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John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters Honored With Memphis' Brass Notes

John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters were honored prior to the W.C. Handy Awards at a VIPreparty at the Gibson Showcase Lounge. The two former Rosebud artists, along with Howlin' Wolf and Ike Turner were honored with brass notes to be placed in the Beale Street historic district's Walk of Fame.

Rosebud Artists Score Big at W.C. Handy Awards

Rosebud Artists were a significant presence at the W.C. Handy Awards held May 23, 2002 in Memphis, Tennessee. Ruth Brown was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and also presented the Entertainer of the Year award to long-time friend B.B. King. Marcia Ball, the artist with most overall nominations this year, came home with the coveted Best Blues Album. Charlie Musselwhite was a winner in two categories – Best Blues Instrumentalist (Harmonica) and Blues Song of the Year for "Charlie's Old Highway 51 Blues". John Hammond took home the award for Best Acoustic Album for his Tom Waits produced "Wicked Grin". Duke Robillard, winner of the previous two years' Best Blues Guitarist awards, was once again nominated and was a featured presenter at the Awards. Former Rosebud client, the late Muddy Waters won for Best Historical CD for "Fathers & Sons", which also included former Rosebud artist, the late Michael Bloomfield. Charlie Musselwhite performed live at the show in a band which also featured Keb ‘Mo. And Marcia Ball & her band turned in a great set of their own. John Lee Hooker, who passed away last June, was also honored at the event with a video tribute.

Legendary Ruth Brown Inducted into Blues Hall of Fame

Ruth Brown, already a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Tony Award winner, leads the 2002 class of inductees into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame. The Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony kicks-off the Handy Awards Weekend with a gala event Wednesday, May 22nd in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ruth’s legendary history in R&B, Blues and as a performer on both stage and screen is chronicled in her book “Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm & Blues Legend” and the film documentary “That Rhythm Those Blues.” Along with attorney Howell Begle, Ruth was the primary catalyst in the creation of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1988.

Mavis Staples Caps BMI Tribute to Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard

Mavis Staples received a standing ovation for her performance of Chuck Berry’s “Livin’ In the USA” as she capped BMI’s 50th Annual Pop Music Awards black-tie dinner honoring Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard on May 14, 2002, in Beverly Hills. Other performers included George Thorogood, Jonny Lang and Ivan Neville. Mavis Staples will be touring through the end of the year with both her “Tribute to Mahalia Jackson” and with The Staple Swingers performing the hits of The Staple Singers.

Booker T. Jones on tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young / Neil Young

Booker T. Jones performed in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s band for their recently completed “Tour of America”. Joining Booker in the band was fellow MG’s bandmate, Donald “Duck” Dunn. Booker and Duck also recorded with Neil Young on his newly released CD, “Are You Passionate?” and are currently on tour with Neil in Europe.

Duke Robillard Featured on Blues Foundation’s Blues Greats CD

Duke Robillard, winner of the W C Handy for Best Blues Guitarist in 2000 and 2001, has been chosen as one of the featured artists on the Blues Foundation’s special Blues Greats CD along with legends Rufus Thomas, Charley Patton, R. L. Burnside and others.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Dr. John on Conan May 7

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will appear on Conan O’Brien on May 7 with Dr. John reprising his guest artist role, joining The Dozen on the telecast as he did on the band’s new CD, Medicated Magic. The Dozen will be coming direct from nightly overflow crowds for their 11 night run in New Orleans throughout the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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