Blues Foundation Awards & Hall of Fame Induction for May 4/5


In Memphis, natch!

By Blurt Staff

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Blues Foundation will present its annual Blues Music Awards at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The Awards are universally regarded as the highest accolade afforded to blues performers, and the awards ceremony is widely recognized as the premier event for professionals, musicians and fans from around the world. The mission of the celebration is to honor the rich cultural tradition of the blues by recognizing the past year’s outstanding achievements in performance, songwriting and recording.  View the complete list of nominees, below.

Meanwhile, on May 4, at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts, the Blues Foundation will induct five legendary artists into the Blues Hall of Fame: Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall, Memphis Jug Band, and Malaco Records’ Tommy Couch Sr. and Wolf Stephenson. Elected by a select group of respected blues scholars and industry veterans, Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their musical achievements and their contributions to blues history.

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37th Blues Music Award Nominees 

Acoustic Album 

Doug MacLeod – Exactly Like This

Duke Robillard – The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard

Eric Bibb – Blues People

Guy Davis – Kokomo Kidd

The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band 


Acoustic Artist 

Doug MacLeod Eric Bibb

Gaye Adegbalola

Guy Davis

Ian Siegal



Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue

Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar

James Harman – Bonetime

The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court

Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes



Andy T – Nick Nixon Band

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

The Cash Box Kings

Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots


B.B. King Entertainer 

John Németh

Rick Estrin

Shemekia Copeland

Sugaray Rayford

Victor Wainwright


Best New Artist Album 

Eddie Cotton – One at a Time

Igor Prado Band – Way Down South

Mighty Mike Schermer – Blues in Good Hands

Mr. Sipp – The Blues Child

Slam Allen – Feel These Blues


Contemporary Blues Album 

Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar

Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Hold on a Little Bit Longer

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love

Sonny Landreth – Bound by the Blues

Sugaray Rayford – Southside


Contemporary Blues Female Artist 

Beth Hart Karen Lovely

Nikki Hill

Samantha Fish

Shemekia Copeland


Contemporary Blues Male Artist 

Brandon Santini

Eugene Hideaway Bridges

Jarekus Singleton

Joe Louis Walker

Sugaray Rayford


Historical Album 

The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1, Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest on Delta Groove Records

Hawk Squat by J. B. Hutto & His Hawks on Delmark Records

Southside Blues Jam by Junior Wells on Delmark Records

Buzzin’ the Blues by Slim Harpo on Bear Family Records

Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues by Tampa Red on Ace Records



Charlie Wooten

Lisa Mann

Michael “Mudcat”

Ward Patrick Rynn

Willie J. Campbell



Cedric Burnside

Jimi Bott

June Core

Tom Hambridge

Tony Braunagel



Anson Funderburgh

Kid Andersen

Monster Mike Welch

Ronnie Earl

Sonny Landreth



Billy Branch

Brandon Santini

James Harman

Jason Ricci

Kim Wilson



Al Basile

Doug James

Kaz Kazanoff

Sax Gordon

Terry Hanck


Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)

Diunna Greenleaf

Fiona Boyes

Ruthie Foster

Trudy Lynn

Zora Young


Pinetop Perkins Piano Player 

Allen Toussaint

Anthony Geraci

Barrelhouse Chuck

John Ginty

Victor Wainwright


Rock Blues Album of the Year

Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks

Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants a Piece

Royal Southern Brotherhood – Don’t Look Back

Tinsley Ellis – Tough Love

Walter Trout – Battle Scars



“Bad Feet/Bad Hair” written and performed by James Harman

“Fifty Shades of Blue” written by Anthony Geraci and performed by Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars

“Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout

“Southside of Town” written by Sugaray Rayford and & Ralph Carter and performed by Sugaray Rayford

“You Got It Good (and That Ain’t Bad)” written and performed by Doug MacLeod


Soul Blues Album 

Bey Paule Band – Not Goin’ Away

Billy Price & Otis Clay – This Time for Real 

Jackie Payne – I Saw the Blues

Tad Robinson – Day into Night

Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes 


Soul Blues Female Artist 

Bettye LaVette

Dorothy Moore

Missy Anderson

Toni Lynn Washington

Vaneese Thomas


Soul Blues Male Artist 

Frank Bey

Jackie Payne

Johnny Rawls

Otis Clay

Wee Willie Walker


Traditional Blues Album 

Andy T – Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man

Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue

Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country

James Harman – Bonetime

The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court


Traditional Blues Male Artist 

Cedric Burnside

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

James Harman

Jimmy Burns

John Prime


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