4/3 - News from Janat: "Hello! I just got back from the Songwriter's Circle (part of Juno Weekend) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and Alan Doyle was one of the featured songwriters - he spoke of meeting and working with Russell and then performed one of the songs that they wrote together! "The Weight of a Man" and he said that Russell came up with the concept to write a song for Danielle and about how it must be hard to put up with all that comes with being married to him - from him to the constant press... "hard to handle" was one of the lines... it was fantastic and I can't wait to hear the whole album!"
3/30 - Canada.com: Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle produced, co-wrote CD for Russell Crowe
3/28 - The Daily Telegraph: Rusty pulls strings for solo single. Thanks, Chattles
3/28 - The SMH - Spike:Thirty odd foot of ... nothing. Thanks, barbiecat
3/25 -The New York Times today - Briefly Noted: "Crowe's Final Grunt -- Russell Crowe's rock band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, has not always been well received; in a review of its last album, Blender magazine said Mr. Crowe's lyrics "run the gamut from mundane to embarrassing." Now it is apparently defunct. In a posting on the band's Web site announcing the completion of a new album, Mr. Crowe, above, said the band "would seem to have dissolved/evolved." In his posting, Mr. Crowe said he was disappointed about the end of the band but now enjoys "the joy of writing unrestricted." - Thanks, Ivani
The BBC: Actor Crowe's rock band dissolves - Thanks, Anne S
The Daily Telegraph - No-grunt Crowe - Thanks, Rita
The Australian - Strewth: Crow, Rusty, crow -- "IS RUSS Le Roq back? Crowe used to go by that name when he was a wannabe New Zealand rock singer, fronting a band called the Romantics. Rusty has, of course, had some success with his flannel-rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, who were big in Texas at one stage. Now on the unofficial fan site Maximum Russell Crowe has carried a message from someone known as RC saying the band has "evolved/dissolved". RC writes: "While that holds certain disappointments . . . they pale in comparison to the joy of writing unrestricted, of talking from my heart and mind simultaneously about things that are important to me now . . . as a 41-year-old father/ husband/ lover/ man." The new songs will apparently touch on: "varying subjects, my beautiful wife, past relationships, my son, people I know, family tragedy, immigrant cane cutters, vilification . . . my contribution to the genre of drinking songs . . . it is without doubt the most satisfying record I've ever made, and I know when you hear it you will be seduced by its beauty." Sounds like it's time for a new flannel and some ugh boots." Thanks, Allison
From Ray's letter at Gruntland:"The "Raewyn" single should be available in all 15 countries where they have the iTunes music store. At the moment they have iTunes music stores available in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Luxembourg & Austria." - Added: "Since the iTunes idea came about there were only four countries that had the iTunes music store and now there are many more. Since Australia & NZ do not have the music store yet we are working on alternate ideas for Australia & NZ. I'll keep you posted! Ray"
The SMH: Crowe writes of plans for solo album - Thanks, Rita