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ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTISTS MARCIA BALL AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RECEIVE MAJOR RECOGNITION
1/16/2023

The Texas Songwriters Association has named Alligator Records artist Marcia Ball its 2023 "Texas Music Legend." 
Writers and editors of French Soul Bag magazine have selected blues icon Charlie Musselwhite's Mississippi Son as its 2022 Album Of The Year. 

ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTISTS MARCIA BALL AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RECEIVE MAJOR RECOGNITION


Ball Named "Texas Music Legend"
By The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association

Musselwhite's Grammy Award-Nominated Mississippi Son Named
"Album Of The Year" By French Soul Bag Magazine 
 
 
    

 

“Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry...her songs ring with emotional depth.”
—Rolling Stone


"Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.”
—The New York Times

 

The Texas Songwriters Association has named Alligator Records artist Marcia Ball its 2023 "Texas Music Legend." She will be presented with the coveted Darryl K. Royal (DKR) Texas Music Legends Award in a ceremony to be held on February 25, 2023 in Austin, Texas. Find more information here. Previous DKR Texas Music Legend awardees include songwriter/musician Stephen Bruton and Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel.

Ball is simply overjoyed, saying, "I can't contain myself, and I am so grateful for this amazing honor bestowed by the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association. I know I am in some really good company. Thank you so much!"





    

 

“Charlie Musselwhite breathes passion.”
—DownBeat

“Taste, restraint and power...He’s one of the best, and as a bluesman, he’s as real as they come.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Blues roots perfection”
—Rolling Stone

 

Writers and editors of French Soul Bag magazine have selected blues icon Charlie Musselwhite's Mississippi Son as its 2022 Album Of The Year. Musselwhite was recently honored in France with the prestigious Charles Cros Academy Grand Prix Blues Award.

Soul Bag pictured Musselwhite on the cover of its July 2022 issue, noting Mississippi Son features "minimalist accompaniment, uncluttered playing, hypnotic patterns and voices. Musselwhite perfectly masters the codes of country blues." 


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THE CASH BOX KINGS SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, OSCAR'S MOTEL, ON MARCH 17, 2023
1/11/2023

On Friday, March 17, award-winning blues band The Cash Box Kings will release Oscar's Motel, their dynamic new Alligator Records album. According to Living Blues magazine, The Cash Box Kings “are one of the best blues bands in the land.” The group, co-led by Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar “Mr. 43rd Street” Wilson, and Madison, Wisconsin-based harmonica giant, songwriter, and singer Joe Nosek, plays masterfully raw, unvarnished, old-school ensemble blues. Wilson’s huge, emotive vocals and Nosek’s blistering harmonica, along with an all-star band, fuel their razor-sharp original songs and always-incisive reinventions of obscure blues classics. Oscar's Motel will be available on yellow vinyl LP, CD and at all popular streaming and download sites. The first single, the wickedly sly title track, Oscar's Motel, will hit radio and streamers on February 17.

THE CASH BOX KINGS SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, OSCAR'S MOTEL, ON MARCH 17, 2023


Award-Winning Band Co-Led By Chicago Blues Vocalist
Oscar "Mr. 43rd Street" Wilson And Harmonica Master Joe Nosek
 
 
 
    

 

Fearless, full-tilt Chicago blues...fervent vocals and soaring harmonica.
Chicago Tribune

Singer Oscar Wilson and singer-harpist Joe Nosek are are experts in classic Chicago grooves but they also enchant with original songs both funny and pointed.
MOJO (UK) 

Oscar Wilson’s powerful and deep voice harkens back to the golden age of Chicago blues. Nosek blows spirited, muscular harp. The Cash Box Kings serve up undeniable proof that they remain one of the top blues bands of this era.
Blues Blast Magazine

 

On Friday, March 17, award-winning blues band The Cash Box Kings will release Oscar's Motel, their dynamic new Alligator Records album. According to Living Blues magazine, The Cash Box Kings “are one of the best blues bands in the land.” The group, co-led by Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar “Mr. 43rd Street” Wilson, and Madison, Wisconsin-based harmonica giant, songwriter, and singer Joe Nosek, plays masterfully raw, unvarnished, old-school ensemble blues. Wilson’s huge, emotive vocals and Nosek’s blistering harmonica, along with an all-star band, fuel their razor-sharp original songs and always-incisive reinventions of obscure blues classics. Oscar's Motel will be available on yellow vinyl LP, CD and at all popular streaming and download sites. The first single, the wickedly sly title track, Oscar's Motel, will hit radio and streamers on February 17.

On Oscar’s Motel (their third album for Alligator and 11th overall), The Cash Box Kings bring contemporary authority and old-school authenticity to each of the album’s 11 tracks. The band—featuring guitarist Billy Flynn, drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, bassist John W. Lauler, and keyboardist Lee Kanehira—opens a door into the intoxicating spirit and sounds of 1950s and 1960s Chicago-based blues, and then they bring it all right up to the minute with Wilson and Nosek’s original, instantly memorable songs.

Oscar’s Motel was recorded in Chicago and produced by Nosek. Going into the studio, the band made some significant decisions. According to Nosek, “While we are never afraid to tackle any subject, we decided to put aside everyday problems and have a bit more fun. So, no songs about Covid and this time nothing too political. Our goal was to have Oscar’s Motel be a celebration, an open invitation to leave your troubles behind and have a carefree, down-home, good time.” One listen and it’s clear the band succeeded. The driving cinematic title track is a non-stop, blues-filled, barbeque-fueled party. The funky Down On The South Side is inspired by Wilson’s colorful, true-to-life past. According to Wilson, “It was such a glorious time. Growing up on the South Side, there was a tavern on every corner with a band playing and music coming from front porches on every block.”

The history of The Cash Box Kings begins in Madison, Wisconsin where Nosek founded the band in 2001. Since 2007, his co-leader has been the charismatic, larger-than-life Chicago blues vocalist Oscar Wilson. Over 20 years apart in age and coming from vastly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely pair, combining Wilson’s indisputably authentic South Side Chicago blues vocals and gritty, street-smart songwriting chops with Nosek’s storytelling vocals, dynamic harmonica and witty tunesmithing. According to Wilson, “The Cash Box Kings are a throwback to the golden age of blues with some kickin’ fresh young blood. Joe is my best friend in the music world—the band is a marriage made in heaven for both of us.” Says Nosek, “We have each other’s backs. We’re family.”

With ten previous releases to their credit and thousands of live performances under their belt,  The Cash Box Kings have won widespread acclaim throughout the blues world. Their Alligator Records debut, 2017’s Royal Mint, was named among the Top Ten Blues Albums of the Year by MOJO magazine. 2019’s Hail To The Kings! continued the trend, with the band receiving three Blues Music Award nominations, praise from media including NPR, The Chicago Tribune, AllMusic.com, Living Blues, Blues Music Magazine, the UK’s MOJO and Blues & Rhythm, and radio airplay across the globe, including heavy rotation on SiriusXM's Bluesville.

The Cash Box Kings continue to play major festivals across the U.S. and Europe. They’ve blown away audiences at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, the Doheny Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Cincinnati Blues Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), the Moulin Blues Festival (Netherlands), the Lucerne Blues Festival (Switzerland), the Baltic Blues Festival (Germany) and the Edmonton Blues Festival (Canada). They have also performed in Belgium, France, Spain and Uruguay, building their worldwide audience one jaw-dropping show at a time.

No matter where The Cash Box Kings perform, they bring the music to fuel the party. Between Wilson’s natural blues vocal power and Nosek’s talent at wringing every last drop of emotion from his harmonica, The Cash Box Kings never fail to wow their longtime fans while earning new ones at every gig. Now, with tour dates scheduled throughout the year, The Cash Box Kings invite everyone to leave their worries at home and check into Oscar’s Motel, where the music is always just getting started.

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14 ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE 22 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS
1/10/2023

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 44th Annual Blues Music Awards. A total of 14 Alligator Records artists received an astounding 22 nominations.

14 ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE 22 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS


 Shemekia Copeland Leads All Alligator Artists With Four Nominations,
Including Album Of The Year And Song Of The Year
 


On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 44th Annual Blues Music Awards. A total of 14 Alligator Records artists received an astounding 22 nominations. Leading all Alligator artists with four nominations is powerhouse vocalist Shemekia Copeland. Her nominations include both the coveted awards for Album Of The Year (for the Grammy Award-nominated Done Come Too Far, and Song Of The Year (for Too Far To Be Gone, written by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough).

Award-winning blues legends Rick Estrin & The Nightcats followed with three nominations, including for the Band Of The Year Award. Internationally beloved guitar master Chris Cain, soul blues vocalist Curtis Salgado, Southern blues rocker Tinsley Ellis, fiery road warrior Tommy Castro and harmonica giant Billy Branch received two nominations each.

Blues icon Charlie Musselwhite received an Acoustic Album Of The Year nomination for his Grammy Award-nominated album Mississippi Son, on which the beloved harmonica player surprised and delighted the world with his note-perfect original country blues guitar playing.

Young blues guitar phenomenon Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, guitarist/lap-steel sensation Selwyn Birchwood, harmonica star Dennis Gruenling (of The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling) and legendary drummer Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith (of The Cash Box Kings) also received one nomination apiece.

The 44th Annual Blues Music Awards will be held in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Alligator artists and their nominations follow :

Album Of The Year - Done Come Too Far
Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year - Done Come Too Far
Instrumentalist Of The Year (Vocals)
Song Of The Year - Too Far To Be Gone (by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough) 





Band Of The Year

Christoffer "Kid" Andersen:
Instrumentalist Of The Year  (Guitar)

Derrick D'mar Martin:
Instrumentalist Of The Year (Drums) 


Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year
Instrumentalist Of The Year (Harmonica) 






Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year

Instrumentalist Of The Year (Guitar) 






B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year


Blues Rock Artist Of The Year 






Blues Rock Album Of The Year -
Devil May Care

Blues Rock Artist Of The Year  






Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year

Instrumentalist Of The Year (Vocals)  







Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year 









Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year








Dennis Gruenling:
Instrumentalist Of The Year (Harmonica) 






Acoustic Album Of The Year - Mississippi Son








Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith:
Instrumentalist Of The Year (Drums) 

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BLUES ICON CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RECEIVES 2022 FRENCH CHARLES CROS ACADEMY GRAND PRIX BLUES AWARD
1/4/2023

On December 15, 2022, blues icon Charlie Musselwhite was honored with the coveted Charles Cros Academy Grand Prix Blues Award for his Grammy Award-nominated Alligator Records album, Mississippi Son. The Grand Prix Awards for Jazz, Blues and Soul Favorites were announced on France Musique (French national radio) on Alex Dutilh's Open Jazz show. The full list of jazz and soul winners can be found here.

BLUES ICON CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RECEIVES 2022 FRENCH CHARLES CROS ACADEMY GRAND PRIX BLUES AWARD


Charlie Musselwhite Receives French Charles Cros Academy Grand Prix Blues Award  
    

Charlie Musselwhite breathes passion.
DownBeat

Taste, restraint and power. He’s one of the best, and as a bluesman, he’s as real as they come. 
The San Francisco Chronicle


Superb, original and compelling…Charlie Musselwhite, with unabashed excellence, sets the standard for blues.  
Rolling Stone


On December 15, 2022, blues icon Charlie Musselwhite was honored with the coveted Charles Cros Academy Grand Prix Blues Award for his Grammy Award-nominated Alligator Records album, Mississippi Son. The Grand Prix Awards for Jazz, Blues and Soul Favorites were announced on France Musique (French national radio) on Alex Dutilh's Open Jazz show. The full list of jazz and soul winners can be found here.

Vintage Guitar magazine recently reviewed Mississippi Son, calling Musselwhite a "beloved blues harp great" with "formidable guitar chops" who, on the new album, "transports" the listener "straight to the Delta." Of this stark, acoustic performance video of the song Blues Gave Me A Ride – one of 2022's top ten tracks at SiriuxXM Radio's Bluesville channel – Vintage Guitar simply says, "It just doesn't get much cooler." 

Charlie Musselwhite doesn’t just sing and play the blues; he is, in every sense of the word, a bluesman. Growing up, he not only learned the music first-hand from many of the genre’s most influential artists, he also absorbed the lifestyle.  “It’s an attitude...a way of living life,” Musselwhite says of playing the blues. Musselwhite's life story reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite has never stopped creating trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues.

Over the years, Charlie has released nearly 40 albums on a variety of labels, his exploratory recordings including straight blues but often mixing in elements of jazz, gospel, Tex-Mex, Cuban and other world musics. Four of those albums—1990’s Ace Of Harps, 1991’s Signature, 1994’s In My Time, and 2010’s The Well—were released on Alligator Records and remain among his best-selling titles.

Now, with Mississippi Son, Musselwhite has come full circle, returning home to Mississippi after decades in Memphis, Chicago, San Francisco and points in between. Amalgamating all he’s learned and absorbed throughout his years of worldwide touring, Musselwhite imparts sage wisdom in every song he writes, sings and performs. “Blues tells the truth in a world that’s full of lies,” he intones in Blues Gave Me A Ride, at once telling his own story and plainly summing up the genre’s timelessness. Through his evocative vocals, masterful harmonica playing, and note-perfect Southern country blues guitar, Charlie Musselwhite, on Mississippi Son, leans forward and delivers the blues’ honest truth.

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SHEMEKIA COPELAND TO APPEAR ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4
1/3/2023

On Wednesday, January 4, award-winning roots, blues and Americana vocalist Shemekia Copeland will appear on the nationally broadcast NPR radio program, World Cafe. On the show, Copeland discusses her career with host Stephen Kallao and performs (along with her full band) songs from her Grammy-nominated 2022 album, Done Come Too Far. World Cafe originates from WXPN-FM in Philadelphia, where it airs daily at 2:00pm Eastern time.

SHEMEKIA COPELAND TO APPEAR ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4


Shemekia Copeland To Appear On NPR's World Cafe on Wednesday, January 4    
    


“Shemekia Copeland is the greatest living blues singer...totally true to the blues and powerfully contemporary….a profound and truly powerful record." ” –NPR Music

“Defiant protest from the powerful-voiced blues singer...rocking and stirring. It’s all great stuff.” ” –MOJO (UK)

“Shemekia Copeland has never had any trouble being heard. With her blast furnace, in-your-face delivery, she gets her message across loud and clear. Copeland transcends with a mix gospel, rock, blues, soul, and Americana...proudly representing her generation with style and grace in a voice too strong to be ignored.” ” –No Depression

 
On Wednesday, January 4, award-winning roots, blues and Americana vocalist Shemekia Copeland will appear on the nationally broadcast NPR radio program, World Cafe. On the show, Copeland discusses her career with host Stephen Kallao and performs (along with her full band) songs from her Grammy-nominated 2022 album, Done Come Too Far. World Cafe originates from WXPN-FM in Philadelphia, where it airs daily at 2:00pm Eastern time. The show is broadcast on over 250 affiliate stations nationwide and is heard by more than 600,000 people each weekday before becoming available for on-demand streaming at WorldCafe.org.

In addition to receiving a Grammy Award nomination, Done Come Too Far was honored as the #1 Blues Album Of The Year by UK tastemaker magazine MOJO. The equally influential Americana music site No Depression named  the release among the top ten best albums of the year. Copeland continues to host her own popular daily blues radio show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville.

Done Come Too Far continues the story Copeland began telling on 2019’s groundbreaking America’s Child and 2020’s Grammy-nominated Uncivil War, reflecting her vision of America’s past, present and future. On Done Come Too Far,  she delivers her hard-hitting musical truths through her eyes, those of a young American Black woman, a mother, and a wife. But she likes to have a good time too, and her music reflects that, at times putting her sly sense of humor front and center.

The Philadelphia Tribune says, “Shemekia Copeland is an antidote to artifice. She is a commanding presence, a powerhouse vocalist delivering the truth.” The Washington Post declares, "Shemekia Copeland is the greatest blues singer of her generation." And Copeland's friend, music legend Mavis Staples shares, "I am so happy Shemekia is delivering these songs that the world needs to hear. Her voice is strong and soulful, and her message comes from her heart. 

 

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ALLIGATOR RECORDS FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT BRUCE IGLAUER CELEBRATED IN WASHINGTON D.C. FOR HISTORIC LABEL'S 50th ANNIVERSARY
11/17/2022

Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer was feted last night (11/16) in the nation’s capital by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier, A2IM president and CEO Dr. Richard James Burgess and founding partner of Exceleration Music, Glen Barros (with whom Alligator Records joined forces in 2021), also honored the label chief in their remarks. The private event acknowledging Alligator's role in the cultural impact of Blues music was hosted at the RIAA’s state-of-the-art headquarters in partnership with A2IM and Exceleration Music, who welcomed the music community, members of Congress and staff.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT BRUCE IGLAUER CELEBRATED IN WASHINGTON D.C. FOR HISTORIC LABEL'S 50th ANNIVERSARY


RIAA, A2IM And Exceleration Music-Hosted Event
Featured Iconic Blues Artist Shemekia Copeland 

Representative Jan Schakowsky And Members Of The Illinois Delegation
Honored Cultural Impact Of The Blues   
 
 (L-R): Mitch Glazier, Bruce Iglauer, Jan Schakowsky, Glen Barros, Dr. Richard James Burgess
and Morna Willens (Photo by Daniel Swartz)  
 
 

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 16, 2022) -- Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer was feted last night (11/16) in the nation’s capital by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier, A2IM president and CEO Dr. Richard James Burgess and founding partner of Exceleration Music, Glen Barros (with whom Alligator Records joined forces in 2021), also honored the label chief in their remarks. The private event acknowledging Alligator's role in the cultural impact of Blues music was hosted at the RIAA’s state-of-the-art headquarters in partnership with A2IM and Exceleration Music, who welcomed the music community, members of Congress and staff.

Longtime Alligator Records artist Shemekia Copeland, whom The Washington Post calls "the greatest blues singer of her generation," performed a stirring set for the exclusive list of invitees, including material from her powerful new album, Done Come Too Far.

Iglauer is thrilled to be recognized, saying, "I’m incredibly honored that the blues and Alligator Records have been lauded by the wonderful Jan Schakowsky. This official recognition is not only for me as the label’s founder, but it’s also for all the dedicated staff, some of whom have worked at Alligator for over four decades, who are committed to supporting our artists and our music. Above all, this statement honors Chicago blues and artists like Hound Dog Taylor, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Fenton Robinson, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Johnson, James Cotton, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Charlie Musselwhite, Carey and Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Luther Allison, Corky Siegel, Shemekia Copeland, The Cash Box Kings, Nick Moss and Toronzo Cannon -- who have cut timeless albums for Alligator. Those albums carry on the glorious Chicago blues tradition, keeping this deeply rooted music as charismatic and soul-healing for future generations as it has been for me."

Last December, Congresswoman Schakowsky entered a commemorative statement, entitled Honoring 50 Years Of Alligator Records, into the Congressional Record with the support of Illinois Congresspeople Chuy Garcia, Sean Casten, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Adam Kinzinger, Robin Kelly, Brad Schneider, Cheri Bustos, Bobby Rush, Marie Newman, Bill Foster, Lauren Underwood and Mike Quigley.



Alligator Records
, like the blues itself, continues to break new ground while staying true to its roots. Rolling Stone says, “Prestigious, scrappy independent Alligator Records has reached dizzying heights in celebrating the blues.” It began in 1971, when 23-year-old blues fan Bruce Iglauer spent his savings to record and release a record by his favorite Chicago blues band, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. He created Alligator Records to release that one LP. Today, Alligator boasts a catalog of over 350 titles, many of which are renowned, award-winning, time-tested classics of the genre. Career-defining albums from legendary artists including Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Professor Longhair, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison and Michael “Iron Man” Burks share the catalog with releases from current blues and roots icons Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold and Mavis Staples. Records from today’s world-renowned stars like Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Marcia Ball, Billy Branch, Tinsley Ellis, Carolyn Wonderland, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Curtis Salgado, Roomful Of Blues and The Cash Box Kings, as well as albums from trailblazing newer voices including Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Nick Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Selwyn Birchwood, clearly showcase Alligator’s wide-ranging, forward-looking vision. In 2021, Alligator joined forces with Exceleration Music, a partnership of global music industry leaders who invest in the future of independent labels and artists. On June 18, 2021, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared "Alligator Records Day" throughout the city via official proclamation. This is the same day Alligator Records–50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music (a 2-LP or 3-CD set) was released. On September 18, 2021, the Mayor declared "Bruce Iglauer Day" across the city in honor of Alligator's founder and president. The New York Times says, “Alligator is the leading record label for the blues, and has succeeded where the giants have failed.”

Shemekia Copeland is the female blues artist of her generation, blessed with a cathartic voice and larger-than-life presence. Shemekia has just released her latest album, Done Come Too Far, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. NPR Music calls it "a profound and truly powerful record," saying, "Shemekia Copeland is the greatest living blues singer…totally true to the blues and powerfully contemporary." Shemekia joined the Alligator family when she was only 18. Since then, she’s made ten sensational albums, been nominated for three Grammy Awards, won over a dozen Blues Music Awards, and numerous Living Blues and DownBeat Critics' Awards. She has appeared at the White House, opened for the Rolling Stones, and toured worldwide. Copeland's friend Mavis Staples says, "I am so happy Shemekia is delivering these songs that the world needs to hear. Her voice is strong and soulful and her message comes from her heart."

The Recording Industry Association of America® advocates for recorded music and the people and companies that create it in the United States. RIAA's several hundred members – ranging from major American music groups with global reach to artist-owned labels and small businesses – make up the world's most vibrant and innovative music community, working to help artists reach their potential and connect with fans while supporting hundreds of thousands of American jobs.







A2IM
is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of nearly 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises' (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America's creative class that represents America's diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry's U.S. recorded musicsales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector. 

Exceleration Music  is a company formed by global music industry leaders Glen Barros, Amy Dietz, John Burk, Dave Hansen and Charles Caldas to invest in the future of independent labels and artists. Exceleration offers personalized solutions to entrepreneurs seeking capital to achieve growth as well as those trying to achieve liquidity or an honorable exit. The company’s growing team of data, sales and marketing experts works to preserve and enhance the legacies of both the entrepreneurs and their artists alike. To date, Exceleration has strategic relationships with Alligator, Bloodshot, Candid, Kill Rock Stars, Mom+Pop, The Ray Charles Foundation/Tangerine, SideOneDummy, and most recently the Heroic Music Group. Learn more at www.excelerationmusic.com.

 

 

 

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ALBUMS FROM ALLIGATOR ARTISTS SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RECEIVE GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
11/15/2022

On Tuesday, November 15, The Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2023 Grammy Awards. Two Alligator Records albums were recognized.  Shemekia Copeland's groundbreaking 2022 release, Done Come Too Far, received a nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Copeland has received four previous Grammy Award nominations.  Charlie Musselwhite's acclaimed Mississippi Son received a nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album. Musselwhite has been nominated 14 times, and won a Grammy Award in 2013. The 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

ALBUMS FROM ALLIGATOR ARTISTS SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RECEIVE GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS


Shemekia Copeland's Done Come Too Far
Nominated in Best Contemporary Blues Album Category

Charlie Musselwhite's Mississippi Son
Nominated in Best Traditional Blues Album Category
    

Shemekia Copeland is the greatest blues singer of her generation.
—The Washington Post

Copeland provides a soundtrack for contemporary America...powerful, ferocious, clear-eyed and hopeful...She’s in such control of her voice that she can scream at injustices before she soothes with loving hope. It sends shivers up your spine.
—Living Blues

I am so happy Shemekia is delivering these songs that the world needs to hear. Her voice is strong and soulful and her message comes from her heart.
—Mavis Staples

 


Blues roots perfection.  —Rolling Stone

A triumphant personal journey…powerful and incisive…a beautiful masterpiece…ranks among his finest work.”
—Living Blues

Charlie Musselwhite has the power to summon not only the blues’ great spirits, but the places they rose from. Mississippi Son is spare as a skeleton’s rib cages, but as beautiful as a fresh magnolia blossom. [It’s] one of the best new country blues albums recorded in decades.
—Premier Guitar
 

 

 


On Tuesday, November 15, The Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2023 Grammy Awards. Two Alligator Records albums were recognized.

Shemekia Copeland's groundbreaking 2022 release, Done Come Too Far, received a nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Copeland has received four previous Grammy Award nominations.

Charlie Musselwhite's acclaimed Mississippi Son received a nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album. Musselwhite has been nominated 14 times, and won a Grammy Award in 2013.

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5, 2023. 

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ILLINOIS CONGRESSWOMAN JAN SCHAKOWSKY CELEBRATES THE BLUES AND HONORS 50 YEARS OF ALLIGATOR RECORDS WITH STATEMENT IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
10/26/2022

Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, with the support of 12 members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, entered a commemorative statement, entitled Honoring 50 Years Of Alligator Records, into the official Congressional Record. The statement celebrates blues music as a towering creation of African American culture, and praises Alligator Records and its president and founder, Bruce Iglauer, in honor of the pioneering blues label’s 50th anniversary.

ILLINOIS CONGRESSWOMAN JAN SCHAKOWSKY CELEBRATES THE BLUES AND HONORS 50 YEARS OF ALLIGATOR RECORDS WITH STATEMENT IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

 
Members Of Illinois Congressional Delegation Celebrate Cultural Legacy Of The Blues

Special Private Event In Washington, DC To Be Hosted By The Recording Industry Association Of America, 
The American Association Of Independent Music And Exceleration Music
To Include Performance By Blues Icon Shemekia Copeland

    

“Alligator Records stands as one of the most enduring and revered independent blues labels in the world,
its catalog holding inextinguishable works.” 
–The Chicago Tribune


Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, with the support of 12 members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, entered a commemorative statement, entitled Honoring 50 Years Of Alligator Records, into the official Congressional Record. The statement celebrates blues music as a towering creation of African American culture, and praises Alligator Records and its president and founder, Bruce Iglauer, in honor of the pioneering blues label’s 50th anniversary.

To further celebrate, Schakowsky, along with other dignitaries, will join Iglauer during a private event hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and Exceleration Music at the RIAA's state-of-the-art headquarters in Washington, DC on November 16, 2022. Longtime Alligator recording artist Shemekia Copeland, whom The Washington Post calls, "the greatest blues singer of her generation," will perform a stripped-down acoustic set for an exclusive list of invitees.

According to Congresswoman Schakowsky, "In 1971, at the young age of 23, Bruce Iglauer established Alligator Records. Using all the money in his savings, Bruce invested in his favorite Chicago blues band, Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers, and the rest is history. Now, 50 years later, we celebrate Bruce, Alligator Records, and the magic that is Chicago blues. The rich, vibrant blues scene in Chicago is just one of the many things that makes our city so great. Thanks to the strong leadership of Bruce Iglauer and Alligator Records, blues continues to play on in Chicago and across the entire world.”

Iglauer is thrilled to be recognized, saying, "I’m incredibly honored that the blues and Alligator Records have been lauded by the wonderful Jan Schakowsky. This official recognition is not only for me as the label’s founder, but it’s also for all the dedicated staff, some of whom have worked at Alligator for over four decades, who are committed to supporting our artists and our music. Above all, this statement honors Chicago blues and artists like Hound Dog Taylor, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Fenton Robinson, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Johnson, James Cotton, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Charlie Musselwhite, Carey and Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Luther Allison, Corky Siegel, Shemekia Copeland, The Cash Box Kings, Nick Moss and Toronzo Cannon -- who have cut timeless albums for Alligator. Those albums carry on the glorious Chicago blues tradition, keeping this deeply rooted music as charismatic and soul-healing for future generations as it has been for me."

Mitch Glazier, RIAA Chairman and CEO adds, "The new RIAA offices were built to celebrate the creative community, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome members of Congress to honor the blues and Alligator Records. Congratulations Bruce, on your vision and leadership that has inspired some of the biggest blues artists across decades."

A2IM President and CEO Dr. Richard James Burgess adds,"Alligator Records’ incredible legacy of excellence highlights what independent labels do best: take huge risks to embrace underappreciated and poorly supported art forms. Many great blues artists might not have made the recordings that have contributed to American culture if Bruce Iglauer had not believed and invested in them. Congratulations to longtime A2IM member and my friend, Bruce Iglauer, on such well-earned and richly-deserved recognition.”

After highlighting Alligator's and Iglauer's storied history, Congresswoman Schakowsky's statement concludes:
Alligator Records has been a driving force in support of Chicago blues and blues music worldwide, and a glowing example of our country’s rich tradition of musical and entrepreneurial spirit. Now, my colleagues in the House of Representatives and I honor Alligator Records on 50 years of business and celebrates the American cultural legacy of Chicago blues music.

Together we urge the United States Government to take all necessary steps to preserve and advance the art form of Chicago blues music; recommit itself to ensuring that recording labels like Alligator Records and their artists receive fair protection under the copyright laws of the United States for their contributions to culture in the United States; and reaffirm the status of Chicago blues as a unique national treasure.


The members who rose in support are Congressman Chuy Garcia, Congressman Sean Casten, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Congressman Brad Schneider, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Bobby Rush, Congresswoman Marie Newman, Congressman Bill Foster, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and Congressman Mike Quigley.



Alligator Records
, like the blues itself, continues to break new ground while staying true to its roots. Rolling Stone says, “Prestigious, scrappy independent Alligator Records has reached dizzying heights in celebrating the blues.” It began in 1971, when 23-year-old blues fan Bruce Iglauer spent his savings to record and release a record by his favorite Chicago blues band, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. He created Alligator Records to release that one LP. Today, Alligator boasts a catalog of over 350 titles, many of which are renowned, award-winning, time-tested classics of the genre. Career-defining albums from legendary artists including Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Professor Longhair, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison and Michael “Iron Man” Burks share the catalog with releases from current blues and roots icons Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold and Mavis Staples. Records from today’s world-renowned stars like Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Marcia Ball, Billy Branch, Tinsley Ellis, Carolyn Wonderland, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Curtis Salgado, Roomful Of Blues and The Cash Box Kings, as well as albums from trailblazing newer voices including Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Nick Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Selwyn Birchwood, clearly showcase Alligator’s wide-ranging, forward-looking vision. In 2021, Alligator joined forces with Exceleration Music, a partnership of global music industry leaders who invest in the future of independent labels and artists. On June 18, 2021, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared "Alligator Records Day" throughout the city via official proclamation. This is the same day Alligator Records–50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music (a 2-LP or 3-CD set) was released. On September 18, 2021, the Mayor declared "Bruce Iglauer Day" across the city in honor of Alligator's founder and president. The New York Times says, “Alligator is the leading record label for the blues, and has succeeded where the giants have failed.”

Shemekia Copeland is the female blues artist of her generation, blessed with a cathartic voice and larger-than-life presence. Shemekia has just released her latest album, Done Come Too Far, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. NPR Music calls it "a profound and truly powerful record," saying, "Shemekia Copeland is the greatest living blues singer…totally true to the blues and powerfully contemporary." Shemekia joined the Alligator family when she was only 18. Since then, she’s made ten sensational albums, been nominated for three Grammy Awards, won over a dozen Blues Music Awards, and numerous Living Blues and DownBeat Critics' Awards. She has appeared at the White House, opened for the Rolling Stones, and toured worldwide. Copeland's friend Mavis Staples says, "I am so happy Shemekia is delivering these songs that the world needs to hear. Her voice is strong and soulful and her message comes from her heart."

The Recording Industry Association of America® advocates for recorded music and the people and companies that create it in the United States. RIAA's several hundred members – ranging from major American music groups with global reach to artist-owned labels and small businesses – make up the world's most vibrant and innovative music community, working to help artists reach their potential and connect with fans while supporting hundreds of thousands of American jobs.







A2IM
is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of nearly 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises' (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America's creative class that represents America's diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry's U.S. recorded musicsales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector. 

Exceleration Music  is a company formed by global music industry leaders Glen Barros, Amy Dietz, John Burk, Dave Hansen and Charles Caldas to invest in the future of independent labels and artists. Exceleration offers personalized solutions to entrepreneurs seeking capital to achieve growth as well as those trying to achieve liquidity or an honorable exit. The company’s growing team of data, sales and marketing experts works to preserve and enhance the legacies of both the entrepreneurs and their artists alike. To date, Exceleration has strategic relationships with Alligator, Bloodshot, Candid, Kill Rock Stars, Mom+Pop, The Ray Charles Foundation/Tangerine, SideOneDummy, and most recently the Heroic Music Group. Learn more at www.excelerationmusic.com.

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CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM AND BIG K.R.I.T. RELEASE "ANOTHER LIFE GOES BY (MISSISSIPPI MIX)" ON OCT. 14
10/14/2022

On Friday, October 14, 2022, Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and groundbreaking indie hip hop starand fellow MississippianBig K.R.I.T. are releasing Another Life Goes By (Mississippi Mix).

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM AND BIG K.R.I.T. RELEASE "ANOTHER LIFE GOES BY (MISSISSIPPI MIX)" ON OCT. 14


Grammy-Winner Christone "Kingfish" Ingram And Rapper Big K.R.I.T. Release
Another Life Goes By (Mississippi Mix) On October 14 

Tastemaker Los Angeles-Based Radio Station KCRW Hosts Track As "Today's Top Tune" Download

Remixed Song, Originally Featured On Ingram's Grammy-Winning Album 662,
Made Its World Premiere On NPR's World Cafe On October 4 
    

“Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”
—Rolling Stone

"Big K.R.I.T. is a different sort of Southern traditionalist...understated and wonderous [with a] strong moral center...thoughtful and introspective." —New York Times 

On Friday, October 14, 2022, Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and groundbreaking indie hip hop starand fellow MississippianBig K.R.I.T. are releasing Another Life Goes By (Mississippi Mix). On the newly remixed track (produced, mixed and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Tom Hambridge), K.R.I.T. adds a captivating rap to Kingfish's passionate vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, seamlessly blending hip hop's raw urgency with the timelessness of the blues. The digital-only song is available on all major streaming and download services worldwide.

Also on October 14, Los Angeles-based NPR affiliate tastemaker radio station KCRW is hosting the song as its Today's Top Tune free download feature. According to Today's Top Tune curator Ariana Morgenstern, "This track feels deep. Kingfish rivals the greats like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King." Another Life Goes By (Mississippi Mix) is available for free download through 11:59pm Pacific time on October 14.

NPR's World Cafe exclusively premiered the song (found in its original form on Kingfish's Grammy Award-winning Alligator Records album 662) on October 4, airing the track on over 250 radio stations nationwide. Bruce Warren, Executive Producer of World Cafe, which originates from Philadelphia-based WXPN-FM, loves the collaboration, saying, "When Kingfish meets Big K.R.I.T. on Another Life Goes By, lyrical and guitar sparks explode on this new take on one of Kingfish’s most reflective songs. K.R.I.T.’s verse gives the song a masterful sense of urgency with its societal commentary, balanced with Kingfish’s incredible guitar playing."

The pairing with Big K.R.I.T. was organic, as both artists share their Mississippi upbringings with similar musical tastes and a fanbase that is committed to both artists. Of Kingfish's musicianship, No Depression says, "Ingram has no fear. His music transcends. [This is] the unveiling of a new and innovative path alongside a well-traveled Delta highway." XXL magazine declares K.R.I.T. "one of the most lauded Southern poets of his generation...One of Rap's most resilient M.C.'s."

“This is a very personal track for me as the message in Another Life Goes By speaks to contemporary issues many people face,” says Ingram. “For K.R.I.T. to add his Southern flavor, further cementing the deep meaning of the song, is really special. I appreciate him joining me on this one.”


Since the release of Kingfish, his Grammy-nominated 2019 Alligator Records debut, and 662, his 2021 Grammy-winning sophomore album, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has become the defining blues voice of his generation. From his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi to stages around the world, the 23-year-old has already headlined three U.S. tours, performed at Australia’s largest music festival, amazed fans across Europe and the UK, and was selected to open for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park. Kingfish has also performed with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy, with whom he appeared on Austin City Limits.

In July 2021, NPR’s Morning Edition featured Kingfish in a seven-minute story broadcast to its 14 million listeners. In April 2022, Kingfish made his national television debut on CBS Saturday Morning, performing three songs as well as being featured in an in-depth interview segment. Parts of the interview were recorded at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater, where Kingfish headlined.

As soon as 662 dropped on July 23, 2021, fans, critics, and radio stations showered the album with praise. Like his 2019 debut Kingfish, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. The title track made its world debut on SiriusXM's Bluesville and Kingfish appered on NPR’s World Café. 662 became a Today's Top Tune for radio station KCRW. MOJO selected 662 as the Best Blues Album Of The Year, while NPR Music said Ingram’s playing is “astounding…it’s almost like he’s singing through the guitar.”

662 won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, won the Blues Music Award for Best Blues Album, and topped both the DownBeat Critics’ Poll and the Living Blues Critics’ Poll. Since his 2019 debut, Kingfish has been nominated for a total of nine Blues Music Awards and has won them all. He’s also won nine Living Blues Awards and his momentum has continued to build. In July 2022, The Washington Post Magazine ran a 5000-word story on the young musician. Kingfish simultaneously appeared on the cover of Guitar World magazine, where the publication exclaimed, “Christone "Kingfish" Ingram has already made his mark as one of the best, and undoubtedly most exciting, blues guitarists in the world.”


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CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM AND TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS WIN BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS
9/15/2022

Blues Blast magazine has announced the winners for its annual Blues Blast Music Awards. This year, Grammy Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and award-winning blues rockers Tommy Castro & The Painkillers took home top awards.

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM AND TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS WIN BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS


Christone "Kingfish" Ingram And Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Win 2022 Blues Blast Music Awards
 

     CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM
      Contemporary Blues Recording Of The Year - 662
      Male Blues Artist Of The Year
      Electric Guitarist Of The Year

        TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS
          Blues Band Of The Year

 

 


Blues Blast magazine has announced the winners for its annual Blues Blast Music Awards. This year, Grammy Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and award-winning blues rockers Tommy Castro & The Painkillers took home top awards.

Ingram won for Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year (for 662), Male Blues Artist Of The Year and Electric Guitarist Of The Year.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers won the coveted Blues Band Of The Year Award.

According to the publication, more than 10,000 readers and fans voted in the 2022 Blues Blast Music Awards. Voting, which was free and open to the public, ended on August 19, 2022. See a full list of winners here.

 

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ALLIGATOR RECORDS TO RELEASE JJ GREY & MOFRO'S COUNTRY GHETTO ON VINYL LP ON NOVEMBER 11, 2022
8/9/2022

On Friday, November 11, Alligator Records will release JJ Grey & Mofro's 2007 label debut, Country Ghetto, on vinyl LP for the very first time.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS TO RELEASE JJ GREY & MOFRO'S COUNTRY GHETTO ON VINYL LP ON NOVEMBER 11, 2022


Florida-Based Grey's Best-Selling 2007 Alligator Debut
Marks 15th Anniversary With First-Ever Appearance On LP

    

Rich, funky swamp blues celebrate life’s most fundamental joys. Grey is a singer-songwriter with unforced talent and deep feeling.   
The New York Times 


The swami of swamp rock...JJ Grey is a North Florida sage and purveyor of the funkiest swamp rock the world has ever heard...chicken-scratch guitar and bone-deep songs. 
Oxford American 

Grey and Mofro fuse rock with plenty of soul and groove-heavy blues, and dirty, infectious funk. The deep and introspective lyrics are a breath of fresh air.
Relix
 

On Friday, November 11, Alligator Records will release JJ Grey & Mofro's 2007 label debut, Country Ghetto, on vinyl LP for the very first time. 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Country Ghetto, the best-selling album of Grey's career. The LP will feature all original music and artwork from the 2007 CD. Country Ghetto was the first of five albums Grey cut for Alligator.

Tastemaker UK music magazine MOJO raved, "Abundantly talented singer, guitarist, harmonica man, gritty-voiced JJ Grey delivers tuneful originals, funky good times, sinuous ballads, gospel and chunks of Southern rock spiced with moments of pure jazz …a pleasure."

2007 was a watershed year for Grey. The release of Country Ghetto brought widespread critical and popular acclaim, as the album garnered piles of positive press with reviews and features running everywhere from The New York Times and USA Today to The New Yorker and Paste magazines. Commercial and public radio embraced Grey as well, with songs from Country Ghetto receiving regular rotation on hundreds of stations across the country and around the world.
 
JJ Grey & Mofro played over 120 dates in 2007 to support Country Ghetto, building their audience one mind-blowing show at a time, headlining clubs and concert halls and performing at scores of festivals across the United States and Europe. Grey and his band have gigged constantly since first forming in North Florida in the late 1990s, and they continue to deliver over 100 shows a year. The New Yorker declared, "JJ Grey and his band Mofro stir up a Southern storm of soulful grooves that is more welcome than a cool downpour on a steamy summer day. They deliver a steady stream of Southern R&B with a rock edge. Simmering, funky and propulsive."

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SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM WIN DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL AWARDS
7/13/2022

DownBeat magazine, in its 70th Annual Critics Poll, named Alligator Records artist Shemekia Copeland as its Blues Artist Of The Year for the second straight year. Alligator's Christone "Kingfish" Ingram won the Best Blues Album award for his celebrated, Grammy Award-winning album 662.

SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM WIN DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL AWARDS


Copeland Wins Blues Artist Of The Year For Second Straight Year
Kingfish's 662 Named Blues Album Of The Year
 
         


DownBeat magazine, in its 70th Annual Critics Poll, named Alligator Records artist Shemekia Copeland as its Blues Artist Of The Year for the second straight year. Alligator's Christone "Kingfish" Ingram won the Best Blues Album award for his celebrated, Grammy Award-winning album 662.

In the past week, Copeland and Ingram also topped Living Blues magazine's Critics and Readers Polls, with each winning Blues Artist Of The Year (female and male, respectively), and Ingram also winning Best Blues Album and Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar).

Copeland's new album, Done Come Too Far, will be released on August 19, 2022. The album's first single, Too Far To Be Gone, is already among the most played tracks on XM/Sirius Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel.

Ingram is currently on his first European tour, playing to packed crowds in the UK and across the continent. Earlier this month, he opened for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in the UK. 

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