Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Support Dave Matthews Band's Last Shows Before Year-Long Hiatus, Shorty Guests w/ DMB Each Night

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue just finished supporting Dave Matthews Band's last four shows before their year-long hiatus. Trombone Shorty and the band fired up the crowd with their own high energy set every night. Dave Matthews then called Shorty up to join DMB during their set each night. Trombone Shorty knocked the crowd out playing and soloing on "What Would You Say" in Atlanta, "Corn Bread" in Charleston, South Carolina, "Jimi Thing" on the first night in Charlottesville, VA and "Corn Bread" on the second, the closing night of the DMB tour. Check out Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue live on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

Allen Toussaint, Co-Founder of New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness To Be Featured At Anniversary Event with Jon Cleary, Irma Thomas And More

Allen Toussaint, who co-founded New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness (NOAAHH) with Aaron Neville in 1985, will be featured at the non-profit's 25th Anniversary fund raising gala event on December 5th in New Orleans. Fellow Rosebud artists Jon Cleary and Irma Thomas will also be featured, as well as Jimmy Buffett, Dr. John, Dave Bartholomew, Little Freddie King and Deacon John and the Ivories. As NOAAHH is purely volunteer with no paid staff and no offices to maintain, all of the proceeds will go to direct services for those in need of food and shelter in the New Orleans area. To date, more than $1 million dollars have been distributed to charity since the first NOAAHH concert.

Catch Allen, Jon and Irma performing individually at their own shows, please see Tour Dates >>

The Rosebud Agency Nominated For Pollstar Concert Industry Award: Independent Booking Agency of the Year

The Rosebud Agency has been nominated for the Pollstar Concert Industry Award for Independent Booking Agency of the Year. The 22nd Annual Concert Industry Awards ceremony will take place February 5, 2011 in Los Angeles and will be the final event of the Pollstar Live! conference.

In addition to being nominated, Rosebud founder/president Mike Kappus will be speaking on a conference panel entitled Smaller Is Better: Why Indie Agents Are The Soul Of The Concert Business, on Friday, February 4. Founded in 1976 with the concept of delivering the best possible service to an intentionally limited number of artists, Rosebud has recently been having some of it's best years ever. Rosebud clients have included some of the most influential legends in roots and roots - influenced music including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Captain Beefheart, The Staple Singers (and now Mavis Staples) to each and every artist on the current Rosebud roster, each one representing an impressive singular style. Please check out their upcoming Tour Dates >>.

Many thanks to all of the artists, agents and staff for making this nomination possible.

Jim Lauderdale Honored with Inspiration Award and Two Other Awards at SESAC 2010 Music Awards

Jim Lauderdale was honored with the Inspiration Award at the SESAC 2010 Nashville Music Awards on November 8th. The award recognizes "his timeless and genre-defying music which has resulted in collaborations with a diverse group of artists including Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley and Willie Nelson among many others" according to SESAC, the performing rights organization founded in 1930. Elvis Costello and Ralph Stanley both sent video congratulations to Jim, who was there to accept the prestigious award, and Buddy Miller performed Jim's "The King Of Broken Hearts" in tribute. In addition, Jim was honored with songwriting awards for his Patchwork River album (Americana Performance Activity Award), and two Country Performance Activity Awards for songs he wrote for George Strait: "I Gotta Get To You" (written w/ Blaine Larsen) and "Twang". Congratulations Jim!

Catch Jim live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

Bettye LaVette Featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson November 12th - Interview / Performance Now Available Online

Bettye LaVette was featured performing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson November 12th. This follows Bettye's recent TV appearances on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and Tavis Smiley. Bettye was also recently featured in a performance and interview on WFUV radio's Words & Music From Studio A. The session is available on NPR's website.

In addition to performing her own headline shows, Bettye was Robert Plant's Special Guest on his Summer tour. Her latest CD, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, has received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Wall St. Journal, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly among others. The New York Times' Jon Pareles proclaimed Bettye "now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation's most vital soul singer. She uses every scrape, shout and break in her raspy voice, with a predator's sense of timing, to seize the drama of a song." Catch Bettye live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

The Blind Boys of Alabama Featured on Third Day's "Lift Up Your Face" Single

The Blind Boys of Alabama are featured on Third Day's "Lift Up Your Face," the single from their latest album, Move. The singer for the multi-Platinum Christian rockers, Mac Powell, explains: "The country is going through hard times, and there are doubts and insecurity, 'Lift Up Your Face' is our message of encouragement - not just to listeners though - to us as well.  It's a message we all need to hear..." Check out the song here.

In December The Blind Boys will once again present their very special "Go Tell It On the Mountain: The Blind Boys Christmas Show", with a number of dates supported by fellow Rosebud Artist Ruthie Foster. For more info, please see Tour Dates >>

Rosebud Artists Once Again Score Honors In Downbeat Readers Poll

Rosebud Artists once again were honored by fans in this year's Downbeat magazine Readers Poll (December issue), with Allen Toussaint, Bill Frisell, Tommy Castro, Duke Robillard and Bettye LaVette all placing high in a number of categories.

Allen Toussaint scored honors in four categories, including #2 Best Blues Album for The Bright Mississippi, #4 Best Arranger and #5 Best Beyond Album. The Bright Mississippi also came in at #9 for Best Jazz Album of the year. Bill Frisell came in at #3 for Best Guitarist (a category he has won 3 times in the past). Bill was also voted among the top ten Best Composers and his album, Disfarmer, placed #12 for Best Jazz Album. Tommy Castro's Hard Believer was voted #5 Best Blues Album, while Duke Robillard's Stomp! The Blues Tonight earned the #7 Best Blues Album spot and Bettye LaVette was voted one of the Best Blues Artists. Congratulations to all!

Catch all of these artists individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

illustration by Ken Fallin

Bill Frisell Wall Street Journal Rave and Tops Again In Downbeat Readers Poll

Bill Frisell scored raves from the Wall St. Journal in a November 3rd feature article (With a Country Twang, Cultural Conversation with Bill Frisell): "Bill Frisell is the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years... With more than 35 recordings released, he is one of the most emulated musicians in jazz... His signature sound - pungent, almost mournfully low and reverberant - is one of the most readily identifiable in jazz today." Read the full article here.

Bill also scored high once again in Downbeat magazine's annual Reader's Poll (December issue). This year he came in at #3 Best Guitarist (a category he has won 3 times in the past). Bill was also voted as one of the top ten Best Composers and his album, Disfarmer, placed #12 for Best Jazz Album. As usual, a number of Bill's frequent collaborators were also voted among the best on their respective instruments.

Catch Bill live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

Duke Robillard and Mavis Staples Both Nominated for Maple Blues Award

Duke Robillard and Mavis Staples have both been nominated as B.B. King International Artist of the Year in the 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards, presented by The Toronto Blues Society. Duke was previously honored with this award three years in a row (2001-2003) - this in addition to six previous nominations. Mavis has been nominated twice before. Both Duke and Mavis were last nominated together in 2005. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards event with a goal of promoting blues music across Canada. Voting is open online at, until Saturday, December 11 at midnight (PST), to anyone in Canada with a valid email address. The winners will be announced at the Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto on January 17, 2011.

Catch both Duke and Mavis live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

The Tommy Castro Band Win Best Blues Band at 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards

The Tommy Castro Band were honored with the award for Best Blues Band at 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards held in Chicago on October 28. The Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. This most recent win follows four awards for Tommy at the Blues Music Awards (in every category he was nominated in): B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Hard Believer and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. In addition, at the 2010 Living Blues Awards, Tommy was awarded Best Blues Album of 2009 for Hard Believer. Congratulations to Tommy and the Band!

Catch Tommy live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

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