Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Melissa Ruggieri

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Melissa:

Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum’ movie will debut on-demand

Janelle Monae's "Antebellum" will receive a video-on-demand release → Read More

Quarantine All-Stars band together for MusiCares COVID-19 benefit song

The Quarantine All-Stars, including Brad Paisley and Chuck Leavell, have recorded a benefit song for MusiCares. → Read More

Mic Check: Candi Staton mixing musical activism with family time

Mic Check: Candi Staton talks musical activism and spending family time during quarantine → Read More

Mastodon readies rarities album to commemorate 20th anniversary

Atlanta's Mastodon has an album of rarities due in September. → Read More

The Go-Go’s release first new song in nearly 20 years ahead of Showtime documentary

The Go-Go's released their first new song in nearly 20 years to accompany the arrival of their Showtime documentary. → Read More

Zac Brown Band releases new song from quarantine, ‘You and Islands'

The Zac Brown Band wrote a new song while in coronavirus quarantine. → Read More

Imagine Music Festival lineup announced for 2021 event

Imagine Music Festival announces 2021 lineup. → Read More

Need some movie music memories? Check out these 35 soundtracks

“Grease” (1978): The Bee Gees and John Travolta crossed paths again as the band’s Barry Gibb wrote the Frankie Valli-sung theme song. But it’s really the chemistry of Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on “Summer Nights” and “You’re the One That I Want” that provide the charm. Also, are there more potent declarations of yearning than their respective “Sandy” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You”? “The… → Read More

Chris Daughtry’s ‘Live from Home’ virtual tour will support the Fox Theatre

Chris Daughtry virtual tour will support the Fox Theatre. → Read More

The Fred cancels all concerts for 2020 season, including Daughtry, 38 Special and Little River Band

The Fred in Peachtree City has canceled its 2020 slate of concerts, including Daughtry and 38 Special. → Read More

Mic Check: Avery Sunshine releases song for those lost during the COVID-19 crisis

Mic Check: Avery Sunshine releases song for those lost during the COVID-19 crisis → Read More

Charlie Daniels has died at the age of 83

Known for his distinctive beard and tall cowboy hats as well as his signature song about a young man named Johnny and his pact with the devil, Charlie Daniels loomed large in country and Southern rock. The Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, following a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. According to Daniels’ publicist, funeral… → Read More

The ‘Hella Mega’ tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer has a 2021 date at Truist Park

The ‘Hella Mega’ tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer has a 2021 date at Truist Park → Read More

The Eagles’ 2018 tour will land as ESPN concert special, live album

The Eagles’ 2018 tour will land as ESPN concert special, live album → Read More

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with online concert featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and many others

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with online concert featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and many others → Read More

Atlanta music venues can reopen July 1

Atlanta music venues can reopen July 1 - but will they? → Read More

Mic Check: Glenn Phillips reflects on changes and the future

Mic Check: Glenn Phillips reflects on changes and the future → Read More

Chloe x Halle score their first Billboard Hot 100 hit with ‘Do It’

Chloe x Halle score their first Billboard Hot 100 hit with ‘Do It’ → Read More

‘Tootsie’ musical rolls to 2021 at Fox Theatre

The Atlanta debut of “Tootsie” has been rescheduled to 2021. The hit Broadway musical, based on the 1982 movie, was scheduled to play the Fox Theatre Dec. 1-6. The show will still be part of Broadway in Atlanta’s 2020-2021 season – its 40th anniversary - but will now run Aug. 3-8, 2021. “Tootsie” tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a volatile actor who becomes so difficult to work with that he… → Read More

The Dixie Chicks change name to The Chicks, release protest video

The Dixie Chicks have dropped the Dixie. The Grammy Award-winning country trio has quietly changed its name to The Chicks, while simultaneously releasing a video for the new song, “March March,” which features images from recent and historical protests. The band posted a brief statement on their website: “We want to meet this moment.” Read more on this story on ajc.com. → Read More