Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died on Friday, June 19 at his home in Rosedale, Maryland of complications due to pulmonary hypertension. Earlier this week, Wendell addressed his fans and friends in an open letter as he moved into hospice care. He was 71. Read more
Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, penned an open letter to his friends and fans as he entered hospice care. Wendell recently retired from touring when he was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Holmes Brothers drummer Willie “Popsy” Dixon died on January 9, 2015 of complications Read more
Mercury Prize nominated artist Sam Lee has just debuted the video for his new single “Blackbird” – the song is featured on his new album “The Fade in Time” (available June 16). Impassioned and hugely ambitious in scope, The Fade In Time is a major statement from an artist and group extending the borders of Read more | Watch the video for "Blackbird"
Bhi Bhiman’s newest video, for his single “Moving To Brussels” has been posted and tweeted by College Humor, Slate, A.V. Club, Splitsider, Wits Radio, and more. The video features Bhi Bhiman and Keegan-Michael Key (of Key & Peele) in a hilarious parody of the movie Whiplash. Check out the full video here For more info Read more | Watch the video for "Moving to Brussels"
Congratulations to Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins on their Americana Music Awards Nominations Rhiannon Giddens is nominated for Artist of the year, Rhiannon Giddens debut solo album “Tomorrow is my Turn” is nominated for “Album of the Year”, and Hubby Jenkins, who performs as part of Rhiannon’s band, is nominated for “Multi-instrumentalist of the year” Read more | Read the full list of Americana Music Awards Nominees here
Della Mae’s third full length album, which will be released on May 12 (Rounder) is currently featured in The New York Times – with the Times saying the album “Shows a leap in confidence” for the band! The Times goes on to say “The group’s lead singer, Celia Woodsmith, has strong projection, a smoky tone Read more | Read the New York Times feature here
You can now watch the broadcast of “The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at The White House” which took place on April 14. The event was hosted my Michelle Obama and Rhiannon performed along such greats as Aretha Franklin, Emmy Lou Harris, and Lyle Lovett among others! See the President speak at the performance, here For Read more | Visit The White House Live website
The Steel Wheels new album, “Leave Some Things Behind”, is officially released today (April 14) Via Big Ring Records. The album is available for purchase in The Steel Wheels Store. The Steel Wheels also released their first video off the album – Worn Wool, Soft Leather – check out the video below! For more info Read more | Purchase the album here
Congratulations to Heather Maloney – who was just listed in SPIN Magazine’s list of 5 Artists to Watch in April 2015. SPIN describes her forthcoming album, Making Me Break, as “rounded and lushly warm”. Heather’s Album, Making Me Break, will be released April 28 via Signature Sound Recordings To read the full feature on SPIN Read more | See the SPIN feature here
Rhiannon Giddens is featured in this week’s issue of The New Yorker – she’ll be playing at Town Hall in NYC tomorrow, April 9, 2015. The New Yorker praises her artistry, saying “Her syntax and harmonic strength are part of a tradition of American music” To see the full feature visit The New Yorker here Read more | Read The New Yorker Feature