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Friday, February 13, 2009

Voting Time! Be Informed!

The countdown is on! Only two weeks remain to study the nominees at The Blues Foundation for their 2009 Blues Music Awards. All decisions should be made based upon work done during the eligibility period between 11.01.07 and 10.31.08. Much like any other election, informed voting is always preferable. To that end, we will take a look at six of the categories and their entries.

By the way, not a member? Think of joining at, it gets you a ballot for $25 and a tax write off for charity.

Best New Artist Debut-That individual or band that first achieved widespread recognition during the eligibility period and whose eligible release was available nationally.
Band of the Year -That group, recording and/or performing as a unit, which best exemplifies ensemble playing during eligibility period.
  • Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
  • Magic Slim & the Teardrops
  • Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
  • The Mannish Boys
  • Watermelon Slim & the Workers
Rock Blues Album of the Year -That album released to the public during the eligibility period that best portrays the Rock Blues genre, that hybrid that combines elements of Blues, with an emphasis on Blues, but also rock with its heavily-amplified instrumentation and generally driving drum beat.
  • Gary Moore - Bad for You Baby
  • Jeff Healey - Mess of Blues
  • Michael Burks - Iron Man
  • Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers
  • Sonny Landreth - from the REACH
  • Walter Trout - The Outsider

Album of the Year -The best Blues album in any style released to the public during the eligibility period. (May be an album nominated in another category).
  • Buddy Guy - Skin Deep
  • Curtis Salgado - Clean Getaway
  • Elvin Bishop - The Blues Rolls On
  • Janiva Magness - What Love Will Do
  • The Mannish Boys - Lowdown Feeling

DVD - The best Blues DVD in any style released to the public during the eligibility period.
  • Broke & Hungry Records, Cathead Blues & Mudpuppy Recordings - M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace of the Blues
  • Delmark Records - Little Arthur Duncan Live at Rosa's Blues Lounge
  • Eagle Eye Media - Albert Collins Live at Montreux 1992
  • Eagle Eye Media - Carlos Santana Plays Blues At Montreux 2004
  • Stony Plain Records - Ronnie Earl & Broadcasters - Hope Radio Sessions

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year -
  • Bobby Rush
  • Janiva Magness
  • Lil' Ed
  • Magic Slim
  • Watermelon Slim

Next time, we will look at the acoustic, traditional, contemporary and soul blues nominees. If you had the opportunity to vote, would you look them up if you didn't know them? I am always amazed by what is available on myspace, you tube, the musician and fan sites, as well as the record labels. Even if you are not voting, Blues Fans, those listed are well worth your time to get to know.

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