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John Nemeth on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” This Weekend, June 26th June 25, 2010

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John Nemeth

Vocalist and harmonica player John Németh will be a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” program on Saturday, June 26th.  Host Scott Simon will interview the Blind Pig artist and discuss and spin tunes from John’s latest album, Name The Day!

The dynamic singing sensation is reinvigorating vintage American rhythm and blues with his uncanny ability to skillfully blend retro and modern blues and soul into compelling music that is simultaneously old and new.
In the process, he’s drawing high praise from renowned music critics such as Lee Hildebrand, features writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and Living Blues, who called Németh “the most accomplished male vocalist of his generation traveling the blues highway today.”  The Jazz-Blues Report said he “might be the best white R&B singer on the planet.”   And the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concurred, “he sings as well as any blue-eyed soul man on the planet right now.” Other critics say he recalls great R&B singers such as Otis Redding, Sam Cook, Jackie Wilson, and Solomon Burke.

A complete list of NPR radio station. and broadcast times can be found HERE.

Publicity: Debra Regur pigpress@blindpigrecords.com 415-550-6484
Radio:  Peter Robinson radio@blindpigrecords.com 773-772-0043

Trombone Shorty’s “Hurricane Season” Chosen As MTV’s Real World New Orleans Theme Song – Backatown Still #1 Contemporary Jazz CD for 9th Straight Week June 25, 2010

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Trombone Shorty’s “Hurricane Season” from his major label debut Backatown (Verve/Forecast) has been chosen as the theme song for MTV’s Real World New Orleans. The show premieres June 30, 2010 and runs for 13 episodes.

Backatown is #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart for the 9th straight week since it’s release! Thank you for your support! Catch the band live on stage as they tour across North America and at upcoming shows in Japan and Brazil this Summer.For more on Trombone Shorty and to watch him duel Wynton  Marsalis->

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue just completed a week that would be the envy of most any musician. On Wednesday June 9, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews joined Jeff Beck on stage at an invitation-only tribute to the late Les Paul at New York City’s Iridium Jazz Club. On Friday June 11, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue opened the Which Stage at Bonnaroo to a great response, echoed by a song from the show and new CD, “Something Beautiful,” getting 15,000 hits in the following 24 hours on YouTube. Flying to Los Angeles just hours after Bonnaroo, the band knocked out the crowd at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl on Saturday June 12.

In the meantime, Trombone Shorty’s Backatown CD continues to reign at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album chart for the 7th straight week.

Catch Troy on HBO’s Treme again June 20 and catch the band on The Late Show with David Letterman on June 22 and in concert across North America as well as in Japan and Brazil this Summer.

6/26/2010 Norfolk VA 21st Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival
6/27/2010 Norfolk VA 21st Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival
6/30/2010 Seattle WA The Out To Lunch Concert Series
7/1/2010 Eugene OR John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
7/2/2010 Portland OR Waterfront Blues Festival
7/3/2010 Quincy CA High Sierra Music Festival
7/4/2010 Berwyn IL FitzGerald’s American Music Festival
7/6/2010 Montreal QC CANADA Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
7/8/2010 Apple Valley MN Weesner Amphitheater
7/9/2010 Fairfield CT FTC Stage One
7/10/2010 Freeport ME Discovery Park – L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series
7/11/2010 Madison WI La Fete de Marquette
7/14/2010 Glenwood Springs CO Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz
7/15/2010 Denver CO Bluebird Theatre
7/16/2010 Sioux Falls SD Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival
7/17/2010 Toronto ON CANADA Beaches International Festival
7/18/2010 Quebec QC CANADA Festival D’Ete International de Quebec
7/19/2010 Providence RI Providence Sound Session 2010
7/20/2010 Syracuse NY The Westcott Theater
7/21/2010 Lewiston NY Artpark
7/22/2010 Pittsburgh PA The Rex Theater
7/23/2010 Columbus OH Hot Ribs Cool Jazz Festival
7/24/2010 Jackson MI The Land of Nod
7/31/2010 Niigata JAPAN Fuji Rock Festival
8/7/2010 Petaluma CA Petaluma Music Festival
8/8/2010 Salt Lake City UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Allen Toussaint, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
8/11/2010 Bethlehem PA Musikfest
8/12/2010 Bethlehem PA Musikfest
8/14/2010 Philadelphia PA Penn’s Landing
8/15/2010 Dewey Beach DE Bottle N Cork
8/19/2010 Sao Paulo BRAZIL Bourbon Street Music Club
8/22/2010 Sao Paulo BRAZIL Bourbon Street Music Festival –
Outdoor Stage at Bourbon Street Music Club
8/26/2010 New York NY South Street Seaport
8/27/2010 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall
8/28/2010 Mount Snow VT The Vermont Blues Festival
9/4/2010 Mackinac Island MI Grand Hotel –
Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival
9/5/2010 Rockford IL On The Waterfront Festival
9/11/2010 Bowling Green OH Black Swamp Arts Festival
9/12/2010 Boston MA Life Is Good Festival
9/16/2010 Marquette MI Northern Michigan University –
Kaufman Auditorium
9/17/2010 Sacramento CA Harlow’s
9/18/2010 Monterey CA Monterey Jazz Festival
9/19/2010 Laytonville CA Earthdance 2010
9/20/2010 Chico CA Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
10/3/2010 Gretna LA Gretna Heritage Festival
10/8/2010 New Orleans LA Tulane University – The Quad
10/10/2010 Austin TX Austin City Limits Festival
10/31/2010 New Orleans LA Voodoo Fest
11/5/2010 Ft. Lauderdale FL Culture Room
11/6/2010 Sarasota FL Sarasota Blues Festival
11/13/2010 Middletown OH Miami University / Middletown Campus
2/3/2011 Stevens Point WI University of Wisconsin – Sentry Theater
2/4/2011 Platteville WI University of Wisconsin – Brodbeck Concert Hall
2/5/2011 Columbia MO University of Missouri – Jesse Auditorium

Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy September 14, 2010 June 25, 2010

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Mavis Staples will release her new album, You Are Not Alone (Anti Records), September 14, 2010.

The project was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at the band’s studio, The Loft. Tweedy also wrote two new songs for the album, arranged a third and contributes guest guitar, bass, and vocals.

The disc also features traditional gospel numbers and interpretations of songs by her father (and Rosebud artist until his passing), the late Pops Staples, fellow Rosebud artist Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton.For more on Mavis Staples

A Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Mavis will be performing at several festivals over the Summer, including Lollapalooza and the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival with extensive touring to follow the release of the CD.

About Mavis Staples
2010 GRAMMY Nominee for Live: Hope At The Hideout (Best Contemporary Blues Album) and featured on Oh Happy Day (Best Traditional Gospel Album), “Waiting For My Child To Come Home” performed with Patty Griffin

Live: Hope at the Hideout was named one of the Best Live CDs of All Time by Amazon.com editors. Have A Little Faith (2005) honored among DownBeat’s Best of the 2000’s

Featured in 2009 GRAMMY Nominated Respect Yourself – The Stax Records Story (named after The Staple Singers hit) – Best Long Form Music Video category.

2005 GRAMMY Nominations: collaboration with Dr. John on “Lay My Burden Down” (Best Gospel Performance) from Dr. John’s N’awlinz Dis Dat Or D’udda (Best Contemporary Blues Album) and was featured performing “Hard Times Come Again No More” on the album Beautiful Dreamer – The Songs of Stephen Foster (Best Traditional Folk Album)

2003 Grammy Nominee with Bob Dylan (Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals) for their duet “Gotta Change My Way of Thinking” on Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan which was nominated for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album

Blues Music Award Winner: Soul/Blues Female Artist of the Year 2005 & 2006; Winner of 2005 Blues Album of the Year and Soul/Blues Album of the Year for her acclaimed release, Have A Little Faith

First Amendment Center / Americana Music Association Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award (2007)

National Heritage Fellowship Award Winner (2006) by The National Endowment for the Arts

GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (2005)

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee with The Staple Singers (1999)

Included on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll

“Mavis Staples Day” declared June 19 2007 by Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, in recognition of Mavis’ legendary career and lifelong dedication to civil rights

“Mavis Staples Day” proclaimed by City of Chicago Sunday, June 12, 2005


For specific information regarding tickets, showtimes, addresses, directions etc., please check the local listing or contact the venues directly.
6/30/2010 Toronto ON CANADA TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival
7/18/2010 Detroit MI Concert of Colors

7/25/2010 Lake Harmony PA Pocono Blues Festival
8/6/2010 Chicago IL Lollapalooza

8/14/2010 North Adams MA Solid Sound Festival
8/28/2010 Grass Valley CA Stars at the North Star House
9/3/2010 Laramie WY Snowy Range Music Festival

9/6/2010 Sausalito CA Sausalito Art Festival

9/11/2010 Boston MA Life Is Good Festival

10/1/2010 Durham NC Carolina Theater

10/3/2010 Roanoke VA The Jefferson Center

11/5/2010 Los Angeles CA UCLA Live
“The Hope, Love & Justice Tour Featuring Mavis Staples & Billy Bragg”
11/12/2010 Lucerne SWITZERLAND Lucerne Blues Festival

11/13/2010 Lucerne SWITZERLAND Lucerne Blues Festival

11/14/2010 Lucerne SWITZERLAND Lucerne Blues Festival

2/24/2011 Baton Rouge LA Manship Theatre

3/25/2011 Portsmouth NH The Music Hall
“The Hope, Love & Justice Tour Featuring Mavis Staples & Billy Bragg”
3/27/2011 Tarrytown NY Tarrytown Music Hall
“The Hope, Love & Justice Tour Featuring Mavis Staples & Billy Bragg”
4/2/2011 New Bedford MA Zeiterion Theatre
“The Hope, Love & Justice Tour Featuring Mavis Staples & Billy Bragg”


Stony Plain Records Announces an August 24 Release Date for New CDs From World-Class Guitarists Duke Robillard – Passport to the Blues–and Ronnie Earl – Spread the Love June 25, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Guitarists, Guitars, Music, Music News, Music News Updates, New Releases.
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EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records announces an August 24 U.S. release date for new CDs from blues guitar masters Duke Robillard, Passport to the Blues; and Ronnie Earl, Spread the Love. Stony Plain Records is distributed in the U.S. by ADA.

Duke Robillard continues a fantastic year of successes, including winning yet another Blues Music Award in May from the Blues Foundation as “Best Traditional Male Blues Artist,” and a Grammy nomination for his last CD, Stomp! The Blues Tonight.

Never an artist to stand pat, Duke Robillard has released previous albums that have saluted his love for jump blues, jazz, swing, and even exotica. With Passport to the Blues, Duke puts his personal stamp on music that the new CD’s liner notes describe as his “grittiest roots – dirty, gutty, houserockin’, shack-shakin’, finger-bustin’, down-in-the-bottom git-tar blues.”

“This all-blues album was a chance for me to reach back deep into the soul of what I do and let out a lot of steam and emotion – especially on the guitar tracks,” says Robillard.
“I played a lot of my solos live with the band in the studio, just like we would on the road. The energy was fantastic. Making the album felt magical.”

And what a band it is, featuring Duke’s former Roomful of Blues bandmate Doug James on tenor and baritone saxes, Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass and Mark Teixeira on drums. Along with Robillard’s always on-the-money guitar work and soulful vocals, this unit has crafted another album that’s sure to be lining up for plaudits come awards time.

Passport to the Blues features a dozen tracks, all but one written by Robillard – the single exception being “Make It Rain,” written by Tom Waits (a song Duke played as lead guitarist with Waits on his 2006 tour) and his wife, Kathleen Brennan. In addition to the timeless themes of the blues, the new CD has a decidedly modern take on songs such as “Text Me,” a love song for the digital age, and “Honk Kong Suit,” which deals with the rapid pace of contemporary life. Of special note is the song,” The High Cost of Lovin’,” written in the 1980s by Duke and legendary songwriter Doc Pomus.

As Robillard sums up in the album’s liner notes, “All my life and career I’ve been fascinated by all kinds of roots music. Now I have the career and life I’ve wanted, playing anything that tickles me from country to blues to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll to New Orleans music. As long as it’s roots, I love it all and I can’t get enough.”

During a career that began when he joined Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl has charted a course that has led him to become a legendary musician; one recognized around the world for his dynamic and soulful playing. For his sixth Stony Plain album, Spread the Love, Ronnie Earl has raised the bar even further, with 14 instrumental tracks that speak volumes of his amazing fret work, whether on originals or paying tribute to his influences such as Albert Collins (“Backstroke”) and Kenny Burrell (“Chitlins Con Carne), or on the beautifully spiritual ballad written by Duke Pearson, (but perhaps best-known by trumpeter Donald Byrd’s version) “Christo Redentor.”

On his original songs, Earl continues to spread the message of love and hope through his music, which is loaded with the kind of energy, passion, and serious grooves only he can deliver. He tips his hat to others such as Jackie Robinson (“Blues for Jackie Robinson”), Duane Allman (“Skyman”) and with the help of his regular keyboardist, Dave Limina, gives a playful musical nod to legendary pianist Otis Spann on “Spann’s Groove.” The other members of Ronnie’s band, The Broadcasters, are Lorne Entress on drums and Jim Mouradian on bass.

Ronnie Earl has been hailed by musicians and critics alike as one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation. He’s played with such greats as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Allman Brothers Band.

Reviews of his albums typically become a veritable love-fest, as critics try to come up with new descriptions for his amazing guitar work. “When it’s time for spiritual rejuvenation, it’s time for a visit from Ronnie Earl, pastor at the church of tone. Come in, listen, and be healed,!” – Vintage Guitar. “Blues has no better essayist in taste, tone and tension than Strat magician Ronnie Earl … Earl’s got his mojo working overtime,” –
Guitar World. “Ronnie Earl can still take your breath away … Earl’s playing has remained as inspiring as his humility, gratitude, and altruism.” – Guitar Player. “Earl is at his mesmerizing best when communicating with an audience … The all-instrumental set allows the subtlety of Earl’s genius to shine.” – Boston Herald. “His deeply personal process of squeezing out taut, precise notes during many slow passages makes for riveting listening.” – Downbeat.

For more information, visit www.stonyplainrecords.com.