1. Various Artists, "Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection"

    March 18, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Properly chronicling the history of a long-lived label is a tricky prospect and usually requires a substantial boxed set. But fiercely independent Chicago-based Alligator Records, the home of "Genuine Houserockin' Music," has limited itself to a two-disc, 38-track snack-sized…

  2. Tommy Castro, "Hard Believer"

    August 11, 2009 3:35 PM EDT Although the critical kudos and myriad music awards that journeyman blues-rocker Tommy Castro has earned during his lengthy career haven't yet elevated him to the level of Buddy Guy or Stevie Ray Vaughan , the Bay Area guitarist remains a reliable fixture on the contemporary blues scene.…

  3. King, Trucks Guest On New Elvin Bishop Album

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elvin Bishop gets a hand from B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, James Cotton, George Thorogood, Kim Wilson and Tommy Castro on his new album, "The Blues Roll On." Elvin Bishop gets a hand from B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, James Cotton, George Thorogood, Kim Wilson…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah," Usher's "Love In This Club" and more! 'HALLELUJAH' CHORUS Hi Fred, For anyone who still has doubts that "American Idol" is changing the landscape of music,…

  5. Soul Shaker

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST San Francisco-based blues guitarist Tommy Castro has always leavened his blues with a bit of rock and more than a little R&B. On "Soul Shaker," he definitely indulges the soulful bent of his music San Francisco-based blues guitarist Tommy Castro has always leavened his blues…

  6. McClinton Drafts Pals For 'Beaches Cruise'

    November 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Roots rock artist Delbert McClinton will gather such fellow musicians as John Hiatt, Asleep At The Wheel, Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro for his 10th Sandy Beaches Cruise, which sets sai Roots rock artist Delbert McClinton will gather such fellow musicians as John Hiatt, Asleep…

  7. Exile on Blues St.

    September 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With producer Randy Labbe at the helm, Telarc blues artists take on the Stones' "Exile on Main St." The results are, for the most part, satisfying. With producer Randy Labbe at the helm, Telarc blues artists take on the Stones' "Exile on Main St." The results are…

  8. Billboard Bits: Eat The Day, McClinton, 'Harry Potter'

    November 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Stories on Eat The Day's search for a singer, Delbert McClinton's ninth annual music cruise, and the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." Ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland is making progress on his new group Eat The Day's…

  9. McClinton Angles For 'Room To Breathe'

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran roots singer Delbert McClinton will release a new album, "Room to Breathe," Sept. 24 on New West Records. McClinton co-produced the album with Gary Nicholson, with whom the artist has collabor Veteran roots singer Delbert McClinton will release a new album, "Room to…

  10. Fleetwood Plans Red Cross Benefit

    November 12, 2001 12:00 AM EST Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood will perform Wednesday night (Nov. 14) with his All-Star Blues Band to kick off a music memorabilia auction being held next week by his company Fleetwood Owen. Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood will perform Wednesday night (Nov. 14) with his All…

  11. Billboard Bits: Sevendust, Napster, Delbert McClinton

    October 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Sevendust, Napster, Delbert McClinton Hard rock outfit Sevendust will be featured in a special, "Live Animosity," that begins airing Tuesday (Oct. 30) on MTV2. The show sports live concert footage shot recently in Gainesville, Fla., as well as video clips and backstage…

  12. Guilty of Love

    September 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Guilty of Love is guitarist Tommy Castro's fourth studio album and, with bandmates Randy McDonald, Keith Crossan, and Billy Lee Lewis, he has effectively raised the ante. Guilty of Love is guitarist Tommy Castro's fourth studio album and, with bandmates Randy McDonald, Keith Crossan…

  13. Busy B.B. Is King Of The Road, Studio

    May 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT A staple of the summer concert circuit, B.B. King's annual touring blues festival will hit the road again in 2001, only this time under a new name. The 10th annual tour -- which will feature Buddy Guy A staple of the summer concert circuit, B.B. King's annual touring blues festival…

  14. Music Stars Race To Erase MS

    May 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Destiny's Child, Macy Gray, and Gloria Estefan are among the artists who have contributed tracks to "Keeping the Dream Alive - RACE to Erase MS." Due June 5 through Epic, the album will benefit the Na Destiny's Child, Macy Gray, and Gloria Estefan are among the artists who…

  15. Hot Product

    April 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing upcoming albums from the Billboard 2001 Latin Music Awards, Angie Martinez, David Gray, MJ Cole, Brooks & Dunn, and more. Hot Latin Sounds Christina Aguilera, Christian Castro, Luis Miguel, Carlos Vives, Son By Four, and Paulina Rubio are among the artists featured on BMG Latin…