On The Charts: Britney Spears' "In The Zone" drops from #3 to #7 in its 3rd week on the Billboard 200 Albums chart (issue date 12/20) ... sales of "Zone" have now topped 1 million copies; Harry Connick, Jr.'s "Harry For The Holidays" jumped 11 spots to #12, Harry's highest-ever ranking on the Billboard 200 (his last holiday album, 1993's "When My Heart Finds Christmas", reached #13); Trace Adkins' "Comin' On Strong" enters the Billboard 200 at #31; the album sold 62,000 copies in it's first week, a record for Trace; as expected, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" debuts at #1, with 618,000 units sold.
Choppa Swaps Labels: West Bank rapper Choppa (nee Darwin Turner) has left No Limit Records after signing a 5-album deal with Roy Jones Jr.'s "Body Head Entertainment" label; his first release for Body Head - as yet untitled - is due out in March, 2004; Choppa had a hit with the single "Choppa Style" from his 2003 No Limit release, "Straight From The N.O." (an earlier version of the song was released on Take Fo' Records); he appeared on the 504 Boyz 2002 release, "Ballers", and also appeared with No Limit rappers Master P, Krazy, T-Bo and Magic in the 2003 Harrison Ford film, "Hollywood Homicide".
Warning for NYC Residents: country duo Brooks & Dunn are headed to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 13th to perform on NBC's "Today Show Weekend Edition"; the pair were first scheduled to perform on "Today" on August 15th, but that was nixed due to the power blackout; they were rescheduled for a few weeks later, but the portion of the show they were to appear on was preempted due to a golf tournament; next try was last Saturday (December 6th), but the snow storm in NYC left Kix and Ronnie sitting in the Nashville airport; we will see what happens this weekend, but it may be wise to take cover until they have actually appeared on "Today" ;)
Jamison Services: funeral services for musician, jazz historian, WWOZ DJ, and community activist Donald "Big Moose" Jamison have been set for Monday, Dec. 8 at St. Augustine Church; visitation and a musical tribute will take place from 8 - 11 am, followed by Mass at 11 am; Jamison passed away last Tuesday at age 76.
Local Grammy Nominees: nominations for the the 46th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 4th; nominees with Louisiana ties include Aaron Neville, Lucinda Williams, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Nicholas Payton, Buddy Guy, Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys; also, the Evanescence single, "Bring Me To Life", featuring Paul McCoy (of 12 Stones), is nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance; read the details!
Gold For Harry: Harry Connick, Jr.'s "Harry For The Holidays" was certified Gold (500,000 units sold) by the RIAA on Dec. 1st (it was released on Oct. 28th).
Chart Notes: Britney Spears' "In The Zone" drops from #1 to #3 in its 2nd week on the Billboard 200 Albums chart (issue date 12/13); she was overtaken by Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (which jumped from #4 to #1), and No Doubt's "The Singles 1992-2003", which makes its debut in the #2 spot; the album to watch next week is Alicia Keys' "The Diary of Alicia Keys" ... it will enter the chart at #1 according to prelim sales figures.
Dudes in the Studio: the subdudes are in L.A. working on their first studio album since 1996's "Primitive Streak"; the CD is due for release on Back Porch Records circa Jazz Fest time (April/May '04); 'dudes John Magnie and Steve Amadee make guest appearances on the latest release from Denver acoustic blues guitarist & singer Mary Flowers ("Ragtime Gal"); also helping out on the CD are Matt Perrine and Washboard Chaz Leary.
Voodoo Fest Revisited: the 2003 Voodoo Music Experience will be featured on Louisiana Jukebox (Dec. 5th & 12th) and on the FUSE music channel (on Dec. 7th); Voodoo Fest acts featured on the shows will include Cowboy Mouth, World Leader Pretend, Gov't Mule, Robert Randolph, P.O.D., Marilyn Manson, Staind, Godsmack, 50 Cent, Fuel, White Stripes, 12 Stones, Supagroup, Tom's House, and George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars; see the Music On TV page for details.
NOLA Rap Star Killed: nationally known rapper Soulja Slim was gunned down in front of his mother's house on Lafaye Street on Wednesday (11/26); the rap star (born James Tapp) cut 2 albums for No Limit Records and had 2 later solo CD's; he appeared on 1995's "Down South Hustlers" compilation (as Magnolia Slim), and also guested on CD's by C-Murder, Master P, Snoop Dogg, and ReBirth Brass Band ("Hot Venom"); his last release, "Years Later.. A Few Months After", came out on August 26 on Koch Records; Slim recently completed work on a joint effort with former Cash Money Records rapper B.G.
New Britney Record: pop diva Britney Spears has broken her own record by debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart with her fourth album, "In The Zone"; Spears is the first female in Soundscan history to have four #1 albums in a row; first week sales of the album topped 600,000 units; Britney holds the #1 (1.319 million for "Oops! ... I Did It Again" on 5/09/00), #3 (745,744 for "Britney" on 11/06/01) and #5 ("In The Zone") debuts on the Billboard Album 200 chart for any female artist in the history of Soundscan.
Frogman Speaks: crooner Clarence "Frogman" Henry is interviewed on tonight's (11/25) "For The Record with Angela Hill" segment on WWL-TV's evening news; tune in to WWL at 10:00 pm to catch up with latest from the Frogman.
Aaron & Blind Boys: Aaron Neville will join the Blind Boys of Alabama on a handful of tour dates in December; Aaron made a guest appearance on the recent Blind Boys holiday release, "Go Tell It On The Mountain", and he is also scheduled to appear with them on NBC's "Today" show on Christmas Day; see our TV Page for more upcoming appearances by Aaron.
Cowboy Mouth on TV: local rockers Cowboy Mouth will be the musical guests on "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on Friday, November 28th; the band will perfom "Disconnected", from their latest album, "Uh Oh"; check local CBS listings for air time.
Branford Jams With Harry: Harry Connick, Jr. was joined on stage by Branford Marsalis during his Raleigh, N.C. concert on Nov. 20th; Branford -- founder of the Marsalis Music label (which Harry records for) and Durham, N.C. resident -- blew tenor sax with Connick & band on "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Original Dixieland One Step"; Harry's tour -- featuring Leroy Jones, Lucien Barbarin and other NOLA players -- continues through Dec. 23rd.
NOLA Rocks Memphis Showcase: congrats to local rock band World Leader Pretend, who made it to the finals of the 2003 Mid-South GRAMMY Showcase, held in Memphis on Nov. 14th; WLP was one of 7 finalists, chosen from a pool of more than 400 entries; sadly, the band did not win the event (it was won by Memphis band, Free Sol), but they did make an impression ... Memphis' daily newspaper paper, The Commercial Appeal, wrote, "one hoped there would have been room in the winner's circle for ambitious Crescent City art-rockers World Leader Pretend, whose name was the only silly thing about them".
Essence Fest 2004: initial performers announced for next year's Essence Music Festival include Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, Gladys Knight, and Maze with Frankie Beverly; Essence Fest, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will be held in New Orleans on July 2, 3 and 4, 2004.
Top 500 Albums: "Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All Time" will be published in their November 21 issue; albums by Louisiana artsts on the list include: "Rejuvenation" (The Meters; #138); "Gris Gris" (Dr. John; #143); "The Best" (Little Walter; #198); "Look-Ka Py Py" (The Meters; #218); "New Orleans Piano" (Professor Longhair; #220); "All Killer No Filler: The Jerry Lee Lewis Anthology" (Jerry Lee Lewis; #242); "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" (Lucinda Williams; #304); and "Dr. John's Gumbo" (Dr. John; #402).
Rock & Cruise: local music club Rock 'n' Bowl has announced the "1st Annual Rock 'n' Bowl Jazz Fest Cruise", a 5 day Caribbean cruise, setting sail from New Orleans on May 3rd; performers include Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and others TBA.
Musician Runs For President: local jazz musician Jeffrey Diket is running for U.S. president in the 2004 elections; Diket (Libertarian Party) is running on a "pro-life, anti-communist" platform; he previously ran for a Senate seat in 1998 (he finished 7th behind John Breaux, with 0.3% of the vote).
Matty told Hatty: Monday, Nov. 24, has been proclaimed "Sam the Sham Day" in Leesville, LA by Mayor Jim Shapkoff Jr.; 1960's Tex-Mex rock band Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs ("Wooly Bully") evolved from the Leesville-based band, Andy and the Nightriders; more
Jump Blues Nominated: "Deacon John's Jump Blues" received two nominations for the 2nd Annual Surround Music Awards ("Best Concert Video" and "Best Mix - Orchestral"); The SMA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences of surround recordings; winners will be announced on December 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Branch Trims Tour Dates: singer Michelle Branch has cancelled her December 16 performance at the House of Blues; Branch was ordered by doctors to reduce the number of shows on her tour due to a throat condition, and NOLA was one of 10 shows to "get the axe".
Cash Money Hits The Airwaves: Britney Spears is not the only LA music artist on TV this week (11/17 - 11/23); Cash Money Records rap duo Big Tymers appear on BET's "Rap City" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"; rapper Juvenile will be promoting his latest single on "Access Granted", "Rap City", and "106 & Park" (all on BET); see our TV listings for details.
AMA's: congrats to Tim McGraw who picked up the award for "Favorite Male Artist, Country Music" at the 2003 American Music Awards held in Los Angeles last night (Nov. 16); Mrs. McGraw (aka Faith Hill) was named Favorite Female Country Artist; pop star Britney Spears opened the show with a performance of her latest single, "Me Against The Music".
Are You Ready: tune in to ABC's Monday Night Football" on Nov. 17th and catch three Louisiana greats performing... to start things off, Britney Spears joins Hank Williams, Jr. on the opening "Are You Ready For Some Football" MNF theme; then at halftime, the Monday Night at the Mic segment will feature New Orleans Saints center Jerry Fontenot playing guitar with rockers Nickelback pitted against San Diego Chargers QB Doug Flutie, who will be playing drums with Barenaked Ladies!.
Tim and Hank? Billboard reports that LA-born country crooners Hank Williams, Jr. and Tim McGraw are planning to tour together next summer; no dates or venues have been announced as yet; Hank's new CD, "I'm One of You", hits store shelves on Tuesday (Nov. 18); Tim is climbing the charts with his latest hit single, "Watch the Wind Blow By" -- written by none other than Anders Osborne ... it is #28 on this week's Billboard Country Singles Chart.
Buddy Guy Receives National Medal of Arts: blues man Buddy Guy is among the 10 National Medal of Arts winners for the year 2003; the awards were presented by President George W. Bush in an Oval Office Ceremony on November 12th; the National Medal of Arts are the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence; Guy is a native of Lettsworth, Louisiana.
More Props for Buddy Guy: Buddy Guy was honored with a "Hero Award" by the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy in ceremonies held on November 6th; Buddy later jammed with John Mayer and Lonnie Brooks (a past "Chicago Heroes Awards" recipient and native of Dubuisson, LA); read more.
Kix For President: Louisiana native Kix Brooks (of Brooks & Dunn fame) has been named Board President of the Country Music Association (CMA); Brooks is the first music artist to hold this position since Tex Ritter was President of CMA in 1965; read more.
Cash Money Gives Back: Ronald "Slim" Williams, Bryan "Baby" Williams, Mannie Fresh, and Lil Wayne will host the 5th annual Cash Money Turkey Dinner Give-away on November 25th; the Cash Money Records team, with Mayor Ray Nagin, will be on hand to give-away 2,000 25lb. turkeys, and Thanksgiving trimmings to those less fortunate in their home town of New Orleans; more.
Big Screen for Romeo: rapper and TV star Lil' Romeo has a feature role in the Universal Pictures' release "Honey" which hits national cinema screens on Dec. 5th; the film stars Jessica Alba, with Mekhi Phifer, Joy Bryant, Lonette McKee and David Moscow.
Mr. Ambassador: trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was named as a Cultural Ambassador representing New Orleans and Louisiana in an announcement made by Mayor Ray Nagin on November 7th; Mayfield will represent the city by meeting with int'l government and business officials while on tour; upcoming gigs for the musician and ambassador include performances for the King of Thailand and the President of Mexico; read more.
Los Hombres Video: Los Hombres Calientes have released a video for their song, "Vodou Hoodoo Babalu" (from their latest album Vol. 4: Vodou Dance"); tune into the video at nola.com.
Harry For The Holidays: Harry Connick Jr. will be making several TV appearances in the coming weeks to support his latest CD, "Harry For The Holidays"; things kick off on November 6th with an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show; also on the horizon are the David Letterman show, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the NBC primetime special "Harry For The Holidays", Today Show, the annual "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" special, and The View; many of these will feature home town faves Leroy Jones, Craig Klein, Lucien Barbarin and Mark Mullins; stay tuned to our TV Page for full details; also, you catch Harry & his Big Band on tour from Nov. 10 thru Dec. 23.
Pause For A Cause: the 4th annual Siren To Wail "Once in a Blue Moon" benefit concert is set for November 15th at Tipitina's; the stellar list of artists scheduled to perform includes Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, Art Neville, James Rivers, Henry Butler, and Timothea (and many others); Siren To Wail is a national non-profit organization which helps to raise awareness, education, and prevention of the Hepatitis C virus; visit their web site to purchase tickets and for more info on the concert and organization.
Pause II: a benefit for the New Orleans Jewish Day School will be take place at the Orpheum Theatre on November 23rd; Basin Street Records recording artists Los Hombres Calientes, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, and the Irvin Mayfield Quintet will perform; a "battle of the bands" pitting Irvin vs. Kermit will also be featured; tickets are available from the NOJDS and Ticketmaster.
Pause III: Kermit Ruffins is hosting a fundraiser for the Treme Barbecue Festival at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club on November 15th.
Verges Wins Again: noted Nashville songwriter and Shreveport, LA native Troy Verges picked up 2 awards at the BMI Country Awards held on November 4th; he received honors for his tunes "Blessed" (Martina McBride) and "Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man" (Andy Griggs); the successful Verges was named Songwriter of the Year in 2002 by both BMI and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Ramblin' in January: the documentary "Make 'Em Dance! The Hackberry Ramblers' Story" is set to air on the PBS series, Independent Lens, on January 13, 2004; "Make 'Em Dance!" combines historic footage & photos with recent performances by the band at the Grand Ole Opry, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, and a backyard crawfish boil; Marcia Ball, Rodney Crowell and Jimmie Dale Gilmore make guest appearances; further details TBA (Hackberry Ramblers web site).
Lucinda Live: the Lost Highway Records web site is currently featuring a Lucinda Williams concert taped at The Bowery in NYC on May 27, 2003; visit the web site, click on "radio show", and tune in via RealAudio or Windows Media Player.
MO Tunes: the next installment (11/05) of the Mo Tunes concert series features performances by the Continental Drifters and Lynn Drury; no official word on the band member line-up for the 'Drifters ... guitarist Vicki Peterson has been busy with the Bangles (and getting married), so she must be considered as doubtful ... show will be a fun one none the less.
Voodoo Festival Update: The Donnas have had to cancel their appearance at the 2003 Voodoo Music Festival (they were scheduled for 11/01; drummer Donna C. has severe tendonitis); taking their place will be a recently reunited Iggy Pop and the Stooges.
Blues News: winners of the 2003 Living Blues Awards included Lazy Lester, Henry Gray and Bobby Rush; Mighty Sam McClain was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Blues Trust Productions .
D.J. Petition: the Rockabilly Hall of Fame web site has started a petition calling for the induction of Shreveport native D.J. Fontana into the Rock & Roll hall of Fame; Fontana ws the drummer for Elvis Presley from 1954-1968, and appears on over 400 RCA tracks with The King; current Hall of Fame inductees from Louisiana; read more on Fontana.
Source Awards: congratulations to Cash Money Records co-founder, Big Tymer, solo artist and #1 Stunner Bryan "Baby" Williams, who was named "Trendsetter of the Year" at the 2003 Source Hip Hop Music Awards held in Miami on October 13; the ceremony will be televised on BET on November 11th.
Label Deal for Theresa Andersson: local favorite Theresa Andersson has signed a multiple-release contract with New Orleans-based Basin Street Records; the announcement was made at a press conference on Tuesday (Oct. 14) at Basin Street's Canal Street headquarters; Theresa, arriving in a Hummer accompanied by police escort, announced her pleasure of joining Basin Street before the official contract signing; Theresa will go into the studio next month for her first Basin Street release, with a planned street date of 04/20/2004 (in time for Jazz Fest); this is a great addition to the Basin Street Records roster, which includes Kermit Ruffins, Los Hombres Calientes, Jason Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, Dr. Michael White, Jon Cleary and The Headhunters; congrats to them and to Theresa!
Connick TV Special: trumpeter Leroy Jones and other members of Harry Connick Jr.'s band were in NYC over the weekend (Oct. 10 - 12) taping Harry's upcoming NBC Christmas special; the show is set to air on November 27 (Thanksgiving).
'OZ Fund Drive: WWOZ's Fall membership drive continues through Wednesday, October 15th; tune in today and make a donation to help keep community radio alive!
C-Murder Guilty: rapper C-Murder (Corey Miller) was convicted of second degree murder in a Jefferson Parish courthouse on Sept. 30th; the brother of rap mogul Master P, who was accused of killing an Avondale teenager at the Platinum Club in Harvey in January 2002, now faces a mandatory life sentence; more.
Europe Music Awards: nominees for the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards include Evanescence featuring Paul McCoy of 12 Stones (in the "Best Song" category for "Bring Me To Life"); ceremonies take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 6th (airs live in the USA on MTV2; tape delayed on MTV on November 15th).
Hombres Live & Webcast: Los Hombres Calientes are live at Tipitina's on Friday, Sept. 26th; if you can't make the show, tune in online via Tipitina's webcast of the event.
New Music Guide: Zagat Survey has introduced their first ever Music Guide, rating and reviewing the 1,000 top albums of all time; over 10,000 listeners participated in the survey, which covers 22 different genres over 8 decades of recorded music; it features over 80 separate indexes -- by genre (top-rated "Funk" album was The Meters' "Funkify Your Life"), by decade and by various special features.
Musical Passing: our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of ReBirth Brass Band sax player James Durant, who passed away on Wednesday, 09/17, at age 31; services are set for Monday, 09/22, at First Evangelist Baptist Church (10:00 am); a brass band tribute will be held at the church at 6:30 pm.
KRVS airs Festivals Acadiens: if you can't make it to Lafayette, LA this weekend (Sept. 20 & 21) for the Festival de Musique Acadienne, not to worry ... radio station KRVS will be covering the event, both thru the air waves and via the web; scheduled performers include Geno Delafose, Balfa Toujours, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, The Bluerunners, Traiteurs with Sonny Landreth, and many, many more; KRVS coverage begins at 11:00 am (Central) on both Saturday and Sunday.
City Helps Musicians: the Mayor’s Office has announced several initiatives to help local musicians and the local music biz; these include the New Orleans Music Office Co-op, a deal with XM Satellite Radio to promote New Orleans music, performance opportunities, a campaign to fight CD piracy, and a web site featuring resources for musicians, music professionals, and fans of New Orleans music; visit the site at RealNewOrleansMusic.com for complete details.
C-Murder Trail: jury selection has wrapped up in the second degree murder trial of platinum-selling New Orleans rapper C-Murder (Corey Miller); the trial, being held at the Jefferson Parish Court House in Gretna, is expected to last 3 weeks; the case, which is gaining national attention, even got a spot in "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" monologue of 09/16/2003.
Britney's 4th: Britney Spears' fourth album, "Get In The Zone", will drop on November 18th; the new CD, produced by Redzone, features 13 tracks (7 written by Spears); the first single "Me Against The Music" - featuring a guest appearance by Madonna - hits radio stations on Sept. 30th; the video will premiere on MTV on October 13th.
Blues Chat: the PBS series "The Blues" & the Washington Post hosted an online chat with Chris Thomas King on Monday, Sept. 15th; prior online chats related to the upcoming PBS series featured Bobby Rush and (Marcia Ball); see our TV Page for more on "The Blues" documentary series.
Chez Louis: Louis Armstrong's house in Corona, Queens (New York) will be open to the public beginning October 16, 2003; visitors to Pop's place will be able to take a 40 minute tour of the home, which remains as it was when occupied by Louis and his wife Lucille; coinciding with the opening is the release of the book, "Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo"; the book, by Louis Armstrong House & Archives director Michael Cogswell, offers an intimate, backstage look at the legendary trumpeter through never-before-published photos, writings, and recordings; visit the Archives at Satchmo.net for additional info n these events.
"Dancing" on DVD: the recent Bravo TV special "Dancing To New Orleans" will be released on DVD video on Sept. 30th; the show featured great performances by late greats John Campbell and Raymond Myles, and also featured "Gatemouth" Brown, C.J. Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Beausoleil, Amanda Shaw, Lionel Ferbos, the Dirty Dozen, Neville Brothers, Monk Boudreaux, Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas (here's more great videos & DVD's).
Music and Tourism Conference: "Using Music to Drive Cultural Tourism" is the theme of a Sept. 19th conference sponsored by the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; visit their web site for a list of topics and speakers, registration details, etc.
Free Theresa! Gambit Weekly cover girl Theresa Andersson and her band begin a weekly series of free performances at Carrollton Station on Tuesday, Sept. 16th (carrying on from her awesome series of shows last spring at the Red Eye Grill); you can also catch the band at The Core (at State Palace Theatre) this Friday (09/19), w/ special guests The Sketchy Strings (aka Marc Paradis and Harry Hardin from Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes).
Drift Away the new Bangles CD, "Doll Revolution", features two Vicki Peterson-written tracks previously recorded by the Continental Drifters ("Mixed Messages" and "The Rain Song"); catch Vicki & The Bangles appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday (09/19) and "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on Monday (09/22); in related news, the Continental Drifters are scheduled to perform at The Howlin' Wolf on November 5th (as part of the Mayor's Office "Mo Tunes" concert series).
The Blues Radio Series: The Blues: The Radio Series will begin airing on Sept. 28 on Public Radio International stations nationwide (list of stations); the 13-part series, hosted by Grammy-winner Keb' Mo', will feature numerous LA music artists via audio clips and/or interviews, including Louis Armstrong, Lonnie Johnson, Chris Thomas King, Little Walter, Marcia Ball, Memphis Minnie, and Buddy Guy; visit the Year of the Blues web site for more on the radio series and other upcoming blues events.
MO Tunes: the Mayor’s Office of Music Business Development kicks off their new season of "MO Tunes" concerts on Sept. 17th (f/ Monk Boudreaux and John Lisi & Delta Funk); also, the second annual "Town Hall Meeting" has been set for Sept. 16th; see their web site for full details.
Johnny Cash: music legend Johnny Cash passed away in Nashville on September 12th at age 71; before gaining nationwide recognition, the "Man in Black" was a regular on The Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport in the mid-1950's; he credited the Hayride as being a major factor in his success, and took out a full page ad in Billboard after leaving the Hayride, thanking them and Horace Logan; his 1955 debut at the Hayride (the earliest live recordings of Cash available) is included on the CD, "Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride " (to be released on 09/23/03); see VH1.com from more on the life of Cash.
Voodoo Update: The White Stripes have been added to the line-up of the Voodoo Music Festival, which takes place in New Orleans from October 31 to November 2; the Detroit-based duo will perform on Nov. 2nd.
Folk Fest: the Louisiana Folklife Festival takes place this weekend (Sept. 13 & 14) in Monroe, LA; the line-up of performers includes Tony Joe White, Bobby Rush, the North Louisiana All-Stars (f/ Kevin Gordon, Kenny Bill Stinson and Doug Duffey), and the Louisiana Music Cavalcade.
5th RS Cover for Brit: Britney Spears appears on her 5th Rolling Stone magazine cover (link) in the issue dated 10/02/2003 (apparently her clothes didn't make it to the photo shoot); she first appeared on the cover of RS in April, 1999.
New Jazz: this week's (Sept. 9th) CD releases include the latest from Branford Marsalis - "Romare Bearden Revealed" - which features guest appearances from Harry Connick Jr. plus Branford's brothers and dad, and Nicholas Payton's "Sonic Trance" - his first release on Warner Brothers Records; a companion web site for the release has been set up at sonictrance.com; more new releases.
Jazz Journey: the BET Jazz cable channel has renewed the series "Journey with Jazz at Lincoln Center" for another 13 episodes; the 2nd season will feature the LCJO, led by Wynton Marsalis, performing in cities like Honolulu, Hawaii and London, with featured artists including jazz drummer Louis Hayes, Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington; the series airs weekly on BET Jazz beginning on September 25th; it will also air on the BET channel -- one episode per month -- beginning on October 19th.
Harry X-Mas: Harry Connick Jr. and his Big Band (featuring Leroy Jones and other New Orleans musicians) will be hitting the road for 30+ dates (schedule) on the East Coast in November and December in support of Harry's upcoming holiday CD, "Harry for the Holidays", due in stores on October 28; if you miss the tour, you can catch Harry with the big band and his orchestra on an NBC holiday special - to be taped in New Orleans - which will air during the holiday season; trumpeter and "big band" member Leroy Jones will be releasing his own holiday CD - "Wonderful Christmas" -- in early December.
Bounce with Blanchard: trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard was featured in an interview on NPR on Sept. 6th; the audio interview is still available at the NPR web site.
Vintage Toussaint: Warner Bros. and Rhino Handmade records are re-releasing three Allen Toussaint albums from the 70's in a special remastered & repackaged 2-CD set; the release marks the domestic CD debut of the albums "Life, Love And Faith" (1972), "Southern Nights" (1972), and "Motion" (1978); the collection, titled "Allen Toussaint - The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings", also includes 10 live tracks captured in Philadelphia in 1975; the limited edition (2,500 copies) set is available from the Rhino Handmade web site.
P TV: the new weekly comedy series "Romeo!", starring Lil' Romeo and his dad Master P, premieres on Nickelodeon on September 13th; Romeo stars as the musical force behind the family band called Pieces Of The Puzzle (made up of Romeo, his sister, brother, and his foster-brother); in his quest to be the hottest new rap star, he runs up against his father Percy (Master P) who wants a normal up-bringing for his kids, not one in the music biz; in the tradition of classic family comedies, Romeo's goals and ambitions get he and his siblings into outrageous jams; you can also catch Lil' Romeo hosting Nick's Sunday evening TEENick block on September 14th.
@ the Spleaf: September highlight performances at the Maple Leaf Bar include ReBirth Brass Band every Tuesday, Kermit Ruffins every Wednesday, The Bluebirds (09/06), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (09/12); Papa Grows Funk (Sept. 8, 15, 22, 26 & 29; Topaz opens for PGF on the 22nd); Trombone Shorty (09/18), Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes (09/20); Walter "Wolfman" Washington (09/05 & 09/27); and the Sunday night hip hop shows.
Jazz Walk Opens: the Robert E. Nims Jazz Walk of Fame on Algiers Point was officially opened on Monday (08/25) in ceremonies that included the unveiling of a Louis Armstrong statue at the Algiers Ferry landing; the walk, which features 60 lamp posts honoring late jazz musicians, extends from the ferry to Mardi Gras World; each lamp has photos of the artist and you can push a button to hear an audio segment (bio and music) on the artist; only a handful of the interactive lamps are currently operational, but more will be activated over the next few months.
Win Some, Lose Some: a federal appeals court has ruled that rapper Mystikal did not break copyright laws when he used two Cajun sayings on his hit, "Shake Ya Ass"; the suit was brought by locally-owned Emanation, Inc., makers of the talking keychain "Cajun In Your Pocket", who claimed that lyrics from the song -- "We gon pass a good time, yeah, cher" and "You gotta suck da head on dem der crawfish" -- were copyrighted; the appeals court agreed with a district judge, ruling that the sayings are not original and are not protected under copyright laws; Mystikal is currently awaiting sentencing on a charge of sexual battery, resulting from a 2002 incident at the rap star's Baton Rouge home; in the same case, Mystikal received five years probation on an extortion charge.
Dr. John Gets Own Label: hoodoo funk meister Dr. John marks the debut of his new label, Skinji Brim Records, with the release of "All By Hisself: Live at The Lonestar" (due in stores on 09/23); the album was drawn from Mac's archive of live concert recordings, which stretches back about 20 years, and is the first in a series of concert discs that will be released as "The Rebennack Chronicles"; "All By Hisself" is drawn from two nights, December 22 & 23rd, 1986, at the noted NYC venue; he peforms solo, covering staples including "Right Place, Wrong Time", "Such A Night", "Junko Partner" and "Iko Iko", alongside rare performances of "Stak-O-Lee", "Sick & Tired", "Average Kinda Guy" and "Qualified"; the CD will include a free bonus DVD featuring a 30-minute plus interview with Dr. John discussing the history of New Orleans music; the Skinji Brim imprint is distributed by Hyena records.
Vintage Blues: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 set (2 DVD's / 1 CD) captures previously unseen performances filmed in the early 60's during the famed American Folk Blues Festival tours of Europe; artists featured on the DVD set include Lonnie Johnson, Little Brother Montgomery (with Sippie Wallace), Buddy Guy (with Eddie Boyd, Walter "Shakey" Harton, etc), and Roosevelt Sykes, among many others; the 15-track CD also features some of these performances; both sets hits store shelves on August 26th.
CD Release Party's: the Eddy Redd Band celebrates the release of "Caronna’s Bar" at the Howlin' Wolf on Friday, August 15th; on Saturday, also at the 'Wolf, Tom's House will party for their latest release, "7"; copies of the CD's can be purchased at the shows; catch both bands together at Carrollton Station on September 13th.
Boston Baked Bones: our pals Bonerama take their horns north this week, and will play the Boston, Mass area for the first time (Aug. 16th @ Harper's Ferry); the mini-tour also includes three gigs in New York City; see bonerama.net for details.
Gatemouth Radio: an upcoming edition of the Mountain Stage radio program will feature performances by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, along with Robben Ford, Bob Schneider, Tift Merritt, Main Sharp and Kevin Coyne; Mountain Stage is carried on several stations around the country, many also webcast their programming; this episode begins airing the week of August 22nd.
Broussard & Cowboy Mouth on Boss Tribute: Lafayette, LA singer & songwriter Marc Broussard and local rockers Cowboy Mouth contribute one track each to the upcoming "Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen" collection; the 2-CD set, due in stores on September 2nd, also features covers by Elvis Costello, Pete Yorn, Graham Parker and Joe Ely among others; Broussard's track is "Back in Your Arms Again" (from "Blood Brothers"), and Cowboy Mouth covers "Born To Run" (from the 1975 album "Born To Run").
Cramer to Country Hall of Fame: influential pianist, solo artist, session player and pioneer of the "Nashville Sound", Floyd Cramer, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year; he will the first person to be inducted in the new "Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980" category; formal induction ceremonies will take place during "The 37th Annual CMA Awards", which will air live on CBS on November 5th; Cramer, a native of Campti, Louisiana, passed away on Dec. 31, 1977 at age 68; he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2003.
Urban Awards: Cash Money Records producer (and Big Tymers member) Mannie Fresh was among those honored at BMI's "2003 Urban Awards", held August 5th in Miami; Cash Money's Jazze Pha was also among the producers honored at the event.
Americana Idol: nominees for the 2003 Americana Awards include Lake Charles native Lucinda Williams, who was named in two categories -- "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" (for "Righteously"); the Americana Award Show, which honors both merit and achievement within the Americana genre, will take place on September 19th in Nashville.
Spears & NFL: Britney Spears is among several artists slated to perform at a free concert in Washington DC on September 4th to kick-off the 2003 NFL season; the NFL sponsored event will be featured in an ABC special prior to the first game of the season (Jets vs. Redskins).
MTV VMA's: nominees for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards include Ludacris f/ Mystikal & I-20 (Best Rap Video for "Move"); Evanescence f/ Paul McCoy of 12 Stones (Best Rock Video & Best New Artist In A Video for "Bring Me To Life"); and Britney Spears f/ Pharrell (Best Video From A Film for "Boys"); the 2003 VMA's will air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, August 28th.
Trace Tops Chart: Trace Adkins' latest release, "Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1", enters the Billboard Country Chart (issue date July 26) at #1, with 56,000 copies sold in it's first week; the album also cracked the Billboard 200, debuting at #9; it is turning out to be a big year for the Springhill, LA native; he had a NASCAR race named in his honor (Chrome 300, on June 7th), and he will join the Grand Ole Opry on August 23rd; he will also appear in a Christmas-themed episode of FOX's "King of the Hill" later this year.
Radio & Webcasts: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band drop by New York radio station WFUV-FM on Wednesday, July 9th (11:30 am, Central); tune into NPR's "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater" the week of July 24th for a taped performance by Los Hombres Calientes.
Marsalis Webcast: WBGO-FM in New Jersey will be broadcasting a concert by Ellis Marsalis & Sons on July 4th (9:00 - 11:00 am); the concert features Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, with Reginald Veal on bass; the show was taped live at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Soundstage Returns: "Soundstage", the critically acclaimed music series that ran on PBS from 1974 to 1985 returns with 13 new programs beginning July 3rd; the first two episodes will spotlight Tom Petty; upcoming performers include Lucinda Williams (photos) and Trace Adkins see our TV Page and RockOnTV.com for more info.
Chez Louis: Louis Armstrong's house in Queens, New York will open to the public on October 15, 2003; Satchmo's home, where he lived with wife Lucille from 1943 until passing away in 1971, has been undergoing a yearlong restoration; for more info, visit the Louis Armstrong House & Archives web site.
Star for Spears: pop star Britney Spears is among the entertainers selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; those selected for 2004 have five years to decide when they will receive their star; other noted Louisiana natives enshrined on the Walk of Fame include Louis Armstrong, Terry Bradshaw, Kitty Carlisle, Fats Domino, Mickey Gilley, Mahalia Jackson, Dorothy Lamour, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben Turpin, and Carl Weathers.
K-Doe Radio: tune in to some vintage Ernie K-Doe from his WWOZ deejay day on June 19 (5:00 pm CT), courtesy of the Aircheck radio show on WFMU-FM in New York.
Satchmo Fest Update: the 3rd annual Satchmo SummerFest (7/31/03 - 8/04/03); has added an evening concert featuring Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra featuring Ellis Marsalis and special guest Patti Austin to their line-up (August 2nd at Mahalia Jackson Theatre for Performing Arts).
Superjoint Video Shoot: Superjoint Ritual, led by Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, will be shooting videos for "Dress Like a Target" and "Waiting for the Turning Point" on June 28th at the State Palace Theatre; 250 extras are needed for the videos, which begin filming at 6:00 pm (be there early if you wanna be included); both tunes are from the band's upcoming release, "A Lethal Dose of American Hatred".
New from Aaron: Aaron Neville will make his Verve Records debut with "Nature Boy", due in stores on August 26th; the collection of standards features guest appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Roy Hargrove, Grady Tate, Ron Carter, Michael Brecker, Ry Cooder and Anthony Wilson; read more.
New from Harry: Harry Connick Jr.'s first release on the Marsalis Music imprint is set for release on July 15th; the album, "Other Hours -- Connick on Piano, Vol. 1", features 12 original compositions, and is Harry's first instrumental jazz release; backing Harry on "Other Hours" are Ned Goold (tenor sax), Neal Caine (bass), and Arthur Latin (drums).
Adkins Joins Opry: country star and Springhill, LA native Trace Adkins will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry in formal induction ceremonies set for August 23rd; this will be the first new Opry induction since Brad Paisley formally joined in February, 2001.
ACL Fest: the 2nd annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is set for Sept. 19-21 in Austin, TX; performers with local ties appearing at the 3 day event include Kermit Ruffins, ReBirth Brass Band, Galactic and Lucinda Williams; others scheduled to appear include R.E.M., Al Green, Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle and Steve Winwood; over 100 artists are scheduled to perform; see aclfestival.com for full details.
Essence Update: the 2003 Essence Music Festival (July 3-5) has added a tribute to ailing singer Luther Vandross, which will take place on the main stage on July 4th; lineup additions also include LL Cool J and The Gap Band; dropped from the Fest are Babyface and P. Diddy; here's the current Essence Fest line-up.
Broussard Record Deal: noted singer & songwriter Marc Broussard has signed a two record / six figure deal with Island/Def Jam Records; see this article from The Times of Acadiana for more info.
Dum and Dum'er: rap magnate Master P was arrested at Newark International Airport on Tuesday, June 3rd for possession of 8 hollow-tip bullets (aka dum-dum's); "P" had declared a registered hand gun, but the illegal bullets were found after airport officials inspected the weapon; read more.
Hip Hop Awards: congrats to Cash Money Records rap duo Big Tymers, who are nominated in the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists - Duo or Group" category for the 2003 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards; winners will be announced on August 8th at a ceremony at Miami's Jackie Gleason Theater.
Top Country Tunes: CMT (Country Music Television) has published the results of their poll for the top 100 country songs of all time; included in the list are Faron Young's "Hello Walls" (#40), Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie" (#48), Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (#51; written by J.D. Miller); Hank Williams, Jr.'s "Family Tradition" (#59); Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass" (#68); Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine" (#73); Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" (#84); and Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Passionate Kisses" (#87; penned by Lucinda Williams); all 100 songs will be featured in a 6 hour special, premiering on CMT on Sunday, June 8th; see our TV Page for more info.
Louisiana Music Webcasts: upcoming online events include The Iguanas, carried live from Tipitina's on June 6th (circa 10:00 pm, CT) and Cajun band Charivari, performing at the Kennedy Center: Millennium Stage on June 18th (5:00 pm, CT).
Pause For A Cause: Tab Benoit headlines a benefit show for the Gulf Restoration Network on Thursday, June 5th at Tipitina's; opening up the concert will be local bands Idel and Bob's Brew; special guests joining Benoit include Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone and Brian Stoltz; cover is a mere $7.00, and things get rolling with a silent auction at 8:00 pm.
Race With Trace: country star Trace Adkins will perform the National Anthem at the "Trace Adkins Chrome 300 NASCAR Busch Series" auto race on Saturday, June 7th; Trace will also perform at the event and serve as Grand Marshall; catch the action on TV via the FX cable channel; catch more of Trace on TV on June 14th on CMT - he will be featured on the shows "Most Wanted Live", "Grand Ole Opry Live", and the profile series, "Inside Fame"; see TV Page.
Bid on Britney Spears memorabilia that is up for auction at Gotta Have It!; the lots include over fifty of Brit's most popular costumes worn in concerts, videos and film; also up for grabs are "personal experiences" (woo woo!) with the pop star, including meeting her on the set of a video shoot and an invitation to attend The Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts; all proceeds from the auction (taking place from May 22nd - June 5th) will go to The Britney Spears Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping children in need.
On The Radio: the May 16 edition of the syndicated radio series Mountain Stage features a performance by The Iguanas; New Orleans-born blues man Chris Smither is on the bill for the May 30 episode; check the Mountain Stage web site for more info.
Arts Awards: the Arts Council of New Orleans handed out their annual awards at the New Orleans Hilton on May 7th; recipients included trumpeter and barbecue swinger Kermit Ruffins, Rev. Lois Dejean, French Quarter Festivals Inc., and the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center; congrats to them and to all other honorees.
BET Awards: congratulations to Cash Money Records co-founder and rapper Bryan "Baby" Williams, who is nominated in the "Best Male Hip-Hop Artist" category for the 3rd annual BET Awards; the event takes place on June 24th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood (airs live on BET channel).
Galactic Joins B.B. New Orleans funksters Galactic will support B.B. King on this summer's "B.B. King Music Festival"; the nationwide tour, which also features Jeff Beck and Mofro, kicks off on July 25th and runs through September.
Connick In Studio: Harry Connick Jr. is currently recording in Los Angeles, working on two new albums; one is reported to feature ballads (backed by an orchestra, with the big band on a few numbers); a Christmas album is also in the works, with backing from the big band; no release dates are available, but NBC has announced a Harry Connick Jr. Holiday Special (title TBA), and we presume that the Christmas album will be released to coincide with the NBC special; in related news, Harry's next release, "The Other Hours", is set to hit store shelves on July 15th; it features Harry's quartet, and it will be his first release on the Marsalis Music label.
New Music: jazz bassist Roland Guerin's latest CD, "Groove, Swing & Harmony", is now available via his web site; for a limited time you can get an autographed copy of the CD and free shipping; see rolandguerin.com for details; check our new music page for more new and upcoming CD releases.
Satchmo Fest Returns: the 3rd annual Satchmo SummerFest is scheduled to run from July 31 - August 4, 2003; the 5 day event will include free jazz performances on 4 stages, local cuisine, seminars, children's activities, art exhibits, a "Satchmo Club Strut," an evening concert, a Jazz Mass and second-line parade, plus tours of Armstrong's neighborhood; the prelim line-up of performers includes Ellis Marsalis, Chris Clifton, Connie Jones, Kermit Ruffins, Michael White, Wendell Brunious, Leroy Jones, Troy Andrews, Shannon Powell, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, ReBirth Brass Band, Paulin Brothers Brass Band and the Treme Brass Band.
Essence Update: Nelly and Luther Vandross have been dropped from the 2003 Essence Music Festival, slated for July 3-5 in New Orleans; performers added to the schedule include Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Babyface, Yolanda Adams and Musiq; here's the current Essence Fest line-up.
Girlie Videos: Britney Spears was ranked #4 in VH1's upcoming special, "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era"; also in the top 5 were Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey; the 2 hour show premieres on Friday, May 16th (at 10:00 am & repeats at 7:00 pm).
Satchmo Film Bio: Sean Patrick Thomas will portray jazz legend Louis Armstrong in a new film titled "Saint Louis Blues"; the biopic, set in New Orleans during the early 1900's, will follow Armstrong's poor upbringing and his eventual rise to American icon and one of the world's greatest musical influences; Paige Cameron wrote the screenplay and will direct the film; Grammy-winning songwriter David Foster ("Moulin Rouge") will produce the film's soundtrack; it is set for release in 2004.
King Passes: New Orleans R&B legend Earl King passed away on Thursday, April 17 at age 69 due to complications from diabetes; King's songwriting credits included "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights", "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)", "Do-Re-Mi", "Trick Bag", and the Mardi Gras classic "Big Chief".
Ellis Honored: jazz musician, educator and patriarch Ellis Marsalis will receive an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School during their 98th commencement ceremony; the event will take place at the Alice Tully Hall in NYC on May 23, 2003.
Record Notes: Lucinda Williams' "World Without Tears" (released on April 8th) entered the Billboard Albums chart at #18, with 53,783 units sold (her best ever chart debut); Lafayette, Louisiana hip-hop group Da Entourage have signed a deal with Universal Records, who will re-release their album "Entourage 2" on May 6th.
On The Radio: Los Hombres Calientes will be featured on NPR's "JazzSet" show during the week of April 10th; the performance was taken from the 13th annual San Jose Jazz Festival (August 2002); it airs locally on WWNO (89.9 FM) on April 12th at 9:00 pm.
Musical Passing: our sympathy to the family and friends of trad jazz (and R&B) musician/vocalist Placide Adams, who passed away on Saturday (03/29) at age 73; Adams, who played string bass and drums, led the Onward Brass Band; his mother, Dolly (Douroux) Adams, was a musician who led a family band; his uncle was Manuel "Fess" Manetta, a noted musician and music teacher; brothers Justin (1923-1991) and Jerry were also musicians; services are set for Thursday April 3 at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.
LA Jukebox Returns: locally produced music show Louisiana Jukebox begins it's new season this Friday (04/04), with performances by The Friendly Travelers, Paul Sanchez, Choppa and Charmaine Neville; the series will feature a new host and new format from past seasons; we will miss former host (and our good friend) Nikki Reyes, but changes were long overdue; stay tuned to our TV page for info on upcoming guests.
Lafayette Sq. Concerts: the Downtown Development District's 2003 "Wednesday at the Square" concert series kicks off it's new season with a performance by Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen on April 9th (5 - 7:30 pm); each of this year's concerts will also include a 15 minute intermission set by a local "up and coming" artist (sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Economic Development); see the new "Wednesday at the Square" web site for the complete schedule.
Things Go Better With Koch: former Cash Money Records rapper and Hot Boy$ member Turk (Tab Virgil) has signed a deal with KOCH Entertainment, and will release his second solo album in June; Turk's former Cash Money label mate B.G. (Christopher Dorsey) also recently signed with Koch, releasing his latest, "Livin' Legend", on February 25th.
Liner Notes: drummer Brian Blade is featured on the upcoming release by (former N.O. resident) Daniel Lanois; "Shine", Lanois 3rd solo effort, is due in stores on April 22nd.
Buddy Unplugged: blues man Buddy Guy is set to release a new acoustic album, "Blues Singer", on June 3rd; Buddy is backed on the collection of standards by Jim Keltner, Tony Garnier, James "Jimbo" Mathus; legends B.B. King and Eric Clapton make guest appearances.
Jazz Fest Update: Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour has cancelled his U.S. tour in protest of Washington's policy on Iraq; N'Dour was scheduled to appear with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Municipal Auditorium on April 25th and the Fair Grounds on April 26th.
LA Blues: syndicated radio show Beale Street Caravan will feature Raful Neal with Luther Kent and also Deacon John on their show airing the week of Feb. 19th; the show is not carried in New Orleans, but you can pick it up via stations that web cast (e.g. KSLU-FM in Hammond); check with stations for exact air date & time!
Concert Notes: upcoming shows of note include concerts by Red Hot Chili Peppers (w/ Snoop Dogg) and Norah Jones; see concerts page for details.
Musical Passing: New Orleans-born pianist and conductor Moses Hogan, known for his contemporary arrangements of spirituals, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11th (at age of 45); a graveside service is being held on Saturday at 10:00 am at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Goners Coming: John Hiatt and old backing band The Goners (Sonny Landreth, Dave Ranson and Kenneth Blevins) are set to release their third album together, "Beneath This Gruff Exterior", on May 6, 2003 (on New West Records); the Goners backed Hiatt on his 1988 release "Slow Turning", and they hooked up again in 2001 on "The Tiki Bar Is Open"; this release will be the first of the three to be credited to the "John Hiatt and the Goners" band name.
On Fiyo: initial nominees for CMT's 2003 "Flameworthy Video Music Awards" have been announced, and on-line voting is now underway to whittle nominees down to the final 5 per category; fans can vote on-line at CMT.com from February 12 through March 9 (final nominees will be announced on March 11th); the fan-voted awards show airs live from Nashville on April 7th; the initial nominees include several LA-connected artists, including Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Chris Cagle and Trace Adkins.
Best of the Beat II: OffBeat's "Best of the Beat" 2002 Music Business Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 12th; Jewel-Paula Records founder Stan "The Record Man" Lewis will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Satchmo.com will pick up an award for "Best Music Web Site"; we are honored and humbled.
Best of the Beat: congrats to all of the winners and nominees at the 8th annual "Best Of The Beat" Awards, held on Friday, Feb 7th; thanks to OffBeat for the great shindig - lots of great food and music, including a rocking set from "Best Emerging Roots Rock Band" winner Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes; here is a complete list of 2002 "Best of the Beat" winners and honorees.
Props to Beat Street: thanks go to the new music publication "New Orleans Beat Street" for featuring us in their second issue (February, 2003); the article, which is a review of local music sites reached via search engines, rates Satchmo.com as "an outstanding fan portal for New Orleans music... slightly inelegant, but packed with information" (were they referring to me or the web site?); Beat Street is a great new rag; the current issue features timely articles on Mardi Gras and Brass Bands, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux; you can get Beat Street locally (free) at music stores, clubs and restaurants; you can also subscribe by U.S. Mail; see NewOrleansBeatStreet.com for details.
French Quarter Fest: a prelim list of performers for this year's French Quarter Festival is available at their web site; the annual free fest, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, runs from April 10-13, 2003.
New Video for 54th Platoon: local rap group 54th Platoon have wrapped up a two day video shoot for their second single, "She Like"; the New Orleans quartet recruited the current MISS USA, Shauntay Hinton, to appear in the video (read more).
MTV & Christina at Mardi Gras: MTV will be taping in New Orleans during Mardi Gras again this year, and they will be bringing along TRL host Carson Daly, pop-tart Christina Aguilera and rappers Method Man and Redman, plus Master P, Lil' Romeo, and others TBA; many stunts (shows) will be recorded, including live performances from a stage on Bourbon Street; the shows will air (taped) on MTV beginning on Saturday, March 8th; stayed tuned to our Mardi Gras and TV pages for more info.
Cash Money Gives Back: Cash Money Records CEO's Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Baby" Williams will inaugurate their "Cash Money for Kids" program during halftime at this Wednesday's (Feb. 5th) New Orleans Hornets' sold-out game against the Sacramento Kings; "Cash Money For Kids" will purchase and donate over 200 tickets for underprivileged youths in New Orleans for all upcoming Hornets home games; Slim and Baby will be joined in center court at halftime by New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and Hornets owner Ray Wooldridge; distribution of tickets purchased by Cash Money will be handled by the Hornets community relations department; Cash Money Records has a history of giving back to the New Orleans community, including their annual turkey giveaway at Thanksgiving.
Rap Sheet: some upcoming releases from local rappers on Cash Money Records and New No Limit labels: Choppa - "Straight From N.O." (03/04); Magic - "White Eyes" (03/18); Hot Boy$ - "Let 'Em Burn" (03/25; with ex-CMR rappers Juvenile, B.G. and Turk); Mia X - title TBA (04/08); Silkk The Shocker - title TBA (05/06).
Crosby, Stills & Nash at Jazz Fest: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lucinda Williams and Al Jarreau are three big names who have announced bookings for the 2003 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: check our Jazz Fest page for additional 2003 Fest performers.
Juvenile Hits Pothole: rap star Juvenile is in hot water again; he and 3 others were arrested on drug charges after being stopped at an NOPD auto insurance checkpoint; Juvenile was a passenger in the car when they approached the checkpoint; the officers smelled reefer coming from the car, and found 2 lit joints in the ashtray; a subsequent search turned up a small amount of cocaine in the car's trunk; see the Cash Money message board for more on Juvenile's past legal troubles.
Jazz Passing: noted reeds player Don Suhor passed away in New Orleans on Monday, January 27th, after a lengthy battle with cancer; Suhor, 70, had been a fixture on the local jazz scene for over 50 years, working with Al Hirt, Lionel Hampton, and Santo Pecora, among many others; recordings included sessions with George French, Wendell Brunious, Topsy Chapman, Don Vappie and Bobby Charles; Don most recently worked at Palm Court Jazz Cafe and with the Amy Sharpe Trio at the Court of Two Sisters; our sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
McGraw Tour: country superstar and Start, LA native Tim McGraw will hit the road with the Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors "One Band Show" tour, kicking off in Birmingham, AL on March 7th; McGraw says "This is the most ambitious tour we’ve ever set out to do. I want this tour to look and feel different than anything we’ve done in the past. We want the time and space to go deeper musically - to play album cuts & all kinds of songs that we jam on in rehearsal, but never get to play in concert." Stops include the New Orleans Arena on April 22nd; see McGraw's web site for more info.
For The Record: the first fifty items designated for preservation by the National Recording Registry have been announced by the Library of Congress; among the 50 items are Louis Armstrong's "Hot Five and Hot Seven" recordings (1925-1928) and WWOZ's "Crescent City Living Legends Collection" (1973-1990); more.
NOSN Returns: Caffeine Music's monthly "New Orleans Songwriters Night" kicks off the new year on Thursday, January 30th, with performances by John Fohl, Eric Lindell and Mark Carson; future NOSN's will feature David Egan, Sam Broussard, John Autin, Ray Ganucheau, and Kevin Gordon, among others.
Grammy H.O.F.: the latest recordings added to the Grammy Hall of Fame include the 1975 #1 Pop and R&B hit, "Lady Marmalade", by Labelle; the track was produced by Allen Toussaint and featured backing by The Meters; the tune, originally recorded by The Eleventh Hour, was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan.
Concert News: alt rock legends Pearl Jam announced 48 US tour dates in support of their seventh studio album, "Riot Act"; the schedule includes a stop at the New Orleans Arena on April 8, 2003; see pearljam.com for more info.
Hoops, There It Is: crooner Tim McGraw is among the celebs taking part in TNT's "NBA All-Star Celebrity Game", which airs on Friday, February 7; McGraw's team, coached by Charles Barkley, includes Nelly, Ice Cube and Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray); they will go up against a team featurig Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Brian McKnight and Roger Lodge (more players TBA); you can also catch McGraw this weekend appearing in a Bud Light ad during the Super Bowl.
W.C. Handy Awards: the 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards are set for May 22, 2003 in Memphis; nominees with local ties include Larry Garner, Chris Thomas King, John Mooney (2), Marcia Ball (2), Mighty Sam McClain, Irma Thomas, Henry Butler, Dr. John, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and the late Mighty Joe Young ("Historical Blues Album"); Shemekia Copeland (daughter of the late Johnny Copeland) received 5 nominations including "Contemporary Blues Album" and "Blues Album" for the Dr. John-produced "Talking To Strangers"; congrats to all nominees and good luck!
Legislation: a hearing on radio consolidation is set for January 30, 2003 in the Senate Commerce Committee; U.S. Senator Russ Feingold's "Competition in Radio and Concert Industries Act" is likely to be discussed during this hearing; the main thrust of the act is to curtail a wide number of troubling industry practices that have led to higher concert ticket prices and homogenized radio programming; LA Senator John Breaux sits on the Commerce Committee, and we encourage supporters of this legislation to contact Sen. Breaux with their opinions (sample letter); you can submit comments via e-mail (email@example.com), or you can contact Sen. Breaux's office by phone @ (202) 224-4623.
Music Biz: Wherehouse Entertainment Inc., which sells new and used music and DVDs in 23 states (including several Wherehouse Music stores in the metro New Orleans area), has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection; the company recently closed 30 stores and expects to close an additional 120 stores over the next several months; read more.
Blues Salute: Aaron Neville, Dr. John and Buddy Guy are among the many artists set to perform at the "Salute to the Blues" concert on February 7th at NYC's Radio City Music Hall; proceeds from the show will benefit the Blues Music Foundation.
Carnival Time: everybody's favorite relative, Uncle Lionel Batiste will reign as King of the Krewe du Vieux parade when they roll through the 'Quarter on Saturday, February 15; Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the celebrities participating in the Krewe of Orpheus parade (March 3rd); more on Mardi Gras.
Radio: syndicated radio program Mountain Stage will be featuring performances by Gov't Mule, George Porter Jr., Geno Delafose, and others this week (Jan. 18 - 26); the show is not carried locally, but you can pick it up via the web from a variety of stations around the country (list).
Lewis Settles Sex Case: the sister of rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and music legend Van Morrison have settled a 2 year court battle over sex discrimination charges; singer Linda Gail Lewis (55) accepted an out of court settlement, with Morrison (57) agreeing to pay Lewis 14,000 pounds (circa $22,500); in return, Lewis will apologise for the accusations; at an earlier hearing in a Welsh court, she stated that the Irish born singer asked her for sex and told her to divorce her husband; the pair released an album together, aptly titled "You Win Again", in 2000, and later toured the U.S. and Europe.
Gospel Truth: New Orleans contemporary Gospel trio Trin-i-tee 5:7 are among the performers scheduled for BET's 3rd Annual Celebration of Gospel being held in Los Angeles on January 31st; the event, which will air on BET on February 18th, also features Bishop T.D. Jakes, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Shirley Caesar, Dr. Bobby Jones, BeBe Winans, Karen Clark-Sheard, Jaheim, Smokie Norful, and Brent Jones & the TP Mobb.
Louisiana Music Cavalcade: Secretary of State Fox McKeithen has announced an open call for all Louisiana musicians and vocalists to try out for a spot in the 2003 Louisiana Music Cavalcade Tour this spring; applications must be submitted by January 31, 2003; see the press release for additional info.
Music Awards: congrats to Mandeville rock band 12 Stones who were nominated for "Rock Recorded Song of the Year" ("Broken") and "Rock Album of the Year" (for "12 Stones") at the 34th Annual Dove Awards; Trin-I-tee 5:7 are nominated in the "Urban Recorded Song of the Year" category (for "Holla)", "Urban Album of the Year" (for "The Kiss)", and "Music Video of the Year" (also for "Holla)"; the Dove Awards will be held on April 10, 2003 in Nashville.
Music Awards II: congrats also to Tim McGraw who was named "Favorite Male Artist - Country Music" at the 30th Annual American Music Awards held in Los Angeles on January 13th.
Benjy Davis Dates: up & coming rock band the Benjy Davis Project is hitting the road for several national dates, including shared gigs opening for Buckwheat Zydeco; the band, who recently signed with Concerted Efforts booking agency, are nominated for "Best Emerging Roots Rock Band" in OffBeat's "Best of the Beat" awards; see their web site for tour dates and additional news.
Web Cast: jazz crooner Phillip Manuel will be performing with the Steve Wilson Quartet at the Blue Note in New York City on January 13th; you can tune into a webcast of the show beginning at 7:00 pm.
Pause For A Cause: a benefit for ailing musician Don Suhor is being held on Jan. 13th (Monday) at Palm Court Jazz Cafe (6 pm - 9 pm; $10 cover); Don has been diagnosed with inoperable lung and bone cancer and has been out of work for several months; the session on Monday will help defray some of his medical expenses; musicians are invited to bring their horns and sit in.
Jurisprudence: local label Cash Money Records and their distributor, Universal Music Group, are being sued by rapper Mac Minista (Andre Dow); the suit alleges that the companies are distributing an album, "Young and Thuggin'" (a 2001 release by Cash Money rapper Turk), which contains unauthorized copies of compositions and performances by Dow.
King Lionel I: everybody's favorite relative, Uncle Lionel Batiste (of Treme Brass Band and dance floor fame), will reign as King of the Krewe du Vieux when they roll through the 'Quarter on Saturday, February 15; the satirical parade is always a welcome warning that the madness of Mardi Gras is rapidly approaching; our props to the KdV for their selection; hail King Lionel ... Vive le Roi!
Essence Fest Stays in N.O. the City of New Orleans and Essence Communications have signed a deal that will keep the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans through 2006; the next Essence Fest is scheduled for July 3 - 5, 2003.
Musical Passing: blues harp legend King Biscuit Boy (born Richard Newell) passed away at his home near Hamilton, Ontario on January 5th at age 59; Newell came to prominence in the 1960's playing harmonica with Ronnie Hawkins, who gave him his nickname; he cut an awesome solo album at Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans in 1974, which was produced by Allen Toussaint, and featured backing by The Meters, Dr. John, Clyde Kerr Jr., Lester Caliste and Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, among others; the self-titled record (also known as "The Brown Derby" album) has been out of print for a while, but is definitely worth looking for if you are into real New Orleans funk (on the Epic label, #KE 32891).
Musical Passing: bluegrass mandolin player and songwriter Buzz Busby (Bernarr Busbice) passed away on January 5th in Catonsville, MD at age 69; the Eros, LA native moved to the Washington DC area in the early 1950's and was a leading figure on the bluegrass music scene there; he returned to Louisiana briefly in the mid-50's to perform on the Louisiana Hayride; read more.
Best of the Beat: online voting is now underway for OffBeat magazine's 2002 "Best of the Beat Awards"; Cast your ballot for your favorite Louisiana music artists & albums today... ya can't moan if ya don't vote! The awards ceremony will take place on February 7th at Twiropa, and tickets are available from OffBeat.
2003 Grammy's: nominations for the 2003 Grammy Awards were announced on January 7th; nominees with local ties include Britney Spears, Mystikal, Big Tymers, Lucinda Williams and Ann Savoy; more.
Hot Platters: SoundScan stats for 2002 have been released, and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack (featuring Chris Thomas King, The Cox Family and others) was the 10th best selling album of the year (w/ 2,736,049 units sold); the top selling albums of the SoundScan era (from 1991 thru 2002) included Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time", which was ranked 10th with 10,420,844 units sold.
Jazz Fest News: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has added an extra day to their schedule, and will now run Thursday thru Friday on two consecutive weekends; the 2003 Jazz Fest will now kick-off on Thursday, April 24th and end on Sunday, May 4th; the Mayor's office will sponsor a new event in between the two Jazz Fest weekends -- the "Mo’ Music Fest" will be held on Monday & Tuesday (April 28 & 29) at Woldenberg Park; admission is free, with six acts performing each day between 2 pm and 8 pm; in related news, the 2nd annual Ponderosa Stomp will again run for 3 nights (April 29 - May 1), and it will be held at Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n Bowl.
NOLA Artists Honored: the R&B Foundation will present Pioneer Awards to the Supremes, Del Vikings and Dixie Cups, plus Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Johnny Nash and Koko Taylor at a ceremony in New York on February 20, 2003; the R&B Foundation's Legacy Tribute will go to Jackie Wilson ,and Dionne Warwick will be receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; George Clinton and saxophonist Maceo Parker will receive awards in the sideman/songwriter category.
Marsalis Tribute Airs on PBS: the "Satchmo to Marsalis: A Tribute to the Fathers of Jazz Concert" - which was held at UNO Lakefront Arena on August 4, 2001 (during Louis Armstrong centennial celebrations) - will air as a PBS special on February 20, 2003; the historic event featured Ellis Marsalis performing with sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, along with Harry Connick Jr.; local bassist Roland Guerin also appears in the special (read more).
Cramer to R&R Hall of Fame: legendary pianist and session man Floyd Cramer will enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (in the Side-man Category) when the "Class of 2003" are inducted in ceremonies scheduled for March 10, 2003 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York; Cramer, along with Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph and Owen Bradley, was credited with creating "The Nashville Sound" that helped lure pop audiences to country music in the 1950's and 60's; he joined the Louisiana Hayride band after graduating from high school; he later moved to Nashville and became a sought after session player, backing Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, and many others; Cramer went on to record more than 50 solo albums, and had Top 10 hits with "Last Date" (1960), "On The Rebound" (1961), and "San Antonio Rose" (1961); the Campti, Louisiana native passed away in 1997 at age 64; also see the Hall of Fame press release and our list of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members from Louisiana.