Rosebud Artists Nominated for 10 Blues Music Awards
Duke Robillard, Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Foster have been nominated for a total of 10 Blues Music Awards. The 31st Blues Music Awards will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 6, 2010. Rosebud artist nominations are as follows:
Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro both have four nominations each. Duke is nominated for Album of the Year for Stomp! The Blues Tonight, Band of the Year, Best Instrumentalist - Guitar and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Tommy is nominated for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Hard Believer and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Foster are both nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. In addition, Duke produced 10 of the 12 tracks and guests on one song on Album of the Year / Contemporary Blues Album of The Year nominee Between a Rock and the Blues by Joe Louis Walker.
Other Rosebud related nominations are, in the Instrumentalist - Horn category: longtime Tommy Castro Band saxophonist Keith Crossan and Deanna Bogart, who plays in the Rosebud booked Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue with Tommy Castro. Nominated in the Historical Album of the Year category are: Muddy Waters' Authorized Bootleg and Little Walter's The Complete Chess Masters, featuring hit compositions by Willie Dixon. Both Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon were Rosebud artists until their passing. Nominated in the Acoustic Album of the Year category is: Things About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks, which features songs by Rosebud artists John Hammond and Bill Frisell.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
Tommy Castro's Hard Believer Debuts On 3 Billboard Charts, Features on XM and House of Blues Radio
Tommy Castro's Hard Believer debuted on three Billboard charts, including the New Artist Chart, Indie Artist Chart and a #2 spot on the Blues Chart, the highest artist debut this week. Tommy is featured on B.B. King's Bluesville radio show on XM, which will have an encore airing Friday, August 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM EST, for details please click here. He will also be featured on an upcoming episode of the House of Blues Radio Hour, hosted by Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd). Tommy has recently won several major awards recognizing his contribution to the blues, including B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and Best Contemporary Blues CD awards at the 2008 Blues Music Awards, as well as two Blues Artist of the Year and two Album of the Year awards from Blues Wax in the past few years alone.
Tommy Castro's Hard Believer Out August 11, 2009
Tommy Castro's new CD, Hard Believer, will be released on August 11, 2009. Produced by John Porter (Los Lonely Boys, Santana, Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello), the record includes 6 originals by Tommy and interpretations of Wilson Pickett's "99 1/2 (Won't Do)" and Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." Carlos Santana said about Tommy, "This is the person who has the voice, the sound, and the intentions to touch everybody's heart" Tommy won awards as both the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and for Best Contemporary Blues CD awards at the 2008 Blues Music Awards. Blues Wax magazine annually polls their readers to determine Best Blues Artist and Album of the Year and Tommy has won four of these awards in recent years. In 2002 & 2006 he was named Blues Artist of the Year and in 2003 & 2007 he won Album of the Year. He is on tour both with his own band and leading The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue - please see tour dates >>
Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette and the late Muddy Waters Score Blues Music Awards
Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette and the late great Muddy Waters took home top awards at The Blues Foundations prestigious Blues Music Awards last night (May 8) in Tunica, Mississippi. Tommy Castro won big with his first two Blues Music Awards, honored with the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award and also for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his most recent CD, Painkiller. Bettye LaVette was recognized as Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist, her second Blues Music Award. Former Rosebud artist, the late Muddy Waters, won Best Historical Album for Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down, an album of previously unreleased recordings with Johnny Winter and James Cotton. Rosebud artists Duke Robillard and Ruthie Foster also received nominations this year. The Blues Music Awards are the highest recognition in the blues world, often touted as the Grammys of the Blues.
The Tommy Castro Band / Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Live Album, Command Performance Out March 18
The Tommy Castro Band is featured as the driving force and core band on the new CD, Command Performance, a live recording drawn from performances on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues cruise as well as from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Tour in Fall 2007. Tommys first live release in 8 years, the album features Deanna Bogart, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Magic Dick with special guests Marcia Ball, Elvin Bishop and Curtis Salgado. On the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Tour, each artist performs a 30-minute set backed by the Tommy Castro Band. The live recordings spotlight many of the highlights of their recent performances. The Tommy Castro Band will be touring extensively throughout the U.S. This year. ..see tour dates >>
Tommy Castro's Painkiller Voted BluesWax 2007 Album Of The Year
Tommy Castro today received Album of the Year accolades from BluesWax, the largest subscribed Blues publication in the world for his latest album success, Painkiller. This is the fourth BluesWax Award for Castro, having also won Artist of the Year in 2002 and 2006 and Album of the Year in 2003. Castro has the distinction of being the first two-time BluesWax Album of the Year Award winner. Painkiller is also nominated for a 2008 Blues Music Award as "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" and Castro is a nominee for "B.B. King Entertainer of the Year." The Tommy Castro Band will be touring extensively throughout 2008. - see tour dates >>
Tommy Castro and Duke Robillard Featured on House of Blues Radio's Top 10 CDs of 2007
Duke Robillards World Full of Blues (Stony Plain Records) and Tommy Castros Painkiller (Blind Pig) were voted among the Top 10 CDs of 2007 by House of Blues Radio Hour listeners. The January 7th and 8th House of Blues Radio hour featured Robilards "World Of Blues" and Castros "I Roll When I Rock." Tommy Castros "Soul Shaker" was also featured on the International Blues Challenge segment on January 19th and 20th in honor of his past win. House of Blues Radio Hour is hosted weekly by Dan Akroyd. Tommy Castro and Duke Robillard will tour heavily throughout 2008. See tour dates >>
Blues Music Award Nominations for Bettye LaVette, Tommy Castro, Duke Robillard, Ruthie Foster and Muddy Waters
Bettye LaVette, Tommy Castro, Duke Robillard, Ruthie Foster and Muddy Waters were honored with nominations for the 2008 Blues Music Awards just announced. Bettye LaVettes incredible year (Grammy nomination, Pollstar magazine cover story and topping many Best Of 2007 lists) continues with three nominations for Album of the Year (Scene Of The Crime), Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Tommy Castro grabs two nominations for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year (Painkiller) and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Duke Robillard yet again receives a nod for Best Instrumentalist - Guitar. Robillard has won this award an unprecedented four previous times. Ruthie Foster scores her first nomination for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. And former Rosebud artist, the late Muddy Waters, is honored with a nomination for Historical Album of the Year (Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down - Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, James Cotton). The Blues Music Awards will be held on May 8, 2008 in Tunica, Mississippi.
Rosebud Artists Score In Downbeat Critics Poll
Bill Frisell was named Best Guitarist for the fourth year in a row (and seventh in 10 years) in Downbeat's Critics Poll. Several frequent Frisell collaborators were also honored: Sam Yahel was on top in the Rising Star Organ category and Jenny Scheinman was named #1 Rising Star Violin, while producer (and Frisell manager) Lee Townsend, drummers Brian Blade and Joey Baron, and violinist Eyvind Kang were among the honorees in their respective categories.
Bettye LaVette and Charlie Musselwhite both placed in the top 10 for Blues Artist/Group, and Tommy Castro was among the Rising Star Blues Artist/Group honorees. The Blues Album category included JJ Cale & Eric Claptons "The Road To Escondido" as well as Musselwhites "Delta Hardware". Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaints "The River In Reverse" and Richard Thompsons "The Life And Music Of Richard Thompson" were honored in the Beyond Album category.
Congratulations to all the honorees!
Tommy Castro Wins BluesWax Artist of the Year New CD, Painkiller, On Billboard Blues Chart
Tommy Castro just won BluesWax Blues Artist of the Year 2006 with a record number of first place reader votes. Meanwhile his new CD, Painkiller, is charting on the Billboard Blues Charts. BluesWax is a weekly internet publication with nearly 100,000 subscribers. Publisher Chip Eagle said, "I love Tommy Castro and I'm very happy our readers selected him. There are few artists as deserving as he is. He gives everything to his fans, never puts on a bad show, and has one of the best blues bands in the world." Tommy just finished headlining the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue tour with guests Ronnie Baker Brooks, Deanna Bogart, and Magic Dick with more dates to come. The package is named after the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise which sails the Caribbean every January.
Tommy Castros new CD, Painkiller, in Stores January 30, 2007
Tommy Castro will release his new CD, Painkiller on January 30. The album features nine new Tommy Castro original songs with Tommy and the band sharing the spotlight with special guests Coco Montoya, Angela Strehli, David Maxwell and Teresa James. The CD was produced by John Porter, who has previously spearheaded projects with Santana, Los Lonely Boys, B.B. King, Elvis Costello and Keb Mo. Painkiller is the follow up CD to Soul Shaker, which spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Blues Charts and was nominated for a Blues Music Award. Tommy Castro is currently nominated for Blues Wax Artist of the Year Award and will be touring worldwide in support of the new release..see Tour Dates>>
Mayor of San Francisco declares October 14 "Tommy Castro Day"
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's office has announced that October 14th will be declared "Tommy Castro Day" in recognition of his support of various community projects as well as his musical achievements. A representative of the Mayors Office will present Tommy with the Mayor's Proclamation at his show at Slim's on October 14th.
Tommy Castro will also be honored by the North Beach Chamber of Commerce who will have his image painted onto a building-wide mural at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Streets. Tommy started his career by playing in the clubs in North Beach and the mural features cultural icons and heroes from that storied neighborhood's illustrious history.
Rosebud Artists Triumph At Blues Music Awards
The Blues Foundation announced their annual Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) last night and, once again, Rosebud artists were well represented. Marica Ball was honored with her third award in as many years when she was named Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Mavis Staples was honored as Soul/Blues Female Artist of the year for the second year in a row. Charlie Musselwhite picked up the award for Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica for the 13th time in his career, bringing his total Blues Foundation awards to 19. The awards ceremony also featured Blues Music Award nominee and Rosebud artist Tommy Castro who performed along with Kim Wilson and Elvin Bishop. The Blues Music Awards are the highest honor in the blues world, an event often touted as the Grammys of the Blues. Thank you to the Blues Foundation, all the fans and congratulations to all the artists for another great year of keeping the blues alive.
The Tommy Castro Band releases Whole Lotta Soul DVD
The Tommy Castro Band has released a DVD entitled Whole Lotta Soul. The DVD features Tommy Castro and his band performing live at The Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, CA and demonstrates why their live shows have captivated legions of fans. The 11 song set features 9 songs from their current Blind Pig release, Soul Shaker, which spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Blues charts. The Tommy Castro Band received two Blues Music Award nominations this year, including Best Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and Best Contemporary Album of the Year for Soul Shaker. Tommy and the band tour year round throughout North America and Europe - see Tour Dates for details >>.
"Whole Lotta Soul" and other Tommy Castro CD/DVD are available at tommycastro.com >>
Rosebud Artists Score Combined 13 Blues Music Award nominations - Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, Robert Cray and Muddy Waters Named
Rosebud Artists scored 13 nominations for the Blues Music Awards, formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards. Marcia Ball is tied for most nominated artist overall this year with four nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, and Piano Player of the Year. Tommy Castro makes his first appearance in the Blues Music Awards with nominations for both Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year for his album Soul Shaker. Bettye LaVette was honored with a nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year for the third year in a row, as well as a nod for Soul Blues Album of the Year for her album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Last year's big winners Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite were nominated again for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year and Instrumentalist - Harmonica, respectively. John Hammond's album, In Your Arms Again, was awarded a nomination for Best Acoustic Album of the Year. Robert Cray's song "Twenty" was honored with a nomination for Song of the Year and the late Muddy Waters rounds out the Rosebud Agency honors with a nomination for Historical Album of the Year for the Album Hoochie Coochie Man: The Complete Chess Recordings, Volume 2, 1952 - 1958.
Bettye LaVette, Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro - Let the "Best Ofs" Begin
The year end "Best of" lists have begun again and Bettye LaVette, Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro are among those honored so far. Bettye LaVette's album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise garnered the #2 spot in the R&B/Soul category and #59 overall in Amazon's annual "Editor's Picks" list. In the Blues category, The Duke Robillard Band's The Duke Meets the Earl was named #3 and The Tommy Castro Band's Soul Shaker came in at #5.
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Tommy Castro Honored With Leadership Award
Tommy Castro was honored with a Leadership Award by The Portuguese American Leadership Council of the US (PALCUS) at a gala ceremony in Newark, NJ on November 12, 2005. PALCUS is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC whose mission is to address the concerns of the Portuguese-American community. The Leadership Award is given to Portuguese-Americans who have achieved success in their chosen field. Tommy Castro, currently on tour to support his new DVD Whole Lotta Soul and CD Soul Shaker, was honored to receive the award.
Tommy Castro On Blues Revue June / July Cover
Tommy Castro celebrates the release of his Soul Shaker (Blind Pig) CD with an appearance on the cover of Blues Revue. The CD has enjoyed an extensive run on the Billboard Blues chart and the band, as usual is touring extensively in support of the new CD.
Tommy Castro CD Debuts At #2 Billboard Blues
Tommy Castro's new Blind Pig CD, Soul Shaker debuts at #2 on the Billboard blues chart this week. The new CD got a great review in Billboard magazine and Tommy is out promoting the CD with sessions just taped at XM and Sirius satellite radio networks. Watch for Tommy to appear on the June/July cover of Blues Revue Magazine as well as being featured on an upcoming broadcast of the House of Blues Radio Hour.
Tommy Castro has been nominated for a California Music Award in Outstanding Blues/Roots Album category for his new album "Gratitude". Awards will be presented to artists chosen by the public on Sunday, May 25. Cast your vote for Tommy Castro at
Tommy Castro has just released his new CD, Gratitude, capped with a CD release party at San Franciscos Great American Music Hall, March 14. The new CD features The Tommy Castro Band covering songs that have influenced Tommys life and his music, originally recorded by artists including John Lee Hooker, B.B. and Albert King, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Tommy and the band will be touring heavily throughout the year in support of the new release and the CD has already been nominated for a California Music Award.
Tommy Castros Music Named Among Best For Sex!
The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday edition listed the all time best love songs and noted Tommy Castros music as one of the artists whose music is Best Music For Sex. Check Tommy out live and see for yourself. The Tommy Castro Band was also just featured on the nationally syndicated Blues Caravan radio show. Tommy continues to tour heavily across the country - see tour dates.
Tommy Castro to join B.B. King Summer Blues Festival Tour
Tommy Castro, one of the newest members of the Rosebud Agency, will join B.B. King as a featured act on his annual, traveling, summer Blues Festival. These dates supplement a full scale tour already in play in support of Tommy's latest Blind Pig release, Live at the Fillmore. For all of Tommy's tour dates please see Tour Dates and watch for many more dates coming soon.
Tommy Castro's "Live At The Fillmore" CD, VHS and DVD - Tour
Tommy Castro will release his first live CD, Live At the Fillmore on Blind Pig Records on February 22. The project will be available on Enhanced CD, VHS, DVD. In addition to Tommy's road band, Jimmy Pugh, keyboardist for The Robert Cray Band and former producer for Tommy, is featured on the CD.
Blues Revue Readers Choose Rosebud Artists' CDs Among All Time Favorites
Blues Revue Magazine conducted a poll of it's readers to name their 10 favorite Blues records of all time and (9) of the top (40) were recordings by present and former Rosebud Agency artists.
#3 Robert Cray / Strong Persuader
Blues Agent of The Year, Tom Gold, Joins Rosebud
Tom Gold, owner of The Tom Gold Agency, has joined The Rosebud Agency along with his top two artists, Tommy Castro and Coco Montoya. Tom has just been named Agent of the year by the Blues Foundation in conjunction with their Keeping The Blues Alive Awards. Tom will focus on booking East Coast accounts as well as casinos, fairs and special events nationwide. He will also continue to service dates for Tommy Castro and Coco Montoya on the West Coast. Tommy and Coco both plan to tour extensively behind their new CD releases coming February 22 and January 25 respectively.