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.'
World Music broadcaster, writer and general music guru Charlie Gillett has listed Sevara Nazarkhan's 'Yol Bolsin' in his top 10 albums of the year. Charlie has been a great supporter of the newly-discovered Sevara and she has featured on his show several times over the last year.
Formed in Liverpool in 1999 by vocalist Carl Brown, Sizer Barker, have had their first success with the independently released single 'Day By Day'. Critically acclaimed and loved by the press 'Day By Day' was a Radio 1 (UK) record of the week.
"..a strange and wonderful band...The only thing you can be sure about is that it sounds brilliant" (NME)
"After a year of processed pop, Sizer Barker's sound is a wonderful, idiosyncratic thing." (The Guardian).
Finally the band have finished recording their debute album which will be released on Real World Reocords in Spring 2004......watch this space.
The Blind Boys of Alabama's first Christmas record in their 60-year history 'Go Tell It On the Mountain' has reached number 1 on the American Gospel Chart and has broken in to the Billboard Top 200.
Look out for the legendary band on 'The Tonight Show' on December 15, the Wayne Brady Show on the week of December 22 and 60 Minutes II on December 24 and a special Christmas Day performance with Aaron Neville on The Today Show.