Nominees announced for the 33rd Blues Music Awards presented by the Blues Foundation

A mix of familiar names and up-and-comers are among the nominees for the 33rd annual Blues Music Awards. Nominations for the awards - presented by the Memphis - based Blues Foundation - were announced today. The ceremony will be held on May 10 at the Cook Convention Center.

BLUES.GR's BLOG wishes to congratulate all the nominees for the 33rd Blues Music Awards. This is one of the highest awards for Blues Artists and the nominees listed below are all incredible performers!

BLUES.GR's BLOG is proud to also announce that every artist on the blog with interview  has been nominated for an award. Doug MacLeodAna Popovic,  Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne & Otis Taylor


Again congratulations and the nominees are:

 Acoustic Album

Conversations in Blue – David Maxwell & Otis Spann

Brand New Eyes – Doug MacLeod

Troubadour Live – Eric Bibb

Misery Loves Company – Mary Flower

Shake ‘Em on Down – Rory Block


Acoustic Artist

David Maxwell

Doug MacLeod

Eric Bibb

Guy Davis

Mary Flower

Rory Block

Album of the Year

Chicago Blues A Living History The (R)evolution Continues – Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson

Rock and a Hard Place – Eugene Hideaway Bridges

The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too – Johnny Sansone

Evening – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Medicine – Tab Benoit

Revelator – Tedeschi Trucks Band


B.B. King Entertainer

Candye Kane

Lil’ Ed

Ruthie Foster

Tab Benoit

Tommy Castro




Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tommy Castro Band

Trampled Under Foot


Best New Artist Debut

Choice Cuts – Big Pete

Bad Girl – Demetria Taylor

Runaway – Samantha Fish

Leave the Light On – Sena Ehrhardt

The Mighty Mojo Prophets – The Mighty Mojo Prophets


Contemporary Blues Album

Unconditional – Ana Popovic

Don’t Explain – Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

The Skinny – Ian Siegal & the Youngest Sons

The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too – Johnny Sansone

Medicine – Tab Benoit

Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue–Live! – Various Artists


Contemporary Blues Female Artist

Ana Popovic

Bettye LaVette

Candye Kane

Janiva Magness

Susan Tedeschi


Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Joe Louis Walker

Johnny Sansone

JP Soars

Tab Benoit

Tommy Castro



An Evening at Trasimeno Lake – Ana Popovic (ArtisteXclusive)

Live at Montreux 2010 – Gary Moore (Eagle Rock)

Live At Antone’s – Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn)

The Emporium to the Orpheum – Trampled Under Foot (Redwood)

All Jams on Deck - Various Artists (Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise & Mug-Shot Productions)

Play the Blues – Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton (Rhino)


Gibson Guitar Award

Derek Trucks

Duke Robillard

Kirk Fletcher

Lurrie Bell

Michael Burks


Historical Album

Bear Family – Texas Flyer 1974-76 (Freddie King)

Chess – Smokestack Lightning/The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 (Howlin’ Wolf)

Delmark – Hoodoo Man Blues (Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy)

Electro-Fi – Teardrops Are Falling – Live in 1983 (George “Harmonica” Smith)

Virgin – The Essential Modern Records Collection (Etta James)



Biscuit Miller

Danielle Schnebelen

Larry Taylor

Michael “Mudcat” Ward

Patrick Rynn



Chris Layton

Jimi Bott

Kenny Smith

Robb Stupka

Stanton Moore

Tony Braunagel



Charlie Musselwhite

Kim Wilson

Lazy Lester

Rick Estrin

Sugar Ray Norcia



Al Basile

Doug James

Keith Crossan

Sax Gordon

Terry Hanck



Ben Prestage, diddley bow

Lionel Young, violin

Otis Taylor, banjo

Rich Del Grosso, mandolin

Sonny Rhodes, lap steel guitar


Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)

Diunna Greenleaf

Maria Muldaur

Nora Jean

Ruthie Foster

Tracy Nelson


Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

David Maxwell

Eden Brent

Jon Cleary

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Marcia Ball

Victor Wainwright


Rock Blues Album

2120 South Michigan Avenue – George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Dust Bowl – Joe Bonamassa

Greyhound – Mike Zito

Shiver – Too Slim and the Taildraggers

Man in Motion – Warren Haynes



“Appreciate What You Got” – Terry Hanck (Look Out! – Terry Hanck)

“Back to the Blues” – Hadden Sayers (Hard Dollar- Hadden Sayers)

“Memphis Still Got Soul” – Bob Trenchard & Johnny Rawls (Memphis Still Got Soul – Johnny Rawls)

“Thank You for Giving Me the Blues” – Grady Champion, Zac Harmon & Chris Troy (Dreamin’ – Grady Champion)

“The Lord is Waiting the Devil is Too” – Johnny Sansone (The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too – Johnny Sansone)

“The Older I Get the Better I Was” – Joe Shelton (The Older I Get the Better I Was – Big Joe Shelton)


Soul Blues Album

Got to Get Back! – Bo-Keys

Show You a Good Time – Bobby Rush

Rock and a Hard Place – Eugene Hideaway Bridges

Dreamin’ – Grady Champion

Memphis Still Got Soul – Johnny Rawls


Soul Blues Female Artist

Alexis P. Suter

Denise LaSalle

Jackie Johnson

Sharrie Williams

Sista Monica Parker


Soul Blues Male Artist

Bobby Rush

Curtis Salgado

Eugene Hideaway Bridges

Johnny Rawls

Otis Clay


Traditional Blues Album

Chicago Blues A Living History The (R)evolution Continues – Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson

Trying To Hold On – Diunna Greenleaf

You Better Listen – Lazy Lester

Evening – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Victim of the Blues – Tracy Nelson


Traditional Blues Male Artist

Charlie Musselwhite

John Primer

Lazy Lester

Mac Arnold

Magic Slim

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