Indiana Music: Mandy Marie moves to Austin, Kid Rock channels some heartland rock

Mandy Marie's goodbye wave

Mandy Marie Luke and her band’s concert last Friday night at Radio Radio was the last show for the group until the annual Cash Bash in February. She’s taking her badass Telecaster playing to Austin, Texas – the country-rock capital of the world. Good luck to her; we wish her the best… she has formed a new band down there.
(see more of Ed Wiliford’s photos on Facebook)

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Kid Rock will release his new album, Born Free, on November 16th. Produced by Rick Rubin, the first single from the album will be the title cut, sent to radio two weeks ago. The sound? I think Kid still wants to be Bob Seger.

Hear “Born Free” – click here

“The catalyst for this record was Detroit, and my thoughts on the world through the lens of Detroit,” Rock told rollingstone.com. “Watching everything go downhill over the past few years, the economy, the loss of jobs everywhere, I wanted to make a record that reflected the times but that still had soul.”

Rock remains a pied piper of genre-hopping, get-everyone-together-and-record music. According to his website. most of the album was recorded during a two week span in Los Angeles with musicians including Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith, and David Hidalgo from Los Lobos. Studios in Detroit, Nashville and Atlanta were used to incorporate collaborations with Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins, T.I. and Martina McBride.

FOX Sports is using the song as their theme for MLB Playoff coverage, including the World Series.

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