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.
View Comments Diirected by Christine Jones and created by Randy Weiner, the new production is a fusion of performance, music, circus, cuisine, design and nightlife that welcomes the audience into a wholly collaborative event. The evening is a dark debutante ball thrown by The Marchesa for her daughter Pamina. Drinks will flow, dinner is served and over the course of the gala, guests will be engaged, entertained and immersed in this genre-blurring initiation. Make way for the Queen! Off-Broadway’s interactive entertainment experience Queen of the Night will extend its run of performances indefinitely. Originally only scheduled to play through February 9, the show is now set to officially open on February 1 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. The Queen of the Night creative team also features set design by Jones, costume design by Thom Browne, lighting design by Austin R. Smith, sound design by Darron L. West and additional design by Douglas Little.
Guide to SMEs_Article image_long,This is part of our free series, Guide for SMEs, which aims to provide practical, actionable advice for small food and drink brands impacted by the coronavirus crisisWhen lockdown hit, many bricks and mortar food and drink businesses had to overcome the roadblock that had landed on their route to market by pivoting their business model.To find out how it’s done, and what needs to be considered when you make the switch, we spoke to Stefano Cuomo, MD of Faversham food hall Macknade, which introduced its first delivery service while in lockdown to keep the tills ringing. Are there any considerations small businesses should take into account before they decide to pivot?For the hospitality sector, particularly food and beverage retailers, the main consideration is whether to offer delivery or takeaway options. In the short term, delivery and takeaway services can work well as they can be scaled up or down, and the approach allows businesses to maintain a positive rapport with their customers.However, the overheads for retail and delivery are very different, which should be an important concern influencing the decision to pivot into delivery. For small and medium-sized retailers, whilst it’s important to be dynamic, innovation needs to be carried out in a way that doesn’t result in extra overheads or your business won’t benefit. The best strategic approach is to review measures regularly to ensure that they can be fulfilled.Another huge consideration is the health and safety of both employees and customers. Understanding the current health and safety guidelines is crucial; we work with a support organisation for SMEs, Locate in Kent, to help unpick the requirements, and I believe in other parts of the UK, there are similar support services.What work must be done ahead of changing your business plan?Considering your margins is a major part of creating a strategic plan. Thanks to the government furlough scheme, we have been given some headspace to revisit our business model with the burden of extra overheads taken away.From March to July, we have been able to relook at our model and start to pivot. These changes in our approach aren’t just to help us to remain profitable now, but allow us some wiggle room to examine our business model in depth to make sure it’s still going to be relevant in two years’ time.Naturally, this is challenging in the current climate as there are still a lot of unknowns, but having a central strategy to guide you, that is flexible enough to be adapted as we progress through the crisis, will be key for SMEs to ensure the success of their business.How will pivoting impact taxation?It comes back to margin. Businesses have been able to defer a lot of their overheads thanks to government measures, but there is going to be some unpicking to be done in the coming months as businesses start to look at bringing those costs back in, and what the impact is going to be.Additionally, from a cashflow perspective, businesses need to ensure their deferred payments are being planned for. ‘Having a central strategy to guide you, that is flexible enough to be adapted as we progress through the crisis, will be key for SMEs,’ says Cuomo What kind of support is available for SMEs who are considering diversification?I’d encourage SMEs to look at the organisations that work with their local council as a starting point, as well as identifying the main areas of support you would benefit from.In Kent, where Macknade is based, we have organisations like Locate in Kent, Visit Kent and Produced in Kent that provide fantastic resources for SMEs. These agencies are partners of the local council and offer business support services. There is also funding available from Kent County Council, in the form of 0% loans, to support businesses already in Kent or those looking to relocate there. Finding and meeting other businesses that are similar to yours is helpful too. We find that connecting with other SMEs and sharing information to support each other can make a lot of difference. When should an SME communicate the switch to customers?The approach should be the same as any other trading period: keep having continual dialogue with your customers with clear messages about what you’re doing. It’s important to explain the approach you’re taking and reassure customers that your product and its quality remains the same.Now more than ever, communication is key to maintain your customer relationships, and adopting a transparent and inclusive manner with your customer communications – keeping them updated on the progress of your plans and how your business is faring – will help to keep them engaged with your business.Do staff contracts need to be changed?At the moment, the formal employee contract will remain the same, in terms of being an overview of responsibilities and expectations of the team member. Although, as the situation in the UK changes, it is likely that contracts are going to need to adapt in line with the ‘new normal’.As we start to move forward towards a more flexible way of working, this is going to have to be contracted in. Are there any popular switches for businesses operating in certain markets?The obvious one for food and drink businesses has been delivery. This shift, however, can only come with an understanding of who your core customers are, as no business can service everyone.At Macknade, our customer age demographic is 60-plus. When we look at this core customer, the chances are they were isolating earlier than other age groups and are likely to continue to prioritise home delivery options.Delivery therefore makes strategic sense in the context of our customer base. I think that is the main point to consider – understand who you are targeting and how your business can pivot to suit your customer base.
Caroline Wozniacki thrashed world number one Simona Halep to reach the WTA Finals last four in Singapore wednesdayWozniacki, who beat Elina Svitolina in her first match, broke Halep’s serve five times in a victory that secured progress from Red Group.The Dane is one of five players who could finish the year as world number one by winning the tournament. Caroline Garcia won the last four games to beat Svitolina 6-7 (9-7) 6-3 7-5 in Wednesday’s other Red Group match.The result means any one of Halep, Garcia or Svitolina could join Wozniacki in the semi-finals depending on the results of Friday’s last robin-round matches.Karolina Pliskova has already qualified from the White Group, with Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams playing for the second qualifying spot today.Wozniacki, a former world number one, took the first set in 24 minutes against Halep, making only two unforced errors.The Dane faced a break point in the fourth game of the second set, but Halep was unable to convert.“Even if you lose the first match, you still have nothing to lose,” said Wozniacki.“It’s just a nice cushion to have. I think that kind of motivates me to start off strong and just go for it.“I just ran a lot of balls down and I played aggressive and I mixed up the pace. Everything I wanted to do was going my way.”French eighth seed Garcia hit 58 winners as she fought back to condemn Svitolina to a second defeat in three days, although the Ukrainian remains in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.“Probably when I finish the tournament I will have questions for my team and myself, because these kind of matches I played really terrible tennis,” said Svitolina.“OK, the girls played really, really good but the way I handled the situations in this tournament, it was like completely brainless.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram