I just wanted to brief you all on what is happening in the background with this years British Blues Awards. The weekend of September 8/9 has been set aside for the event at Newark Castle, with the Newark Festival weekend, of which the BBA results ceremony will be on the Sunday. ( I hope to be there for that, fingers crossed! )
This year, the organisers are doing things slightly different. They have approached around 50 people within the blues scene, including blues jocks, journalists, promoters, festival organisers, blues writers etc. Each person on the nomination panel will nominate three names in each category and then from there, final lists will be created and everyone will be able to visit the BBA website [ http://britishbluesawards.com/ %5D and cast their votes. I will of course plug this as soon as I have the news through to do this.
Blues Train will be participating with the Kevin Thorpe Award for the Best British Blues Song of 2011. Independent blues show jocks have been asked to nominate four songs from last year – once these have been authorised, I will be playing my choices on an upcoming show, you will then be able to use a link to cast your vote on your favourites. This process eventually leads to an overall national winner.
More details as I get them, including the show dates on when you can listen to my selection!