Two country singers came out as gay Thursday, an event every bit as significant for their industry as the public emergence of gays was for professional sports. Singer Ty Herndon announced first. He had an immediate impact on double-platinum country artist Billy Gilman, who, hearing of Herndon’s move, came out in a YouTube video on Thursday as well.
Bowman weathered challenges to his own health for a lot of 2012, and then on Nov. 20 last year came the death of his wife, Sandra Paige Bowman. His new CD, “Songs for Sandra,” is dedicated to her. He will celebrate the disc’s release Thursday at the Green Lady Lounge and play a gig with pianist Laura Caviani on Sunday at the Take Five Coffee + Bar in Overland Park.
If you’re going to see Loretta Lynn on Saturday, make sure to catch her opener, Nikki Lane. If you have children, there’s a free live show for you. And one of Kansas City’s best songwriters is releasing her third album.
The native of a tiny town in Arkansas only recently began writing and performing her music. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Morgan, who will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Industry Video Bar inside the Uptown Theater.
“The Planets and the Moon” will feature works by Debussy and Holst, with pianist Orion Weiss joining the orchestra for Mozart’s “celestial” Piano Concerto No. 23. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
LeBron James lost the battle for an offensive rebound and stewed in frustration while everyone else ran downcourt, leaving his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates to defend 4-on-5 at the other end while the game was still in the balance in the fourth quarter.
This is a partial list of the artists with whom guitarist Johnny Marr has worked since his old band the Smiths dissolved in 1987: The supergroup Electronic, The The (he was a member), the Pretenders (he was briefly a member), Beck, David Byrne, The Cribs, Hans Zimmer (on scores for "Inception" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and Modest Mouse, for whom he moved to Portland, Ore., for a few years, before returning to his native Manchester, England.
The second major collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P, "Run the Jewels 2" (Mass Appeal), is one of the year's best albums, a career high point and a commercial peak for two veteran MC's who have done strong work for decades beneath the mainstream radar.