Interviewing the music icon was like talking to a ‘really cool, funny’ grandpa

“People ask me all the time, ‘Where do you like to play?’ I say, anywhere I can get grits for breakfast. I don’t think that’s a problem in Montgomery,” Charlie Daniels told me with a laugh four years ago. 

I’m sure they’ve got grits in heaven, too. 

We lost a country rocking, fiddle playing icon this week when Daniels died Monday at 83 in Hermitage, Tennessee from a hemorrhagic stroke.

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Allen Sanders, general manager at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, said he’d worked on and off with Daniels for about 15 years. 

Charlie Daniels, left, with Allen Sanders, general manager of the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, prior to Daniels MPAC concert on Aug. 2, 2019.

“He was a gentle, soft spoken, authentic genuine man,” Sanders said. “He was always very gracious for the shows we did

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ITV Studios, BMG Partner on Production Music Label and Online Platform

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Bertelsmann-backed BMG Music and ITV Studios have struck a partnership that will see the German music publisher become the go-to partner for the “Love Island” and “Bodyguard” producer-distributor’s business spanning production music, records, publishing and synch.

The deal includes a global music publishing and administration agreement for future commissioned music, as well as the launch of a joint venture production music label and the development of a customized online platform.

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The BMG-created platform will be a top music delivery system serving as a one-stop shop for ITV Studios’ creative teams. The platform will host ITV’s commissioned music, music from the new joint venture production music label, as well as BMG Production Music’s broader catalogue offering. The portal will also provide a direct link for ITV Studios’ creative teams to browse and search across BMG’s synch catalogue.

Under the deal, ITV

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JoJo Siwa responds to accusations of blackface in music video

JoJo Siwa is setting the record straight regarding accusations that she featured a dancer wearing blackface in her new music video for her song “Nonstop.”

The 17-year-old “Boomerang” singer and former “Dance Moms” star posted a message on Instagram Friday explaining that the dancer in question was dressed up as a circus animal to go along with the video’s big top theme and wasn’t wearing blackface.

“I need to set the record straight about a few things because some have been irresponsible in recent stories and posts about me, and everyone seems to rush to conclusions without having all of the facts,” Siwa posted.

The big bow-wearing star, known for her appearances on YouTube and hosting kid-friendly shows on Nickelodeon, said she experienced backlash from haters that devolved into criticism of her appearance and sexuality over a costume that was in not intended to depict race.

“My instagram post yesterday

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Entrepreneur, musician Dae-Lee strives to make Charlotte’s music scene more inclusive

David “Dae-Lee” Arrington doesn’t fit into any one box: He’s a creative entrepreneur who owns two businesses, co-founded a nonprofit, and writes, produces and performs original music.

He draws upon his faith and his experiences growing up in a low-income Black neighborhood and later moving to a predominately white one in Charlotte.

“I went from the corner of my neighborhood in Norfolk, Va. to the cul-de-sacs of Ballantyne in Charlotte,” said Arrington, 38. “It was a 180-flip for me.”

The need to connect people drives Arrington to make music and start organizations that support relationship building and expose people to differences.

“I believe we are better together and that comes from my journey of living on both sides of the track,” he said. “I’m a bridge builder. It’s very much a part of me to leverage the power of art to bridge what is divided, whether it’s people, culture or

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Brittany Howard Got Personal, and Now Her Music Is More Political Than Ever

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Brittany Howard has never let the world dictate her fate. In her still-young career, her musical outpouring has been relentless: She’s formed three bands (Alabama Shakes, Thunderbitch, and Bermuda Triangle), released four albums (two with the Shakes, one with Thunderbitch, and a recent solo record, Jaime), and worked herself into a dizzy, dripping fever on countless stages. Each successive project has marked a step in a new direction, but none more so than Jaime, her first nakedly autobiographical album.

Though Howard’s prior music had been personal to varying degrees, Jaime was the sort of work that only she could make, and that she could only make alone. Named after her sister who died of cancer as a teenager, it faced

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