MICHAEL “IRON MAN” BURKS RECEIVES 2004 “LIVING BLUES” AWARD
“Living Blues” magazine named guitarist/vocalist Michael Burks “Most Outstanding Musician – Guitar” in its 2004 Critic’s Poll. Burks’ two Alligator CDs, MAKE IT RAIN and I SMELL SMOKE, along with non-stop touring, has helped him win over thousands of fans both domestically and internationally with his fiery fretwork and soulful, smoky vocals. “GuitarOne” magazine said Burks is “An immensely talented guitarist and singer who will singe the whiskers right off your face.”
MAVIS STAPLES APPEARS ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
Gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples appears on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” on Wednesday, October 20, singing the title track from her new Alligator CD, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH. Other guests on the show that evening will be actress Claire Danes and “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” host Carson Kressly.
MAVIS STAPLES AND SHEMEKIA COPELAND APPEAR IN MARTIN SCORSESE-PRODUCED FILM, “LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE”
“Lightning In A Bottle,” the Martin Scorsese-produced film, begins its limited theatrical release on Friday, October 22nd, 2004. Wider distribution will begin on November 5. The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, compiles the highlights from the “Year of the Blues” concert at Radio City Music Hall in February 2003. Alligator artist Shemekia Copeland performs “I Pity The Fool” with Robert Cray, and Mavis Staples sings “A Dying Man's Plea” solo and “A Man Is Like A Streetcar” with Ruth Brown, Natalie Cole and Bill Cosby.
MAVIS STAPLES GOES TO BAT FOR THE BOSTON RED SOX
The Boston Red Sox and New England Sports Network (NESN) have adopted “I Still Believe In You,” a standout track from gospel / soul singing legend Mavis Staples’ new Alligator CD, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, as the theme song in their televised promo spots for the team’s 2004 playoff run. The spots feature an MTV-type description complete with the artist's name, album title and the song title with each promo.
Mavis Staple Audio feature on WBUR's "ON POINT"
Listen to the the 1 hour interview with Mavis Staples on WBUR's "ON POINT". Originally airing on September 3, 2004, this piece features an in-depth interview as well as two spectacular acoustic performances.
Mavis Staples USA TODAY feature
Steve Jones interview Mavis Staples for this story in the September 3, 2004 edition of USA Today.
RAFUL NEAL: JUNE 6, 1936 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
Famed Bayou bluesman, singer/harmonica player Raful Neal, died Wednesday, September 1, after a long bout with cancer. He was 68. With his relaxed vocal style and behind-the-beat harmonica playing, he was considered one of the best bluesmen to emerge from the south Louisiana area, bringing the sounds of the region to a worldwide audience. Neal was the patriarch of the famed Neal clan: nearly all of his children are blues musicians, including recording artist Kenny Neal.
NOBLE “THIN MAN” WATTS: FEBRUARY 17, 1926 – AUGUST 24, 2004
Influential R&B and jazz saxophonist Noble “Thin Man” Watts, whose recording career began in 1954 and who shared stages with such musical luminaries as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, died on August 24 in his hometown of DeLand, Florida. He was 78.
Mavis Staples on "Sound Opinions"
Listen to Mavis Staples perform and be interviewed on WXRT-FM's "Sound Opinions" hosted by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot and Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis. In addition to extended interview segments, Mavis performs three songs, including two accompanied by Chicago singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks and his band. After clicking the link, scroll down to August 24, 2004 to link to the audio of the show.
Listen to National Public Radio's All Things Considered's Mavis Staple Feature
National Public Radio's All Things Considered featured Mavis Staples and her new CD, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, in a 9-minute audio program which ran on August 16, 2004. Click the link below to listen to the feature and to view the Mavis Staples build out at the NPR website, which includes two streaming full length songs from the new CD.
Mavis Staples "Have A Little Faith" Features And Reviews
Mavis Staples' new cd, Have A Little Faith, is already receiving stellar reviews. A few among many are linked below.
LEGENDARY VOCALIST MAVIS STAPLES TO APPEAR ON NATIONAL TELEVISION AND RADIO PROGRAMS!
Mavis Staples, whose new CD HAVE A LITTLE FAITH will be released on August 17, 2004, will appear in many national television and programs over the next few days. “The Chicago Tribune” called the CD “a classic blues-tinged gospel album from one of the greatest soul singers of the last half-century.” Details on broadcasts are as follows: