Rosebud Artists Win Big At 25th Handy Awards
Rosebud Agency artists had a great night at the 25th Annual W. C. Handy Blues Awards Thursday April 29. Marcia Ball scored double honors for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and also for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for her latest Alligator CD, So Many Rivers (also a Grammy Nominee this year in the same category). Duke Robillard's guitar mastery was acknowledged once again as he was named Best Blues Guitarist for the fourth time in the past five years - a stunning achievement given the competition in this category. And speaking of consistency, Charlie Musselwhite picked up his 15th Handy Award continuing an amazing streak as Best Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica. John Hammond once again won as Best Acoustic Blues Artist - a category he has begun to dominate as well. And Bettye LaVette who was barely known to the blues world last year won Comeback Blues Album of the Year for her CD, A Woman Like Me, one of her 4 nominations this year. Finally, Best Historical Blues CD of the year went to Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live by former Rosebud artist, the late Muddy Waters. A big Thank You to The Blues Foundation and all the fans for expressing their appreciation for the talent and hard work put forth by our artists. And a big congratulations to all of our artists for another great year of keeping the blues alive.
New Charlie Musselwhite CD "Sanctuary" Available Now - Ben Harper, Charlie Sexton and The Blind Boys of Alabama Guest
With 14 W.C. Handy Awards to his credit and 6 Grammy nominations, Charlie Musselwhite is firmly entrenched in musical history. Charlie continues building on his musical legacy with his latest release Sanctuary out now on Real World Records. On Santuary, Charlie explores the themes that have always charged the potency of the blues: loneliness, despair, evil and dying. The CD contains both originals and tunes by such artists as Ben Harper, Townes Van Zandt, and Randy Newman. Guests on the CD include Ben Harper, Charlie Sexton and The Blind Boys of Alabama. The Chicago Sun-Times calls Sanctuary "spellbinding, haunting music that cries out to be heard" and The San Jose Mercury News notes the CD is "the possible blues album of the year." Catch Charlie Musselwhite on tour now and throughout 2004. see tour dates >>.
JJ Cale completes first studio album in eight years, To Tulsa And Back, his Sanctuary debut, hits June 8
To Tulsa And Back is JJ Cales first new studio album since 1996s Guitar Man. But as he says, It doesnt seem that long. You just cant rush the good things in life and that includes Cale, who, for his Sanctuary Records debut, went back to his hometown of Tulsa to record.
Set for a street date of June 8, the album is at once different than albums before it while reassuringly retaining the trademark sound that has made Cale an American music legend for more than 30 years. Cale is best known for his compositions -- some of them hits for Eric Clapton and others for himself -- including After Midnight, Cocaine, Call Me The Breeze, and Crazy Mama. His songs have been covered by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Cash, The Band and Santana to Captain Beefheart and Bryan Ferry. Beyond the songs, his style profoundly influenced Dire Straits, Clapton and many others.