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Raising Sand Nominated For Five Awards Including Album of the Year and Record Of The Year

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have been confirmed as performers at the 51st Annual Grammy® Awards ceremony and telecast in Los Angeles on February 8th, 2009, with a band including acclaimed performer and ‘Raising Sand’ producer T Bone Burnett, and a stellar cast of musicians from the ‘Raising Sand’ album and tour.

The event will mark both the first trip to the awards and first performance
for Robert Plant, who says: “I’m looking forward to being in Los Angeles, but musically — and spiritually — I expect we’ll be somewhere halfway between the Mississippi Delta and the Clinch Mountains.”


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Cyril Neville CD coverA new CD by Cyril Neville is coming out April 7 on M.C. Records called Brand New Blues. Cyril wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on the CD. Special guests include Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Waylon Thibodeaux & Tab Benoit. The project was produced by Brian J of Pimps of Joytime. This marks Cyril’s first release since 2000.

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Nashville – January 27th, 2009The Duhks proudly announce the release of their new music video, “Fast Paced World”, the title track from their latest studio album, Fast Paced World. Shot at the Salton Sea in less than 48-hours, the band teamed up with director Dream Rockwell, artistic director of the vaudeville circus group Lucent Dossier, and producer Darya Danesh to create a fanciful socially-conscious music video for the Elevate Film Festival in Los Angeles.

“Lucent Dossier and the entire crew put absolutely every ounce of their emotion and energy into this video,” says lead singer Sarah Dugas. “We hadn’t the slightest idea that we would have such an amazing and exciting collective at our disposal.”

Written by Sarah Dugas, “Fast Paced World” is an expression of the band’s passion for the environment. “It’s a song that is essentially about over-consumption,” says banjo player and Duhks founder Leonard Podolak. “We’ve all grown up with an outlook where’s there’s enough for everyone without destroying the earth.”

The band prides itself on promoting sustainability, launching their own project, www.greenduhks.com in October 2007.

“As a band, its something we feel very strongly about,” says Podolak. “We just want to reduce our carbon footprint as much as humanly possible.”

For more information on The Duhks green living, or to check out the band on tour, visit www.duhks.com.

Submitted by Sugar Hill Records

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Here are the results to our Grammy poll for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album. Voting took place from January 19th through January 25th.

Field 14 — Folk, Category 72
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.)

Who should win the Grammy?

Who WILL win the Grammy?

Thanks for voting. Try our next poll: Best Traditional World Music Album.

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Field 16 — World Music, Category 74
Best Traditional World Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.)

Vote for your Grammy favorite…

And make a prediction…

February 2: Voting has closed for this poll. See the results.

We’ll run this poll for a week, then do other Grammy categories. Results will be posted each Monday when the next poll starts.

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Manu Chao will make a rare U.S. television appearance Saturday night, January 24th, with a full performance on Austin City Limits on PBS. To coincide with the special premiere, a new ‘La Vida Tombola’ EP will be released on iTunes. The EP includes the original track, a special stripped down version recorded at Abbey Road Studios as well as the music video. The video for the hit tribute to soccer legend Diego Maradona features footage of Manu and Maradona together in Buenos Aires in addition to vintage footage of Maradona playing. ‘La Vida Tombola’ is off Manu Chao’s Latin Grammy-winning La Radiolina, which was also recently certified Gold by the RIAA.


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NASHVILLE, TENN. (January 22, 2009)– Rounder Records duo Dailey & Vincent will be guests on A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday, February 7, at the show’s home theater, The Fitzgerald, in St. Paul, Minnesota, at 5 p.m. CST. The beloved show is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 580 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East.

“When we sat down to talk about our goals for the first couple years of our career, we put A Prairie Home Companion on that list,” says Jamie Dailey. “It was a lofty goal, but I’ve done the show with Doyle Lawson, Darrin’s been there with Ricky Skaggs, and we both had a wonderful time. For us to be invited as Dailey & Vincent is quite an honor, and we’re very excited.”

In addition to being named Entertainer of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in October, Dailey & Vincent took home honors for Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year (for their self-titled Rounder release), Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (for “By the Mark”), Emerging Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (Dailey) and Recorded Event of the Year, for Vincent’s participation in the Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother project. No other artist has ever won Emerging Artist and Entertainer in the same year, a feat all the more incredible because the duo released their debut album only 12 months ago. They are also nominated for nine SPBGMA Bluegrass Awards at the upcoming ceremony on February 15. (more…)

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January 17, 2009 (Chapel Hill, NC) – British songwriting icon Nick Lowe will release his definitive best of Quiet Please…The New Best of Nick Lowe on March 17, 2009.

Following his critically acclaimed solo album At My Age which People Magazine called “charming” and “timeless” and his near perfectly rated reissue of the classic Jesus of Cool (rated 9.3 by Pitchfork), Nick Lowe is back with a career-spanning two-disc best of collection. A deluxe version containing original-era vintage videos for classic tracks and live concert performance will also be available.

Quiet Please…The New Best of Nick Lowe looks back across the hit heavy career of one of pop music’s most influential statesmen. As the bassist and songwriter for Brinsley Schwarz Lowe played a key role in the British pub rock movement of the 1970s and through his stint as house producer at Stiff Records he would help draw the blueprint for the modern indie rock label. His rough hewn production work for The Damned, Elvis Costello and The Pretenders primed the pumps for the arrival of punk and new wave. More recently Lowe has cemented his status as an artisan of Americana soul with solo albums like The Convincer and At My Age. (more…)

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Vancouver, January 21, 2009 – With their fourth album Lost Channels set for release on March 31st, Toronto folk rock favorites Great Lake Swimmers are taking to the road to showcase their outstanding new batch of songs. The US tour will kick off on the west coast in Seattle on March 31st and includes marquee dates at Spaceland in Los Angeles and The Bowery Ballroom in New York.

Their live show has won them ever-expanding audiences in the United States and Europe, and of course their native Canada. In 2008 Great Lake Swimmers shared the stage with an impressive list of artists, including Feist, Bela Fleck & The Sparrow Quartet, Hayden, Goldfrapp, Bill Callahan of Smog, and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. And with select opening dates for Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy later this month, the list continues to grow.

The anticipation for the full-length follow up to the highly praised 2007 album Ongiara has already started to accumulate. Feature album previews have already popped up everywhere from Brooklyn Vegan and Pitchfork to Paste, Venus and Time Out New York. (more…)

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To celebrate his unique career and influential legacy, Vanguard Records will release Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm on March 24, 2009. This stunning collection includes exciting new renditions of Doug’s most indelible songs, performed by an incredible line-up of artists. Keep Your Soul will mark the tenth anniversary of Sahm’s death in 1999.

The final recording sessions were completed in January. Little Willie G., well-known as the vocalist in both Thee Midniters (“Whitter Blvd.”) and Malo, recorded Sahm’s Top 10 1965 hit “She’s About a Mover.” The session was produced by Ry Cooder, and features Cooder on guitar, along with son Joachim Cooder (drums), Robert Francis (bass) and Willie G.’s son Jacob Garcia on background vocals. (more…)

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