Willie “Popsy” Dixon, drummer and vocalist of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, January 9. He had recently been diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer. He was 72 years old. Dixon, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 26, 1942, was celebrated for his soaring, soulful multi-octave Read more | Alligator Press Release

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders has sold out it’s London Debut!

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders – Wes’s New York based show, which brings together different musicians, authors, comedians, and poets to create a unique performance of art and music, has sold out their debut London show! Cabinet of Wonders will be at Cecil Sharp House on January 31. To learn more about the show – Read more | Learn more about the London show here

Lori Peters of Mad Mission Agency is Joining Concerted Efforts

We’re excited to announce that Lori Peters of Mad Mission Agency and her roster are joining Concerted Efforts. Lori’s roster includes: Barnstar!, Dan Bern, Hayley Reardon, Heather Maloney, Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, The Lowest Pair, Mark Erelli, Parsonsfield, Red Molly, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and Tall Heights   Read more

Rhiannon Giddens Featured in The LA Times

Rhiannon Giddens is currently featured in The LA Times.  The feature looks at Rhiannon’s career up to this point – highlighting her upcoming solo Release “Tomorrow is my Turn” (Released Feb 10 by Nonesuch) and her 2015 tour. The Times describes the upcoming release, saying: “In a dozen songs on her album, she salutes music Read more | Read the full LA Times feature


Twenty one years after the Juliana Hatfield Three (Singer/guitarist Hatfield, drummer Todd Philips and bassist Dean Fisher) released their influential 1993 LP Become What Your Are, the trio will finally follow up their debut with their long-awaited sophomore album, Whatever, My Love, on February 17th. The band recorded their 12-song new album at Hoboken, New Jersey’s Nuthouse Read more | Read the Rolling Stone article

Rhiannon Giddens appears and sings in a new Apple commercial which Debuted December 15!

Apple’s holiday commercial features Rhiannon’s rendition of the George & Ira Gershwin classic “Our Love Is Here To Stay.” The video finds a young girl discovering an old recording of her grandmother at a younger age (Rhiannon) singing, and then watches as the girl uses her iPad to reimagine the song in a modern context. Read more | Watch the Ad on Apple's website

Congratulations to Rosanne Cash on receiving three 2015 Grammy Nominations ​​

Rosanne Cash is honored with three Grammy Nominations.  Her Blue Note​ album “The River & The Thread” is nominated for “Best Americana Album” and the song  “A Feather’s not a Bird” is nominated for Best American Roots Performance as well as Best American Roots Song​.​ “The River & The Thread”  MOJO Magazine’s Top 10 of Read more | Click here for the full announcement on "Blue Note"

Rhiannon Giddens Announces her Debut Solo Album, “Tomorrow is my Turn” to be Released February 10, 2015 by Nonesuch

Rhiannon Giddens, of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, announces the release of her debut solo album, “Tomorrow is my Turn” saying: “I’m so incredibly excited to announce that my very first solo record is about to come out — it’s called Tomorrow Is My Turn, and I worked with the wonderful producer T Bone Burnett to bring Read more | Visit Rhiannon Giddens website

“Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes” and Rhiannon Giddens given rave review in The New York Times

Jon Pareles of “The New York Times” gave “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes” a glowing review, and specifically highlighted the talents of Rhiannon Giddens. Pareles says of Rhiannon, “Ms. Giddens, the relative newcomer, has been playing traditionalist string-band music in the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and her fiddle glides through many of the Read more | Read "The New York Times" review here

Rhiannon Giddens to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Ellen next week to promote The New Basement Tapes album!

The New Basement Tapes – Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) – will make their first live performances via three national television appearances in November. They will perform on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on November 10, Ellen on Read more | Watch the trailer for "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes" here