The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's "Funeral for a Friend" In Stores May 3, Special Appearances on New Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse CDs
Funeral for a Friend the new studio album from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which teams the Dozen with Producer Craig Street and Engineer Husky Hoskulds, will be released on Ropeadope Records on May 3, 2004. As a special treat to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest visitors and Dirty Dozen fans alike, there will be a special "early" release in New Orleans on 4/20/2004! The 10-track CD will feature the gospel and blues roots of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
In the wake of guesting on Dave Matthews latest, "Some Devil," The Dozen will appear on the new live Widespread Panic CD, Night of Joy, out March 23 on Widespread/Sanctuary Records. The CD features nine cuts recorded by Widespread Panic and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in November, 2003 at the relatively intimate confines of the Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues. Tracks include Panic favorites such as "Rebirtha" and "Arleen", as well as covers such as Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and Bill Withers' "Use Me". In more news of the Dozen being enlisted by their peers, Modest Mouses Good News for People Who Like Bad News produced by indie legend Dennis Herring, will be released on Epic Records on 4/27/2004 featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns on two tracks.
Duke Robillard Wins Third Consecutive International Honor At Maple Blues Awards
Roots guitar virtuoso Duke Robillard was chosen International Blues Artist of the Year for an impressive third year in a row at the 7th annual Maple Blues Awards held in Toronto in January. The awards honor the finest in Canadian blues and are presented by The Toronto Blues Association in conjunction with CBC Radio, the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, the Montreal Blues Society, the Ottawa Blues Society, and the Thunder Bay Blues Society. Duke has also been nominated once again for a 2004 W. C. Handy Award for Best Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar. Duke won this award in 2000, 2001 and 2003 and this is his 5th consecutive nomination in the category - an extremely impressive accomplishment given the strength of the annual competition in the guitar category. The 25th annual W.C. Handy award ceremonies will take place in Memphis on April 29, 2004. Catch The Duke Robillard Band on tour throughout 2004 -- see tour dates.
Rosebud Artists Score Multiple W.C. Handy Blues Award Nominations - Bettye LaVette, Marcia Ball, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond and Duke Robillard All Named
Rosebud artists once again made an impressive showing in the 2004 W. C. Handy Blues Award nominations.
Bettye LaVette scored four nominations for this year's awards tying her for second most among all nominees. Her album "A Woman Like Me" was picked in nominations for Blues Album of the Year, Soul Blues Album of the Year and Comeback Album of the Year. Bettye was also acknowledged with a nomination for Best Soul Female Artist.
Marcia Ball, the 2002 winner for Blues Album of the Year, picked up three nominations. Her CD "So Many Rivers" is nominated in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category while "Foreclose on the House of Love" from the CD is nominated for Blues Song of the Year for the songwriter John Lee Sanders. Marcia also received nominations for Best Contemporary Female Artist and Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards.
John Hammond is once again nominated for Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year - the category he won most recently in 2002. Charlie Musselwhite scored another nomination for Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica, a category he wins almost every year.
And guitar virtuoso, Duke Robillard is nominated once again for Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar. Duke won this award in 2000, 2001 and 2003 and this is his 5th consecutive nomination in the category - an extremely impressive accomplishment given the strength of the annual competition in the guitar category.
In addition to the above, Jay McShann, who joins The Duke Robillard Band on exclusive festival dates around the world picked up a nomination for Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards.
Congratulations to all the award nominees. The 25th annual W.C. Handy award ceremonies will take place in Memphis on April 29, 2004. For the latest news on the Handy Awards visit http://www.handyawards.com.