The Blind Boys of Alabama will release their new CD, Duets, on October 27, 2009. This special project features tracks that the Five-Time Grammy winners have recorded with high profile admirers Lou Reed, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Susan Tedeschi, Randy Travis, Solomon Burke, Marva Wright, Jars of Clay, Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles), Asleep At The Wheel, Dan Zanes and Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals) as well as with fellow Rosebud artists, Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond. Of the 14 tracks on the compilation, four are from Grammy winning albums, three are from Grammy nominated discs and three songs have never before been released. See The Blind Boys of Alabama live on stage, including shows in Europe and Canada later in the Fall, please see Tour Dates>>
Marcia Ball & Charlie Musselwhite Winners Again in 2009 Living Blues Awards
Charlie Musselwhite and Duke Robillard CDs Selected As Best Blues Albums Of 2009 (so far) By About.com:Blues
Living Blues Magazine has honored Bettye LaVette, Marcia Ball, and Charlie Musselwhite with nominations in their Annual Reader's Poll. Bettye LaVette is honored with two nominations: Best Live Performer and Most Outstanding Blues Singer. Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite are nominated in categories both won for the last two years straight: Most Outstanding Musician, Keyboard and Harmonica, respectively. Marcia is also nominated for Blues Artist of the Year (Female). You can cast your vote at - livingblues.com - by clicking on 2009 LIVING BLUES AWARDS VOTE HERE! All ballots must be received by July 5, 2009.
Rosebud Artists Everywhere At New Orleans Jazz Fest
Rosebud Artists could be found performing in a wide variety of formats during the 40th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 24 - May 3).
Charlie Musselwhite Honored With Blues Trail Marker
Legendary blues harp master Charlie Musselwhite will be honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker, to be unveiled in a ceremony on April 24, 2009. The Marker will be placed in Charlie's home town of Kosciusko, MS. Charlie's impressive credentials include collaborations with Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Gov’t Mule, INXS, Mickey Hart, George Thorogood and a long and close personal relationship with his real-life best man at his wedding, John Lee Hooker.
Created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, the Blues Trail is composed of historical markers and interpretive sites located throughout the state. Artists honored with markers to date include fellow legends B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon.
Charlie will continue to tour extensively throughout the year including stops in Italy and Romania in May and Australia in the Fall. Please see tour dates>>
Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite Honored Once Again With Living Blues Awards
Living Blues magazine readers have once again honored both Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite in their 15th Annual Reader's Poll. Repeating their victories of last year, Marcia Ball was named Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) and Charlie Musselwhite won Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).
Rosebud Artists Score Living Blues Awards
Congratulations to several Rosebud artists who were honored in the Living Blues Readers and Critics Polls. The Critics Poll named Bettye LaVette both Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Blues Singer. In the Readers Poll awards, Marcia Ball was named Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) and Charlie Musselwhite took Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica). The late John Lee Hooker, a Rosebud artist for 25 years, was honored for Shout! Factorys Hooker box set, which was named Best Blues Album of 2006 (Historical Recording) in the Readers Poll and Best Historical Reissue / Post-war in the Critics Poll.
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!
Charlie Musselwhite Voted Best International Harmonica Player in Australian Bluestar Awards
Australia's inaugural Bluestar Awards honored Charlie Musselwhite at a May 17 ceremony held in connection with the Broadbeach Festival in Australia. Musselwhite, who toured down under last fall, was voted best international harmonica player by Australian blues fans. The Bluestar Awards were founded as an annual event to recognize the best of blues music in Australia and beyond. The honor came one week after Musselwhite swept the Blues Music Awards in Memphis with wins in four categories.
Rosebud Artists Triumph At Blues Awards
The Blues Foundations prestigious Blues Music Awards took place in Memphis May 10, with Rosebud artists once again proving their popularity in the genre. Charlie Musselwhite was the big winner of the evening with four awards, including top honors for his latest album, Delta Hardware. Marcia Ball took home the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year for the third year in a row. The Historical Album of the Year award went to John Lee Hooker, a Rosebud artist for 25 years until his passing in 2001, for Shout! Factorys career retrospective box set Hooker. Charlie Musselwhite was the only artist to win more than two awards, taking honors for Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album of the Year, Song of the Year ("Church Is Out"), and - for the 14th year - Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica.
Charlie Musselwhite appears on score to "Black Snake Moan"
Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite lends his classic harp sound to Scott Bomar's score for the Samuel L. Jackson / Justin Timberlake / Christina Ricci film "Black Snake Moan". Charlie joins Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars and their producer and musician father, Jim Dickinson as featured artists on the score. The film, which debuted to critical praise at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, was produced by Craig Brewer ("Hustle and Flow"). The Soundtrack CD features Charlie on three selections plus contributions from such artists as The Black Keys, R.L Burnside, and The North Mississippi All Stars on their own tracks as well.
Charlie Musselwhite featured with Ben Harper on The Carson Daly Show
Legendary Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite joins Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals on Last Call with Carson Daly for a performance taping that will air on NBC on February 20, 2007. Close musical friends, Charlie and Ben have collaborated at each others concerts and in the studio. Ben invited Charlie to join him as a special guest for several shows during his sold out 2005 Summer Tour and Charlie's critically acclaimed 2004 release Sanctuary featured Ben Harper on two tracks, including Ben's own "Homeless Child". Watch for extensive North American and European touring from Charlie Musselwhite throughout 2007. see tour dates >>
Rosebud Artists Score Combined 14 Blues Music Award Nominations
Rosebud Artists scored 14 nominations this year for the Blues Music Awards, formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards. Charlie Musselwhite is nominated for 5 awards, including Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year (Delta Hardware), Song of the Year ("Church is Out") and his perennial nomination for Best Instrumentalist- Harmonica. Bettye LaVette is honored with two nominations for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year (her fourth year in a row), as well as a nod for the top honor of the evening - B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Marcia Ball also earned two nominations for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year (4th consecutive nomination) and Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. Duke Robillard received a nomination for Best Instrumentalist - Guitar and his saxophone player, Doug James, receives one as well for Best Instrumentalist - Horn. Mavis Staples is nominated for the fourth year in a row for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year. Former Rosebud artist, the late Ruth Brown is nominated for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year and the late John Lee Hooker's just released box set, Hooker (on Shout! Factory), has been nominated for Historical Album of the Year. Rosebud owner/founder, Mike Kappus, coordinated 16 of the original featured recordings in the package. The Blues Music Awards ceremony and concert will be held May 10, 2007 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. For more information, please go to Blues Music Awards Information >>
Rosebud Artists Honored on Amazon's Best Music of 2006
Amazon.com has released their annual picks for Best Music of the Year and Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint, JJ Cale, Ann Savoy, Charlie Musselwhite and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are among those honored. Allen Toussaint's CD The River In Reverse with Elvis Costello was recognized in the Top 100 Editor's Picks list. JJ Cale & Eric Clapton's The Road To Escondido appears as #37 on the Customer's Top 100 list. Charlie Musselwhite's Delta Hardware was recognized as the #1 CD of the year in the Blues category, while Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars debut CD Living Like A Refugee was selected as the #4 CD of the year in the International category. Ann Savoy of The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band appears twice in both the Customer's Top 100 list and #3 in the Folk category for her CD Adieu False Heart with Linda Ronstadt. Congratulations to all.
For more information and to purchase CDs, please visit Amazon's Best Music of 2006 >>."
Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Featured in Katrina Benefit DVD, "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy"
Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the all-star cast of the DVD "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy" which documents the benefit concert of the same name held in New York City in September 20, 2005. Allen Toussaint is featured performing solo on Southern Nights and with Cyndi Lauper on Last Train/I Know (You Dont Want Me No More). In addition he shares the stage with and provides accompaniment to Art Neville, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Clarence Frogman Henry, Jimmy Buffett, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville and Irma Thomas. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are featured in performances with Elvis Costello and Dave Bartholomew, Diana Krall with Troy Andrews and Kermit Ruffins. Later, they join The Neville Brothers, The Meters and others in a show closing performance of When the Saints Go Marching In. Charlie Musselwhite also performed with Tom Waits at Radio City Music Hall the same evening in a simultaneous show benefiting the same cause. The live concerts raised nearly 9 million dollars for hurricane relief efforts and 100% of the proceeds from this DVD will go toward continuing those efforts.
Rosebud Artists Featured on Amazon.com's Best of the Decade (So Far) List
Amazon.com music editors have released their picks for the best releases of the decade (so far) and the list features Rosebud artists The Blind Boys of Alabama, Loudon Wainwright III and John Hammond. The Blind Boys were recognized in both the Popular Music and Christian/Gospel categories for their 2001 release Spirit Of the Century and 2002's Higher Ground, respectively. Loudon Wainwright III's Last Man on Earth (2001) was also recognized in the Popular Music category while John Hammond's collection of Tom Waits songs Wicked Grin (2001) was recognized as one of the best in the Blues Category. In the meantime, Charlie Musselwhite's Delta Hardware has been named one of the best blues CDs of 2006...so far. Be sure to catch live dates with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Loudon Wainwright III, John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite throughout the year. ...see Rosebud Artists' Tour Dates >>
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.
New Charlie Musselwhite CD Delta Hardware Hits Stores 5/16
Charlie Musselwhite's new CD, Delta Hardware, will be released on Peter Gabriel's Real World label on May 16, 2006. Musselwhite incorporates a lifetime of musical experience, from his early Mississippi Delta days to his immersion in Chicago urban blues and beyond, into this new and powerful batch of hard-rocking blues. Charlie, the worlds greatest living blues harmonica player (New York Press) has been busy the last couple of years performing and/or recording with everyone from Ben Harper to the Blind Boys of Alabama, the North Mississippi Allstars to G. Love, and many others. A major world tour will immediately follow the release including key US Spring shows in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston and more. - - see Tour Dates for details >>
Charlie Musselwhite To Guest at Jammy's at MSG in New York on April 20
Charlie Musselwhite will join an impressive list of artists, including Mickey Hart and Billy Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Little Feat, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, McCoy Tyner, and others in a special collaborative performance at the sixth annual Jammy Awards on April 20 at Madison Square Garden. Charlie's new Real World CD, Delta Hardware, is scheduled for release 5/16/2006 with a major Spring Tour to follow.
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.
Rosebud Artists Charlie Musselwhite and Mavis Staples Honored in Downbeat's Reader's Poll
Rosebud artists Charlie Musselwhite and Mavis Staples both ranked among the top 5 vote getters in the Best Blues Album category in the Downbeat Reader's Poll (December 2005 issue). Charlie Musselwhite's album Sanctuary and Mavis Staples' Have A Little Faith were not only reader's favorites but both were honored in the same category in Downbeat's recent Critic's Poll. Charlie and Mavis were also the big winners in this year's W.C. Handy Blues awards.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Charlie Musselwhite Featured in Hurricane Katrina benefit concerts, "The Big Apple to The Big Easy"
Two Rosebud artists joined all-star line-ups to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina in the New York benefit concerts dubbed "The Big Apple to The Big Easy." The Dirty Dozen Brass Band was featured in the fundraiser at Madison Square Garden performing with Elvis Costello, Diana Krall and Dave Bartholomew. They also joined Aaron Neville and a score of other New Orleans performers for the finale of "When the Saints Go Marching In." Charlie Musselwhite lent his support by performing with Tom Waits in a simultaneous benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall. Other performers on the two shows included Simon and Garfunkel, John Fogerty, Elton John, Dave Matthews, Joss Stone, Jimmy Buffet and Lenny Kravitz.
Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite Win Living Blues Awards
Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite were both honored with awards in the July/August issue of Living Blues Magazine. Mavis Staples garnered awards for both Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Comeback Artist of the Year in the Living Blues Critic's Poll. Charlie Musselwhite was named Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) for the second year in a row in the Living Blues Reader's Poll."
Bill Frisell and other Rosebud Artists Honored in Downbeat Critics Poll
Bill Frisell was voted Best Guitarist in the annual critics poll in the current issue (Aug 2005) of Downbeat magazine. Bill also ranks in several other categories including Best Jazz Artist, Best Composer, Best Arranger, Best Electric Group and Best Jazz Album for his 2005 Grammy winning CD Unspeakable. Individual musicians from Bill's various touring bands were also recognized as Jenny Scheinman was voted top Rising Star Violin and Sam Yahel was voted top Rising Star Organ. Brian Blade was also acknowledged in both the Best Drums and Rising Star Drums categories with Ron Miles ranking in Rising Star Trumpet.
Rosebud artists Mavis Staples, Bettye LaVette, Charlie Musselwhite, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Duke Robillard also ranked among the best blues artists. Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette were recognized in the Best Blues Artist and Rising Star Blues Artist categories, respectively. The Best Blues Album category acknowledged Charlie Musselwhite (Sanctuary), Mavis Staples (Have A Little Faith), Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama (There Will Be A Light) and Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl (The Duke Meets The Earl).
Rosebud Artists Win Big at 2005 W.C. Handy Awards
The Blues Foundation announced the recipients of the 2005 W.C. Handy Blues Awards last night (May 5, 2005) in Memphis and Rosebud artists Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite and Marcia Ball received a total of eight awards. Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite were the big winners of the night tying for the most awards for any artist with three awards each.
Mavis won all three of her nominations, including "Blues Album of the Year" (for her acclaimed release "Have A Little Faith"), "Soul/Blues Album of the Year" and "Soul/Blues Artist, Female". A related fourth award went to the album's title track "Have A Little Faith", which picked up "Blues Song of the Year", a songwriters award for Jim Tullio and Jim Weider. Mavis' wins come on the heels of a Grammy-bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of The Staple Singers. Charlie Musselwhite took home three new awards as well to add to a Handy collection that now numbers 18. Charlie won for "Best Contemporary Blues Album" ("Sanctuary"), "Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist" and "Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica" (his 12th win in the category). Marcia Ball, "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" winner in 2004, took home the Handy for "Best Instrumentalist-Keyboards". The Handys 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.
Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite Lead Living Blues Award Nominations
Mavis Staples has been nominated for four Living Blues Awards including "Best Blues Album", "Blues Artist of the Year (Female)", "Most Outstanding Blues Singer" and "Best Live Performer". Mavis has been nominated in every category for which she is able to qualify and her four nominations are the most among any artist.
Charlie Musselwhite has been nominated for three awards as well including "Best Blues Album", "Blues Artist of the Year (Male)" and "Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)".
Nominations were taken from a polling of Living Blues critics and ballots can be found in the March/April 2005 issue of Living Blues magazine. Both Mavis and Charlie will be on tour throughout 2005 -- see tour dates >>.
5 Rosebud Artists Honored With 12 W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominations
The Blues Foundation's nominees for the 26th Annual W.C. Handy Awards feature five Rosebud artists scoring a total of 12 nominations. Mavis Staples' first appearance in the Handy voting has her scoring among the most nominated artists this year with four nominations including Blues Album of the Year and Soul/Blues Album of the Year for her new release Have a Little Faith as well as a nod for Soul/Blues-Female Artist of the Year. The title track "Have a Little Faith" also received a Blues Song of the Year nomination for writers Jim Tullio and Jim Weider. Perennial winner, Charlie Musselwhite received three nominations including Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Sanctuary, Contemporary Blues-Male Artist of the Year and Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica. Marcia Ball also continues as a Handy favorite with nominations for Best Instrumentalist-Keyboards as well as Contemporary Blues-Female Artist of the Year. Duke Robillard garnered a nomination for Traditional Blues Album of the Year for his album Blue Mood: The Songs of T-Bone Walker and again is honored for his virtuosity with a nomination for Best Instrumentalist-Guitar which he has won four of the past five years. Bettye LaVette continues her Handy honors with a nomination for Soul/Blues-Female Artist of the Year.
Rosebud Agency Artists Receive / Collaborators in 8 Grammy Nominations
Rosebud artists have once again scored big in the just announced Grammy nominations as they have been honored directly, or as participants in 8 nods spread over the Blues, Gospel, Folk and Alternative categories. The Blind Boys of Alabama follow their back-to-back-to-back Grammy wins with shared nominations for both Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for their collaboration with Ben Harper on There Will Be a Light and for Best Gospel Performance for the title track from that album. Charlie Musselwhite scored his 7th Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album with Sanctuary. Beausoleils Gitane Cajun garnered their 10th Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album. Mavis Staples makes an appearance in all three genres. She received a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance for her collaboration with Dr. John on the song "Lay My Burden Down," (which also features The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) from Dr. Johns "Nawlinz Dis Dat Or Dudda," additionally nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Mavis is also the featured artist performing "Hard Times Come Again No More" from the album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster which has been nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album. In addition to backing Mavis and Dr. John (as well as Dr. John, B.B. King and Willie Nelson on another track from the same CD) The Dirty Dozen are also featured on Modest Mouses Good News For People Who Love Bad News which scored a nomination for Best Alternative Album.
The Grammy Awards will be held on February 15, 2005. more info at Grammy.com >>
Living Blues Polls Honor Bettye LaVette, Charlie Musselwhite
Bettye LaVette was named Best Female Blues Artist in the just released Living Blues Critics Poll and Charlie Musselwhite was honored as Best Harmonica Player in the Living Blues Readers Poll. Bettye had also scored a WC Handy Award this year for Best Comeback Album of the Year and Charlie Musselwhite is a perennial Handy Award winner for Best Harmonica Player. The results of the Living Blues Polls are in the current September/October issue of the magazine.
Rosebud Artists Win Big At 25th Handy Awards
Rosebud Agency artists had a great night at the 25th Annual W. C. Handy Blues Awards Thursday April 29. Marcia Ball scored double honors for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and also for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for her latest Alligator CD, So Many Rivers (also a Grammy Nominee this year in the same category). Duke Robillard's guitar mastery was acknowledged once again as he was named Best Blues Guitarist for the fourth time in the past five years - a stunning achievement given the competition in this category. And speaking of consistency, Charlie Musselwhite picked up his 15th Handy Award continuing an amazing streak as Best Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica. John Hammond once again won as Best Acoustic Blues Artist - a category he has begun to dominate as well. And Bettye LaVette who was barely known to the blues world last year won Comeback Blues Album of the Year for her CD, A Woman Like Me, one of her 4 nominations this year. Finally, Best Historical Blues CD of the year went to Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live by former Rosebud artist, the late Muddy Waters. A big Thank You to The Blues Foundation and all the fans for expressing their appreciation for the talent and hard work put forth by our artists. And a big congratulations to all of our artists for another great year of keeping the blues alive.
New Charlie Musselwhite CD "Sanctuary" Available Now - Ben Harper, Charlie Sexton and The Blind Boys of Alabama Guest
With 14 W.C. Handy Awards to his credit and 6 Grammy nominations, Charlie Musselwhite is firmly entrenched in musical history. Charlie continues building on his musical legacy with his latest release Sanctuary out now on Real World Records. On Santuary, Charlie explores the themes that have always charged the potency of the blues: loneliness, despair, evil and dying. The CD contains both originals and tunes by such artists as Ben Harper, Townes Van Zandt, and Randy Newman. Guests on the CD include Ben Harper, Charlie Sexton and The Blind Boys of Alabama. The Chicago Sun-Times calls Sanctuary "spellbinding, haunting music that cries out to be heard" and The San Jose Mercury News notes the CD is "the possible blues album of the year." Catch Charlie Musselwhite on tour now and throughout 2004. see tour dates >>.
Rosebud Artists Score Multiple W.C. Handy Blues Award Nominations - Bettye LaVette, Marcia Ball, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond and Duke Robillard All Named
Rosebud artists once again made an impressive showing in the 2004 W. C. Handy Blues Award nominations.
Bettye LaVette scored four nominations for this year's awards tying her for second most among all nominees. Her album "A Woman Like Me" was picked in nominations for Blues Album of the Year, Soul Blues Album of the Year and Comeback Album of the Year. Bettye was also acknowledged with a nomination for Best Soul Female Artist.
Marcia Ball, the 2002 winner for Blues Album of the Year, picked up three nominations. Her CD "So Many Rivers" is nominated in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category while "Foreclose on the House of Love" from the CD is nominated for Blues Song of the Year for the songwriter John Lee Sanders. Marcia also received nominations for Best Contemporary Female Artist and Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards.
John Hammond is once again nominated for Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year - the category he won most recently in 2002. Charlie Musselwhite scored another nomination for Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica, a category he wins almost every year.
And guitar virtuoso, Duke Robillard is nominated once again for Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar. Duke won this award in 2000, 2001 and 2003 and this is his 5th consecutive nomination in the category - an extremely impressive accomplishment given the strength of the annual competition in the guitar category.
In addition to the above, Jay McShann, who joins The Duke Robillard Band on exclusive festival dates around the world picked up a nomination for Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards.
Congratulations to all the award nominees. The 25th annual W.C. Handy award ceremonies will take place in Memphis on April 29, 2004. For the latest news on the Handy Awards visit http://www.handyawards.com.
Rosebud Artists were once again a significant presence at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards held May 22, 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee. Duke Robillard won "Best Instrumentalist - Guitar" for the third time in the last four years. Charlie Musselwhite won two awards including one for "Male Contemporary Artist of the Year" along with his perennial award for "Best Instrumentalist - Harmonica". John Hammond won once again for "Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year". Marcia Ball (last year's "Album of the Year" winner and a nominee for both "Female Contemporary Artist of the Year" and "Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards" this year) served as co-host for the ceremony and Ruth Brown stole the show in her role as presenter for the "Entertainer of the Year" award to B.B. King. Congratulations to all the W.C. Handy Award winners and nominees and be sure to catch Duke Robillard, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, Marcia Ball, Ruth Brown and The W.C. Handy All-Stars on tour throughout 2003 - see tour dates.
Charlie Musselwhite Honored by The Blues Foundation and Chicago Blues Festival
Charlie Musselwhite has been selected as the 2003 recipient of The Howlin' Wolf Award by The Blues Foundation and the producers of The Chicago Blues Festival. The annual Howlin' Wolf Award celebrates the migration of the Blues out of the Delta to Chicago and is named in honor of the late Blues Pioneer, the legendary Howlin' Wolf. The award presentation will take place on the bandshell stage immediately following Charlie's performance at the Chicago Blues Festival on May 30. Past award recipients include Sam Phillips, Rufus Thomas and Son Seals, among others.
Rosebud Artists Chalk Up 8 W.C. Handy Blues Award Nominations - Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, John Hammond and Duke Robillard named
Rosebud artists once again made an impressive showing in the 2003 W. C. Handy Blues Award nominations.
Charlie Musselwhite scored four nominations for this year's awards as his latest CD, One Night In America, was picked in nominations for Blues Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Charlie was also acknowledged with nominations for Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and his perennial nomination for Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica.
Marcia Ball, last years most nominated artist and 2002 winner for Blues Album of the year, had no new CD this year but she is nominated for Contemporary Blues - Female Artist of the Year as well as Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards.
John Hammond is once again nominated for Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year - the category he won again last year.
And guitar virtuoso, Duke Robillard is nominated once again for Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar. Duke won this award in 2000 and 2001 and was nominated last year as well.
In addition to the above, Otis Taylor, who joins Rosebud artists John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite (as well as Eric Bibb) on this year's W.C. Handy All Stars tour, snagged nominations for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year and Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year.
The W.C. Handy award ceremonies will take place in Memphis on May 22, 2003.
Rosebud Agency Artists Score Grammy Nominations in World, Folk, Blues and Gospel Categories
Once again this year, Rosebud artists have been nominated for Grammys in a variety of categories.
Rubén Blades Mundo CD has been nominated as Best World Music Album. The Blind Boys of Alabama follow their Grammy win for Spirit of the Century with a nomination for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for this years Higher Ground. Charlie Musselwhites One Night In America is nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Charlie also contributes a track to Preachin' The Blues: The Music Of Mississippi Fred McDowell which is nominated in the Best Traditional Blues album category. Fiddlers 4 (Bruce Molsky, Michael Doucet, Darol Anger & Rushad Eggleston) are nominated in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album for their debut eponymous CD. Also nominated in the same category is Evangeline Made produced by Ann Savoy of the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band. Ann performs a track on the CD with Linda Ronstadt as well as one with Savoy Doucet backed by a rhythm section featuring Sonny Landreth on guitar. Also, Tony Bennett's "Playing With My Friends" (the title song was co-written by Robert Cray) was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Album.
The Grammys will be awarded February 23 in New York City.
Rosebud Artists Score Big at W.C. Handy Awards
Rosebud Artists were a significant presence at the W.C. Handy Awards held May 23, 2002 in Memphis, Tennessee. Ruth Brown was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and also presented the Entertainer of the Year award to long-time friend B.B. King. Marcia Ball, the artist with most overall nominations this year, came home with the coveted Best Blues Album. Charlie Musselwhite was a winner in two categories Best Blues Instrumentalist (Harmonica) and Blues Song of the Year for "Charlie's Old Highway 51 Blues". John Hammond took home the award for Best Acoustic Album for his Tom Waits produced "Wicked Grin". Duke Robillard, winner of the previous two years' Best Blues Guitarist awards, was once again nominated and was a featured presenter at the Awards. Former Rosebud client, the late Muddy Waters won for Best Historical CD for "Fathers & Sons", which also included former Rosebud artist, the late Michael Bloomfield. Charlie Musselwhite performed live at the show in a band which also featured Keb Mo. And Marcia Ball & her band turned in a great set of their own. John Lee Hooker, who passed away last June, was also honored at the event with a video tribute.
Charlie Musselwhite Plays His Favorites on House of Blues Radio
Check out Charlie Musselwhite's program on HOB.com Green Room. The special internet radio segment runs over an hour with Charlie acting as DJ and playing his favorite blues tunes. Featured artists run from major influences to old friends and some who are both. Charlie gives his comments throughout on the songs and the people behind them. The playlist includes James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Walter Horton, Howlin' Wolf and a tune from his recent CD "One Night in America". RealAudio or Windows Media Player required.
New CD One Night in America due on February 26, 2002
One Night in America Sweepstakes: Experience One Night in America blues style! Enter to win an overnight trip for two to see a live performance by Charlie Musselwhite at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA on May 18, 2002.
Rosebud Congratulates our 2002 W. C. Handy Award Nominees. Marcia Ball tops all contenders with 5 W. C. Handy Awards Nominations. John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite and Duke Robillard also score Handy nominations
Marcia Ball's Handy nominations include nods for Blues Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues-Female Artist of the Year, and Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards as well as Contemporary Blues Album of the Year and Blues Album of the Year for her Presumed Innocent CD.
John Hammond, whose Tom Waits produced Wicked Grin CD has been collecting accolades all year, hauls in three nominations including Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, Blues Album of the Year, and Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year.
Duke Robillard who was named #1 Blues Guitarist in 2000 and 2001 returns once again as a nominee in the same category in 2002.
Charlie Musselwhite, already a ten time W. C. Handy Award winner, brings in yet another nomination for Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica. Charlie's song, "Charlie's Old Highway 51 Blues", also got a nod for Blues Song of the Year.
Rosebud Artist, the late Muddy Waters, was also honored in the Historical Blues Album of the Year category for his Fathers and Sons album.
Handy All Stars Honored Again
Members of the initial Handy All Stars tour continue to rack up awards already this year. Johnnie Johnson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March. Handy All Stars scoring W. C. Handy Award nominations again this year included Little Milton (Blues Entertainer of the Year and Soul Artist of the Year-Male), Duke Robillard (Guitar), Trudy Lynn (Soul Artist of the Year - Female), Charlie Musselwhite (Harmonica) and Gordon Sax Beadle (Horns). In the meantime, core band leader, Duke Robillard, also made his mark by producing Handy nominated CDs by Eddy Clearwater and Rosco Gordon.
Four Rosebud Artists Honored with W. C. Handy Award Nominations
Marcia Ball - Contemporary Blues - Female Artist of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards
W.C Handy Awards will be held in Memphis on May 24,2001 at the Orpheum Theatre.
Duke Robillard, Charlie Musselwhite and Muddy Waters Score Handy Awards
The W.C Handy Awards, the Blues' equivalent to a Grammy, were held May 25 and three Rosebud Artists came up winners. Duke Robillard won Blues Instrumentalist of The Year - Guitar. Charlie Musselwhite won Blues Instrumentalist Of The Year - Harmonica - for the 8th time! Traditional Blues Album of the Year was awarded to the late Muddy Waters for his CD, "The Lost Tapes of Muddy Waters". Muddy was a Rosebud artist throughout his final touring years.
Five Rosebud Artists Score W.C. Handy Nominations
Ruth Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Robert Cray and Luther Allison scored W.C Handy Awards nominations in results just announced by The Blues Foundation. Duke Robillard scored three nominations including Blues Band of The Year, Blues Album of The Year for New Blues For Modern Man, and Best Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar. Ruth Brown picked up Handy nominations for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year, Soul Blues CD of the Year and her title track, A Good Day For The Blues was nominated as Blues Song Of The Year. Charlie Musselwhite picked up two handy nominations - one for Blues Instrumentalist of the Year - Guitar and for Blues CD of the Year. And Robert Cray scored a Handy nomination for Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year. The late Luther Allison was also honored with nominations for Blues CD of the Year and Contemporary Blues CD of the Year.
Five Rosebud Artists Garner Grammy Nominations
Charlie Musselwhite and Ruth Brown each scored their second nominations in the Contemporary and Traditional Blues Categories respectively. Charlie's nomination comes for his Continental Drifter on Pointblank / Virgin while Ruth Brown's honors are for her latest, A Good Day For The Blues, on Bullseye / Rounder.
Charlie Musselwhite To Support B.B. King November West Coast Dates
Charlie Musselwhite joins B.B. King's tour in November down the West Coast. Charlie will perform solo sets on guitar and harmonica to open BB's shows as he did earlier this year in Europe.
Charlie Musselwhite rejoins Cuba's Eliades Ochoa on-stage
Charlie Musselwhite reunited with friends and collaborators Eliades Ochoa (of Buena Vista Social Club fame) and his band Cuarteto Patria on their debut tour of America with Charlie opening each show before joining the band each night. Eliades and Cuarteto Patria contributed to Charlie's most recent cd, Continental Drifter. Ochoa and Musselwhite intend to collaborate again next year on a tour of fine arts venues entitled "Continental Drift."
Charlie Musselwhite & Luther Allison continue W. C. Handy Award Streaks
Charlie Musselwhite once again won the W.C Handy Awards for Best Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica. Charlie has been dominant in this category for the past decade. Luther Allison, who swept the Handys in his last touring years was honored once again with a posthumous award for Reissue Album Of The Year for Ruf Records' reissue of Luther's Hand Me Down My Moonshine CD.
Rosebuds on Conan - Charlie Musselwhite, The Robert Cray Band, ¡Cubanismo! all set for appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien
Charlie Musselwhite will perform with Conan O'Brien's Late Night Band on June 18. The Robert Cray Band performs on the show on June 23 and ¡Cubanismo! are guests on the show on July 7. See local listings for show times.
Charlie Musselwhite in House of Blues Webcast - May 21st @ 10:00 pm
On Friday May 21st @ 10:00 pm, tune into the House of Blues Website (www.hob.com) for a live video concert of Charlie Musselwhite and Buckwheat Zydeco. This show will be broadcast using the Real Player and the Windows Media Player. Charlie is currently touring in support of his new Pointblank CD, Continental Drifter.
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Charlie Musselwhite's Continental Drifter out now. Charlie also featured in Muddy Waters TV Special, on Tom Waits' new CD and with Bob Weir & Ratdog on Earthjustice CD
Charlie Musselwhite's new CD, Continental Drifter, features Charlie performing with his road band, solo and with new friends, Cuban stars, Quarteto Patria. Charlie is enjoying a higher profile than ever lately with guest appearances on the upcoming Tom Waits CD, Mule Variations, and on The Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund's Fish Tree Water Blues collaborating with Bob Weir and Ratdog on Al Green's "Take Me To The River". Charlie also appears in the PBS documentary / concert on late Rosebud client, Muddy Waters on PBS.
Rosebud Artists Featured on Fish, Tree, Water Blues - Environmental Project to benefit Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
Rosebud artists J J Cale, The Robert Cray Band, John Hammond & John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite (with Bob Weir), Mavis Staples and Loudon Wainwright III join Ani DiFranco, Etta James, Ruth Brown (with Duke Robillard on guitar), Tracy Nelson, Branford Marsalis & Joe Louis Walker, Keb Mo, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Roomful of Blues in contributing to Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund's Fish Tree Water Blues CD to raise awareness and funds for their campaign of the same name. Watch fora national print media campaign featuring Robert Cray to highlight the cause.
Charlie Musselwhite On Blues Revue Cover, In Hendrix Film, New CD
The April issue of Blues Revue features Charlie Musselwhite on the cover with an extensive story inside. In the same issue, Charlie features heavily in Bob Vorel's editorial and Art Tipaldi's feature on blues artists who have taken the clean and sober route. Charlie's new pointblank / Virgin CD, Continental Drifter, featuring members of his favorite Cuban group, Quarteto Patria, is due for release April 20. Charlie is also seen in the D.A.Pennebaker Film and Video, "Searching For Jimi Hendrix".
John Hammond, Luther Allison, Charles Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard Score W.C. Handy Nominations
Congratulations to our W.C Handy Awards nominees, Duke Robillard for Best Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar, Charlie Musselwhite for Best Blues Instrumentalist - Harp, Charles Brown for Best Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards, Luther Allison for Reissue Blues CD of The Year - Hand Me Down My Moonshine, and to John Hammond who scores nominations for both Best Traditional Blues CD of The Year and Acoustic Blues Artist Of The Year.
Charles Brown Tribute features Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite & more
Charles Brown was feted at a jam-packed Tribute in his honor at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco January 11 by a host of legendary friends. Charles made it out personally to watch Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Charlie Musselwhite, Charles' band and many more pay tribute and help raise funds for his ongoing medical bills.
Rosebud artists score ten W.C. Handy Awards Nominations
The late Luther Allison swept the W.C Handy Awards nominations for the third year earning six nominations including Blues Entertainer of the Year, Blues Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues-Male Artist of the Year, Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Reckless and "Living In The House of The Blues" earned him Blues Song of The Year.
Also picking up a much deserved W.C. Handy nomination is Duke Robillard for Best Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar.
Charlie Musselwhite also scored Handy nominations for Contemporary Blues - Male Artist of the Year as well as for Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica. Musselwhite is a seven time Handy winner in the Harmonica category.
The legendary Charles Brown is nominated in the W.C. Handys for Best Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards.
Rosebud's best year ever capped by six Grammy Nominations--John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, the late Luther Allison, Charlie Musselwhite and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet score Grammy Nominations.
The late Luther Allison was honored with a Grammy Nomination in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category for his Reckless CD. Allison passed away in August after being diagnosed with cancer while on tour in support of the CD. He was widely recognized as the fastest rising star in the blues world having swept the W.C Handy Awards two years running and being featured on the covers of every major blues magazine.
John Lee Hooker scored two Grammy Nominations for his current CD, Don't Look Back. The CD was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album while his duet with Van Morrison on the title track earned a nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
BeauSoleil snared their eighth Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album for their L'Amour Ou La Folie CD.
Robert Cray kept his streak alive with his tenth Grammy Nomination, this time for Sweet Potato Pie and it's nomination as Best Contemporary Blues Album. Each of Robert's last eight projects has been nominated for a Grammy and he's won four to date.
Charlie Musselwhite's latest, Rough News, proved to be good news after all, scoring him a nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Duke Robillard played guitar on two prominent Grammy nominated projects, R&B=Ruth Brown and Bob Dylan's Time Out Of Mind.
Charlie Musselwhite's Rough News tour - Europe, US dates
Charlie Musselwhite's first CD for pointblank / Virgin, Rough News, was released April 8 preceding extensive world touring - see tourdates. Charlie started off with dates in London, Paris and Scandinavia. He returns to the US in mid-May to support The Robert Cray Band May 16 at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. Charlie is back at the venue two weeks later for a Natural resources Defense Council benefit appearance along with Bonnie Raitt, Ratdog, and John Popper and Bob Sheehan of Blues Traveller.
1997 - W. C. Handy Awards Nominations for Luther Allison, John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite
Luther Allison, who dominated last year's W.C Handy Awards with five wins, has been nominated in five categories once again this year. Other Rosebud artists nominated this year include John Hammond, in the Acoustic Blues Artist category (he won the award in 1994, 1995, and 1996), and Charlie Musselwhite for Harmonica (a perennial winner since 1991). The awards are sponsored by The Blues Foundation and winners are announced at a ceremony in Memphis on May 1.
Bammie Nominations for Booker T., Charlie Musselwhite and The Robert Cray Band's Jim Pugh
Booker T. Jones and Jim Pugh from The Robert Cray Band face off again in the best keyboardist category of the BAMMIE Awards. Charlie Musselwhite snags nominations for Outstanding Blues Musician and Outstanding Blues Vocalist.