“It's the most difficult thing to write, a modern blues. The only person I know who can do it well is Robert Cray. It comes straight out of him.
I saw him recently this year, and he's still doing it. He's on fire, the real thing.”
– Eric Clapton, 2017

Robert Cray, legendary Memphis sidemen Hi Rhythm and Steve Jordan are honored to be nominated for the Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 60th Grammy Awards. “Meegan Voss and I are very proud to release this great album on our label, Jay-Vee Records. It’s been one of the most gratifying experiences of our careers, and we’re grateful to Robert for giving us this opportunity,” says Jordan, who produced Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm," says Jordan, who produced Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm for Jay-Vee Records, the label he founded with Meegan Voss.

Released during the 60th Anniversary of Royal Studios in Memphis, recording the self-titled Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm “was a soul, rhythm and blues fantasy camp for us,” adds Jordan, who first met Cray in 1987 while working on the concert film Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll, a tribute to ‪Chuck Berry. “Memphis, for me, is the home of American music,” says Cray, who, for the past four decades has been blurring the lines of R&B, blues and soul with five Grammy wins and over 20 records.

The acclaimed LP features Rev. Charles Hodges (organ and piano), Leroy “Flick” Hodges (bass), along with cousin Archie “Hubbie” Turner (keyboards) and Steve Jordan on drums and percussion, with beloved Memphis vocal group The Masqueraders and the great Tony Joe White on guitar for two of his own songs, “Aspen, Colorado” and “Don’t Steal My Love.”

The Grammy nomination has been one of the many 2017 highlights for Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, who each received lifetime achievement awards at the 2017 Americana Music Awards, performed on Conan, Jools Holland, NPR World Café, Beale Street Caravan and featured the album’s protest song “Just How Low” live at KCSN in Los Angeles. “We finished mastering in January 2017. This is an Obama record!” adds Steve, who shared his story this year on WTF with Marc Maron. You can also catch Steve interviewing Robert for his new SiriusXM show, Layin’ It Down.

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm is available on vinyl, streaming and CD through Jay-Vee Records.

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
“The Same Love That Made Me Laugh” (Bill Withers)
“You Must Believe in Yourself” (Charles Jerue)
“I Don’t Care” (Sir Mac Rice)
“Aspen, Colorado” (Tony Joe White)
“Just How Low” (Robert Cray)
“You Had My Heart” (Robert Cray)
“I’m with You Pt. 1” (Lowman Pauling)
“Honey Bad” (Sir Mac Rice/Judd Phillips)
“The Way We Are” (Robert Cray)
“Don’t Steal My Love” (Tony Joe White)
“I’m With You Pt. 2” (Lowman Pauling)




The Detroit Red Wings are auctioning off authentic items from historic Joe Louis Arena including Al the Octopus, Red Wings legends locker room stalls, hundreds of unique framed photos, locker room doors and signs and MORE! This exciting online auction starts Saturday, December 9 at 7 a.m.



Photo: MLive

University experts determined these bones are more than 15,000 years old. Researchers have determined that the mammoth was likely a 45-year-old male.

University of Michigan paleontologists conducted a second excavation this week at the Chelsea-area farm where the skull, tusks and dozens of intact bones of an ice age mammoth were pulled from the ground in late 2015.

A U-M news video of the skull and two attached tusks being hoisted from the muddy excavation pit with a backhoe on October 1, 2015, has been viewed more than 875,000 times on YouTube.

The Original Excavation, Oct. 2015: https://youtu.be/XbekbGz1cEY
The Bristle Mammoth Exhibit: https://youtu.be/l0s3pzS1F4I
READ THE FULL STORY: http://myumi.ch/6jrbo



The Beatles first demonstration single for Parlophone 'Love Me Do' has been officially confirmed as sold through Discogs for $14,757.00US (£11,250.00) breaking a Discogs sales record for a 7" single. Released on October 5, 1962, this is one of only 250 issued with McCartney (McArtney) incorrectly spelled in the writing credit.

The single was purchased through Discogs nearly 55 years to the day of release, having sold on October 9, 2017. More information on The Beatles 'Love Me Do' single can be found in the Discogs Database HERE.

View the entire Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs for October 2017

Discogs is the user-built database of music; with a catalog of more than 9,000,000 recordings and 5,000,000 artists, Discogs is the largest physical music database in the world. In addition, Discogs connects buyers and sellers across the globe.

With more than 37 million items available and thousands of sellers, this is the premier spot for new releases to hard to find gems. Download the Discogs App for iOS (HERE) and Android (HERE).

Join the Fastest, Largest Music Community on the Planet. Get Started. More on Discogs, including logos and brand guidelines at discogs.com/about. We've also launched Gearogs, Filmogs, Bookogs, Comicogs, and Posterogs this year!


Jeffrey Smith
Public Relations | Strategic Partnerships
Discogs | Discogs.com | @thejeffreysmith


Blind people will hear you coming in your soundless engined car...

Hybrid vehicles might be the ride of choice for gangsters in television shows where they can go and leave unnoticed.

In real life though, people are complaining of the dangers the silent hybrid engines. Imagine crossing the street without hearing a vehicle’s sound, and the next thing you know is a bumper near your knee.

Companies like Lotus designs gadgets to provide engine noise for the silent vehicles. Japan is even thinking if it should make the device mandatory for all hybrid vehicles to improve safety on the road.

The root of the problem is on the design of the electric engine of the vehicles (traditional cars use custom parts by t-rex). Running on electric power alone, the car does not produce any noise when cruising on low speed. The quiet cruising of the EV has been an issue especially for visually impaired persons walking on the street.

Visually impaired persons depend on sounds when they walk on the street and they have petitioned to the government to make the streets safer for them as they consider the popular hybrid cars in Japan as dangerous.

The Japanese government has formed a team of experts, vision impaired, police, representatives from the auto industry, and consumers to discuss the best solution to the problem. So far, it has been a consensus that a sound making gadget be added to the hybrids.

Lotus has developed a technology coined Safe and Sound which uses speakers and microphones to make sure that people outside will hear the vehicle coming. The advanced system still allows for a quiet ride for the occupants of the vehicle.
 No hybrid vehicle has utilized this feature so far.

Author bio: Leo Doss, general manager of Carlined.com

Leo works as a manager for one of the best companies of custom car parts. He provides such goods as he interior and exterior custom accessories, automotive lighting and auto body parts. He tries to position himself as a thought leader in the car world.



The second attempt at a partial implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome was a success just after 4 p.m. on Monday, more than a day after the first attempt was a failure. According to Adamo, the demolition company tasked with the implosion, eight charges disconnected -- preventing the fall of the Silverdome on Sunday morning. "We had a lot of difficulty getting people out of here the other night...we don't know if someone accidentally pulled the wire off. We don't know, we're still researching that," said Adamo Executive Vice President Rick Cuppetilli. Monday's explosion seemed to be much larger, and sent the upper level of the Silverdome crumbling to the ground.


hen it comes to beautiful desserts, cakes often get all the credit. It’s easy to see why—with spectacular trends like buttercream flowers and sculpted sugar brushstrokes, there’s a definite “wow” factor with these confections. But you can’t underestimate the power of creative pies. Lauren Ko, a home baker from Seattle, produces spectacular pie crusts that are as much a work of art as they are tasty.

Many of Ko’s pies utilize a lattice pastry approach, but with a twist. She will arrange the long, thin strips of dough in complex weaving and graceful crisscrossing patterns. The results often frame the pie fillings; in some of her recent creations, the lattices enclose a bunch of berries for a bullseye-style design, while another pie has a mandala-like shape in the center.


Between Christmas and New Year's, the Detroit Institute of Arts offers extended hours filled with activities for visitors of all ages! Enjoy exhibitions, puppet performances, art-making workshops, films and more. Current exhibitions are "Monet: Framing Life," "Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage," "D-Cyphered: Photographs by Jenny Risher" and "Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA." The DIA's newly re-installed Japanese art gallery is also open.

The DIA is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 26, 27, 28, and 30, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: The museum will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1.

Tickets are required for "Monet: Framing Life," "Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage" and the 2017 British Arrows. All other programs are free with museum admission and for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. View a complete schedule of events HERE.



The two-minute trailer brought together nearly every major superhero in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Doctor Strange all appeared in the dramatic trailer, which has already racked up nearly half a million views on YouTube.

The teaser included exciting scenes of the Avengers coming together to take on the Marvel super team's biggest foe: Thanos.

"In time you will know what it is like to lose," said Thanos, who is played by Josh Brolin. "To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail all the same."

Avengers: Infinity War starts the two-part finale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. The end will come for the original superheroes we’ve grown to love over the years, including Iron Man and Thor, but the question is how their stories will end. Will they die in a battle with Thanos, either in Infinity War or Avengers 4? Will they simply retire to Avengers Tower and watch as other superheroes, like Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, save the planet from catastrophic threats? READ MORE



An American In Paris arrives in Detroit tonight. Performances continue at the Detroit Opera House through December 10

Get ready for a musical experience we know you're going to think is 'S Wonderful and Marvelous as we welcome An American In Paris to the Detroit Opera House for a two week engagement.

In today's preview email you learn about the show, check out preview videos, read about native Detroiter Teri Hansen, celebrate GIVING TUESDAY by saving on tickets while supporting one of several great Detroit organizations, and so much more.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!

The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.”


Love this article and I am sharing it for all my true crime fan friends!

17 True Crime Shows on Netflix
By Olivia Truffaut-Wong

Ever since Netflix premiered the sensational Making a Murderer docu-series, the streaming site has been the number one stop for any and every true crime fan. Since then, Netflix has premiered multiple original true crime shows — The Keepers, The Confession Tapes — but even their most avid watchers might have missed these 17 true crime hidden gems on Netflix. It's easy to get caught up in the trending show of the week, but sometimes the best, most disturbing and fascinating stories out there aren't the ones you marathoned opening weekend.


Downton Abbey has officially arrived in the United States!

This week, MASTERPIECE is celebrating the just-opened Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, making its debut in New York City before traveling to other US cities.

Purchase your tickets at: www. downtonexhibition.com.

Get up close with your favorite characters, costumes, locations, and more in this one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit. You'll also see never-before-seen show footage.

Imagine for yourself the bustle of Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the whispers in the servants quarters, the opulence of the family dining room, and the elegance of Lady Mary's bedroom as you walk through these most recognizable sets. Then, marvel at the beauty and detail of more than 50 of the show's official costumes!


Tickets on-sale Friday, December 1

(Ann Arbor, Michigan – November 27, 2017) In celebration of its 75th birthday, The Michigan Theater Foundation is pleased to announce the Grand Re-opening of the iconic-State Theatre on Friday, December 8, 2017. 

Movies at the new State Theatre will open to the public on Saturday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. The State Theatre is located at 233 S. State Street at the intersection of State Street and Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In the final stages of revitalization and in anticipation for the Grand Re-opening, The State Theatre has been a visual and activity anchor for downtown Ann Arbor for 75 years. It brings history, diversity and excitement to the community while stimulating the economy of the Liberty and State Street area.

Restoring the theatre to its former glory and enhancing it with modern amenities ensures that generations to come will benefit from its cultural and economic impact, while helping to position the Michigan Theater Foundation as an international leader of art-house cinema programming.

The iconic State Theatre marquee will help kick off the State Street District Moonlight Madness event with the official relighting on Friday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. December 1 will also mark The State Theatre’s on-sale date for tickets to the public.

The State Theatre’s goal is to show “the must see” arthouse films, which include the best new releases as well as highly-celebrated festival programming, repertory films, cult classics, and much more.

Opening weekend features will include new releases THE DISASTER ARTIST, THE SQUARE, and HUMAN FLOW. There will be a special engagement of the Detroit-filmed DESTINED, running December 8-13, with a special guest appearance by Director and Ann Arbor native, Qasim Basir.

In honor of the 75th birthday celebration of the State Theatre, a 1942 Series will feature daily showings of 1942 classics such as THE FLEET’S IN, SABOTEUR, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, and WOMAN OF THE YEAR.

Friday and Saturday will feature the late-night series at 10:00 p.m. with showings of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, and the longest running State Theatre midnight movie, HAROLD AND MAUDE. Showtimes are subject to change; please visit www.statetheatrea2.org/schedule, for updates.

Advance tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for showings starting on Saturday, December 9, and will be available at www.statetheatrea2.org/schedule.

State Theatre film tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors, and children under 12 and $7.50 for Michigan & State Theater members. Matinees (all shows before 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) are $7 for all guests. Late night and midnight movies are $8. Special ticket prices will apply for special film presentations and non-State Theatre-sponsored films.

The State Theatre Official Social Channels:

WEBSITE: http://statetheatrea2.org/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pg/statetheatrea2

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/statetheatrea2

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