APRIL 2013: Tommy Castro's Blues Cruise Cabin Raffle For The Blues Hall Of Fame
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers are raffling off two tickets to the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #22 for donations made to The Blues Foundation's Capital Campaign from March 27 until the October 18-25, 2013 cruise (where the winner will be announced). The winner will receive two tickets to the January 19-26, 2014 cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a total value of $4250.00. The raffle is limited to only 500 tickets, and entrants must purchase at least one $25.00 ticket (with a discount at five tickets for $100.00). Tickets can be purchased at Tommy Castro & The Painkillers' live performances, and online at The Blues Foundation's Capital Campaign. Ticket buyers must enter "Tommy Castro Blues Cruise Raffle" in the "Referred By" box on the donation form to be entered in the drawing.
In addition to Tommy Castro, some of the great acts performing on the cruise include Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Otis Clay, Curtis Salgado, Tab Benoit, Eric Bibb and Rosebud artist John Hammond.
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LRBC #22 January 2014 Eastern Caribbean, January 19-26, 2014.
Good luck to all the entrants!
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FEBRUARY 2013: Rosebud Artists On House of Blues and NPR Radio - Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Tommy Castro and Charlie Musselwhite
Thanks to House of Blues and Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd) for featuring Rosebud artists Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster and Charlie Musselwhite on recent BluesMobile radio episodes.
Tommy Castro's Greedy was featured on The BluesMobile, on December 29 - 30, 2012. "Greedy" was selected by show host, Elwood Blues, as Elwood's "Blues Breaker" or favorite new song of the week. This is at least the third time Tommy's music has been featured on The BluesMobile.
Another recent Blues Mobile "Bluesbreaker" was Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper's "I Don't Believe a Word You Say" from their recently released collaboration, Get Up! segment from the January 12 - 13, 2013 broadcast.
Ben and Charlie were again featured on The BluesMobile on February 9 - 10, 2013 as Elwood Blues' special guests. On the show they were interviewed on the unique nature of their collaboration which first began when they both recorded with the legendary John Lee Hooker (a Rosebud artist until his passing). Elwood Blues exclusively played music featuring Charlie and/or Ben throughout the show including multiple tracks from Get Up!.
Get Up!, also featured in The BluesMobile's Blues Of The Month Club, can be streamed in its entirety at getup.benharper.com.
2013 GRAMMY-nominated Ruthie Foster was also featured as Elwood Blues' special guest on The BluesMobile on February 2 - 3, 2013. On the show, Elwood showcased Ruthie's songs as well as music by winners of the Koko Taylor Award (The Blues Music Awards' Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year) which Ruthie has won several times in the past. Among the topics Elwood interviewed Ruthie about was her magic recording moment with Stax Records legend William Bell and her transition from singing Gospel to Blues.
On January 22, 2013 Ruthie digitally released Keep It Burning, an EP featuring two previously unheard takes from the Let It Burn sessions as well as live versions of "Welcome Home" and "Aim For The Heart" recorded at the 2012 Notodden Blues Festival in Norway. "Don't Get Too Comfortable", written and sung by Ruthie and Stax Records legend William Bell, and a funky New Orleans studio version of the Foster-penned "Truth!" are also included on the new EP.
Also coming up on radio is Marcia Ball's performance on NPR's eTown with Paul Thorn, which was taped on January 20, 2013. The show's air dates are not yet finalized, but it will be available for listening on NPR/public, commercial, and community stations. Click here for more info and to find a station near you. This performance marks Marcia's third appearance on eTown which was recorded live in front of a theater audience at eTown's new solar-powered music facility, eTown Hall, in Boulder, CO. Typically the performance is interspersed with informal interviews with show co-host Nick Forster that explore the artist's roots and influences as well as his/her interests in social and environmental causes. A known supporter of environmental activism, Marcia has participated in events that support conservation efforts in the Gulf Coast.
To Catch Marcia Ball, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, And Ruthie Foster Live, See Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2012: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers' Debut Release with Alligator Records Out November 4, 2012
Tommy Castro's latest project, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, will release their first recording with Alligator Records on November 4, 2012. Greedy / That's All I Got is a two-song 45 rpm vinyl that initially will only be available for sale at live performances and as a download. The record, featuring original bassist, Randy McDonald, and new members Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards, precedes their full-length debut album set for release in 2013. For more information, please check press release at Alligator.com >>
Formed in February of 2012, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have been touring extensively across the U.S. and abroad. With his band dubbed "The Painkillers," Castro explains his future plans for performing across the globe in stating, "a lot of folks are having hard times these days, and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain."
To catch Tommy Castro & The Painkillers live, see Tour Dates >>
MAY 2012: Tommy Castro Wins 2011 International Songwriting Competition, Blues Category
Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro took First Place in the Blues category for the 2011 International Songwriter's Competition (ISC) with his song "Hard Believer." Results of the 2011 competition have just been announced. Co-written with Bonnie Hayes, it is also the title track to Tommy's thirteenth CD. The Hard Believer album was recognized by the Blues Music Awards as the Contemporary Blues Album of 2010.
With over 60 categories, all ISC entries were judged by influential artists and executives across various musical genres like Tori Amos, Ozzy Ozbourne, Jeff Beck, James Cotton, Mose Allison, Toots Hibbert, and Wynonna Judd. Fellow Rosebud Artist Trombone Shorty also participated in the ISC as a judge for the Jazz category. For more information on the International Songwriter's Competition visit Songwritingcompetition.com.
This year has been full of recognition and praise for Tommy Castro. He was also nominated for four 2012 Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year - both awards he has already won twice. Tommy is currently touring America with the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring Tommy Castro and the Painkillers. Catch Tommy Castro on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
DECEMBER 2011: 7 Rosebud Artists Nominated for 12+ Blues Music Awards: Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary, Bettye LaVette and Duke Robillard All Honored with Nominations
7 Rosebud Artists have been honored with 12-plus nominations for the 2012 Blues Music Awards. Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary, Bettye LaVette and Duke Robillard have all been nominated.
Tommy Castro is once again among the most-nominated artists this year. He garnered nominations for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year (all awards which he has won previously). In addition, Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue - Live! (which features Tommy and his band on their own and alongside various other artists) is nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. He is also featured in the nominated DVD, All Jams on Deck (shot on the October 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise). The "Jams" DVD also features fellow Rosebud Artists Marcia Ball and Coco Montoya among others. In a related nomination, longtime Tommy Castro Band saxophonist Keith Crossan is up for Best Instrumentalist - Horn.
Ruthie Foster is also among the most-nominated artists this year with 3 nominations: for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year (an award she won last year) and DVD of the Year for her Live At Antone's DVD.
25-time BMA winner Charlie Musselwhite is nominated in 2 categories he won last year: Best Instrumentalist - Harmonica and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Bettye LaVette is nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, an award she has won previously. Duke Robillard is nominated for the Gibson Guitar Award, an honor he has won previously 4 times (when the category was known as Best Instrumentalist - Guitar). Both Jon Cleary and Marcia Ball are nominated for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Marcia has been honored with 4 of her 8 previous Blues Music Award wins in this category. This is Jon's 3rd nomination in the category.
Congratulations to all the nominees! The 33rd Blues Music Awards will be held at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, TN, on May 10, 2012 and will be broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville. Catch all the nominees performing individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
NOVEMBER 2011: Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond Top Blues Matters International Writer's Poll - Jon Cleary and Tommy Castro Score Among The Best
Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite was named Best Harmonica Player in this year's Blues Matters (UK) International Writer's Poll. In Search of Robert Johnson (2000/US Release, 2006/UK Release), hosted by and starring John Hammond, was selected as one of the Best Blues DVDs. Jon Cleary and The Tommy Castro Band were also named among the best in the Best Keyboards and Best Band categories, respectively.
Musselwhite's latest CD, The Well, received a 2011 Grammy nomination, the 7th overall for Charlie. A 26-time Blues Music Award (BMA) Winner and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Charlie is also featured on Cyndi Lauper's latest, Memphis Blues, a 2011 Grammy Nominee as well. Charlie can also be heard on five tracks of the new Tom Waits CD, Bad As Me.
John Hammond is an eight-time BMA winner and 2011 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame. Hammond also received a 2010 Grammy Nomination - his seventh as well - for Rough & Tough (Best Traditional Blues Album). Hammond won a GRAMMY in 1985 for his performance on Blues Explosion, a compilation from the Montreux Jazz Festival also featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor and others.
With four BMA wins in 2010 (including Band of the Year), Castro's Hard Believer album (produced by John Porter (B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Buddy Guy, Keb' Mo', The Smiths, Roxy Music)) received the Living Blues Awards Readers' Poll Award for Best Blues Album of 2009.
Jon Cleary was born in the UK but has now established himself as one of the top artists in New Orleans where he was nominated in Offbeat Magazine's 2011 Best of the Beat Awards for Best Piano/Keyboardist. Cleary has worked with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, John Scofield, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, India Arie, and Ryan Adams among others. Jon has made several appearances on the hit HBO series, Treme, playing himself.
Congratulations to Charlie, John, Tommy and Jon. Catch all of these artists live on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
MAY 2011: Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Live! New Album Out June 7
Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Live! will be released June 7 on Alligator Records. Tommy Castro has become the honorary Captain of The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises (which he has called "the best blues gig of the year for anybody that goes on it"), where blues artists perform together on the open seas of the Pacific and the Caribbean. Inspired by the jam sessions on the ship, Tommy decided to bring the musical spontaneity of these gigs on the road. This album collects the highlights from the Revue's recent live shows. In addition to The Tommy Castro Band, the album features Rick Estrin (harmonica), Janiva Magness (vocals), Michael "Iron Man" Burks (guitar), Debbie Davies (guitar), Theodis Ealey (guitar, vocals), Sista Monica Parker (vocals), and Joe Louis Walker (guitar, vocals), as well as the band Trampled Under Foot.
Tommy also recently stopped by Gibson Guitar's New York City Showroom to talk about his love of B.B. King, his early days playing in the Bay Area, thoughts on the Blues Music Awards (at which he won four awards in 2010 alone) and mixing soul music with blues guitar, as well as playing a few licks. Check out the video interview here.
Catch the Tommy Castro Band live on a stage near you, including a series of shows in Brazil this June in addition to their domestic shows, please see Tour Dates >>
JANUARY 2011: Tommy Castro Featured In Blues Revue Magazine Cover Story
Tommy Castro is featured in the cover story of the January / February 2011 issue of Blues Revue Magazine, which proclaims him "the most dangerous man in the blues." Tommy is the reigning big winner from the 2010 Blues Music Awards, where he walked away with wins for Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Hard Believer, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Tommy was also awarded Best Blues Album of 2009 for Hard Believer in the 2010 Living Blues Awards. The story also highlights Tommy's work with great songwriters such as Jeff Silbar, Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Hayes, and his strong work ethic and determination. "This is not a hobby, it's my life's work. It's hard to have this as a career and hard to keep it going, so you'd better be ready to work your ass off." And that he does. Catch Tommy live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
NOVEMBER 2010: Rosebud Artists Once Again Score Honors In Downbeat Readers Poll
Rosebud Artists once again were honored by fans in this year's Downbeat magazine Readers Poll (December issue), with Allen Toussaint, Bill Frisell, Tommy Castro, Duke Robillard and Bettye LaVette all placing high in a number of categories.
Allen Toussaint scored honors in four categories, including #2 Best Blues Album for The Bright Mississippi, #4 Best Arranger and #5 Best Beyond Album. The Bright Mississippi also came in at #9 for Best Jazz Album of the year. Bill Frisell came in at #3 for Best Guitarist (a category he has won 3 times in the past). Bill was also voted among the top ten Best Composers and his album, Disfarmer, placed #12 for Best Jazz Album. Tommy Castro's Hard Believer was voted #5 Best Blues Album, while Duke Robillard's Stomp! The Blues Tonight earned the #7 Best Blues Album spot and Bettye LaVette was voted one of the Best Blues Artists. Congratulations to all!
Catch all of these artists individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
NOVEMBER 2010: The Tommy Castro Band Win Best Blues Band at 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards
The Tommy Castro Band were honored with the award for Best Blues Band at 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards held in Chicago on October 28. The Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. This most recent win follows four awards for Tommy at the Blues Music Awards (in every category he was nominated in): B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Hard Believer and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. In addition, at the 2010 Living Blues Awards, Tommy was awarded Best Blues Album of 2009 for Hard Believer.
Congratulations to Tommy and the Band!
Catch Tommy live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
JULY 2010: Tommy Castro, Charlie Musselwhite and Ruthie Foster Honored with 2010 Living Blues Awards
Tommy Castro, Charlie Musselwhite and Ruthie Foster have all been honored with 2010 Living Blues Awards. Ruthie was honored with Blues Artist of the Year (Female) in the Critics' Poll. In the Readers' Poll, Tommy was awarded Best Blues Album of 2009 for Hard Believer and Charlie was awarded Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica). This is the fourth year in a row Charlie has received this award and it is his eighth overall Living Blues Award for Outstanding Musician. Congratulations to all the winners!
Catch Ruthie, Tommy and Charlie live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
JUNE 2010: Tommy Castro and Ruthie Foster Nominated For 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards
Both Tommy Castro and Ruthie Foster have been honored with 2010 Blues Blast Music Award nominations. Tommy is tied for the most nominations with three: Best Contemporary Blues CD for Hard Believer, Best Male Blues Artist and Best Blues Band. Ruthie is nominated for Best Female Blues Artist.
The 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held in Chicago, IL on October 28th, 2010. The Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. You can vote for the winners between July 8 - August 31, 2010.
Catch both Ruthie and Tommy live on stage this Summer, please see Ruthie's Tour Dates >> Tommy's Tour Dates >>
MAY 2010: Blues Music Awards Winners: Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster and Duke Robillard PLUS Charlie Musselwhite Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and more
Tommy Castro was the big winner at this year's Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN on May 6, 2010. Tommy won four Awards, in every category he was nominated in: B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Hard Believer and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Ruthie Foster was honored with the Award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and Duke Robillard was honored with Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year.
Other Rosebud related wins were: Album of the Year Winner Between a Rock and the Blues by Joe Louis Walker, on which Duke produced 10 of the 12 tracks and guests on one song. Winner of Best Historical Album: Chess' Authorized Bootleg - Muddy Waters Live. Muddy was a Rosebud artist until his passing in 1983. Best Horn Winner Deanna Bogart plays in the Rosebud booked Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue with Tommy Castro.
The Blues Hall of Fame inducted Charlie Musselwhite in a ceremony the night before the Awards on May 5. Also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this year were Howling Wolf's version of "Spoonful", written by former Rosebud artist, the late Willie Dixon, who also played bass on the session. Another former Rosebud artist, Robert Cray, had his 1986 Double Platinum Strong Persuader inducted as well. This was the first recording from Robert Cray after signing for management with Rosebud founder/owner, Mike Kappus. The album went on to win the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Recording in 1987.
Please see Tommy, Ruthie, Duke and Charlie live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
MARCH 2010: Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro Featured On The House of Blues Radio Hour - Premiering March 13, 2010
Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro will both have their music featured on The House of Blues Radio Hour episode premiering March 13, 2010. Duke's GRAMMY Nominated Stomp! The Blues Tonight will be highlighted. The album is nominated for Album of the Year at the upcoming Blues Music Awards, where Duke is also nominated for Band of the Year, Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and Best Instrumentalist - Guitar (an award he has already won a very impressive four times before).
Tommy Castro's Hard Believer will be featured in the first half of the show. The album was named #3 Blues Album of 2009 by MOJO Magazine, #2 in the House of Blues Radio Hour Listener Poll and Top 10 on NPR's All Blues program. Hard Believer is nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at The Blues Music Awards and Tommy is also nominated this year for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and Band of the Year. Tommy previously won the 2008 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award and 2008 Best Contemporary Blues Album for his Painkiller CD.
The House of Blues Radio Hour is hosted by Elwood Blues, also known as Dan Aykroyd, and airs on 200+ stations across the U.S. and Canada. Click here to find a station in your area broadcasting the show or click here after the show airs to stream it from their archives.
Duke is finishing his tour of Europe in mid-March, where he will have performed 11 shows in Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Denmark before returning to play across the Northeast U.S. this Spring.
The Tommy Castro Band is continuing it's tour throughout the Western U.S., followed by select dates with The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue, as well as their own shows, in the Spring.
Catch Duke and Tommy live on stage!
Duke Robillard tour dates >> Tommy Castro tour dates >>
FEBRUARY 2010: John Hammond, Mavis Staples and Tommy Castro Named Among The Decade's Best In Blues Revue Critics Poll
Albums by John Hammond (Wicked Grin), Mavis Staples (We'll Never Turn Back) and Tommy Castro (Painkiller) were named in The Decade's Best Blues - 25 Great Albums That Defined the Past 10 Years: A Critics Poll, published in the February/March 2010 issue of Blues Revue Magazine.
Of the albums, contributor Hal Horowitz writes:
"Hammond's talk/sung drawl perfectly captured the musky Delta swamp lurking beneath [the songs]."
"...some of [Mavis'] most emotionally fervent work... A legendary singer, flawless material, and superlative production [by Ry Cooder] combined to yield a masterpiece..."
"...the tracks soar; Castro sounded consistently inspired... It's a nonstop party and arguably Castro's finest, most focused set."
Both Mavis Staples and John Hammond were honored with 2010 GRAMMY nominations in the Blues category. Tommy Castro has received four nominations in the upcoming 31st Blues Music Awards taking place in May 2010.
Congratulations to all. Catch these artists live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
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DECEMBER 2009: Rosebud Artists Nominated for 10 Blues Music Awards
Duke Robillard, Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Foster have been nominated for a total of 10 Blues Music Awards. The 31st Blues Music Awards will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 6, 2010. Rosebud artist nominations are as follows:
Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro both have four nominations each. Duke is nominated for Album of the Year for Stomp! The Blues Tonight, Band of the Year, Best Instrumentalist - Guitar and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Tommy is nominated for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Hard Believer and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Fosterare both nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. In addition, Duke produced 10 of the 12 tracks and guests on one song on Album of the Year / Contemporary Blues Album of The Year nominee Between a Rock and the Blues by Joe Louis Walker.
Other Rosebud related nominations are, in the Instrumentalist - Horn category: longtime Tommy Castro Band saxophonist Keith Crossan and Deanna Bogart, who plays in the Rosebud booked Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue with Tommy Castro. Nominated in the Historical Album of the Year category are: Muddy Waters' Authorized Bootleg and Little Walter's The Complete Chess Masters, featuring hit compositions by Willie Dixon. Both Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon were Rosebud artists until their passing. Nominated in the Acoustic Album of the Year category is: Things About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks, which features songs by Rosebud artists John Hammond and Bill Frisell.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
AUGUST 2009: Tommy Castro's Hard Believer Debuts On 3 Billboard Charts, Features on XM and House of Blues Radio
Tommy Castro's Hard Believer debuted on three Billboard charts, including the New Artist Chart, Indie Artist Chart and a #2 spot on the Blues Chart, the highest artist debut this week. Tommy is featured on B.B. King's Bluesville radio show on XM, which will have an encore airing Friday, August 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM EST, for details please click here. He will also be featured on an upcoming episode of the House of Blues Radio Hour, hosted by Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd). Tommy has recently won several major awards recognizing his contribution to the blues, including B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and Best Contemporary Blues CD awards at the 2008 Blues Music Awards, as well as two Blues Artist of the Year and two Album of the Year awards from Blues Wax in the past few years alone.
Catch Tommy live on stage with The Tommy Castro Band as well as his special shows leading the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue.