Marcia Ball on Acoustic Cafe
Marcia Ball will be the featured artist on the nationally syndicated radio program, Acoustic Cafe. The show will begin airing on affiliate stations starting August 18th. Join Macia and her band as they work through acoustic versions of songs from her latest Alligator release, So Many Rivers.
ALLIGATOR SET TO RELEASE GENUINE HOUSEROCKIN' CHRISTMAS!
Alligator Records has set an August 26 release date for GENUINE HOUSEROCKIN' CHRISTMAS. The CD showcases 16 songs (including 14 written specifically for this release) from 16 of the label's best-selling artists celebrating the holiday season with over an hour's worth of brand new recordings. Recorded at studios all over the country, the disc features an infectious blast of holiday cheer from the biggest names in blues and roots music, including Koko Taylor's explosive opener "Have You Heard The News?," Shemekia Copeland's new classic, the jazzy Christmas come-on "Stay A Little Longer, Santa," Little Charlie And The Nightcats' satirical "It's Christmas Time Again (Spend, Spend, Spend)," and Marcia Ball's Cajun-flavored "Christmas Fais Do Do."
Roomful of Blues Live in Detroit on 7/31
Roomful of Blues will be performing live tracks from their new Alligator release, That's Right, on Thursday, August 31st at 1:30 PM EST on WDET-FM in Detroit. Join Roomful and WDET host, Martin Bandyke, for this exclusive live performance and interview.
FOUR ALLIGATOR ARTISTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE UPCOMING PBS SERIES, THE BLUES!
As part of the continuing celebration of the Congressionally-declared "Year Of The Blues," Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Marcia Ball and Shemekia Copeland will all be included in the upcoming Martin Scorsese-produced PBS series, "The Blues." The seven-part series premieres nationally on September 28 and includes films by Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Richard Pearce, Charles Burnett, Marc Levin, Mike Figgis, and Clint Eastwood. In addition, a 13-part radio program, airing on Public Radio International, will begin on September 27 and will feature a number of Alligator artists including Elvin Bishop, Marcia Ball, Shemekia Copeland, Koko Taylor, Cephas & Wiggins, as well as Alligator president Bruce Iglauer. Both Taylor and Copeland recorded new songs specifically for the program.
SUNDANCE FILM CHANNEL TO AIR "BUY THIS RECORD" FEATURING ALLIGATOR RECORDS ON AUGUST 21!
The Sundance Film Channel will air the documentary "Buy This Record" as part of its original series, "Keeping Time: New Music From America's Roots," on Thursday, August 21. "Buy This Record" looks at how independent labels (including Alligator) are bringing artists in a variety of genres to a wider and younger audience and features interviews with Alligator president Bruce Iglauer and singing sensation Shemekia Copeland, as well as performance footage from Copeland.
KOKO TAYLOR AND LONNIE BROOKS PERFORM AT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S ALL STAR GAME!
Blues legends Koko Taylor and Lonnie Brooks teamed up on July 14 to perform "Sweet Home Chicago" at Major League Baseball's All Star Game held in Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park). Singing prior to the game, the two blues stars received a tremendous ovation from the packed house of celebrities, professional athletes and baseball fans.
Marcia Ball On World Cafe
Marcia Ball will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated Public Radio International program, World Cafe, on Monday, July 28th at 2 PM EST. Hear Marcia and her band perform tracks from her new Alligator release, So Many Rivers. She'll be joined by World Cafe host David Dye for live music and an in depth interview. The World Cafe can be heard on more than 150 stations nationwide.
Shemekia Copeland Featured on American Routes
Shemekia Copeland will be featured on the nationally syndicated PRI progam, American Routes. Shemekia and her band will be performing live from the House Of Blues in New Orleans in celebration of American Routes' 5th anniversary. Listen in to American Routes as host Nick Spitzer explores the roots of popular music and popular roots music. The show airs on affiliate stations between July 30th and August 5th.
LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY HONORS ALLIGATOR PRESIDENT BRUCE IGLAUER WITH DOCTOR OF MUSIC DEGREE
Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin presented Bruce Iglauer, founder and president of Alligator Records, with the honorary degree of Doctor of Music on June 15, 2003. In conferring the degree upon their former student, University president Richard Warch said: “Bruce Iglauer, the United States Senate may not have had you in mind when it declared 2003 as the Year of the Blues, but it might well have, for you have done as much as anyone to protect and promote the great legacy of this distinctively American art form.”
FOUR ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE SIX W.C. HANDY BLUES AWARDS!
Singing sensation Shemekia Copeland won three Awards at last night’s 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN, taking more awards than any other nominee. Her win for Blues Album Of The Year for 2002’s Dr. John-produced TALKING TO STRANGERS marks the 2nd time Copeland has won the category. She won the same award for her 2001 album, WICKED. She also won for Contemporary Female Artist Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for TALKING TO STRANGERS. At only 24-years-old, Copeland has won a total of seven awards.
MARCIA BALL'S SO MANY RIVERS DEBUTS AT #2 ON THE BILLBOARD BLUES CHART!
Pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball's new Alligator CD, SO MANY RIVERS (produced by Stephen Bruton), debuted at #2 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Released on April 22, the album has quickly risen up the radio charts and has already received glowing reviews.
Marcia Ball's So Many Rivers reviewed in Billboard
Marcia Ball's new cd, SO MANY RIVERS, received a glowing review in the 5/03 issue of Billboard. Writer Philip Van Vleck said SO MANY RIVERS is "the best album Ball has ever tracked."