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We’re jazzed as usual about the Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 8, and we’re looking forward in particular to our Yellow Dog Records showcase, which takes place Thursday afternoon, prior to the big awards ceremony that night, and features three artists who have been on quite a roll lately. First, at 12:45 p.m., our always-in-demand, deep-blues dynamo Colin Linden — who recently toured as Bob Dylan’s guitarist and wrapped his second season on ABC’s Nashville — steps up to the mic, ready to rivet the crowd with his world-renowned guitar mastery.

Then, at 1:45 p.m., Cassie Taylor — just a few weeks removed from her month-plus European tour — brings her blues-soul power to the stage, playing songs from her latest album Out of My Mind and more.

At 2:45, the piano lid gets lifted as Eden Brent closes our showcase with songs from her brand-new Yellow Dog Records release Jigsaw Heart (out May 6). Eden is touring a ton surrounding the arrival of her fantastic new album, so she will be at the peak of her formidable powers as she takes the stage.

It all goes down at BB King’s at 143 Beale Street. This is free and open to the public, so come join us as we bask in these soul-satisfying sounds!

YDR_BMA_showcase_13_300Coming to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards this week?

Please join us for an exceptional lineup on the afternoon of Thursday May 9, before the big Awards event later that evening.

Kicking things off at 12:45 will be Colin Linden, a genuine renaissance man of roots music – traditional blues, soul and roots rock.  We’re all in for a treat as Colin showcases the combination of exquisite songwriting and deeply rootsy blues guitar that has earned him accolades both as a solo artist and in-demand collaborator as sideman and producer.

At 1:45, Cassie Taylor will celebrate the release of her brand-new album, Out Of My Mind, which The New Yorker praised as “muscular”, “intelligently sexy”, and “slyly subversive”, while Billboard summarized more simply as “sassy.”  Cassie and her power trio will boast a wide swath of influences – spanning centuries, continents and cultures – that create her own indelible and utterly modern sound.

At 2:45, our own “Little Boogaloo”, Eden Brent, will take command of the stage to demonstrate why she’s been praised with superlatives such as “jaw-dropping”, “jubilant”, and “sultry”, earning nine Blues Music Awards nominations including “Album of the Year” and “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”.  There are rumors of a new Eden Brent album in production, so it’s possible that we’ll hear previews of a couple of the new songs!

We’ll be at B.B. King’s at 143 Beale Street.  It’s free to the public so please stop by, say hello, and enjoy the music!

BMA showcaseComing to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards this week?

Please join us for an exceptional lineup on the afternoon of Thursday May 10, before the big Awards event later that evening.

Our good friend Colin Linden will kick things off at 12:45.  We’re all in for a treat as Colin showcases the combination of exquisite songwriting and deeply rootsy blues guitar that has earned him accolades both as a solo artist and in-demand collaborator as sideman and producer.

At 1:45, gentle virtuoso Mary Flower will demonstrate her distinctive blend of ragtime, acoustic blues, and folk styles, boasting more stylistic diversity than just about any other artist currently performing under the “acoustic blues” banner. Mary is nominated as both “Acoustic Artist of the Year” and “Acoustic Album of the Year” in this year’s Blues Music Awards.

At 2:45, our own “Little Boogaloo”, Eden Brent, will take command of the stage to demonstrate why she’s been praised with superlatives such as “jaw-dropping”, “jubilant”, and “sultry”, earning nine Blues Music Awards nominations including this year’s nomination for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”.

We’ll be at B.B. King’s at 143 Beale Street.  It’s free to the public so please stop by, say hello, and enjoy the music!

Congratulations to Mary Flower for earning two nominations in this year’s Blues Music Awards! Mary’s new album Misery Loves Company is nominated for Acoustic Album of the Year and she has also been nominated as a performer for Acoustic Artist of the Year.

It seems to be the season of nominations for Mary.   She is also up for “Best Female Artist” at the Portland Music Awards, scheduled to announce winners on January 22.  This comes on the heels of Mary’s recent Muddy Award for “Acoustic Guitar” by the Cascade Blues Association.

Congratulations also go out to Eden Brent for her 4th Blues Music Award nomination for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year, as well as Jimi Bott (of Woodbrain) for his 13th (!) nomination as Blues Drummer of the Year and to The Bo-Keys for their nomination as Blues Band of the Year.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards) are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. And best of all, you can vote in the awards process! Visit The Blues Foundation to join, and then this link to vote once you are a member. Voting is open now through March 1.

The Blues Foundation will present the 33rd Blues Music Awards on May 10 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, TN. Stay tuned!

Free music showcase, Thu May 5th, B.B. King's MemphisComing to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards next week?

We’ve joined forces with Electraphonic Recording to bring you an exceptional lineup on the afternoon of Thursday May 5, before the big Awards event later that evening.

Our good friend Valerie June will kick things off at 1:30.  If you haven’t had the opportunity before to be entranced by her special blend of “organic moonshine roots music”, you are in for a treat.

At 2:30, our own “Little Boogaloo”, Eden Brent, will be joined by Colin Linden, who produced and performed throughout her Album of the Year -nominated Ain’t Got No Troubles.

At 3:30, instrumental soul sensations The Bo-Keys will preview their long-anticipated new album Got to Get Back, the followup to their acclaimed debut The Royal Sessions, released by Yellow Dog Records in 2004.  Got to Get Back is set for release June 21 by Electraphonic Recording.

We’ll be at B.B. King’s at 143 Beale Street.  It’s free to the public so please stop by, say hello, and enjoy the music!

Blues Music AwardsCongratulations to Eden Brent for earning top honors in this year’s Blues Music Awards! Eden’s new album Ain’t Got No Troubles is nominated for Album of the Year (alongside releases from Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite) and Eden also earned artist recognition in “Koko Taylor (Traditional Blues Female)” and “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” categories (the latter, for the third year in a row).

“I grew up listening to Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and Charlie Musselwhite at the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in Greenville,” Eden said of the announcement, “and I’m humbled to now be mentioned among them. What a dream come true!”

The nominations cap a stellar year for Brent.  Amazon ranked Ain’t Got No Troubles its #4 Blues album of 2010 (Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples took the top spots; Eric Clapton was #6). The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Blues chart. It received glowing reviews, too: USA Today praised Brent’s “raw vocal sound” while NPR Song of the Day called her “irresistibly fresh.”

Brent also received an artist fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission; was a featured guest on several nationally syndicated radio programs, including NPR Weekend Edition, American Routes, House of Blues Radio Hour and Beale Street Caravan; and dazzled audiences in major cities across the US with live renditions of songs from Ain’t Got No Troubles.

Congratulations also to Jimi Bott of Woodbrain, who is nominated again for Best Instrumentalist – Drums.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards) are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. And best of all, you can vote in the awards process! Visit The Blues Foundation to join, and then this link to vote once you are a member. Voting is open now through March 1.

Congratulations to Eden Brent and Fiona Boyes for their nominations in this year’s Blues Music Awards! Eden earned a nomination for the second year in a row for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”, while Fiona Boyes is nominated for the fourth consecutive year, this time as “Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year”.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards) are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. And best of all, you can vote in the awards process! Visit The Blues Foundation to join, and then this link to vote once you are a member. Voting is open now through February 28.


Here’s the list of artists who won in more than one category in last night’s 30th Blues Music Awards: Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Janiva Magness. That’s a pretty exclusive list.

But you can add another spectacular performer to the list: Eden Brent , who took both “Acoustic Album of the Year” and “Acoustic Artist of the Year” honors.

For the record, Buddy edged out B.B., Janiva, and Eden with three wins to two for each of the others. If you weren’t able to make it to Memphis for the big night, there’s a great recap published by our friends at BluesWax magazine.

2009 Blues Music Award voting is coming to a close… we hope you will join the Blues Foundation and participate!

We are thrilled that Eden Brent is nominated in four categories: “Acoustic Album of the Year”, “Acoustic Artist of the Year”, “Best New Artist Debut”, and “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”. (Is four nominations a record for a “new artist”?)

Fiona Boyes is also nominated, for the third consecutive year, for her acoustic album “Live from Bluesville”.

To mark the occasion, we’ve posted Eden’s entire album “Mississippi Number One” for preview on our music page – visit http://yellowdogrecords.com/eden to check it out and enjoy the music!

Important: voting ends early Monday morning (8am EST March 2) so if you want to vote, or need to revisit your ballot to make any final choices, please do it by the end of this weekend! Visit http://www.blues.org/bluesmusicawards/vote.php4 to get your ballot.

And while we are at it… voting is also coming to a close in the Independent Music Awards! Eden’s song “Mississippi Flatland Blues” has been nominated as one of five finalists for “Blues Song of the Year”. The general public is invited to vote for their choice of best song in the IMA’s “Vox Populi” award — visit this link to preview the finalist songs and vote.

Yellow Dog Records is once again well-represented in this year’s Blues Music Awards, with two artists recognized with award nominations. Eden Brent and her Yellow Dog Records debut album Mississippi Number One notched nominations in four categories: “Acoustic Album of the Year”, “Acoustic Artist of the Year”, “Best New Artist Debut”, and “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”. Fiona Boyes earned a nomination for the third consecutive year with a nomination for “Acoustic Album of the Year”.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards) are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. And best of all, you can vote in the awards process! Visit The Blues Foundation to join, and then this link to vote once you are a member. Voting is open now until March 2nd, 2009.

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