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Interview with Lawrence Gowan of STYX

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The Backstage Beat is honored to speak to Lawrence Gowan of STYX and learn a little more about him and the tour that will bring him through Atlanta and the Gulf Coast.

Lawrence is a Canadian born musician with an extensive resume.  His list of awards and nominations are great, with these as highlights:

The following are Gowan’s Juno nominations:

  • 1983 – Nominated – “Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year”
  • 1985 – Winner – “Best Video” for “Criminal Mind” with director Rob Quartly Animation & Direction by Greg Duffell / Lightbox Studios Inc.
  • 1985 – Winner – “Best Album Graphics” for Strange Animal (awarded to designers Rob MacIntyre and Dimo Safari)
  • 1985 – Nominated – “Male Vocalist of the Year”
  • 1985 – Nominated – “Album of the Year” for Strange Animal
  • 1985 – Nominated – “Best Selling Single” for “A Criminal Mind”
  • 1985 – Nominated – “Best Video” for “You’re a Strange Animal” Animation by Greg Duffell / Lightbox Studios Inc.
  • 1986 – Nominated – “Best Video” for “Cosmetics” (director: Rob Quartly)
  • 1987 – Nominated – “Male Vocalist of the Year”
  • 1987 – Nominated – “Album of the Year” for Great Dirty World
  • 1987 – Nominated – “Canadian Entertainer of the Year”
  • 1991 – Nominated – “Male Vocalist of the Year”

On November 16, 1998, Gowan received the prestigious National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

In 2003, Gowan was presented with the SOCAN award (along with three other musicians) for songs that have surpassed the 100,000 radio airplay mark for his song, “Moonlight Desires”.

Lawrence has a great understanding of his role in one of the most recognizable bands and was a pleasure to talk with.

Have a listen:

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I look forward to catching up with him at the Atlanta show, July 14th at Verizon and covering them in Orange Beach, AL at The Wharf.

Photo by Leisa Foretich at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards 2010

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Robert Earl Keen, One “Happy Prisoner”

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Photo: Darren Carroll

Legendary Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen is on tour in support of his latest release, the bluegrass compilation Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone Records). Thirty years since his debut No Kinda Dancer, and twenty-six after taking the roots genre by storm on West Textures, Robert Earl pays tribute to his favorite music and artists with amazing interpretations of bluegrass standards. Joined by the likes of Sara Watkins, Natalie Maynes, Lyle Lovett Robert Earl is in good company on his 12th studio record.

Robert Earl talks with The Backstage Beat about cooking up the title for the album, recording outside of songwriting, advocating for fair artist compensation, his appearance on the Texas Monthly cover with Lyle Lovett, and more.

Be sure to see Robert Earl Keen in concert when he stops by Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this Saturday, July 18. He’ll be joined by Ruston Kelly as well! Get your tickets here.

Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adv/ $27.50 Day Of Show

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You Can Go Home Again: Interview with Home by Dark’s James Casto

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Today, we bring you a delightful interview with James Casto, creator of songwriter concert series Home by Dark. A regular fixture at Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta, Home by Dark will embark on a new series at the Gwinnett Center for Performing Arts on June 13 to bring the best and brightest in engaging performers to music lovers in an intimate, homey setting. James communicates the Home by Dark experience so eloquently, and it’s a great comfort to know that the music world has such a series to further bridge the gap between performer and audience.

The upcoming show at Gwinnett Center features artists JP Williams and James David Carter, both of whom James sings the praises of as brilliant, captivating talents.

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When: Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.

Where: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center

Tickets for Home By Dark range from $20-50 and are on sale now. Buy tickets at GwinnettCenter.comAXS.com, The Arena box office or by calling (770) 626-2464.
 
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von Grey with KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

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This Thursday, January 8, Atlanta’s von Grey head to Kennesaw State University for a special performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Not only will von Grey premiere new material with a symphonic arrangement, but proceeds from the event will also benefit KSU’s Proctor Scholarship. 

TBB spoke with Annika von Grey about the upcoming show, the band’s Loundfund campaign, and the girls’ year ahead.

Catch this amazing concert at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center. Grab your tickets here.

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