Rosebud Artists Score Big at 2003 W.C. Handy Awards
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.
Duke Robillard Named Best Blues Guitarist For Third Time In Last Four Years
Duke Robillard was awarded "Best Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar" at the 24th annual W. C. Handy Awards in Memphis, TN on Thursday May 22. This is Duke's third time to win the honor in the past four years - an especially prestigious accomplishment as the guitar is the primary instrument of the blues and given the incredible competition in the category of Best Guitarist. Duke was also chosen as the International Blues Artist of the Year, for the second year in a row, at the Maple Blues Awards, held in Toronto in January. Duke recently released his second CD with jazz legend, Herb Ellis, entitled "More Conversations In Swing Guitar" and will release his own new CD, "Exalted Lover," with guests Pam Tillis and Debbie Davies in August. Watch for him on tour worldwide throughout the year.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, BeauSoleil, and Ann Savoy Featured On Bravo TV Special
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and Ann Savoy of The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band along with several other Louisiana artists will be featured on "Dancing To New Orleans", a two hour television special premiering Sunday, May 11 on Bravo at 9pm ET. The show will take viewers on a musical journey through Louisiana, exploring its cultural landscape through performance and art. All three Rosebud artists (along with six others) recently played New Orleans during the 2003 Jazz & Heritage Festival to great response. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band also performed their own show on all 11 nights of the festival at Twiropa, in the New Orleans warehouse district, with special guests including members of Soulive, Los Lobos and Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Three of those shows were taped for an upcoming live CD.
The Bad Plus On The CBS Early Show
Rosebud artists The Bad Plus will be performing live on the CBS Early Show on Saturday, May 10th. The show airs from 7:00-9:00am EST and The Bad Plus will be on from approximately 7:50am until the end of the show. The band, comprised of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King, will perform 3 songs live in the studio and be interviewed on the program. If not on the East Coast, please check local listings for air times:
Marcia Ball To Co-Host 24th Annual WC Handy Awards
Marcia Ball, last years most nominated artist and 2002 winner for Blues Album of the year, will co-host the 24th Annual WC Handy Awards at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis on May 22 with Delbert McClinton and Bobby Rush. Marcia received multiple Handy nominations again this year for Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and Best Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards. Other Rosebud artists earning Handy nominations include Charlie Musselwhite (4 nominations), John Hammond and Duke Robillard - as well as W.C. Handy All Stars participant, Otis Taylor (2 nominations). Be sure and catch Marcia Ball on tour throughout 2003 in support of her latest release "So Many Rivers" -- see tour dates.