Shemekia Copeland will be featured on NPR's flagship program NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday this coming Saturday, October 10th. She will be interviewed by Scott Simon and discuss her brand new release (and return to Alligator Records), Outskirts Of Love. Shemekia will receive about ten minutes of airtime. Weekend Edition is heard on NPR member stations across the United States and around the globe on NPR Worldwide and reaches an audience of nearly four million listeners each week. For more info on the program or to find an affiliate station in your area, see here.
Shemekia Copeland came through Chicago this past weekend (9/26) for a performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music celebrating the release of Outskirts Of Love. As Jeff Johnson says in DownBeat Magazine of the performance and her new release, “If the anointed Queen of the Blues had been performing at nearby Wrigley Field instead of the Old Town School of Folk Music, she would have hit a grand slam.” Read the review here.
Shemekia Copeland performed "Drivin' Out Of Nashville" from her brand new release, Outskirts Of Love, on Music City Roots - Live From The Factory in Franklin, TN (9/17) while she was in Nashville for the Americana Music Convention. Check it out here. More stellar video from this performance coming soon!
Alligator Records has set a November 6 street date for the vinyl-only release A Blues Christmas. The album is a new compilation featuring the best of Alligator's two previous holiday CDs, 1992's The Alligator Records Christmas Collection and 2003's Genuine Houserockin' Christmas. All tracks on A Blues Christmas have been remastered to bring out every nuance of these classic performances. The release includes a free digital download card. Read all about it here.
Alligator Records has announced an October 23 street date for Method To My Madness, the fiery and soulful new blues/roots/rock CD from six-time Blues Music Award-winner Tommy Castro and his band, The Painkillers. Upon release, the band will immediately hit the road, with tour dates stretching from Florida to New York to Washington, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and beyond. Read about all the details here.
Shemekia Copeland's new album (the 8th of her career), Outskirts Of Love, will be in stores this Friday, September 11th. We are relaunching her new and improved website at www.shemekia.com to bring you all the latest info, tour dates and more. Join us in celebrating Shemekia's return to Alligator Records and spread the word. If you haven't ordered your copy already, you can listen to the songs and pre-order your copy on the new website.
Living Blues magazine has announced the recipients of the 2015 Living Blues Awards. Six Alligator Records artists received a total of six awards. Read all about our winners here.
The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog is hosting the world premiere of the full album stream of Alligator's upcoming new release, Meet Me In Bluesland--a previously unissued 2003 recording by Grammy-winning Southern blues-rockers The Kentucky Headhunters with legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, pianist Johnnie Johnson. Listen to the entire album here before you can buy it on June 2nd.
The world has lost one of its most charismatic, iconic and beloved musicians. B.B. King absolutely earned his title as “King Of The Blues.” His career spanned 70 years, and his contributions to the world’s music are unmatched. He is perhaps the most influential electric guitar player in history, and his talent as a singer and storyteller are among the greatest ever. With both his voice and his guitar, B.B. King could connect directly from his soul to yours, and deliver the healing power of the blues.
A lot of the photos we’re seeing posted today are of B.B. in his later years, when he was struggling with health problems. I remember seeing him for the first time in 1969 in Cincinnati, on his feet for hours, playing two shows a night for two nights, with different audiences for each show (except for me). Although he could have played the same set four times in a row, instead he followed his own emotions and the emotional feedback from the audience, and chose different songs, tempos and grooves for every set. At the end of each set, he was standing there drained, soaked in sweat, having delivered all he had. They were amazingly physical, intense and soul-wrenching performances.
We are blessed to have had such a gracious, intelligent, and immensely talented man as the world ambassador of the blues. –Bruce Iglauer
Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers has recently been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and has announced his retirement from performing and touring. Read all about it here.
Check out Alligator Records on Spotify! The Genuine Houserockin’ Blues From Alligator playlist features more than three hours of music from across our vast catalog and will be updated regularly.
TuneIn -- the world's largest audio network -- officially launched Alligator Records Radio today (12/9). The Alligator Records Radio station will stream songs 24/7 from Alligator's extensive catalog of music covering 43 years of blues and roots rock releases. The station, featuring themed and special programs, is available here or fans can simply search "Alligator Records" on the free TuneIn Radio app (at iTunes or Google Play) or on TuneIn.com to listen to Alligator Records Radio.
Selwyn Birchwood’s electrifying afternoon performance today for WXPN’s Free At Noon series (8/22)...he held nothing back! You can see great action shots from the show and hear the set here.
The nationally syndicated NPR radio program World Cafe featured Alligator recording artist Jarekus Singleton today, July 30th. Listen to the interview and hear his story here.