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KOKO TAYLOR's OLD SCHOOL Set for April 3, 2007 Release
3/6/2007
Alligator Records has set an April 3 release date for OLD SCHOOL, the first new CD in seven years from Grammy-winning Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor.

KOKO TAYLOR's OLD SCHOOL Set for April 3, 2007 Release

ALLIGATOR PREPARES NEW RELEASE FROM QUEEN OF THE BLUES, KOKO TAYLOR!

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Alligator Records has set an April 3 release date for OLD SCHOOL, the first new CD in seven years from Grammy-winning Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor. Inspired by the sound and spirit of the Chicago blues of the 1950s, Taylor wrote five new originals and carefully chose songs from Willie Dixon, Lefty Dizz, Magic Sam and others to create an album of tough, "old school" Chicago blues.

“Blues is my life,” says Taylor, Chicago’s—and the world’s—undisputed Queen Of The Blues. “It’s a true feeling that comes from the heart, not just something that comes out of my mouth. Blues is what I love, and singing the blues is what I always do.” And, in many ways, blues is what saved Koko Taylor’s life. Back in November of 2003, following emergency surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding, Taylor’s condition grew even more serious. She was struggling just to breathe. Family and friends feared the worst as she was placed on a ventilator. But her forceful will to live, and to sing the blues again, brought her back. Slowly but surely she recovered, and by the following spring she was performing live on stage.
Her resurgence not only led her back to the stage, but also led her back to the recording studio.

With the aptly titled OLD SCHOOL, Taylor once again shows the world what she does so well. From foot-stomping barnburners to powerful slow blues, Koko proves in an instant that her blues are joyous and life-affirming, powerful and soul-stirring.

OLD SCHOOL brings it all back home, with Taylor supported by a band of veteran musicians and young revivalists. Singing like she did for Chess Records early in her career, Taylor belts out a set of material that could easily have topped the blues charts in the 1950s, and will certainly reach the top of the blues world today.

Koko Taylor, guitarist Criss Johnson and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer produced OLD SCHOOL. Recorded in Chicago, the 12 songs all hearken back to Taylor’s early years in the Windy City. They range from the humorous truth of Piece Of Man to the rocking blues advice of Better Watch Your Step to the tough street scene of Bad Avenue (done in classic Muddy Waters style), to Koko’s version of Memphis Minnie’s Black Rat, a song she used to sing as a teenager. “I put my heart and soul into everything that I do,” says Taylor. “I worked long and hard on OLD SCHOOL, and I want my fans to enjoy it as much as I do.”

Live, she simply cannot be matched in her power and raw talent. In fact, reviews of her 2006 live performances all rave about how “The Queen” is singing better than at any other time in her long, storied career—a career that includes singing with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant and every other imaginable legend. She’s performed in clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world, played for two presidents, and even lent her voice and her likeness (as an animated bear) to the PBS children’s television program Arthur.

Over the course of her almost 50-year career, Taylor has received just about every award the blues world has to offer and then some. She’s received Grammy nominations for seven of her last eight Alligator albums, and she won a Grammy in 1984 for the live multi-artist album Blues Explosion on Atlantic Records. In 2004 she was presented with the coveted National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment For The Arts. She holds 25 Blues Music Awards (more than any other blues artist, male or female). A major feather in her cap came on March 3, 1993, when Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley honored Taylor with a Legend Of The Year Award, and declared “Koko Taylor Day” throughout Chicago. In 1998, Chicago Magazine named her “Chicagoan Of The Year,” and in 1999, Taylor was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall Of Fame. “There are many kings of the blues,” said The Boston Globe, “but only one queen. Koko’s voice is still capable of pinning a listener to the back wall.”

It is not easy being a woman succeeding in the male-dominated blues world, but Koko Taylor has done just that. She’s taken her music from the tiny clubs on the South Side of Chicago to giant festivals, and continues to perform all over the world. She’s appeared on national television numerous times and has even been the subject of a PBS documentary. Through good times and personal hardships, Koko Taylor has remained a major force in the blues. “It’s a challenge,” she says. “It’s tough being out here doing what I’m doing in what they call a man’s world. It’s not every woman that can hang in there and do what I am doing.” Without a doubt, Koko Taylor is the preeminent blues woman in the world today. She is—and will remain—the undisputed Queen Of The Blues.

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THE HOLMES BROTHERS PERFORM ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
2/16/2007
The Holmes Brothers (Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes, Popsy Dixon) perform on Late Night With Conan O’Brien on Monday, February 19.

THE HOLMES BROTHERS PERFORM ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN

THE HOLMES BROTHERS PERFORM ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN

Celebrate President’s Day by watching American music masters The Holmes Brothers (Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes, Popsy Dixon) perform on NBC television’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien on Monday, February 19.

They’ll sing their soul-stirring version of Nick Lowe’s What’s So Funny (‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding)? from their critically acclaimed new CD, STATE OF GRACE.

Since the January 16, 2007 release of STATE OF GRACE, The Holmes Brothers have received massive amounts of radio airplay and critical praise, with features and reviews running in Rolling Stone, USA Today, The New York Times, Harp, No Depression, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Relix, Time Out, Billboard, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times and many other national and regional publications.

In other news, The Holmes Brothers will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 5 as part of the tribute to Bruce Springsteen concert, with proceeds benefiting Music For Youth, a program supporting musical education for underpriviledged young people.

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JJ GREY SOLO ACOUSTIC IN-STORES IN THE SOUTHEAST
2/7/2007
To celebrate the release of his Alligator Records Debut, COUNTRY GHETTO, JJ Grey will be appearing at a number of his favorite local CD stores along the tour. Be sure to come out and see these unique solo acoustic shows and say hello to JJ.

JJ GREY SOLO ACOUSTIC IN-STORES IN THE SOUTHEAST

JJ GREY SOLO ACOUSTIC IN-STORES IN THE SOUTHEAST

 

To celebrate the release of his Alligator Records Debut, COUNTRY GHETTO, JJ Grey will be appearing at a number of his favorite local CD stores along the tour.  Be sure to come out and see these unique solo acoustic shows and say hello to JJ.  See below for confirmed appearances and stay tuned for more in - stores along the tour.

 

Friday, February 16th at 4 PM

CD Connection

1908 3rd Street South

Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250

(904) 246-0550

 

Saturday, February 17th at 4 PM

Park Ave

2916 Corrine Drive

Orlando, FL  32803

(407) 629-5293

 

Tuesday, February 20th at 6 PM

Vinyl Fever

2256 W. Pensacola Street, Suite 2

Tallahassee, FL  32304

(850) 580-3480

 

Friday, February 23rd at 7 PM

Criminal Records

466 Moreland Ave. NE

Atlanta, GA  30307

(404) 215-9511

 

More will be added along the tour, so stay tuned for updates.

 

 

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JJ GREY & MOFRO'S COUNTRY GHETTO Set for February 20, 2007 Release
1/24/2007
Alligator Records has set a February 20, 2007 street date for down-home roots, rock and soul artist JJ Grey & his band MOFRO's new CD (and Alligator debut) COUNTRY GHETTO.

JJ GREY & MOFRO'S COUNTRY GHETTO Set for February 20, 2007 Release

JJ GREY & MOFRO'S COUNTRY GHETTO Set for February 20, 2007 Release

ALLIGATOR RECORDS PREPARES LABEL DEBUT FROM
JJ GREY & MOFRO

 

"A glorious, soul-drenched delight...down-home blues and Dixie rock, unmistakably Southern, undeniably soulful.      -Billboard

Alligator Records has set a February 20, 2007 street date for down-home roots, rock and soul artist JJ Grey & his band MOFRO's new CD (and Alligator debut) COUNTRY GHETTO. Produced by Dan Prothero, COUNTRY GHETTO features 12 original JJ Grey compositions that come right out of the Southern musical and literary tradition. While his songwriting inspirations range from Bill Withers, Van Morrison, and Dan Penn, Grey's songs are always his own. JJ Grey and his band MOFRO exude rocking, funky, melodic, front porch realism in every song they play.
                                               
JJ Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers, and his songs oftentimes use the loss of his natural surroundings and the marginalization of the Southern culture he grew up in as a metaphor for universal truths. The band delivers his material with brilliant musicianship, resulting in music that is thought provoking, rhythmically dynamic and texturally mesmerizing.
 
Grey's ear for detail inhabits his songs, whether it is a story passed down to him from his grandmother or the tribulations of a childhood friend. His voice delivers them with an unflinching strength that makes the personal universal and paints a vivid portrait of an exact time or place with words and music. Like his songs, his rich, soulful vocals are forceful and commanding, seemingly old beyond his years. And the music, from smoldering soul ballads to gospel-fried funk to straight ahead rock 'n' roll, brings it all home with danceable grooves and a melodic freshness that will stay with you long after the album ends.
 
Grey's songwriting influences are widespread. "I listen to people who tell the story," he says, naming Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, R.L. Burnside, Tony Joe White, Jerry Reed, Otis Redding, Dr. John, Sly & The Family Stone, Van Morrison, Bill Withers and Dan Penn. What these writers and performers have in common is a love for simplicity, evoking complex emotions with a minimal number of words. 

As a performer, Grey is influenced by the sexually charged blues of Howlin' Wolf, the country soul of George Jones and the hard funk of James Brown, as well as local personalities like street preachers and old time radio DJs. From the beginning, Grey's songs have been connected to his ancestral Florida homestead 40 miles outside of Jacksonville, a landscape he writes about with passion and devotion. 

Back in 1986, Grey worked at an air conditioning company, where he befriended guitarist Daryl Hance. At the time Grey had a young, original band that needed a guitar player, so he gave Hance the call. Grey was immediately impressed with Daryl's minimalist approach. "Daryl plays like Curtis Mayfield or Peter Tosh. He plays like the older generation, with patience." Under the name of MOFRO (Grey's nod towards a lumberyard he worked at), they recorded a demo together, which drew the interest of a UK label. The two then flew to London in 1994 to record.
 
While in London, the deal collapsed. Deciding to stick it out for a while, Grey placed ads in Melody Maker for musicians and quickly put together a band to play in the local London music scene. They were courted by a number of record labels, but were not at all impressed by the seemingly false and unrealistic promises being offered. On his own, Grey researched and found Fog City Records, owned by Dan Prothero. The two hit it off instantly.

Returning stateside, Grey and the band - with Prothero producing - recorded Blackwater in 2001 (released on Fog City and named by Amazon.com as one of the best CDs of the decade). In 2004 - again with Prothero at the helm - they cut Lochloosa for Swampland Records.
 
JJ Grey & MOFRO's rabid following, through hard work, touring and undeniable musical prowess, grew quickly. A National Public Radio feature in 2001 brought JJ's music to more people than ever before. Doors at press, radio and venues opened across the country. JJ Grey & MOFRO performed at Bonnaroo, opened for Widespread Panic, Ben Harper, Galactic, B.B. King and Jeff Beck.
 
Word of their live show spread quickly, and bookings at festivals and concerts around the world increased, including jaw-dropping shows at The Austin City Limits Festival and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The band continues to tour constantly, and will hit the road hard in support of COUNTRY GHETTO.
 
From gritty funk to juke joint romps to contemplative country soul to blistering rockers, JJ Grey & MOFRO occupy a distinctive space in the music world. And, like the best of the great Southern novelists, JJ Grey fills his stories and songs with details that are at once vivid and personal, political and universal. The songs and the music on COUNTRY GHETTO will make you smell the cypress trees, feel the hot breeze, taste the ho-cakes, and remind you that home is where the heart is.
 

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ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTIST LEE ROCKER TO HOST
1/24/2007
Singer/songwriter/bassist (and Stray Cat) Lee Rocker is set to program and host his own radio show, Rumble & Twang, to air on XM Satellite Network's X-Country channel (XM-12).

ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTIST LEE ROCKER TO HOST

ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTIST LEE ROCKER TO HOST
"RUMBLE & TWANG" ON XM SATELLITE RADIO!

 

Singer/songwriter/bassist (and Stray Cat) Lee Rocker is set to program and host his own radio show, Rumble & Twang, to air on XM Satellite Network's X-Country channel (XM-12). The show will air the first week of each month, starting on Monday, February 4, at 11:00am est. It will replay the following Thursday at 7:00pm est and Saturday at 11:00am est. The program is part of The Slip Stream Special series, where each week a different musician hosts his own show. The other artists hosting shows are Robert Earl Keen, Dave Alvin and Robbie Fulks. Complete programming information is available at http://xcountry.xmradio.com.

 

According to XM's Jessie Scott, program director for X-Country, "We are proud to welcome Lee to the XM family. Lee's vision of rockabilly with an Americana twist is a marvelous addition to The Slip Stream Special. The show acknowledges the fertile ground of all the musical styles that helped create rockabilly, mixing R&B and country to create something new."

 

And Rocker couldn't agree more, saying, "'Rumble and Twang is a labor of love for me, and it's something that in a way, I've always done.  Being a musician is all about sharing music and telling stories. Having my own radio show gives me another chance to share the American music that rumbles, twangs, echoes and slaps."

Rocker's latest CD, Black Cat Bone, has been hailed as the best of his career. Bass Player magazine said, "Rocker conjures up his best solo record...powerful, supercharged and refreshing." The Boston Herald said, "Lee Rocker keeps his stand-up bass pointed straight toward Sun Studios and rockabilly heaven."

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COCO MONTOYA TALKS TO XM SATELLITE RADIO ABOUT
1/12/2007
Blues guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya speaks with Bluesville host Bill Wax about his new CD "Dirty Deal" on Tuesday, January 16.

COCO MONTOYA TALKS TO XM SATELLITE RADIO ABOUT

COCO MONTOYA TALKS TO XM SATELLITE RADIO ABOUT

XM Satellite Radio's Bluesville program (channel 74) interviews blues master Coco Montoya on Tuesday, January 16 at 3:30pm Eastern time, the street date for Coco's new cd, Dirty Deal.

Coco and Bluesville host Bill Wax track through the new CD and discuss Coco's career, his influences and nearly every song on the Dirty Deal.

The program will air again on Friday, January 26 at 4:00pm Eastern time, and again on Sunday, February 4 at 7:00pm Eastern time.

For more details go to: http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelguide.xmc?ch+74 .

 

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NEW CDS FROM THE HOLMES BROTHERS AND COCO MONTOYA SET FOR JANUARY 16, 2007 RELEASE
12/14/2006
Alligator Records has set a January 16 release date for STATE OF GRACE from gospel/soul/blues masters The Holmes Brothers and DIRTY DEAL from legendary guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya.

NEW CDS FROM THE HOLMES BROTHERS AND COCO MONTOYA SET FOR JANUARY 16, 2007 RELEASE

ALLIGATOR PREPARES DOUBLE RELEASE

 

Alligator Records has set a January 16 release date for new CDs from gospel/soul/blues masters The Holmes Brothers (Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes, and Popsy Dixon) and legendary guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya. STATE OF GRACE is The Holmes Brothers third Alligator Release, and it features their spine-tingling harmonies, boundless energy and telepathic musicianship on a set of stellar originals and well-chosen covers. Little Feat’s Paul Barrere produced DIRTY DEAL, Montoya’s third Alligator CD. On DIRTY DEAL, Montoya -- a close friend and protégé of the late Albert Collins as well as a ten-year veteran of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers -- plays and sings some of his fiercest music yet.

 

 

 

STATE OF GRACE was produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, John Legend, Cassandra Wilson) who also produced the Holmes Brothers’ previous CD, Simple Truths. Noted for their ability to transform songs by legendary writers from The Beatles to Tom Waits to Bob Marley, The Holmes Brothers push that tradition even farther on STATE OF GRACE. They expertly reinvent songs by writers as diverse as John Fogerty (Bad Moon Rising), Cheap Trick (I Want You To Want Me), Hank Williams, Sr. (I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You), Nick Lowe (What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love And Understanding?), George Jones (Ain’t It Funny What A Fool Will Do), and Lyle Lovett (God Will, If I Had A Boat), delivering versions that need to be heard to be believed.

 

For the first time, several of The Holmes Brothers’ star friends add talents to the sessions. Levon Helm, drummer/vocalist from The Band, joined by his daughter Amy Helm, makes his first vocal recording since recovering from throat cancer with a heartfelt lead on I’ve Just Seen The Rock Of Ages. On the Hank Williams classic I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You Wendell trades verses with Rosanne Cash in a mesmerizing performance. And old friend Joan Osborne (who has been touring as a vocalist with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends) steps out on a bluesy, storefront church version of Those Memories Of You. The Holmes Brothers interplay of their voices with their guests’ is simple, musical magic.

 

As incredible as they are as interpreters (OffBeat calls them “the best interpretive group working today”), The Holmes Brothers are equally talented songwriters. Exceptional originals Gasoline Drawers, Smiling Face Hiding A Weeping Heart, Close The Door and Standing In The Need Of Love showcase the same true-life stories, depth of feeling, heartbreak and humor found in the timeless songs they choose to cover. With one foot firmly planted in the secular world, The Holmes Brothers layer their songs with rich gospel harmonies and alternately rough-edged and tender vocals, producing what is undoubtedly their richest and most fully realized album.

 

With their deeply soulful singing, spine-tingling harmonies and unsurpassed musicianship. Billboard declares, “It seems like The Holmes Brothers get more assured and exciting with each passing year. The Holmes Brothers remain a musical force unto themselves.” Their non-stop touring brings this force from concert halls to roadhouse bars, leaving their fervent fans in a state of ecstatic joy.

 

 

 

On DIRTY DEAL, Coco Montoya, along with his road-tested, red-hot touring band, uses blues as a blasting off point for his emotional, soulful music. With his icy-hot guitar playing and his passionate, unaffected vocals, he attacks each of the 11 songs with deep feeling and ferocious energy. Montoya’s friends, Little Feat members Paul Barerre, Kenny Gradney, Richie Hayward and Bill Payne, add their unique talents to the mix as well. Produced by Barrere and engineer Roger Cole, every song on DIRTY DEAL—the rockers as well as the ballads—burns from start to finish. Montoya brings all the unbridled force of his acclaimed live shows into the studio for a foot-stomping, guitar-fueled ride. DIRTY DEAL is Montoya’s rawest, most stripped-down and impassioned recording to date.

 

Montoya first met Barerre and Little Feat at a blues festival and instantly hit it off. According to Barerre, “Coco’s playing was inspirational to me, great tone and attitude.” The band invited Montoya to their annual Feat Festival in Jamaica two years in a row. “Our fans took to him like butter on bread,” recalls Barerre. “He fit in so well with the band that I knew I had to produce him. I really wanted to get that live feel from him on a recording, and that’s just what we did. He rips the guitar solos, and his voice is as strong as three-day-old coffee.”

 

Averaging over 150 tour dates a year, Montoya continues to pack clubs and theaters around the world. He has played major festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival and Canada’s International Jazz Festival. It’s no coincidence that publications from The Philadelphia Daily News to Blues Revue to Living Blues to The Village Voice all rank Coco among the best guitarists and singers on the blues scene. “Montoya is at the forefront of the contemporary blues world,” declared Guitar World. “He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation,” said Living Blues. With DIRTY DEAL and continued non-stop touring, Coco Montoya continues to share his gift with his legion of admirers all over the world.

 

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SEVEN ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE 13 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS
12/13/2006
The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 2007 Blues Music Awards. Seven Alligator recording artists received a total of 13 nominations.

SEVEN ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE 13 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS

SEVEN ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE 13
BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS!


The Blues Foundation today announced the nominees for the 2007 Blues Music Awards. Seven Alligator recording artists received a total of 13 nominations. Chicago blues legend Lil’ Ed Williams and his band The Blues Imperials received a total of three nominations (including nods for the coveted Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year awards). Guitar Shorty also picked up three nominations. Acoustic blues duo Cephas & Wiggins and Austin-based pianist Marcia Ball each received two. Eric Lindell, Shemekia Copeland, and Siegel-Schwall Band drummer Sam Lay each received one nomination. The Blues Music Awards ceremony and concert will be held May 10, 2007 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. Alligator artists and nominations are as follows:

LIL’ ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (Lil’ Ed Williams)
Band of the Year (Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials)
Song of the year - Icicles In My Meatloaf, from Rattleshake

GUITAR SHORTY
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year:
We The People
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year – Guitar

MARCIA BALL
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year

CEPHAS & WIGGINS
Acoustic Album of the Year:
Shoulder To Shoulder
Acoustic Artist of the Year

SHEMEKIA COPELAND
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

ERIC LINDELL
Best New Artist Debut:
Change In The Weather

SAM LAY (THE SIEGEL-SCHWALL BLUES BAND)
Instrumentalist of the Year - Drums


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ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS JJ GREY & MOFRO!
11/29/2006
Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of down home roots, rock and soul artist JJ Grey & his band MOFRO. Grey’s Alligator debut, Country Ghetto will be released in February 2007.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS JJ GREY & MOFRO!

ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS JJ GREY & MOFRO!

 

“Quietly intoxicating with a stunning melodic freshness…focused, deep songs.”

--The Boston Globe

 

Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of down home roots, rock and soul artist JJ Grey & his band MOFRO. Grey’s Alligator debut, Country Ghetto will be released in February 2007. Country Ghetto (produced by Dan Prothero) features 12 original JJ Grey compositions that come right out of the Southern musical and literary tradition. While his songwriting inspirations range from Bill Withers, Van Morrison, and Dan Penn, Grey’s songs are always his own, oftentimes relating to the loss of his natural surroundings and the marginalization of the Southern culture he grew up in.

 

Grey, with longtime musical partner, guitarist Daryl Hance, has released two previous albums under the band name MOFRO: 2001’s Blackwater (named by Amazon.com as one of the best CDs of the decade) and 2004’s Lochloosa. From the beginning, Grey’s songs have been connected to his ancestral Florida homestead forty miles outside of Jacksonville, a landscape he writes about with passion and devotion.

 

Grey’s ear for detail inhabits his songs, whether it is a story passed down to him from his grandmother or the tribulations of a childhood friend. Grey’s voice delivers them with an unflinching force that makes the personal universal and paints a vivid portrait of an exact time or place with words and music. Like his songs, his rich, soulful vocals are forceful and commanding, seemingly old beyond his years. Delivered with brilliant musicianship, the result is both thought provoking and rhythmically and texturally mesmerizing.

 

Live, JJ Grey & MOFRO blaze their own spontaneous path, performing at festivals and concerts around the world, including jaw-dropping shows at Bonnaroo, The Austin City Limits Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

 

From gritty funk to juke joint romps, from contemplative country soul to blistering rockers, JJ Grey & MOFRO occupy a unique space in the music world. And, like the best of the great Southern novelists, JJ Grey fills his stories and songs with details that are at once vivid and personal, political and universal. The songs and the music will make you smell the cypress trees, feel the hot breeze, taste the ho-cakes, and remind you that home is where the heart is.

 

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MICHAEL BURKS WINS DELTA CULTURAL CENTER SONNY PAYNE AWARD FOR BLUES EXCELLENCE
10/17/2006
The Delta Cultural Center announced that blues guitarist/ vocalist/ songwriter Michael Burks received the coveted Sonny Payne Award For Blues Excellence.

MICHAEL BURKS WINS DELTA CULTURAL CENTER SONNY PAYNE AWARD FOR BLUES EXCELLENCE

MICHEAL BURKS WINS DELTA CULTURAL CENTER SONNY PAYNE AWARD FOR BLUES EXCELLENCE

 

The Delta Cultural Center announced that blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Michael Burks received the coveted Sonny Payne Award For Blues Excellence. Commonly known as the "Sonny Award," it is presented each year to an individual or individuals who have strongly influenced blues music in Arkansas. Burks, a Little Rock native, has released two critically acclaimed CDs on Alligator Records (2001’s MAKE IT RAIN and 2003’s I SMELL SMOKE), and has toured almost non-stop.
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MARCIA BALL APPEARS IN THREE NATIONAL TELEVISION PROGRAMS
10/12/2006
Boogie-woogie blues pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball can be seen in three national television programs currently airing.

MARCIA BALL APPEARS IN THREE NATIONAL TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Boogie-woogie blues pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball can be seen in three national television programs currently airing. On October 14, 2006, Austin City Limits debuts The New Orleans Social Club. Featuring The Neville Brothers, Willie Tee and others, Ball sings Red Beans, and joins her close friend Irma Thomas on Look Up and Yield Not To Temptation.

 

She appears in Robert Mugge’s film, New Orleans Music In Exile, airing on the Starz cable television network. The film follows many New Orleans musicians after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Ball is seen delivering a new keyboard to piano legend Eddie Bo, and performing two songs, including Randy Newman’s Louisiana 1927. The show originally aired in May 2006 and is still airing regularly on the network.

 

And, in a show filmed for PBS earlier this year, Ball joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Cincinnati Pops: A Musical Celebration of America’s Rivers. She performs Way Down Yonder In New Orleans and Louisiana 1927. The program first aired on September 28, 2006.

 

 

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ROOMFUL OF BLUES TO APPEAR ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA
9/19/2006
Rhode Island's most famous blues band, Roomful of Blues, will appear live on Good Morning America on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30am eastern time.

ROOMFUL OF BLUES TO APPEAR ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Rhode Island's most famous blues band, Roomful of Blues, will appear live on Good Morning America on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30am eastern time. They will perform Just Keep On Rocking off of their latest Alligator CD, STANDING ROOM ONLY. The show is featuring the Taste Of Rhode Island that day, where Roomful of Blues is scheduled to perform.

 
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