Luther Dickson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon have released a new video for “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen”, off the group’s forthcoming debut studio album, Solstice, due out on March 22nd via New West Records. Dickinson, a co-founding member of southern rock act North Mississippi Allstars, produced the album himself at his family’s Zebra Ranch Studios in Independence, Mississippi. Dickinson has rounded up an all-star, all-female cast for the new project, including Amy Helm, Lillie Mae, Amy LaVere, Sharde Thomas, Birds of Chicago, and the Como Mamas.Originally written by T Bone Burnett and Bob Neuwirth for the 2003 film Cold Mountain, Luther Dickinson recorded his cover of “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen” with Amy Helm and Lillie Mae. Following a breezy opening guitar segment from Dickinson, Helm dives head-first into the song’s verse before harmonizing with Mae on the chorus.Dickinson recently shared his thoughts on the new project with Relix. He explains,Each singer brought a handful of songs to the table. Sometimes it was an old tune they wanted to reinterpret or something new they’d written that felt right for the cast of characters at hand, but no matter the track, all of our colors ended up mixing together on a communal palette.Watch Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon’s new video for “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen” below:Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon – “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen”[Video: New West Records]Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon will perform at various City Winery locations throughout the month of March. The band will also offer support to Phil Lesh and Friends at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on March 16th, as well as make appearances at Woodstock, NY’s Levon Helm Studios and High Sierra Music Festival.For ticketing and more information, head to Luther Dickinson’s website.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Obie Awards: Special Guest Presenters Unit Law and Order: SVU’s Tamara Tunie and The Newsroom’s Hamish Linklater, both vets of the New York stage, will host the 2014 Obie Awards on May 19 at Webster Hall. Tickets will go on sale on April 9. The awards honor the best of off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater. Among the presenters this year are Harvey Fierstein, Lena Hall, Andy Karl, Cristin Milioti and Kelli O’Hara. Idina Menzel Stallone Finds Rocky Inspiration in West Side Story Well, it makes sense with all those rumbles. Sylvester Stallone revealed to The Today Show that Tony and Maria influenced him to “give room for song” for the musical adaptation of Rocky. The original Italian Stallion says, “I always thought with Rocky and Adrian it’s very similar…and there’s so much silence in the movie.” What better way to fill that silence than with some knockout Ahrens and Flaherty tunes? Glad we’re on the same page, Stallone. Alan Cumming Idina Menzel is a Woman of Power But you didn’t need us to tell you that. According to Variety, If/Then star Idina Menzel will be honored at the magazine’s Power of Women luncheon on April 25 in New York. Additional honorees include fellow Broadway alums Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon and Claire Danes, as well as Nancy Dubuc and Iman. The women will be recognized for their various humanitarian efforts (Menzel for her “A Broader Way” arts initiative.) Star Files View Comments From Cabaret to Cannabis? Hey, what’s that smell? Cabaret star Alan Cumming will lead a one-night-only benefit concert of the musical based on cult classic Reefer Madness. The event will take place on April 19 at New World Stages with original Reefer star Christian Campbell and Thomas Dekker joining Cumming (additional cast members to be announced soon). Proceeds will go to Baby Quest Foundation.
Topics : Austria could start easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from next week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday, but warned that this depended on citizens abiding by social distancing rules.”The aim is that from April 14… smaller shops up to a size of 400 square meters, as well as hardware and garden stores can open again, under strict security conditions of course,” Kurz said at a press conference.He added that if the government’s timetable goes to plan, larger shops will reopen on 1 May and from mid-May hotels, restaurants and other services could also start to open their doors again in stages. However, he stressed that the restrictions on movement that Austria has introduced to fight the spread of COVID-19 remained in place and called on Austrians not to celebrate Easter with people outside their household.Schools will remain closed until mid-May and public events will remain banned until the end of June, Kurz said.If trends in infection began to worsen again, the government “always has the possibility to hit the emergency brake” and re-introduce restrictions, he said.The country of 8.8 million people currently has 12,058 confirmed infections, with 204 deaths and 2,998 people who have recovered.
Governor Wolf Announces Personnel Change SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Mary Isenhour will step down as Chief of Staff to take an external role with the governor. Mike Brunelle, the governor’s Executive Deputy Chief of Staff, will assume the role of Chief of Staff.“Mary has been with me since the beginning, and I am tremendously grateful to her for her service and loyalty,” said Governor Wolf. “Mary’s dedication to the people of Pennsylvania and to the governor’s office are unmatched.”“Mike brings a diverse array of experience, and he knows state government inside and out,” he continued. “I am confident that Mike will ensure there is a seamless transition.”Mike Brunelle most recently served as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff after joining the administration as a Special Assistant.Previous to joining the Wolf Administration, Mike Brunelle spent two years as the National Campaigns Director for the Service Employees International Union, where he led the organization’s programs in 26 states, and was the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Pennsylvania State Council.Before coming to Pennsylvania, Mike spent 8 years working on various candidate and issue-based campaigns in the Northeast, including the elections of Governor John H Lynch. He served as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, was a state representative in the New Hampshire General Court, and also served as the Democratic Whip.Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Lemoyne with his wife Erika, and their daughter, Ava.Mike Brunelle assumed duties as executive deputy chief of staff in Pennsylvania on January 11, 2016.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Sentencing law overhaul needed so offenders don’t get off ‘scot-free’, Labour leader Andrew Little saysStuff co.nz 5 October 2016Family First Comment: Well said.New Zealand’s sentencing laws need an overhaul to stop offenders “getting off scot-free” without a conviction, Labour leader Andrew Little says.Little says some judges are getting it wrong when granting discharges without conviction, saying Parliament has to send a message that it is not acceptable.Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo’s discharge without conviction for a 2015 attack on four people is being appealed by police, while an Auckland man who beat his wife with a hammer was initially granted a discharge without conviction before the High Court overturned the decision.Little told The Paul Henry Show discharges without conviction in a number of recent cases had “left everybody scratching their heads”.“When there’s violence involved, when there’s a weapon involved, when you’re attacking a police officer or other frontline person like that, it doesn’t make sense that you kind of get off scot-free.”While judges had to take certain “aggravating factors” into account when determining a sentence, some did not seem to be giving them enough weight when granting a discharge without conviction.The courts had a duty to reflect the community’s expectations and concerns about crime.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/84975525/Sentencing-law-overhaul-needed-so-offenders-don-t-get-off-scot-free-Labour-leader-Andrew-Little-says