Musical Notes – January 4

This week in Musical Notes is the obituary for Country music songwriter Andrew Dorff, news on the new music related movie “Song to Song”, Bon Iver cancels tour, and news on Coachella.

Musical Notes

Andrew Dorff:
Country music songwriter Andrew Dorff has died just three days after he turned 40 years old. No official cause of death has been released. The Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office states that the investigation into the death is ongoing.

As a songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group, Dorff has penned songs for Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney.

His hit songs include “Save it for a Rainy Day”, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”, and “My Eyes”. Other songs include “Neon Light”, and “Ride”.

In 2008, Dorff was the music supervisor for “Jake’s Corner”. His song “Neon Light” was performed by Blake Shelton on an episode of “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and on “Saturday Night Live”.

He was born December 16, 1976 in Los Angeles the son of composer Steve Dorff.

He is survived by his father Steve and actor brother Stephen.


“Song to Song”:
Set to hit theaters on March 17, “Song to Song” features Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, and Natalie Portman in a love story set in the world of music. Filmed in Austin, Texas – the home of the annual SXSW Music Festival and the PBS hit series “Austin City Limits”.

Also scheduled to appear in the film is a who’s who of rock stars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florience and the Machine, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Lykke Li, and the Black Lips.

Hot off of his appearance in the hit movie “La La Land”, Gosling and Rooney Mara play a couple who are struggling songwriters; along with music mogul Fassbender and with paramore waitress Portman seek success as they move through a musical world filled with seduction and betrayal.

Film director Terrance Malick has been working on the film for a number of years including clips of live rock performances at the Fun Fun Fun Festival and Austin City Limits.


Bon Iver:
Elector folk rocker Bon Iver have released a message announcing that due to “personal reasons” the band is canceling their European tour that was set to begin on January 22 in Paris.

Fans who have purchased tickets for the gigs can receive a refund from the point of purchase. While giving no details, the band did assure fans that they, “will be back.”

Bon Iver has been announced as one of the artists to perform at the annual Coachella concert and is currently still planning on making that performance.


Coachella 2017:
The 2017 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will again run for two weekends – April 14-16 and April 21-23. Headlining this year’s festival are Radiohead, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar.

Other artists set to appear at the Festival in the desert this year are:
The xx
Father John Misty
Empire of the Sun
Dilon Francis
Mac Miller
Stave Angelo
Glass Animals
Mac DeMarco
Little Dragon
Bon Iver
DJ Snake
Martin Garrix
Schoolboy Q
Gucci Mane
The Head and the Heart
Two Door Cinema Club
Nicholas Jaar
Tory Lanez
New Order
Porter Robinson & Madeon
Future Islands
Hans Zimmer
DJ Khaled
Lil Uzi Vert

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