MAY 2013: Marcia Ball, Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite, And Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue To Be Featured On AXS TV's Live Coverage Of 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Marcia Ball's performance, Charlie Musselwhite's performance with Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty's prestigious closing set at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be broadcast on AXS TV. AXS TV's live coverage will begin May 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT with programming continuing through May 5. This is the first ever live TV broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and it will also feature other major artists including Billy Joel, John Mayer, Willie Nelson & Family, Widespread Panic, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Phoenix, Gary Clark Jr., Cowboy Mouth and Galactic. The live coverage will also feature on-the-scene and backstage reports from around the festival with Savannah Jane Buffett, daughter of Jimmy Buffet, reporting. More info on broadcast times for each performance will be posted at axs.tv/jazzfest. To find an AXS TV channel on your TV provider please visit axs.tv/subscribe.
An audio stream of AXS TV's live coverage will be available on TuneIn, an online radio network. TuneIn's broadcast will also be from May 3 and continue through May 5, and it can be found on it's New Orleans Jazz Fest Radio Station. TuneIn's New Orleans Jazz Fest Radio Station is currently playing a mix of music from artists performing at this year's Jazz Fest.
To Catch Marcia Ball, Charlie Musselwhite, and Trombone Shorty Live, See Tour Dates >>
APRIL 2013: Charlie Musselwhite And Ben Harper On David Letterman, Plus People Magazine Ranks Get Up! The 5th Best Album Of 2013; Charlie's New Live CD, Juke Joint Chapel, Now Available
Charlie and Ben's recent collaboration, Get Up!, has garnered raves in high profile media including People Magazine, who ranked it fifth in "The 10 Best Albums of 2013 (so far)" and called Charlie "the harmonica godfather...". DownBeat Magazine's March 2013 cover story on Ben and Charlie said "the album conveys the heart of the great American blues tradition."
Charlie has just released his own new album, Juke Joint Chapel, which was recorded live at the Juke Joint Chapel in Clarksdale, Mississippi on August 12, 2012. The album is available for purchase exclusively at Charlie's live performances and from Charlie's online store.
APRIL 2013: Mavis Staples And Charlie Musselwhite To Perform At White House All-Star Celebration Of Memphis Soul
Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite performed at The White House for the special music event, "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul". This performance celebrates "the timeless classics of Memphis Soul," honoring the "memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records." The all-star event includes performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. The event was taped on April 9 for a sixty-minute PBS special to be broadcast nationwide starting on Tuesday, April 16 at 8pm EST (check local listings). This is the tenth "In Performance at the White House" that The President and First Lady have hosted to date.
Mavis and Charlie have also been invited, along with a few of the other performers, to participate in the First Lady's student workshop earlier in the day on April 9. The First Lady will host this interactive workshop for middle and high school students from across the country. At this workshop, Mavis and Charlie will have the opportunity to share their experiences in music as well as answer questions from the students. The workshop, "Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul", begins at 11:00am and will also be streamed live on whitehouse.gov/live.
Mavis Staples will release her new record in June. The new CD sees Mavis working once again with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, following up their previous collaboration on her GRAMMY winning album, You Are Not Alone. Stay tuned for more information about the new CD.
Working with Stax Records today, Charlie Musselwhite recently collaborated on the critically and commercially acclaimed Get Up! with Ben Harper via the legendary label. No Depression declared the CD as, "the first great album of 2013." The pair have just returned from playing shows in Australia and will continue to perform together on select dates in the US and Europe throughout the summer.
I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making of Get Up!
MARCH 2013: Charlie Musselwhite And Ben Harper's "Making Of" Documentary To Premiere On Palladia TV; Also Featured On NPR's World Cafe
Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper's film, "I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making of Get Up!" premiers on Palladia TV on March 7 at 9pm EST. The film documents the collaboration between the two musicians and the creative processes behind their acclaimed album, Get Up!, which was released earlier this year. The documentary, directed by renowned rock photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch, includes behind the scenes studio footage, in-depth interviews with Musselwhite and Harper and exclusive intimate live performances. "The Making of Get Up!" will continue to air on Palladia TV throughout March and April. For future broadcast times,please see scheduling >>
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!.
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 >>
FEBRUARY 2013: Charlie Musselwhite Joins Ben Harper On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tavis Smiley, And DownBeat Magazine Cover Story; Plus Charlie On American Public Media's The Dinner Party
Charlie Musselwhite performed with Ben Harper on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, February 18, 2013. Charlie and Ben played two songs from their latest collaboration, Get Up!, which was released January 29, 2013. In addition to Charlie and Ben, Kimmel's guests on the show that night included actor Andy Samberg and comic David Steinberg. Charlie and Ben will also be featured on the February 21st episode of PBS' Tavis Smiley. For more information and local listings click here.
Charlie himself was featured on The Dinner Party from American Public Media on February 7, 2013. During the show Charlie related a comical account of Blues legends Big Joe Williams and Rosebud artist, the late Muddy Waters, on a turbulent transatlantic flight.
Charlie and Ben were also recently featured on the cover of DownBeat Magazine's March 2013 issue. The cover story and interview delves deeply into Charlie and Ben's musical connection that has allowed them to become, what DownBeat writer Josef Woodard calls, "musical brethren, deep in the cause." The story also touches on Chicago blues lore and discusses the unique sound of Get Up! that goes beyond, but is simultaneously steeped in, traditional Blues. Get Up! has been receiving rave reviews from news outlets across the country, with a recent Rolling Stone review describing Charlie on Get Up! as "an understated virtuoso able to push past tradition without losing himself."
FEBRUARY 2013: GRAMMY / MusiCares News: Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite And More
Mavis Staples was featured at MusiCares' star-studded tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on February 8, 2013. At the event, Mavis joined 2013 GRAMMY Award Winner Zac Brown to perform Springsteen's "My City Of Ruins". Hosted by Jon Stewart, the event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mavis also performed during the televised GRAMMY Awards Ceremony on February 10, 2013 during a tribute to the late Levon Helm. She collaborated on stage with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, T Bone Burnett, Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), and Zac Brown for a performance of The Band's "The Weight".
Charlie Musselwite was also featured at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in a performance with Ben Harper and Natalie Maines (of Dixie Chicks). During his acceptance speech, Springsteen noted that he had opened for Charlie some forty years ago in San Francisco. Also featured at the event performing classic Springsteen songs were Neil Young, Patti Smith, Sting, Elton John, Tim McGraw, Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, John Legend, and Mumford & Sons. Please see the set list at billboard.com.
2013 GRAMMY Nominated Ruthie Foster was also interviewed on the official pre-telecast live stream of the 2013 GRAMMY Awards. To check out video clips from the 2013 GRAMMY Awards and this year's pre-telecast ceremony, please visit grammy.com/live.
In other GRAMMY news, Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream featuring Bill Frisell and a composition by Joe Henry and Rosebud artist Loudon Wainwright III won the GRAMMY for Best Americana Album. Additionally, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged (featuring Trombone Shorty on "Overnight) won Best Country Album. Congrats to all of this year's GRAMMY winners and nominees!
To Catch Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Loudon Wainwright III, Bill Frisell and Trombone Shorty Live, See Tour Dates >>
FEBRUARY 2013: Jim Lauderdale, Carrie Rodriguez and Charlie Musselwhite Projects Top Americana Radio Chart And Roots Music Report, Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Unlimited Cover Story
In other airplay news, Jim Lauderdale's Carolina Moonrise has totaled five weeks in the #1 position and is still at #2 as of February 4, 2013 on Roots Music Report's (RMR) Bluegrass Chart. Simultaneously, Jim's collaboration with Buddy Miller, Buddy & Jim, has been ranked in the top five on RMR's Country Chart since January 11, 2013. Also on the RMR Country Chart, Carrie Rodriguez has made a rapid ascent into the top five over the past few weeks with Give Me All You Got and currently ranks in the #2 position. And, for the past two weeks, Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper have maintained the #1 spot on the RMR Blues Chart for Get Up!. For the complete RMR chart listing, please visit rootsmusicreport.com.
Charlie's performance with Ben Harper will promote their forthcoming collaborative CD, Get Up!. The CD has already garnered raves including the lead review in Rolling Stone's current issue (January 31, 2013) which proclaimed the project "a smoking album" and described Musselwhite as "an understated virtuoso able to push past tradition without losing himself." Billboard's featured review on the project noted "We certainly will not complain if the adventurous Harper opts to explore this partnership further."
Get Up! will be released on January 29. A track from the new CD, "I Don't Believe A Word You Say", is currently available as a digital download and can be purchased at amazon.com and iTunes store.
JANUARY 2013: Charlie Musselwhite Inducted Into The Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame
Charlie Musselwhite was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame on December 10, 2012. The induction ceremony took place in Jackson, Mississippi in conjunction with the groundbreaking for the new location of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame Museum (the Mississippi Music Experience). This new location will combine a music venue and a center for the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails with the museum to preserve and celebrate the state's rich musical heritage. Charlie's induction into the Hall of Fame joins him with previously inducted blues legends such as Robert Johnson, BB King, Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters to name a few.
Charlie's induction marks a long career of achievements and cultural contributions to the state including a GRAMMY Award win, seven GRAMMY Award nominations, twenty-seven Blues Music Award wins and eight Living Blues Award wins. In the meantime, Charlie continues to deliver new material with Get Up!, his collaboration with Ben Harper, set for a January 29, 2013 release. A brand new video trailer for the album featuring interviews with both Musselwhite and Harper is now available on YouTube. The track "I Don't Believe A Word You Say" from Get Up! is currently available for listening on SoundCloud.
OCTOBER 2012: Charlie Musselwhite Collaborates with Ben Harper on Forthcoming CD Get Up!
Charlie Musselwhite has teamed up with Ben Harper on the forthcoming studio album Get Up! Produced by Harper, the long time coming collaboration is set for release via Stax Records / Concord Music Group on January 29, 2013.
According to Harper, "Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we've gotten to it, I can't wait to play it live." Musselwhite and Harper's musical and personal friendship was forged when they both recorded with the legendary John Lee Hooker, a Rosebud artist until his passing. Commenting on their creative partnership, Musselwhite said that, "Ever since then we wanted to record together and being in the studio together is just natural. You can hear it and feel it in the music on Get Up!"
Charlie's renowned harmonica playing can be heard throughout Get Up!, which includes a collection of ten striking tracks, mixing elements of blues, gospel, roots and R&B. Charlie and Harper are backed by Harper's band, Relentless 7, featuring Jason Mozersky (guitar), Jesse Ingalls (bass) and Jordan Richardson (drums).
Also, Charlie's song, "Natural Born Lover" from his album, Rough News was featured on a recent episode of HBO's Treme entitled "Me Donkey Want Water."
Charlie is one of the most awarded artists ever by the Blues Foundation with twenty-seven Blues Music Award wins. He is wrapping up 2012 with an extensive touring schedule - hitting Australia at the end of October, then immediately heading to Europe in November. He will also play a select number of dates on the US West Coast before and after his international tour.
Ruthie Foster won the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female of the Year, an honor awarded to her in 2011. In addition, Ruthie's Live at Antone's captured the DVD of the Year. Marcia Ball was honored with the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award making this her 5th win of her 14 previous Blues Music Award nominations in this category.
Formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards, the BMAs were staged at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN, by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. The annual event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year.
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
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.
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 >>
NOVEMBER 2011: Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint Join Cyndi Lauper on The Rosie Show and Both Featured on Cyndi Lauper DVD/CD To Memphis, With Love
Charlie and Allen are also both featured guests on Cyndi's new DVD/CD, recorded at a concert earlier this year in Memphis. It draws on material from Cyndi's GRAMMY nominated 2010 album Memphis Blues, on which Charlie and Allen are also featured guests. Charlie has been touring extensively as a featured performer in Cyndi's band.
Bill Frisell scored high in three categories, placing in the top 10 Jazz Albums of the Year for Beautiful Dreamers, in the top 5 for Best Guitarist (a category he has won 3 times in the past) and among the Best Beyond Albums for his collaboration with Vinicius Cantuária, Lagrimas Mexicanas.
NOVEMBER 2011: Charlie Musselwhite Featured on New Tom Waits Album, Bad As Me
Charlie Musselwhite appears on five tracks on the new Tom Waits CD, Bad As Me, which enters the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #6. In addition to the album's title track, Charlie appears on "Chicago", "Raised Right Men", "Satisfied", and "Hell Broke Luce." Charlie first recorded with Waits on his 1999 GRAMMY Award winning Mule Variations (Best Contemporary Folk Album).
Joining Charlie on Bad as Me are other high-profile guests such as guitarist and Waits' longtime collaborator Marc Ribot, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Clint Maedgen and Ben Jaffe, reed and brass players from New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, also appear on many of the tracks.
A 7-Time GRAMMY Nominee (including a 2011 nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for The Well), Charlie is also a 26-Time Blues Music Award Winner, including 2011 Blues Music Awards for Best Instrumentalist (Harmonica) and for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Charlie's The Well was also nominated for Album of the Year. In addition, Charlie is featured on Cyndi Lauper's 2011 GRAMMY nominated Memphis Blues. DownBeat also chose The Well in their Best CDs of 2010, receiving a 4-star rating.
JULY 2011: Rosebud Artists Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite Honored at 2011 Living Blues Awards
Top honors were awarded to Rosebud artists Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite at the 18th Annual Living Blues Awards. Mavis won the Critics' Poll Blues Artist of the Year Award (Female) and Most Outstanding Blues Singer. In the Readers' Poll, Marcia was awarded Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard). For the fifth year in a row Charlie won Readers' Poll Most Outstanding Musician award (Harmonica). Congratulations Mavis, Marcia and Charlie!
JULY 2011: Bill Frisell Honored With 10TH DownBeat Critics Poll Win For Guitarist of the Year - Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Bettye LaVette, Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples Also Recognized
Allen Toussaint was named in the Arranger category; Trombone Shorty was recognized in both the Trombone and Rising Star: Trombone categories. Bettye LaVette, Dr. John and Charlie Musselwhite were all named in the Blues Artist category. Charlie received an additional nod in the Blues Album category, while Dr. John was also named in the Beyond Artist category. Mavis Staplesand Bettye LaVette were both recognized in the Beyond Album category. The late Muddy Waters (a Rosebud artist until his passing) was also named as one of the finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame.
As usual, many of Bill Frisell's frequent and recent collaborators were also honored: Jason Moran was awarded Jazz Artist Of The Year, Jazz Album Of The Year, and Piano of the Year, as well as being named in the Rising Star: Jazz Artist, Composer and Rising Star: Composer categories; Joe Lovano Us Five was awarded Jazz Group of the Year and Joe was also named in the Jazz Artist, Jazz Album, Soprano and Tenor Saxophone categories; Paul Motian was awarded Drummer of the Year and he was also named in the Hall of Fame and Jazz Artist categories; Dave Holland was awarded Acoustic Bass of the Year and was named in the Jazz Album, Composer, Arranger and Jazz Group categories; Jenny Scheinman was named in the Violin category; and Bill's Manager and Producer, Lee Townsend, was named in both the Producer and Rising Star: Producer categories.
The Rosebud Agency's 2011 Living Blues Awards Nominees: Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
- Marcia Ball
- Ruthie Foster
- Bettye LaVette
Most Outstanding Blues Singer: Mavis Staples
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica): Charlie Musselwhite
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard): Marcia Ball
Best Blues Album of 2010 (New Recordings): Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
Last year Charlie received his eighth Living Blues Award for Outstanding Musician (and his fourth in a row) and Ruthie was honored with Blues Artist of the Year (Female) in the Critics' Poll. Marcia was awarded in 2009 for both categories she's nominated in this year, adding to her wins in the Outstanding Musician category in 2007 and 2008. Bettye has previously been honored with two Reader's and three Critics' Awards, including Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Blues Singer. Mavis has also previously been honored with two Critics' Awards including Blues Artist of the Year (Female).
MAY 2011:Congratulations to Rosebud's 2011 Blues Music Award Winners: John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Irma Thomas, Dr. John
Congratulations to John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Irma Thomas and Dr. John, who were all honored with 2011 Blues Music Awards! John Hammond, Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame the night before, won Acoustic Artist of the Year. This is John's 8th Blues Music Award (BMA). Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Charlie Musselwhite won two awards, for Best Instrumentalist - Harmonica and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Charlie is now a 25-time BMA Winner!
Ruthie Foster won the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female of the Year; last year she was honored with the Contemporary Blues Female Artist Award. Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Irma Thomas won Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year, her 9th BMA and a category she won last year. Blues Hall of Famer Dr. John won the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award, his 2nd BMA (Dr. John joined Rosebud recently for International booking representation outside the U.S. and Canada). In addition, the DVD of the Year was awarded to Songs from the Road by The Late Luther Allison, a Rosebud artist until his passing. The performance captured on the DVD was recorded live in Montreal, July 4, 1997, shortly before Luther's death.
The 2011 Blues Music Awards were held May 5, 2011 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee and it was broadcast live on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville. Congratulations to all the Winners! Check out these artists performing live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
FEBRUARY 2011: Charlie Musselwhite and Ruthie Foster Featured on New Album: 100 Years of Robert Johnson by Big Head Blues Club, Out March 1st
Charlie Musselwhite and Ruthie Foster are featured on a new album entitled 100 Years of Robert Johnson, credited to Big Head Blues Club and due out March 1, 2011. The band is comprised of Big Head Todd & the Monsters with guests including, in addition to Charlie and Ruthie, B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin (legendary former Guitarist with Howlin' Wolf), David "Honeyboy" Edwards (legendary former Johnson collaborator), Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm. The album is produced by Chris Goldsmith, who has produced GRAMMY winning albums for The Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie's latest GRAMMY nominated album, The Well and Ruthie's 2010 GRAMMY nominated album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Chris is also a former Rosebud Agent. 100 Years of Robert Johnson is a tribute to the late blues legend, in celebration of the Centennial of his birth, May 8, 1911. According to Chris, "We wanted to go back and get into the soul of Robert Johnson... We wanted to figure out what Johnson's intent was and to see what kind of music came out of the band after exploring the intent of the lyrics and the emotion of the songs. So we paid attention to the form of the music and to the unique chord structures and time changes he did. I pitched them on the idea of getting in touch with the dark side of Johnson, not the Disneyland version, and maybe working in some African beats and a heavier approach." Nearly all of the album was recorded at the famed Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN in less than 36 hours. "It flowed beautifully," Chris said, "Everybody clicked. It was one of the smoothest recording sessions I've ever been part of."
Also recognized on the album list:
- Elvis Costello's National Ransom, which features Jim Lauderdale and for which Jim co-wrote the song "I Lost You."
- Cyndi Lauper's GRAMMY Nominated Memphis Blues which features Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint
In addition, Captain Beefheart's "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" reissue was recognized in the year's top singles list. The late Captain Beefheart was a Rosebud artist until his retirement in 1981.
JANUARY 2011: GRAMMY and Multiple Blues Music Award Nominee Charlie Musselwhite Featured on NPR's World Café and eTown
Charlie Musselwhite and Cyndi Lauper in Times Square for Good Morning America Taping
GRAMMY Nominee Charlie Musselwhite was featured on NPR's World Café Live, premiering January 20, 2011. Click here to find when the show airs in your area. The audio is now available on NPR's website. Charlie is also featured on the eTown radio show, airing January 19 - January 25. The show can be heard on NPR/public, commercial, and community stations, click here to find one near you. Charlie will be featured both in his own segment and as a featured member of Cyndi Lauper's band, a role he performed in throughout Cyndi's Summer and Fall 2010 tour. Charlie is also on the air hosting his own radio show, Charlie's Back Room, on KRSH in Santa Rosa, CA, Sundays 6-7pm (PST). Click here to listen to a couple shows from the archive.
Charlie's latest album, The Well, is nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Traditional Blues Album. Charlie is also featured on Cyndi Lauper's GRAMMY nominated Memphis Blues album. In addition, Charlie, a Blues Hall of Famer and 23-time Blues Music Award Winner, is tied for this year's most Blues Music Award nominations, with 5 nominations: Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year for The Well; Best Instrumentalist - Harmonica; Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Sad and Beautiful World."
On the Best of 2010 lists, Amazon chose The Well in it's Top 10 Best Blues CDs of 2010, while the Chicago Tribune picked it in their Top 20 Albums of 2010 and it was voted as one of The House of Blues Radio Hour's Top 10 Blues Albums of 2010. Downbeat also chose Charlie's disc in their Best CDs of 2010, receiving a 4-star rating. In their review of the album (December issue), Downbeat proclaimed: "Musselwhite gives it to us straight on the crown jewel in a discography dating back to the late-'60's… He's a wise man dispensing golden truths."
Charlie's hitting the road for a late-January to mid-March tour with Hot Tuna Blues: Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale. Catch Charlie live on stage, both with Hot Tuna and for his own shows, please see Tour Dates >>
DECEMBER 2010: Charlie Musselwhite Leads Blues Music Awards With 5 Nominations, Two Noms For Duke Robillard, Plus Dr. John, Irma Thomas, John Hammond and Ruthie Foster Nominations
We are proud to announce that Rosebud Artists have been honored with 11-plus nominations for the 2011 Blues Music Awards. Blues Hall of Famer and 23-time BMA Winner Charlie Musselwhite ties for most nominations of any artist with 5 nominations including Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year for The Well; Best Instrumentalist - Harmonica; Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Sad and Beautiful World." Duke Robillard scored 2 nominations: Traditional Blues Album of the Year for Passport to the Blues and Best Instrumentalist - Guitar, a category he has won previously 4 times. John Hammond, a 7-time BMA Winner, is nominated for Acoustic Artist of the Year and is featured in The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert, nominated for DVD of the Year. Ruthie Foster, who won for Contemporary Blues Female Artist last year, is this year nominated for the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Blues Hall of Famer Dr. John, who recently joined Rosebud for International representation (outside the U.S. and Canada), is nominated for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Irma Thomas is nominated for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year, a category she won last year for her 8th BMA overall.
Other Rosebud related nominations include: for Best Instrumentalist - Horn, longtime Tommy Castro Band saxophonist Keith Crossan; the late Luther Allison, a Rosebud artist until his passing, was recorded live in Montreal, July 4, 1997, shortly before his death. The performance has been released as Songs From The Road and is nominated for both DVD of the Year and Best Historical release.
The 2011 Blues Music Awards will be held Thursday May 5, 2011 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee and will be broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville (Sirius / XM). Congratulations to all! Check out the nominees live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
Related nominations include Cyndi Lauper's Memphis Blues (featuring Rosebud's Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint) for Best Traditional Blues Album as well as Treme, Music from the HBO Original Series, featuring Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media AND "Down In New Orleans" (From The Princess And The Frog) for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (features Trombone Shorty playing with Dr. John on the song).
Congratulations and good luck to all.
AUGUST 2010: Charlie Musselwhite's The Well Featured on B.B. King's Bluesville (Sirius/XM) August 24
Charlie Musselwhite was featured on B.B. King's Bluesville (Sirius/XM) August 24th discussing each song and the making of the his new album, The Well (out the same day). This is the first full-band recording in Charlie's nearly 50-year career for which he wrote or co-wrote every track on the album. One song features a duet with Charlie's close friend and fellow Rosebud artist, the legendary Mavis Staples. Check out tracks from the album here.
Charlie recently won the 2010 Living Blues Readers Poll Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica). This is the fourth year in a row that he has been honored with this award and it is his eighth Living Blues Award to date. Charlie has been performing in concert with Cyndi Lauper around the country this Summer. He is a featured guest on Cyndi's new album of blues cover songs, Memphis Blues. Charlie will also be touring extensively on his own this Fall, 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!
JULY 2010:Charlie Musselwhite's New Album The Well Out August 24, 2010
Charlie Musselwhite will release his new album The Well(Alligator Records) on August 24, 2010. This is the first full-band recording in Charlie's nearly 50-year career for which he wrote or co-wrote every track on the album. Joining Charlie are guitarist Dave Gonzales (Paladins, Hacienda Brothers), bassist John Bazz (The Blasters), drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples) and producer Chris Goldsmith (Ruthie Foster, Blind Boys Of Alabama), a former agent at Rosebud. One song features a duet with Charlie's close friend and fellow Rosebud artist, the legendary Mavis Staples.
A 2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and 23-time Blues Music Award Winner, Charlie will be performing in concert with Cyndi Lauper and her band this Summer around the country. He is a featured guest on Cyndi's new album of blues cover songs, Memphis Blues. Charlie will also be touring extensively on his own, please see Tour Dates >>
MAY 2010:Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint Guest On New Cyndi Lauper Album,
Charlie To Join Cyndi On Tour
Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint are both featured guests on the new Cyndi Lauper album, Memphis Blues, to be released June 22, 2010. Charlie is featured on two songs and Allen is featured on three songs, one of which also features B.B. King. Recorded in Memphis, this collection of blues cover songs also features appearances by Kenny Brown, Jonny Lang and Ann Peebles.
Charlie will also be performing in concert with Cyndi and her band on 17 select dates this Summer around the country. Charlie was just inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame on May 5. He will also be joining the Blind Boys of Alabama Family Revival at New York's Lincoln Center for one night in July and all this is in addition to his own extensive touring. Allen will also be performing throughout the summer in North America and Europe. Catch both Charlie and Allen live on stage, please see 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 forHard BelieverandContemporary 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.
MARCH 2010: Charlie Musselwhite To Be Inducted Into Blues Hall of Fame
Charlie Musselwhite will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in a ceremony on May 5, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues Foundation's inductees for this year also include W.C. Handy, Bonnie Raitt and Lonnie Brooks. The Hall of Fame committee consists of scholars, record producers, radio programmers, and historians.
Also being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this year are 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, will have 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.
Charlie just returned from performing in Thailand at the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival and in late March he will embark on a Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway, Charlie will return stateside to perform in the Northwest in late April. Catch Charlie live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
SEPTEMBER 2009: The Blind Boys of Alabama Release New CD, Duets, October 27, 2009
The Blind Boys of Alabama will release their new CD, Duets, on October 27, 2009. This special project features tracks that the Five-Time Grammy winners have recorded with high profile admirers Lou Reed, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Susan Tedeschi, Randy Travis, Solomon Burke, Marva Wright, Jars of Clay, Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles), Asleep At The Wheel, Dan Zanes and Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals) as well as with fellow Rosebud artists, Charlie Musselwhite andJohn Hammond. Of the 14 tracks on the compilation, four are from Grammy winning albums, three are from Grammy nominated discs and three songs have never before been released.
AUGUST 2009: Marcia Ball & Charlie Musselwhite Winners Again in 2009 Living Blues Awards
Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite were recently honored with two 2009 Living Blues Awards each. Marcia won Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) in the Readers' Poll. Charlie was awarded Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) in both the Readers' Poll and the Critics'Poll. This is the third year in a row both Marcia and Charlie have been awarded Most Outstanding Musician in the Readers' Poll. Congratulations Marcia and Charlie!
JULY 2009: Charlie Musselwhite and Duke Robillard CDs Selected As Best Blues Albums Of 2009 (so far) By About.com:Blues
Charlie Musselwhite's Rough Dried: Live At The Triple Door and Duke Robillard's Stomp! The Blues Tonight have been chosen as the Best Blues Albums Of 2009 (so far) by About.com:Blues. Of the ten CDs selected, Charlie's is listed #1, while Duke's is #3. Charlie has recently been nominated for the upcoming Living Blues Awards as Most Outstanding Musician - Harmonica, a category he has won the past two years. In addition to media acclaim for Duke's Stomp! The Blues Tonight, he has just released an instructional DVD, Guitar Method Volume 1, a master class in playing blues guitar, which includes lessons for choosing chord voicings, experimenting with boogie and other rhythms, using a variety of picking techniques, his favorite turnarounds for playing the blues, demonstrating sliding sixth chords, tips on playing rhythm guitar to back a blues solo and more.
MAY 2009: Rosebud Artists Everywhere At New Orleans Jazz Fest
APRIL 2009: Charlie Musselwhite Honored With Blues Trail Marker
Legendary blues harp master Charlie Musselwhite will be honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker, to be unveiled in a ceremony on April 24, 2009. The Marker will be placed in Charlie's home town of Kosciusko, MS. Charlie's impressive credentials include collaborations with Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Gov't Mule, INXS, Mickey Hart, George Thorogood and a long and close personal relationship with his real-life best man at his wedding, John Lee Hooker.
Created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, the Blues Trail is composed of historical markers and interpretive sites located throughout the state. Artists honored with markers to date include fellow legends B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon.