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33rd Blues Music Awards – Nominations

On 13th December 2011, the Blues Foundation announced the nominees in the 2012 Blues Music Awards (BMAs). These awards which used to be known as the W C Handy Awards, are considered to be the highest accolade available to blues artists and a nomination is, in itself, a great achievement.

Members of the Blues Foundation can cast their votes by visiting the Blues Foundation’s website at www.blues.org and following the Blues Awards tab. If you are not a member, please think about joining and lending your support to the work that the Foundation carries out supporting and encouraging the blues and the musicians playing this wonderful music.

The Awards will be presented on May 10th 2012 at theCookConvention Center inMemphis,Tennessee.

The nominees for the 2012 Awards 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


Bo-Keys/ 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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