MARCH 2010

Big Public Thanks To Our Friends At Mountain Stage For Featuring 10 Rosebud Artists In The Past Year Alone

A big Thank You to Mountain Stage (and Andy Ridenour), broadcast on over 170 NPR stations, for featuring ten Rosebud Artists since March 2009. Currently, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's 2010 performance will be featured beginning April 30, 2010. Loudon Wainwright III and Pieta Brown will both be featured on an episode premiering May 14, 2010.

In 2009, Mountain Stage featured performances by Marcia Ball (10/2/09), Mavis Staples (8/7/09), Duke Robillard (7/24/09), Ruthie Foster (7/10/09), John Hammond twice (5/22/09 + 3/20/09), David Lindley (3/20/09) and Carrie Rodriguez (3/6/09). Over the years, the show has also featured performances by fellow Rosebud artists The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Charlie Musselwhite, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Bettye LaVette and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.

We truly appreciate the exceptional support for Rosebud artists as well as our ongoing relationship with such a top quality program. Visit the show's archives to listen to some of these past performances.
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Check out all of these artists on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint Honored at New Orleans' Big Easy Awards

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is being honored as Entertainer of the Year at the 2010 Big Easy Music Awards in New Orleans.  Andrews has also garnered two additional nominations for Best Male Performer (an award he won in 2008) and Best Rock Performer.  Fellow Rosebud Artist, the legendary Allen Toussaint, is honored with a nomination for Best Album of 2009 for his GRAMMY nominated The Bright Mississippi.  The awards are hosted by The Big Easy Foundation and winners will be announced on April 19, 2010 at Mardi Gras World River City Ballroom in New Orleans. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will perform for the Awards' grand finale, likely making it obvious why Andrews is being honored as the best entertainer.


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be performing all over New Orleans before and during this year's Jazz & Heritage Festival.  They begin their hometown run with the French Quarter Festival and Tulane University's Crawfest earlier in April, followed by shows during the Festival at The House of Blues, Blue Nile, Tipitina's and on the closing day of Jazzfest on the Gentilly Stage.  After Jazzfest, the band has a full summer of U.S. festival shows, as well as dates in Europe and at Japa's Fuji Rock Festival.  Watch for Trombone Shorty's major label debut, Backatown, out on Verve Forecast April 20, 2010. Please see Tour Dates >>


Allen Toussaint is still riding high off his GRAMMY nominated The Bright Mississippi, which remains in the top 25 of the Jazz Charts nearly a full year after its release.  He was recently featured on Austin City Limits, which devoted the entire program to his performance.  Allen just returned from a tour of Europe, headlining shows in Bologna and Rome in Italy and ten shows at the International Jazz Festival Bern in Switzerland.  Always a highlight of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Allen will be performing an extra set at the Festival this year in a Jazz format, in addition to his usual soulful set on the main stage. Watch for Allen touring nationwide and overseas before and after the festival. Please see Tour Dates >>

Trombone Shorty's New Release: Backatown, Out April 20, 2010

Trombone Shorty will release his major label debut, Backatown, April 20, 2010 on Verve Forecast. The disc was produced by Ben Ellman of Galactic and features guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz, Allen Toussaint (who contributes piano to a take on his own composition "On Your Way Down," the album's lone cover) and Marc Broussard. An explosive, homegrown combination of funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop Shorty calls SUPAFUNKROCK!, the album features fourteen songs, all but one of them written or co-written by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.

'Backatown' is a local term for an area of New Orleans that includes the historic Treme neighborhood - or 6th Ward - from which Shorty hails. Home to Congo Square, birthplace of Louis Armstrong, it has been called "the most musical neighborhood in America's most musical city." Shorty taps into these roots to create a streetwise, gritty sound all his own on Backatown.

Touring constantly, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have confirmed several 2010 festival appearances, including one of the prestigious closing sets at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (in addition to at least four other New Orleans shows during Jazzfest); a triumphant return to Bonnaroo; a debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl for the Playboy Jazz Festival; NY's Mountain Jam Festival; the High Sierra Music Festival in CA. and many more. Catch the band on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

David Lindley and Jackson Browne To Release Live CD May 11, 2010 - Touring Europe and US Together This Summer

David Lindley and Jackson Browne will release Love Is Strange - En Vivo Con Tino on May 11, 2010, a 2-CD live set capturing a tour of Spain that David and Jackson did in 2006. This summer they will tour with Jackson's band of almost 20 years in the U.S. and Europe. The Jackson Browne with David Lindley Tour begins with a month-long European leg kicking off in the UK on June 3 and includes shows in Hamburg, Paris and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The tour starts in the U.S. July 20 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. It runs through the end of September, including dates at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in CO.


On record and in performance, David and Jackson have a musical association reaching back almost 40 years. David's legendary stringed-instrument virtuosity has been showcased on many of Browne's albums, beginning with 1973's For Everyman, and classics such as Late For The Sky and The Pretender (the latter two both on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time). Browne also produced Lindley's 1983 LP, the acclaimed El Rayo-X. (please see DISCOGRAPHY)

Jackson says of David's reputation for elusiveness and playing together in Spain in 2006: "Why had I not thought of this before? Take him where he doesn't speak the language and he will HAVE TO leave the gig and come with you to the restaurant, or to the club. This was an unexpected strategy breakthrough in a pursuit that for a legion of friends, disciples and admirers has become known as 'stalking the wild Lindley.'"

Catch David on a stage near you, both with Jackson Browne and on his own, please see Tour Dates >>

Jim Lauderdale To Release Patchwork River May 11, 2010; Also Featured On New Willie Nelson CD & PBS's Soundstage With Willie

Jim Lauderdale will release his new CD, Patchwork River, on May 11, 2010. The CD is his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter ("Dark Star," "Friend of the Devil," "Terrapin Station" and "Truckin") Robert says of Jim: "This man has what it takes. If you don't like country with a humble jolt of human soul, leave him alone." For this album, Jim brought together an all-star cast. Helping with production were long-time production partner Tim Coates and Doug Lancio, who also played guitar. Additionally, James Burton, Al Perkins, Ron Tutt, Garry Tallent, Kenny Vaughan and Patty Griffin contributed their musical talents to the album.


Jim also just finished work as a member of Willie Nelson's band on his new CD, Country Music (Rounder 4/20/10), which was produced by T Bone Burnett. Jim appeared with Willie on the PBS's Soundstage in an episode that premiered February 25, 2010. Mixing up elements of folk, blues, classic country, western swing and a little bit of gospel, Willie and an 8-piece band (including Jim) gathered around the stage to highlight Willie's new album. Please check your local listings to find out when the show will air next in your area.

Jim will once again tour with Elvis Costello's Sugarcanes band (with whom he played on the GRAMMY nominated Secret, Profane & Sugarcane CD) this Spring and Summer including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as North Carolina's Merlefest . Jim will also be playing a number of dates on his own throughout the Spring, please see Tour Dates >>

Pieta Brown To Release New Album One and All April 6, 2010

Pieta Brown will release her new album, One and All, on April 6, 2010. This CD is the full-length follow-up to her Americana-charting EP Shimmer produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and many more). Pieta combines Americana, indie-rock and raw folk, employing guitars, keyboards, and pedal steel. She brings her bittersweet songs to life with an all-star cast of musicians that includes Joey Burns (Calexico), Brian Wilkie (Alison Krauss) and frequent collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown).

Pieta will be performing on NPR's Mountain Stage on March 21 for forthcoming broadcast, alongside fellow Rosebud Artist Loudon Wainwright III as well as Patty Loveless and The Grascals. Pieta will then be supporting all of Mark Knopfler's North American dates on the Get Lucky tour beginning April 8 in Seattle and ending May 9 in Albany, NY - please check out Pieta's Tour Dates >>

Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro Featured On The House of Blues Radio Hour - Premiering March 13, 2010

Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro will both have their music featured on The House of Blues Radio Hour episode premiering March 13, 2010. Duke's GRAMMY Nominated Stomp! The Blues Tonight will be highlighted. The album is nominated for Album of the Year at the upcoming Blues Music Awards, where Duke is also nominated for Band of the Year, Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and Best Instrumentalist - Guitar (an award he has already won a very impressive four times before).

Tommy Castro's Hard Believer will be featured in the first half of the show. The album was named #3 Blues Album of 2009 by MOJO Magazine, #2 in the House of Blues Radio Hour Listener Poll and Top 10 on NPR's All Blues program. Hard Believer is nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at The Blues Music Awards and Tommy is also nominated this year for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and Band of the Year. Tommy previously won the 2008 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award and 2008 Best Contemporary Blues Album for his Painkiller CD.

The House of Blues Radio Hour is hosted by Elwood Blues, also known as Dan Aykroyd, and airs on 200+ stations across the U.S. and Canada.  Click here to find a station in your area broadcasting the show or click here after the show airs to stream it from their archives.

Duke is finishing his tour of Europe in mid-March, where he will have performed 11 shows in Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Denmark before returning to play across the Northeast U.S. this Spring.

The Tommy Castro Band is continuing it's tour throughout the Western U.S., followed by select dates with The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue, as well as their own shows, in the Spring.

Catch Duke and Tommy live on stage!
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Charlie Musselwhite To Be Inducted Into Blues Hall of Fame

Charlie Musselwhite will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in a ceremony on May 5, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues Foundation's inductees for this year also include W.C. Handy, Bonnie Raitt and Lonnie Brooks. The Hall of Fame committee consists of scholars, record producers, radio programmers, and historians.


Also being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this year are Howling Wolf's version of "Spoonful", written by former Rosebud artist, the late Willie Dixon, who also played bass on the session. Another former Rosebud artist, Robert Cray, will have his 1986 Double Platinum Strong Persuader inducted as well. This was the first recording from Robert Cray after signing for management with Rosebud founder/owner, Mike Kappus. The album went on to win the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Recording in 1987.

Charlie just returned from performing in Thailand at the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival and in late March he will embark on a Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway, Charlie will return stateside to perform in the Northwest in late April. Catch Charlie live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

MARCH 2009: Booker T. To Perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon With The Roots

Booker T. will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots (the house band on the show) on March 4th and 5th, 2010. The legendary Booker T. is fresh off winning a GRAMMY Award for Potato Hole (Best Pop Instrumental Album). He is also featured on an episode of Live from the Artists Den with fellow Rosebud artists Bettye LaVette and Trombone Shorty. The live music series is produced by WNET.ORG (Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose) for public television. Please click here to check if your public television station currently broadcasts the show.

Catch Booker T. live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

MARCH 2009: Bettye LaVette Delivers "Vocal Highlight of The Night" at Carnegie Hall Who Tribute March 2, 2010; New CD: Interpretations - The British Rock Songbook Coming May 25

Dubbed as The Great Lady of Soul, Bettye LaVette returned to Carnegie Hall on Tuesday March 2 as part of an All Star Tribute To The Music of The Who. According to Rolling Stone Bettye delivered "definitely the vocal highlight of the night". She performed her rendition of "Love Reign O'er Me," with which she had previously wowed the Kennedy Center Honors audience in December 2008 (including Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Barbra Streisand and everyone else in attendance and those watching on CBS TV at home).

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Bettye was a featured guest on last week's Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Bettye performed live from the Fox Theatre in Detroit along with Soul Legend "Sir" Mack Rice and Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele.

Bettye's new CD, Interpretations-The British Rock Songbook is set for release on May 25, stay tuned for more information.

See Bettye live on stage, including select dates with Sisters In Soul featuring Bettye, Marcia Ball & Maria Muldaur.

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