SHEMEKIA COPELAND'S TALKING TO STRANGERS DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD BLUES CHART!
Shemekia Copeland's new, Dr. John-produced CD, Talking To Strangers, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart for the week ending September 22, 2002. Since its September 17 release, Talking To Strangers has been featured and/or reviewed in The New York Times, Ebony, Time Out New York, CDNow, Amazon.com, The Chicaqo Sun-Times the Associated Press (review) and Billboard. Stories and/or reviews are slated to run in Vibe, USA Today, DownBeat, the Associated Press (feature), The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Women Who Rock, Honey, Black Beat, OffBeat, Blues Review, Living Blues and many other publications
Shemekia Copeland's Talking To Strangers Reviewed in Billboard
Shemekia Copeland's new Dr. John-produced CD, Talking To Strangers, received a rave review in the 21 September issue of Billboard. On September 16, Shemekia, along with Dr. John, opened for The Rolling Stones at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS CANADIAN DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH DISTRIBUTION FUSION III
Alligator Records has announced a new exclusive Canadian distribution agreement with Distribution Fusion III. Based in Montreal, Distribution Fusion III began carrying the entire Alligator catalog as of July 2, 2002. The first new release for Distribution Fusion III will be HEADS UP!, the house-rocking new album from Chicago's Lil' Ed And The Blues Imperials.
ALLIGATOR TO RELEASE BUDGET SAMPLER
Alligator Records will release LET THERE BE...BLUES, a 12 track sampler with a budget price of $3.99, on August 20. The CD will be available exclusively at over 500 Transworld retail record stores (Coconuts, FYE, Planet Music, Spec's and Strawberries) across the country.
LITTLE CHARLIE AND THE NIGHTCATS FEATURED ON HOUSE OF BLUES RADIO HOUR
Alligator's Little Charlie And The Nightcats will be the featured artists on the nationally syndicated program, The House of Blues Radio Hour, with host Dan "Elwood Blues" Aykroyd, the weekend of July 20-21. The program will run on nearly 200 stations across the U.S. Since the March 12, 2002 release of THAT'S BIG!, Little Charlie And The Nightcats have toured relentlessly and have been featured on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, in Guitar Player magazine, and in many other national and regional publications and radio programs.
THREE ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE W.C. HANDY BLUES AWARDS!
Alligator Records is pleased to announce that three of the label's artists have received W.C. Handy Blues Awards from the Blues Foundation. The 23rd Annual W.C. Handy Awards were presented by the Blues Foundation on May 23rd in Memphis at the Orpheum Theatre. Marcia Ball: Blues Album Of The Year- Presumed Innocent (This is Ball's 2nd career W.C. Handy Blues Award.)////Shemekia Copeland: Contemporary Blues - Female Artist of the Year (This is Copeland's 4th career W.C. Handy Blues Award.)////Koko Taylor: Traditional Blues - Female Artist of the Year (This is Taylor's 22nd career W.C. Handy Blues Award.)
Listen to Little Charlie & the Nightcats' appearance on West Coast Live May 2002
Little Charlie & the Nightcats performed several songs from their latest Alligator Records release, That’s Big! on West Coast Live last weekend. Host Sedge Thompson also talked with guitarist Little Charlie Baty and vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Rick Estrin about their new record, touring and musical influences.
W.C. Clark CD Review in Austin Chronicle
Read Jay Trachtenbert's stellar review of W.C. Clark's new Alligator CD, From Austin With Soul, in the April 26 edition of The Austin Chronicle.
LITTLE CHARLIE AND THE NIGHTCATS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO'S "WEEKEND EDITION"
Jump/blues/swing masters Little Charlie and the Nightcats appeared on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” on Saturday, April 20. The feature includes interviews with guitarist Little Charlie Baty and vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Rick Estrin, as well as live performances from the entire band.
ALLIGATOR RECEIVES 2002 "KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE" AWARD
Alligator Records received a 2002 Keeping The Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation in a ceremony held at the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis on February 10.
JOHN JACKSON 1924 - 2002
Famed Virginia blues and ragtime songster John Jackson, whose gentle, acoustic guitar picking and warm, rich baritone voice won him a National Heritage Fellowship in 1986, died of complications from liver cancer on Sunday, January 20, 2002 in Virginia.
Sacramento Blues Festival founder and promoter Phil Givant dies
Phil Givant, 66, the founder and promoter of the Sacramento Blues Festival from 1976 to 1993, passed away on Saturday, January 5th from complications of heart disease.