Douglas, Grohl could add to Grammy totals
Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:
l Musicians with local ties have a chance to add to their already impressive Grammy Award hauls.
Leavittsburg native Jerry Douglas, who has won 14 Grammys, is nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the Jerry Douglas Band’s 2016 release “What If.”
Warren-born rocker Dave Grohl, who has 15 Grammys, is nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Both nods are for the Foo Fighters’ song “Run,” the first single from its “Concrete and Gold” album.
I can’t find anywhere online where they rank overall — 18 wins would put them in the top 22 of all time — but I would think 14 and 15 trophies should put Douglas and Grohl in the top 100. It’s kind of amazing that two guys essentially born in the same mid-sized midwestern town have achieved such success in the music world.
The 60th Grammy Awards will be presented Jan. 28.
l The Columbus hard rock music festival Rock on the Range announced its lineup this week.
Fans of Ravenna native Maynard James Keenan will get a double dose of his music with both Tool and A Perfect Circle listed as headliners for 2018 along with Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains.
Other acts include Godsmack, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, The Used, Bullet For My Valentine and Black Veil Brides along with new acts like Led Zeppelin clones Greta Van Fleet as well as Code Orange, Power Trip and New Years Day.
Last year’s festival sold out months in advance, no doubt propelled by landing Metallica as a headliner, but the festival has sold out in advance the last five years.
This year’s dates are May 18-20 at MAPFRE Stadium, and three-day passes and VIP tickets are on sale now at rockontherange.com
l Jamboree in the Hills, the Ohio country music festival held annually in Belmont, will have a one-day sale of weekend passes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.
Acts announced so far are Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws on July 19; Toby Keith on July 20; Brantley Gilbert on July 21; and Neil McCoy to close out the fest on July 22.
Four-day passes are $185 today and are available at www.jamboreeinthehills.com.
l My daughters and I watched all seven episodes of the entertaining but wildly uneven new Hulu series “There’s … Johnny” over Thanksgiving weekend.
The show, originally developed for NBC’s canceled streaming service, Seeso, is set behind the scenes of “The Tonight Show” in 1972. Andy (Ian Nelson), a wide-eyed kid from Nebraska, gets hired as a gofer on the NBC late night show, where he interacts with the writers, staff and everyone else that makes the show possible.
Tony Danza plays Johnny Carson’s longtime producer Freddy de Cordova, but Carson and sidekick Ed McMahon only are seen in original “Tonight Show” clips. Getting access to that video library is the show’s greatest asset. It’s at its best building storylines around actual “Tonight Show” events. The payoff to a storyline where Andy has trouble delivering the dog for a live Alpo commercial is the actual clip from 1972 of McMahon dealing with the uncooperative pooch on camera (and Carson rescuing the bit).
At times, the show feels like the workplace half of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” or “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” Neil Simon’s nostalgic play about being a writer on a 1950s “Your Show of Shows”-style variety series.
But then the creators realize they’re making a comedy-drama in 2017 that doesn’t have to play by network television rules, and they include storylines that clash jarringly with that innocence. When the show get crude or topical, it starts to derail.
The show seems to have arrived with no buzz whatsoever, and it has enough problems that I’d be surprised if it gets a second season. But the parts that worked kept me watching and would get me to tune in again if it returned.