Billboard Bits: Anastasio, Robert Bradley, Tate

News on Trey Anastasio, Robert Bradley, Howard Tate

Trey Anastasio has joined the bill for the Black Crowes' New Year's Eve show at New York's Madison Square Garden, replacing My Morning Jacket, which has been forced to back out while frontman Jim James recovers from health complications related to pneumonia. MMJ has also postponed a European tour that was to begin Jan. 18 in Birmingham, England.

As previously reported, North Mississippi Allstars will open the show, and will be followed by a 90-minute set from Anastasio and his band. The Crowes will play last.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Detroit soul artist Robert Bradley and his band Blackwater Surprise will drop in on the Bluebird in Bloomington, Ind., on New Year's Eve to tape their first full-length live disc. The two-CD set will be released in early 2006 via Los Angeles-based indie label Kufala Records.

The 55-year-old Bradley, who has been blind since birth, is writing songs for his next studio album, a label for which has yet to be confirmed. It will be the follow-up to 2003's "Still Lovin' You," which was released by Vanguard. Bradley also recently portrayed a bluesman in the Emmy-winning film "Lackawanna Blues."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Recently rediscovered soul vocalist Howard Tate will unveil the concert set "Howard Tate: Live" Feb. 21 via Shout Factory. The 15-track release was recorded June 26, 2004, at Denmark's Tuno Island Music Festival and features such favorites as "Look at Granny Run Run," "Stop" and "Ain't Nobody Home."

After a run of hits in the late '60s and early '70s, Tate disappeared from the music scene, leading some to believe that he had passed away. But he roared back with the 2003 album "Rediscovered," which was nominated for a best contemporary blues album Grammy.

Here is the track list for "Howard Tate: Live":

"Part-Time Love"
"Look At Granny Run Run"
"Show Me the Man"
"Eight Days on the Road"
"Sweet Sixteen"
"Every Day I Have the Blues"
"Ain't Nobody Home"
"Sorry Wrong Number"
"Mama Was Right"
"Get It While You Can"
"She's a Burglar"
"I Learned It All the Hard Way"

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.