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    Paul McCartney files lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright

    Paul McCartney says he wants his music to get back to where it once belonged.

    McCartney filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday against Sony/ATV over copyright ownership of the many hit songs he wrote with John Lennon as part of The Beatles.

    The copyrights were famously bought by Michael Jackson in 1985 and then fully sold over to Sony/ATV following his death. McCartney has long wanted the copyrights, and the filing says he has sent notice to Sony/ATV saying that he will claim them back under a provision of U.S. copyright law that makes that possible after a certain time.

    The first song eligible to be claimed back is "Love Me Do," in October 2018. The rest of the catalog would follow in years after, ending in 2026.

    McCartney wants a ruling to say his claiming them doesn't represent a legal breach of any contract or publishing agreement that Sony/ATV could use against him.

    "Defendants have attempted to reserve their rights to challenge Paul McCartney's exercise of his termination rights on contractual ground," the filing says.

    It adds, "A judicial declaration is necessary and appropriate at this time so that Paul McCartney can rely on quiet, unclouded title to his rights."

    Sony/ATV said it had "the highest respect" for McCartney.

    "We have collaborated closely with both Sir Paul and the late John Lennon's Estate for decades to protect, preserve and promote the catalog's long-term value," the company said, adding that it was "disappointed" over the filing of the lawsuit, which it said is "unnecessary and premature."

    Paul McCartney Files Suit to Get the Beatles' Songs Back

    This fight actually dates back to 1985, when Michael Jackson memorably out-maneuvered Paul McCartney to purchase his early catalog.

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    Music Review: Delbert McClinton, at 76, brings it once again

    Few singers illustrate the gulf between live and recorded music better than Delbert McClinton, whose gruff voice and blues-infused rock have always sounded best in a beer-splashed nightclub.

    But McClinton, now 76, also plies his trade in studios, and while his latest album won't win converts as readily as his live shows, it sure won't hurt him.

    McClinton has always blended influences, from Texas roadhouse blues to gumbo-flavored jazz to rhythm and blues. Here he nudges things in a new direction, toward the crooner stylings of singers like Johnny Mercer and Nat King Cole. But he gets there with a singing style more sassy than silky, and without abandoning the eclectic assortment of influences he's absorbed over the years.

    And, oh yeah, he's still having fun.

    Whether confessing that he left his heart in San Miguel or playfully explaining why he gave up meat for salad and jazz for ballads, McClinton always looks to surprise. His bandmates do, too, backing his catchy hooks with exceptional musicianship, from the gentle electric guitar that adorns "Middle of Nowhere," the album's best love song, to the trombone solo in "Rosy," the album's optimistic closer.

    Sure to please his devoted followers, "Prick of the Litter" is a natural next step in the long arc of a career that has floated beneath superstar level — more than likely because not enough people have gone out to see him play.

    Kaedy's Conversations

    Kenny Loggins will be autographing his new children’s book Footloose, with new, family-friendly lyrics, and a CD of him performing the new version of the song tucked into the back of the beautifully illustrated book. He’ll be in Atlanta at the 25th Book Festival of the MJCCA November 5th at 8:15pm.

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    He spoke with Kaedy about his new book, his family, being a first time grandfather, and much more!

    Listen to the full interview below.

    Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Fest is at Lakewood Amphitheater this Saturday, October 29th.

    The music is on 2 stages starting at 4pm, including Mother’s Finest, Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, ZZ Top, and Gregg Allman. The festival also features a great selection of food trucks and local craft brews.

    Kaedy and her buddy Melissa Ruggieri, Music Scene writer for The AJC, interviewed Gregg about his health, new music, the festival, and more!

    Listen to the full interview below.

    Kaedy Kiely and Melissa Ruggieri from ajc.com talked with Ed Roland of Collective Soul about “Rock Chastain 2016” Saturday night at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Ed’s Sweet Tea Project is playing the benefit for The Chastain Park Conservancy with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Whiskey Gentry, and Brian Collins.

    Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

    Listen to the full interview below.

    Infamous keyboard player, Rick Wakeman, spoke with Kaedy Kiely about his upcoming show with former Yes bandmates Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin – ARW, The Music of Yes and More at the Fox Theatre October 10th 2016.

    Hear Rick talk about new music, his late bandmate Chris Squire, and his friendship with David Bowie.

    Listen to the full interview below or click here.

    Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are headlining a benefit concert for The Chastain Park Conservancy on October 15, 2016 at Chastain Park Amphitheater. “Rock Chastain 2016” includes Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project, The Whiskey Gentry, and Brian Collins, and The River’s Kaedy Kiely will be emceeing the evening’s event. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, and a percentage of every ticket is tax deductible.

    Kaedy recently talked to Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ about his participation in Rock Chastain 2016, and more.

    Listen to the full interview below.

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