John Hammond's In Your Arms Again Honored by Rhythms Magazine's 2005 Readers Poll as International Blues Album of the Year
John Hammond's In Your Arms Again has been named by readers of Rhythms Magazine, an Australian roots music monthly, as the International Blues Album of 2005. This is the second time John has been honored with this award as Ready for Love was named Blues Album of the Year in 2003. In Your Arms Again garnered several honors this year including a Blues Music Award nomination for Best Acoustic Album and a Grammy nomination, John's fifth, for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Duke Robillards Guitar Groove-A-Rama Out March 14
Duke Robillards Guitar Groove-A-Rama will be released on Stony Plain Records on March 14. The new CD features Duke in a mostly trio format, accentuating the many nuances of his guitar work and representing perhaps Dukes most ambitious album yet in a career that spans almost 40 years. Dukes credits include a long list of impressive collaborations in studio and onstage with everyone for Muddy Waters and B B King to Bob Dylan. He is also known for founding Roomful of Blues and replacing Jimmie Vaughan in The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Duke has been honored as Best Guitarist at The Blues Music Awards (formerly The W.C. Handy Awards) 4 of the past 6 years and was named "Best International Blues Artist" in Canadas Maple Blues Awards three of the past five years. Look for The Duke Robillard Band on tour throughout the year.
Marcia Ball's Live Down the Road Named #1 Blues CD by Living Blues Magazine Extending Her Honors Over The Past Year
Marcia Ball's Live Down The Road was just named the #1 Blues CD of 2005 by Living Blues Magazine. (Also listed among Living Blues best blues releases of 2005 were Rosebud artists Tommy Castro, John Hammond, Duke Robillard and Charlie Musselwhite.) Marcia's 2005 honors also included her 3rd Grammy nomination, for Live Down The Road. She is also tied for most nominated artist overall in this year's Blues Music Awards with four nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, and Piano Player ofthe Year. Marcia was honored in song in 2005 when her friend, Angela Strehli, sang a tribute to her (with Maria Muldaur and Marcia on backing vocals) as the title track of her album "Blue Highway."