Trombone Shorty Honored with 6 Best of The Beat Awards, NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu Again Collaborates on Horns For Schools Project, New Dates with Lenny Kravitz and Zac Brown Band

Pete Murano, Trombone Shorty, and Tiffany Lamson at the Best of the Beat 2011 Music Awards Show  
Pete Murano, Trombone Shorty, and Tiffany Lamson at the Best of the Beat 2011 Music Awards Show. more photos at flicker >>
Trombone Shorty has been honored with 6 Best of The Beat Awards, presented by OffBeat magazine. For the second year in a row, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were awarded Artist of the Year (their 4th overall), Album of the Year (For True), Best R&B/Funk Artist (also their 4th overall), Best R&B/Funk Album, Best Trombonist for Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and a first time award for Best Music Video for "Do To Me."

The Best of the Beat Awards were held Friday, January 27. This made for a major day for Troy, who earlier in the day, collaborated with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to donate specially designed Trombone Shorty trumpets and trombones at Warren Easton High School as part of Troy's ongoing Horns For Schools project. (please see the press release at Mayor's office)

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue recently added dates with Trombone Shorty mentor, Lenny Kravitz on Feb. 7 in Minneapolis and with Zac Brown Band on March 10, 11 and 23. Please see the full Press Release >>

Ruthie Foster Celebrates Let It Burn Release with Webcast Concert Event from The Grammy Museum

Grammy nominated Ruthie Foster will celebrate the release of her new album, Let It Burn with a performance and interview at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 31, the CD's release date. A live webcast of the event is presented at yowie.com.

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Let It Burn has been receiving rave reviews with The Los Angeles Times calling the CD "a captivating blend of soul, blues, gospel, New Orleans funk, folk rock and R&B." LA Weekly praises Foster, "whose employ of gritty, Mavis Staples-ish spiritual bite, funky wah-wah limned grooves and blues-enriched soul deep testimony is revelatory in its simple humanity." Blues Revue gave Let It Burn a 10 out of 10 review, noting among other highlights that Ruthie's rendition of Pete Seeger's hit, "If I Had A Hammer," "reaches a new level, inspirationally."

Let It Burn was recorded in New Orleans with producer John Chelew (The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson) and featuresThe 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). The album 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.

Catch Ruthie live on stage as she tours across the US in the coming months, please see Tour Dates >>

Rosebud Artists Recognized In Village Voice 2011 Pazz & Jop Poll

Albums and singles released by Rosebud artists last year are recognized in the 2011 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Music Critics Poll, which calculated 700 critics' votes for their Top 10 albums and singles of the year.

Listed among the year's top albums are:
• Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather (as well as her single "Oysters")
• Bill Frisell, All We Are Saying
• Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuaria, Lagrimas Mexicanas
• Trombone Shorty, For True
• Bill Frisell, Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet
• Pieta Brown, Mercury
• Ruthie Foster, Live At Antone's
• Marcia Ball, Roadside Attractions (GRAMMY Nominated)

Also recognized on the list:
• Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings album which features Bill Frisell as well as a single from the album, "Meds"
• Ben Waters, Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute to Ian Stewart, which features Rosebud Artist Charlie Watts
• Tom Waits' Bad As Me album, which features Charlie Musselwhite, as well as all five singles from the album that Charlie guests on ("Satisfied," "Bad As Me," "Hell Broke Luce," "Chicago" and "Raised Right Man")
• Steve Cropper's Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales, which features Bettye LaVette

Congratulations to all the artists! Check them out live on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

Rosebud Artists Win Accolades In Best Of 2011 Lists

Rosebud Artists won plenty of accolades in Year End Best of 2011 lists including praise for albums by Marcia Ball, Pieta Brown, Tommy Castro, Bill Frisell, Jim Lauderdale, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Carrie Rodriguez, Trombone Shorty and Loudon Wainwright III, as well as raves for John Hammond, Mavis Staples and The Stone Foxes.

Amazon proclaimed Trombone Shorty's For True among the Best Jazz Albums of 2011 and his "Buckjump" among the overall Best Songs of 2011. For True was also named #1 on OffBeat magazine's 40 Best Louisiana Albums of 2011.

Roots Music Report's Most Radio Airplayed Albums of 2011 included the latest from Marcia Ball(Roadside Attractions at #3), Tommy Castro, Charlie Musselwhite, two albums by Duke Robillard and Ben Waters' Boogie 4 Stu album (which features Rosebud Artist Charlie Watts) in their Blues category. Artists lauded in other categories included Jim Lauderdale (Bluegrass), Pieta Brown (#7 in Folk), Trombone Shorty (Jazz), Carrie Rodriguez (in both Roots Rock for her album The New Bye & Bye with Chip Taylor and #5 in Roots Country for her album We Still Love Our Country with Ben Kyle) and also in Roots Country, Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings album featuring Bill Frisell.

Pieta Brown scored high on many other lists including CMT's (Country Music Television) Cool Album Cuts, American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums and Top 50 Songs of 2011, noted writer and renowned publicist Bill Bentley's favorite albums of 2011, as well as Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Essential Acoustic Albums of 2011. The Essential Acoustic Albums list also included releases by Bill Frisell and Jim Lauderdale.

Loudon Wainwright III was praised in the New York Daily News, Huffington Post and New Releases Now. Bill Frisell topped the list in Something Else! Reviews' Top Albums for 2011, while Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle's We Still Love Our Country was chosen among Twangville's Best Albums.

Alligator Records 40th Anniversary was an Amazon Customer Favorite Album of 2011 pick and features songs by Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and the late Albert Collins, who was a Rosebud Artist until his passing.

John Hammond scored in the Top 5 of the All About Jazz Best Live Shows of 2011 and The Stone Foxes were in the Top 5 of radio station Live 105's Top Bay Area Bands of 2011. The Oregonian's Year in Review raved: "Best moment: Watching Mavis Staples close the main stage at Pickathon in August. More precisely, watching all the other musicians at the festival watch Mavis Staples' joyous gospel review."

Congratulations to all the artists! Check them out live on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

Trombone Shorty To Perform National Anthem And At Half-Time Of New York Giants - Atlanta Falcons Playoff Game January 8th

Trombone Shorty will be performing the National Anthem and at half-time of the New York Giants' NFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. the Atlanta Falcons on January 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM ET. The Anthem and the game will be broadcast live nationally on the Fox network. Half-time will feature the full band of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews will also be in the area the night before, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a featured guest of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 50th Anniversary. Other special guests include My Morning Jacket, Mos Def, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Del McCoury Band, GIVERS and Tao Seeger.

This follows Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's five show sold out New Year's Run, with shows in Aspen and Denver leading up to two sold out nights at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on December 30th and 31st. Catch the band live on stage in 2012, please see Tour Dates >>

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