“It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell." - The New York Times

Bill Frisell has collaborated with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Bono, T-Bone Burnett, Paul Simon, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno, Ry Cooder and many more - a testament to his virtuosity as a guitarist, bandleader and composer.

Grammy winner and two-time nominee including a 2009 nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

8-time Best Guitarist winner in the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll (including 2009) and three-time DOWNBEAT Readers Poll winner for Best Guitarist.

Reigning Jazz Awards Guitarist of the Year (2008 & 2009).

"the best recorded output of the decade." - DOWNBEAT

The Houston Chronicle gives his latest CD, Disfarmer (Nonesuch, July 2009), a perfect four stars, calling it "a particularly beautiful suite of music".

Rosebud Artists Nominated for 10 Blues Music Awards
December 2009, Rosebud News

Duke Robillard, Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Foster have been nominated for a total of 10 Blues Music Awards. The 31st Blues Music Awards will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 6, 2010. Rosebud artist nominations are as follows:

Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro both have four nominations each. Duke is nominated for Album of the Year for Stomp! The Blues Tonight, Band of the Year, Best Instrumentalist - Guitar and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Tommy is nominated for 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. Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Foster are both nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. In addition, Duke produced 10 of the 12 tracks and guests on one song on Album of the Year / Contemporary Blues Album of The Year nominee Between a Rock and the Blues by Joe Louis Walker.

Other Rosebud related nominations are, in the Instrumentalist - Horn category: longtime Tommy Castro Band saxophonist Keith Crossan and Deanna Bogart, who plays in the Rosebud booked Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue with Tommy Castro. Nominated in the Historical Album of the Year category are: Muddy Waters' Authorized Bootleg and Little Walter's The Complete Chess Masters, featuring hit compositions by Willie Dixon. Both Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon were Rosebud artists until their passing. Nominated in the Acoustic Album of the Year category is: Things About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks, which features songs by Rosebud artists John Hammond and Bill Frisell.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Bill Frisell, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint CDs Recognized Among Best of the 2000's by Downbeat Magazine - Frisell #2 Jazz CD of the Decade Per London Times
December 2009, Rosebud News

CDs by Bill Frisell, Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint have been recognized among Downbeat Magazine's Best of the 2000's, published in their January 2010 issue. Bill Frisell has four CDs on the list: Ghost Town (2000), Blues Dream (2001), East/West (2005) and History, Mystery (2008). Also honored are Have A Little Faith (2005) by Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint's GRAMMY nominated The Bright Mississippi (2009). The list also names two historical releases featuring future Rosebud artists: Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 DVD featuring Booker T. & the MGs and Newport Folk Festival: Best of the Blues 1959-1968 Box Set, which features performances by Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, who were both Rosebud artists until their passing.

Bill Frisell's East/West was honored with similar praise from the London Times, where was rated #2 on their "Best Jazz Albums of the Noughties" list.

Catch Bill, Mavis and Allen live on stage, please see    Bill Frisell Tour Dates >>    Mavis Staples Tour Dates >>    Allen Toussaint Tour Dates >>

Bill Frisell Original Music Featured On Buster Keaton DVD, New Frisell Solo DVD
August 2009, Rosebud News

Original music by Bill Frisell is featured on a new Buster Keaton DVD to be released September 1, 2009. The DVD includes music scores that Bill was commissioned to perform live in 1992-93 with three Keaton films: Go West, One Week and High Sign featured here. Following one performance, the New York Times noted, "Mr. Frisell's scores perfectly balance the need to be abstract and the need to be literal... [He has] recurring motifs that suggest the new American possibility of the time, motifs redolent of the sort of optimism heard in some country music, blues and jazz."

Also new from Frisell is Solos: The Jazz Sessions, a Bill Frisell solo DVD recording session filmed at the Berkeley Church in Toronto, Canada by director Daniel Berman. In this rare solo session, Bill performs original tunes as well as classics by Bob Dylan, Hank Willams, George and Ira Gershwin, and traditional Americana songs. Solos features an intimate look into his electric guitar and looping wizardry, and includes an exclusive interview with Bill.

Catch Bill Frisell performing live on stage in a variety of formats, please see Tour Dates >>

Bill Frisell Honored As Guitarist Of The Year & Other Rosebud Artists Score In Downbeat's 57th Annual Critics Poll
July 2009, Rosebud News

Bill Frisell was just honored for the eighth time in twelve years as Guitarist of the Year in Downbeat magazine's 57th Annual Critics Poll (August 2009 issue). Bill is also named the #6 overall Jazz Artist of the Year, his collaborative album with Jim Hall, Hemispheres, is the #4 Jazz Album of the Year and his Trio is ranked among the top Jazz Groups of the Year. Several frequent/recent Frisell collaborators were also honored: Joe Lovano was ranked #1 for Tenor Sax; also placing high were Sam Yahel (Organ), Jim Hall (Guitar), Brian Blade (Drums), Paul Motian (Drums), Jenny Scheinman (Violin) and #1 for Violin - Rising Star, Eyvind Kang (Violin - Rising Star) and Lee Townsend (Producer - Rising Star), who is also Bill's manager.

Other Rosebud Artists also scored top ten rankings in the poll including Marcia Ball in the category of Blues Artist - Rising Star, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews for Trombone - Rising Star, and Bettye LaVette as one of the top Blues Artists.

Congratulations to all!

Bill Frisell, Duke Robillard and Marcia Ball NPR Features
July 2009, Rosebud News

Bill Frisell, Duke Robillard and Marcia Ball are all featured on separate NPR programs in the coming weeks:

Bill Frisell's new album, Disfarmer, out July 21 on Nonesuch Records, was chosen as an Exclusive First Listen on NPR's website. Recently named Guitarist of the Year for the second year in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, Bill's new CD showcases "evocative original themes and motifs here, surrounded by backgrounds sounding distant echoes of country, bluegrass and old-time mountain music" per NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon. The Disfarmer project began as a touring multimedia work, with Bill scoring a slideshow of images from photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959). Bill is joined on the CD by Greg Leisz (steel guitars, mandolin) Jenny Scheinman (violin) and Viktor Krauss (bass).

Duke Robillard's performance at the Mountain Stage radio show in Charleston, WV is scheduled to be broadcast beginning the weekend of July 24-26. It will also be archived in it's entirety. For a complete list of stations that carry Mountain Stage please click here. Duke, four-time Best Blues Guitarist winner at the Blues Music Awards, recently released Stomp! The Blues Tonight, which he describes as "Blues / classic-rhythm-and-blues, basically where I started in my Roomful of Blues days."

Marcia Ball will appear live on Mountain Stage on August 9, 2009 at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV. For detailed information, please click here. Also on the bill are Hill Country Revue, Cracker, Other Lives and Maia Sharp. Marcia, a four-time Grammy nominee, won her fourth Pinetop Perkins Best Piano Player Award in the past five years at the Blues Music Awards. Marcia was also recently nominated for Most Outstanding Musician, Keyboard in the upcoming Living Blues Awards, a category she has won the last two years.

Catch all three artists live, please see their tour dates at: Bill Frisell Tour Dates, Duke Robillard Tour Dates, Marcia Ball Tour Dates

Bill Frisell Repeats As Guitarist of the Year In Jazz Journalists Association Poll
June 2009, Rosebud News

Bill Frisell was honored as Guitarist of the Year for the second year in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association. The Jazz Award ceremonies were held in New York City June, 16 2009. Frequent collaborator Brian Blade won the award for Drummer of the Year. The Grammy Award winning artist is preparing to release his new album, Disfarmer, on July 21,2009 through Nonesuch Records. Frisell is joined on the record by long-time musical collaborators Greg Leisz (steel guitars, mandolin) Jenny Scheinman (violin) and Viktor Krauss (bass). Catch Bill Frisell on tour throughout the year - please see tour dates>>

Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Set for July 21 Release
June 2009, Rosebud News

Grammy Award-winning guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell will release his new CD Disfarmer on July 21, 2009 (Nonesuch Records). The album is inspired by the artist and photographer known as Disfarmer, who recorded stark black-and-white photographic portraits of his fellow townspeople in the rural community of Heber Springs, Arkansas, during the 1940s-1950s. Decades after the photographer’s passing, a cache of work made by this solitary and oft-reviled man was rediscovered, and he has come to be regarded as an important outsider artist. Frisell himself says "I was blown away when I saw his photos for the first time and started to learn a little about his life. What a fantastic story...I try to picture what went on in Disfarmer’s mind. How did he really feel about the people in this town? What was he thinking? What did he see? We’ll never know, but as I write the music, I’d like to imagine it coming from his point of view. The sound of him looking through the lens." Frisell is joined on the record by long-time musical collaborators Greg Leisz (steel guitars, mandolin) Jenny Scheinman (violin) and Viktor Krauss (bass). Catch Bill Frisell on tour throughout the year - see tour dates >>

The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs Out February 24
February 2009, Rosebud News

The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs will be released by Nonesuch Records February 24, 2009. This first release in a series of compilations drawn from Bill Frisell's catalog spotlights his idiosyncratic excursions into country and traditional folk. "It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell," says the New York Times. The collection features appearances by frequent collaborators Viktor Krauss, Wayne Horvitz, Kermit Driscoll, Joey Baron, Kenny Wollesen, Jim Keltner and Ry Cooder. In late January 2009, Bill was the subject of a feature article in the The New Yorker, which describes him as "the fearless and adaptable guitarist Bill Frisell, whose varied endeavors have drawn him into free-form extemporizations, symphonic collaborations, hard and soft rock, country, and accompaniments for Buster Keaton silent films ..." Watch for Bill on tour in his ever varied presentation formats.

Bill Frisell New Releases Including Download Series and Live DVD
January 2009, Rosebud News

Bill Frisell has initiated a unique monthly download series of live recordings available on Bill's website. The first offering was recorded at the Ruhr Triennale Festival in Bochum, Germany on May 22, 2004. The second in the series has just been released, a classic solo performance from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco recorded on
March 16, 2007.

Bill has also released a DVD of a 2004 solo session from the atmospheric Berkeley Church in Toronto. The film is beautifully shot by Director Daniel Berman.

In other recording news, Bill collaborates with one of his musical mentors, the legendary guitarist Jim Hall on the recently released Hemispheres, a double CD on the Artist Share label. One CD showcases Bill and Jim's duo collaboration while the other disc features the two artists in a quartet format with Scott Colley on bass and Joey Baron on drums.

For more details or to purchase these new releases, please visit Bill's website. Catch Bill live on the road, please see tour dates >>

Rosebud Artists Score 5+ Grammy Nominations
December 2008, Rosebud News

Rosebud Artists captured 5 Grammy nominations for the upcoming 51st Grammy Awards. Artists were honored in the following categories.

Best Contemporary Blues Album - Marcia Ball's Peace, Love and BBQ

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album - BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet for Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as Michael Doucet’s own From Now On

Best Traditional Gospel Album - The Blind Boys of Alabama for their Down In New Orleans CD which also features Rosebud artist and New Orleans legend, Allen Toussaint

Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Bill Frisell’s History, Mystery.

Best Long Form Music Video category, Respect Yourself - The Stax Records Story featuring Mavis Staples and Booker T Jones (and named after The Staple Singers’ hit) also scored a nomination.

Our heartiest Congratulations and sincere Best of Luck to all the nominees.