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Blues Music Awards 2013


Janiva Magness
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Blues singer John Nemeth

Blues singer John Nemeth

Photo by Daryl Weisser, courtesy Blind Pig Records

The Blues Foundation held the organization's 34th annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The annual event is a heck of a party for blues fans, typically running several hours and featuring performances by dozens of deserving nominees. Like the last six years, the awards ceremony was broadcast live by XM Sirius satellite radio on B.B. King's Bluesville channel.

The great Curtis Salgado was the big winner this year, taking awards for "Soul-Blues Artist of the Year," "Soul Blues Album of the Year" for his Alligator Records release Soul Shot, and the coveted "B.B. King Entertainer of the Year" award. The late Michael Burks took the "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" award for his posthumous release Show Of Strength.

The husband-wife tag-team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks together and separately received four nominations, walking off with three awards while Janiva Magness and Tab Benoit were also honored. Congratulations to all of this year's Blues Music Award nominees and winners!

Here are your Blues Music Award nominees & winners for 2013 (winners in bold face):

Acoustic Album of the Year
Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin – Not Alone
Billy Boy Arnold – Billy Boy Arnold Sings Big Bill Broonzy
John Primer – Blues On Solid Ground
Eric Bibb – Deeper In The Well
Paul Rishell – Talking Guitar

Acoustic Artist of the Year
Eric Bibb
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Doug MacLeod
Harrison Kennedy
Paul Rishell

Album of the Year
Michael Burks – Show Of Strength
Heritage Blues Orchestra – And Still I Rise
The Mannish Boys – Double Dynamite
Mud MorganfieldSon Of The Seventh Son
Janiva Magness – Stronger For It

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Curtis Salgado
Janiva Magness
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Rick Estrin

Band of the Year
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
Phantom Blues Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Debut
Big LLou Johnson – They Call Me Big Llou
Charles "CD" Davis – 24 Hour Blues
Paula Harris – Turning On The Naughty
Brad Hatfield – Uphill From Anywhere
Mary Bridget Davies – Wanna Feel Somethin'

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Michael BurksShow Of Strength
Gary Clark, Jr. – Blak & Blu
John Nemeth – Blues Live
Ian Siegal & the Mississippi Mudbloods – Candy Store Kid
Joe Louis Walker – Hellfire
Janiva Magness – Stronger For It

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
Janiva Magness
Bettye LaVette
Shakura S'Aida
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
Tab Benoit
Gary Clark, Jr.
Joe Louis Walker
Michael Burks
Robert Cray

DVD of the Year
Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones - Live At Checkerboard Lounge (Eagle Rock)
Lucky Peterson - Lucky Peterson Band feat. Tamara Peterson: Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin (Blackbird Music)
Various Artists - We Juke Up in Here! Mississippi's Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads (Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art/Broke & Hungry Records)
Elvin Bishop - That's My Thing: Elvin Bishop Live in Concert (Delta Groove Music)
Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theatre: Live from New York (J&R Adventures)

Gibson Guitar Award
Derek Trucks
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker
Kid Andersen
Michael Burks

Historical Album of the Year
Various Artists - Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues (Bear Family Records)
Little Willie John - Complete Hit Singles: A's & B's (Real Gone Records)
Magic Sam - Raw Blues: Magic Sam Live 1969 (Rock Beat Records)
Otis Spann - Someday… (Silk City Records)
B.B. King - Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King (Universal Music)

Best Instrumentalist – Drums
Cedric Burnside
Cody Dickinson
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Tony Braunagel

Best Instrumentalist – Bass
Bob Stroger
Bill Stuve
Patrick Rynn
Richard Cousins
Scot Sutherland
Willie J. Campbell

Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Rick Estrin
Billy Boy Arnold
Bob Corritore
John Nemeth
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel

Best Instrumentalist – Horn
Eddie Shaw
Al Basile
Big James Montgomery
Kaz Kazanoff
Terry Hanck

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year
Victor Wainwright
Barrelhouse Chuck
Chuck Leavell
David Maxwell
Deanna Bogart
Mike Finnegan

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Ruthie Foster
Diunna Greenleaf
Jewel Brown
Maria Muldaur
Tracy Nelson

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Everybody's Talkin'
Walter Trout – Blues for the Modern Daze
Joe Bonamassa – Driving Towards the Daylight
Nick Moss – Here I Am
Royal Southern Brotherhood – Royal Southern Brotherhood

Song of the Year
"I Won't Cry" by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling (Stronger For It - Janiva Magness)
"Lemon Pie" by John Hahn & Oliver Wood (33 1/3 - Shemekia Copeland)
“She Didn’t Cut Me Loose” by Curtis Salgado, Marlon McClain & Dave Duncan (Soul Shot - Curtis Salgado)
“The Devil Ain't Got No Music” by Matthew Skoller (The Devil Ain't Got No Music - Lurrie Bell)
"Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)" by Sam McClain & Pat Herlehy (Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) - Mighty Sam McClain)

Soul Blues Album of the Year
Curtis Salgado – Soul Shot
Dorothy Moore – Blues Heart
John Nemeth – Soul Live
Johnny RawlsSoul Survivor
Mighty Sam McClain – Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)

Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year
Irma Thomas
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Dorothy Moore
Sista Monica

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year
Curtis Salgado
Bobby Rush
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
Mighty Sam McClain

Traditional Blues Album of the Year
The Mannish Boys – Double Dynamite
Heritage Blues Orchestra – And Still I Rise
Milton Hopkins w/Jewel Brown – Milton Hopkins with Jewel Brown
Mud Morganfield – Son Of The Seventh Son
Eddie C. Campbell – Spider Eating Preacher

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Magic Slim
Bob Margolin
John Primer
Lil' Ed
Mud Morganfield

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