On September 26, Anti Records will release Living Like A Refugee by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The group's story is told in 'Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars', one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the past year. The film traces their incredible journey from escaping their native Sierra Leone in West Africa during that country's brutal ten year civil war, through some of the horrors that followed and along the way proving the healing power of their music. The band completed a triumphant seven week tour of the US, Canada and Japan this summer with featured sets at Bonnaroo, Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, headlining Summerstage in New York's Central Park among other jazz, folk, rock and world music festivals proving the breadth of their appeal. They will tour worldwide following the release of the new CD. see tour dates.
Bettye LaVette and Joe Henry Win Living Blues Critic's Poll Awards
Betty LaVette and her producer Joe Henry were both honored with awards in the July/August 2006 issue of Living Blues Magazine. Bettye LaVette was named Comeback Artist of the Year in the Living Blues Critic's Poll. Joe Henry garnered the Producer of the Year / New Recording award for his work producing Bettye's album, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, on Anti Records. Consistent raves for the CD (as well as for Bettye's live shows) have been a major factor in Bettye's recent breakthrough to her largest audience ever. Watch for Bettye and her band to continue to tour worldwide (see tour dates).
JJ Cale's "Collected" is #1 on Netherlands Pop CD Charts
JJ Cale's new compilation album, Collected is #1 on Netherlands Pop CD Charts. The 3 disc album, currently only available in The Netherlands, features 60 tracks from throughout Cale's career. The album includes both studio and live versions of his hits "Cocaine," "After Midnight" and "Call Me The Breeze" as well as other classic and lesser known tracks. Watch for more exciting news from JJ Cale coming soon.
Rosebud artist Ann Savoy (Savoy Doucet Cajun Band) and ten time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt perform together as The Zozo Sisters on Adieu False Heart, just released by Vanguard Records. The album blends the Cajun sound of Savoy's alto with Ronstadt's pure soprano to tell stories of love through tunes ranging from Creole french to bluegrass to songs by Julie Miller and Richard Thompson. The album was produced by Grammy-winner Steve Buckingham and recorded in part in the Savoy family Louisiana farmhouse studio. Savoy and Ronstadt's first collaboration, grammy-nominated Evangeline Made, was produced by Savoy and featured Cajun songs performed by Ronstadt, Richard and Linda Thompson, John Fogerty, Patty Griffin and others.
Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Featured in Katrina Benefit DVD, "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy"
Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the all-star cast of the DVD "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy" which documents the benefit concert of the same name held in New York City in September 20, 2005. Allen Toussaint is featured performing solo on Southern Nights and with Cyndi Lauper on Last Train/I Know (You Dont Want Me No More). In addition he shares the stage with and provides accompaniment to Art Neville, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Clarence Frogman Henry, Jimmy Buffett, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville and Irma Thomas. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are featured in performances with Elvis Costello and Dave Bartholomew, Diana Krall with Troy Andrews and Kermit Ruffins. Later, they join The Neville Brothers, The Meters and others in a show closing performance of When the Saints Go Marching In. Charlie Musselwhite also performed with Tom Waits at Radio City Music Hall the same evening in a simultaneous show benefiting the same cause. The live concerts raised nearly 9 million dollars for hurricane relief efforts and 100% of the proceeds from this DVD will go toward continuing those efforts.
The Weepies Release Live EP on iTunes and Feature Song on Maximum Ride Soundtrack
The Weepies have released a six song live EP exclusively for download on iTunes. The session was recorded this summer at the Record Plant in LA between their US and European tours. The track list includes songs from Deb Talan and Steve Tannen's solo records, as well as selections from their most recent studio album Say I Am You. To hear the live sessions, just go to iTunes and browse for The Weepies! Also, The Weepies "Take It From Me" is being featured on the soundtrack for James Patterson's new novel Maximum Ride. The soundtrack features music that captures the feel of the story.
Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian CD Set for September 12 Release
Bill Frisell, Ron Carter and Paul Motian release their self titled CD on September 12, 2006, on Nonesuch Records. For two days in February 2005, guitarist Bill Frisell joined upright bassist legend Ron Carter, a member of Miles Davis' groundbreaking 60s bands, and drummer Paul Motian, part of the equally-storied Bill Evans Trio, at Avatar Studios in Manhattan to record original compositions from Carter and Frisell, a pair of Thelonious Monk tunes, and a handful of the folk-country-Tin Pan Alley chestnuts that Frisell likes to disassemble and recombine in beautifully abstract form. Catch Bill Frisell on tour in various stage formats throughout 2006 - see tour dates >>