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BIG NEWS! The new PBS music series--"MUSIC GONE PUBLIC"--is on the air nationwide!!
June 11 was the official launch date, with premieres on PBSstations in Los Angeles and New York, but now PBS affiliates all over the country are beginning to air the new series. Our concert is EPISODE 6, so start looking for us on your local PBS station very soon!
The new "Music Gone Public" website--www.musicgonepublic.com--has a SCHEDULE page that will give you a state-by-state breakdown of when the various PBS affiliates plan to program the series (the day of the week and the time of day) and the starting date of the series. That will let you know when you can see TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU on PBS. Our concert should be five weeks from the starting date.
Please try to tune in and catch our debut on Public Television! We're coming to your neighborhood soon!
THE NEW DVD VIDEO IS OUT!! WHOOPEE!! AND THE NEW LIVE CD, TOO!
At long last, the new Tom Rigney and Flambeau DVD video and CD are out! These fabulous new live discs are both titled "SWAMP FEVER--LIVE AT THREE STAGES" and were recorded and filmed last summer at the beautiful Three Stages, Harris Center for the Arts, in Folsom, CA. It was a rockin' great night of music and mayhem and the new discs have captured it beautifully. The band was cookin', the band was lookin' good, and special guest Willard Blackwell was tearin' it up on the rub board! We will have both of these new releases at all of our summer shows or you can order them by mail through this website. Just click on the covers below and you'll be on your way to a serious case of "SWAMP FEVER"!
ports of call--including Barcelona, Naples, Corfu, Katakolon, and Dubrovnik--were exotic and amazing. Our thanks to all the fans who joined us on this memorable voyage! Let's do it again sometime!!
FEBRUARY 6, 2012: "Don't Fight It" hits #1 on the XM/Sirius Satellite Radio Bluesville Chart!!!
After a thrilling ride up the "B.B. King's Top Picks to Click" chart over the past few weeks, the new Flambeau CD, Don't Fight It, hit Number One this week! And there was great rejoicing throughout the land! Drop a note to the folks at Bluesville and let them know you'd like to hear more spins of this great CD.
JANUARY 22, 2012
Don't Fight It is climbing the blues and roots radio charts!! The new Flambeau CD, "Don't Fight It", hit #7 today on the XM/Sirius Satellite Radio's Bluesville Chart! It has also climbed to #32 on the Roots Music Report's National Blues Chart, and is at #19 on the California Roots (Blues and Americana) Music Radio Chart! Tune into your favorite blues or roots music station and request more spins for this great new CD.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
2011 is blasting along for Tom Rigney and Flambeau--more shows, more festivals, more rockin' good times than ever!!
The new Flambeau blues CD, "Don't Fight It", was just released on the Parhelion Records label on September 1, 2011, and will be hitting the airwaves all over the world very soon. This new disc is an exciting new chapter in the Flambeau saga--a great collection of blues, R and B, Swamp Blues, Boogie Woogie, and Soul, with several new Tom Rigney instrumental pieces thrown into the mix. The new disc is a fine showcase for the whole band and features high-intensity contributions by all the members of Flambeau. You can cllck on the cover photo to hear some music samples from this fabulous new album.
FESTIVALS FESTIVALS FESTIVALS!! 2011 has seen Flambeau tearing it up at more festivals than ever. Among the highlights in recent months were appearances at the Blues By The Bay Festival, in Eureka--two days of blues, R and B, Gospel, and Flambeau, with performances by Tower of Power, Tommy Castro, Joe Louis Walker, and many others.
Flambeau also played two smokin' sets at the Chico World Music Festival, in Chico. The first show was a concert in the beautiful Laxson Auditorium to a rapt and enthusiastic audience; the second show was the festival's closing set on the outdoor Sycamore Stage, with a couple thousand fans dancing their asses off to the rockin'est set of the weekend.
The band also appeared at many Jazz Festivals this Spring and Summer, among them the Three Rivers Jazz Festival, the Olympia Jazz Festival, the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, the Pentastic Jazz Festival in British Columbia and perhaps most notably, the great Sacramento Jazz Festival. This year our fearless leader, Tom Rigney, was crowned EMPEROR of the 2011 SACRAMENTO JAZZ FESTIVAL, and his reign was a time of great joy throughout the Empire! He rode at the head of the Mardi Gras Parade in a beautiful Peacock blue 1956 T-Bird converitble and heaped blessings on his assembled subjects.
Throughout the Memorial Day Weekend in Sacramento, Flambeau drew record-breaking crowds at nearly all their venues as legions of His Majesty's loyal subjects danced and partied and made mostly futile attempts to touch the hem of his various garments. One of his loyal subjects did get just a little carried away in his desire to show his love for the Emperor (see photo below) and had to be forcibly restrained by Security Forces. He is now resting comfortably in jail.
Among the highlights of the weekend were capacity crowds at both Freeway Gardens and Firehouse Lot , and thunderous standing ovations for Flambeau's performances everywhere.
2010's Emperor Bob Draga played a memorably intense and musically exciting set with Flambeau, appearing onstage in a jacket rejected by Porter Wagoner as "just too damn much!" and a hat borrowed from a 1930's movie featuring Betty Grable. His outfit, happily, did not impede his brilliant clarinet playing, and the musical interaction between the two Emperors was truly music-making on the highest level. A splendid time was had by all!
Read the article about Tom in the Sacramento Bee, May 27, 2011 HERE.
Another highlight of the summer was a backyard BBQ at Rancho Nicasio--a co-bill with Michael Doucet and Beausoleil. A big crowd gathered on a beautiful afternoon to eat, drink, dance, and listen to two of the hottest fiddle players in their price range! It was a fine day and the music was glorious!
In all, 2011 is shaping up as a great year for the band, with countless concerts, festivals, and dances in venues and communities all over the U.S. and Canada, from Orange County, CA, to Penticton, BC, from Decatur to Sheep Ranch to Rancho Nicasio to Palmer, Alaska. I think it is safe to say that Tom Rigney and Flambeau's plan for world domination is proceeding apace! You don't want to be left out of this party!!
Photo by Jennifer Zaucha
THIS IS THE WEB HOME OF TOM RIGNEY--VIOLINIST, COMPOSER, CAJUN FIDDLER, GRAPHIC ARTIST, AND THE LEADER OF THE AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC BAND,
TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU.