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1997 - W. C. Handy Awards Nominations for Luther Allison, John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite

Luther Allison, who dominated last year's W.C. Handy Blues Awards with five wins, has been nominated in five categories once again this year. Other Rosebud artists nominated this year include John Hammond, in the Acoustic Blues Artist category (he won the award in 1994, 1995, and 1996), and Charlie Musselwhite for Harmonica (a perennial winner since 1991). The awards are sponsored by The Blues Foundation and winners are announced at a ceremony in Memphis on May 1.

Bammie Nominations for Booker T., Charlie Musselwhite and The Robert Cray Band's Jim Pugh

Booker T. Jones and Jim Pugh from The Robert Cray Band face off again in the best keyboardist category of the BAMMIE Awards. Charlie Musselwhite snags nominations for Outstanding Blues Musician and Outstanding Blues Vocalist.

The Dirty Dozen Set For South by Southwest

Look for The Dirty Dozen to take part in a special Mammoth Records night out on March 12 at Austin's Liberty Lunch along with labelmates Jason & The Scorchers, the Backsliders, Pure and Seven Mary Three as part of the annual South By Southwest conference.

John Lee Hooker joins Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

John Lee Hooker joined Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on the last two nights (February 6 & 7) of their 20 night run at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Hooker and his guitarist, Rich Kirch, joined Petty & Co. mid-set for three of Hooker's classics topped by an extended Hooker boogie that had the crowd roaring for more. Hooker's new CD, Don't Look Back, produced by Van Morrison (all but the lead track produced by and featuring Los Lobos) is due out March 4. Morrison duets on four tracks on the record with backing provided by Charles Brown and his bassist and guitarist as well as Kevin Hayes and Jim Pugh, drummer and keyboardist respectively in The Robert Cray Band.

Rosebud artists once again made an impressive showing in this year's Grammy Awards nominations

John Hammond's Found True Love (co-produced by John and Duke Robillard)was selected in the Best Traditional Blues category marking John's third consecutive Grammy nominated release.

Robert Cray's midas touch also continues. After eight consecutive nominations including one for each of his last six Mercury releases, Robert picks up a shared nomination for Best Rock Instrumental for his participation on the "SRV Shuffle," from the Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan CD. Other artists on the track include Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Art Neville and Jimmie Vaughan.

Newly-signed Rosebud artist Booker T. Jones was recognized along with the MGs in the same category for the classic "Green Onions."

And Brazilian jazz/pop artist Ivan Lins received a nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Performance category for his collaboration with trumpeter Terence Blanchard "The Heart Speaks."

John Hammond and Duke Robillard Down Under (And Soon Loudon Wainwright III /Richard Thompson)

The blues touring package featuringJohn Hammond andDuke Robillard recently completed a successful two-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, performing in Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland. Watch for Duke's new pointblank/Virgin CD, Dangerous Place this Spring.

Loudon Wainwright III will also tour Australia from February 19 to March 10 along with old friend Richard Thompson.

Cray's Mother and Pie

The Robert Cray Bandshows up once again on the silver screen, contributing its "Across The Line" to Albert Brooks' latest comedy, Mother . Cray's "Well I Lied" was used earlier this year in The Truth About Cats and Dogs. The group's upcoming Mercury release, Sweet Potato Pie is due in stores May 6th.

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