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Thurs, July 3rd at 9 PM ET, SiriusXM Bluesville will air a special in-studio session with Jarekus Singleton. While in DC earlier this month, Jarekus stopped in for a visit and spoke with Tony Colter about his Alligator Records debut, Refuse To Lose as well as played a short set live set. If you can’t tune in for the initial airing, the session will be rebroadcast a few times throughout the rest of this week (Friday 07/04/14 12 Noon ET, Saturday 07/05/14 3 PM ET and Sunday 07/06/14 9AM ET). For additional info see http://www.siriusxm.com/bluesville 

Don’t
Call No Ambulance
, the brand Alligator Records debut from Tampa, FL’s Selwyn Birchwood, receives high praise in a review at RollingStone.com, "a powerhouse player and emotive performer whose work respects blues tradition but could not be more contemporary…Highly recommended.” Read the full review here.

Bruce Iglauer
, Alligator founder and president, was honored last week when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from A2IM (American Association of Independent Music). His acceptance speech was hailed as one of the highlights of last week's A2IM Libera Awards. Iglauer discussed the history and perseverance of Alligator and the many challenges facing the indie music community. You can read the entire speech here

On June 25, The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) announced that soul/blues/gospel legends The Holmes Brothers (Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon) will receive a coveted and prestigious National Heritage Fellowship. For the full story, see here.

Tampa bluesman Selwyn Birchwood stopped in at New York’s WBGO-FM on Monday, June 23rd for an interview with Michael Bourne on The Blues Hour. They discussed his history, featured some cuts from his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance and listeners were treated to Selwyn playing a couple of solo, acoustic songs. Hear the 30+ minute interview here.

Blues Blast Magazine
, the online blues publication, today announced that five Alligator Records artists received a total of seven 2014 Blues Blast Music Award nominations. Voting is open to subscribers and non-subscribers alike at www.BluesBlastMagazine.com beginning July 15, 2014 and continuing until September 15, 2014.  See all the Alligator nominees here.

The Holmes Brothers are the featured artist at Band of The Day (June 20th). Listen to streaming tracks from their Alligator release Brotherhood, see videos and read up on their history here

Alligator’s two young bluesmen, Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton, are featured in the Washington Post Style Section this weekend. These visionary singer/songwriter/guitarists are carrying the torch for the next generation of blues! Read the feature here

The title track from Selwyn Birchwood's Alligator debut, Don't Call No Ambulance, which is in stores on June 10th, was selected by Philadelphia's non-commercial radio station WXPN-FM as their "Gotta Hear Song of the Week."  If you haven't checked it out yet, here's your chance to hear the track from Tampa blues rocker (and 2013 International Blues Challenge Winner) Selwyn Birchwood.

Young Mississippi bluesman Jarekus Singleton is the featured artist at Band of the Day for June 5th.  Listen to five streaming tracks from his brand new Alligator Records debut, Refuse To Lose, see videos and more. Check it out here

The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered full album stream of Selwyn Birchwood’s Alligator debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, yesterday, June 3rd. The stream will be available all week leading up to the release on June 10th. Check it out here 

Philadelphia's powerhouse public radio station WXPN has chosen Jarekus Singleton's "I Refuse To Lose" as the WXPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week! Check it out here.


John Mayall's Bluesbreakers DVDJohn Mayall's Bluesbreakers DVD
w/Coco Montoya & Walter Trout
LIVE AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY 1984

John Mayall, widely acknowledged as the father of British blues is captured here live at Iowa State University alongside future guitar heroes Coco Montoya and Walter Trout.


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Welcome to Alligator Records
When I created Alligator Records, the very first promo piece to promote that very first Hound Dog Taylor album was headed "Genuine Houserockin' Music." That became our slogan, and we wear it proudly today. "Genuine" because the music we record is deeply rooted in the blues tradition (even when it pushes the standard definition of blues) and is created by musicians who have honed their songs not on synthesizers in their bedrooms, but in front of real audiences, responding to the emotional needs of their listeners. "House" instead of "theatre" or "arena" or "stadium," because our music is ultimately intimate, even when it's big and loud. It's not meant to be presented. It's meant to be shared between the musicians and the audience, like everyone at Florence's shared the music with Hound Dog Taylor. And "Rockin'" because it's designed to move you. Most of Alligator's records will move your feet or your body, but we've tried to make records that will move that other part of your soul. Sometimes that can mean music that cleanses your inner pain by pulling it out of you, the "hurts so good" that is so special to the blues. And sometimes it just means the pure release and fun of musicians pouring their energy into a great groove.
-Bruce Iglauer


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