Voting in the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards opened July 15th on the Blues Blast magazine website, and closed on August 31st, 2013. Voting each year is open to all Blues Blast subscribers. Voters in the awards choose their favorite blues artists and albums from among ten different categories, and the winners were be announced on October 31, 2013 at a ceremony held at Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago.
Last year, blues fans in all 50 states and 75 countries voted online for the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards, choosing favorites like Janiva Magness, Tab Benoit, and Mud Morganfield as winners. We have the full list of 2012 winners available elsewhere on the site.
Blues Blast Music Award nominees are chosen by the magazine's staff and a board of music writers, managers, musicians, and other industry professionals. For your consideration, here is a complete list of this year's Blues Blast Music Awards winners nominees and their respective categories (winners in bold):
Contemporary Blues Album
Shaun Murphy – Ask For The Moon
4 Jacks – Deal With It
Ian Siegal & the Mississippi Mudbloods – Candy Store Kid
Michael Burks – Show Of Strength
Rick Estrin & the Nighcats – One Wrong Turn
Robert Cray – Nothin' But Love
Traditional Blues Album
The Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin'
Eddie Shaw & the 757 Allstars – Still Riding High
Kid Ramos & Bob Corritore – The Phoenix Sessions
The Mannish Boys – Double Dynamite
Doug MacLeod – There's A Time
Little Joe McLerran – Facebook Blues
Blues Rock Album
Albert Castiglia – Living The Dream
Tinsley Ellis – Get It!
Walter Trout – Blues For The Modern Daze
Royal Southern Brotherhood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch – Tell You
Simon McBride – Crossing The Line
Soul Blues Album
Curtis Salgado – Soul Shot
Barbara Carr – Keep The Fire Burning
John Nemeth – Soul Live
Johnny Rawls – Soul Survivor
Mighty Sam McClain – Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)
Theodis Ealey – You And I Together
New Artist Debut Release
Southern Hospitality – Easy Livin'
Andy T & Nick Nixon Band – Drink Drank Drunk
Paula Harris – Turning On The Naughty
Frank Bey with the Anthony Paule Band – You Don't Know Nothing
James "Buddy" Rogers – My Guitar Is My Only Friend
Mike Wheeler – Self Made Man
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Song of the Year
Cee Cee James & Rob "Slideboy" Andrews – "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues"
Curtis Salgado & Dave Duncan – "A Woman or The Blues"
Doug MacLeod – "Black Nights"
Peter Karp & Sue Foley – "Analyze'N Blues"
Sam McClain & Pat Herlehy – "Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)"
Sena Ehrhardt & Ed Ehrhardt – "Dreamin' or Dyin'"
Male Blues Artist of the Year
Blues Band of the Year
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Cash Box Kings
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
The Mannish Boys
Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Blues Blast Magazine
Blues Blast is, perhaps, the fastest-growing free blues magazine on the web, counting over 22,000 subscribers in all fifty states of the U.S. and in more than 90 countries around the world. Every issue typically includes an artist interview, record reviews, and live show reviews with lots of action photos. Recent issues have featured blues artists like Anson Funderburgh, Eddie Shaw, Albert Castriglia, Tinsley Ellis, and Tab Benoit, among many others. Check out the Blues Blast magazine website for back issues and more information on the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards.