MAVIS STAPLES SINGS "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" AT DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION! NEW CD “HAVE A LITTLE FAITH” SET FOR AUGUST 17, 2004 RELEASE!
Gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples, whose Alligator Records debut CD “HAVE A LITTLE FAITH” is set for an August 17 release date, sang “America The Beautiful” at the Democratic National Convention on July 29. Over the course of her long, storied career, Mavis has performed for many political heavyweights, including Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton.
QUEEN OF THE BLUES KOKO TAYLOR RECEIVES NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) announced today that legendary blues singer Koko Taylor will be one of 12 artists to receive the National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. According to the NEA, Taylor was chosen for her “artistic excellence, cultural authenticity, and contributions to [her] field.” The award will be presented to her on September 29, 2004 in a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
THE HOLMES BROTHERS TO APPEAR ON USA NETWORK SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT EVENT, "WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS: OUTLAWS AND ANGELS"
The Holmes Brothers (guitarist Wendell and bassist Sherman Holmes and drummer Popsy Dixon) will appear on the USA Network concert special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels" along with an all-star line up. The band joins Willie Nelson on his original song, "Opportunity To Cry," which the Holmes Brothers recorded on their new Alligator album, SIMPLE TRUTHS. The rest of the all-star line-up includes performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Lee Ann Womack, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Al Green, Shebly Lynn, Rickie Lee Jones, Toots Hibbert, Joe Walsh, Los Lonely Boys and Bob Dyaln. Actor James Caan hosts the concert event.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS MAVIS STAPLES! -- NEW CD SET FOR AUGUST RELEASE!
Alligator Records is proud to announce the signing of R&B and gospel legend Mavis Staples. A veteran of the music scene for over 40 years – and a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee – Staples (with her family band The Staple Singers and on her own) is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots, influencing artists from Bob Dylan to Prince (who dubbed her “the epitome of soul”) in the process.
THREE ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE FIVE W.C. HANDY BLUES AWARDS!
Both Roomful of Blues and pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball each received two W.C. Handy Awards at last night's 25th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards ceremony at the Cannon Center Ballroom in Memphis, TN. Blues legend Koko Taylor received one Award. Boogie-woogie piano queen Marcia Ball took the award for Contemporary Female Blues Artist Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for her Alligator album SO MANY RIVERS. Celebrated swing/jump/blues combo Roomful of Blues won the coveted Band Of The Year Award along with the award for Best Instrumentalist – Horns. "Queen Of The Blues" Koko Taylor won for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year. This is her 24th W.C. Handy Blues Award. She has received more awards than any other artist - male or female - in Handy history.
Holmes Brothers Appear on WBUR-FM's "ON POINT"
The Holmes Brothers appeared on WBUR-FM's "On Point" program on Friday, March 26 for a full hour of performance and interviews.
ALLIGATOR PREPARES DOUBLE RELEASE
Alligator Records has set an April 27 release date for WATCH YOUR BACK, the label debut from renowned guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty and RELEASE THE HOUND (AL 4896), a collection of previously unreleased live and studio cuts from the legendary Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers. Credited with influencing Jimi Hendrix, Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings (beginning in 1957 with a Willie Dixon-produced single on the Cobra label). With just two guitars and a drum set, Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers created a rocked-out, hypnotic, ultra-danceable sound that is as emotionally powerful and wildly energizing today as it was 30 years ago.
THE HOLMES BROTHERS TO APPEAR ON 3RD ANNUAL WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS CONCERT / TV SPECIAL
Music legend Willie Nelson invited Alligator recordings artists The Holmes Brothers to join him and many other soon-to-be-announced special musical guests on his 3rd Annual “Willie Nelson & Friends” concert. The show will take place on May 5 in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theatre and will air nationwide on Memorial Day Weekend on the USA Television Network.
Holmes Brothers on World Cafe
Tune in Friday, March 26th to hear the Holmes Brothers on the nationally syndicated, Public Radio International program, World Cafe! Join the Holmes Brothers for an intimate set of songs and conversation with World Cafe host, David Dye. The Holmes Brothers will play selections from their new album, Simple Truths. Fans can find their local station by going to: http://worldcafe.org or they can listen online Monday to Friday at 2pm EST or 1am EST by going to http://www.xpn.org/listen.php
Holmes Brothers Live On Acoustic Cafe
The Holmes Brothers will be the featured artists on the nationally syndicated program, Acoustic Cafe, beginning the week of 3/22. Join them for an intimate set of music and conversation as they play tunes from their new release, Simple Truths. Acoustic Cafe airs on over 70 stations nationwide. Check your local listings.
Holmes Brothers in Performance at the Kennedy Center
Watch two complete Holmes Brothers performances recorded at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The first is from 2001, the second from 2004.
HOLMES BROTHERS TO APPEAR ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
The Holmes Brothers – guitarist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes and drummer/vocalist Popsy Dixon – will appear on NBC Television’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” this Wednesday, February 18. They will sing “We Meet, We Part, We Remember” from their new Alligator CD, SIMPLE TRUTHS – a song Entertainment Weekly called, “A timeless original.”