The 2005 Venus
Hottt List is out and Andrew Bird has ranked third in the Best [Male]
Solo Artist category. Voted on by readers and listed in the Winter 2005
issue, Andrew Bird joins the ranks of Beck, Sufjan Stevens and ties
with Bright Eyes. Other categories included Best Feature-Length Film,
Best DIY Company, Pop Star You Secretly Love But Won’t Tell Your Friends
About, and Best Activists.
The Nominations are in: for the third year in a row Ani DiFranco and graphic artist Brian Grunert have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. The dynamic duo teamed up again as co-Art Directors for Ani’s latest album Knuckle Down. The results are a truly unique package, a clear slip cover slides over Ani’s laughing visage on the green tri-fold cd case, complete with hand sketched...
Toshi Reagon joins John Hammond, Rory Block and Dave Tronzo in a concert tribute to delta country blues legend Charley Patton on February 1. Patton (1887-1934) was an acknowledged celebrity and seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta from Howlin’ Wolf to Robert Johnson. “Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain” - Tribute to Charley Patton will be part of the New York Guitar Festival at the Merkin Concert Hall running January...
On February 7, Columbia/Legacy will release an expanded edition of the soundtrack for Dead Man Walking, including a live DVD that features a few songs from the Little Folksinger. Filmed in Los Angeles at Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking – The Concert in March 1998, the event featured performances by Ani, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Eddie Vedder among others. The DVD includes Ani performing “Fuel,”...
Ani DiFranco joins Scott Weiland, Pat Monahan of Train, Shaggy and The Hooters to honor Cyndi Lauper on VH-1 Classic’s Decades Rock Live. Each hour long episode of this new series features celebrated artists who have influenced popular music over the past 50 years, as well as performances from the biggest names of today that have been inspired by them. As previously reported, Ani appears on Cyndi’s latest album The...
Our newest Righteous Babe, Toshi Reagon, tapes a Woodsongs radio show this Monday, October 24 at 7:30pm at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, KY. Those of you close by can purchase tickets for a mere $5 by calling 859-252-8888 or online at woodsongs.com. For the rest of us who can’t make the trip, sit on down at your computer and tune in to the live taping at woodsongs.com/webcast.htm. The radio...
CMJ named Ani one of the 25 most influential artists since CMJ’s inception 25 years ago. Joining the ranks of U2, Nirvana, and the Pixies, Ani comes in at number 22 (just before Radiohead) in issue #930 of the New Music Report. Dubbing her the “sultress of staccato” CMJ says “Iconoclastic and recklessly driven people like her are far more dangerous to the recording industry than some straw man like...
So this isn’t exactly late breaking…BUT the little folk singer has lent her voice to a few friends’ albums this year. Dar Williams latest, My Better Self, includes a haunting duet with Ani on Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Cyndi Lauper’s The Body Acoustic (which hits stores November 8) includes an updated version of “Sisters of Avalon” with Ani and Vivian Green. Also, this summer the Indigo Girls released a collection...
Ani is taking part in the New Yorker Festival September 23 through 25 in New York City. She joins a panel on Saturday afternoon at Time Square Studios titled “Stage to Studio: When Performers Produce.” Other panelists include RZA (aka Robert Diggs, a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, and film composer with credits for Kill Bill: Vol 1 and 2), Rick Ocasek (front man of the Cars), Steve Albini (guitarist,...
In celebration of their new release Battles Olé Drums & Tuba will be signing autographs and saying hi to the folks at Mondo Kim’s (6 St. Marks Place in the Village, New York City ) this Sunday, September 11 at 6:30p. Come on down, enter to win prizes, check out their new album and save yourself from one more boring Sunday night. For more on Drums & Tuba click here....
The Righteous Babe Foundation, a private not-for-profit organization, is collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina through the Righteous Babe store. People have suffered terribly in the wake of this disaster, including many of the musicians who give New Orleans it’s soul. No amount is too small. We realize that a dollar or two may not seem like much but when we combine the dollars of each person visiting...
In case you were wondering Ani is OK. She evacuated her home-away-from-home in New Orleans the day before Katrina hit. Despite the article in Rolling Stone she is not too distraught to speak, but understandably a bit distracted. In fact we are happy to report that all of our extended Righteous Babe Records family and friends from the area are safe and healthy. Our hearts are with all those affected...
On July 25, Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, actor James Cromwell, Winona LaDuke and Skull Valley Goshute tribal members will spearhead a national lobby day against the federal energy bill and a nuclear industry plan to dump 44,000 tons of highly radioactive waste on Goshute land in Utah. Ani and friends will hold a congressional briefing and then meet with several Senate offices in an effort to bring out the truth...
After 15 years of non-stop touring, often performing over 100 gigs per year, Ani DiFranco will take a hiatus from live performance, after the current July tour ends, until summer 2006. Over the past few months, Ani has suffered from an inflammation of the nerves and tendons in both her wrists and hands. After having received a diagnosis of tendonitis in late spring, Ani’s doctor instructed her to follow a...
In an effort to organize our grassroots movement, Righteous Babe is looking for folks to join our Street Team in the following cities: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA; Baltimore, MD / Washington DC; Denver, CO; Buffalo, NY; Nashville, TN; Minneapolis, MN; and Philadelphia, PA. The Righteous Babe Street Team will be an ongoing project in support of Ani's concerts and...
Friday, June 10 tune in for a late lunch at the World Café where Ani treats host David Dye to a little conversation and musical morsels to whet the appetite. World Café airs on more than 180 stations nationwide including WXPN in Philadelphia at 2pm EST and on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 108 'Public Radio International' at 9pm EST. Check the World Café website at http://worldcafe.org for a station near...
Magazine's Summer 2005 issue features Ani's smiling visage on the
cover. The acoustic guitar focused magazine interviewed and
photographed our favorite Little Folksinger for the five page spread
about her songwriting, guitars, and playing style. You can find Frets
at bookstores and music shops nationwide or to get a sneak peek check
out the Frets website
Babe Records regrets that Ani DiFranco has been forced to cancel her
June 2005 European tour. A current medical condition prevents her from
touring and doctors have prescribed a two-month hiatus from all
performing as mandatory to her recovery. Ani plans to get back on the
road in the US in mid-July, as previously scheduled.
In anticipation of June 19th, the 60th birthday of the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the US Campaign for Burma is asking leaders around the world to take action to free Aung San Suu Kyi. Modeled on the "Mandela at 70" campaign in 1988, scores of events around the world including demonstrations, self-inflicted house 'arrests', and a US Congress event hope to bring an end to the nearly...
Drink your coffee, take some No Doze, tape open your eyelids...or just set your VCR's and TiVo's 'cause our favorite Little Folksinger's DEBUTING A BRAND NEW SONG on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Tuesday, May 3 (technically Wednesday morning since it doesn't start until after 12:30am). This is the first chance to hear Ani perform the previously unreleased song "Decree" so be sure to Click here to confirm...