X @ The Rock Hall of Fame Oct 21st

Rock Hall Names John Carter Cash Executive Bandleader for 21st Annual Music Masters™ Concert, Adds Talent to Lineup and Announces On-Sale Dates

Mike Ness of Social Distortion, singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell, and legendary L.A. punk band X added to tribute concert with keyboardist Tony Harrell as band director
Tickets on-sale for Annual Music Masters events beginning September 16 Member pre-sale September 14

CLEVELAND (September 13, 2016) – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve have named Grammy-winning producer, author and singer, John Carter Cash as executive bandleader of its 21st Annual Music Masters™ series, presented by Klipsch Audio. The concert, which is a part of a weeklong series of events, will honor John Carter Cash’s legendary father, Johnny Cash, on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.
Alongside John Carter Cash, keyboardist Tony Harrell will serve as the band director. Harrell, a veteran studio musician has laid down tracks for Johnny Cash and country royalty Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr. and Ray Price. He’s also appeared on many top records and recorded with such superstars as Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, and dozens others.
To date, the shows lineup includes Mike Ness of Social Distortion, singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell, and legendary L.A. punk band X. Fans can expect to see an array of artists added over the coming weeks from country musicians to rockers who were influenced by the “Man in Black.”
Also added to the weeklong series of fan events is an intimate performance and interview with Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock Hall. The 90minute performance and exclusive interview will kick off with a special dedication of the 21st Annual Music Masters exhibit, which pays tribute to Johnny Cash and includes items from his personal collection.
Johnny Cash’s youngest daughter, Tara Cash Schwoebel, will also participate in a Johnny Cash Day at the Rock Hall on Saturday, October 22. She will be signing copies of her new book, ‘Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash.’ The book gives fans a glimpse into the country legends childhood and will be available for purchase at the Rock Hall store. Included with a general admission ticket, fans will also be able to participate in a panel with the Cash family historian, enjoy live music from local bands, gain an understanding of Cash’s impact and influence on popular music, and watch special archival videos of Cash’s performances.
The weeklong series of events begin on Monday, October 17 and will feature expert interviews, panels and educational programs, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. A complete schedule of events will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the 21st Annual Music Masters Concert (range from $30-$100) are available to Rock Hall members beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14 at http://www.playhousesquare.org. Tickets for the General Public will be available beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 16 at the Playhouse Square box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting http://www.playhousesquare.org. A limited number of premium seating and VIP packages beginning at $300 are available by contacting the Rock Hall’s development office at (216) 515-1201 or development@rockhall.org.
Tickets for the “Intimate Evening with Rosanne Cash” are $5.50 and will be available at rockhall.com at 11am on Wednesday, September 28.
Sign up for the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter at http://www.rockhall.com/e-newsletter to be alerted about event details and tickets.
About Johnny Cash: To millions of fans, Johnny Cash is “the Man in Black,” a country-music legend who sings in an authoritative baritone about the travails of working men and the downtrodden in this country. Lesser known is the fact that Johnny Cash was present at one of the key moments in early rock and roll history by virtue of being one of the earliest signees to Sam Phillips’ Sun Records back in 1955. Cash was part of an elite club of rock and roll pioneers at Sun that included Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The four were collectively referred to as “the Million Dollar Quartet” after an impromptu gathering and jam session at the Sun recording studio on December 4, 1956. What Cash and his group, the Tennessee Two, brought to the “Sun Sound” was a spartan mix of guitar, standup bass and vocals that served as an early example of rockabilly. Cash recorded a string of rockabilly hits for Sun that included “Cry, Cry, Cry,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line.” The latter was first of more than a dozen Number One country hits for Cash and also marked his first appearance on the national pop singles charts.
Straddling the country, folk and rockabilly idioms, Johnny Cash has crafted more than 400 plainspoken story-songs that describe and address the lives of coal miners, sharecroppers, Native Americans, prisoners, cowboys, renegades and family men. Cash came by his common touch honestly, having been born in Kingsland, Arkansas, during the Great Depression on February 26, 1932. At age three, he moved with his family to Dyess, Arkansas, where he worked the cotton fields. Cash’s roaming days included laboring at an auto plant in Michigan, serving in the Air Force in Germany and working as an appliance salesman in Memphis. Cash became a full-time musician after his two-sided hit—“So Doggone Lonesome”/”Folsom Prison Blues”—shot to Number Four on the Billboard country chart in 1956. From Sun, he jumped to Columbia Records in 1958, where he recorded such favorites as “Ring of Fire,” “Understand Your Man,” “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” and “Tennessee Flat-Top Box.” But Cash never forgot his roots, nor did he leave hard times behind. A prototype for the black-clad rebel rocker, Cash cultivated a serious drug problem in the Sixties, which ended when he met his second wife, June Carter, whom he married in 1968.
Some of Cash’s best work includes live albums recorded, quite literally, for captive audiences at Folsom and San Quentin prisons. Johnny Cash at San Quentin included the 1969 hit “A Boy Named Sue,” which went to Number Two. In 1969, Cash cut a duet with Bob Dylan for the latter’s Nashville Skyline, and Dylan returned the favor by appearing on The Johnny Cash Show, a successful TV variety hour that premiered in 1969. All the while, the rugged simplicity and uncut honesty of Cash’s approach was steadily seeping into rock and roll by way of the burgeoning country-rock scene.
About the Annual Music Masters Series: The Annual Music Masters series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of rock and roll music. Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century. The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment of all Ohioans.
About Case Western Reserve University: Case Western Reserve University is one of the country’s leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible. About Klipsch Premium Speakers: In 1946 Paul W. Klipsch, inventor, acoustics pioneer and maverick, founded Klipsch Audio with the sole purpose of bringing the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience into his living room. Through the use of highly efficient speaker designs, handcrafted cabinetry and a thirst for real engineering breakthroughs – Klipsch, the great American loudspeaker company, was born in Hope, AR. Today, our diverse range of quality audio products includes speakers and headphones for almost any consumer and professional application – including cinema, whole-house, wireless, home theater and portable offerings. Honoring our founder’s legacy, Klipsch continues to be the legendary highperformance brand of choice for audiophiles and aficionados around the world. We are the Keepers of the Sound®. Klipsch Group, Inc. is headquartered in Indianapolis and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX). About Playhouse Square: Playhouse Square is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is presenting and producing a wide variety of quality performing arts, advancing arts education and creating a
destination that is a superior location for entertainment, business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.
About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through exhibits, materials in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Rock Hall is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day), the Rock Hall is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit rockhall.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).

X Re-ZOOMed!


Hey Gang!
Here we come!


Date     Venue    City   State   Ticket Links
Aug 12 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA http://bit.ly/1SHK2Wb
Aug 13 Irving Plaza New York City, NY http://livemu.sc/26rA2b0
Aug 14 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA http://tktwb.tw/1pBU7cL
Aug 15 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA http://bit.ly/1rfrvaO
Aug 18 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI http://bit.ly/1VQpAXi
Aug 19 Metro Chicago, IL
Aug 20 El Club Detroit, MI http://ticketf.ly/1TtKSWL
Aug 21 El Club Detroit, MI http://ticketf.ly/1SKC1Ty
Aug 27 Ohana Music & Art Fest Dana Point, CAhttp://www.theohanafest.com/
Aug 28 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA http://ticketf.ly/1VUJKir
Aug 29 McNears Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA http://tktwb.tw/1NPB4Sr









 Exene Cervenka of X has posted a letter–at the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund website–about her friend and musical associate Cindy Wasserman of the band Dead Rock West:

“Cindy Wasserman, the singer you have heard on so many other artists’ recordings, needs your help. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Cindy still finished her touring obligations (with her singing partner Frank Drennen in Dead Rock West), opening all the shows X played over the summer and fall. Her captivating presence was felt by all who heard her voice; so warm, haunting, and timeless.  Dead Rock West then toured with Phil and Dave Alvin. All the while, Cindy never let on that she was ill. She wanted the audiences and her fellow tour mates to have a great time, a meaningful time, a joyful time.

Cindy Wasserman is that extremely rare combination of talent, grace, beauty and heart.  She works so hard to make you sound good on your recordings, and she sounds so good you wonder why it’s not you singing the harmony parts on her songs!

All of us in the music community, whether musicians, managers, promoters, singers, songwriters, sound people, everyone, are all grateful to have Cindy in our lives. She is truly loved, not just for her voice, but for the generosity, humor, positivity, and love and caring friendship she gives us. She is a source of a lot of light in this world.  That’s why to know Cindy, is to love Cindy.

Please help Cindy get through a very difficult time by supporting her now.”


Exene Cervenka


Cindy Wasserman Fund: 



Exene Cervenka DJ Bonebrake Peter Case Mark Olson Rob Wasserman

Eddie Vedder The Sadies Steve Poltz Joe Henry John Doe Dave Alvin

Rickie Lee Jones Bob Weir Grant Lee Phillips Mike Peters Duane Jarvis

The Young Dubliners Elliot Easton Nels Cline

Singer and sweet light of a human being Cindy Wasserman, a contributor to records by Rickie Lee Jones, Marc Olson, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Grant Lee Phillips, Peter Case and to her own hard working band Dead Rock West, was diagnosed in August 2015 with Breast Cancer. Anyone who knows or has met Cindy at shows or in private over the years will attest that the first thing they all remember (after marveling at that otherworldly voice of hers) is her infectious smile and warm hearted hugs. Never the rock n roll diva, she has spent her life supporting, encouraging and bringing a little light to other people with her music and her hugs. Now she needs our help.

She is in the early stages of treatment for this disease but her health and healing recovery look very very positive. This has understandably been a shock to her and her family but she has continued to tour hard this year. With over 100 dates with Dead Rock West, John Doe, X and Dave and Phil Alvin this year the shows particularly since August have brought her a whole lot of strength and joy that will contribute to her healing. She has meanwhile been carefully educating herself on her treatment options, meeting with professionals during tour breaks and building up her own body’s strength to prepare to enter treatment as soon as she gets home from her final tour date on Nov 21st.

Her expenses, however, are already mounting and her insurance is not covering much of it. We are asking you, her friends, fans and fellow music lovers, to get involved, contribute what you can and pass the word on to friends and family. Please help bring a little light to this sweethearted songbird for all the music and light that she has brought to us all of these years. Anything small or large helps immensely and we as well as her family and friends are hugely grateful for your support. Cindy herself says thank you so much for the outpouring already and that she is fully committed to a complete recovery and to recording the next Dead Rock West record as planned in 2016, with John Doe in the Producer’s chair this time!

More about Cindy and her music with Dead Rock West: 


A compilation of songs from Cindy’s band Dead Rock West and some of her collaborations: https://soundcloud.com/dead-rock-west/sets/compilation/s-JxzuN

About Sweet Relief in general:

Since 1994 Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has provided assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Grant recipients include recording artists, club and session musicians, composers & songwriters from across the country. Every musical genre is represented including poprockjazzclassicalcountrybluesreggaehip hop and all styles in between. Sweet Relief has served the music community by helping musicians with medical and living expenses including insurance premiums, prescriptions, medical treatment and operative procedures, housing costs, food costs, utilities and other basic necessities.

About Sweet Relief’s Directed Artist Program:

Over the past several years Sweet Relief has developed a much needed and previously unavailable program to assist a substantially under-served constituency. Some artists face such overwhelming financial and personal distress when major illness or injury is coupled with a complete lack of, or grossly under-insured, health plan. In many of these cases, treatment for cancer, brain injury, stroke and MS can accrue expenses reaching several hundred thousands of dollars or more. Our organization takes on the role of organizer, administrator, advocate, event planner, and media partner to bring together family, friends, industry partners and fans when an overwhelming financial obstacle is encountered by the most unfortunate artist. We call this our Directed Artist Program.

For press inquiries about Cindy Wasserman and Dead Rock West, contact:



Mitch Schneider; mschneider@msopr.com

Aaron Feterl; aaron@msopr.com

Mike Gowen; mgowen@msopr.com

Our Very Own XMas Miracle! Billy Zoom to Play XMas Shows!


Tour Will See the Return of BILLY ZOOM to the Stage Following Cancer Treatment – Our Own “Xmas Miracle”

(Los Angeles – October 2015) X – THE Los Angeles Punk Leaders have announced their annual Holiday “X-Mas” Shows! Beginning with two shows in San Diego the day after Thanksgiving. The band will follow up with four nights at The Roxy in Los Angeles and one more in OC before heading north. Shows are scheduled for San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, ending their holiday tour with a special New Year’s Eve show at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Opening on all dates, except for New Years Eve, will be Mike Watt and the Secondmen.

The BEST news on this year’s annual holiday tour?? Billy Zoom – the legendary guitarist for the seminal punk band, is planning to rejoin his longtime bandmates on stage, following his medical treatment for bladder cancer this past summer. When it was announced that Zoom would be sidelined his summer in order to undergo urgent treatment, his bandmates and X fans rallied around him, raising funds to help support Zoom and his family during the treatment process. Zoom is currently on break from the chemo treatment and ready to bring his infamous Cheshire grin back to stage left, where he belongs!

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA’s flourishing first wave punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We’re Desperate reveal X’s raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n’ roll. This past April, the band re-issued that first single, in its original 7-inch format, as limited edition colored vinyl.

The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.

“A Family X-Mas Tour” with Mike Watt & The Secondmen
Nov 27 Casbah San Diego, CA
Nov 28 Casbah San Diego, CA
Dec 3 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 4 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 5 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 6 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 11 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
Dec 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Dec 16 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Dec 18 Showbox Seattle, CA
Dec 19 The Star Theatre Portland, OR
Dec 20 The Star Theatre Portland, OR
Dec 31 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA

X Xmas

X-Mas with X! – UPDATED with Ticket Links

Announcing X’s X-Mas schedule

**MIKE WATT confirmed to open for all shows**

>Tickets NOW ON SALE<

Fri/ 11-27


 San Diego  The Casbah  https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/942761?utm_medium=bks


Thu/12-03 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy http://ticketf.ly/1NV2IhK
Fri/12-04 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy http://ticketf.ly/1EWXX22
Sat/12-05 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy http://ticketf.ly/1JjO28A
Sun/12-06 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy http://ticketf.ly/1WT1hGy
Fri/12-11 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House http://tktwb.tw/1NxeuS9
Tue/12-15 San Francisco, CA The Independent http://ticketf.ly/1LtG53B
Wed/12-16 San Francisco, CA The Independent http://ticketf.ly/1MJrtPb
Fri/12-18 Seattle, WA Showbox http://bit.ly/1ERf9Wx
Sat/12-19 Portland, OR The Star Theare http://bit.ly/1Kg7bMR
Sun/12-20 Portland, OR The Star Theare http://bit.ly/1U9StYH
Thu/12-31 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon Club http://bit.ly/1fGMbSD