Bill Withers came out of the woodworks this week with his first release since 1985! The legendary singer/songwriter, who’s recordings of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Use Me” will forever live in rotation, recorded a song for the Little Jimmy Dickens tribute album, The Rhinestone Hillbilly. Withers recorded a version of Dickens’ “(You’ve Been Quite A Doll) Raggedy Ann” for the compilation, which is available now on Bandcamp.Listen to the recording below:<a href=”http://rhinestonehillbilly.bandcamp.com/album/the-rhinestone-hillbilly”>The Rhinestone Hillbilly by Little Jimmy Dickens Tribute</a>Withers’ cover appears on the 16-track album, alongside Kathy Mattea, Charlie McCoy, Tim O’Brien, Connie Smith and more. A who’s-who of country, Americana and bluegrass luminaries celebrate the music of “little but loud” hillbilly hero Little Jimmy Dickens on The Rhinestone Hillbilly. Like Little Jimmy, who was inducted into the WVMHoF in 2007, all of the performers are proud of their long-standing connections to the Mountain State. More information is available here.
RelatedPosts Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans COVID-19: Rangers supporters kick against declaring Plateau United NPFL champions FG directives on COVID-19 alters NFF investigative panel’s work plan Plateau United FC of Jos have defeated Nasarawa United FC of Lafia 2-1 in the Week 24 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League. The match that was played on Sunday at the Zaria Road Stadium, Jos, had Amos Gyang and Mustapha Ibrahim scoring the first and second goals for the Lalong Boys in the 30th and 87th minutes of the match respectively. Nasarawa united scored its only goal of the fierce encounter in the 41st minute. Speaking shortly after the match, Abdul Maikaba, Plateau United Head Coach, commended his players for winning the game. Maikaba said though his boys missed a lot of chances in the match, but expressed satisfaction that the win had placed the team on top of the league table. He said: “The game was a tough one; the Solid Miners played well. “My boys played better, but they threw away a lot of scoring chances. “However, I am happy that at the end, we won the match. “This means that we are still topping the league table and I want to assure our teaming supporters and Plateau people that we will not disappoint them.” The Head of Coach of Nasarawa United, Bala Nikyu, declined to speak to journalists. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all the players of the two teams wore black arm bands to honour the late Nasarawa united defender, Chineme Martins, who slumped and died last Sunday on the pitch. Similarly, a minute silence was observed at the stadium to honour the deceased player. NAN also reports that a functional ambulance and a vehicle of the Nigerian Red Cross Society kitted with medical facilities to respond to any emergency were stationed at the stadium during the match. This was in compliance with the directives of the Nigeria Football Federation and the League Management Company.— Tags: Amos GyangMustapha IbrahimNasarawa United FCPlateau UnitedZaria Road Stadium
After disappointing results at the Adidas Invitational, the Wisconsin men’s cross-country team is looking to redeem itself at the Big Ten Championship Sunday in East Lansing, Mich.This year, the Badgers are looking to capture their 14th consecutive title at the Big Ten Championship.“We’re into championship week; it’s what we train for, it’s the meet of our season,” head coach Mick Byrne said at his press conference Monday. “We get excited about it. Our athletes are preparing for Big Ten Championships and beyond – it’s a saying we have.”This week, top runners Mohammed Ahmed, Maverick Darling and Reed Connor will lead the team. Ahmed is heading into the meet as the defending champion and, according to Byrne, ready to claim the title once again. Ahmed did not compete at the Adidas Invitational, where the Badgers finished 17th.“It was all about Mo, it was about him preparing as best he can for Big Ten’s and beyond,” Byrne said. “It was all about how he was feeling … he needed another few workouts, the last two workouts have been exceptionally good, better than anything he’s done here so far in his career. Now he wants to put those workouts to use and see where he’s at.”Byrne is excited to have his three best runners together again, but other runners on the team will be forced into supporting roles to back up the team’s leaders.While the Wisconsin head coach used previous races to gauge the talent and depth behind the top runners, their job will shift on Michigan State’s home course. And Byrne is confident his most established runners are ready to step up.“There is no reason to think that these guys aren’t going to run well this Sunday,” Byrne said. “They’re very excited about putting on the uniform, they’re very excited about defending our Big Ten title, and they’re excited about some of the younger guys who can back them up.“Obviously it helps having Mo Ahmed, Reed Connor and Maverick Darling up front, having guys like that with race experience and race savvy,” Byrne said. “They have a great ability to read a race. We see a lot of great athletes but they don’t always have the ability to read or lead a team or to read the race correctly.”Two of the runners, sophomore Alex Hatz and senior Rob Finnerty, are the supporting athletes Byrne is talking about.He said Finnerty ran well at the Adidas Invitational and compared the supporting roles of those runners to sweepers in soccer, their primary job to back up the leading teammates.“We got to make sure that our other guys realize their role, Hatz and Finnerty have to understand that we don’t need them to be in that mix,” Byrne said. “We need them to be good supporters. Their job is to sit back, analyze what’s going on in the race and understand that the three big guns up front.”Since the race is in East Lansing and Ann Arbor is not far away, it is likely that the Wolverines and Spartans will have plenty of supporters. But according to Byrne, the increased support for two of the Badgers’ biggest rivals only adds to the competition. “Their athletes get excited about competing against Wisconsin as we do get excited about competing against those guys,” Byrne said.With a near hegemony on the Big Ten cross country scene, the Badgers will have a big target on their back as they fight for yet another conference title. But they face tough competition from within their own conference as both Michigan and Indiana outpaced UW at the Adidas Invitational. But the pressure is nothing new for a team that has turned itself into one of the top programs in the country over the last several decades.“I don’t know if [the top three] consider it pressure,” Byrne said. “It’s something we talk about all the time, we prepare mentally for this part of the year. … They love the idea that they’ve got a target on their back, they get excited about that. They recognize the tradition and the history and, let’s face it, that’s why a lot of these guys came to Madison.”“If you’re going to be a Badger and you’re going to wear that uniform, you have to expect the target on your back,” said Byrne. “People are going to come gunning for you.”
British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Stay on target Today may be a rough for some of us out there, but this story is something that should put a smile on your face. Someone has recreated the classic Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 in Unreal Engine 4. That alone would be enough, but to sweeten the deal, this person has posted of video of the game being played on the HTC Vive.The person responsible for this is Ádám Horváth. He is an Unreal Engine developer who is known for creating a virtual mirror for trying on clothes. He has recreated only a tiny slice of Red Alert 2 in UE4, but even this small taste is enough to impress those of us who played this game back in the day.Of course, the real highlight of this video is that Red Alert 2 is being played on an HTC Vive. Real Time Strategy Games seem like a natural fit for VR, and this video proves why. Horváth uses the Vive controllers to control what he does in the game. One hand controls units on the battlefield, and the other holds an in-game tablet that can be pointed at to construct troops and buildings.Modern virtual reality gaming is still in its infancy but videos like this help to show the potential the medium has beyond fancy tech demos. Seeing a tried and true gaming genre work so well in VR should give proponents of the technology hope that it won’t be just another quickly forgotten fad. Let’s hope that developers look at this video and begin to get ideas about how to bring compelling RTS experiences to VR in the future.