Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Richard Thompson Rock The Paramount in Huntington

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Country music greats Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Richard Thompson (in beret at far left) rocked The Paramount in Huntington March 24, 2013. (Long Island Press/Spencer Rumsey)The talent on stage at The Paramount in Huntington Sunday, March 24 was truly jaw-dropping. Grammy-winners Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell were joined on the bill by Grammy-nominee Richard Thompson, who’d recently been awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.We’re talking Nashville royalty and a London luminary. Here, on tour, was the best that country music has to offer and one of the greatest living guitarists—all still performing at the top of their musical careers, taking risks, seizing the moment, spanning tradition and stretching the genres.It was a magical evening of bittersweet harmonies, honky-tonkin’ rhythms, raw-boned Celtic rock, electrifying solos, broken hearts, healed hearts, lofty lyrics, aching metaphors, pathos, dark humor, black coffee and “Tragedy,” at least in the form of a wonderfully moving song co-written by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, touring together for the first time in almost 40 years.Harris, now a celebrated silver-haired songstress, first heard Crowell’s “Bluebird Wine” when she was looking for songs to perform on her first solo record, back in 1974, a year after her famous partner Gram Parsons had passed away. She tracked him down, and he joined her Hot Band for several years. Some of the original members of that ensemble rejoined Harris and Crowell on their new album, Old Yellow Moon, which just came out in February, and features a slightly revised “Bluebird Wine” to accommodate the passage of time—and the wisdom gained—since Crowell first wrote the song when he was barely 22.Now 62, Crowell, once married to Roseanne Cash, has had his songs covered by his ex-father-in-law Johnny Cash, Etta James and even the Grateful Dead. Harris is a highly regarded song hoarder, and together in the hallowed confines of Huntington’s Paramount, they did inspired versions of Waylon Jennings’ “Dreaming My Dreams,” Matraca Berg’s poignant “Back When We Were Beautiful,” Kris Kristofferson’s mournful “Chase the Feeling,” and “Hanging Up My Heart,” a song by Hank DeVito that Sissy Spacek recorded for Coal Miner’s Daughter. Harris gave a special shout-out to Patti Scialfa, you-know-who’s wife, before doing a haunting version of her 1993 song, “Spanish Dancer.”Judging from the fans milling outside the Paramount before the concert began, Harris and Crowell were probably the top draw, but Richard Thompson certainly had his share of aficionados, who’d come to revel in the power of his new album, Electric, his 14th studio recording, which was produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Miller’s Nashville studio. Named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time,” Thompson is a master of raw, Celtic-edged rock and finger-picking fluidity. He’d joined Sandy Denny in Fairport Convention in the late 1960s, played on a couple of tracks of the legendary late-artist Nick Drake, and gone on to garner critical acclaim with Linda Thompson (now his ex-wife) on the album Shoot Out the Lights.The previous time I’d caught Thompson at this venue on New York Avenue it was known as the Imac, and he was a solo acoustic act. This time he brought his talented trio along: Taras Prodaniuk on bass and Michael Jerome on drums. They rocked, doing cut after cut from the new album to scintillating effect, and, given the sound system at The Paramount, they were superb. Thompson did set aside his electric guitars (he used several) to perform “Vincent Black Lightning, 1952,” his classic ballad about Red Molly and her ne’er-do-well beau James, who bequeaths her his “fine motorbike” should fate break his stride. All in all, Thompson showed his virtuosic dexterity to perfection.Emmylou Harris brought him back onstage later in her set with Crowell, saying she was honored to be touring with one of “the greatest guitarists of my generation.” Thompson, in a black beret, and Crowell, in a brown cowboy hat, could both bring haberdashery’s headgear back in style. The British folk-rock artist smiled mischievously as he joined in a hard-driving version of Crowell’s song, “I Ain’t Living Long Like This.” And when Thompson traded incendiary licks with Harris’ hotshot Aussie lead guitarist, Jedd Hughes, the audience roared.For the encore, Harris and Crowell did Crowell’s evocative tribute to the Mississippi bayous, “Stars on the Water,” and took their band to the 31st floor of Gram Parson’s classic “Sin City,” where “your gold-plated door won’t keep out the Lord’s burning rain.”Inside The Paramount on March 24th, if there was any rain that night, it felt like teardrops of joy.To check out a calendar listing upcoming performances and concerts at Huntington’s The Paramount, CLICK HERE.last_img read more

Prosecutors criticize ex-PIMCO chief’s plea for resentencing

first_imgThis new plea comes three months after prosecutors disclosed that scheme mastermind William “Rick” Singer took notes on his phone in October that Hodge said skewed in his favor because they demonstrated that Singer purposefully omitted labeling the payments as donations, a distinction that he said reframed his criminal intent. In the notes, Singer, who facilitated the admission of Hodge’s children along with those of others indicted in the bribery scheme, wrote that he intentionally misled parents to believe their payments were legitimate and that he was directed by prosecutors to testify that the parents knew the money would be used to bribe university officials. Hodge, who paid $850,000 to gain four of his children admission to USC and Georgetown University as fake athletic recruits and aimed to gain his fifth child admission to Loyola Marymount University, has sought to partially withdraw his plea to conspiracy to commit money laundering and receive a resentencing for his fraud charge.  Federal prosecutors have denounced former PIMCO chief Douglas Hodge’s plea for resentencing in the college admissions scandal in documents filed Friday, arguing that the new information that surfaced after his sentencing did nothing to change his degree of culpability in the scandal. In a memorandum filed May 1, Hodge claimed that the government withheld evidence that would serve in his favor and that it erroneously labeled his involvement in the scandal as bribery following the surfacing of new information pertinent to the case in February. However, prosecutors argue that Singer’s statements do not change the circumstances pertaining to Hodge’s case as he knowingly made payments to Georgetown’s tennis coach and admitted to the court that his payments were made in exchange for his children’s fraudulent university admissions. Hodge’s attorneys did not respond to requests for comment in time for publication. To date, 26 of the 36 parents indicted in the scheme have pleaded guilty, including 10 who paid for false admission to USC. Actress Lori Louglin pleaded guilty last week for her involvement and will serve two months in prison if the deal struck with prosecutors is accepted. “Hodge’s motion is without merit and his factual contentions are demonstrably untrue, belied by among other things his own sworn statements to this Court and his statements to government investigators,” prosecutors wrote in the documents filed Friday. Early this month, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton rejected a request from 13 parents indicted in the scheme asking for the court to dismiss charges against them because prosecutors withheld evidence that would have supported their defense also following the release of Singer’s notes. Hodge, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in October, was sentenced in February to nine months in prison — the longest of any of the parents sentenced in Operation Varsity Blues to date. The court also ordered him to pay a $750,000 fine, complete 500 hours of community service and undergo two years of supervised release. “The Hodge children did not ‘obtain favorable consideration.’ Hodge stole admission slots for them from deserving applicants using illegal payoffs,” the documents filed by the prosecutors read. “Singer did not, sua sponte, provide Hodge’s children with a ‘false athletic brand.’ Hodge conspired with Singer to fabricate their credentials and impersonate real athletes. This is not ‘branding.’ It is fraud, and Hodge stands rightly convicted of two federal felonies because of it.” Prosecutors also asserted that Hodge made it clear his payments were donations before the release of new information because he stated so in his sentencing memorandum and an editorial published in February in the Wall Street Journal shortly after his sentencing.last_img read more

SAZKA CEO confirms 2020 National Lottery bid

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 SAZKA Group Chief Executive Robert Chvátal has confirmed that the growth-hungry gambling conglomerate will launch an official 2020 bid competing to win the UK’s fourth National Lottery contract starting in 2023.Stating SAZKA’s intent, Chvátal underlined that ‘investing in the UK is the next stop’, following a busy 2019 in which the Czech gambling fund secured majority shareholdings in OPAP Greece and Casinos Austria.SAZKA’s leader stated that ‘Brexit was no obstacle’ for the Czech outfit, which ‘has proven across Europe how lottery is done differently, with more fun and more profitability’ for customers and national stakeholders.“Next year we are preparing a tender for The National Lottery, and this is a very interesting opportunity for us,” he said. “We want to try to be the operator of the UK’s prestigious lottery. Moreover, Britain is the cradle of betting and betting, and it is one of the largest markets in Europe.”Significant corporate developments in 2019 saw SAZKA split its ownership, with Czech billionaire Karel Komarek Jr’s KKCG private equity fund taking full control of SAZKA’s gambling assets and investments.Chvátal underlined the changes as necessary, as a streamlined SAZKA is now fully focused on becoming the world’s leading gambling fund targeting prominent disruptions within the global lotteries sector.UK Media had previously speculated that SAZKA would be a likely bidder for the National Lottery’s 2020 tender, competing against high-profile suitors such as Northern & Shell and Richard Branson’s ‘Peoples Lottery’ vehicle.Further international interest saw the governance Française des Jeux (FDJ) confirm last week that discussions were being held with investment bank Rothschild, assessing options to compete in the 2020 tender. Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Funeral set for first female lieutenant governor of Iowa

first_imgDES MOINES — The funeral for former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Jo Ann Zimmerman is set for late tomorrow morning in Des Moines.Zimmerman was the last independently elected lieutenant governor and the first woman to hold the office. She ran for governor in 1990, but ended her campaign and became Democratic gubernatorial nominee Don Avenson’s running mate. That was the first election nominees for governor and lieutenant governor ran together as a team, as the president and vice president do.Zimmerman, the first nurse elected to the Iowa legislature, was also the co-founder of a group called DAWN to help Democratic women get elected to public office.Zimmerman’s funeral will be held at the First Christian Church in Des Moines. A visitation with her family will held at the church today from 4-7 p.m.last_img read more