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December 16, 2010

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Hey Blues Fans,

The 2011 Blues Music Awards were announced by the Blues Foundation this week.

Among the list of honorees for the 32nd Blues Music Awards is last year's Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Buddy Guy, with five nominations. Other nominees with multiple nominations include Janiva Magness with four nominations and three nominations each went to Derek Trucks, Eden Brent, Joe Louis Walker, James Cotton, Nick Moss, Paul Oscher and The Mannish Boys.

The Awards will be held  in Memphis, TN on May 5, 2011.

The Blues Music Awards is very comprehensive with nominations in 26 categories.

You can see the complete list of all 136 nominees in all 26 categories at the end of this issue. SCROLL DOWN!

Blues Wanderings

We made it out to hear Electroglide Records recording artist Chris Beard this week. He is the son of Blues great Joe Beard and the Blues DNA was definitely passed on to this generation. He played some tunes from his latest CD, Who I am and What I Do.

In This Issue

Our Featured Blues Videos this week are from an episode of the PBS show "History Detectives" about Paramount Records in Grafton, WI. This legendary record company was one of the earliest Blues record labels that had Blues legends like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ma Rainey, Charlie Patton and Son House!

We have five Blues music reviews this week! James "Skyy Dobro" Walker reviews a new CD from G' Jai'. John Mitchell reviews a new CD by fellow Brit, Dave Arcari .  Steve Jones reviews a new CD by Kirsten Thien. Belinda Foster reviews a new CD by The Christmas Jug Band.  Mark Thompson reviews a new CD from Todd Wolfe. All this and MORE! SCROLL DOWN!!!

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This video clip is from the PBS show "History Detectives". It features an in depth look at Paramount Records. Paramount Records was located in Grafton, Wisconsin far from the Delta culture of the south and was one of the first labels to feature Black Blues musicians in the 1920 & 1930s. Legendary blues pioneers like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ma Rainey, Charlie Patton and Son House created many great recordings there.

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This is part 2 of this great episode.

 Featured Blues Review 1 of 5

G' Jai' - I Got The Blues All Because Of You

G Jai’s Jook Joint LLC

10 Songs; 34:46 Minutes; Meritable

Styles: Female Vocal Led Blues; Classic Female Blues

I have recently received several CDs from women claiming to be “Blues Artists.” Which of the following choices of titles and phrases seem to be authentic Blues to You?

1) “Delicious”
2) “I Miss You”
3) “Gonna Be Alright”
4) “Easier Alone”
5) “Shut your pie-hole, and step the hell back”

Choice number five is by G Jai from Detroit, and this woman has grit, determination, attitude, and sass – and that is a good thing! Born in 1968, this lady is anything but timid. What you hear from her is raw emotion and feeling. Need more proof? Try these lyrics, “I was born in the ‘hood, but I’m not hardcore. I got sex appeal oozing from every little bitty pore; got a sharp mouth and a whole lot of sass. If you don’t like my style, you can kiss my chocolate ass!”

More insight into G Jai’s approach comes from her liner notes, “I won’t pretend I know everything about the Blues.... It’s about having the dignity to get up from the ground, dust yourself off and walk proud even after falling flat on your face! ... that’s damn sho’ what it’s about to me.”

The CD’s ten songs are a combination of G Jai originals and revamped covers of early 1920s songs, two of which were sung by the legendary Alberta Hunter (“Chirping the Blues” and “Down Hearted Blues”). “I Got the Blues...All Because of You” hearkens back to the times when women reigned supreme in the Blues world. G'Jai has taken inspiration and gives proper recognition to the fore-mothers of the blues. "You can't look to the future without embracing your past!" says G'Jai.

The set opens with “Little Lady from Detroit” with her lyrics done to the music and rhythm of Muddy Water’s “Hootchie Cootchie Man.” The song is an excellent opener to introduce the listener to G Jai and her sharp witted style and spunk. For example, [my five older sisters] “they taught me well; [I] stand up for my self. You don’t like it? Go to hell; you know I’m here....”

Joining G Jai in the M3 Studios are Bryan Richard Pope – lead and rhythm guitars, Eddie Kohen – bass, Daniel Williams – drums/percussion, Don Jones – sax and flute, Harold Price – harmonica, and Bob Madgett – keyboards. Guitar fans may be a little disappointed due to Pope’s string work being kept in the background as the emphasis is on the vocals. Listen closely though because the cat is really wailing back in there.

“Shut Yo Flap” has a bouncy rhythm and is catchy as a cold. “Shut your pie-hole, and step the hell back” (in this review’s first paragraph above) derives from this number sung to a clueless flap-jawed female and supposed friend.

“If You Want to Keep Your Daddy Home” by Grainger and Ricketts in 1923 gives every woman some advice, which may or may not be good advice. For example, “If your loving ways don’t keep him home, I’ll tell you just what to do. Get a stick and hit him across his dome; let him know just who is who. If your rough treatment fails you then... there’s a way you can call his hand: let him see you hug and kiss another man. That’s my policy, and it may -- help you keep your daddy home to stay....” Attempting jug band style, the mid song slide guitar solo sound is so unique that on first listen, I thought it was a kazoo.

Fans of vocals sung by strong females will find G Jai entertaining and worthy of your attention.

Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and longtime Blues Blast Magazine contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at in Kankakee, IL. To See James “Skyy Dobro” Walker's CD rating system, CLICK HERE 

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The Southern California Blues Society - Los Angeles. CA

The Southern California Blues Society presents Eric Sardinas and The Delgado Brothers for a This year's New Year's Eve Blues Party & Concert with a sizzling Tex-Mex theme. Show time is 9:00 pm until 1:00 am. Advanced tickets are highly-recommended: SCBS Members $27.50 /non-members $37.50. Nick's Taste of Texas is located at 545 N. Citrus Avenue, Covina, CA. So join us for two outstanding, internationally-known, rockin' soulful blues bands. As one of the best NYE values in So Cal, it truly has all of the elements for an amazing time: an exciting double bill, fantastic down-home atmosphere, incredible Tex-Mex menu (optional), dancing, raffles and a roomful of blues fans ready to party, as well as ample free parking! For details: or call 714-209-7347.

Crossroads Blues Society - Rockford, IL

Crossroads Blues Society is proud to sponsor a benefit for the Lance Corporal Alec Catherwood Memorial Scholarship Fund on Saturday, January 15, 2011. The benefit will be at the American Legion hall in Byron, IL and will run from 7 to 11 PM. JB Ritchie and the Power Blues band will play their rocking style of hot Chicago blues.

The evening will also feature silent auctions, ticket raffles and a 50-50 raffle. The suggested donation to attend is $10 per person. All proceeds from the door and event go to the Alec Catherwood Memorial Scholarship Fund. Alec was killed in action in Afghanistan on October 14, 2010 and the scholarship fund was set up in his honor. To donate items for the silent auction and raffles or for more information call Steve Jones at 779-537-4006.

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society - Marietta, Ohio

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society will host the 19th Annual River City Ohio Blues Competition on February 18 & 19, 2011, at the historic Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. Blues Bands and Solo/Duo blues acts will compete for cash prizes and BJFMS sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN, in early 2012.

First place will receive $1,200 in cash and BJFMS sponsorship to the IBC. Second place wins $600 and third place wins $300. No geographic restrictions apply. Any serious blues musician is invited to apply. Winning this preliminary competition gets your ticket punched to Memphis, and offers valuable exposure to record labels, A&R representatives, blues industry professionals and festival promoters capable of providing real career advancement.

Complete information, format, Application & Rules are available online at www. Deadline for application submission is January 8, 2011. For more information contact Steve Wells at 304-295-4323 or email

Blues Blowtorch Society - Bloomington, IL

In case you haven't heard...we've moved our December 17th 3rd Friday Blues event to The Castle Theatre at 209 East Washington Street in Bloomington, Illinois 309-820-0352. BBS Presents Blues with RCBS Blues Challenge Winners Matthew Curry & the Blues Fury at 7 PM.

Please be aware that The Castle Theater charges a cover. This event is $5, but with your BBS membership card discount it is only $2! However, you MUST have your BBS membership card to purchase the discount tickets at the door. If you can't find your card, email Frank Black and ask him to send you a new one, but hurry mail is running slow.

Mississippi Valley Blues Society - Davenport, IA

Join MVBS in Memphis for the IBC in February! The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge [IBC] will take place in Memphis February 2-5, 2011, and the Quad-Cities’ Steady Rollin’ Blues Band will be there to represent the state of Iowa. We are trying to organize a contingent to go down together for this event.

If you are interested in being part of a party bus traveling to Memphis in the early hours of Wednesday February 2 and returning on Sunday February 6, please contact Lonnie Britt. You can e-mail him at or call him at 309-737-5087.

We have also reserved a block of rooms through Linda Kibak, the travel agent for Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine. Unless you are a member of the Blues Foundation, rooms at the host hotel, the Doubletree on Union Avenue, are already sold out. Linda has reserved us a block of 25 rooms for February 2-5 at the Benchmark, right across the street from the Doubletree on Union Avenue, about 3 blocks from Beale Street. The rooms are $114 per night, both kings and doubles, smoking and non-smoking.

To reserve your room, please contact Linda by e-mail before January 12 at either or . You will need to tell her what kind of room you want (king or double, smoking or non) and give her your credit card number to guarantee the room.  PH 563-322-5837, MWF 11:30 - 1:30, 2:00 - 5:30

Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield, IL

BLUE MONDAY SHOWS - Held at the Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 every Monday 8:30pm $3 cover. Dec 20 - Brooke Thomas and The Blue Suns, Dec 27 - The Sally Weisenburg Blues Trio. 

 Featured Blues Review 2 of 5

Dave Arcari – Devil’s Left Hand

Buzz Records

12 tracks, 33.06 minutes.

Dave Arcari is from Scotland and has produced a number of solo albums over recent years while maintaining a relentless touring programme across Europe and Canada. His latest CD is entirely solo, voice and National Resophonic guitar, apart from drums on one track. The material here includes 7 originals alongside covers of songs by Johnny Cash, Richard M Jones (“Trouble In Mind”, often associated with Big Bill Broonzy) and the inevitable Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. In addition Dave has put one of Scottish national poet/hero Robert Burns’ poems to music, a repetition of a successful effort on his previous CD.

Dave sings in a gruff voice with a strong Scottish accent which works especially well with dramatic pieces such as the title song “Devil’s Left Hand” which relates the traditional encounter between guitar player and Satan, but here Dave gets the better of Old Nick – “The Devil’s left hand reached across the Styx, I drank all his whisky and learned some of his tricks”! Keeping to the satanic theme the next original is “Devil’s Deal”, a song in which the Devil is trying to contact Dave, initially without success until he comes at night, but is still rejected by Dave “the next time you try to reach me, offer me a better deal”.

“Cotton On My Back” sounds a little like Johnny Cash, especially with lyrics like “Some say I’m a bad guy, I always dress in black I don’t think you should judge me by the cotton on my back. I might be a little messed up, but that don’t give you the right to take me for the Devil, I won’t go without a fight”. “Hangman’s Blues” is another dramatic tune with the fatalistic line “I didn’t come here to make a speech, I just came here to die”. “One Side Blind” is a slower piece about not jumping to conclusions and criticising without understanding.

“Texicali Waltz” is a song that Dave reprises here from an earlier CD. There is a country/americana feel to it and Dave ends with a short waltz time section too! The final original is “Dragonfly”, a short piece with drums (Paul Savage), an aggressive piece which worked less well for me than the rest of the album – quite ‘punk’ in its approach, in my view.

The covers are all well done. “Trouble In Mind” is the only number on which Dave moves away from the resonator and uses a Telecaster. The classic song is taken at a slow pace and is probably the gentlest song on the album. RJ’s “Come On In My Kitchen” leans heavily on the slide and is played rather more slowly than in many versions. Again, Dave’s voice fits this one like a glove and you can see this working really well live. “Can’t Be Satisfied” is one of my favourite Muddy Waters tunes and is one that is often covered, not least by acoustic or semi acoustic performers. Dave’s version is pretty straightforward but works well. On Johnny Cash’s “Blue Train” Dave sounds quite like the man in black himself and does the song justice.

That leaves the adaption of the Burns poem “MacPherson’s Lament”. Not surprisingly, it’s another cheerful song about a hanging! Dave’s music starts in a slow and stately manner before he sings Burns’ poem that deals with the final words and actions of a man who has been condemned to hang for his crimes. Burns, of course, wrote partly in dialect and Dave keeps much of the original wording, so it’s not easy to get all the words. MacPherson apparently was a fiddler of renown and played a tune before his execution. He then offered his fiddle to the crowd and when nobody came forward broke it across his knee. The broken pieces of the fiddle are in a clan museum in Scotland.

Overall an enjoyable acoustic album with quite a theme running through it. The Devil’s Music indeed!

Reviewer John Mitchell is a blues enthusiast based in the UK. He recently attended the Blues Blast Awards in Chicago and had a great time! Back in the USA for the January 2011 Blues Cruise!

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I Got The Blues... All Because Of You is an eclectic mix of female blues classics and of originals written by G'Jai. This CD will make you reminisce of a time when women reigned supreme in the Blues world.
I Got The Blues All Because Of You
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With some blues classics like "Chirping The Blues", and a link to the present with originals like "Little Lady From Detroit".

"You can't look to the future without embracing your past!"

 Featured Blues Review 3 of 5

Kirsten Thien - Delicious

Screen Door Records

13 tracks

Sultry, seductive, rocking, hollering, testifying, smoking hot- this CD runs the gamut of emotions and showcases the talents of this fine young artist. Kirsten Thien’s third CD release is a superb CD that ranges in influences from Ida Cox through Linda Ronstadt with some Church influence to Aretha Franklin and beyond. Her R&B laden brand of blues was born on a German Army base, grew up in Maine listening to Linda Ronstadt and singing in a “Northern Baptist” church, and then was exposed the Aretha and New Orleans music and the 1920’s blues singers in Georgetown at college. After abandoning a career in banking, she set her sights on music and the Memphis sound. Her vocals remind me a little of another red headed singer, the great Bonnie Raitt, but she is uniquely her own woman.

Thien gives us 11 songs (2 tracks are remixed for radio and reprised at the end of the CD) of which she wrote or had a hand in writing 8 of them. Two of the covers are from Ida Cox and Willie Dixon. Her rendition of Cox’ “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” is stripped down with her on acoustic guitar and Memphis musician Billy Gibson in harp. It is also included as a bonus video when you play the CD on a computer. It is a powerful rendition that showcases her ample voice and talents. The Dixon song evokes her sultry side as she snarls and wails about all the symbols of good and bad luck, again with less accompaniment- just guitar and drums are backing her. The last cover is “Taxi Love”, a down and dirty number that is about what the title states. Written by Charlie Feldman and Jon Tiven, Thein more than amply describes the backseat love affair of the song and allows the listener to enjoy her ride.

The title track is a breathy song that starts by likening her delicious love with her man to the apple in the Garden of Eden, but then tells us she is not singing about apples. Her vocals exude the flames of lusty lovemaking. “In “Treat ‘Im Like a Man” she tells how she will get her guy just by treating him like a man. “Love That’s Made To Share” opens the set with Thein backed by the large cast of characters including Hubert Sumlin and a horn section. It’s a bouncy and fun tune where she talks about the love she has that is made to share. Sumlin also joins her on the lusty “Please Drive”, a down and dirty number where she describes the lust of a young girl “going for a ride” and asking her guy to, “Please drive”. Love and love making seem to find their way into a lot of her songs, and she portrays it all quite well!

The tracks are hot, the vocals are even more smokin’ and the backing musicians know when restraint is best and when to let it all out. This is a marvelous CD by a great singer and song writer. Whether it be a stripped down track with just one or two people backing her or a song with big horn arrangements, the music evokes rawness and emotions. Thien’s third CD make me want to run and check out her first two. A most highly recommended album!

Reviewer Steve Jones is secretary of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford. IL

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 Featured Blues Review 4 of 5

The Christmas Jug Band - On the Holiday Highway

Globe Records

16 Tracks, 72: 55 Total Running Time

Styles: Early American Classic Jazz- Blues Infused Jug Band, Acoustic, Swing, Skiffle, Novelty, and Folk

Another Jug Band CD, you might ask? I certainly did, when asked to review this seasonal release. After all, who buys seasonal skiffle? Well, I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I liked The Christmas Jug Band, On the Holiday Highway. While I’m not a total Scrooge, I certainly appreciate the pontificating but clean and light-hearted slap stick stabs at the big ole guy in the red suit. What better way is there to poke innocent fun at our American holiday tradition than through traditional early American classic jug music?

Produced by Tim Echliman and the CJB, the music was recorded live across 7 shows at 4 locations in Northern California, between 2006 and 2008 at locations that included The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA Paradise Performing Arts Center, Paradise, CA; Masonic Hall, Mill Valley, CA; and the Sweetwater Station, Larkspur, CA.

The talented line up of prominent San Francisco Bay Area artists include Austin de Lone, Paul Rogers, Dan Hicks, Tim Eschliman, Jim Rothermel, Gregory Leroy Dewey, Turtle Vandermarr, Blake Richardson, Knucklehead McGurk, Ken “Sakebite” Jacobs, Antoni Lech Wyarznski, Anthony Paule, Bowen Brown and special guests Country Joe McDonald, Norton Buffalo, Mike Duke and Dan Hicks' Lickettes.. Whew….yes, 17 of them.

To give you an example of the wild sleigh ride you’ll take with these 16 tracks, you could go from a pew-jumping thigh-slappin’ instrumental whammy of early American classic jitterbug-tap with “Shoot ‘Em in the Pants”, to an unlikely match up of the beats of Old-World Latin American tango with New World American-comic song writing such as in the questioning of Santa’s existence in Track 2’s “This Christmas Night” (“Daddy’s sittin’ in his easy chair, when Santa comes, he’s never there; he’s got a secret but he doesn’t dare tell me on this Christmas night”).

“Santa’s Going Crazy This Year” might be the words and title track for #4, but the jazzy blues cacophony of piano, percussion, and soprano and baritone sax will send you grooving to the dance floor regardless of the message; grab your Woodford Reserve for this one, blues-jazz lovers.

Spoofs and parodies continue throughout with the likes of “Jolly Ol’ Soul”, “Christmas in the Bottle”, and “Evathang Gonna Be All Right”, all performed live with splendid traditional jug, jelly roll piano, classic blues vocal innuendos and gleeful audience oohs and aahs in the background.

This is” Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Man meet up with the San Franciscan audience-favorite entertaining comedy troupe “Christmas Jug Band”. And while this is the perfect CD to get a few laughs and loosen up your guests at your holiday party, don’t think this is a seasonal-only play. Their clever comedic songwriting is also cleverly underpinned with some talented playing. No, this ain’t “Away in the Manger” or “Silent Night”, because—let’s face it: they don’t sound too good with kazoos, slide whistles, washboards and accordions. So think of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” kickin’ it up with some jug! Enjoy!

Reviewer Belinda Foster is a Columnist and Contributing Writer for Greenville SC Magazine “Industry Mag” and former manager of Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues. She is a devoted promoter and supporter of live blues root music and history, making frequent trips to “The Crossroads” and Clarksdale, MS, birthplace of the blues. Archives of her column “The Upstate Blues Report” can be found online at

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 Featured Blues Review 5 of 5

The Todd Wolfe Band - Live

American Home Entertainment

10 tracks/71:31

For his seventh release, Todd Wolfe hit the road to record live on-stage at Quakertown, PA. The audience at McCoole's Art Place certainly got earful of Wolfe's guitar pyrotechnics that night. Using the power trio format, the former guitarist for Sheryl Crow's road band gets backing from Suavek Zaniesisnko on bass guitar & vocals plus Roger Voss on drums and percussion. Wolfe handles the lead vocals, his appealing voice commanding the listener's attention throughout the disc. He also had a hand in writing nine of the songs.

The notes with the disc states the band harks back to a time when “ were men and amps were amps”. And Wolfe certainly lives up to that statement, turning each solo into a mind-melting demonstration of his technical prowess at concert hall volume levels. The lone exception occurs on “Roll Over” when Wolfe makes the switch to an acoustic slide guitar. The rest of the time, he tears through each solo at a frenetic pace. That will create excitement in a live setting but grows a bit tiresome when the visual element is absent. There will be a companion release of this show in the DVD format.

The opening track, “Ready for Love”, is a rocker with a strong vocal from Wolfe and a pounding beat from Voss. It's full-speed ahead on “Crowded in My Soul”, with the leader and Zaniesisnko contributing a neat bit of vocal harmonizing on the chorus. Wolfe's guitar solo skips any attempt at genuine feel in favor of a rapid journey up and down the guitar neck. The opening sequence of “Cold Black Night” offers the first sign of any blues influence. Wolfe sings with passion , keeping his guitar work under control at the slower pace until the start of his solo, when his slash & burn style kicks in once again. “Gates of Heaven” sports an expressive vocal from the leader, backed by a resounding series of guitar chords and a closing passage that pays homage to Jimi Hendrix.

The chuka-chuka guitar line on “Black Hearted Woman” is enhanced by a wah-wah pedal, before giving way to several more bombastic solo sequences. “Silver Blue” features Wolfe on slide guitar, relating a tale of battling demons in New Orleans. The band injects a funk element into “Change Will Come” but the track suffers from weak lyrics. The closing track, “Shame” clocks in just short of fifteen minutes, providing plenty of space for Wolfe's tour de force guitar performance, as he pulls out all of the stops over Zaniesienko's thick bass lines. The track runs out out steam when the dreaded drum solo interrupts the proceedings.

If you long to return to the glory days when bands like Cream ruled the world, Todd Wolfe may be just what you have been looking for. There is no denying his appeal as a vocalist and many will also be infatuated with his guitar work. For these ears, his playing was often too fast with little sense of feel. But his sincere delivery will undoubtedly win over a substantial number of people who take the time to give this one a listen.

Reviewer Mark Thompson is president of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford. IL.

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 2011 Blues Music Awards Nominees

Acoustic Album
Eric Bibb Booker’s Guitar
Lucky Peterson You Can Always Turn Around
Paul Oscher Bet on the Blues
South Memphis String Band Home Sweet Home
The Nighthawks Last Train to Bluesville

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Guy Davis
John Hammond
Paul Oscher

Buddy Guy Living Proof
Charlie Musselwhite The Well
Eden Brent Ain’t Got No Troubles
Janiva Magness The Devil is an Angel Too
The Mannish Boys Shake for Me

B.B. King Entertainer
Buddy Guy
Janiva Magness
Joe Louis Walker
Kenny Neal
Super Chikan

Derek Trucks Band
Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Nick Moss Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
The Holmes Brothers
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Debut
Chris O’Leary Band Mr. Used to Be
Claudette King We’re Onto Something
Matt Hill On the Floor
Peter Parcek 3 The Mathematics of Love
The Vincent Hayes Project Reclamation

Contemporary Blues Album
Buddy Guy Living Proof
Janiva Magness The Devil is an Angel Too
John Nemeth Name the Day!
Karen Lovely Still the Rain
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King Have Blues Will Travel

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Karen Lovely
Robin Rogers
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Buddy Guy
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Kenny Neal
Nick Moss

Black Hen / Transgrease The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert (Various Artists)
Delmark Live at Rooster’s Place (Tail Dragger)
NorthernBlues Music Live at Ground Zero Blues Club (Watermelon Slim & the Workers)
Ruf Songs from the Road (Luther Allison)
Woodward Studio Nothing to Prove (Mac Arnold)

Black Derby Chicago Blues Buddies (Little Smokey Smothers & Elvin Bishop)
Delmark Jimmy Dawkins Presents the Leric Story (Various Artists)
Delmark Live in Boston 1966 (Junior Wells & the Aces)
Delta Groove Harmonica Blues (Bob Corritore & Friends)
Ruf Songs from the Road (Luther Allison)

Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Larry Taylor
Patrick Rynn
Steve Gomes

Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Robb Stupka
Tony Braunagel

Derek Trucks
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Kirk Fletcher
Ronnie Earl

Bob Corritore
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Paul Oscher

Big James Montgomery
Doug James
Eddie Shaw
Keith Crossan
Terry Hanck

Gerry Hundt (mandolin)
Johnny Sansone (accordion)
Otis Taylor (banjo)
Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)
Sonny Rhodes (lap steel guitar)

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
David Maxwell
Dr. John
Eden Brent
Henry Butler
Mitch Woods

Rock Blues Album
Derek Trucks Roadsongs
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Live In Chicago
Nick Moss Privileged
Steve Miller Band Bingo
Walter Trout Common Ground

Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy “Living Proof” (Buddy Guy – Living Proof)
Charlie Musselwhite “Sad and Beautiful World” (Charlie Musselwhite – The Well)
Bruce Iglauer/Wyzard/David Kearney “Please Mr. President” (Guitar Shorty – Bare Knuckle)
Dennis Walker/Alan Mirikitani “Still the Rain” (Karen Lovely – Still the Rain)
Steve Gomes “Rained All Night” (Tad Robinson – Back in Style)

Soul Blues Album
Arthur Adams Stomp the Floor
Denise LaSalle 24 Hour Woman
Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges Live In San Antonio
Solomon Burke Nothing’s Impossible
Tad Robinson Back in Style
The Holmes Brothers Feed My Soul

Soul Blues Female Artist
Barbara Carr
Claudette King
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges
Solomon Burke
Tad Robinson

Traditional Blues Album
Charlie Musselwhite The Well
Duke Robillard Passport to the Blues
James Cotton Giant
Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Joined at the Hip
The Mannish Boys Shake for Me

Koko Taylor Award-Traditional Blues Female
Eden Brent
Reba Russell
Ruthie Foster
Sue Foley
Teeny Tucker
Zora Young

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Alabama Mike
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Magic Slim
Super Chikan


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