ALLIGATOR RECORDS NEWS BRIEFS
Alligator President Bruce Iglauer Named An Apple Music Curator
Apple Music has named Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer an official "curator". To that end, Iglauer has created five playlists, free to Apple Music subscribers.
The playlists include many of Iglauer's favourite blues songs, both by Alligator artists and others. The playlists are Alligator Essential Tracks, Blues Harmonica Greats, Chicago Blues Yesterday And Today, Rockin' Blues Guitar Heroes and The Next Generation Of Blues Giants.
Alligator Records is currently celebrating its 45th anniversary. The two-CD Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection, released on June 10, is already a favorite among blues fans, critics and disc jockeys around the world. Featuring classics from Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and Mavis Staples alongside tracks from newcomers Shemekia Copeland, Selwyn Birchwood, Moreland & Arbuckle and Jarekus Singleton. No Depression says, "If Alligator didn’t exist, somebody would have to invent it. Over the years, it’s become one of those things you take for granted, but one no blues fan could do without. You can forget about shuffling through the selections looking for good ‘uns. Anywhere you jump in you hit paydirt."
WGN-TV Feature On Chicago Bluesman Toronzo Cannon Nominated For Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award
Blues Man By Night, Bus Driver By Day, the four-minute WGN-TV feature on Chicago's Toronzo Cannon which aired in March 2016, has been nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award, given out by The National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences. The piece, produced by Pam Grimes with Mike D'Angelo and anchored by Steve Sanders, helped introduce Cannon's music and winning personality to a city always hungry for well-crafted, original blues. Awards will be announced on December 3, 2016.
Cannon’s songs – from searing blues anthems to swinging shuffles to soulful ballads to roof-raising rockers – tell timeless stories of common experiences in uncommon ways. His Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way(produced by Cannon along with label president Bruce Iglauer), won the 2016Living Blues Award for Producer Of The Year. It features all self-penned songs, inspired by Cannon's deep, homegrown Chicago roots and powered by his blistering guitar playing and soul-baring vocals.
Through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and most impressively, his passion for what he is doing, Cannon is among the city's most popular and recognizable blues artists. He’s battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, has already played multiple tours of Europe and continues to drive his bus by day and deliver roof-raising performances around the world by weekend night.
Two Alligator Records Songs To Appear In Bad Santa 2
Two songs from the vast Alligator Records catalog -- William Clarke's Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus and Koko Taylor's Merry Merry Christmas -- will be heard in the upcoming major motion picture, Bad Santa 2. The film, directed by Mark Waters and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Tony Cox, will be released on November 23, 2016.
The Clarke song will be the version fans know and love, as first heard on The Alligator Records Christmas Collection. Merry Merry Christmas, written by Taylor, and also originally heard on The Alligator Records Christmas Collection, has been newly recorded for the film by Louise Goffin. Both of these tracks (and others) will appear on the film's soundtrack album.