A new mini documentary highlighting songwriter/guitarist/producer Blake Mills has just been released. This is the 4th episode in a series that celebrates the individual stories of emerging artists. The video introduces the 25-year old artist, and features commentary from Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Tony Berg (producer), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Jackson Browne, Kid Rock, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and more.
Amnesty International is preparing to release Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. The 4-disc collection – set for release on January 24, 2012, in North America and January 30 internationally – contains 76 newly recorded Bob Dylan songs by more than 80 artists. Chimes of Freedom can be pre-ordered here.
A special two-disc version of Chimes of Freedom will be available at Starbucks beginning January 24, while supplies last. This special edition, curated by Starbucks, will feature a total of 31 tracks.