Benefit CD For Earthjustice's "Where We Live" Campaign Out September 30 - Rosebud Artists and Mike Kappus are participants
A number of current and former Rosebud artists, among many other music luminaries, have contributed tracks for a new all-star benefit CD entitled "Where We Live - Stand For What You Stand On, " set for release on September 30. The tracks for the CD were compiled by Rosebud founder, Mike Kappus, along with Cara Pike from EarthJustice and feature such artists as Norah Jones, Pops Staples (with Ry Cooder), Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur (with Bonnie Raitt), Rubén Blades, Dan Zanes & Friends (with Lou Reed and the Rubi Theatre Company, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers, Sweet Honey In the Rock, Karen Savoca, Mose Allison, Tina Turner (with Robert Cray), John Hammond (with Tom Waits) and the first new recording from Captain Beefheart since 1982. Proceeds from the CD will support Earthjustice's "Where We Live" campaign to promote the universal right to clean air and clean water.
For more information, visit www.wherewelive.org.
Marcia Ball Set For Appearances On NPR Programs and PBS Series "The Blues"
The "Bayou Queen of the Piano" Marcia Ball just appeared and will appear on the National Public Radio programs "Day To Day" and "A Prairie Home Companion" on September 26 and October 4 respectively, as well as appearing in the PBS television series "The Blues" beginning September 28 nationwide. "Day To Day" with host Alex Chadwick is carried on 78 stations around the country and finds Marcia displaying various blues styles and vocal techniques. "A Prairie Home Companion" with host Garrison Keillor can be heard weekly on over 511 stations and will feature Marcia performing songs from her most recent Alligator Records CD "So Many Rivers". "The Blues" is a seven-part television film series from executive producer Martin Scorsese that anchors the multi-media celebration of The Year of the Blues. Marcia Ball appears in the Clint Eastwood directed segment "Piano Blues". Catch Marcia Ball on tour throughout 2003 and 2004 -- see tour dates.
Bettye LaVette Named #1 Artist Deserving More Attention by Living Blues
Acclaimed by those in the know as the greatest unrecognized soul singer of the past 40 years, Bettye LaVette was named the #1 "Artist Deserving More Attention" by critics in the Sept/Oct 2003 issue of Living Blues magazine. This recognition comes on the heels of a lead album review of her CD "A Woman Like Me" in the previous Living Blues issue that proclaimed "Lavette has only gotten better over the years and has crafted a disc that will surely rate among the year's best." Bettye has also been receiving raves for her soulful rendition of "Real Real Gone" on the recently released CD "Vanthology: A Tribute to Van Morrison" (Aug 5). Look for Bettye on the US West Coast in Sept/Oct and at music festivals again next summer -- see tour dates.
Loudon Wainwright III on WFUV and ABC Nightline, New York Family Reunion
Loudon Wainwright III will guest on Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight show on WFUV in New York on Saturday September 20. Loudon, a regular visitor to the show over the years, is currently touring to promote his new live CD, So Damn Happy. One of the songs on the new CD, "Something For Nothing" has attracted a great deal of attention recently as it focuses on the issue of downloading and sharing music files. Loudon will be featured discussing the issue and performing the song live on ABC Nightline (exact air date TBA). The interview and performance were taped at The Bottom Line in New York on September 17 where Loudon was joined on stage by Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Suzzy and Lucy Roche, David Mansfield and Teddy Thompson for an incredible night of music.
Marcia Ball Featured on Rosetta Tharpe Tribute Album
Marcia Ball is featured with an all-star lineup (Bonnie Raitt, Michelle Shocked, Victoria Williams and Maria Muldaur) on the recently released M.C. Records CD "Shout, Sister, Shout! A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe". Sister Rosetta (1915-73) was a gospel singer and hard-rocking guitarist whose brash, blues-meets-gospel persona confounded '50s America. Marcia contributes her spirited rendition of one of Sister Rosetta's staple songs "I Want A Tall Skinny Papa." Catch Marcia Ball touring
The Blind Boys Of Alabama on NBC's Weekend Today Show Sept. 20
The Blind Boys of Alabama will appear on NBC's Weekend Today Show on Saturday, September 20 with a live interview and accapella performance at The Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The Blind Boys are promoting their appearance in the Cuba Gooding, Jr. / Beyonce Knowles film "The Fighting Temptations" out Sept. 19, as well as the release of their star-studded Christmas CD, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" which was just released on September 16. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" features guest appearances by Aaron Neville, Tom Waits, Chrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders), Mavis Staples, and many others. Rosebuds Duke Robillard is also a key member of the studio band for the CD. Catch the Blind Boys foot-stompin' gospel concerts throughout 2003 as well as their "Go Tell It on the Moutain" Christmas Tour this holiday season -- see tour dates.
The Robert Cray Band on World Café - Broadcast Date September 24
The Robert Cray Band will be featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, World Café, on Wednesday, September 24, 2003. Cray is a five-time Grammy Award winning artist whose new release is entitled, "Time Will Tell". The new CD was produced by Cray and long time keyboardist, Jim Pugh and finds the band exploring new territory with guest artists The Turtle Island String Quartet, horn players Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini from Sly & The Family Stone, Luis Conte adding percussion as well as Robert trying his hand on electric sitar on Up In The Sky. Material also ventures into new territory with two anti-war songs. The World Cafe with David Dye can be heard on more than 150 stations nationwide. Please check World Café for local listings or you can listen online on the day of the broadcast at XPN.org (2pm EST or 1am EST). Catch The Robert Cray Band on tour worldwide.
Duke Robillard's "Exalted Lover" In Stores September 23
The Duke Robillard Band's new CD "Exalted Lover" will be released September 23 on Stony Plain Records. The album features ten new tunes (eight penned by Duke) and special guest duets with country star Pam Tillis and dynamic blues artist Debbie Davies. Duke is also a special guest himself on piano legend Jay McShann's new Stony Plain CD "Goin To Kansas City" also set for at September 23 release. Duke was recently awarded both the W.C. Handy Award for "Best Guitarist" and the Canadian Maple Blues Award for "International Blues Artist of the Year". It was the third time in the last four years Duke won the "Best Guitarist" Handy and his second consecutive Maple Blues Award for "International Blues Artist". Catch The Duke Robillard Band touring in support of the new record throughout the remainder of the year -- see tour dates.
Loudon Wainwright III LA Shows Change Due To Film Role
Loudon Wainwright III shows scheduled for September 3 & 4 at Largo in Los Angeles have been postponed. Loudon had a late call to participate in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film, The Aviator, this week in Montreal and needed to re-schedule the shows. One of the shows has been re-scheduled for Saturday September 6 with doors at 8:30 pm - show at 9:15, Loudon is scheduled to start at 9:50. Please check with Largo if you had reservations for either of these shows and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Guest Star on New Dave Matthews Record
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band make a guest appearance on Dave Matthews' solo debut "Some Devil" in stores September 23. The Dozen recorded the track "Dodo" with Dave and producer, Steve Harris, which is the opening track on the album. Other guest artists on the record include Trey Anastasio, Tim Reynolds, and The Seattle Symphony. Look for the Dozen on tour throughout 2003 including two Halloween shows with friends Widespread Panic at NYC's Madison Square Garden.