News Briefs

Cevin Soling's THE WAR ON KIDS' documentary won "Best Educational Film" in the New York International Film and Video Festival this past April. The film shows how public schools have been taking away children's civil rights. More info--including a screener-- at www.thewaronkids.com.

When he's not touring with Jethro Tull, drummer Doane Perry has been working on a new album with his own band, Thread. The last one came out in the 1990s.

Elliott Murphy has come in first place in the 2008 Concert Poll in Austria's prestigious Concerto magazine in the category "Best Singer: Rock and Pop" and third place in the category "Best Singer: Folk, World, Singer/Songwriter" - the only artist to win in two categories! Look for Elliott to return to the East Coast this December.

Jay and the Americans have festivals, fairs, and benefits this summer--visit the "show page" at www.jayandtheamericans.net.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds will be back in the States soon, which shows starting June 12 in Syracuse. Friend Kim Wilson, Randy Bermudes, Mike Keller, Johnny Moeller and Jason Moeller on myspace.com/fabulousthunderbirds.

Talented writer Jennifer Chance wrote a really good article on Grand Funk Railroad at Stage Shottz magazine. Also visit www.grandfunkrailroad.com for updated tour info.