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VISIONARY BLUESMAN SELWYN BIRCHWOOD PREMIERES NEW VIDEO OF SEARCHING FOR MY TRIBE
9/20/2021
Groundbreaking young blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood today announced the premiere of  his attention-grabbing new video for his original song, Searching For My Tribe

VISIONARY BLUESMAN SELWYN BIRCHWOOD PREMIERES NEW VIDEO OF SEARCHING FOR MY TRIBE

Song a highlight of Birchwood's Celebrated 2021 Album,
Living In A Burning House

"This 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


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



Groundbreaking young blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood today announced the premiere of his attention-grabbing new video for his original song, Searching For My Tribe. The passionate, thought-provoking track appears on Birchwood's recently released third Alligator album, Living In A Burning HouseLiving Blues declared, "With Living in a Burning House, the guitarist may have made his most fully realized artistic statement to date."

According to Birchwood, Searching For My Tribe is about his personal journey for self-actualization. "I had always been a loner from a very young age. At 19 years old, I discovered an entire world of blues music that felt like 'home'. I knew then where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. Just when I thought I had found my place in the sun, it appears as though all of the people and sounds that brought me in have been replaced with other trends. This music video allows me to tell that story, visually, from a different perspective as it  showcases the state of the 'art' in the environment we see today."



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 PoisonDownBeat 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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CHICAGO'S WTTW-TV TO AIR SWEET HOME CHICAGO -- CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ALLIGATOR RECORDS ON SEPTEMBER 10 AND SEPTEMBER 12
9/1/2021
Chicago television station WTTW will broadcast Sweet Home Chicago -- Celebrating 50 Years Of Alligator Records on Friday, September 10 at 9:30pm Central time, and on Sunday, September 12 at 12:30pm Central time. The concert was filmed live earlier this year at Governors State University (GSU) Center For Performing Arts as part of their 25th anniversary season.

CHICAGO'S WTTW-TV TO AIR SWEET HOME CHICAGO -- CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ALLIGATOR RECORDS ON SEPTEMBER 10 AND SEPTEMBER 12

Concert Film Features Label Stars Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues, Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed Williams, Toronzo Cannon and Label President Bruce Iglauer

Recorded Live At Governors State University
Center For Performing Arts


“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

Chicago television station WTTW will broadcast Sweet Home Chicago -- Celebrating 50 Years Of Alligator Records on Friday, September 10 at 9:30pm Central time, and on Sunday, September 12 at 12:30pm Central time. Find more information about the broadcast here. The concert was filmed live earlier this year at Governors State University (GSU) Center For Performing Arts as part of their 25th anniversary season.

The film features roof-raising performances from label stars Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Grammy-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland, slide guitarist Lil' Ed Williams, and guitarist and songwriter Toronzo Cannon. Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer appears as emcee.


Alligator Records, founded in 1971 by Iglauer, is home to some of the world’s foremost blues and roots rock talent and is regarded by fans and the media alike as the top contemporary blues record label in the world. 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.

Rolling Stone says, “Prestigious, scrappy independent blues label Alligator Records has reached dizzying heights in celebrating the blues.” From classic Windy City artists like Hound Dog Taylor and “Queen Of The Blues” Koko Taylor, to next generation legends Lil’ Ed Williams and Billy Branch to contemporary stars including Toronzo Cannon and Shemekia Copeland, Alligator’s discography reads like a who’s who in modern blues history. Legendary artists including Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Rick Estrin, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Michael “Iron Man” Burks, The Holmes Brothers, Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball and rising stars Selwyn Birchwood and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram are just some of the blues immortals who have recorded groundbreaking music for the label. Now, at 50 years old, Alligator is still committed to discovering great new talent, proving that the passion, soul and redemptive power of blues and roots music is alive and well.

Sweet Home Chicago -- Celebrating 50 Years Of Alligator Records is produced by the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts with the generous support by the GSU Department of Learning and Media Design, Illinois Arts Council and First Midwest Bank.
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CAROLYN WONDERLAND ANNOUNCES NATIONAL TEMPTING FATE TOUR
8/26/2021
Award-winning Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland has announce dates for her 2021 Tempting Fate Tour, with performances stretching from September 2021 through the end of the year. Wonderland will release her Alligator Records debut album, Tempting Fate, on Friday, October 8. The album, her 11th, was produced by famed master roots musician Dave Alvin, and features Wonderland's signature, blistering six-string and lap steel playing, her intense vocals and her original songs melding blues, rock and Americana.

CAROLYN WONDERLAND ANNOUNCES NATIONAL TEMPTING FATE TOUR


Alligator Records Debut Tempting Fate Produced By Dave Alvin
And Set For October 8 Release



“Carolyn Wonderland is a fiery blues rocker with incendiary guitar chops and raw, powerful vocals.”
–NPR Music 

“Mighty and joyous rock-injected blues...luxurious vocals and fine guitar work. Her voice is as muscular as her name is evocative.”
–Austin Chronicle

“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitar player. And damn, can she sing.”
–Los Angeles Times 
 
“Hey, have you heard Carolyn Wonderland? She’s something else. She should be nationwide.”
–Bob Dylan, talking to Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson 

 

Award-winning Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland has announce dates for her 2021 Tempting Fate Tour, with performances stretching from September 2021 through the end of the year. Wonderland will release her Alligator Records debut album, Tempting Fate, on Friday, October 8. The album, her 11th, was produced by famed master roots musician Dave Alvin, and features Wonderland's signature, blistering six-string and lap steel playing, her intense vocals and her original songs melding blues, rock and Americana.

Tempting Fate finds Wonderland delivering ten riveting songs, including five fiery originals and one co-write. Her vocals range from raw and fierce to subtle and gentle. Her guitar work, on both six-string and lap steel, is often explosive and always melodic. According to Dave Alvin, "Carolyn is unique, strong, soulful and sincere. She can pick and belt out the blues with the best of them, but her powerful, melodic vocals and six-string stylings are truly her own. Traditional yet innovative, tough yet tender, Carolyn always sounds like no one else but herself."

Wonderland has been performing professionally since the age of 15. Her music is a bold mix of timeless original songs and reinventions of some of her favorites, ranging from blistering electric blues to deep, heartfelt ballads to cosmic country to soulful Tex-Mex. Every song is fueled by Wonderland’s forceful yet melodic Texas-flavored guitar work and her full-throated, heart-on-her-sleeve vocals. She has been a road warrior for over 20 years, and has played all over the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, the Canary Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Japan. She just concluded a three-year stint as the lead guitarist in British blues master John Mayall’s iconic Blues Breakers. In addition to his legendary musical skills, Mayall is among the world's greatest blues-rock guitar talent scouts. He personally chose Carolyn for the role formerly filled by Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, and more six-string luminaries.

The Boston Herald describes Carolyn as “a dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality. That’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too.” Now, with Tempting Fate and a major tour in the works, Carolyn Wonderland is excited to get back out on the road and reconnect with her fans and friends. “We will play dang near anywhere that’ll have us,” she says. Of her chosen profession, the effervescent Wonderland told NPR Music’s Mountain Stage, “I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart, but it sure is a good time.”

Concert attendees are strongly advised to contact the venue to confirm performance.

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ALLIGATOR ARTISTS WIN FOUR 2021 BLUES BLAST AWARDS
8/26/2021
On Wednesday, August 25, Blues Blast Magazine announced the winners of the 14th Annual Blues Blast Awards. Four Alligator Records artists -- Shemekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado and the duo of Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite -- won a total of four awards, including three top album awards.

ALLIGATOR ARTISTS WIN FOUR 2021 BLUES BLAST AWARDS

Shemekia Copeland Wins Female Blues Artist Of The Year
Copeland, Curtis Salgado and the duo of Elvin Bishop And Charlie Musselwhite
All Win Top Album Awards


On Wednesday, August 25, Blues Blast Magazine announced the winners of the 14th Annual Blues Blast Awards. Four Alligator Records artists -- Shemekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado and the duo of Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite -- won a total of four awards, including three top album awards.

Voting for the awards was free and open to the public (one vote per person) at the Blues Blast website.

      


Celebrated blues, soul and Americana vocalist Shemekia Copeland received awards in both categories for which she was nominated: Female Blues Artist and Contemporary Blues Recording for her groundbreaking 2020 album, Uncivil War.

Legendary blues giants Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite won for Traditional Blues Recording for their timeless album, 100 Years Of Blues.

Soul, rock and blues vocalist Curtis Salgado received the award for Soul Blues Recording for his acclaimed 2021 release, Damage Control

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TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS ANNOUNCE A BLUESMAN CAME TO TOWN TOUR
8/9/2021
On Monday, August 9, internationally beloved guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro, leader of Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, announced dates for his A Bluesman Came To Town national tour. With performances all across the United States beginning in September 2021 and moving into early 2022, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers -- bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson -- will reconnect with fans all over the country. Concert attendees are strongly advised to contact the venue to confirm performance.

TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS ANNOUNCE A BLUESMAN CAME TO TOWN TOUR


New Album, Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town,
Set For September 17 Release

New Song, Somewhere, Premieres Today

On Monday, August 9, internationally beloved guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro, leader of Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, announced dates for his A Bluesman Came To Town national tour. With performances all across the United States beginning in September 2021 and moving into early 2022, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers -- bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson -- will reconnect with fans all over the country. Concert attendees are strongly advised to contact the venue to confirm performance.

Castro's trailblazing new album, Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, is set for September 17 release. The first song to be released from the album, Somewhere, also premieres on August 9.

Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. Ranging from horn-fueled R&B to piping hot blues to fiery, stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll, each of his 16 albums is solidly built upon Castro’s unshakable musical foundation—a dynamic mix of 1960s-influenced guitar-fueled blues, testifying Memphis-soaked blue-eyed soul and Latin-tinged East San Jose funk, all driven by Castro’s grab-you-by-the-collar vocals and passionate guitar work. Blues Revue declared, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”
 
Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town is a roots music odyssey. This special project was composed by Castro along with Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Tom Hambridge. Through its 13 songs, the album tells the tale of a young man, working on his family farm, who gets bitten by the blues bug. He masters the guitar and heads out on the road seeking fame and fortune, only to find what he’s left behind is the treasure he’s been looking for. "A Bluesman Came To Town isn’t a story about me," says Castro. "It’s pulled from some of my friends’ and my experiences, though. I’ve seen first-hand for a lot of years what it’s like out there on the road.”
 
The road has always been Castro’s home away from home. He and The Painkillers will instantly ignite a crowd, turn them into loyal fans, and then keep those fans coming back for more. Castro has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and performed thousands of gigs at clubs, concert halls, and festivals all over the world. Famed guitarist Joe Bonamassa says, “Tommy has always been top of the heap among blues guitar players. He always puts on a great show.”
 
On the new A Bluesman Came To Town tour, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will perform fan favorites as well as songs from the new album. “I’ve made seven albums for Alligator,” Castro says, “and I’ve never made the same record twice. I will always try to be my most authentic self. I give it all I’ve got every time we hit the stage!”

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CAROLYN WONDERLAND TO RELEASE TEMPTING FATE ON OCTOBER 8
8/3/2021
Award-winning Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland will release her Alligator Records debut album, Tempting Fate, on Friday, October 8.

CAROLYN WONDERLAND TO RELEASE TEMPTING FATE ON OCTOBER 8


Alligator Records Debut Album Produced By Dave Alvin


Guests include Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore,
Cindy Cashdollar and Shelley King


“Carolyn Wonderland is a fiery blues rocker with incendiary guitar chops and raw, powerful vocals.”
NPR Music 

“Mighty and joyous rock-injected blues...luxurious vocals and fine guitar work. Her voice is as muscular as her name is evocative.”
Austin Chronicle

“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitar player. And damn, can she sing.”
Los Angeles Times 

“Hey, have you heard Carolyn Wonderland? She’s something else. She should be nationwide.”
Bob Dylan, talking to Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson




Award-winning Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland will release her Alligator Records debut album, Tempting Fate, on Friday, October 8. The album, produced by famed master roots musician Dave Alvin, is the next chapter in Wonderland’s remarkable career, one that is already overflowing with countless, colorful, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. She spent the last three years as lead guitarist in blues legend John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, and has now joined the Alligator Records family as the first female guitar hero in the label’s storied 50-year history. But that's not all. Her spine-chilling, soul-deep singing matches her guitar prowess note for note. And she has a knack for writing songs that sound like instant classics.

Wonderland has been performing professionally since the age of 15. Her music is a bold mix of timeless original songs and reinventions of some of her favorites, ranging from blistering electric blues to deep, heartfelt ballads to cosmic country to soulful Tex-Mex. Every song is fueled by Wonderland’s forceful yet melodic Texas-flavored guitar work and her full-throated, heart-on-her-sleeve vocals.

Tempting Fate is Wonderland's 11th album, and it finds her delivering ten riveting songs, including five fiery originals and one co-write. Her vocals range from raw and fierce to subtle and gentle. Her guitar work, on both six-string and lap steel, is often explosive and always melodic. According to Dave Alvin, "Carolyn is unique, strong, soulful and sincere. She can pick and belt out the blues with the best of them, but her powerful, melodic vocals and six-string stylings are truly her own. Traditional yet innovative, tough yet tender, Carolyn always sounds like no one else but herself."

On every song—from the searing, guitar-heavy Broken Hearted Blues to the tender and poignant Crack In The Wall to the very Texan love song for her boot collection, Texas Girl And Her Boots, to the politically-charged Fragile Peace And Certain War to the take-no-prisoners version of the Grateful Dead’s Loser—Wonderland throws herself completely into the music. Her shining duet with Texas singing/songwriting legend Jimmie Dale Gilmore on Bob Dylan’s It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry redefines the song. Her explosive guitar work and commanding vocals on John Mayall’s The Laws Must Change makes his song hers. 

In addition to her longtime road band—bassist Bobby Perkins and drummer Kevin Lance—who anchor every song, guests on Tempting Fate include Jimmie Dale Gilmore on vocals, Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel guitar, Marcia Ball on piano, Shelley King on background vocals, Jan Flemming on accordion and Red Young on organ and piano, with producer Dave Alvin playing guitar on three songs. “The joy was palpable, getting to play with my friends and heroes at Stuart Sullivan’s studio, and Stuart captured that joy in the recording. You can hear the smile on my face and tear in my eye on every track. And everyone sat up straight for Dave Alvin, who had great ideas as our producer.”

Wonderland has been a road warrior for over 20 years. She’s played all over the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Canary Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Japan. In 2018, venerated musician and bandleader John Mayall chose Wonderland to be lead guitarist in his band, The Blues Breakers. She became the first woman ever to hold that position. (The all-star list of Mayall’s legendary guitarists includes Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya and Walter Trout.) She toured the world with Mayall, once playing 50 shows in 60 days in 19 countries. She recently left the band to tour in celebration of her new Alligator album.

Carolyn Wonderland was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in a house full of music and instruments. She first started playing guitar at age six. After she scratched up her mother’s vintage Martin guitar by imitating Pete Townsend’s famous windmill move, she was forbidden from using a pick. Because of that, she developed her aggressive, distinctive finger-picking guitar attack. Her early influences include her mom, Houston guitar legends Albert Collins, Jerry Lightfoot, Little Screamin' Kenny and Joe “Guitar” Hughes, as well as blues and soul vocalist Lavelle White. Singing came naturally, as did learning to play just about every instrument she got her hands on. She plays trumpet, accordion, lap steel, piano, and mandolin.
 
With four albums already under her belt, Wonderland moved to Austin, Texas in 1999, where she quickly earned a large and loyal following, creating plenty of press buzz and radio attention. Then one day in 2003, legendary musician Ray Benson (of Asleep At The Wheel) was having lunch with his friend Bob Dylan, who had heard Wonderland’s music. Dylan asked Benson, “Hey, have you heard Carolyn Wonderland? She’s something else.” Dylan wanted to meet Wonderland, so Benson got her number from a mutual friend and called her in Houston, telling Wonderland to get to Austin immediately to meet with Dylan. She drove the 165 miles at record speed to spend some time with him. They’ve crossed paths since, sometimes jamming, sometimes just talking about music (“He’s a true musicologist,” she says of Bob). “Sometimes he’ll just call,” Wonderland says.“It's always a pleasant surprise to me when he does, so I’ll likely never change my number.”
 
Benson went on to produce Wonderland’s next four albums, all critically acclaimed fan favorites. According to Benson, “Carolyn’s got that unbelievable, incredible voice, one of the great voices of our times. She’s got the range, the emotion. She’s also an incredible guitar player and a great person. The combination is disarming and totally real. That’s magic.”
 
The Boston Herald describes Carolyn as “a dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality. That’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too.” Now, with Tempting Fate and a major tour in the works, Carolyn Wonderland is excited to get back out on the road and reconnect with her fans and friends. “We will play dang near anywhere that’ll have us,” she says. Of her chosen profession, the effervescent Wonderland told NPR Music’s Mountain Stage, “I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart, but it sure is a good time.”

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SHEMEKIA COPELAND NAMED BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR, UNCIVIL WAR NAMED BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
7/29/2021
DownBeat magazine has named celebrated singer Shemekia Copeland as its Blues Artist Of The Year, and her groundbreaking 2020 release Uncivil War as the Blues Album Of The Year in the magazine's just-released 69th Annual Critics' Poll. According to Copeland,

SHEMEKIA COPELAND NAMED BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR, UNCIVIL WAR NAMED BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE


Recent Appearances on NPR's Jazz Night In America and Here And Now Keep Copeland Front and Center


“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


Uncivil War is one of the boldest and most persuasive recordings of Copeland’s already distinguished career. Copeland’s incendiary and positively buoyant vocals [are] one of the great instruments in contemporary blues. A triumph.”
—The Chicago Tribune




DownBeat
 
magazine has named celebrated singer Shemekia Copeland as its Blues Artist Of The Year, and her groundbreaking 2020 release Uncivil War as the Blues Album Of The Year in the magazine's just-released 69th Annual Critics' Poll. According to Copeland, "I can’t begin to say how honored I am to be singled out by the critics at DownBeat. When it comes to covering the music I love, DownBeat’s always been the granddaddy. A granddaddy who’s hip, wise and never grows old."

The DownBeat honors add to the list of awards Copeland has recently won. She received three 2020 Blues Music Awards, including Entertainer Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for Uncivil War. Additionally, she won both the recent Living Blues magazine's Critics' and Readers' Awards for Album Of The Year and Blues Artist Of The Year (Female). It's not just in the United States where she wins awards. Copeland received the UK Blues Award for International Blues Artist Of The Year. Prior to that, UK tastemaker music magazine MOJO named Uncivil War the #1 Blues Album of 2020.

Since the release of Uncivil War, Copeland's profile has continued to grow. She was the subject of a Washington Post Sunday magazine story and appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition. She most recently was a guest on NPR's Here And Now discussing her life and career. And NPR's Jazz Night In America has produced an hour-long program featuring interviews with Copeland and others, along with music recorded at Dizzy's Club in New York City and at the 2021 Exit Zero Jazz Festival.

Copeland began her recording career with Alligator Records in 1998 at the age of 18. Since then, the three-time Grammy nominee has grown to become one of the most passionate and candid artists on today’s roots music scene.



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Copeland’s 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 jaw-dropping Alligator Records debut CD Turn The Heat Up, she instantly became a blues and R&B force to be reckoned with. With each subsequent release -- Uncivil War is her ninth album -- Copeland’s music has evolved. She continues to broaden her musical vision, melding blues with more rootsy, Americana sounds, and singing about the world around her, shining light in dark places with confidence and well-timed humor. Her recordings have won her worldwide acclaim and dozens of awards. Her previous album, America’s Child, was named by MOJO magazine as the #1 blues release of 2018.

Shemekia Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world, and has appeared in films, on local and national television and radio, and in magazine and newspapers both domestically and internationally. She has performed on PBS’s Austin City Limits and was the subject of a six-minute feature on the PBS News Hour. Currently, Copeland can be heard hosting her own popular daily blues radio show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville.

The Chicago Tribune’s famed jazz critic Howard Reich says, “Shemekia Copeland is the greatest female blues vocalist working today. She pushes the genre forward, confronting racism, hate, xenophobia and other perils of our time. Regardless of subject matter, though, there’s no mistaking the majesty of Copeland’s instrument, nor the ferocity of her delivery. In effect, Copeland reaffirms the relevance of the blues.” The Philadelphia Inquirer succinctly states, “Shemekia Copeland is an antidote to artifice. She is a commanding presence, a powerhouse vocalist delivering the truth.”

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FIVE ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTISTS RECEIVE EIGHT 2021 LIVING BLUES AWARDS
7/12/2021
Living Blues magazine has announced the winners of the 2021 Living Blues Critics' Awards and Readers' Awards. This year, five Alligator Records artists received four Critics' Awards and four Readers' Awards.

FIVE ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTISTS RECEIVE EIGHT 2021 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Shemekia Copeland Wins Both The Critics' And Readers' Awards For
Blues Artist Of The Year (Female) and Album Of The Year

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and Billy Branch Win Critics' Awards
Marcia Ball And Charlie Musselwhite Win Readers' Awards 




Living Blues magazine has announced the winners of the 2021 Living Blues Critics' Awards and Readers' Awards. This year, five Alligator Records artists received four Critics' Awards and four Readers' Awards.

World renowned vocalist Shemekia Copeland won four awards, including both the Critics' Awards and Readers' Awards for Blues Artist Of The Year (Female) and Album Of The Year for her groundbreaking release, Uncivil War.

Guitar sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram won the Critics' Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar). His new album, 662, will be released on July 23.

Harmonica trailblazer Billy Branch won the Critics' Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).

Piano giant Marcia Ball won the Readers' Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboards).

And blues legend Charlie Musselwhite won the Readers' Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).

The full list of award winners appears in Living Blues issue #273 (July/August 2021).
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EIGHT ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE ELEVEN BLUES BLAST AWARD NOMINATIONS
7/6/2021
On Monday, July 5, Blues Blast Magazine announced the nominees for the 14th Annual Blues Blast Music Awards. This year, eight Alligator Records artists received eleven Blues Blast Award nominations.

EIGHT ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE ELEVEN BLUES BLAST AWARD NOMINATIONS


Shemekia Copeland, Selwyn Birchwood, Curtis Salgado and Chris Cain Receive Two Each

Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling Receive One Each




On Monday, July 5, Blues Blast Magazine announced the nominees for the 14th Annual Blues Blast Music Awards. This year, eight Alligator Records artists received eleven Blues Blast Award nominations.

Celebrated blues, soul and Americana vocalist Shemekia Copeland received two nominations: one for Female Blues Artist and one for Contemporary Blues Recording for her groundbreaking 2020 album, Uncivil War.

Florida blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood received two nominations: one for Male Blues Artist and one for Contemporary Blues Recording for his powerful January 2021 album, Living In A Burning House.

Soul, rock and blues vocalist Curtis Salgado received two nominations: one for Male Blues Artist and one for Soul Blues Recording for his acclaimed February 2021 release, Damage Control.

West Coast blues icon, guitarist Chris Cain, also received two nominations: one for Male Blues Artist and one for Contemporary Blues Recording for his April 2021 Alligator Records debut, Raisin' Cain.

Legendary blues giants Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite received a nomination for Traditional Blues Recording for their timeless duo album, 100 Years Of Blues.

Northern California blues masters Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and Chicago blues torchbearers The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling each received a nomination for Blues Band.

Voting for the awards will be open to the public (one vote per person) at the Blues Blast website beginning July 5. Voting will end at 12:00AM CST on Saturday, August 6, 2021. Winners of the14th Annual Blues Blast Awards will be announced shortly thereafter.

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NEW ALLIGATOR RECORDS ALBUM, "TOMMY CASTRO PRESENTS A BLUESMAN CAME TO TOWN" SET FOR SEPTEMBER 17 RELEASE
6/28/2021
On Friday, September 17, Alligator Records will release Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, the trailblazing new album from internationally beloved blues rocker Tommy Castro.

NEW ALLIGATOR RECORDS ALBUM, "TOMMY CASTRO PRESENTS A BLUESMAN CAME TO TOWN" SET FOR SEPTEMBER 17 RELEASE

“Castro is one of the brightest stars in the blues-soul genre. Voracious blues energy and ultimate soul power...impassioned vocals and pure inventiveness in his stellar guitar solos.” —Blues Music Magazine

“Sizzling, slow-burning, gritty blues and rock...shimmering, swampy, downright funky vibes drenched with Castro’s stinging, pure and crisp lead runs and fluid, jet-fueled solos.” —Living Blues

“Soul-baring, roadhouse-meets-church, Memphis guitar licks...gritty voice...Southern colors and rootsy textures.” —Washington Post


On Friday, September 17, Alligator Records will release Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, the trailblazing new album from internationally beloved blues rocker Tommy Castro. Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. Ranging from horn-fueled R&B to piping hot blues to fiery, stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll, each of his 16 albums is solidly built upon Castro’s unshakable musical foundation—a dynamic mix of 1960s-influenced guitar-fueled blues, testifying Memphis-soaked blue-eyed soul and Latin-tinged East San Jose funk, all driven by Castro’s grab-you-by-the-collar vocals and passionate guitar work. Blues Revue declared, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”

Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town is a roots music odyssey. This special project was composed by Castro along with Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Hambridge. Through its 13 songs, The album tells the tale of a young man, working on his family farm, who gets bitten by the blues bug. He masters the guitar and heads out on the road seeking fame and fortune, only to find what he’s left behind is the treasure he’s been looking for. Each memorable song—from the blistering title track to the pleading Child Don’t Go to the hopeful I Caught A Break to the emotional Blues Prisoner—stands on its own, as well as contributing to the larger story.

“I like to keep things fresh and interesting,” says Castro, “Tom and I have talked about making a record together for a long time. Collaborating with him was even better than I imagined. I had an outline for the story and then Tom and I talked it out and the songs just started to organically grow out of each other.” Castro continues, “A Bluesman Came To Town isn’t a story about me. It’s pulled from some of my friends’ and my experiences, though. I’ve seen first-hand for a lot of years what it’s like out there on the road.”

The road has always been Castro’s home away from home. He’ll instantly ignite a crowd, turn them into loyal fans and then keep those fans coming back for more. He has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and performed thousands of gigs, leading his bands at clubs, concert halls, and festivals all over the world. Famed guitarist Joe Bonamassa says, “Tommy has always been top of the heap among blues guitar players. He always puts on a great show.”

Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He fell under the spell of Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Mike Bloomfield and other blues artists of the day. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike and Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to the J. Geils Band to Tower Of Power, toured through the area, and Castro was at every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King, and Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out. Mixing the blues and rock and roll he loved and the soul music he heard blasting from lowriders in his neighborhood Tommy started to create his own personal sound and style. He honed his guitar skills and intense, gritty vocals, learning how to capture an audience as he performed on San Francisco’s highly competitive club scene.

As his reputation spread, Tommy played in a variety of Bay Area bands, soon making a name for himself as a hotter-than-hot live artist bursting at the seams with talent. In 1985, he was recruited to become lead singer and guitarist for the regionally popular blues band NiteCry, gigging regularly throughout Northern California. Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s, performing all over the country. He formed the first Tommy Castro Band in 1992 and has not stopped touring since. In 1995, soon after releasing his first album on Blind Pig Records, The Tommy Castro Band was selected as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live). The show brought him in front of millions of viewers every week and cemented his reputation as a not-to-be-missed, nationally touring live performer.

After a series of successful releases on the Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street labels, Tommy Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009. His label debut, Hard Believer, was released to massive popular and critical acclaim. With the album, Castro won four of his six career Blues Music Awards, including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). In 2012, Castro stripped his music down to its raw essence, creating a high-energy, larger-than-life sound with the formation of The Painkillers. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ initial release, The Devil You Know, was embraced by his legion of fans and discovered by hordes of new ones. With the current version of The Painkillers (bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson), Castro released Method To My Madness in 2015, Stompin’ Ground in 2017, and Killin’ It–Live in 2019, with critics shouting praise and admirers cheering the group’s every move. The band has coalesced into one of the telepathically tightest units Castro has ever assembled, making them one of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today, delivering one soul-shaking, muscular performance after another.

Upon the release of A Bluesman Came To Town, Castro will hit the road with The Painkillers, performing fan favorites as well as songs from the new album. “I’ve made seven albums for Alligator,” Castro says, “and I’ve never made the same record twice. I will always try to be my most authentic self. I give it all I’ve got every time we hit the stage!”

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ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS TEXAS GUITAR SLINGER CAROLYN WONDERLAND
6/24/2021
Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland. Her music includes a bold mix of timeless original songs and reinventions of some of her favorites, ranging from blistering electric blues to deep, heartfelt ballads to cosmic country to soulful Tex-Mex.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS TEXAS GUITAR SLINGER CAROLYN WONDERLAND


Celebrated Vocalist And Songwriter Wonderland to Become
First Female Guitar Hero in Label's 50 Year History

Mighty and joyous rock-injected blues. Luxurious vocals and fine guitar work. Her voice is as muscular as her name is evocative.
—Austin Chronicle

Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitar player. And damn can she sing. 
—Los Angeles Times

With incendiary guitar chops and raw, powerful vocals, fiery Texas blues rocker Carolyn Wonderland draws instant comparisons to fellow Texans Stevie Ray Vaughan and Janis Joplin.  
—NPR Music

Hey, have you heard Carolyn Wonderland? She's something else. She should be nationwide.  
—Bob Dylan, talking to Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson 

Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland. Her music includes a bold mix of timeless original songs and reinventions of some of her favorites, ranging from blistering electric blues to deep, heartfelt ballads to cosmic country to soulful Tex-Mex. Every song is fueled by Wonderland’s forceful yet melodic Texas-flavored guitar work and sung with full-throated, heart-on-her-sleeve vocals. She’s recorded ten previous albums under her own name, including four produced by famed musician Ray Benson, founder of multiple Grammy-winning band Asleep At The Wheel. Wonderland, who spent the last three years as lead guitarist in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, now joins the Alligator Records family as the first female guitar hero in the label’s storied 50-year history. Her spine-chilling, soul-deep vocals match her guitar prowess note for note. And she has a knack for writing songs that sound like instant classics. Her Alligator debut will be released later this fall.

Carolyn Wonderland grew up in Houston in a house full of music and instruments. She first starting making music at age six, and by eight had decided, in her own mind, that she was a musician. After she scratched up her mother’s vintage Martin guitar by imitating Pete Townsend’s famous windmill move, she was forbidden from using a pick. Because of that, she developed her aggressive, distinctive finger-picking guitar attack. Her early influences include her mom, Houston guitar legends Albert Collins, Jerry Lightfoot, Joe “Guitar” Hughes, and Little Screamin’ Kenny, as well as blues and soul vocalist Lavelle White. Singing came naturally, as did learning to play just about every instrument she got her hands on. She plays trumpet, accordion, lap steel, piano, and mandolin. She’s a renowned whistler, too.

By age 15, she was performing at Houston’s famed Fitzgerald’s club, playing solo or with friends. As a 16-year-old, she found herself swapping songs with Townes Van Zandt. She formed her first band when she was 17, and began proving herself on the tough, competitive Houston club scene. A year later, she joined forces with famed Houston musician Little Screamin’ Kenny and formed The Imperial Monkeys. Before long, Carolyn Wonderland And The Imperial Monkeys were swinging high on the vine, touring as far as Utah, New York and South Dakota, and winning every music award Houston had to offer. A booking at Austin’s famous Antone’s club left a strong mark on Wonderland, who moved to Austin in 1999 at the urging of Doug Sahm (who told her, “it’s the land of free guitar lessons”). For two years she traveled with her band in her van, and stayed with friends in Austin and on the road, trading chores for meals and lodging. “I wasn’t home-less,” she says. “I was van-full.”

Wonderland released Alcohol & Salvation in 2001 on a tiny local label. The self-released Bloodless Revolution followed in 2003 and brought her new fans, along with local press and radio attention. Her growing reputation as a hotter-than-fire live performer kept her touring calendar full. Then one day in 2003, legendary musician Ray Benson was having lunch with his friend Bob Dylan, who had heard Wonderland's music. Dylan asked Benson, “Hey, have you heard Carolyn Wonderland? She’s something else.” Dylan wanted to meet Wonderland, so Benson got her number from a mutual friend and called her in Houston, telling Wonderland to get to Austin immediately to meet Dylan. She drove the 165 miles in record time, and they had a great time jamming that night. They’ve crossed paths since, sometimes jamming, sometimes just talking about music (“he’s a real musicologist,” she says of Bob). Dylan once asked Wonderland to write bawdy answer lyrics to his already-ribald Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat, and all but fell over laughing when she played the newly rewritten song for him. “Sometimes he’ll just call,” Wonderland says. “I haven’t changed my number.”

According to Benson, who went on to produce four highly regarded albums for Wonderland, “Carolyn’s got that unbelievable, incredible voice, one of the great voices of our times. She’s got the range, the emotion. She’s also an incredible guitar player and a great person. The combination is disarming and totally real. That’s magic.”

The popular and critical response to Wonderland and her music has been nothing short of amazing. She’s appeared on Austin City Limits, NPR’s Weekend Edition and NPR Music’s Mountain Stage. Features and reviews have run in publications from The Los Angeles Times to The Boston Herald. Her music has been heard on FOX-TV’s Time Of Your Life and on NBC’s Homicide. She appears, playing on stage alongside Bonnie Raitt, in the film The Road To Austin. She’s won multiple Austin Music Awards and was inducted into the Austin Music Hall Of Fame in 2020. She’s jammed with musicians including Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, James Cotton, Los Lobos, Vintage Trouble, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Levon Helm. Helm invited her to begin all of her tours with a performance at his famous Ramble in Woodstock, New York. “He always refreshed and recharged us before we hit the road,” Wonderland says.

In 2018, legendary musician and bandleader John Mayall chose Wonderland to be lead guitarist in his band, The Blues Breakers. She became the first woman to ever hold that position. (The all-star list of Mayall’s legendary guitarists includes Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya and Walter Trout.) She toured the world with Mayall, once playing 50 shows in 60 days in 19 countries. She’s also played with her own band all over the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Canary Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Japan.

Wonderland married her husband, humorist A. Whitney Brown, in a ceremony on Austin’s Doug Sahm Hill, performed by Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, and documented by The New York Times’ “Vow” section. Nesmith, who had previously produced a song for Wonderland on her Peace Meal album, says, “When she goes into that mode where she decides to grab the heart of the song and hold it up for everybody to see, it’s just so searing. Nothing can be this raw. Nothing can be this real.”

The Boston Herald describes Carolyn as “a dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality. That’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too.” Wonderland is excited to get back out on the road and reconnect with her fans and friends. “We will play dang near anywhere that’ll have us,” she says. Of her chosen profession, the effervescent Wonderland told NPR Music’s Mountain Stage, “I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart, but it sure is a good time.”
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CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM ANNOUNCES U.S. & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES, PREMIERES NEW 662 VIDEO
6/21/2021
Today, Monday, June 21, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram announced the dates for his upcoming tour to promote his dynamic new Alligator Records album, 662, set for July 23 release. Entitled Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Presents 662: Juke Joint Live, the tour will take the 22-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter across the U.S. and Europe beginning July 2021 and going into February 2022. Today also saw the premiere of Ingram's Juke Joint Live music video for the album's first single, the title track, 662.

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM ANNOUNCES U.S. & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES, PREMIERES NEW 662 VIDEO


CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM ANNOUNCES U.S. & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES,
PREMIERES NEW 662 VIDEO

New Tour, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Presents 662: Juke Joint Live
With Dates Into February 2022

Juke Joint Live Music Video For 662 Premieres Today


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

Today, Monday, June 21, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram announced the dates for his upcoming tour to promote his dynamic new Alligator Records album, 662, set for July 23 release. Entitled Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Presents 662: Juke Joint Live, the tour will take the 22-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter across the U.S. and Europe beginning July 2021 and going into February 2022. Today also saw the premiere of Ingram's Juke Joint Live music video for the album's first single, the title track, 662.


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“Obviously this hiatus was necessary," says Ingram, "but it’s been a long, tough period for a lot of people. I was fortunate to stay healthy and I certainly tried my best to stay productive during my downtime. Now, with my new album release and my latest Juke Joint tour both happening in July, I’m thankful and excited for what’s to come. But, I’m also reflective and sympathetic for everyone who has been adversely impacted by Covid in any way.”

The first single, 662's title track, made its worldwide premiere on SiriusXM's B.B. King's Bluesville channel. 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."

Of the new album, Ingram says, "662 is an ode to my roots, a nod to the area where I was born and raised. The title track, 662, encompasses how a small corner of the earth influenced my view of life and music. It 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."

 

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Presents 662: Juke Joint Live

All tickets will go on sale Friday, June 25. The support acts on this tour will be The Cerny Brothers, The Peterson Brothers, and Ally Venable.

  

2021 U.S. Dates:
   
Friday, July 23, 2021
Gary, IN Hard Rock Casino
Saturday, July 24, 2021 Gary, IN Hard Rock Casino
Tuesday, August 10, 2021   Cincinnati, OH Ludlow Garage
Wednesday, August 11, 2021    Kent, OH The Kent Stage
Thursday, August 12, 2021    Warren, OH Robbins Theatre
Friday, August 13, 2021 
Charlottesville, VA The Jefferson Theatre
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 
New York, NY Webster Hall
Friday, September 10, 2021
San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Sunday, September 19, 2021 
Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Odessa, TX The Ector Theatre
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Dallas, TX The Kessler Theatre
Friday, October 1, 2021     Houston, TX The Heights Theatre
Saturday, October 2, 2021   Austin, TX The Paramount Theatre
Wednesday, October 20, 2021  
San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Friday, October 22, 2021  
Denver, CO Summit
Sunday, October 24, 2021    
Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Stuart, FL
The Lyric Theatre
Wednesday, November 17, 2021   
Baltimore, MD Soundstage
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Washington, DC Sixth & I
Friday, November 19, 2021 
Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Saturday, November 20, 2021 
Harrisburg, PA Harrisburg University Presents
     
2022 European Dates:    
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 
Glasgow, UK Celtic Connections
Thursday, January 27, 2022
London, UK
Islington Assembly Hall
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
Monday, January 31, 2022      Berlin, Germany Hole 44
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Hamburg, Germany Fabrik
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 
Paris, France La Maroquinerie

 

2021 Festival Dates:    
Saturday, August 14, 2021 Reading, PA Berks Jazz Fest
Saturday, August 21, 2021 Norwich, NY Chenango Blues Festival
Saturday, August 28, 2021 Cockeysville, MD Hot August Music Festival
Sunday, August 29, 2021 Augusta, NJ Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest
Saturday, September 4, 2021 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
Sunday, September 5, 2021 High Point, NC John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival
Saturday, September 11, 2021
San Diego, CA San Diego Blues Festival
Sunday, September 12, 2021 Las Vegas, NV Big Blues Bender
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Camden, NJ XPoNential Music Festival
Sunday, October 3, 2021 Memphis, TN Mempho Music Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2021 Robinsonville, MS Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesville



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