Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blues Foundation Announces 34th Blues Music Award Nominees

Awards to be held in Memphis on May 9th 2013
Online voting by membership to be available at:

Memphis, TN (December 12, 2012) – The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for their annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, TN, on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in Blues music.

Florida is represented in the nominations this year by(highlighted and linked below):
Terry Hanck

Susan Tedeschi
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Barrelhouse Chuck
Victor Wainwright

34th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album                    
Billy Boy Arnold Sings Big Bill Broonzy - Billy Boy Arnold 
Blues on Solid Ground - John Primer
Deeper in the Well - Eric Bibb
Not Alone - Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin    
Talking Guitar - Paul Rishell 
Acoustic Artist                      
Carolina Chocolate Drops                  
Doug MacLeod                      
Eric Bibb                    
Harrison Kennedy                  
Paul Rishell                
And Still I Rise - Heritage Blues Orchestra     
Double Dynamite - The Mannish Boys         
Show of Strength - Michael Burks      
Son of the Seventh Son - Mud Morganfield    
Stronger For It - Janiva Magness       
B.B. King Entertainer                      
Curtis Salgado            
Janiva Magness                      
Joe Louis Walker                   
John Nemeth              
Rick Estrin                 
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials             
Phantom Blues Band              
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats                
The Mannish Boys                 
Best New Artist Debut                     
24 Hour Blues - Charles "CD" Davis
They Call Me Big Llou - Big LLou Johnson  
Turning on the Naughty - Paula Harris          
Uphill from Anywhere - Brad Hatfield           
Wanna Feel Somethin' - Mary Bridget Davies           
Contemporary Blues Album                       
Blak & Blu - Gary Clark, Jr.
Blues Live - John Nemeth      
Candy Store Kid - Ian Siegal & the Mississippi Mudbloods  
Hellfire - Joe Louis Walker    
Show of Strength - Michael Burks      
Stronger For It - Janiva Magness       
Contemporary Blues Female Artist            
Bettye LaVette                       
Janiva Magness                      
Shakura S'Aida                      
Shemekia Copeland               
Susan Tedeschi                      
Contemporary Blues Male Artist               
Gary Clark, Jr.
Joe Louis Walker                   
Michael Burks            
Robert Cray                
Tab Benoit                 
Blackbird Music/55 for Arts Club Production for The Lucky Peterson Band feat. Tamara Peterson: Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin by Lucky Peterson 
Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art/Broke & Hungry Records for We Juke Up in Here! Mississippi's Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads
Delta Groove Music for That's My Thing - Elvin Bishop Live in Concert by Elvin Bishop
Eagle Rock Entertainment for Live at Checkerboard Lounge by Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones
J&R Adventures for Beacon Theatre - Live from New York by Joe Bonamassa
Gibson Guitar                       
Derek Trucks             
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker                   
Kid Andersen             
Michael Burks

Historical Album
Bear Family Records for Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues by Various Artists
Real Gone Music for Complete Hit Singles A's & B's by Little Willie John
Rock Beat Records for Raw Blues: Magic Sam Live 1969 by Magic Sam
Silk City Records for Someday... by Otis Spann        
Universal Music Group for Ladies & Gentlemen... Mr. B.B. King by B.B. King                  

Cedric Burnside                     
Cody Dickinson                     
Jimi Bott                     
Kenny Smith              
Tony Braunagel                     
Bill Stuve                   
Bob Stroger                
Patrick Rynn              
Richard Cousins                     
Scot Sutherland
Willie J. Campbell
Billy Boy Arnold                   
Bob Corritore             
John Nemeth              
Kim Wilson                
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin                 
Al Basile                    
Big James Montgomery                     
Eddie Shaw                
Kaz Kazanoff             
Terry Hanck               
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)              
Diunna Greenleaf                   
Jewel Brown
Maria Muldaur                       
Ruthie Foster              
Tracy Nelson              
Rock Blues Album               
Blues for the Modern Daze - Walter Trout     
Driving Towards the Daylight - Joe Bonamassa        
Everybody's Talkin' - Tedeschi Trucks Band 
Here I Am - Nick Moss          
Royal Southern Brotherhood - Royal Southern Brotherhood            
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player                     
Chuck Leavell            
David Maxwell                      
Deanna Bogart                       
Mike Finnegan                       
Victor Wainwright                 
"I Won't Cry"  - Janiva Magness & Dave Darling - Stronger for It - Janiva Magness
"Lemon Pie"- John Hahn & Oliver Wood - 33 1/3 - Shemekia Copeland
“She Didn’t Cut Me Loose” written by Curtis Salgado, Marlon McClain & Dave Duncan on Soul Shot by Curtis Salgado
“The Devil Ain't Got No Music” written by Matthew Skoller & Lurrie Bell on The Devil Ain't Got No Music by Lurrie Bell
Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) written by Sam McClain & Pat Herlehy on Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) by Mighty Sam McClain
Soul Blues Album                 
Blues Heart - Dorothy Moore
Soul Live - John Nemeth        
Soul Shot - Curtis Salgado      
Soul Survivor - Johnny Rawls
Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) - Mighty Sam McClain       
Soul Blues Female Artist                 
Barbara Carr               
Denise LaSalle                       
Dorothy Moore                      
Irma Thomas              
Sista Monica               
Soul Blues Male Artist                     
Bobby Rush               
Curtis Salgado            
John Nemeth              
Johnny Rawls             
Mighty Sam McClain             
Traditional Blues Album                 
And Still I Rise - Heritage Blues Orchestra     
Double Dynamite - The Mannish Boys         
Milton Hopkins with Jewel Brown - Milton Hopkins with Jewel Brown
Son of the Seventh Son - Mud Morganfield    
Spider Eating Preacher - Eddie C. Campbell
Traditional Blues Male Artist                     
Bob Margolin             
John Primer                
Lil' Ed            
Magic Slim                 
Mud Morganfield       

The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for Blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to recognize superior achievements in Blues performance, songwriting, and recording while honoring a rich cultural tradition.

Leading the list of nominees for the 34th Blues Music Awards are Janiva Magness and John Nemeth, each with five nominations.  Janiva is nominated in artist, album, entertainer and song categories on the strength of her CD Stronger for It, a moving and intimate declaration of independence after coming through an intensely difficult period in her life. John’s five nominations exceed the total previous nominations of his young career.  John release two live albums in 2012, Blues Live and Soul Live, which pretty much sum up his twofold approach to music, whether on record or in performance.  Each CD was nominated and John was nominated for entertainer of the year as well as in both contemporary and soul artist categories.

Alligator Records had a stellar year.  Joining Janiva, Alligator artists Curtis Salgado, Joe Louis Walker and the late Michael “Iron Man” Burks each received four nominations.  Rick Estrin and the Nightcats received three nods and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials received two nominations. Each was nominated for their 2012 release as well as in artist, band, entertainer or instrumentalist categories.

The husband-wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks teamed for four nominations, either individually or as a band.  Other blues acts with three nominations are guitarist Joe Bonamassa, soul blues man Mighty Sam McClain, Muddy Waters’ son Mud Morganfield and Delta Groove’s supergroup The Mannish Boys.  (The full nominee list is below.)

“It is not uncommon in any arts genre for beloved artists with strong releases to pull in a number of nominations, and that is one of the factors at work this year,” Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation’s President said. “Yet there are also more than a dozen first-time nominees, plus the six Best New Artist nominees.  It is gratifying to see both groups rewarded—those who have been near the top for a while and those who are getting the recognition they have been long seeking.”

Tickets for the Award show go on sale December 13. Members receive seating preference at the Awards show.   Voting is underway.  Blues Foundation members are the only fans who vote to decide which nominees will actually take home the Blues Music Award.  Of course, anyone can become a member!

Every year, the Blues Music Awards ceremony itself proves to be one of the best shows of the year. After all, almost every nominee not only attends, but also performs – creating a lineup comprised of the best of the best in blues all in one evening.  A complete nominee list, as well as membership, voting, ticket and host hotel information can be found at The Blues Foundation’s website— For more information, call 901.527.2583.

For the seventh consecutive year, The Blues Music Awards will be broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville – the next best thing to being there.  They will be subsequently broadcast on public television.

The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists.  Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The 34rd Blues Music Awards are also sponsored by BMI, Blue Mountain Artists, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Gibson Foundation, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy.             

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