios in 2000, to record a retro album titled Legacy, which included his hit Rock, Pretty Mama and another late 1950s tune, You Heard Me Kockin’. In 2002, Sanctuary Records in London put together a compilation of his early music, re-titled Rockin’ Thru The Years, which encouraged him to make some personal appearances before declining health set in. The lead singer and co-founder of LA-based country rock/Americana band Roses & Cigarettes, Jenny Pagliaro, passed away, March 26 from complications due to Stage IV Breast Cancer. She was 35-years-old. Ailing John Berry, 59, suffering cancer of the throat that began with infected tonsils, is seeing support promised by star-pals, thanks to Music Health Alliance’s “We All Come Together” benefit, April 23 at City Winery, co-sponsored, too, by WSM- Nashville. Among talented players donating time to assure attendance are Anita Cochran, Billy Dean, Clint Black, Darryl Worley, Exile, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Roy Parnell, Restless Heart, Suzy Bogguss, Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt, T. Graham Brown, Tracy Lawrence and Vince Gill. “Wow! We are completely and utterly overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and care for both of us during this time. The music community has all come together for us and we are humbled to be friends with an amazing group of artists and proud to be part of an industry that cares so much for each other,” noted John and wife Robin. Life hasn’t been all that easy for John, despite song successes such as Your Love Amazes Me, and Standing On the Edge of Goodbye, for he’s survived a life-threatening 1981 motorcycle crash and brain surgery in 1994. Hal Ketchum’s wife Andrea revealed via a Facebook post on her husband’s certified page over the weekend that the Past The Point Of Rescue singer has Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. “He has been battling this for some time now,” she wrote, “but because of his love for his fans, he continued performing as long as it was possible. Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones. Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends.” MAY 2019 - cmp 7