Mavis Staples To Receive African American History Makers Award
Mavis Staples has been selected to receive the 2003 Chicago African American History Makers Award. The ceremony will take place on February 15 at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. The award salutes African American Chicagoans who have made outstanding contributions to society through their professions and civic responsibilities. Honorees are also inducted into the Museums "Chicago History Makers Gallery of Greats".
Mavis Staples To Perform at Illinois Governor-Elect Inaugural Ceremony
Mavis Staples will perform "The National Anthem" and "America The Beautiful" at the Inaugural Ceremony for Illinois Governor-Elect Rod R. Blagojevich. Democratic Governor-Elect Blagojevich succeeds 25 years of Republican leadership in Illinois. The ceremony will be held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL on January 13, 2003.
The Blind Boys of Alabama Nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist
The Blind Boys of Alabama have been nominated for a 2002 NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Gospel Artist". The NAACP Image Awards honor projects and individuals of all races who have helped promote positive images of people of color. The 34th NAACP Image Awards will be held on Saturday, March 8th at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and will air in prime time on the FOX Television Network.
The Blind Boys of Alabama on Austin City Limits Dec. 21
Austin City Limits presents two bands that are taking gospel music to new levels by incorporating elements of modern popular music and traditional hymns for a sound that could make even a non-believer say Amen! The Blind Boys of Alabama have been on the gospel music scene for decades, while Robert Randolph & The Family Band are on a newly discovered mission to take the pedal steel guitar sounds of their church services out to the people. Austin City Limits featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama and Robert Randolph & The Family Band airs December 21, 2002 on PBS (check local listings for time and date in your area).
Kaki King Signs To The Rosebud Agency
Kaki King has just signed to The Rosebud Agency for bookings. Kaki is a self taught guitarist who also plays Chapman Stick and percussion in the house band for the Off-Broadway smash, The Blue Man Group. A 23 year old native of Atlanta who now lives in NYC, Kaki combines a natural gift for creating captivating tones, melodies and song structures with a physical style of playing that includes thumping basslines and slapping percussion. Her musical influences run the gamut from folk to funk to rock to jazz and her diversity is evidenced by her support slots with Marianne Faithful, David Lindley and Soulive. Her debut CD with The Velour Music Group (Red/Sony), the New York based company that launched Soulive, will be released on 4/22/2003.
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.
Eric Clapton Covers JJ Cales Cocaine Once Again
Eric Clapton has covered JJ Cales Cocaine on his new live CD, One More Car, One More Rider. Clapton covered Cales Traveling Light on his most recent CD, Reptile, and has covered Cales Cocaine and After Midnight several times each as they both rank among his most popular songs. Clapton recently told Mojo Magazine that JJ Cale is the one artist he would like to be if he was anyone else.