New fan-financed album by veteran rocker
and “songwriter’s songwriter”
coming on April 30 — with or without a label!

NEW YORK, N.Y. — When Willie Nile recently sought help in underwriting his new album American Ride — out on April 30, 2013 on his own River House Records — with a fundraising campaign on pledgemusic.com, his fans turned out in huge numbers, reaching his goal amount in a mere four days and ultimately exceeding it.

Anyone who’s familiar with the New York-bred singer-songwriter’s large and impressive body of work will have no trouble understanding why he commands such devotion and loyalty from his fan base. And anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music he’s ever made.


Published in: on February 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM  Leave a Comment  

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Highlights Cleveland’s Soul and R&B History with “Cleveland Is the City”: A Black History Month Celebration

Programming includes live interviews with Inductee Bobby Massey and Lou Ragland, panel discussion on Boddie Recording Service, and more

(February 6, 2013) – Cleveland earned its place on the rock and roll map in the early Fifties when local deejay Alan Freed was the first to call the R&B music he was playing on his nightly radio show “rock and roll.” From the 1950s to the 1970s, Clevelanders produced powerful soul and rhythm and blues music in a rich network of clubs, recording studios and record labels. This February, as part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Cleveland’s rich musical legacy, highlighting great moments in the city’s rhythm and blues and soul music history. Fans are encouraged to share their knowledge, memories, and photos through the Rock Hall’s Facebook and Twitter page.


Published in: on February 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM  Leave a Comment  

Telluride Blues & Brews Announces Initial Line-Up

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, which will be held September 17-20, 2010, is pleased to announce B.B. King and ZZ Top will be headlining this year’s festival. Joining these legendary artists on the Blues & Brews stage will be The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Allen Toussaint, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, JJ Grey & Mofro, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin Malcolm, Matt Schofield, Alberta Cross, The Dana Fuchs Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Gospel Morning with The Otis Taylor Band featuring Chuck Campbell and the Sheryl Renee Choir (Otis Taylor & Chuck Campbell will also be performing at one of the Juke Joints), Phil Wiggins & Corey Harris, Grady Champion, Terrence Simian & the Zydeco Experience, The Sugar Thieves, The Bill Magee Blues Band, Little Al Thomas and The Deep Down Fools. And that’s not all! The final line-up for the 17th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, along with a very special Saturday headliner, will be announced on August 16, 2010. Stay tuned!


Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 31 Days Of Jazz

Atlanta Jazz Festival

WHAT: 33rd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 31 Days of Jazz Presented by American Family Insurance
WHEN: May 1 – May 31, 2010
WHERE: Various venues throughout Atlanta culminating in a 2-Day Festival in beautiful Piedmont Park
TIMES: Times vary per event – Full schedule available at www.atlantafestivals.com
COST: Free (cost for select events)

Jazz aficionados, awaken your artistic side, discover your own musical tastes and explore the rhythm and talent of some of the best musicians from Atlanta, the nation and the world…and you don’t have to wait until Atlanta Jazz Festival Memorial Day Weekend to do it! Experience more than 50 events all month long during the 31 Days of Jazz. Whether it’s Dinner & Jazz at Rare Soul Tapas Restaurant, Corinne Bailey Rae at Center Stage or Late Night Jazz Jams at Loews Hotel Atlanta, there is certainly something to fit everyone’s (musical) tastes!

For a complete schedule of events during the 31 Days of Jazz, please visit www.atlantafestivals.com.