ANDERS OSBORNE WINS FOUR “BEST OF THE BEAT” AWARDS
Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Anders Osborne, whose latest CD Peace is being hailed as a career highlight, won four Best Of The Beat awards from New Orleans’ OffBeat Magazine. Osborne won for Best Rock Artist, Best Rock Album (for Peace), Songwriter Of The Year and Best Producer. This is the third straight year Osborne has won the Best Songwriter award.
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, Osborne is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Playercalls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” USA Today says, “Anders Osborne plays fiery anthems and tumultuous, confessional songs punctuated with glorious, raw guitar.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the 2013 Entertainer Of The Year.
Since the release of his 2010 Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, his 2012 follow-up, Black Eye Galaxy, and his critically acclaimed 2013 EP, Three Free Amigos, Osborne has earned hordes of new fans. He has toured virtually non-stop, either with his road-tested trio, as a solo artist, or as a guest with his countless musical admirers, including Toots and The Maytals, Stanton Moore, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. He’s appeared on Galactic’s Ya-Ka-May album, and produced and played on critically acclaimed albums by Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone, Mike Zito and others.
SONGS FROM THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS CATALOG FEATURED
Songs from the deep Alligator Records catalog can be heard during a number of recent and upcoming major national television programs.
Fenton Robinson, Somebody Loan Me A Dime – featured in ABC-TV’sParenthood (previously aired)
Anders Osborne, Five Bullets – featured in ABC-TV’s Killer Women (airing 1/21/14)
Fenton Robinson, The Getaway and I’ve Changed – featured in Netflix’sHouse Of Cards (all episodes drop on 2/14/14)
Professor Longhair, Whole Lotta Lovin’ – featured as the theme song for Country Music Television’s (CMT) upcoming series My Big Redneck Family
Big Walter Horton, Under The Sun – featured in Showtime’s Banshee (previously aired)
Magic Slim, Gravel Road – featured in Showtime’s Banshee (airing 1/17/14)
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials – Nobody’s Fault But My Own – featured in Showtime’s Banshee (airing 1/17/14)
Koko Taylor – Please Don’t Dog Me – featured in Showtime’s Banshee (airing 1/31/14)
TOMMY CASTRO DISCUSSES NEW CD, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW,
Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro, whose new album The Devil You Know will be released today, January 21, discusses the creation of the album in a series of short YouTube videos:
The making of the title track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUxNr-ujv0w
The making of the song She Wanted To Give It To Me:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbkoQ-MotgA&feature=youtu.be
Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his eyes and ears firmly on the future, Castro has stripped his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career. “I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,” says Castro. “The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds. It’s an exciting time. A lot of folks are having hard times these days and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain.”
The Devil You Know, recorded in the Bay Area with his fiery new band The Painkillers and produced by Castro and Bonnie Hayes, is a contemporary blues tour-de-force. The album is an untamed, high-energy set of 13 songs, including nine written or co-written by Castro. Many of Castro’s friends and admirers, including Alligator label-mates Marcia Ball and The Holmes Brothers, add their talents to the proceedings. Other guests include guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Mark Karan, guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit, vocalists Samantha Fish and Tasha Taylor, and harmonica player Magic Dick. Each song comes loaded with emotional depth and muscular hooks courtesy of Castro’s soulful singing, insightful lyrics, and dynamic, potent guitar playing. According to Blurt, “Castro is one of the greatest blues guitarists, songwriters and entertainers in the world today.”
Confirmed tour dates are here: http://www.alligator.com/on-tour/artist.cfm/aid/162/t/Tommy-Castro/.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS AND CURTIS SALGADO WIN COVETED UK
Both Alligator Records and label artist, vocalist Curtis Salgado, won coveted Writer’s Poll Awards from the UK’s Blues Matters magazine. In the International Results category, Salgado won for Best Vocalist, while Alligator took the prize for Record Label Of The Year. Billboard speaking about Salgado’s latest release, Soul Shot, said, “Curtis Salgado’s range and power as a vocalist are a tour-de-force…hard-nosed blues, beautifully nuanced R&B, phat and funky.” The album speaks loud and clear to contemporary audiences, carrying on the timeless spirit of 1960s and ‘70s R&B. The album features four Salgado originals and seven carefully chosen covers. According to Salgado, “Soul Shot is the solid best thing I’ve ever done. That’s a fact.”