Music News Digest: Week Of July 14, 2019

July 21, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 14, 2019, it was announced that Linda Ronstadt and Earth, Wind & Fire will be among this year's recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The awards ceremonies will take place on December 8 in Washington, D.C. and will air December 15 on CBS.

A new charity event dubbed "Harvest Moon: A Gathering," to be hosted by Neil Young to raise money for The Bridge School he co-founded in 1986 with late ex-wife Pegi, will be held on September 14, 2019 at the Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes, CA. The Doobie Brothers announced six new shows to take place beginning September 15 in Las Vegas and also covering Bakersfield, CA (September 18), San Antonio, TX (September 24), Corpus Christi, TX (September 25), Thackerville, OK (September 27), and Lake Charles, LA (November 9). Also, Richie Furay of Poco and Buffalo Springfield and Dave Mason of Traffic will give a series of five joint performances beginning October 2 in Yountville, CA, with stops in San Francisco and other California cities.

The lineups have been announced for Sammy Hagar's 2nd annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show which will be held on September 28 and 29, 2019 in Huntington Beach, CA. Featured performers will include The Beach Boys, KC & The Sunshine Band, and Blue Oyster Cult. For more info, visit

Freddie Mercury's previously unreleased 1986 song, "Time Waits For No One," which came out for the first time last month as a digital single, will also be available, along with an archival interview, on vinyl and as a CD single on July 26, 2019. Also, "NOW That's What I Call Yacht Rock," a new compilation featuring classic songs by 10cc, Peter Frampton, Looking Glass, Dave Mason, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and many other veteran bands and artists, will be coming out on August 2 in various formats.

The Doors' 1969 album, "The Soft Parade," will be coming out on October 18, 2019 as an expanded reissue in commemoration of this recording's 50th anniversary. Also due out on that day is a new Jethro Tull reissue titled "Stormwatch: 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition," which includes a remix of the band's 1979 album plus various unreleased songs and a 1980 concert recording.

A new Nat King Cole box set titled "Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" will be coming out on November 1, 2019 on both CD and vinyl. This historic collection of almost 200 songs gathers together many of the legendary singer's early recordings he made prior to signing with Capitol Records.

Also that week, it was announced that the 1970 documentary, "Woodstock: The Director’s Cut," will be shown for one night only in theaters across the country on August 15, 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the historic music festival. Also, a new documentary titled "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band" will make its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 5.

Finally, Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, NJ will host an exhibit with over 150 artifacts illustrating how the rock legend's early surroundings influenced his music. Dubbed "Springsteen: His Hometown," this event will open at the Monmouth County Historical Association on September 29, 2019 and will run through the fall of 2020. For more info, visit

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