Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Announce Killin' It Live Tour
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have announced plans for their 2019 Killin' It Live North American tour. Killin’ It Live -- the band's new CD set for March 1 release in the US and Canada -- is a nonstop, spirited mix of blues, rock and soul, with rollicking, hypnotic grooves fueled by Castro’s fervent vocals and the band's muscular musicianship.
Seventeen Alligator Artists Receive 25 Blues Music Award Nominations
On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 40th Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world's highest honors. Seventeen Alligator recording artists received a total of 25 nominations. Shemekia Copeland leads all Alligator artists with five nominations, followed by The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling with three and one each additionally for Moss and Gruenling.
Alligator Records To Be Represented By Amped Distribution
Beginning January 1, 2019, Alligator Records, the Chicago-based blues and roots label, will be represented for physical distribution in the U.S. by AMPED Distribution, a division of Alliance Entertainment.
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers' KILLIN' IT LIVE Set For Release
Alligator Records has set a February 1, 2019 release date in Europe and the UK and a March 1, 2019 date in the US and Canada for Killin’ It Live, the blistering new live album from Tommy Castro & The Painkillers.
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio Receives Grammy Award Nomination
Legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter Elvin Bishop and his Big Fun Trio -- Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy Jordan on cajón (a hand-played Peruvian drumbox) and vocals -- received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for their 2018 Alligator Records album, Something Smells Funky 'Round Here.
Blues Legend Jody Williams: February 3, 1935 – December 1, 2018
Famed Chicago blues guitarist/vocalist and Blues Hall Of Fame member Jody Williams, who recorded with legends including Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Spann and his childhood friend Bo Diddley, as well as under his own name, died of cancer at the Munster Med Inn in Munster, Indiana on December 1, 2018. He lived in nearby St. John, Indiana. He was 83.
Alligator Albums Dominate MOJO's Top 10 Blues CDs Of 2018
Tastemaker UK magazine MOJO, in the January 2019 issue, includes four Alligator Records releases in their influential list of Top Ten Blues Albums of 2018. Sitting at the #1 spot is Shemekia Copeland's groundbreaking America's Child, followed at #2 by Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz and Giles Robson's acoustic triumph, Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues*. The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling's label debut, The High Cost Of Low Living, landed at #4. And Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager's irresistible duo album, Rough Cut, took the #7 spot.
The Kentucky Headhunters' LIVE AT THE RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR Set For Jan 11, 2019 Release
Alligator Records has set a January 11, 2019 release date for Live At The Ramblin' Man Fair, the new album from Grammy-winning band The Kentucky Headhunters.
Three Alligator Records Artists Receive 2018 Maple Blues Award Nominations
The Toronto Blues Society has announced the nominees for the 2018 Maple Blues Awards. Three Alligator artists -- Rick Estrin and Shemekia Copeland, and Halifax native Lindsay Beaver -- were all recognized. Estrin and Copeland were nominated for the coveted B.B. King International Artist Of The Year Award. Beaver was nominated for the Drummer Of The Year Award.
Blues And R&B Vocalist And Drummer Lindsay Beaver Announces TOUGH AS LOVE Tour
Blues-rocking, soul-singing drummer, songwriter and bandleader Lindsay Beaver has announced a major U.S. and Canadian tour in support of her Alligator Records debut, Tough As Love, due out on October 12. The album introduces her as a true force of nature with a sky’s-the-limit future.Confirmed dates are here.
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Named Band Of The Year At 2018 Blue Blast Awards
On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Blues Blast magazine announced the winners of the 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards in ceremonies held at the Tebala Event Center in Rockford, Illinois. Internationally beloved blues masters Rick Estrin & The Nightcats won the coveted award for Band Of The Year.
Shemekia Copeland To Sing National Anthem at Giants Vs. Saints NFL Game On September 30
Grammy-nominated singer Shemekia Copeland will perform the national anthem on Sunday, September 30 at the NFL game between the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints.