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The Golden Gate Blues Society congratulates the Blues Foundation's 39th BMA Nominees!
https://blues.org/2018-blues-music-award-nominees-announced/
 
39th Blues Music Award Nominees
 
Acoustic Album of the Year
Catfish Keith – Mississippi River Blues
Doug MacLeod – Break the Chain
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train
Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’?
Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way
Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta Trouble
 
Acoustic Artist
Doug McLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Rory Block
Taj Mahal
 
Album of the Year
Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
TajMo – TajMo
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While
 
Band of the Year
The Cash Box Kings
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Nick Moss Band
North Mississippi All-Stars
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
 
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Bobby Rush
Michael Ledbetter
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Taj Mahal
 
Best Emerging Artist Album
Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed & Dangerous
Larkin Poe – Peach
Miss Freddye – Lady of the Blues
R.L. Boyce – Roll and Tumble
Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue
Tas Cru – Simmered & Stewed
 
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Beth Hart – Fire on the Floor
Corey Dennison Band – Night After Night
Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed
Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison
TajMo – TajMo
 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Vanessa Collier
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Keb’ Mo’
Michael Ledbetter
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood
Toronzo Cannon
 
Historical Album of the Year
Jimmy Reed, Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles – Craft Recordings
John Lee Hooker, King of the Boogie – Craft Recordings
Luther Allison, A Legend Never Dies – Ruf Records
The Paul deLay Band, Live at Notodden ’97 – Little Village Foundation
Various, American Epic: The Collection – Sony Legacy
 
Instrumentalist-Bass
Benny Turner
Bob Stroger
Larry Fulcher
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
 
Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel
 
Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Chris Cain
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl
 
Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Billy Branch
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin
 
Instrumentalist-Horn
Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Nancy Wright
Trombone Shorty
Vanessa Collier
 
Instrumentalist-Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Mitch Woods
Victor Wainwright
 
Instrumentalist-Vocals
Beth Hart
Don Bryant
John Németh
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker
 
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster
 
Rock Blues Album of the Year
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Lay It On Down
Mike Zito – Make Blues Not War
North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace
Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’
Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together
 
Rock Blues Artist
Eric Gales
Jason Ricci
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito
Walter Trout
 
Song of the Year
“The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” – written by Rick Estrin
“Don’t Give Up On Love” – written by Scott Bomar and Don Bryant
“Don’t Leave Me Here” – written by Kevin R. Moore, Taj Mahal, and Gary Nicholson
“Hate Take a Holiday” – written by Willie Walker, Anthony Paule, and Ernie Williams
“Prayer for Peace” – written by Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Oteil Burbridge
 
Soul Blues Album of the Year
Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Johnny Rawls – Waiting for the Train
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Sugaray Rayford – The World That We Live In
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While
 
Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye LaVette
Denise LaSalle
Mavis Staples
Trudy Lynn
Vaneese Thomas
 
Soul Blues Male Artist
Curtis Salgado
Don Bryant
Johnny Rawls
Sugaray Rayford
William Bell
Wee Willie Walker
 
Traditional Blues Album of the Year
The Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Kim Wilson – Blues and Boogie Vol. 1
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
Various Artists – Howlin’ At Greaseland
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist
John Primer
Kim Wilson
Lurrie Bell
R.L. Boyce
Rick Estrin

The Blues Foundation Announces its 2017 Blues Music Awards Nominees

Congratulations to our current and former Bay Area based BMA Nominees!! Including Kid Andersen, Nancy Wright, Terrie Odabi, Lara Price, John Nemeth, Kenny Neal, Terry Hanck, Jim Pugh, June Core, Mark Hummel, Wee Willie Walker, and Big Jon Atkinson.

Awards ceremony to be held May 11, 2017 in Memphis. The full list of BMA nominees can be found at the following link...

https://blues.org/the-blues-foundation-announces-its-2017-blues-music-awards-nominees


36th Blues Music Awards (Spring, 2015)

Acoustic Album
Timeless - John Hammond

Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James - Rory Block
Jericho Road - Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House - John Mooney

Acoustic Artist
John Hammond

Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Mooney
Rory Block

Album
Can't Even Do Wrong Right - Elvin Bishop

Living Tear To Tear - Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease - John Németh
Refuse to Lose - Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready - The Mannish Boys

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush

Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

Band
Elvin Bishop Band

John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Album
Don't Call No Ambulance - Selwyn Birchwood

Chromaticism - Big Harp George
Heavy Water - Fo' Reel
Making My Mark - Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin' - Austin Walkin' Cane

Contemporary Blues Album
BluesAmericana - Keb' Mo'

Can't Even Do Wrong Right - Elvin Bishop
Hornet's Nest - Joe Louis Walker
Original - Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Janiva Magness

Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Gary Clark Jr.

Elvin Bishop
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

Historical Album
Soul & Swagger: The Complete '5' Royales 1951-1967, –The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)

From His Head to His Heart to His Hands - Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy)
Live at the Avant Garde - Magic Sam (Delmark)
The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 - Pee Wee Crayton (Ace)
The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues-The Definitive Collection - Various Artists (Bear Family)

Instrumentalist-Bass
Lisa Mann

Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott

June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Joe Bonamassa

Anson Funderburgh
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite

Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Instrumentalist-Horn
Deanna Bogart

Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award
Ruthie Foster

Alexis P Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Marcia Ball

Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent

Rock Blues Album
Step Back - Johnny Winter

Goin' Home - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
heartsoulblood - Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin' - Walter Trout
Time Ain't Free - Nick Moss Band

Song
“Can’'t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“
Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Let Me Breathe” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Soul Blues Album
Memphis Grease - John Németh

Blues for My Father - Vaneese Thomas
Decisions - Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin'
In My Soul - The Robert Cray Band
Soul Brothers - Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Female Artist
Sista Monica

Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush

Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) - Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson

Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy - Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
Living Tear To Tear - Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Livin' it Up - Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
The Hustle is Really On - Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready - The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Lurrie Bell

Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford


2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards (KBA Awards)

The Golden Gate Blues Society is proud to have successfully nominated Myron Mu for a 2104 KBA Award. Myron owns and manages The Saloon in San Francisco, and has also helped many of his artists record and distribute their music. TGGBS would also like to commend the KBA Awards Committee, which includes TGGBS Board Member, Deb Lubin. More Info on KBA Awards can be found at the Blues Foundation's website: http://blues.org. Here's what the Blues Foundation said about Myron...

Promoter Myron Mu - San Francisco, California

For 30 years, Myron Mu has booked bands to perform seven nights a week at his iconic San Francisco club, the Saloon. That might add up to more than 10,000 shows. And then factor in the fact that most days there are two bands playing, one performing an afternoon show while the other handles the evening music. People may come to the Saloon because of its history; musicians play there because of Mu, who has booked artists such as Johnny Ace, Tommy Castro, Cathy Lemons, Nick Gravenities, and many others. According to Steve Freund, "Rather than having to make phone calls to book a show months in advance, Myron calls you each month. This is practically unheard of in this day and age, and harkens back to the days when musicians were appreciated and treated fairly." This is a lesson every promoter should take to heart.

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