Archive for November, 2008

The Events/Festivals part of the Dirty Linen Gig Guide has been updated again.

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Dirty Linen Editors Choice Sampler CD #4

Dirty Linen Editor's Choice Sampler CD #4

The fourth Dirty Linen Editor’s Choice Sampler CD will be mailed to subscribers with the next issue, #140 March/April 2009, on January 9th, 2009. The CD represents a cross-section of the music covered in the magazine: I See Hawks in L.A., Billy Bragg, Kristine Heebøll, Julie Fowlis, The Asylum Street Spankers, The Rhythm Angels (Celeste Krenz and Rebecca Folsom), Houston Jones, Kerfuffle, Dennis Stroughmatt, The John Henrys, Mavis Staples, Trio Mio, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, The Rogues, and Trout Fishing in America.

Dirty Linen publishes six issues and three sampler CDs per year. The CDs are for subscribers only and are not in the newsstand copies of the magazine. Previous sampler CDs were in issues #138, #136, and #134. To ensure that you receive the next and future sampler CDs, subscribe to the print edition of Dirty Linen magazine.

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Terrance Simien

Terrance Simien

“Zydeco master” Terrance Simien will have music in the new Disney Pixar film The Princess and the Frog, out next year featuring Disney’s first ever black princess. Voices include Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Keith David, and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls). It’s set in the French Quarter of New Orleans and also features NOLA jazz and zydeco, a first for both Disney and the genre. Randy Newman is scoring the soundtrack and Terrance Simien worked with him in the studio last week in L.A.

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Some of Ray Charles’ most cherished hits and classic albums available digitally for the first time ever

Multi-album rollout begins with November’s digital release of The Spirit of Christmas, and continues into New Year with a definitive Ray Charles Collection plus several other key titles

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. ­ Concord Music Group today announced that it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with the Ray Charles Foundation to develop the artist’s post-1960 catalog, which contains his classic work for the ABC and Tangerine labels. Many of the masters will be made available digitally for the first time ever, including such iconic recordings as “Georgia On My Mind,” “Hit the Road Jack” and “Crying Time” among many others.

The reissue program will kick off with the digital-only release of Charles’ The Spirit of Christmas and will continue in March 2009 with the release of a yet-untitled definitive hits collection. Throughout the rest of 2009, Concord will reissue six key catalog albums as well as some digital-only exclusives.

The Spirit of Christmas, which was released originally in 1985 on Columbia Records, features such holiday standards as “What Child Is This,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” The reissue includes the bonus track “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with Betty Carter, recorded in 1961. The digital-only release will be made available on November 25, 2008 at iTunes and all other digital outlets. The album will come out as a physical product in time for the 2009 Christmas season.

In March, Concord will release a definitive retrospective volume featuring 21 chart-topping Ray Charles hits including the aforementioned “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Hit the Road Jack,” plus “Busted,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Sticks and Stones,” “Drown in My Own Tears,” “Unchain My Heart,” “I’ve Got a Woman,” “You Are My Sunshine” and “Take These Chains From My Heart,” just to name a few.

As 2009 progresses, several other titles will see the light. Among the highlights are the Starbucks Opus Anthology, to be available at the coffee retailer; Modern Sounds in Country Western Music, Vol. 1 & 2; The Genius Hits the Road; Genius + Soul = Jazz; Berlin, 1962; plus the late fall physical CD release of The Spirit of Christmas.

The ambitious reissue initiative continues Concord Music Group’s association with Ray Charles. 2004’s Genius Loves Company was the winner of eight Grammy® Awards, including Best Album. Concord has also released Ray Sings, Basie Swings in 2006, a previously unavailable recording featuring Charles with the Count Basie Orchestra.

John Burk, Concord Music Group exec VP of A&R stated, “Ray Charles is one of America’s most iconic and treasured voices.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to once again present Ray’s music with the reverence and respect it deserves and continue our dynamic partnership with Val Ervin and everyone at the Ray Charles Foundation.”

“It makes perfect sense for Concord to continue to bring Ray’s music to his audience and to create new listeners,” said Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation. “Concord was Ray’s definition of a record company. He was impressed with the staff’s genuine love for music and their innovative marketing approach.”

Submitted by: Conqueroo

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World Music Institute (New York, NY) has been awarded a special challenge grant from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

Because of this grant, every dollar you give to WMI before December 31, 2008 will be doubled by a matching gift from the Cary Trust (up to $300,000, in case anybody has won the lottery).

As you can imagine, this is a remarkable boon for WMI at a time when we greatly need it. Any gift you make now, regardless of its size, will have twice the impact of a regular donation. Where else have you heard such good news lately?

The year 2008 has been very… dynamic. We’ve all lived through incredible highs and lows for the past 11 months, including an uncertain economy, and a historic presidential election. At times like these, we all turn to our closest community for comfort, strength and celebration. All of us at WMI think of it as more than a typical nonprofit organization. It is a living community of artists and listeners, dancers and audience members who are brought together by their desire to share the powerful expressions of the human spirit that reach beyond language and culture.

In July, World Music Institute sent out its first ever email appeal, asking for help with a deficit that came as a result of the changing economic times. We were touched by the support our community gave back to us: 41 donors made electronic gifts small and large to help WMI, and more support came in by mail. We are most grateful to all of you who stepped forward at that time to keep WMI’s doors open. As the year comes to a close, we are asking the rest of our friends to step forward and take advantage of this special challenge grant by making any gift you can to help us meet the match.

Some of WMI’s oldest friends have been sharing their thoughts about the WMI community, and how much it means to them over the past few weeks. One longstanding member, Johanna Climenko, has written:

After 9/11… We took stock and realized that WMI concerts were a core of our cultural, and spiritual life. We realized that if we were to lose WMI it would irrevocably change the quality of our life. It was at that time that we decided to “tithe” WMI. Actually it was good to have a rationale for placing a lot of our disposable income in WMI concert tickets, because actually we were doing that already. Fortunately that crisis passed, and our habits stayed the same. We could go back to enjoying the range of everything that WMI offers, from Malian Griots, to Eastern European accordionists, to Delta blues, Cape Breton Celtic fiddlers and Syrian Dervishes.

With your support, WMI looks forward to continue to be a haven of sound and spirit through uplifting, illuminating, infectious and simply beautiful concerts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Robert H. Browning
Artistic & Executive Director

P.S. Please be sure to mark you calendars! Wednesday, December 10th, the club Drom will be hosting a special WMI Benefit Bash from 7:00 p.m. – midnight; a separate invite will be sent next week.

About World Music Institute: Since its founding WMI has presented more than 1,100 ensembles and soloists from over 100 countries and ethnic minorities, including: Lura, Estrella Morente, Simon Shaheen, Hassan Hakmoun, Don Cherry, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Kevin Burke, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Doc Watson, Andy Statman, Blind Boys of Alabama, Orchestra Baobab, Dixie Hummingbirds, Kayhan Kalhor, Paco de Lucia, Farruquito, BeauSoleil, Johnny Cunningham, The Klezmatics, Chava Alberstein, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Tahuantinsuyo, Sabah Fakhri, Djivan Gasparyan, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Nana Vasconcelos, Altan, Bulgarian Women’s Choir Angelite, Ivo Papasov, Yuri Yunakov, Canray Fontenot, Ilyas Malayev, Wu Man, Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera, Eva Ayllon, Peru Negro, Candido, Dewey Balfa, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Orquesta Aragon, Hamza El Din, Kornog, I Muvrini, Foday Musa Suso, Rustavi Choir, Les Ballets Africains, Emeline Michel, Ray Kane, Muzsikas, Halau O Kekuhi, Birju Maharaj, Cudamani, Ghazal Ensemble, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Altan, Boys of the Lough, Solas, Aramire, Emil Zrihan, Burning Spear, Soh Daiko, Ondekoza, In-Young Sohn, Marcel Khalife, Esma Redzepova, Salif Keita, Dimi Mint Abba, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Orchestra of Fes, Cristina Branco, Mariza, Ana Moura, William Cepeda, Giovanni Hidalgo, Taraf de Haidouks, Huun-Huur-Tu, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Noche Flamenca, Carmen Linares, Gyuto Monks of Tibet, The Mighty Sparrow, Whirling Dervishes of Turkey, Children of Uganda, Othar Turner, Koko Taylor, David Honeyboy Edwards, Lakota Sioux Dance Theater, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Vijay Iyer, Marion Williams, Ephat Mujuru, Terry Riley, Cecil Taylor.

Submitted by: World Music Institute

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March 13-15th 2009 – The Sonora Celtic Faire, Sonora, California.

Performing all days – Wicked Tinkers, Banshee in the Kitchen, Tempest, Need Fire, Black Irish Band, Golden Bough, Brother, Mic Lucy Irish Band, Nine 8th’s Irish, Stage & Thistle Pipe Band, Clanndish Pipe Band, John Mitchell. Also 200 costume performers, Celtic Marketplace, Highland Games, Clans, and Jousting.
Mother Lode Fairgrounds.  209-532-8375

Submitted by: Patrick Karnahan

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William Kennedy Piping Festival

William Kennedy Piping Festival

All over for another year!

William Kennedy Piping Festival 2008 (Armagh, Northern Ireland) was definitely our most successful and enjoyable festival to date with record attendances, an amazing variety and level of music, and a very special atmosphere created at all the venues over the weekend. For those of you who want to relive some of the moments, we are delighted to announce that we are going to repeat some of the concerts recorded live at the festival.  The recordings will go out on a continuous loop from 6pm GMT on Thursday 27th Nov until midnight GMT on Sunday 30th November.  To gain access go to www.wkpf.org and click on the link. While at www.wkpf.org you will also be able to browse through an extensive gallery of photos from this years event.

We hope you enjoy and look forward to seeing you at the next WKPF.

Submitted by: William Kennedy Piping Festival

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Pikeville, TN Mayor to Proclaim Carrie Hassler Day

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Pikeville, TN Mayor to Proclaim Carrie Hassler Day and Present a Key to the City

Nashville TN: Rural Rhythm recording artist, Carrie Hassler will be honored by her hometown of Pikeville, Tennessee when Mayor, Greg Johnson presents her with the Key to the City of Pikeville and proclaims CARRIE HASSLER DAY. The event takes place, December 5, 2008 with a reception from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Perfect Light Gallery located at 421 Spring Street, Pikeville, TN.

Carrie Hassler’s incredible vocals have garnered her much attention including this month’s cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s “Women in Bluegrass” issue.  Last month, Hassler was a presenter, along with bluegrass artist, Josh Williams at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Award’s Show at the Ryman Auditorium and Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain performed at the well attended IBMA FAN FEST at the Nashville Convention Center.

It was only two years ago, this band jumped on the bluegrass scene when Rural Rhythm Records released the self-titled CD by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain that made its debut on Billboard Magazine’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart.  The album and two singles (Seven Miles From Wichita and Going on the Next Train) were immediate chart hits appearing on: Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Albums and Top 30 Singles; Sirius Radio’s Top 40, XM Radio’s Top 40, Bluegrass Music Profiles, Roots Music Report and so many more.

On July 29, 2008, the label released the band’s new CD, CHHR2, again produced by Grammy nominated, Jim VanCleve.   The CD made its debut at #3 on Billboard Magazine’s Top 50 Bluegrass Chart, just debuted on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart, Roots Music Report, and many more.  The first single, I Can Go Back Anytime, is currently #1 on BluegrassCountry.org, #2 on Bluegrass Now Magazine’s FAN CHOICE Top 20, hit #3 last month on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Single Chart, and hit #1 on Country radio in the United Kingdom.  Rural Rhythm is proud to announce the upcoming U.S. Country Radio single release of the band’s song, Country Strong.

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain band members include: Carrie Hassler, Keith McKinnon, Kevin McKinnon, Travis Anderson, Josh Miller and Jamie Harper. For a complete tour schedule and more information, please visit www.CarrieHasslerandHardRain.com

Other sites include:
www.Myspace.com/carriehasslerandhardrain and www.RuralRhythm.com and www.hoperiverentertainment.com

Submitted by: Rural Rhythm

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Danny Schmidt

Danny Schmidt

ST. PAUL, MN — Red House Records is pleased to announce the signing of singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt to the label. Based in Austin, TX, Schmidt has been making a name for himself across North America and Europe as a profound lyrical writer with easygoing Americana melodies. In 2007, he won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award along with Red House act Storyhill and has gone on to win wide acclaim for his album Little Grey Sheep, released on Waterbug Records this past year. DJ Rich Warren called him “the best new songwriter I’ve heard in the last 15 years” in Sing Out! and the Austin-American Statesman has called his music “beautifully honest.” His debut on Red House Instead the Forest Rose to Sing will be released in March, 2009.

Submitted by: Red House Records

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Legendary South African musical treasure and GRAMMY Award winner Miriam Makeba has died. One of Africa’s best known voices and a champion of the fight against apartheid, Makeba died of a heart attack after a performance in Italy. She was 76.

Makeba fell ill after a concert in the southern Italian town of Baia Verde late on Sunday, November 9. She died after being rushed to a clinic in the town of Castel Volturno.

Known as “Mama Africa” and the “Empress of African Song,” Makeba was the first black South African musician to gain international fame, winning renown in the United States in the 1950s with her sweeping vocals.

Born in 1932 in Johannesburg, Miriam Makeba first came to the public’s attention as a featured vocalist with the Manhattan Brothers. She soon left to record with her all-woman group the Skylarks while touring Southern Africa with Alf Herberts’ African Jazz and Variety. In 1963, after testifying about apartheid before the United Nations, the South African government revoked her citizenship. She remained in the U.S. and married Black Panther leader Stokely Carmichael, but they eventually fled to Guinea on the West African Coast. Makeba returned to world prominence in 1987 when she performed with Paul Simon on the Graceland tour. In 1990, she finally returned to her homeland as a free South African.

Makeba’s final U.S. studio recording was Reflections. Released on Heads Up International in June 2004, this brilliant retrospective album featured new arrangements that captured the singer’s remarkable vocal power and artistry. Reflections is part of the Heads Up Africa series – a critically acclaimed collection that spotlights some of Southern Africa’s finest vocalists and instrumentalists.

“Mama Africa’s artistry has played such an important role in promoting the arts and culture of South Africa,” say Dave Love. President of Heads Up International. “My times with her I will cherish forever. She will be missed dearly.”

Miriam Makeba – Music Video

Submitted by: Heads Up/Telarc Records

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