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WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. NOT PARTICIPATING IN FERRICK VS. SPOTIFY CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, INSTEAD SEEKING AMICABLE SETTLEMENT



DT:      JANUARY 2, 2018
FM:      MITCH SCHNEIDER/MIKE GOWEN
 MSO PR
WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC.
AND ITS CLIENTS HAVE ELECTED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FERRICK VS. SPOTIFY CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT THAT ADDRESSES WRONGDOING BY SPOTIFY
INSTEAD, AIM FOR AMICABLE SETTLEMENT FOR ITS PAST INFRINGEMENTS AND UNLICENSED USES, AND SEEKS TO WORK OUT A GO-FORWARD LICENSE WHICH IS FAIR TO ALL PARTIES
 
 
WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. is well-known in the music industry for supporting the rights of songwriters and publishers. Founded in 1978, the Los Angeles-based company represents thousands of songwriters and publishers, including many of the top acts in music.
On December 21, 2017, Congressman Doug Collins introduced the Music Modernization Act Of 2017.  WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. recognizes that a good deal of compromise went into crafting a bill that would please a diverse coalition of music industry groups and praises David Israelite and the NMPA for their help in working with Congressman Collins on this legislation.
 
In spite of its general support for the Act, WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. president Randall Wixen explains that “unfortunately the bill disenfranchises our clients from legal redress for infringements made of their songs without proper licenses by various streaming services.” Within the Act is a provision that (once the bill becomes law) would eliminate important legal remedies that publishers have against Spotify and similar services that may have infringed their works if suits were filed on or after January 1, 2018.
 
WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. and its clients have elected not to participate in the Ferrick vs. Spotify class action lawsuit that addresses this wrongdoing by Spotify, in part because of their belief that the proposed settlement is inadequate, because too much of the settlement is going to legal fees, and because the terms of the go-forward license in the settlement are not in their long-term best interests. WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. was and is desirous of sitting down with Spotify to work out an amicable settlement for its past infringements and unlicensed uses, and seeks to work out a go-forward license which is fair to all parties.
 
Mr. Wixen remarked: “We are very disappointed that these services will retroactively get a free pass for actions that were previously illegal unless we actually file suit before January 1, 2018.   Neither we nor our clients are interested in becoming litigants but we have been faced with a choice of forfeiting rights and damages, or taking action at this time. We regret that this otherwise admirable proposed bill has had this effect, and we hope that Spotify nonetheless comes to the table with a fair and reasonable approach to reaching a resolution with us. We are fully prepared to go as far forward in the courts as required to protect our clients’ rights.”
 
Wixen continues: “We’re just asking to be treated fairly. We are not looking for a ridiculous punitive payment. But we estimate that our clients account for somewhere between 1% and 5% of the music these services distribute. Spotify has more than $3 billion in annual revenue and pays outrageous annual salaries to its executives and millions per month for ultra-luxurious office space in various cities. All we’re asking for is for them to reasonably compensate our clients by sharing a miniscule amount of the revenue they take in with the creators of the product they sell. Music fans should be able to enjoy Spotify, knowing that their favorite artists are being treated fairly.”
 
 
 
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THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND Receives 2018 GRAMMY Award Nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album”

DT: NOVEMBER 28, 2017
FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MIKE GOWEN/ANDREA FAULK,
MSO PR(Los Angeles)
LYNDIE WENNER, MSO PR
(Nashville)
THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND’S
DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM
‘WHAT IF’
RECEIVES GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR
“BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM”
RELEASED AUGUST 18 VIA ROUNDER RECORDS
ON A WAVE OF PRAISE
Above: The Jerry Douglas Band
THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND‘s debut studio album, WHAT IF, today (11/28) has received a 2018 GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.”
“Every nomination for any award is special, but today was the first nomination for a band that I travel with and confide in which makes it all the more special,” says DOUGLAS. “We are brothers on the road in every way, and I am so proud to be among these wonderful musicians in this endeavor.”
On WHAT IF (released August 18 via Rounder Records), the 14-time GRAMMY Award-winning and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year, JERRY DOUGLAS and company decisively merge jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul that DOUGLAS spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he, or anyone else, has done before.
PRAISE FOR WHAT IF:
“Even after 14 Grammys, Jerry Douglas is still exploring unlikely musical pairings, as evidenced by the soul-and bluegrass-melding rendition of ‘Hey Joe…’ Jerry Douglas Band’s version opens with a furious Dobro lick before driving to the chorus with thick ascending horn lines that suggest Sixties Motown. While more traditional Country instrumentation of fiddle and trebly electric guitar both take instrumental flights of their own, saxophonist Jamel Mitchell, nephew of Al Green producer Willie Mitchell, blows a bluesy solo that offers a fresh sonic counterpoint.”
RollingStone.com, August 4, 2017

“… What If is a new beginning…it’s a freewheeling, musically sprawling set, perhaps more jazz and rock oriented than most would expect. Douglas writes most of the material yet works up innovative, substantially rearranged versions of ‘Hey Joe,’ best known by Hendrix’s cover but here given a caffeinated backwoods workup, and Tom Waits’ ‘2:19.’ The album’s centerpiece is its title track, a pensive progressive jazz/bluegrass fusion instrumental that allows the members to stretch out and shows both their creativity and talent. Ditto for the Douglas-Bela Fleck co-write ‘Freemantle,’ best described as bluegrass/jazz fusion, where Douglas’ Dobro interweaves with the horns and guitar in electrifying fashion. There’s enough fret-shredding in the opening five minute ‘Cave Bop’ (a re-recording of a Douglas original, first heard in 2002) with its high energy soloing and near free-jazz approach, and the closing ‘Hot Country 84.5′ that’s somewhat more laid back but just as musically challenging, to satisfy those looking for Douglas’ sizzling picking. But it’s the interaction of the instruments throughout, in particular the horns, that makes this a true band production…whether you come for hot licks, compositional diversity or to experience a talented band firing on all cylinders with like-minded players delving into a variety of styles they love, the superb What If has you covered. Hopefully this is the start of a long term ensemble, willing to test individual musical parameters and expand their roots based standards into new, dynamic and fresh frontiers.” (4 out of 5 stars)
–Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter, August 16, 2017

“The new project merges jazz with bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul on eleven tracks filled with bold arrangements and unexpected elements. One such song is Douglas’ rendering of Tom Waits’ ‘2:19.’ A funky revelation, the song drips with soul courtesy of some dynamic horn-work and Douglas’ bluesy vocals.”
–Tara Joan, No Depression, July 20, 2017

“Backed by an ace horn section and a killer band, resonator master Jerry Douglas serves up a daring fusion of jazz, rock, and bluegrass on his new album, What If.”
–Adam Perlmutter, Premier Guitar Magazine, December 2017 issue

“…Dobro master Jerry Douglas is pulling the strings, taking Billy Roberts’ classic composition [‘Hey Joe’] to new and exciting places…Douglas & Co. truly soup up the tune, adding plenty of bluegrass fire and thunder along the way.”
–Damian Fanelli, GuitarWorld.com, August 8, 2017

“Ultimately, What If signals that after so many years and so many recordings, Douglas is still pushing the envelope and challenging himself to do new things with his music… The song [‘2:19’] is an interesting choice…essentially it is a blues tune and with Jerry Douglas and his talented band at the helm, the song is loaded with twang, horns, and some damn fine solo work. It stands out for the heavy dose of funk and soul the band whips up.”
GlideMagazine.com, July 24, 2017

“Douglas has never been afraid of pushing labels aside in his search for arresting sounds and musical adventure. Like banjo-bashing Bella Fleck and mando-wizard Dave Grisman, he can and does turn his hand to almost anything that catches his fancy. With What If, he has again pushed the boat way out, far beyond the comfort zone of many, to deliver an album that has horns where banjo or mando might be expected, and at times his own gravel-strewn voice to produce an unexpectedly confident stab at the blues; one track, Tom Waits’ ‘2.19,’ is clearly a straightforward, powerfully produced traditional, twelve-bar blues number where his picking and singing both combine to remarkable effect, and his take on the old rock-blues standard ‘Hey Joe’ (his second recording of the track) is an up-tempo, driving tour de force. Add a few Celtic traditional sounding instrumental tracks to the mix and you have a release that is truly surprising, inspired, unexpected but beautifully done.”
–Iain Patience, ElmoreMagazine.com, August 8, 2017

 

Above: cover art for WHAT IF
For more information on THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, visit:
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For press inquiries regarding JERRY DOUGLAS, contact:
MSO PR
818.380.0400
Los Angeles
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@msopr.com
Mike Gowen // mgowen@msopr.com
Andrea Faulk (tour) // afaulk@msopr.com
Nashville
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@msopr.com

 


THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND To Headline The Troubadour On Monday, November 13

 

 

 

***SHOW ALERT***SHOW ALERT***SHOW ALERT***
THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND
SET TO PERFORM HEADLINING SHOW IN LOS ANGELES
AT THE TROUBADOUR ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
NEW ALBUM ‘WHAT IF’
OUT NOW VIA ROUNDER RECORDS
ON A WAVE OF PRAISE
Above: The Jerry Douglas Band
THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND–led by 14-time Grammy Award-winning and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year JERRY DOUGLAS–are set to perform a headlining show at The Troubadour on Monday, November 13 during a stop on their current national U.S. tour in support of the recently released album, WHAT IF (Rounder Records). The band will bring their unique sound that decisively merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul to the history-drenched venue. Tickets available here.

Might you have interest in arranging a show preview or coming out to review?

WHAT IF, the debut studio album from THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, was released August 11 on a wave of praise (some standout reviews listed below).

On the album, THE JERRY DOUGLAS BANDgive “Hey Joe” a genre-bending arrangement, with the song’s video premiered by Rolling Stone.The song–in addition to a funky, soul-drenched arrangement of “2:19,” the Tom Waits’ gem–was performed recently alongside bassist Daniel Kimbro during a live session with Paste Magazine which can be viewedhere. Other WHAT IF standouts, such as the album’s title track and “Battle Stick,” were performed on the streets of New York City for “City Winery Cellar Sessions” which can been seen here.

Though Douglas has previously recorded several of the songs on WHAT IF, he turns them inside out here in bold new arrangements filled with unexpected elements. For example, in 1992 he covered “Hey Joe,” the Billy Roberts folk tune that became one of Jimi Hendrix’s most beloved blues-rockers, as an uptempo bluegrass song. Here, it’s recontextualized again with drums and fiddle–and horns instead of mandolin. He also radically reconfigures the album opener “Cavebop,” originally recorded in 2002. This time, it contains the horns he always wanted it to have. “The first time I recorded it, we just played it as fast as we possibly could,” says DOUGLAS. “This time, we made it a bit more sophisticated, with more of an arrangement. A lot of times, when you record songs, you don’t really know ’em yet. I got another shot at this one.”

As soon as he graduated from high school, DOUGLAS headed to Washington, D.C., to join Charlie Waller, Ricky Skaggs, and Doyle Lawson in the Country Gentlemen. He’s since performed in so many incarnations; at one point, he counted membership in eight bands–simultaneously. His recent history includes his band the Earls of Leicester–his version of the Flatt and Scruggs band–with Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Jeff White, Johnny Warren, and Barry Bales; their self-titled 2014 debut earned Douglas his 14th Grammy. He’d already picked up eight with Alison Krauss & Union Station, with whom he’s closing out his second decade, and shared the Album of the Year win for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the film soundtrack that helped replant traditional roots music in the modern American psyche.
SOME PRAISE FOR WHAT IF:
“Even after 14 Grammys, Jerry Douglas is still exploring unlikely musical pairings, as evidenced by the soul-and bluegrass-melding rendition of ‘Hey Joe…’ Jerry Douglas Band’s version opens with a furious Dobro lick before driving to the chorus with thick ascending horn lines that suggest Sixties Motown. While more traditional Country instrumentation of fiddle and trebly electric guitar both take instrumental flights of their own, saxophonist Jamel Mitchell, nephew of Al Green producer Willie Mitchell, blows a bluesy solo that offers a fresh sonic counterpoint.”
RollingStone.com, August 4, 2017

“… What If is a new beginning…it’s a freewheeling, musically sprawling set, perhaps more jazz and rock oriented than most would expect. Douglas writes most of the material yet works up innovative, substantially rearranged versions of ‘Hey Joe,’ best known by Hendrix’s cover but here given a caffeinated backwoods workup, and Tom Waits’ ‘2:19.’ The album’s centerpiece is its title track, a pensive progressive jazz/bluegrass fusion instrumental that allows the members to stretch out and shows both their creativity and talent. Ditto for the Douglas-Bela Fleck co-write ‘Freemantle,’ best described as bluegrass/jazz fusion, where Douglas’ Dobro interweaves with the horns and guitar in electrifying fashion. There’s enough fret-shredding in the opening five minute ‘Cave Bop’ (a re-recording of a Douglas original, first heard in 2002) with its high energy soloing and near free-jazz approach, and the closing ‘Hot Country 84.5′ that’s somewhat more laid back but just as musically challenging, to satisfy those looking for Douglas’ sizzling picking. But it’s the interaction of the instruments throughout, in particular the horns, that makes this a true band production…whether you come for hot licks, compositional diversity or to experience a talented band firing on all cylinders with like-minded players delving into a variety of styles they love, the superb What If has you covered. Hopefully this is the start of a long term ensemble, willing to test individual musical parameters and expand their roots based standards into new, dynamic and fresh frontiers.” (4 out of 5 stars)
–Hal Horowitz, AMERICAN SONGWRITER, August 16, 2017

“The new project merges jazz with bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul on eleven tracks filled with bold arrangements and unexpected elements. One such song is Douglas’ rendering of Tom Waits’ ‘2:19.’ A funky revelation, the song drips with soul courtesy of some dynamic horn-work and Douglas’ bluesy vocals.”
–Tara Joan, No Depression, July 20, 2017

“Ultimately, What If signals that after so many years and so many recordings, Douglas is still pushing the envelope and challenging himself to do new things with his music… The song [‘2:19’] is an interesting choice…essentially it is a blues tune and with Jerry Douglas and his talented band at the helm, the song is loaded with twang, horns, and some damn fine solo work. It stands out for the heavy dose of funk and soul the band whips up.”
GlideMagazine.com, July 24, 2017

“…Dobro master Jerry Douglas is pulling the strings, taking Billy Roberts’ classic composition [‘Hey Joe’] to new and exciting places…Douglas & Co. truly soup up the tune, adding plenty of bluegrass fire and thunder along the way.”
–Damian Fanelli, GuitarWorld.com, August 8, 2017

“While you may not associate the dobro or the lap steel with jazz, Jerry Douglas shows that it can swing harder than 75% of so called jazzers. He’s teamed with Daniel Kimbro/b, Doug Belote/dr, Christian Sedelmyer/vi, Mike Seal/g, Jamel Mitchell/sax and Vance Thompson/tp on a hard hitting bopper that has Douglas, Mitchell and Thompson sounding like its 52nd St in New York on the frenetic ‘CaveBop’ and the blues-burning ‘Unfolding.’ Douglas gets Hendrixy in groove and attitude with Mitchell’s frantic tenor sax on a riveting read of ‘Hey Joe’ and the band gets swampy on ‘2:19.’ As far as emotions go, Douglas makes the strings cry like Roy Orbison on a bel canto ‘The Last Wild Moor’ while getting down home on ‘Hot Country 84.5’ Fun on the frets!”
–George Harris, JazzWeekly.com, October 9, 2017

“Douglas has never been afraid of pushing labels aside in his search for arresting sounds and musical adventure. Like banjo-bashing Bella Fleck and mando-wizard Dave Grisman, he can and does turn his hand to almost anything that catches his fancy. With What If, he has again pushed the boat way out, far beyond the comfort zone of many, to deliver an album that has horns where banjo or mando might be expected, and at times his own gravel-strewn voice to produce an unexpectedly confident stab at the blues; one track, Tom Waits’ ‘2.19,’ is clearly a straightforward, powerfully produced traditional, twelve-bar blues number where his picking and singing both combine to remarkable effect, and his take on the old rock-blues standard ‘Hey Joe’ (his second recording of the track) is an up-tempo, driving tour de force. Add a few Celtic traditional sounding instrumental tracks to the mix and you have a release that is truly surprising, inspired, unexpected but beautifully done.”
–Iain Patience, ElmoreMagazine.com, August 8, 2017

For more information on THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, visit:
###
For press inquiries regarding JERRY DOUGLAS, contact:
MSO PR
818.380.0400
Los Angeles
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@msopr.com
Mike Gowen // mgowen@msopr.com
Andrea Faulk (tour) // afaulk@msopr.com
Nashville
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@msopr.com

 


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