Robert Cray Wins 5th Grammy Award
The Robert Cray Band was honored at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards on February 23 with an award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their Rykodisc release Take Your Shoes Off. In 1985, Robert received his first Grammy Award for Showdown with Albert Collins & Johnny Copeland. He then followed it up with the double-platinum Strong Persuader album, which began a string of eight consecutive Grammy nominated or winning releases and a total of five.
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. Watch for Tommy on the road live throughout the year.
Sue Turner-Cray Film Scores More Fest Success
Sue Turner-Cray's short film, Through Riley's Eyes (with soundtrack by Robert Cray and friends), screened in New York on February 7th as part of The New York International Film Festival. That screening went so well that the festival rescreened it by special request Feb13th. Upcoming screenings include: The Santa Monica Film Festival February 26th and February 27th. Tickets and info 310-264-4274. The film will also be screened at the Sonoma CA Film Festival, sometime in the period March 30th- April 2nd. Call 707-939-2784 for more info.
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
Note: Muddy Waters, Albert Collins and Luther Allison were all Rosebud Artists up to the end of their careers. The complete list can be found in the January/February edition of Blues Revue.
Loudon Wainwright III President's Day Song On NPR February 21
This Monday, February 21, Loudon Wainwright III's "Sleepin' Around" is to be featured on NPR's Morning Edition. The song takes a humorous look at the infinite number of places that claim that "George Washington slept here". It seems that the "Father" of our country did a lot of "Sleepin Around". Loudon has been performing the song for some months now and NPR shared his opinion that it would be a great choice for President's Day.
Loudon Wainwright III's "So Many More Fabulous Songs"
"So Many More Fabulous Songs" is a reference handbook for Loudon Wainwright III fans including a discography, an in depth interview, rare photos, articles and trivia. Edited by Kevin Harrison and Philip Boxall and published by London's Bad Press. You can get more information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their web site at http://www.smfs.cjb.net/.
Loudon Wainwright III Atlantic Recordings Limited Release
Austin City Limits features The Robert Cray Band February 12
The Robert Cray Band's appearance on Austin City Limits airs on PBS nationally, beginning Feb 12. Robert performs songs from both his new Rykodisc recording Take Your Shoes Off, and the recently released Heavy Picks - The Robert Cray Band Collection which features some of the best of his recorded work from his first 10 CDs.
John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" in "Play It To The Bone"
John Lee's classic song "Boom Boom" appears in the trailer and the film, "Play It To The Bone", starring Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas.
Ruth Brown song featured in "Hurricane"
Ruth Brown's version of Brook Benton's "I Don't Know" is featured in the new Denzel Washington hit film, "Hurricane".
Coco Montoya Releases Alligator Debut
Coco Montoya's fourth recording, Suspicion, has just been released to excellent response at AAA radio. Coco is a former W.C. Handy Award winner whose background includes stints on guitar with John Mayall and Albert Collins prior to starting his solo career. See Tour Dates for Coco's extensive and constantly growing schedule.