Duke Robillard Awards News - Maple Blues Nomination and ASCAP Performance
Duke Robillard, winner of the Best Blues Guitarist category of the W C Handy Awards for the past two years, is up for a Maple Blues Award. Duke is nominated in the category of International Artist of the Year. The awards are presented in Toronto on January 29. Just to stay in shape and to help a friend, Duke accepted the 2001 ASCAP Foundation Award on behalf of Jay McShann who was unable to attend. Duke has played on and produced Jay's Hootie's Jumpin' Blues and Still Jumping The Blues CDs for Stony Plain Records. In Jay's honor, Duke played one of Jay's classics, "Lonely Boy Blues."
Howard Tate producer Jerry Ragavoy Honored at ASCAP Awards
Jerry Ragavoy, who produced the classic recordings by (new Rosebud signee) Howard Tate was honored at the ASCAP Foundation Awards event at New York's Lincoln Center on December 6. Ragavoy was remembered for "Take A Little Piece of My Heart", originally sung by Howard Tate and then famously covered by Janis Joplin.
Loudon Wainwright III Covers The Networks - CBS, Fox, Bravo, PBS, BBC as well as the cover of Dirty Linen
Loudon Wainwright III has coverage coming up on a variety of network shows. Loudon's featured role in the Fox / Dreamworks sitcom, Undeclared, continues with 4 more episodes featuring Loudon yet to be aired - and they're now filming another series of shows. In the meantime, Loudon is featured, along with Leonard Cohen, on a piece on CBS News Sunday Morning airing in January. He also appears on Broadway's Best, along with Jill Scott, Shawn Colvin and others airing on Bravo in February. He'll also appear in January on PBS' Life 360 performing his songs, "No Sure Way" and "White Winos". "White Winos" was just nominated in the BBC Folk Awards for Best Orginal Song. Also watch for a full page 4 star review in Maxim's Blender and a cover story on Loudon coming in Dirty Linen in January.
Booker T & The MGs News, in Ali Soundtrack, On Tour, and more
Booker T. Jones will perform with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on tour in early 2002. Steve Cropper is featured on the cover of the January Vintage Guitar Magazine. Booker T & The MGs are featured backing Al Green on the new Ali soundtrack performing the classic, "A Change Is Gonna Come". Watch for dates later in 2002 on the legendary Booker T & The MGs featuring Booker T Jones, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn.
Loudon Wainwright Joins Elton and son Rufus at AIDs benefit
Loudon Wainwright III joined son Rufus and Elton John onstage at the Universal Amphitheatre December 12 as part of a benefit for the Elton John AIDs Foundation. The three performed Loudon's song, "One Man Guy" which Rufus also recorded on his new release, Poses. Other performers on the show included Sting, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, LeAnn Rimes, Matchbox Twenty and others.