IS TAKING OVER THE AMERICAN RADIO AIRWAVES AND CONCERT HALLS THIS SPRING:
Will perform on ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live April 12
Interview/performance segments to air on
World Cafe, Mountain Stage, E-Town and WFUV
Spring 2004 tour dates announced
If you have not yet listened to SANCTUARY, the powerful new album from American music icon Charlie Musselwhite out April 6 on Real World/Narada, you need to right away...its Charlie at his darkest hour yet. Musselwhite, who has recorded with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to INXS to Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, finds new company with friends Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama, and a superb guest band featuring Charlie Sexton, Michael Jerome and Jared Nickerson, who together revamp and ignite the soul of the blues.
Jon Pareles of the NEW YORK TIMES highlighted SANCTUARY in his April 4 Playlist, writing, From his Mississippi birthplace to Memphis to Chicago, Charlie Musselwhite has soaked up the blues in the right places and eras, and his harmonica playing has been respected since the 1960's. "Sanctuary" (Real World) pays equal attention to Mr. Musselwhite's modest, lived-in voice and a selection of songs that probes the blues' existential lessons about loss, wandering and death... a lean, bluesy backup group that brings out both Mr. Musselwhite's roots and his unfinished search. Respected blues critic Jeff Johnson of the Chicago Sun Times wrote: Once every few years, a blues album comes along that's so overwhelmingly powerful, so moving that it transcends the genre and gains across-the-board acclaim. Harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite's first album for Peter Gabriel's Real World label, "Sanctuary," refutes any critic who dares to say they don't write great blues songs anymore. (4/4/04)
On the heels of amazing early radio success--Musselwhites rousing duet with Ben Harper on a new version of Homeless Child is already tearing up the radio charts, coming in at #2 most added at triple A in the country-- Charlie will unleash his strong new material with several upcoming national TV and radio performances.
Musselwhite also has a 20-city Spring US tour that includes a performance at the WC Handy Awards in Memphis on April 29, where he has been nominated again for Best Harmonica Player (he has won 14 Handy awards in total).
Sirius Satellite Radio - April 5
WFUV Radio Charlie Musselwhite Day - April 6
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live - April 12
PRI World Cafe - April 15
NPR Mountain Stage - April 23
House of Blues Radio - May 1-2
E-Town - April 28
On Sunday 21 March The Blind Boys of Alabama will join Solomon Burke to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his ordination ino the Church of the Nazarene in Pasadina. The congragation will join this old-style revivalist meeting and musical event in the church where Burke began as a child preacher.
The 2004 awards culminated in a fantastic concert at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 9th March. Award winners including Rokia Traore, Daara j, DJ Dolores, Kazem Al Sahir, Ojos de Brujo and Real World's Sevara Nazarkhan put on an incredible performance to an enthusiastic packed house. If you weren't able to make the concert, you can watch it online at the first address link below:
You can also browse the BBC's online gallery for some great photos from the event: at the second address below;
9:00 - 10:30 PM
Radio 3 awards for World Music
Mary Ann Kennedy and Benjamin Zephaniah introduce highlights from the awards ceremony at the prestigious Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Sevarra won the Asia category at this event.
10:30 - 11:30 PM
Peter Gabriel: Growing Up
Recorded live at the Fila Forum in Milan in May 2003, Peter Gabriel performs a selection of favourite songs including Sledgehammer, Red Rain, Solsbury Hill, In Your Eyes, Secret World, The Barry Williams Show, Father Son and Sky Blue in a musical tour-de-force.
Sevara Nazarkahn will be collecting her BBC Radio 3 Award for Best Asian Artist and performing at the Winner's Concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on March 9th. Catch the show on BBC 4 TV on March 12 at 9pm or BBC Radio 3 on March 13 at 3pm.
Sevara is also short listed for the Audience Award, which will be announced live on the night.
Blues renegade Charlie Musselwhite burned up the stage in NYC last night, playing with his smokin Sanctuary band-Charlie Sexton, Jared Nickerson and Michael Jerome-to an excited, appreciative sold-out crowd. The band previewed songs from SANCTUARY, Musselwhites powerful new album to be released April 6 on Real World/Narada. SANCTUARY takes the listener through the gritty territory of Musselwhites life, opening into personal themes of melancholy and darkness. Musselwhite, whose career spans 40 years and 33 albums, has plenty to say here, covering Ben Harper, Randy Newman, Townes Van Zandt, Sonny Landreth, Savoy Brown and Eddie Harris, as well as four originals. As Musselwhite commented in a recent interview in the NY Daily News (2/24), These are dark times. People need a refuge, a place they can sort things out and find some healing. I hope this record can be one of those places.
Charlie Musselwhite will now bring his legendary harp-playing to SXSW for a truly special one-night-only show at the Continental Club on March 19 at 11pm with fellow guitarist Charlie Sexton and drummer Michael Jerome, both of whom lent their masterful playing skills to SANCTUARY.
In recent years, his singing and guitar work have grown as assured as his harmonica work.
New Yorker 3/1/04
...the worlds greatest living blues harmonica player, is going to blow the roof off...and yes, there are only 10 little holes in that thing.
NY Press 2/25/04
The Blind Boys of Alabama have won their third Grammy in a row with 'Go Tell It On The Mountain' at the 2004 Awards. Following success with their two previous albums on Real World Records this is a wonderful vindication of years of hard work and serious talent...congratulations!!
Sevara Nazarkhan has won the 2004 BBC Radio 3 World Music Award (in the Asia/Pacific catagory). The news was announced today on BBC R3's World Roots programme by Charlie Gillet and Lucy Duran. Sevara will be performing at the winner's concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on March 9th (which will be broadcast live on BBC radio 3 and seen on BBC television).
Anyone who saw Sevara as part of the Growing Up Tour last year, or who has enjoyed her Yol Bolsin CD on Real World Records might like to give her their support in the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2004.
The audience award is a chance for the public to vote for their favourite artist of 2003.
Martyn Bennett's 'Grit' has been named as Folk Album of the Year in Scotland On Sunday newspaper:
'Made in the midst of his battle with cancer, Bennett uses his most trusted tools from the Scottish tradition to sample travellers and Gaelic singers, catapulting them into the modern world with thrilling beats and full-on techno. It is a collage of archive recordings from the Scots and Gaelic traditions integrated with Bennetts trademark contemporary dance beats. This collection is carried by monumental voices. The Roma provide the strongest, but listen to Liberation for a Gaelic psalm using the singing of Murdina and Effie Macdonald and the gravelly voice of Michael Marra reading Psalm 118 in English.'