Nominees for the 39th Blues Music Awards

The Blues Foundation has announced the nominees for the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards, taking place on May 10th, 2018 in Memphis Tennessee, and like every year I post them for ya!

Here we go for this year:

Acoustic
Album

Catfish Keith – Mississippi
River Blues

Doug MacLeod – Break The Chain
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny and
Brownie’s Last Train

Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin ?
Mitch Woods – Friends Along
The Way

Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta
Trouble
Acoustic Artist
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Taj Mahal
Doug MacLeod
Rory Block
Album
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

B.B. King
Entertainer

Bobby Rush
Michael Ledbetter
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Taj Mahal
Band
The Cash Box Kings
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Nick Moss BandNorth Mississippi All-Stars
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
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
 
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

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
Pinetop
Perkins Piano Player

Anthony Geraci
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Mitch Woods
Victor Wainright
Instrumentalist – Vocals
Beth Hart
Don Bryant
John Németh
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker
Rock
Blues Album

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
“Don’t Give Up on Love” – written by Don Bryant and Scott Bomar
“Don’t Leave Me Here” – written by Kevin R. Moore, Taj Mahal, and
Gary Nicholson
“Hate Take A Holiday” – written by Wee Willie Walker, Anthony
Paule, and Ernie Williams
“Prayer For Peace” – written by Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson,
and Oteil Burbridge
“The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” – written by Rick Estrin
Soul
Blues Album

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
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell
Traditional
Blues Album

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


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