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Pitchfork.com will host the worldwide full album premiere of God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson beginning on Monday, February 15.  http://mailman.305spin.com/view/?cid=5&sid=7752&uid=130715&ue=retail@allig.com&lid=6370
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 13, 2016 www.alligator.com. PITCHFORK.COM TO PREMIERE. GOD DON'T NEVER CHANGE: THE SONGS OF BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON. BEGINNING FEBRUARY 15. Newly Recorded Songs From Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Cowboy Junkies, Blind Boys Of Alabama ...
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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers' COMMON GROUND Video!

METHOD TO MY MADNESS features ten new original tracks, plus Castro-ized versions of B.B. King’s "Bad Luck" and the soul classic "I'm Qualified." Tommy and his rock-solid band The Painkillers recorded live in the studio, bringing fresh, melodic fire to tracks like the one-two opening punch of everyman anthems "Common Ground" and "Shine A Light," the full-tilt energy of the title track and the searing, deep soul of "Died And Gone To Heaven."

Tommy Castro: Vocals and Guitar; Randy McDonald: Bass and Background Vocals; Bowen Brown: Drums, Percussion and Background Vocals; Michael Emerson: Keyboards.
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Remembering Professor Longhair​ 36 years after his passing (Jan 30, 1980).  John Wirt talks with Alligator president Bruce Iglauer​ about what was so special about producing this venerated New Orleans musician, the release of Crawfish Fiesta​ and the shock of hearing about his death. http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/4762397-148/33-years-after-death-professor 

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http://www.alligator.com/albums/Crawfish-Fiesta-Remastered-on-180-gram-vinyl-with-bonus-track/
Bruce Iglauer, the founder of roots-music label Alligator Records, never tires of Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair. Likewise, 33 years after the New Orleans piano master’s death on Jan.
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Our upcoming all-star tribute album, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson is now available for pre-order on iTunes​.  Listen to samples of all 11 tracks.  Order your copy today

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/god-dont-never-change-songs/id1076370590?at=11l66t&mt=1&app=itunes

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Preview, buy, and download songs from the album God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, including ”The Soul of a Man,” ”It's Nobody's Fault But Mine,” ”Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning,” and many more. Buy the album for $9.99.
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Late in 1985 or early in 1986 Alligator got a phone call from one of David Bowie’s assistants. Bowie was recording music for the animated film “Labyrinth.” He was looking for a blues guitar player to play on a song called “Underground” and had discovered one of Albert Collins’ Alligator albums (apparently he hadn’t heard of Albert before then). He wanted Albert to fly to New York the next day to record a guitar part. Albert was in the middle of a six-night stand at Albert’s Hall in Toronto. I called him and persuaded him to get up at 6 a.m. and fly to New York. We met at the airport and took a cab to Atlantic Records’ studio where Bowie was working on the soundtrack along with Arif Mardin, the famous producer/arranger. Bowie was a very gracious host, warmly greeting Albert and making both of us feel very welcome. In about an hour, Albert cut a selection of solos for the song on his famous Fender Telecaster. We took a moment to have our pictures taken (I’m the one who isn’t David Bowie or Albert Collins) and then headed back for the airport so Albert could play in Toronto that night. If you listen to the song, you can hear Albert most clearly in the last 20 seconds of the song, though he’s mixed pretty low. By the way, not only did David Bowie have no idea who Albert Collins was until the day before the session, but Albert had no idea who David Bowie was until I called him to come to New York. 
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TOMMY CASTRO & The Painkillers’ performance at The State Room in Salt Lake City this Saturday, November 28th at 8 PM MT will be streamed live by GigViz.com. GigViz is a live streaming company with nearly 10,000 registered users from 14 different countries. You can watch the show live online in HD and 256k sound. To register for your free account so you can watch Tommy’s performance live, go to www.GigViz.com

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The all-star tribute, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, featuring inspired versions of Blind Willie Johnson's songs by some of the biggest names in roots music, will be available on February 26th. Pre-order your copy today and you'll immediately receive the download "Bye and Bye I'm Going to See The King" by Luther Dickinson. http://bit.ly/gdnc
Preview, buy, and download songs from the album God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, including ”The Soul of a Man,” ”It's Nobody's Fault But Mine,” ”Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning,” and many more. Buy the album for $9.99. Songs start at $0.99.
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Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist, songwriter (and world-class harmonica player) Curtis Salgado will release his new Alligator Records CD, The Beautiful Lowdown, on Friday, April 8, 2016. Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him “a blues icon” with a “huge voice.”
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Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist, songwriter (and world-class harmonica player) Curtis Salgado will release his new Alligator Records CD, The Beautiful Lowdown, on Friday, April 8, 2016. Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story.
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The opening night of the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival (June 10), will be a celebration of Alligator Records and the 45 years of bringing you the best in blues! Headlining that night on the Petrillo Bandshell will be TOMMY CASTRO & The Painkillers with special guest Toronzo Cannon Chicago Blues-man, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials with Corky Siegel and Shemekia Copeland with special guest Curtis Salgado. Read all about it here. http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/post/270535/ 
Chicago's 33rd annual Blues Festival, June 10-12, will feature a who's who of headliners including Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Cork
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Shemekia Copeland and her guitarist Arthur Neilson join Jefferson Public Radio's Eric Teel on Open Air today at Noon PT. Tunein to hear Shemekia talk about and perform songs from her Grammy-nominated release, Outskirts Of Love.
http://ijpr.org/post/shemekia-copeland-live-session-fri-jan-22-noon#stream/0


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On Friday, January 22nd at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland on Open Air*.
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The Blues Foundation has announced the nominees for the 2016 Blues Music Awards, the blues world's highest honors. Three Alligator recording artists --  Shemekia Copeland, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and Jarekus Singleton -- received a total of six nominations.  http://mailman.305spin.com/view/?cid=5&sid=7660&uid=130715&ue=retail@allig.com&lid=6297 
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Alligator Records​ new Christmas release  - on vinyl and digital download only - is available today!

A BLUES CHRISTMAS is a brand new vinyl release featuring the best of Alligator’s two holiday CDs: 1992’s The Alligator Records Christmas Collection and 2003’s Genuine Houserockin’ Christmas.  Neither title was ever released on vinyl, so this is the first LP to ever be graced with the genuine holiday-rockin’ music of Koko Taylor​, Charlie Musselwhite, Shemekia Copeland​, Elvin Bishop​, Marcia Ball​, Michael Burks​ and many more.  All tracks have been remastered to sound even better than the original releases.  Order yours today!

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Alligator Records is dedicated to recording and promoting the very finest blues and roots artists, both traditional artists and those who want to mold traditional blues elements into roots music for the future.

“Alligator should be the label that’s exposing the next generation of blues artists and bringing their music to the next generation of blues fans,” says Iglauer. “I want the future of the blues and the future of Alligator Records to be one and the same.”