The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame presents a tribute concert honoring John Lee Hooker October 30, 1998 at Stanford University
John Lee Hooker, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1991, was honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a concert in his honor entitled "A 50th Anniversary Boogie". The sold out concert took place on October 30 at Stanford University. Those celebrating with John Lee included fellow artists and some of his best friends, including Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, Elvin Bishop, Eddie Kirkland, Johnnie Johnson, Pete Sears and John's daughter Zakiya Hooker. The Rock Hall's concert series began in 1996 and since has featured such artists as Aretha Franklin, The Band, Ray Manzarek of the Doors and Little Richard, to name a few.
John Lee Hooker's The Best of Friends just released
John Lee Hooker's The Best of Friends is a celebration of his collaborations of the past decade. It also marks the anniversary of his first million selling hit, 'Boogie Chillen', exactly 50 years ago.
Pops Staples Receives National Heritage Fellowship Award
Pop Staples, legendary patriarch of The Staple Singers, was honored in Washington, DC on October 7 with the presentation of the National Heritage Fellowship Award by first lady Hillary Clinton in the White House. Pops is currently working on a new record and doing occasional dates with The Staple Singers.
Booker T. & The MGs Box Set Out Now - Booker T. On Tour
Rosebud artist Booker T. Jones' history as leader of the legendary Booker T. & The MGs is well documented in the new 3 CD set, Time Is Tight now available on Stax Records. An impressive box set documenting the massive influence of Booker T. & The MGs from their classic debut hit, "Green Onions" through recent recordings with Neil Young and Boz Scaggs, the package proves Neil Young right when he said, "The music of Booker T. & The MGs will live forever." Booker T. Jones is currently on tour with John Hammond, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Billy Boy Arnold as part of the Highway 61 tour currently touring Fine Arts venues in the US.
Highway 61 Tour features Rosebud Artists, The Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Clarence Fountain, Booker T. Jones and John Hammond
The Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Clarence Fountain, Booker T. Jones and John Hammond make up three fourths of the bill (Billy Boy Arnold rounds out the bill) for the Highway 61 Tour heading to Fine Arts Centers across the country. The Blind Boys will play on the entire tour while Hammond and Jones will perform only through October 26 after which Buddy Guy joins the bill. See Itineraries for specific dates, cities and venues.
Belated Update - Loudon Wainwright III's Attempted Mustache and Unrequited remastered from original sources to appear on CD for the very first time
Nearly a quarter century after their initial release, Loudon Wainwright III's fourth and fifth career LPs, Attempted Mustache (1973) and Unrequited (1975) have been released on CD for the first time. The CDs are now available via Columbia/Legacy's Common Chord singer/songwriter reissue series.