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BLUES ROCKERS GA-20 TO UNLEASH GA-20 DOES HOUND DOG TAYLOR: TRY IT...YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! ON AUGUST 20
6/8/2021
On Friday, August 20, Colemine Records, in partnership with Alligator Records, will release GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor -- Try It...You Might Like It! from high-energy blues-rock trio, GA-20. The album features ten blistering performances of songs written or performed by Chicago blues legends Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers.

BLUES ROCKERS GA-20 TO UNLEASH GA-20 DOES HOUND DOG TAYLOR: TRY IT...YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! ON AUGUST 20



Tribute Album To Legendary Chicago Bluesman
On Colemine Records In Partnership With Alligator Records.
First Single And Video, She's Gone, Released Today


Raw and powerful…tight and melodic…delivered with an aggressive edge that’s deep down in the groove….Retro blues wailers with impressive pedigrees and total dedication. —Guitar World

A raucous throwback to the raw intimacy of vintage Chicago blues. Potent performances are modern-day variations of the joyous menace of the heyday of Chess Records….Muscular power and passion in a straightforward lo-fi style.
AllMusic.com

Searing, snarling, sinister…the earthy, no-frills music expresses an unfettered enthusiasm. —Living Blues  

On Friday, August 20, Colemine Records, in partnership with Alligator Records, will release GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor -- Try It...You Might Like It! from high-energy blues-rock trio, GA-20. The album features ten blistering performances of songs written or performed by Chicago blues legends Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers.


The first single and video, She's Gone, premieres, June 8, 2021.
Listen and watch here.

Pre-order Try It...You Might Like It! here. 

Since first forming in 2018, GA-20 (guitarist Matt Stubbs, guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman) has drawn inspiration for their primal, original music from late 1950s/early 1960s blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. They use rare and vintage gear (including, at times, the famed Gibson GA-20 amplifier for which the band is named), creating powerfully raw, driving music that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern. The band’s dynamic sound and feel is as fresh and real as the old blues they love and perform, including songs by Otis Rush, J.B. Lenoir, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells and especially their favorite, Hound Dog Taylor. According to Stubbs, “Not enough people know just how cool Hound Dog Taylor was.” 

Legendary six-fingered Chicago bluesman Theodore Roosevelt “Hound Dog” Taylor always knew how he wanted to be remembered, declaring, “When I die they’ll say, ‘he couldn’t play shit, but he sure made it sound good!’” His first full length recording in 1971 was also the first album on Alligator Records, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. In fact, label president Bruce Iglauer founded Alligator for the sole purpose of recording and releasing that album. Fifty years later, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers is considered a classic of the genre, and Alligator boasts a catalog of over 350 blues and roots rock releases. With Taylor on wild slide guitar, Brewer Phillips picking out the bass notes on his beat-up Telecaster guitar, and Ted Harvey driving the beat, the band – playing their second-hand instruments through third-hand amps – made a loud, fast and joyful noise. Famed critic Robert Christgau referred to them as “the Ramones of the blues.” At the time, Iglauer recalls, “I figured that if I love this band and this music so much, everyone else will love them too.”

With 2021 marking the 50th anniversary of both Alligator Records and Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, the timing for GA-20 to record these songs seemed perfect. With the pandemic shutdown and tour dates postponed, the band was ready for something new. As fate would have it, in 2020, Iglauer, not knowing the band was under exclusive contract, approached Stubbs about a potential project with Alligator. Since GA-20 was already committed to Colemine, the idea to work together with Alligator on this album was born. Alligator continues its 50th anniversary celebration by partnering with GA-20 and Colemine Records to present a new album of Hound Dog Taylor’s music, while the band gives their fans some of the most raw and honest performances imaginable with Try It…You Might Like It! 

According to Colemine Records owner Terry Cole, Try It…You Might Like It! is a natural fit for both labels. “Teaming up with Alligator for this release feels like a perfect pairing! Alligator was created to give Hound Dog Taylor a home, and, over the last 50 years, the label has established itself as a perennial winner in the blues world. With GA-20, we're really excited about applying some of the old-school production techniques found on most of our soul records to the blues genre. Using just a few mics and recording live, all together in one room, is really what makes so many classic blues, soul, and R&B records so special!"

Alligator’s Iglauer is thrilled to be working with the band. “GA-20 absolutely glory in the rough-edged, unvarnished Chicago blues of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. GA-20 are among the very few artists who have captured the band’s raw essence. Hound Dog would be proud that they are delivering his music so well. They rock the house!”

Heading into the recording session for Try It…You Might Like It!, the plan was to keep everything as true to the way Hound Dog recorded as possible. Stubbs spoke to Iglauer on several occasions to get info on those early sessions and for the details of the guitars and amps that Hound Dog and Brewer used. Stubbs explains, “Pat and I searched out four 1960s Teisco/Kingston guitars to find the one with the closest tone to Hound Dog’s original, and Pat used a vintage 1960s Silvertone amp – the same as Hound Dog. I used a vintage Telecaster and vintage Fender amp like Brewer Phillips played.” They tracked the songs in under two days, live, all in one room, and in no more than three takes per song, just as Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers did. Stubbs continues, “Our essential goal was to capture the spirit and vibe of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers and (Hound Dog’s second album) Natural Boogie, and I believe we did just that.”

According to Stubbs, “Some music is more than just music, it comes with a feeling. To me, Hound Dog was raw and visceral, and all of these things that really appeal to me and that I try to bring to my own approach on guitar. It was an exciting challenge to try to embody that on this record, in playing and production.” Faherty agrees, saying, “Hound Dog is everything I want to be in blues. No one else today even comes close.” And Carman still can’t get enough of that drum sound. “In my opinion, Ted Harvey is one of the most underrated and underappreciated drummers of all time. I learned a lot from studying Harvey’s playing, especially the way he interacted with Brewer and Hound Dog while still maintaining a driving groove. His ride cymbal playing was one of a kind.”

Matt Stubbs is a 12-year veteran (and still a member) of blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s touring band. He’s performed with James Cotton and John Hammond, among many others. Faherty played rock and metal guitar until he was bitten by the blues bug. The two met in Boston, and their mutual love of traditional electric blues, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll led them to write, perform and eventually record their modern vision of this life-altering music. Formed in 2018, GA-20 quickly earned a devoted following, and the band soon signed with acclaimed soul/R&B label Colemine Records. They released their debut, Lonely Soul, in 2019 to widespread critical and popular acclaim. The album premiered in the #2 position on the Billboard Blues Chart. Their EP, Live Vol. 1, debuted at #1 a year later. Medium.com declared, “This is the kind of music that travels through time while taking from the era where it was born and turning it into something fresh. Dirty and raw…timeless and modern.”

GA-20 hit the road hard, performing live at every opportunity, earning new fans while playing clubs, concert halls and festivals from coast to coast. Now, with Try  It…You Might Like It!, GA-20 unleashes this timeless, down and dirty music, making it breathe and live as forcefully today as it did back when Hound Dog Taylor was spitting fire. Alligator’s Iglauer says, “No one made a more wonderfully glorious racket than Hound Dog, Brewer Phillips and Ted Harvey.” GA-20 fully captures the essence and spirit of the band, and the racket made by Matt Stubbs, Pat Faherty and Tim Carman is also pretty damn glorious. “Ultimately,” says Stubbs, “we think Hound Dog fans and blues fans will love this record, and we’re proud to bring his sound to a new audience."


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SIX ALLIGATOR ARTISTS WIN NINE BLUES MUSIC AWARDS
6/7/2021
On Sunday, June 6, in a virtual ceremony, The Blues Foundation announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world's highest honor. Six Alligator Records artists won nine of the industry's top awards.

SIX ALLIGATOR ARTISTS WIN NINE BLUES MUSIC AWARDS


SIX ALLIGATOR ARTISTS WIN
NINE BLUES MUSIC AWARDS

Shemekia Copeland: Entertainer, Contemporary Female Artist and Contemporary Album Of The Year
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite: Album Of The Year and Traditional Album Of The Year
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram: Guitarist and Contemporary Male Artist Of The Year
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats: Band Of The Year
  Curtis Salgado: Soul Blues Artist Of The Year



On Sunday, June 6, in a virtual ceremony, The Blues Foundation announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world's highest honor. Six Alligator Records artists won nine of the industry's top awards.

Celebrated singer Shemekia Copeland led all artists with three wins, including the awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, Contemporary Female Blues Artist Of The Year, and Contemporary Blues Album of The Year for her groundbreaking work, Uncivil War.

Blues legends Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite won both Album Of The Year and Traditional Blues Album of the year for their celebrated release, 100 Years Of Blues.

Young blues sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, who won five BMAs in 2020, won the award for Guitarist Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year for the second year in a row. His new album, 662, will be released on July 23. Ingram performed two songs with his band as part of the virtual ceremony.

West Coast blues masters Rick Estrin & The Nightcats took home the coveted Blues Band Of The Year award, their second time winning this high honor.

Curtis Salgado was named the Contemporary Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year, his sixth time winning this award.

According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, "I’m very proud of so many Alligator artists getting the recognition they so richly deserve. This is a great emotional boost for them in this tough year. This is a time we need the healing power of the blues more than ever, and these wonderful bluesmen and women have delivered that healing on recordings even though they haven’t been able to deliver it in person.”

The 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards were presented in a virtual event on Sunday, June 6, 2021. It was live-streamed on the Blues Foundation's Facebook page as well as on its YouTube channel. For a full list of winners, click here.



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CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT TO DECLARE JUNE 18, 2021 "ALLIGATOR RECORDS DAY"
6/3/2021
On Friday, June 18, Mayor Lori Lightfoot will declare "Alligator Records Day" throughout the City of Chicago. This same day, the label will release Alligator Records--50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music

CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT TO DECLARE JUNE 18, 2021 "ALLIGATOR RECORDS DAY"

CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT TO DECLARE
JUNE 18, 2021 "ALLIGATOR RECORDS DAY"

Official Proclamation Honors Legendary Blues And Roots Rock Label On Day ALLIGATOR RECORDS--50 YEARS OF GENUINE HOUSEROCKIN' MUSIC Released

“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

“Prestigious, scrappy independent Alligator Records has reached dizzying heights in celebrating the blues." —Rolling Stone

“With muscular, no-frills production, Alligator catches the blues as it melds with soul, rock, gospel, country and zydeco, partying away the pains of love. Alligator is the leading record label for the blues, and has succeeded where the giants have failed.” —The New York Times

On Friday, June 18, Mayor Lori Lightfoot will declare "Alligator Records Day" throughout the City of Chicago. This same day, the label will release Alligator Records--50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music, both as a 58-song three-CD set (over 230 minutes) and a 24-song gatefold two-LP set (over 100 minutes of music), each clearly laying out label founder and president Bruce Iglauer’s wide-ranging, forward-looking vision. Alligator, like the blues itself, continues to break new ground while staying true to its roots.

In her official proclamation, Mayor Lightfoot states:

WHEREAS, for 50 years, Alligator Records has been dedicated to finding and signing artists with the talent and vision to create new music and reach new audiences while keeping up with technology and finding new and innovative ways to promote and foster the Chicago Blues, making Alligator Records one of the most successful blues labels in the world; and

WHEREAS, on June 18, 2021, Alligator Records will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with the release of a 58-song triple CD titled "Alligator Records--50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music":

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LORI E. LIGHTFOOT, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2021 to be ALLIGATOR RECORDS DAY IN CHICAGO in celebration of 50 years producing, releasing, and celebrating the Chicago blues.


According to Iglauer, "We’re very proud to be honored by the mayor of Chicago, the world capital of the blues, and Alligator’s hometown for 50 years. The city has nurtured some of the greatest blues artists anywhere, and we’ve had the pleasure of recording many of them. We’re looking forward to our next 50 years bringing the blues of Sweet Home Chicago to the world. Thank you, Mayor Lightfoot." 

Alligator Records -- 50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin’ Music features songs from legendary artists like Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Professor Longhair, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison and Michael “Iron Man” Burks, interspersed with cuts from current blues and roots icons Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Guitar Shorty, Billy Boy Arnold and Mavis Staples. Songs from today’s world-renowned stars like Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Marcia Ball, Billy Branch, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tinsley Ellis, Joe Louis Walker, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Curtis Salgado and Roomful Of Blues flow together seamlessly with music from newer voices, including Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Nick Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Selwyn Birchwood.

Fifty years ago, 23-year-old blues fan Bruce Iglauer spent his meager savings to record an LP by his favorite Chicago blues band, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, and founded Alligator Records to release it. Today, Alligator boasts a catalog of over 350 titles, many of which are renowned, award-winning, time-tested classics of the genre. Since releasing that first Hound Dog Taylor record, Alligator Records -- with the invaluable input and guidance from the 14-person staff (many of whom have been with the label for more than 25 years) -- has become the most successful blues label in the world.

Alligator Records -- 50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin’ Music highlights Alligator's extraordinary past, headline-generating present, and a future dedicated to nurturing new generations of blues artists and fans. It is a must-hear collection for lifelong fans as well as for those who have just discovered the endlessly uplifting, life-affirming, deeply soulful, roots-rocking, healing power of the Genuine Houserockin’ Music on Alligator Records.


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ALLIGATOR RECORDS TO REISSUE HOUND DOG TAYLOR AND THE HOUSEROCKERS' NATURAL BOOGIE ON VINYL ON JULY 2
6/2/2021
On Friday, July 2, Alligator Records continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the vinyl reissue of Natural Boogie, the raw and raucous classic second LP from high-energy bottleneck blues legends Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. Originally released in 1974 as the fourth title in Alligator's catalog, this is the first vinyl pressing of Natural Boogie in over 30 years. It features genre classics including SadieTake FiveRoll Your Moneymaker and See Me In The Evening. The album was originally produced by label president and founder Bruce Iglauer, who personally supervised its remastering.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS TO REISSUE HOUND DOG TAYLOR AND THE HOUSEROCKERS' NATURAL BOOGIE ON VINYL ON JULY 2


"Extra wicked...hellfire slide guitar...will have you barking for joy" —Rolling Stone

"The Ramones of the blues"  —Robert Christgau


On Friday, July 2, Alligator Records continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the vinyl reissue of Natural Boogie, the raw and raucous classic second LP from high-energy bottleneck blues legends Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. Originally released in 1974 as the fourth title in Alligator's catalog, this is the first vinyl pressing of Natural Boogie in over 30 years. It features genre classics including SadieTake FiveRoll Your Moneymaker and See Me In The Evening. The album was originally produced by label president and founder Bruce Iglauer, who personally supervised its remastering.

Iglauer started Alligator Records in 1971 as a young blues fan to record and release an album by the legendary six-fingered Chicago bluesman Theodore Roosevelt “Hound Dog” Taylor and his band. "When I die," Taylor said, "they’ll say, ‘He couldn’t play shit, but he sure made it sound good!'” With Taylor playing razor's edge slide guitar and singing with uninhibited joy, Brewer Phillips on second guitar picking out the bass notes, and Ted Harvey driving the beat, the band – playing their second-hand instruments through third-hand amps – made a loud, fast and joyful noise. According to Iglauer, “No one made a more wonderfully glorious racket than Hound Dog, Brewer Phillips and Ted Harvey.” With Taylor's impossible-to-dislike music and persona, and Iglauer's marketing prowess, Alligator's and Taylor's first LP, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, was a hit by blues standards, selling well enough to allow Alligator to release albums by Big Walter Horton in 1972, Son Seals in 1973, and the highly anticipated second release from Taylor in 1974.

Natural Boogie and Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers continue to have a huge impact on fans and artists alike. Dynamic blues-rock trio GA-20 will release a Hound Dog Taylor tribute album (on Colemine Records in partnership with Alligator) later this year. According to Black Keys founder and guitarist Dan Auerbach (who plays one of Hound Dog’s guitars on the new Black Keys album, Delta Kream), “I know for a fact I wouldn’t be in this business if Bruce hadn’t released those first two Hound Dog Taylor records.”

AllMusic says, "Natural Boogie is every bit as wild as the first album, bringing with it a fatter sound and a wider range of emotions and music. The smoldering intensity takes this album to places the first one never reached."

 

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CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, 662, ON FRIDAY, JULY 23
5/24/2021
On Friday, July 23, Alligator Records recording artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram will release his highly anticipated second album, 662. It's the next chapter in the still-unfolding story of the 22-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Ingram describes 662 (the number is northern Mississippi's telephone area code) as "a presentation of my life in and away from the Delta." The album overflows with hard-hitting original songs, jaw-dropping guitar work and deep, soul-possessed vocals. Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, 662, ON FRIDAY, JULY 23

On Friday, July 23, Alligator Records recording artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram will release his highly anticipated second album, 662. It's the next chapter in the still-unfolding story of the 22-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Ingram describes 662 (the number is northern Mississippi's telephone area code) as "a presentation of my life in and away from the Delta." The album overflows with hard-hitting original songs, jaw-dropping guitar work and deep, soul-possessed vocals. Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”

“The world was introduced to me with Kingfish,” Ingram says of his chart-topping 2019 debut. “Now with 662, I want the world to hear and meet a different, more personal side of me. My sophomore album is a direct reflection of my growth as a young man. This album is very personal to me as it was conceptualized, created and co-written during the Covid-19 pandemic when I returned home to the 662 after a truly whirlwind year of change and growth. Coming home to write this album offered a remarkable history for me to draw upon. 662 is an album that sits upon the legacy and influence my blues music elders have instilled in me, but is also my unique, personal story."

662 was recorded in Nashville and co-written and produced (as was Kingfish) by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge. It features 13 songs displaying many sides of Ingram’s dynamic personality, as well as his one-of-a-kind guitar and vocal skills. The first single, 662's title track, made its worldwide premiere on SiriusXM's B.B. King's Bluesville channel on May 10. The song immediately became the #1 Most Added Single on the influential BDS AAA (Adult Album Alternative) Indicator Radio Chart. Guitar World, who in 2020 named Kingfish one of the top 30 guitarists in the world, said, "On 662, Ingram takes things all the way back to the place that shaped him, his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Anchoring the song with a hot-rodded, Delta–by-way- of-Chuck Berry riff, and punctuating the proceedings with sweet touches of high-gain, fleet-fingered blues guitar glory, Ingram gives a perfect tribute to the birthplace of the blues, showing all the while that the genre is still incredibly vital."

Since the release of Kingfish, Ingram has quickly become the defining blues voice of his generation. From his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi, to stages around the world, the young musician has already headlined two national tours (Fish Grease I & II) and performed with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy (with whom he appeared on Austin City Limits). He was interviewed by Sir Elton John on his Apple Music podcast Rocket Hour, and recently released a duet with Bootsy Collins. In January 2021, Ingram was simultaneously on the covers of both Guitar World and DownBeat magazines, and graced the cover of Living Blues in late 2020. NPR Music says Ingram’s playing is “astounding…it’s almost like he's singing through the guitar.”

Ingram’s journey began in the 662 in the city of Clarksdale, in Coahoma County, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. Born to a musical family, he fell in love with music as a small child, initially playing drums and then bass. At a young age, he got his first guitar and quickly soaked up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince, but all the while developing his own sound and style. He progressed quickly, making his stage debut a few months later at Clarksdale's famous Ground Zero Blues Club, playing behind one of his mentors, Mississippi blues icon Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry. Perry gifted the young musician with a new stage name, "Kingfish." He performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of student musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16, he was turning heads and winning awards, includin g the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

In 2020, Ingram won five Blues Music Awards, including Album Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year, Best Emerging Artist Album, Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year and the coveted Best Guitarist award. He also won four Living Blues Awards, including Album Of The Year and Artist Of The Year. In February 2021, Ingram guest hosted Spotify’s popular In The Name Of The Blues playlist, which featured him talking about and sharing some of his favorite songs.

On 662, Ingram creates contemporary blues  that speaks to his generation and beyond, delivering the full healing power of the music. No Depression calls Ingram, “a young bluesman with an ancient soul and a large presence in the here-and-now.” Living Blues says, "By any measure, Kingfish is one of the brightest new stars of his generation ."


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CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM TO RELEASE NEW SONG, 662, ON TUESDAY, MAY 11
5/11/2021
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Alligator Records recording artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram releases his new digital single, 662.

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM TO RELEASE NEW SONG, 662, ON TUESDAY, MAY 11


Original Song – Celebrating Ingram's Mississippi Roots – Received World Premiere on SiriusXM Bluesville on Monday, May 10.


Christone "Kingfish" Ingram represents the next generation of great American blues artists.  —PBS NewsHour

Ingram plays guitar with dramatic, searing tone and sure-handed authority. And that's just in the studio; he's even scarier live. —NPR Music

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram is the future of the blues, singing and playing with edge, verve and vitality. Stinging guitar...sweet and melodic vocals. —Guitar World

On Tuesday, May 11, Alligator Records recording artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram releases his new digital single, 662. The hard-driving original song finds Ingram celebrating his Clarksdale, Mississippi roots. On Monday, May 10, 662 made its worldwide premiere during the 9:00am hour on SiriusXM's B.B. King's Bluesville channel, with continued exclusive airplay throughout the day. The song, co-written by Ingram and producer Tom Hambridge, will be available on all major streaming and download platforms beginning May 11. The number 662 references Ingram's hometown telephone area code, and is also the title of his forthcoming album, set for July 2021 release.

According to the 22-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, "662 is an ode to my roots, a nod to the area where I was born and raised. This is a track that encompasses how a small corner of the earth influenced my view of life and music. This song also points to the growth I have had since my debut album. As much as I have been fortunate to get 'Outside Of This Town' (the title of his breakout single from his 2019 Grammy-nominated debut album, Kingfish), I do want people to know that the '662' will always be a major part of who I am."

Since the release of Kingfish, Ingram has quickly become the defining blues voice of his generation. From his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi to stages around the world, the young musician has already headlined two national tours (Fish Grease I & II) and performed with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy (with whom he appeared on Austin City Limits). He was interviewed by Sir Elton John on his Apple Music podcast Rocket Hour, and recently released a duet with Bootsy Collins. In January 2021, Ingram was simultaneously on the covers of both Guitar World and DownBeat magazines, and graced the cover of Living Blues in late 2020. Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”


Ingram’s journey began in the 662 in the city of Clarksdale, in Coahoma County, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. Born to a musical family, he fell in love with music as a small child, initially playing drums and then bass. At a young age, he got his first guitar and quickly soaked up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince, but all the while developing his own sound and style. He progressed quickly, making his stage debut a few months later at Clarksdale's famous Ground Zero Blues Club, playing behind one of his mentors, Mississippi blues icon Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry. Perry gifted the young musician with a new stage name, "Kingfish." He performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of student musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16 he was turning heads and winning awards, including the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

In 2020, Ingram won five Blues Music Awards, including Album Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year, Best Emerging Artist Album, Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year and the coveted Best Guitarist award. He also won four Living Blues Awards, including Album Of The Year and Artist Of The Year. In February 2021, Ingram guest hosted Spotify’s popular In The Name Of The Blues playlist, which featured him talking about and sharing some of his favorite songs. No Depression calls Ingram, “a young bluesman with an ancient soul and a large presence in the here-and-now.” Living Blues declared, "By any measure, Kingfish is one of the brightest new stars of his generation."


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NEW ORLEANS’ WWOZ HOSTS WORLD PREMIERE FOR CURTIS SALGADO’S TRUTH BE TOLD VIDEO
5/10/2021

New Orleans’ WWOZ, will host the worldwide premiere of award-winning vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist Curtis Salgado's new video for his original song, Truth Be Told, across all of their social media platforms

NEW ORLEANS’ WWOZ HOSTS WORLD PREMIERE FOR CURTIS SALGADO’S TRUTH BE TOLD VIDEO


On Monday, May 10, one of America's greatest roots music radio stations, New Orleans' WWOZ, will host the worldwide premiere of award-winning vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist Curtis Salgado's new video for his original song, Truth Be Told, across all of their social media platforms. The smartly-written, zydeco-flavored, foot-stomping party song was recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana, where the video was also filmed. It features accordion legend Wayne Toups singing and playing along with Salgado -- the man NPR calls "an icon" with a "huge voice." Truth Be Told is featured on Salgado’s new album, Damage Control.


No Depression says, "Truth Be Told, with the help of singer/ accordionist Wayne Toups, blurs the lines between zydeco and Tex-Mex with a smidgen of Doug Sahm stirred in."

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SHEMEKIA COPELAND WINS UK BLUES AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR
5/10/2021
On Sunday, May 9, award-winning vocalist Shemekia Copeland received the coveted UK Blues Award for International Blues Artist Of The Year. 

SHEMEKIA COPELAND WINS UK BLUES AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR


Award Presented In Online Ceremony Hosted by Paul Jones



On Sunday, May 9, award-winning vocalist Shemekia Copeland received the coveted UK Blues Award for International Blues Artist Of The Year. The award was presented in a virtual ceremony hosted by BBC radio personality, actor and musician Paul Jones. The UK Blues Awards were created by the UK Blues Federation to give the blues community in the UK the opportunity to recognize and applaud those actively involved with the music. 

Copeland's latest album, the soulful and uncompromising Uncivil War, tackles the problems of contemporary American life head on, with nuance, understanding, and a demand for change. It also brings Copeland’s fiercely independent, sultry R&B fire to songs more personal than political. NPR Music calls Shemekia “authoritative” and “confrontational” with “punchy defiance and potent conviction. It’s hard to imagine anyone staking a more convincing claim to the territory she’s staked out—a true hybrid of simmering, real-talking spirit and emphatic, folkie- and soul-style statement-making.”

When Shemekia first broke on the scene with her groundbreaking Alligator Records debut CD Turn the Heat Up in 1998, she instantly became a blues and R&B force to be reckoned with. The Chicago Tribune says, “Shemekia Copeland is the greatest fe male blues singer working today.” News outlets from The New York Times to CNN have praised Copeland’s talent, larger-than-life personality, dynamic, authoritative voice and true star power. Shemekia earned three Grammy Award nominations, 12 Blues Music Awards and a host of Living Blues Awards, including being named the 2020 Female Blues Artist of the Year. NPR’s All Things Considered says, “Copeland embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops and fearless look at social issues.” No Depression declares, “Copeland pierces your soul. This is how you do it, and nobody does it better than Shemekia Copeland.”

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NINE ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTISTS RECEIVE FIFTEEN 2021 LIVING BLUES AWARD NOMINATIONS
5/5/2021
Living Blues magazine has announced the nominees for the 2021 Living Blues Readers' Awards. Nine Alligator Records artists received a total of 15 nominations. Vocalist Shemekia Copeland leads all Alligator nominees with three. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Tinsley Ellis and Charlie Musselwhite received two nominations each. And Rick Estrin (of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats), Billy Branch Roomful Of Blues, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and Marcia Ball each received one.

NINE ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTISTS RECEIVE FIFTEEN 2021 LIVING BLUES AWARD NOMINATIONS


Shemekia Copeland Leads All Alligator Artists With Four
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Tinsley Ellis and Charlie Musselwhite Follow With Two Apiece 
Rick Estrin, Billy Branch, Roomful Of Blues, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and Marcia Ball Each Receive One





Living Blues magazine has announced the nominees for the 2021 Living Blues Readers' Awards. Nine Alligator Records artists received a total of 15 nominations. Vocalist Shemekia Copeland leads all Alligator nominees with four. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Tinsley Ellis and Charlie Musselwhite received two nominations each. And Rick Estrin (of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats), Billy Branch Roomful Of Blues, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and Marcia Ball each received one.

The public -- Living Blues subscribers and non-subscribers alike -- can vote at www.livingblues.com by June 15, 2021. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Alligator artists and award nominations are as follows:

SHEMEKIA COPELAND
:
Blues Artist Of The Year (Female)
Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Best Live Performer
Best Blues Album of 2020 (New Recordings): Uncivil War

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM:
Blues Artist Of The Year (Male)
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)

TINSLEY ELLIS:
Blues Artist Of The Year (Male)
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE:
Blues Artist Of The Year (Male)
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)

RICK ESTRIN:
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)

BILLY BRANCH:
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)

LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS:
Best Live Performer

ROOMFUL OF BLUES:
Best Blues Album Of 2020 (New Recordings): In A Roomful Of Blues

MARCIA BALL:
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboards)

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Blues Master Chris Cain -- Alligator Debut And Live Streaming Concert April 9
4/5/2021
World-renowned blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Cain will release his Alligator Records debut album, Raisin' Cain, on Friday, April 9, 2021. The same evening he will celebrate the release with a full-band live streaming concert from The Center in Grass Valley, California.

Blues Master Chris Cain -- Alligator Debut And Live Streaming Concert April 9


Cain And Full Band To Perform Songs From Alligator Records Debut Raisin' Cain'

Chris Cain? Now that boy can PLAY the guitar!

—B.B. King

Hands down my favorite blues player on the scene today. He’s an absolute blinder of a guitarist,

with the voice of B.B. King and the chops of Albert King.
—Joe Bonamassa

Chris Cain is a hot-shot guitarist and a singer with the maturity of blues masters like Bobby Bland and B.B. King.
—The Washington Post

 

World-renowned blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Cain will release his Alligator Records debut album, Raisin' Cain, on Friday, April 9, 2021. The same evening he will celebrate the release with a full-band live streaming concert from The Center in Grass Valley, California. Concert information is as follows:

Date: Friday, April 9, 7:00pm Pacific time

Tickets: $10.00

Ticket Purchase

Phone: 530- link: https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/from-the-center-the-chris-cain-quartet/

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Raisin' Cain features 12 original songs, each show casing Cain's fiery musicianship and deft, memorable songwriting skills. According to Cain, who recently received two Blues Music Award nominations (for Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year and Best Guitarist), "These are the best pack of tunes I've ever written. My songs are funky and danceable and my writing is now less personal diary than in the past. I want my songs to tell universal stories.”

From the rocking opener Hush Money to the instantly relatable Too Many Problems to the late-night jazzy blues of I Don’t Know Exactly What’s Wrong With My Baby, the universal appeal of Cain's music is abundantly clear. His songs deliver uncommon, surprising hooks and riffs coming in rapid-fire succession. On four songs, Cain shows off his stellar keyboard skills, and on the far-out instrumental Space Force, he proves himself a funky and jazzy ARP Soloist player. Along with Cain is his road-tested band -- of bassist Steve Evans and keyboardist/organist Greg Rahn, with Chris’ touring drummer Sky Garcia and veteran D’Mar Martin (Little Richard, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats) sharing the skins. The album was produced and recorded by Kid Andersen (Rick Estrin & The Nightcats) at Andersen's Greaseland Studio in San Jose, California.

With more than three decades of worldwide touring and 14 acclaimed previous albums, Cain has earned his reputation as both a fan favorite and a musician’s musician. Since his first release in 1987, he has created his very own blues sound inspired by his heroes 

Both the media and his fellow musicians rave about Cain. Guitar Player said, “Cain is an impressive, top-notch guitarist. His full-bodied tone and big voice pack a punch that had me reeling.” Guitar icon Robben Ford said, “Chris Cain is for real. He’s a great blues player with an intensity that keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what he’s going to do next. Plus he knows how to write a song you haven’t heard before, full of humor and insight. If you like the blues, you’ll like Chris Cain. I am a stone fan."– B.B. King, Albert King, Ray Charles, Albert Collins, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery. His jazz-informed blues guitar playing is fiery, emotional and always unpredictable. His vocals – gruff, lived-in and powerful – add fuel to the fire. His indelible original songs keep one foot in the blues tradition and both eyes on the future. The pure joy Cain brings to his playing and singing is palpable, and draws fans even closer in.

With Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain says he is at a new point in his career. “I’m playing and writing better than ever before. I can say more with less,” he says, referring to his dynamic guitar playing and superb songwriting. “I’m as much a fan as a musician,” Cain says. “And I’m as excited to be making music today as I was when I was a teenager. More than ever before, I just play what I feel.”

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Visionary Blues Star Selwyn Birchwood Releases "Revelation" Video
3/2/2021
Groundbreaking young blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood has just released a riveting new video for his song, Revelation.

Visionary Blues Star Selwyn Birchwood Releases "Revelation" Video

his singer-songwriter continues to leap forward…intent on both working in the blues idiom and expanding on it. His vocals are as tough as these funky, surprising sounds demand. The 13 original songs are constructed for drama….stories and sounds combine to haunt beyond their specific references, as the best blues songs will."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Living In A Burning House has a big, ferocious sound...it's in your face and exquisitely detailed. Massive, funky greasy grooves...scorching barroom anthems with nasty slide and honking, baritone sax  Strolling rave-up, soul blues with killer vocals. Birchwood delivers knotty, ladder-climbing, biting, distorted guitar, as he testifies to the core about the relentless search for belonging. His solos bleed emotion. On Living In A Burning House, Birchwood erases arbitrary boundaries between blues and R&B. He openly draws from history but situates his original music expansively in the here and now...emotionally resonant and visionary."
--AllMusic

"Selwyn Birchwood reaches back in the blues tradition to launch something out of this world."
--No Depression

Groundbreaking young blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood has just released a riveting new video for his song, Revelation. The highly-charged, hair-raising track appears on Birchwood's recently released third Alligator album, Living In A Burning House. Living Blues declared, "With Living in a Burning House, the 35-year-old guitarist may have made his most fully realized artistic statement to date. But it’s clear, too, that in many ways he’s just getting started."

According to Birchwood, Revelation is a reflection on what's happening now, with the song's message amplified through the video. "This music and video are meant to be felt, not just seen. Revelation projects my interpretation of the Book of Revelation as it unfolds before our eyes. It sizzles in a fever dream of haunting sounds and powerful imagery.”


Watch and listen to Revelation:



Birchwood calls his original music “electric swamp funkin’ blues,” defined by raw and soulful musicianship played with fire-and-brimstone fervor. His gritty, unvarnished vocals draw his audience deep inside his unforgettable tales of love, passion, pain and pleasure. No other band on the current blues scene is built quite like Birchwood’s. In addition to Selwyn’s electrifying guitar and lap steel playing, the other featured instrument is Regi Oliver’s driving baritone sax. The group is rounded out by bass, drums and keyboards.

Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Rave reviews ran in publications from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal, from The Chicago Tribune to The San Francisco Chronicle. He followed in 2016 with Pick Your Poison. DownBeat said, “There’s a deep-seated power about Birchwood’s singing and six string/lap steel guitar work...and there’s an unmistakable emotion and honesty linking him to forebearers like Muddy Waters.”

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Blues Master Chris Cain To Release Alligator Debut RAISIN’ CAIN On April 9
2/17/2021
World-renowned blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Cain will release his Alligator Records debut album, Raisin' Cain, on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Blues Master Chris Cain To Release Alligator Debut RAISIN’ CAIN On April 9

Chris Cain is a hot-shot guitarist and a singer with the maturity of blues masters like Bobby Bland and B.B. King.
—The Washington Post

Chris Cain? Now that boy can PLAY the guitar!
—B.B. King

Hands down my favorite blues player on the scene today. He’s an absolute blinder of a guitarist, with the voice of B.B. King and the chops of Albert King.
—Joe Bonamassa

World-renowned blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Cain will release his Alligator Records debut album, Raisin' Cain, on Friday, April 9, 2021. The album features 12 originals, each showcasing Cain's fiery musicianship and deft, memorable songwriting skills. According to Cain, who recently received two Blues Music Award nominations (for Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year and Best Guitarist), "These are the best pack of tunes I've ever written."

Of Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain says, “My songs are funky and danceable and my writing is now less personal diary than in the past. I want my songs to tell universal stories.” From the rocking opener Hush Money to the instantly relatable Too Many Problems to the late-night jazzy blues of I Don’t Know Exactly What’s Wrong With My Baby, the universal appeal of Cain's music is abundantly clear. His songs deliver uncommon, surprising hooks and riffs coming in rapid-fire succession. On four songs, Cain shows off his stellar keyboard skills, and on the far-out instrumental Space Force, he proves himself a funky and jazzy ARP Soloist player. Along with Cain is his road-tested band -- of bassist Steve Evans and keyboardist/organist Greg Rahn, with Chris’ touring drummer Sky Garcia and veteran D’Mar Martin (Little Richard, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats) sharing the skins. The album was produced and recorded by Kid Andersen (Rick Estrin & The Nightcats) at Andersen's Greaseland Studio in San Jose, California.

With more than three decades of worldwide touring and 14 acclaimed previous albums, Cain has earned his reputation as both a fan favorite and a musician’s musician. Since his first release in 1987, he has created his very own blues sound inspired by his heroes – B.B. King, Albert King, Ray Charles, Albert Collins, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery. His jazz-informed blues guitar playing is fiery, emotional and always unpredictable. His vocals – gruff, lived-in and powerful – add fuel to the fire. His indelible original songs keep one foot in the blues tradition and both eyes on the future. The pure joy Cain brings to his playing and singing is palpable, and draws fans even closer in.

Both the media and his fellow musicians rave about Cain. Guitar Player said, “Cain is an impressive, top-notch guitarist. His full-bodied tone and big voice pack a punch that had me reeling.” Guitar icon Robben Ford said, “Chris Cain is for real. He’s a great blues player with an intensity that keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what he’s going to do next. Plus he knows how to write a song you haven’t heard before, full of humor and insight. If you like the blues, you’ll like Chris Cain. I am a stone fan."

Cain formed his first band in 1986 in his hometown of San Jose, California, and released his first album in 1987, Late Night City Blues, on the locally-based Blue Rock’It label. Almost immediately, booking agents came calling. Incredibly, he was touring Europe even before he started barnstorming the U.S. The album received four W.C Handy Award nominations (now the Blues Music Awards) and the offers to perform kept rolling in. He even opened for his heroes Albert King and Albert Collins, who both asked Chris to jam on stage. The more Cain toured and recorded, the greater his reputation grew. His releases include four albums on Blue Rock’It and three on Blind Pig Records, and his live performances number in the thousands.

Cain has toured all over North America and made repeated trips around the world. He’s performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, The Doheny Blues Festival, The Philadelphia Blues Festival, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, and many others. He’s played concerts and festivals in Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.

With Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain says he is at a new point in his career. “I’m playing and writing better than ever before. I can say more with less,” he says, referring to his dynamic guitar playing and superb songwriting. “I’m as much a fan as a musician,” Cain says. “And I’m as excited to be making music today as I was when I was a teenager. More than ever before, I just play what I feel.”

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