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September 29, 2010 2:06 PM ET

Sade Plots 2011 U.S. Tour
Sade has announced the opening dates for her band's first tour of North America in over a decade, with the kick-off June 16th in Baltimore. Sade will play 50 shows total in North American. [Sade]

Dee Snider Joins 'Rock of Ages'
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong isn't the only rocker coming to Broadway: Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider will join the Broadway musical Rock of Ages for an 11-week run starting October 11th. [Press Release]

Leonard Cohen Shuffles Final Tour Dates
Leonard Cohen has adjusted the final dates of his world tour, canceling a December 4th concert in Honolulu, Hawaii, but adding three more shows: Vancouver on December 2nd and Oakland, California two-night stand starting December 5th. [Spinner]

Drake, Bodyguard Accused of Assault
Drake and his bodyguard have been accused of assault, following an alleged run-in with fans following a performance in Florida. One man, who seeks payment for his medical bills, suffered a cut lip that required six stitches. Jacksonville police are investigating. [All Hip Hop]

Jamey Johnson to Produce Next Blind Boys of Alabama Album
Jamey Johnson recently spent a week in Nashville producing the next album by the Blind Boys of Alabama. Vince Gill, Hank Williams, Jr. and George Jones were recruited for the group's next album. [The Boot]

Plus: Justin Bieber readies a toy line, Michael Jackson's former manager seeks royalties and more.

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Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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