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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Blues Guitar Legend Kenny Neal Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. “Bloodline”


Blues Guitar Legend Kenny Neal Receives Grammy Nomination  for Best Contemporary Blues Album. “Bloodline”

Los Angeles - Cleopatra Records would like to proudly congratulate Kenny Neal on his Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. for his “Bloodline” album released through the Cleopatra Blues imprint.

Kenny Neal is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and is widely renowned as a modern swamp-blues master who also is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and a multi-award winning talent. Born in 1957 in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Neal began playing music at a very young age, learning the basics from his father, singer and blues harmonica player, Raful Neal. Family friends like Lazy Lester, Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo contributed to Kenny's early musical education. At 13, he joined his father’s band and, four years later, he was recruited and toured extensively as Buddy Guy’s bass player.

Through the years, Neal has shared the stage or worked with a who’s-who list of blues and R&B greats at one time or another, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. Since signing with Alligator Records in 1988, Neal has released a series of consistently lauded albums featuring his laid-back, Baton Rouge blues, with a modern spin on the Louisiana sound he grew up with. The Chicago Tribune pegged Kenny as “one of a mere handful of truly inventive young contemporary guitarists, Neal has something fresh to say and the chops with which to say it,” while AllMusic said his “gruff-before-their-time vocals retain their swamp sensibility, while assuming a bright contemporary feel that tabs him as a leading contender for future blues stardom.” Blues Revue agreed, calling Kenny “one of the brightest young stars on the blues horizon, and a gifted artist.” 

Neal has never sounded better than he does on Bloodline, offering some of the most moving songwriting and electric performances of his incredible career. In addition, no less than 8 members of the Neal clan lend their musical talents to this unique album, making it a true family affair and proving beyond doubt that the blues is most definitely in Neal’s “Bloodline.”

Watch the “Bloodline” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puayq7Koj_A
Watch the video for “Thank You BB King”: https://youtu.be/eSBwhOG2nck


For more dates visit: http://kennyneal.net

Monday, December 7, 2015

Buddy Guy's "Born To Play Guitar" Nominated For Two Grammy's






We are delighted to announce that Buddy Guy's "Born To Play Guitar" is nominated for two Grammy's - "Best American Roots Performance" and "Best Blues Album" - in the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards. The complete nomination slate is at http://www.grammy.com/nominees.


Shemekia Copeland Receives Grammy Award Nomination



SHEMEKIA COPELAND'S OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE
RECEIVES GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION

CD NAMED ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY THE BLUES MAGAZINE (UK)

Blues/soul/roots singing sensation Shemekia Copeland's new CD, Outskirts Of Love, received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Blues Album category from the Recording Academy on Monday, December 7. Winners will be announced in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016. This is Copeland's third Grammy nomination. Copeland, the reigning "Queen Of The Blues," also appears on Muddy Waters 100, a various artists tribute album also nominated for Best Blues Album.

The outstanding Shemekia Copeland news does not end with the Grammy Award nomination. The prestigious United Kingdom publication The Blues named Outskirts Of Love its 2015 Album Of The Year. In the magazine's review of the record, writer Rev. Keith Gordon says, "Shemekia Copeland is one of the best singers performing today. A rich blend of blues, soul and roots-rock that will astound the casual listener while rewarding Copeland's longtime fans. Pure joy." Editor Ed Mitchell calls it "a mature masterpiece of modern blues."

Copeland’s return to Alligator Records with Outskirts Of Love (she recorded four albums for the label from 1998 through 2006) finds her at her most charismatic. She mixes freshly written material with thrilling reinventions of songs originally recorded by Solomon Burke, ZZ Top, Jesse Winchester, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jesse Mae Hemphill and her father, the late Johnny Clyde Copeland. MOJO magazine says, "It is Copeland’s thrilling voice, part Koko Taylor, part Mavis Staples and capable of incredible expression, that makes Outskirts Of Love so super-special. Spectacular, stirring, sanctified and sassy…at the crossroads where funk meets blues rock. Her band, led by producer Oliver Wood, and featuring guests Billy F Gibbons, Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Will Kimbrough, is faultless throughout."


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Ruthie Foster picks up third consecutive Grammy nomination, plus Blues Music Award nom




RUTHIE FOSTER PICKS UP
THIRD CONSECUTIVE GRAMMY NOMINATION
FOR PROMISE OF A BRAND NEW DAY
Also nominated for the Koko Taylor Award
in Blues Music Awards

AUSTIN, Texas — Singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster has been honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) with her third straight GRAMMY nomination for Best Blues Album. Foster’s Promise of a Brand New Day, produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, follows nominations for The Truth According to Ruthie Foster in 2009 and Let It Burn in 2012. The GRAMMY Awards are held February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Ruthie Foster also received a nomination for the Koko Taylor Award, honoring notable female blues artists, in the Blues Music Awards ceremony to be held May 7, 2014 in Memphis.
Released Aug. 19 on Blue Corn Music, Promise of a Brand New Day features special guests Doyle Bramhall II and singer Toshi Reagon. The Austin Chronicle called it “some of Foster’s best work to date,” and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel remarked, “…confidently balances soul, blues, gospel, folk and pop,” while Cashbox cited “music from the heart, the pulpit and the soul.”
Those who have followed Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Her list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year, the 2013 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Blues Artist of the Year (female) and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bobby Rush garners second consecutive Grammy nomination plus Blues Music Award noms





BLUES LEGEND BOBBY RUSH GARNERS
SECOND CONSECUTIVE BEST BLUES ALBUM
GRAMMY NOMINATION
  Rush’s Decisions, recorded with funk band Blinddog Smokin’
and special guest Dr. John,
continues to grab accolades with 
four Blues Music Award nominations 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. —Twenty years in the making, Decisions, the first collaboration between blues legend Bobby Rush and Southern California band Blinddog Smokin’, featuring six-time Grammy winner Dr. John, is being rewarded with end-of-the-year music industry honors including a recent Grammy nomination in the Best Blues Album category. 
Also this week, Bobby Rush picked up four Blues Music Awards from the Blues Foundation, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year. Decisions secured a Best Soul Blues nod and Best Song nom for “Another Murder in New Orleans,” written by Carl Gustafson and Donald Markowitz, performed by Rush and Dr. John w/Blinddog Smokin’.
Gustafson, the band leader, vocalist, and harmonica player of Blinddog Smokin,’ says, “I’d really like to see people in the United States take a look at [Bobby Rush and Dr. John] and see what they have before they’re gone, and feel their power, feel their love . . . Who knows how long Bobby or Mac are going to last? Now we have a chance. We have the two of them together for the first time in their careers, and they’re two of the rarest characters in American music culture.”
“Just to be in the running and to be involved is meaningful,” says Rush on receiving his third Grammy nod. “It makes me feel like a winner already. I want to thank everyone in the category, the voters, and anyone that had anything to do with helping me get to where I am right now. I want to thank everyone from a fan standpoint and from a voter standpoint for everything they have done for Bobby Rush. I’m happy to be an old man but this makes me feel young again.”
In October, Decisions won Best Soul Blues Album at the Blues Blast Music Awards, where Rush was also singled out with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Decisions is the first-ever teaming on record of three unlikely friends united by their love of the blues Rush and Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack were both born in the same town of Homer, Louisiana.  
Rush, 80 years old, continues his late-career emergence from the Chitlin’ Circuit underground to music mainstream. His crossover arguably began after achieving a Grammy nomination in 2000 for his album Hoochie Man, being featured in the “Road to Memphis” segment of the 2004 Martin Scorcese documentary The Blues, and last year’s Grammy-nominated record Down in Louisiana, which recently won Soul Blues Album of the Year at this year’s Blues Music Awards. 
Rush performed in July on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Dan Aykroyd and The Roots, as a part of the promo for the film Get On Up. Dan Aykroyd noted, “Okay, so like James Brown is gone, eh, and Richard Penniman a.k.a Little Richard … he’s not going to tour no more, and B.B. King is slowing down. Bobby Rush is the last one left of that generation.”
In September the documentary Take Me to the River came out in theaters nationwide, with a soundtrack on Stax Records/Concord Music Group. The film is about the soul of American music and follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax Records and Memphis, mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today. Rush co-stars alongside Terrence Howard, Snoop Dogg, the late Bobby “Blue” Bland, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, among others.
Rush, born Emmett Ellis, Jr., started playing music in his early teens, changing his name out of respect for his preacher father and fronting, for a time, a band that featured a young Elmore James on guitar. In his 20s, Rush landed in the booming Chicago blues scene where he bumped up against Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and, most notably, a back-alley neighbor, blues harmonica great Little Walter, whose example inspired Rush to master the instrument. In the ’80s Rush relocated to his current home of Jackson, Mississippi, where he embarked on the hard-touring career that has earned him the title of King of the Chitlin' Circuit.
Meanwhile, about the time Rush was making his name in Chicago, Blinddog Smokin’ leader Carl Gustafson was learning the blues in, of all places, Laramie, Wyoming. He ran away from home at 16, making it as far as the railroad tracks and the Pic-A-Rib CafĂ©. Through the owner, Miss Peggy, and her son Ricky, Gustafson learned about African-American culture and through the establishment’s jukebox he discovered the sounds of American blues and R&B, an experience detailed in Gustafson’s 2010 memoir Ain’t Just Blues, It’s Showtime: Hard times, heartache, and glory along Blues Highway.
In 1964, Gustafson started his first band, a James Brown-inspired 13-piece revue called Ali Baba & the Thieves. In 1993 he founded Blinddog Smokin’, which has become a force on the blues scene, playing 200-320 dates a year at juke joints, clubs, and festivals around the world, including the Snowy Range Music Festival (which Gustafson directs) in Laramie, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, where in 1995 he met Bobby Rush. 
“Bobby was performing, and I was just mesmerized with his show,” Gustafson recalls. “I met him afterwards, and it’s a weird thing: we just had a connection and struck up a friendship. We started calling each other and checking in on each other, and over the years started touring together. One thing led to another, and we just got this strong bond between us.”
Nineteen years later that friendship finally spilled over into the recording studio, with Gustafson and his band — including drummer “Chicago” Chuck Gullens, bassist Roland “Junior Bacon” Pritzker, keyboardist/vocalist Mo Beeks, guitarist Chalo Ortiz, and backing vocalists Chris White (nephew of folk singer Josh White) and Gustafson’s wife Linda — backing Rush on ten songs plus a bonus song on Decisions.
The leadoff track, “Another Murder in New Orleans,” paired Rush with another longtime friend, New Orleans music legend Dr. John. Two of the most colorful figures in the blues, Rush and Dr. John — whose real name is Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr. — have known each other for more than 50 years, first meeting as young men in their 20s on the early 1960s R&B circuit and remaining good friends ever since.
“When they’re telling stories it’s hilarious because they’re talking about bluesmen so ugly they had to turn their backs to the audience to play guitar,” says Gustafson, a mutual friend of both men. “And in some cases running from the same women.”
Despite their decades-long relationship, Rush and Dr. John had never recorded together until “Another Murder in New Orleans.” Written by Gustafson and Decisions producer Donald Markowitz (an Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy winner for the Dirty Dancing soundtrack smash “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”), the song addresses in graphic terms the street violence that has ravaged that city post-Hurricane Katrina, offering a message for change. The track was cut in New Orleans in 2012 around Mardi Gras. The setting inspired Gustafson to ask if Rush’s old friend might want to guest on the song, which the 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer eagerly did.
“We come up as kids together, man, but I never even thought about recording together before,” says Rush. “How great is it that this late in the game we can do something together while we can still talk about it and smile about it and laugh about it? It came to pass, and I’m so proud I did this with Dr. John.” 
“Another Murder in New Orleans” and Rush’s morals-seeking title track “Decisions” are the rare serious notes on an otherwise light-hearted blues romp that is rooted in Rush and Gustafson’s friendship. Other songs include the autobiographical “Bobby Rush’s Bus,” about the singer’s constantly-moving tour vehicle, “Funky Old Man,” the rap-flavored “Dr. Rush,” the acoustic jam “Too Much Weekend,” and “Skinny Little Women,” which tackles an issue Rush has been preoccupied with for some time.
“Little bitty woman why you always in the mirror talking ’bout how good you look/You ought to be doing like that fat woman in the kitchen seeing ’bout how good you cook,” sings Rush, who had one of his biggest successes in the ’90s with the album Lovin’ a Big Fat Woman. “It’s a joke-y thing. But if you notice that little skinny ladies all the time they look cute and good and smell good and look good. All that’s good but the big lady has got somebody, too. She needs some lovin’, too.”
Bobby Rush continues to perform more than 200 concerts a year and into 2015 will do so in support of the latest Grammy nominated album Decisions, see his upcoming announced dates below. On the horizon, be on the lookout for a definitive anthology of Bobby Rush.
BOBBY RUSH on tour December 19 – JACKSON, MS – Christmas Party
December 20 – MEMPHIS, TN – Minglewood Hall
December 23 – NEW ORLEANS, LA – Loyola University Hospital Holiday Party
December 27 – LULA, MS – Isle of Capri Casino
January 10 – TALLAHASSEE, FL - BCC January 17 – Robinsonville, MS – Sam’s Town Casino
January 18 – 25 – Blues Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 13 – DETRTOIT, MI – Detroit Opera House
March 14 – MERRILVILLE, IN (CHICAGO metro) – The Blues is Alright Tour
April 17 – CHICAGO, IL – Buddy Guy’s Legends
April 16 – JACKSON, MI – UAW Hall (7pm & 10pm)
April 25 – SARASOTA, FL – SunCoast Blues Festival
September 10-12 – Las Vegas, NV – Big Blues Bender (specific date TBA)
# # #
Music video for "Another Murder in New Orleans" by Dr. John and Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’ from the Grammy nominated album Decisions:
http://youtu.be/UYOB5HW8gAc
Watch Dan Aykroyd talk about Bobby Rush on The Tonight Show:
http://youtu.be/AqZDI2iNQrE
Watch Bobby Rush and Dan Aykroyd with The Roots perfrom on The Tonight Show: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21qgsa_hd-dan-aykroyd-i-ll-go-crazy-ft-bobby-rush-jimmy-fallon_people
Watch the trailer for the film Take Me to the River with Bobby Rush:
http://youtu.be/RFmULZOFaIM
Watch Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin' live here:
http://youtu.be/Iq2KsjaHads

Thursday, October 17, 2013

FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION: STONY PLAIN RECORDS




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FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION: STONY PLAIN RECORDS
Field #10 Jazz - Cat. 33 - Best Jazz Instrumental Album
092.  Jazzblues - Amos Garrett Jazz Trio

Field #13 American Roots Music - Cat. 46 Best Americana Album
062. Western Star - Tim Hus

Field #13 American Roots Music - Cat. 48 Best Blues Album
008.  Avalon: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt - Rory Block
031. Just For Today - Ronnie Earl & The BroadcastErs
072. All FrequencIes - MonkeyJunk
089. Independently Blue - Duke Robillard Band

Field #15
World Music – Cat. 52 Best World Music Album
053. Brothers in Bamako - Habib Koite and Eric Bibb
FIELD #21 COmPOSITION/ARRANGEMENT: - Cat. 60 Best Instrumental Composition
221.  Miracle - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Best Historical Album (Voted on by committee)
- First Came Memphis Minnie - Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Rory Bock, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor, Phoebe Snow, etc.

VOTING ENDS OCTOBER 30th!



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FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION: STONY PLAIN RECORDS
Field #10 Jazz - Cat. 33 - Best Jazz Instrumental Album
092.  Jazzblues - Amos Garrett Jazz Trio

Field #13 American Roots Music - Cat. 46 Best Americana Album
062. Western Star - Tim Hus

Field #13 American Roots Music - Cat. 48 Best Blues Album
008.  Avalon: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt - Rory Block
031. Just For Today - Ronnie Earl & The BroadcastErs
072. All FrequencIes - MonkeyJunk
089. Independently Blue - Duke Robillard Band

Field #15
World Music – Cat. 52 Best World Music Album
053. Brothers in Bamako - Habib Koite and Eric Bibb
FIELD #21 COmPOSITION/ARRANGEMENT: - Cat. 60 Best Instrumental Composition
221.  Miracle - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Best Historical Album (Voted on by committee)
- First Came Memphis Minnie - Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Rory Bock, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor, Phoebe Snow, etc.

VOTING ENDS OCTOBER 30th!


FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION: STONY PLAIN RECORDS
Field #10 Jazz - Cat. 33 - Best Jazz Instrumental Album
092.  Jazzblues - Amos Garrett Jazz Trio

Field #13 American Roots Music - Cat. 46 Best Americana Album
062. Western Star - Tim Hus

Field #13 American Roots Music - Cat. 48 Best Blues Album
008.  Avalon: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt - Rory Block
031. Just For Today - Ronnie Earl & The BroadcastErs
072. All FrequencIes - MonkeyJunk
089. Independently Blue - Duke Robillard Band

Field #15
World Music – Cat. 52 Best World Music Album
053. Brothers in Bamako - Habib Koite and Eric Bibb
FIELD #21 COmPOSITION/ARRANGEMENT: - Cat. 60 Best Instrumental Composition
221.  Miracle - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Best Historical Album (Voted on by committee)
- First Came Memphis Minnie - Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Rory Bock, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor, Phoebe Snow, etc.

VOTING ENDS OCTOBER 30th!