Grammy-nominated blues/roots/R&B vocalist Shemekia Copeland will perform live and be the subject of a feature interview on PBS's nationally televised program, The Tavis Smiley Show, on Wednesday, November 4. Host Tavis Smiley talks to Copeland about her new CD, Outskirts Of Love, and her life as, according to the Wall Street Journal, "a fresh, gripping roots music performer." For broadcast times and stations, please click here.
Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of roots rock/blues band Moreland & Arbuckle. The self-described "roots and blues from the heartland" group (guitarist Aaron Moreland, harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby) will release their as yet untitled label debut -- produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, The Sword) -- in Spring, 2016. Read all about it here.
Alligator Records is proud to announce the first quarter 2016 release of God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson. The album (to be issued on CD and vinyl) features newly recorded versions of the iconic slide guitarist/vocalist's most seminal material. Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and *Susan Tedeschi*, Cowboy Junkies, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sinead O'Connor, Luther Dickinson, Maria McKee, and Rickie Lee Jones all deliver deeply moving interpretations of Johnson's otherworldly "gospel blues" music. To read the whole story click here.
Shemekia Copeland was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday (10/10). In addition to performing two songs, Shemekia spoke with host Scott Simon about her brand new release, Outskirts Of Love, her father’s influence and more. Weekend Edition Saturday 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. You can listen to the entire eight minute segment 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.
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 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.
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