Rhiannon Giddens to replace Audra McDonald in the Broadway musical ‘Shuffle Along’

Rhiannon Giddens will make her Broadway debut this summer as Audra McDonald’s replacement in the musical ‘Shuffle Along’. The “jazz-and-tap-heavy show about a 1921 all-black Broadway musical” received 10 Tony Award nominations last week. Read more about the show at New York Times. For more info on Rhiannon Giddens and upcoming tour dates, visit her Read more | Read More about 'Shuffle Along'

Sam Lee wins BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Song and to appear on Later with Jools Holland this Friday

Sam Lee has wins the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for best traditional song (Lovely Molly) along with a nomination for folk singer of the year. He performs Lovely Molly with The Roundhouse Choir live on Radio 2 this Wednesday, April 27th. Sam Lee will also appear on Live with Jools Holland this Friday, April 25th, again performing Read more | Click here to watch Sam Lee perform Lovely Molly with The Roundhouse Choir

Bhi Bhiman featured in new Apple Commercial

Bhi Bhiman is featured in a new commercial for Apple Watch singing “Walk of Life” by Dire Straights. Watch the commercial, starring Alice Cooper, below! Fore more info on Bhi Bhiman and upcoming tour dates, visit his artist page Read more | Watch the commercial, featuring Alice Cooper, here!

Boubacar Traore touring North American this December!

Concerted Efforts is honored once again to present the legendary Malian ballad singer – Boubacar Traore on tour this December, 2016. Boubacar Traoré carries within him all the beauty of African blues. A diamond among the jewels of Mandingo music, he shines with the dark glow of exceptional purity. Only the voice of “Kar Kar” Read more | For more info on Boubacar Traore and upcoming tour dates, visit his artist page


Buffy Sainte-Marie wins Best Contemporary Roots album of the Year and Best Aboriginal Album of the Year Junos for Fire In The Blood.  Click here to read more on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 2016 Juno Award Wins at CBC For more info and upcoming tour dates for Buffy Sainte-Marie visit her artist page Read more | Full Story on Buffy Sainte-Marie's Junos Awards Win

Leyla McCalla featured in NPR’s ‘Songs We Love’

From NPR, “It’s an exhilarating thing, hearing a musical virtuoso explore her voice’s unanticipated potential in all of the ways that Leyla McCalla does. She’s a formally trained cellist who’s loosened her playing from the strictures of classical technique, teasing out its more nimbly rhythmic qualities. She’s a cunning interpreter and arranger, equally at ease with English, Read more | Read the full interview & listen to "A Day For the Hunter, A Day For the Pray" at NPR Music

Birds of Chicago on NPR’s Weekend Edition

From NPR…”The two members of Birds of Chicago, Allison Russell and JT Nero, used to cross paths on the road when on tour with their own bands. They joined up musically and then — as these things happen — they became a couple. Their latest album, out now, is called Real Midnight.” “The two characterize much Read more | Listen to the full interview at NPR

Rhiannon Giddens to be inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame

Rhiannon Giddens will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame of her home state of North Carolina along side The Avett Brothers and Kelly Pickler. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Kannapolis, N.C. Read more about the inductees at Country Standard Time. For More info on Rhiannon Giddens & upcoming tour Read more | Read about the inductees at Country Standard Time

Carrie Rodriguez releases her new album, Lola

Lola, the new album from Carrie Rodriguez, is released today and it has already earned high praise and attention from the press.  NPR Music says, “The self-proclaimed ‘half-gringa, half-Chicana fiddle[r]’ has made an album that combines seemingly disparate influences into one gloriously cohesive Spanglish statement…The seemingly improbable cultural mashups are a perfect expression of reality for Read more | Stream the full album at NPR Music

Rhiannon Giddens & Sam Lee receive honors at this year’s Folk Alliance International

Congratulations to Rhiannon Giddens on winning Album of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards and to Sam Lee for the Spirit of Folk Award! You can catch Sam Lee’s official Folk Alliance showcase on Thursday night, Feb 18 at 7.15pm in the Century C Ballroom.   Read about Sam Lee & the other Spirit of Folk award Read more | Read about Sam Lee & the other Spirit of Folk award recipients here