Tuesday, December 10, 2013

35th Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced - Congratz out to Terry Hanck & Victor Wainwright on nominations!

The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for the annual Blues Music Awards, which will be presented at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in Blues music. 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 35th Blues Music Awards with five nominations are Lurrie Bell, James Cotton and Charlie Musselwhite. Buddy Guy received four. Rick Estrin, Doug MacLeod and Bobby Rush each garnered three nominations. Both of Charlie Musselwhite’s releases Get Up! with Ben Harper and Remembering Little Walter with a quintet of harpists were nominated (as they were for the Grammys®). It was good year for members of the Blues Hall of Fame as Cotton, Guy, Musselwhite, Rush and Billy Boy Arnold are all enshrined but still artistically relevant.

The complete list of 35th Blues Music Award nominees follows.

Tickets for the Award show go on sale December 16. 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.

Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 34rd Blues Music Awards are also sponsored by BMI, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy.

35th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album
There's a Time - Doug MacLeod
Juba dance - Guy Davis featuring Fabrizio Poggi
Soulscape - Harrison Kennedy
Avalon - Rory Block
Unleashed - The Hound Kings

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Little G Weevil
Rory Block

Get Up! - Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
Remembering Little Walter - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Rhythm & Blues - Buddy Guy
Cotton Mouth Man - James Cotton
Blues in My Soul - Lurrie Bell

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Buddy Guy
John Németh
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Rick Estrin & the Night Cats
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Mannish Boys
Trampled Under Foot

Best New Artist Debut
Double Crossing Blues - Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters
Rooster - Clay Swafford
Proof of Love - Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band
What's the Chance... - Paul Gabriel
Daddy Told Me - Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
Pushin’ Against a Stone - Valerie June

Contemporary Blues Album
Get Up! - Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
This Time Another Year - Brandon Santini
Rhythm & Blues - Buddy Guy
Magic Honey - Cyril Neville
Badlands - Trampled Under Foot

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Ana Popovic
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Buddy Guy
Gary Clark, Jr.
Johnny Sansone
Kim Wilson
Otis Taylor

High John Records - Time Brings About a Change (Floyd Dixon)
J&R Adventures - An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (Joe Bonamassa)
Shake-It-Sugar Records – Live (Murali Coryell)
Ruf Records - Songs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Blue Star Connection - Live at Knuckleheads (The Healers)

The Sun Blues Box (Various Artists) - Bear Family
The Original Honeydripper (Roosevelt Sykes) - Blind Pig Records
The Jewel/Paula Blues Story (Various Artists) - Fuel Records
Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (Various Artists) - Legacy Recordings
The Complete King/Federal Singles (Freddie King) - Real Gone Music

Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Danielle Schnebelen
Larry Taylor
Patrick Rynn

Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Anson Funderburgh
Gary Clark, Jr.
Kid Andersen
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl

Brandon Santini
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Big James Montgomery
Eddie Shaw
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Diunna Greenleaf
Lavelle White
Teeny Tucker
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young

Rock Blues Album
Gone to Texas - Mike Zito & the Wheel
Made Up Mind - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Can't Get Enough - The Rides
John the Conquer Root - Toronzo Cannon
Luther's Blues - Walter Trout

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrellhouse Chuck
Dave Keyes
Marcia Ball
Mike Finnigan
Victor Wainwright

“Blues in My Soul” - Lurrie Bell
“He Was There” – James Cotton, Tom Hambridge & Richard Fleming
“That's When the Blues Begins” - James Goode
“The Entitled Few” - Doug MacLeod
“The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down” - Johnny Sansone

Soul Blues Album
Down In Louisiana - Bobby Rush
Soul Changes - Dave Keller
Soul for Your Blues - Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band
Remembering O. V. - Johnny Rawls
Truth Is (Putting Love Back Into the Music) - Otis Clay

Soul Blues Female Artist
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Dorothy Moore
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Frank Bey
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Driftin' from Town to Town - Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson's Blues All-Stars
Remembering Little Walter - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
Cotton Mouth Man - James Cotton
Blues in My Soul - Lurrie Bell
Black Toppin' - The Cash Box Kings

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Anson Funderburgh
Billy Boy Arnold
James Cotton
John Primer
Lurrie Bell 

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  1. Thanks. Nice to have all the nominations in one place.

  2. What ? No Joe Bonamassa, other than a DVD? Sorry no Buddy Guy or Gary Clark will introduce blues to the younger generation. A shame !!!

  3. The list is, again, cliquish. Once again non scholars nominating the same basic cast of friends. Where are the Brits and Europeans? If you don't submit 200 CDs to the nominating committee you will not be considered! Good thing these self appointed arbiters weren't around when the pioneers first broke through in the 20's and 30's. When this starts you end up a decade later with something like "the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player" named after a guy that- sweet though he was- would not be in any true blues scholar' s top 25 most influential or skilled piano players.

  4. Thanks Charlie. I see Kid Andersen & Rick Estrin of the Night Cats made the list. Hope they place.