New York Times Recommends Alligator's 30th Collection
ALLIGATOR RECORDS: 30th-ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION "Alligator Records started as a way for a fan named Bruce Iglauer to make an album of the Mississippi bluesman Hound Dog Taylor. Thirty years later, its roster extends from its home in Chicago all the way to Australia. This set concentrates on the labels last decade, with one CD each of studio and live recordings. With muscular, no frills production, Alligator catches the blues as it melds with soul, rock, gospel country and zydeco, trying to party away the pains of love." --Jon Pareles New York Times.
NEW "DELUXE EDITIONS" FROM KOKO TAYLOR AND SON SEALS
Alligator Records, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, has set a January 22, 2002 street date for new DELUXE EDITION CDs from Queen Of The Blues Koko Taylor and master guitarist/vocalist Son Seals. Both CDs contain the best from these two Chicago blues legends' Alligator catalogs and feature over 60 minutes of music, including one previously unreleased track on each release. DELUXE EDITION packaging includes never-before-published photos, a special mini-poster insert, and a fully annotated booklet, with liner notes by Alligator president Bruce Iglauer.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS PRESIDENT BRUCE IGLAUER RECEIVES “CHICAGOAN OF THE YEAR” AWARD
Chicago Magazine presented Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer with a coveted “Chicagoan Of The Year” award in a ceremony held at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel on January 16, 2002. The annual award, according to the magazine, is given to eight “remarkable men and women whose achievements have made Chicago a better place…people who claim that they are only doing their jobs when in fact they are blazing a trail into the 21st century." A profile of Iglauer, along with the seven other recipients, can be found in the January 2002 issue of the magazine.
The Holmes Brothers' SPEAKING IN TONGUES Named to Amazon.com TOP 100
SPEAKING IN TONGUES, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year, is sitting pretty at #50 on Amazon.com's annual Top 100 list. In other Amazon.com news The Holmes Brothers are also in the Amazon.com Top 10 Blues Albums of 2001 list.
Holmes Brothers announcement
Easter D. Holmes, mother of Sherman and Wendell Holmes (of The Holmes Brothers), passed away Wednesday, October 17 following a lengthy illness.
SHEMEKIA COPELAND ON AUSTIN CITY LIMITS!
Grammy-nominated blues singer Shemekia Copeland appears on the Public Television program Austin City Limits. The show — which also features Jimmie Vaughan — first aired on November 17, 2001. In other Copeland news, the singer was named “Overseas Artist of the Year, Female” by Great Britain’s Blueprint magazine.
KOKO TAYLOR RECEIVES 2001 CHICAGO HEROES AWARD FROM THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy presented “Queen Of The Blues” Koko Taylor with a 2001 Chicago Heroes Award on December 5, 2001 in a ceremony held at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. The evening consisted of presentations to the honorees followed by a live performance from some of Chicago’s most talented musicians.
30th Anniversary Collection Reviewed in Boston Globe
Read Craig Harris' review of The Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection from The Boston Globe.
Shemekia Copeland Wins Again!
Great Britain's Blueprint Magazine named powerhouse blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland the "Overseas Artist Of The Year (Female)" for 2001.
Alligator Feature in Baton Rouge Advocate
Read John Wirt's profile of Alligator Records from the Baton Rouge Advocate.
30th Anniversry Collection Reviewed in the Washington Post
Read Mark Judge's stellar review of "The Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection" from the August 29 edition of The Washington Post.
Ray Arvisu, Sax Player for Elvin Bishop 1953 - 2001
Long-time Elvin Bishop sax player Ray "Daddy Ray" Arvisu passed away. Follow the link for more information.