MARCH 2012

Bonnie Raitt's New Album Features Bill Frisell and Cover of Loudon Wainwright III Song, Plus Mavis Staples Joins Bonnie's Summer Tour

Bonnie Raitt's first new studio album in seven years, Slipstream (out April 10 on her own Redwing Records), features Rosebud artist, Bill Frisell on guitar for three songs. Also featured on Slipstream, Bonnie covers Loudon Wainwright III's "You Can't Fail Me Now" which was released on his album, Strange Weirdos: Music From and Inspired by the film Knocked Up. The song was co-written with Joe Henry who produced both versions. Bonnie's good friend, Mavis Staples will be joining Bonnie on the road for an extensive series of tour dates beginning in June with more Summer dates TBA (please watch Mavis' Tour Dates for details).

Catch Bill, Loudon and Mavis individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - CBS NCAA Final Four Game 2 Tease

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Featured in CBS Final Four Clip, Plus Troy Judges NOLA School Brass Band Competition

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue was featured in a 2-minute Clip directly preceding the CBS broadcast of the NCAA Final Four, took place in New Orleans, Saturday March 31. The band was filmed in classic New Orleans settings performing their song, "Do To Me". Mayor Mitch Landrieu is also shown joining Trombone Shorty in welcoming the NCAA Tournament and fans to The Crescent City. A second clip during the CBS Telecast also featured Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performing the song live.

The Sunday before filming the intro, Troy participated as a judge for Class Got Brass? A School Brass Band Competition hosted by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Seventeen schools competed and three schools shared the top prizes, while all of the schools that participated were able to share in the total of $30,500.00 worth of instruments for their school band programs. Congratulations to all the students!

Troy's fellow judges included Gregory Davis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Ben Jaffe (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), Derrick Tabb (Rebirth Brass Band), trumpeter Greg Stafford, Dr. Michael White, Sammie Williams (Big Sam's Funky Nation), trumpeter Shamarr Allen and Virgil Tille (former St. Augustine High School marching band director).

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are now off to play a major festival in Singapore followed by six festival and headlining shows in Australia. Catch the band on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Celebrate 35th Anniversary With New Album TWENTY DOZEN - Out May 1st

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are celebrating their 35th Anniversary with their new album Twenty Dozen, due out on May 1, 2012. The Dozen have become a New Orleans institution, responsible for revolutionizing the brass band sound by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style. They led the way in a brass band resurgence while touring around the world. Originally formed as the house band of the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in 1977, the Dozen have collaborated with artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, the Black Crowes and Widespread Panic among others.

The Dozen are anchored by original members Gregory Davis (trumpet, vocals), Roger Lewis (baritone, soprano sax), Kevin Harris (tenor saxophone), Efrem Towns (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Kirk Joseph (sousaphone). Rounding out the band are Terence Higgins (drums) and Kyle Roussel (keyboard). Former member Jake Eckert (guitar) is featured throughout the new album as well.

The Dirty Dozen's upcoming dates include a three night BAM residency in Brooklyn with Dr. John and a series of shows at and around New Orleans Jazz Fest. These include a special album release/35th Anniversary reunion show at the Temple on April 28th, a featured set at the Fest itself on May 3rd as well as shows at Tipitina's 4/26, House of Blues 4/29 (with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue) and d.b.a. 5/4. Catch the band on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

Trombone Shorty and Dr. John Both Nominated For Big Easy Music Awards

Trombone Shorty and Dr. John have both been nominated for Big Easy Music Awards. Dr. John is nominated for Best Rhythm 'N' Blues - an award he won last year. At the 2009 Awards, Dr. John was honored with the Entertainer of the Year Award and Best Album of the Year for his GRAMMY-winning album City That Care Forgot.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are nominated for three Big Easy Music Awards: Best Album for FOR TRUE, in addition to Best Contemporary Jazz and Best Male Performer for Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Last year, Troy was honored with his third Best Male Performer Award (his second win in a row in that category). He was also recognized as Entertainer of the Year at the 2010 Awards.

The 24th Annual Big Easy Music Awards will take place the Monday before Jazz Fest in New Orleans, April 23, 2012. Catch Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's first weekend and live on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

The Pedrito Martinez Group Joins The Rosebud Agency

The Rosebud Agency is proud to welcome The Pedrito Martinez Group for exclusive worldwide booking representation (excluding Australia). Pedrito is an award winning percussionist whose band has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. They have built a fan base that includes Steve Gadd, Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Derek Trucks, and Wynton Marsalis. Pedrito was a founding member of the highly successful Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world opening for the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles.

In addition to Pedrito Martinez, from Havana, Cuba, on percussion and lead vocals, members include percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player/lead vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, from Havana, Cuba.

The Pedrito Martinez Group already has a number of prestigious gigs lined up, including an All-Star tribute to Robert Johnson at the Apollo Theater (alongside Elvis Costello, The Roots, Macy Gray, Chuck D, Living Colour and more); the Concert for the Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall with Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Meryl Streep and others; two dates at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; Mountain Jam; and at the Umbria, Montreux, Monterey and Newport Jazz Festivals, among others.

Jon Cleary, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Dr. John Featured on HBO's Treme Season Two Soundtrack Out April 17, 2012

Jon Cleary, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Dr. John are all featured on the album Treme, Music from the HBO Original Series, Season Two, which will be released April 17, 2012 on Rounder Records. Each of these artists were also featured playing themselves on the show, performing the songs on the soundtrack.

Jon Cleary was prominently featured performing "Frenchmen Street Blues" in episode ten, playing it for main characters Annie and Davis in memory of their slain friend. In the first episode of the season, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band were featured performing with Galactic and Juvenile at Tipitina's, playing "From The Corner To The Block." Other music by The Dozen was featured in later episodes and Dozen tuba player Kirk Joseph also plays a member of a band on the show, Brassy Knoll.

Dr. John (who Rosebud represents for International booking representation outside the U.S. and Canada) became a central character in the show for a recording project by the Delmond Lambreaux character with his father Chief Lambreaux. Dr. John's music was heard many times during the season and his performance of "You Might Be Surprised" is included on the soundtrack.

Check out Jon Cleary, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Dr. John performing individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

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Ruthie Foster #1 on Blues Radio Chart for 2nd Week and Pieta Brown Maintains #1 Hold on Folk Radio Chart for 5th Month

Ruthie Foster's Let It Burn is #1 on the Blues Radio Chart for the second week in a row per the Roots Music Report. Pieta Brown's Mercury has continually reigned at #1 on the Folk Radio Chart virtually every week since October (she dropped to #2 one week and bounced right back to #1).

Ruthie's Let It Burn debuted at #2 on Billboard's Current Blues Album Chart behind only Etta James. It also hit the Top 10 on Amazon's sales chart and #1 in Blues on iTunes and Amazon during it's first week of release. The album features The Blind Boys of Alabama, soul legend William Bell, The Funky Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Russell Batiste, guitarist Dave Easley, saxophonist James Rivers, and organist Ike Stubblefield (Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton). It covers an eclectic group of songs originally performed by Adele, The Black Keys, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, The Band, Pete Seeger, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Martyn, Robbie Robertson, and several new Ruthie Foster compositions.

Pieta's Mercury features Mark Knopfler as a guest on the album, playing guitar on "So Many Miles." Also joining Pieta are long-time collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), and great session players including Grammy-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash).

Catch Ruthie and Pieta performing individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

Jon Cleary's New Album Occapella Out April 17

Jon Cleary's brilliant new CD, Occapella, is slated for release on April 17 through his own label FHQ Records. For this project, Cleary notes that he is "having fun with the songs of Allen Toussaint." He has chosen a mix of popular and less familiar pieces penned by legendary songwriter Allen Toussaint to re-imagine, like the lesser-known title track as well as better known tunes like "Southern Nights," "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky," and "Fortune Teller," most recently made popular by Robert Plant/Alison Krauss.

Cleary explains the concept of the album: "The challenge was to take each song and do a flip on it in some respect... to take them in a different direction - to take an aspect of the melody or the chord progression, or perhaps his original arrangement, and present it in a different box, as it were." The result is a major success with creative and refreshing new takes on the great songs of a master truly deserving of this loving spotlight on his work. Cleary plays every instrument on the album (keyboards, guitar, bass and drums) with the exception of "Let's Get Low Down," where Dr. John plays guitar while bassist James Singleton and drummer Terence Higgins, both part of the flexible lineup of the Philthy Phew (Jon's current touring group), lay down the groove. Bonnie Raitt (Jon's former band leader of ten years) and Dr. John also join him on the song's vocals.

For his upcoming performances, Cleary, a three-time Blues Music Award Nominee for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year, will perform solo on piano or with the Philthy Phew. He commands stages of all sizes from intimate venues to large festivals across the world. Jon is currently touring North America with dates in New York City, Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles among others, as well as extensive shows in New Orleans both at and around JazzFest. Please see Tour Dates >>

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