CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM AND TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS WIN BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS
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.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS TO RELEASE JJ GREY & MOFRO'S COUNTRY GHETTO ON VINYL LP ON NOVEMBER 11, 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.
SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM WIN DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL AWARDS
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.
FOUR ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE NINE LIVING BLUES READERS' AND CRITICS' POLL AWARDS
Living Blues magazine, in its July/August 2022 issue (#279), announced the winners for its 29th Annual Living Blues Critics' and Readers' Awards. This year, four Alligator artists received a total of nine awards.
SHEMEKIA COPELAND PREMIERES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR TOO FAR TO BE GONE ON JULY 8
On Friday, July 8, award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer Shemekia Copeland will release Too Far To Be Gone, the first single from her highly anticipated new album, Done Come Too Far (to be available on CD and LP).
BLUES GUITARIST/VOCALIST JIM SCHWALL: NOVEMBER 12, 1942 - JUNE 19, 2022
Famed Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Jim Schwall -- co-founder of the influential and popular Siegel-Schwall Band -- died of natural causes at his home in Tucson, Arizona on Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was 79.
AWARD-WINNING VOCALIST SHEMEKIA COPELAND TO RELEASE DONE COME TOO FAR ON AUGUST 19
Award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer Shemekia Copeland will release her powerful, trailblazing new Alligator Records album, Done Come Too Far (on CD and LP), on Friday, August 19, 2022
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RELEASES MISSISSIPPI SON, PREMIERES NEW VIDEO TODAY
Mississippi Son, the new Alligator Records album from Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised, Grammy Award-winning music legend Charlie Musselwhite, was released today, June 3, 2022, on both CD and translucent blue vinyl LP. To celebrate, Musselwhite has released a recently-filmed video of a live solo acoustic performance of his original composition Blues Up The River from the new album.
CHRIS CAIN WINS INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION IN BLUES FOR I BELIEVE I GOT OFF CHEAP
World-renowned blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Chris Cain has won the 2021 International Songwriting Competition in the Blues category for his original song I Believe I Got Off Cheap. The song originally appeared on Cain's 2021 Alligator Records debut album Raisin' Cain. UK tastemaker magazine MOJO named Raisin' Cain the #3 Best Blues Album of 2021. Upon winning the award, Cain said, "I'm just really honored that my tune would even be considered in the running for the Songwriting Competition. It means a lot to me."
ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTISTS TO PERFORM AT 2022 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL
On Wednesday, May 11, The City Of Chicago announced the lineup for the 2022 Chicago Blues Festival, taking place Thursday, June 9 (starting on a Thursday for first time in years) through Sunday, June 12 at Millennium Park as well as in other locations throughout the city. This year the the festival will feature four Alligator artists in live performance, including two on Thursday.
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE SINGLE, BLUES GAVE ME A RIDE, OUT MAY 6, 2022
Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised, Grammy Award-winning music legend Charlie Musselwhite will release Blues Gave Me A Ride, the first single from his upcoming album, Mississippi Son, on Friday, May 6. “Blues tells the truth in a world that’s full of lies,” Musselwhite sings in the original song -- on which he also plays guitar and harmonica -- and is at once telling his own story and plainly summing up the genre’s timelessness. Blues Gave Me A Ride made its worldwide premier on XM/Sirius Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville station on Friday, April 29. Mississippi Son will be released on Friday, June 3 and available on both CD and translucent blue vinyl LP.
FOUR ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE SEVEN BLUES MUSIC AWARDS
On Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Blues Foundation announced the winners of the 43rd Annual Blues Music Awards. A total of four Alligator Records artists received seven awards. Leading all artists with three wins is guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro, who takes home (for the third time in his career) the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award, the Album Of The Year Award (for Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town) and Blues Band Of The Year for Tommy Castro & The Painkillers.