Day: December 29, 2020

It was a hard-rocking (yet peaceful) presidency

For Jimmy Carter – the sweet-faced, soft-voiced peanut farmer – many images come to mind.
Few of them involve long-haired rockers with wailing guitars – until now.
“It was the Allman Brothers who put us in the White House,” Carter, 96, says in “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” (shown here) a fascinating documentary movie that airs Sunday (Jan. 3) on CNN. The Allmans, he says, “were raising money when I didn’t have any.” Read more…

Best-bets for Dec. 31: Lots of stay-home fun

1) “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” 8-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 2:13 a.m., ABC. The plan has persisted since 1973 – live coverage from New York, plus music taped in advance in California. This year,,the Times Square crowd will be gone, but Ryan Seacrest will be there; so will Lucy Hale and Billy Porter (shown here in “Pose”) – who duets with Cyndi Lauper. Also performing there will be Jennifer Lopez (just before midnight) and Jimmie Allen. Ciara hosts in Califorina, with Miley Cyrus, Nelly, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Read more…

Songs soar from PBS on New Year’s Eve

For good and bad, PBS keeps surprising us.
We don’t expect it to be involved with New Year’s Eve, a holiday that includes confetti, inebriation and silly hats. Arbor Day is more its style.
And we do expect it to be consistent. But now comes a surprise: A music special Thursday (New Year’s Eve) is beautifully crafted … in many of the same ways that a recent PBS one was badly botched.
The new special (8 p.m. Thursday, rerunning at 9:30, checks local listings) has such potent talents as Josh Groban (shown here in a previous concert) and bears the lofty title, “United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America.” And somehow, it lives up to that billing. Read more…