They have done it again! Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert have wowed the Grammy Board with their package design skills, receiving their fourth nomination in a row for Best Recording Package for Ani’s latest album, Reprieve. The tree gracing the cover of the beautiful package is based on a photograph taken in Nagasaki on August 10, 1945, the story of which is available here. Each Ani DiFranco CD for the...
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inducted ten new members this year, including Michael Meldrum. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame recognizes groups and individuals who have had a significant impact on the WNY music scene and/or achieved success in the music industry on a national and often an international scale. Meldrum joins the ranks of musicians including Spyro Gyra, Billy Sheehan, 10,000 Maniacs and, of course, Ani DiFranco. As...
Congratulations to U. Utah Phillips on receiving the “Best of the West Performer” award at this year’s Folk Alliance Region West Conference. The “Best of the West” Awards honor musicians within the folk community whose talents and efforts have established them as true leaders. The judges look at excellence in one’s craft, enduring presence in the western Folk community for a decade or more, and embodiment or building upon Folk...
Ani fans in
her home town of Buffalo, NY can catch her live on WLKK 107.7 FM The
Lake tomorrow, November 14. DJ Tina Peel will interview Ani in-between
a few live songs at 1pm. For those of you who can’t tune in, visit the
website and sign up for the Lake Community (sorry, you must be 18 or over) to stream the radio station live.
Anaïs Mitchell's next CD, The Brightness, will be coming out on Righteous Babe Records in early 2007! A bright, young singer/songwriter from Vermont, she has been captivating audiences at clubs, festivals and house concerts for the last few years, slowly making a name for herself. She even received the prestigious New Folk award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2003. The Burlington Free Press broke the news to the northern...
Toshi Reagon will make an appearance on the Showtime hit series The L-Word
next season. Shooting has begun in Vancouver and Los Angeles for
season four, to be aired early 2007. The airdate of the episode with
Toshi has not been set yet but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime
check out Toshi’s tour schedule here and her latest album, Have You Heard, by clicking here.
For those of you who missed the slam poetry of Buddy Wakefield
during Ani’s shows on the West coast, you can catch him on one of the
last three October performances! Buddy has been added as a special
guest for Ani’s performances tonight in Austin, TX, 10/20 in Lafayette,
LA, and 10/22 in New Orleans. For more information on Ani’s upcoming
tour dates click here.
Ani’s recent interview on The Progressive Radio show is available online. Stream the audio online or download the MP3 to hear Ani talk about politics, feminism, New Orleans, being pregnant and her new album Reprieve. The Progressive Radio Show is a weekly half-hour radio show hosted by Matthew Rothschild, Editor of The Progressive magazine and former host of “Second Opinion.” While you are at the website you can also check...
You may not have won tickets to see Ani’s secret show in New York City but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Tomorrow, (Tuesday, October 10) at 1pm EST fans in New York City can tune in to WFUV 90.7 FM, everybody else can stream the live audio performance at wfuv.org. The show will also be re-broadcast on NPR.org at a later date, we’ll post more details once...
Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, devastating the cities of Mobile, Waveland, Biloxi, Slidell, and New Orleans. The resulting flood has permanently changed the face of New Orleans. One-year later, criticism of federal, state, and local governments' reaction is widespread. However, we want to offer up a bit of good news. Katrina's Piano Fund was founded to provide instruments for New Orleans musicians who lost their own....
Ani returns to the road this October, kicking off on Thursday, October 12 in Madison, WI, with a very special guest, Jesse Harris. Jesse Harris is a singer/songwriter from New York City who recently released his latest album Mineral on his own label, Secret Sun Recordings. He also won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2003 for Norah Jones’ rendition of “Don’t Know Why” (he wrote four...
Win a chance to see Ani DiFranco perform a secret show in New York City with 100 other lucky fans! This unique, intimate experience will be recorded for a public radio special and you could be a part of the audience. The show takes place at a venue to be announced, on Tuesday, October 10 at 1pm in New York City. Ani will perform a set from her extensive catalog...
By now, you’ve been listening to Reprieve for the last month. The press has been listening, too. And writing. See what the folks at Paste magazine (in the September issue, with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint on the cover) and No Depression (featuring Old Crow Medicine Show on the cover) had to say about Reprieve by clicking here. Not only has the US press been gushing over Reprieve, but you...
If you’ve been to an Ani show recently you may be wondering who’s playing the vibes, tabla, and a variety of other crazy percussion instruments…he’s Mike Dillon, and he will accompany the little folksinger and upright bassist Todd Sickafoose for the rest of Ani's tour dates in 2006. Mike has also performed with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Les Claypool, among others. To get a feel for the trio’s sound,...
The lucky folks with tickets to Ani’s west coast tour this September are being treated to the slam poetry of Buddy Wakefield.
Buddy is the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion (2004 and
2005), and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
Check out Ani’s tour schedule for more information on the remaining September performances for your chance to experience Buddy Wakefield live.
A few months back, Ani played a show at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville. If you couldn’t strap on your cowboy boots and make it there, you’re in luck, because some exclusive live tracks from that very performance are now available on iTunes for your musical consumption. Accompanied by Todd Sickafoose on bass and Mike Dillon on percussion, Ani performs “Manhole,” “78% H2O,” and the brand-new unreleased tune, “Red Letter...
Toshi Reagon has been featured in an article on Afterellen.com,
a popular website dedicated to promoting the visibility of lesbian and
bisexual women in the media at large. Opening the article describing
the mixed bag of attendees that make up a typical Toshi concert,
columnist Linda Villarosa goes on to speak with Toshi about her music,
her background, and her family. You can read the entire article on Afterellen.com
Ani will be appearing on the Henry Rollins Show on the Independent Film Channel on August 5th along with Stephen Gaghan, the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film Syriana. The main goal of the Henry Rollins Show is to “take an uncensored approach to talk show programming with a voice that strikes a balance of humor, angst, art and intellect.” Ani will be performing “Millennium Theater” from her...
Ani will be receiving a "Woman of Courage" Award at the annual convention of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Albany on July 21. The award is given to women who are described as "courageous and bold" and have worked diligently for women's rights. Past recipients include playwright Eve Ensler, Jane Goodall, and Senator Barbara Boxer. Ani is the first musician to receive this award. Check out the NOW...
Hamell on Trial’s new release, Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs, has been mentioned in the June issue of Rolling Stone. Citing Hamell’s penchant for lying to children about the sordid details of his youth, the folks over at Rolling Stone gave Hamell a big thumbs up. And keep in mind, the only reason Hamell wasn’t on the cover was because of the glaring ray of stardom being reflected off...