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RIP – Etta James – January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as “Dance With Me, Henry”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind” for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems including drug addiction before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album, The Seven Year Itch.

She is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number twenty-two on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number sixty-two on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists

She’s singing now!!


IMN PR: David Watt Besley titled ‘Believe These Eyes’

PR : Press Release David Watt Besley titled -Believe These Eyes-

IMN PR – William James :
St. Augustine, FL – The music industry is buzzing about the debut CD release by David Watt Besley titled ‘Believe These Eyes’, which upon listening will make a believer out of you! Featuring former Bon Jovi member Kurt Johnston and RPM member Barry Dunaway, along with a host of other top Northeast Florida musicians, David has created a unique sound. If you molded Cat Stevens and John Prine you would come up with David Watt Besley. Freelance writer Richard Wall says, “I really got the Cat Stevens influence, particularly in David’s singing style. But the songs have a newness to them; they are well written, telling his stories from the heart, along with some sterling accents on a solidly enjoyable musical foundation, which suits the material.” Inside sources say that ex-Bon Jovi Kurt Johnston contributes some memorable piano and guitar parts to ‘Believe These Eyes’. “He is a good friend and we have done many projects together through the years and have played a lot of music together,” says David.

Virginia-born singer/songwriter David Watt Besley currently resides in. In the mid-seventies David was part of the band Saucer, who were one of the first US bands looked at by Virgin Records. In the late seventies David played bass and wrote music with the NorthStar Band, one of Washington, DC’s most influential music groups. In the early 1980s David toured with Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters). In 1986 he joined his brother Ed Pickett and formed The Seiners, based out of Jekyll Island, Georgia and toured the southeast. In the early ’90s David joined the group Those Guys (several times voted Saint Augustine’s #1 band). The band also included Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynrd) and Banner Thomas (Molly Hatchet). In 2009 he reformed Northstar with his brother Ed and signed a publishing deal with Shadow Mountain Music. In 2010 David put together The Big Lonesome, a group featuring some of David’s favorite local players and writers. During this time he also started a solo career simply called “DAVE”. Even though David loves to get together with Northstar and The Big Lonesome, he has found that his solo career is the most enjoyable – Dave and his music. Which leads to the release of his critically acclaimed debut CD ‘Believe These Eyes’; a CD that has been receiving praise from press and fans alike worldwide.

“There is no real concept behind the CD,” David explains. “It was just a group of songs I put together for my first solo release. A friend of mine called me after listening to ‘Believe These Eyes’ and jokingly said, ‘Stop writing songs about my life!’ Whatever is in my heart at the time comes out in my song lyrics.” David is currently playing select gigs in support of his latest CD release.

With longtime friend and co-producer Jim Stafford (Eclipse Recording Company), David had been busy over the last year and a half recording his sophomore CD ‘Hopeless Romantic’ to be released later this year. Along with Kurt Johnston and Barry Dunaway, who also worked with Survivor, Pat Travers, Yngwie Malmsteen and many other notable bands, David has used many talented people to record on ‘Believe These Eyes’ and his forthcoming release and is very proud of the contributions they made: Wayne Johnston, Rob Peck, Chris McVey, Ed Pickett, Woody Pernell, Rusty Springfield, Janine Newfield, Michael Howard, Michael Houpt and Marc Douglas Berardo. David also had two lifelong friends he played with in the ’60s, Jim Miner and Chuck Caudill, join him on the recording sessions.

Finally David had this to impart: “Music is my life, it is what makes my world go around. I have had the chance to hang with many great writers and players over the years. I have been blessed with a great audience that supports my music. There have been so many magic moments over the years. To me that’s what music is all about, sitting down with other writers and creating something.”

For more information visit www.DavidWattBesley.com

To Purchase David Watt Besley – ‘Believe These Eyes’ CD: www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidwattbesley

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr (at) cs.com




The proposed U.S. legislation (SOPA/PIPA) that threatens internet is here! We are supporting a fight for freedom on the web and urge everyone to help stop this ugly bill! Internet protections are already in place and this bill goes to way to far and into a different level that gives government too much power over a medium that needs to be protected not censored.

There’s a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies. PLEASE GET INVOLVED!! MUSIC SITES ARE RIPE FOR ABUSE BY MAJORS.

Fight for the Future! created this nifty video to sum it up better than I can.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.





Why Is the Media Ignoring SOPA?

REPORT: News Networks Ignore Controversial SOPA Legislation

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The News Networks’ SOPA Blackout

By Josh Levy, January 9, 2012

originally posted at SavetheInternet.com

You may have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. Simply put, it’s a bill in the House that could open the door to widespread Internet censorship.

Opposition to the bill has reached a boiling point. Millions of activists, hundreds of
startups, social media sites like Tumblr, Reddit and Twitter and even big
companies like Google, Yahoo! and eBay have joined with Free Press and other
Internet advocacy groups against it.

This is one of the biggest tech stories of the year. Yet as a recent report from Media Matters for America shows, TV news has ignored it.

According to the report, SOPA — and Protect IP, its cousin in the Senate — have “received
virtually no coverage from major American television news outlets during their
evening newscasts and opinion programming.” Among the offenders are ABC, CBS,
Fox News, MSNBC and NBC.

A likely reason for the media blackout? The big networks — and their parent
companies — support these two Internet-censorship bills.

This is what happens when the interests of big business get in the way of the need
to inform the public and protect free speech. These same media giants are
lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to loosen its ownership rules
and allow for even more media consolidation — another issue they’ve failed to
cover. If the FCC permits runaway
media blackouts like the one affecting SOPA could become even more common.

Meanwhile, rank-and-file journalists are coming out strong against these censorship bills. And print media have reported on them. Earlier this month New York Times columnist David Carr wrote that SOPA was “alarming in its
reach.” Time, the Atlantic, Forbes and the Boston Globe have all reported on the legislation in the past week.

What is TV news afraid of?

These networks — ABC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC — need to be held accountable for failing to provide coverage of
such damaging legislation.

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Free Press does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media and universal access to communications.

Josh Levy

Josh is the Internet Campaign Director for Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund.

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