Johnny A. releases new instructional DVD "Taste Tone Space"
Johnny A. has released a new instructional DVD entitled "Taste Tone Space" via Alfred Publishing. The DVD features Johnny and his band performing eight of his most popular songs from his two Favored Nations releases Sometime Tuesday Morning and Get Inside. Each song is followed by a discussion of the specific concepts and techniques involved in playing the song. Also included are discussions about Johnny's gear, influences, and approaches to writing and recording. Special features include printable PDFs of guitar TAB music for six songs, an up-close tour of the Gibson Johnny A. signature guitar, bonus performances featuring Robben Ford and Albert Lee and an interview with Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Craftmen's Guild.
Bill Frisell, Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette Named Among Best CDs of 2005 by Downbeat Magazine
Albums by Rosebud Artists Bill Frisell, Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette were named in Downbeat Magazine's Best CDs of 2005 list. Bill Frisell, who was also named best guitarist in Downbeat's Readers and Critics Polls, was honored for both East/West and Unspeakable. Mavis Staples made the list with her album Have a Little Faith. Bettye LaVette was honored for her .album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise.
Rosebud Artists Score Combined 13 Blues Music Award nominations - Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, Robert Cray and Muddy Waters Named
Rosebud Artists scored 13 nominations for the Blues Music Awards, formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards. Marcia Ball is tied for most nominated artist overall this year with four nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, and Piano Player of the Year. Tommy Castro makes his first appearance in the Blues Music Awards with nominations for both Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year for his album Soul Shaker. Bettye LaVette was honored with a nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year for the third year in a row, as well as a nod for Soul Blues Album of the Year for her album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Last year's big winners Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite were nominated again for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year and Instrumentalist - Harmonica, respectively. John Hammond's album, In Your Arms Again, was awarded a nomination for Best Acoustic Album of the Year. Robert Cray's song "Twenty" was honored with a nomination for Song of the Year and the late Muddy Waters rounds out the Rosebud Agency honors with a nomination for Historical Album of the Year for the Album Hoochie Coochie Man: The Complete Chess Recordings, Volume 2, 1952 - 1958.
John Hammond Featured on Acoustic Guitar December Cover
John Hammond is featured on the cover of the December issue of Acoustic Guitar, the worlds premier acoustic guitar magazine. An appropriate choice for their cover, John is one of the most successful proponents of acoustic blues guitar in modern times as exemplified by consistent ranking and Handy Awards as best acoustic blues artist. A Grammy winner and four time nominee already, John just garnered a fifth nomination for his CD, In Your Arms Again. Johns 2005 schedule alone included tours of Europe, Japan and South America. For upcoming live appearances see tour dates.
Grammy Noms for Marcia Ball, John Hammond, Robert Cray and Mr. Watts' Other Band
Rosebud artists just nominated for Grammy Awards include Marcia Ball for Live! Down The Road and John Hammond for In Your Arms Again in the Best Traditional Blues category as well as Robert Cray for Twenty in the Best Contemporary Blues category. Rosebud artist Charlie Watts also scored a nomination with his other band, The Rolling Stones, for A Bigger Bang in the Best Rock Album category. The Grammys will be awarded in Los Angeles on February 8, 2006.
The Blind Boys of Alabama Return Appearance On The Tonight Show
The Blind Boys of Alabama will make their second appearance this year on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, December 22nd. The legendary gospel group performed on the show in February, immediately after their appearance on the worldwide Grammy telecast. The Blind Boys follow The Tonight Show date with a sold out finale of their successful "Go Tell It On The Mountain" Christmas tour at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on December 23rd. Then it's off to Nashville for a rousing New Year's Eve celebration with The Del McCoury Band. Watch for continued worldwide touring from The Blind Boys throughout 2006. see tour dates >>
Bill Frisell Wins Best Guitarist Title in Downbeat's Reader's Poll
After topping the 2005 Downbeat Critics Poll as Best Guitarist, Bill Frisell has just won the Downbeat Reader's Poll as Best Guitarist as well. Bill also scored well in rankings for Best Jazz Artist and Jazz Album for his 2005 Grammy award winning Unspeakable CD. Jack DeJohnette, who will collaborate with Bill in the fall of 2006, was named Best Drummer in the poll. Brian Blade and Paul Motian who also collaborate with Bill regularly also both scored top 5 rankings as favorite drummers. Another frequent Frisell collaborator, Sam Yahel, ranked among the top players in both the electric keyboard/synthesizer and organ categories. The same December 2005 issue features Bill pictured with Rolling Stone (and fellow Rosebud artist) Charlie Watts and Stones saxophonist Tim Reis when they caught Bill's show at Boston's Sculler's Jazz Club. Bill will be performing in a variety of formats worldwide throughout 2006.
Rosebud Artists Charlie Musselwhite and Mavis Staples Honored in Downbeat's Reader's Poll
Rosebud artists Charlie Musselwhite and Mavis Staples both ranked among the top 5 vote getters in the Best Blues Album category in the Downbeat Reader's Poll (December 2005 issue). Charlie Musselwhite's album Sanctuary and Mavis Staples' Have A Little Faith were not only reader's favorites but both were honored in the same category in Downbeat's recent Critic's Poll. Charlie and Mavis were also the big winners in this year's W.C. Handy Blues awards.
Bill Frisell Featured in Hit Movie "Walk the Line"
Rosebud artist Bill Frisell's music is featured in the highly acclaimed Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. Bill's song "Ghost Town/Poem for Eva" plays during the movie's closing credits. Also, under the direction of T Bone Burnett, Bill contributed to the original score for Walk the Line, laying down tracks for the different cues and often working from picture.