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In 1989, a new literary magazine was born in Oxford, Mississippi, celebrating the history and evolution of writing in the South.  In the years since, this treasured publication has expanded into exploration of all things Southern — including, to the joy of so many readers (and listeners), Southern music.

This time of year, anticipation runs high… mailboxes are checked frequently… and then, it’s here: the annual Oxford American Southern Music issue — which includes 2 CDs and which, this year, we’re thrilled to announce includes tracks from two Yellow Dog Records releases.  Tennessee is the target state this time, and, along with stars by the name of Elvis, Emmylou, Johnny Cash and Al Green, you’ll hear “Where Would I Go” by William Lee Ellis (from Conqueroo) and “Deuce and a Quarter” by the Bo-Keys (from The Royal Sessions) .  Check out the full track listing here!

Five roots music masters… Thirteen Blues Music Award nominations… One lineup… Zero cover!

Yellow Dog Records presents an afternoon of blues excellence, this Friday Feb 6 2009 during International Blues Challenge weekend. We’ll be at King’s Palace, 162 Beale Street, downtown Memphis. It’s free to the public, so please join us as we present:

Eden Brent will perform songs from her 2008 album Mississippi Number One, nominated as “Acoustic Album of the Year” in the 2009 Blues Music Awards.

Rich Del Grosso and Fiona Boyes will perform songs from their 2008 album Live From Bluesville, also nominated as “Acoustic Album of the Year” in the 2009 Blues Music Awards!

And, Mary Flower and Fiona Boyes will each premiere songs from their upcoming albums Bridges and Blues Woman, set for spring releases from Yellow Dog Records.

See you there!

Voice of America gives some love to the Yellow Dog Records roster, which they note “boasts some of today’s best blues and Americana performers.” Read the article here, or listen to the audio of the piece:

Yellow Dog Records boasts some of today’s best Blues, Americana


William Lee Ellis appears on the nationally syndicated Mountain Stage radio program this week, as part of a star-studded lineup including Leon Redbone, Tracy Nelson, and Marie Knight. WLE performs songs from his critically acclaimed albums God’s Tattoos and Conqueroo. The program airs on NPR stations nationwide in a timeslot scheduled by each local station. Check here to see when the show airs in your town this week!

  • Reviews, sound samples, and more information about William Lee Ellis
  • Three albums by William Lee Ellis available! Visit our Order page to get yours
  • UPDATE:  NPR has posted audio from the set – hear it here.

In this year’s “The bluestar Awards,” Australia’s premier blues nod, YDR artists Fiona Boyes and William Lee Ellis both were both recognized with awards.

William Lee Ellis, as part of the the ‘Industry Choice’ categories, was awarded the “Best International CD Release – Solo” for his latest, God’s Tattoos.

Fiona Boyes, an Australian native, cleaned up with three nominations and three awards! Fiona’s latest, Lucky 13, was acknowledged as “Album of the Year” and “Best Australian CD Release – Band,” while she was also given the honor of “Best Australian Vocal – Female“.

Congratulations to them both!

Nationally syndicated radio show Beale Street Caravan is broadcasting a recording of a live performance by William Lee Ellis, recorded earlier this year. WLE was joined by a who’s who of musical Memphians, including Susan Marshall, Amy LaVere, Paul Taylor, and Reba Russell. Visit Beale Street Caravan to find a station near you broadcasting this rare performance.


What do Peter Frampton, Chris Smither, and William Lee Ellis have in common? They are all named on the cover of the new (Dec 06) issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Ellis and Smither are described as “Futuristic Primitives” who use vintage instruments and stylings to create contemporary music rooted in tradition. Great quote about God’s Tattoos: “A unique and innovative album… may often cause listeners to scratch their heads and ask, ‘How did he do that?’”

WLE will also be featured on the nationally syndicated Beale Street Caravan radio show in the first week of December, with an all-new recording of live performance from earlier this year, featuring guests Amy LaVere, Paul Taylor, Susan Marshall, Reba Russell, Kim Richardson, and Andy Cohen.

We’ve posted a huge new batch of reviews for God’s Tattoos – check them out here.


The Cascade Blues Association has announced their nominations for 2006 Muddy Awards – three Yellow Dog artists are included! Terry Robb is nominated for “Best Acoustic Guitar” while Mark Lemhouse gets a nod for “Best Regional Act”. And William Lee Ellis‘ new album God’s Tattoos is nominated for “National Recording of the Year” alongside new releases from Keb’ Mo’ and Watermelon Slim.

Thanks to Cascade Blues members for the recognition!

William Lee Ellis is among the nominees for “Future Male Artist” in the 2006 HEMI Awards, sponsored by The Americana Highway radio program, which airs Sunday evenings on WIVK-FM in Knoxville. Please drop by the show’s website at www.americanahighway.com to vote for WLE!

God’s Tattoos, the latest album from William Lee Ellis, has arrived from the duplicator and we’re shipping advance copy orders now! Produced by Jim Dickinson at his North Mississippi Zebra Ranch, God’s Tattoos is an aural dreamscape where blues, gospel, acoustic pop, roots rock, and even a rhumba beat merge to explore “the indelible ink of experience”, or the psychic and emotional scars we all acquire in our lifetimes. Read the press release (PDF) here.

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  • Mark your calendar… Memphis CD Release party 7/28/06
  • Album shipping now! Visit the Order page to get your copy.
  • Update! Giant list of reviews posted here

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