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Five Rosebud Artists Score W.C. Handy Nominations

Ruth Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Robert Cray and Luther Allison scored W.C. Handy Award nominations in results just announced by The Blues Foundation. Duke Robillard scored three nominations including Blues Band of The Year, Blues Album of The Year for New Blues For Modern Man, and Best Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar. Ruth Brown picked up Handy nominations for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year, Soul Blues CD of the Year and her title track, A Good Day For The Blues was nominated as Blues Song Of The Year. Charlie Musselwhite picked up two handy nominations - one for Blues Instrumentalist of the Year - Guitar and for Blues CD of the Year. And Robert Cray scored a Handy nomination for Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year. The late Luther Allison was also honored with nominations for Blues CD of the Year and Contemporary Blues CD of the Year.

Blues Agent of The Year, Tom Gold, Joins Rosebud

Tom Gold, owner of The Tom Gold Agency, has joined The Rosebud Agency along with his top two artists, Tommy Castro and Coco Montoya. Tom has just been named Agent of the year by the Blues Foundation in conjunction with their Keeping The Blues Alive Awards. Tom will focus on booking East Coast accounts as well as casinos, fairs and special events nationwide. He will also continue to service dates for Tommy Castro and Coco Montoya on the West Coast. Tommy and Coco both plan to tour extensively behind their new CD releases coming February 22 and January 25 respectively.

Coco Montoya New CD and Tour

Coco Montoya will release his debut CD for Alligator Records, Suspicion, on January 25. Coco learned to play guitar under the tutelage of former Rosebud artist, Albert Collins, and played with John Mayall for ten years prior to starting a solo career that kicked off with a Best New Blues Artist W.C. Handy Award and has been highlighted to date by three CDs on Blind Pig Records.

Five Rosebud Artists Garner Grammy Nominations
John Lee Hooker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Five Rosebud Artists Garnered Grammy Nominations for the 2000 Grammy Awards to be held February 23 in Los Angeles.

Charlie Musselwhite and Ruth Brown each scored their second nominations in the Contemporary and Traditional Blues Categories respectively. Charlie's nomination comes for his Continental Drifter on Pointblank / Virgin while Ruth Brown's honors are for her latest, A Good Day For The Blues, on Bullseye/Rounder.

Robert Cray notched his 11th Grammy nomination for his acclaimed Rykodisc debut, Take Your Shoes Off. This marks his eighth consecutive album to be nominated for a Grammy with four wins to date. Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet scored a nomination in the Contemporary Folk category for their latest on Rhino / Forward, Cajunization. This is BeauSoleil's 8th Grammy nomination - their, L'Amour Ou La Folie, won the Grammy for Traditional Folk in 1998.

Luther Allison, a Rosebud artist until his untimely passing, was nominated in the Contemporary Blues Category for his posthumous release, Live In Chicago, on Alligator Records.

In an earlier announcement, John Lee Hooker was chosen to be honored with the Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award.

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