Blues Music Awards Set for May 7

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

The
30th annual Blues Music Awards will take place May 7 in Memphis –
among the nominees this time are the Mannish Boys, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Elvin
Bishop and Magic Slim. For a complete list of the 30th Blues Music Awards
Nominees, click here: http://www.blues.org/bluesmusicawards/nominees.php4

 

Full
details follow:

 

 

WHAT:
The Blues Music Awards

WHEN:
Thursday, May 7, 2009

WHERE:
Cook Convention
Center, 255 N. Main, Memphis,
TN

TICKETS:
$125, available December 16, 2008 via http://www.blues.org or 901.527.2583 x10. (Tables of 10 are $1200.)

 

 

The
Blues Foundation has confirmed the thirtieth annual Blues Music Awards, a
seven-plus hour throw-down featuring dozens of incredible musicians and
honoring the best of the blues world. Blues Foundation members will be able to
vote starting today, through March 1, with the results determining the winners.

 

 

West
coast-based group The Mannish Boys lead the pack this year with six nominations,
including band, traditional album and album of the year in addition to
individual nominations for band members Richard Innes (drums), Kid Ramos
(guitar), and Larry Taylor (bass).  Tied
with four nominations each are slide guitar legend Elvin Bishop, pianist Eden
Brent, songstress Janiva Magness, soul man Curtis Salgado, and former truck
driver Watermelon Slim. Buddy Guy is nominated for three awards and B.B. King
for two.

 

 

The
Mississippi-based Homemade Jamz Blues Band are the youngest nominees at 9, 14,
and 16 years of age. Sadly, Sean Costello received two posthumous nominations
while Jeff Healey received one. Chicago
elder statesman and torch bearer Magic Slim earned three nods. Lurrie Bell
earned two nominations for an album he made while grieving the loss of his wife
and his father, harp man Carrie Bell.

 

 

The
Blues Foundation has added a Rock Blues category for the first time in 2009,
with nominations going to Gary Moore, Jeff Healey, Michael Burks, Smokin’ Joe
Kubek & Bnois King, Sonny Landreth, and Walter Trout.

 

 

Performers
have not yet been confirmed for the 2009 show but all nominees are invited to
take the stage, showing a broad range of blues styles from solo resonator
fingerpicking to soul-blues shouters. For the blues fan, it’s the only way to
see a lineup like this and it annually threatens to rage well into the night.

 

 

The
awards ceremony and concert will be broadcast live by Sirius XM Satellite
Radio’s B.B. King’s Bluesville channel. The Blues Music Awards will be shot in
HD for a DVD to be released in by October, 2009.

 

 

The
Blues Foundation has 3,000 individual dues-paying members around the world and
160 affiliated grassroots, member-based local blues societies in a dozen
countries.

 

 

The
Blues Music Awards are produced by The Blues Foundation, a non-profit
organization established to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence,
support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art
form. In addition to the Blues Music Awards, the Foundation also produces the Blues
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the International Blues Challenge and the
Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. It fosters education through its Blues in the
Schools programming and supports the medical needs of Blues musicians with its
HART Fund.  Throughout the year, the
Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact
information and news.   For more
information or to join The Blues Foundation, log onto www.blues.org

 

 

 

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