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Blues Music Awards 2010

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Tommy Castro

Tommy Castro

Photo courtesy Alligator Records

The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, held the organization's 31st annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. The annual event is a real blow-out, typically running better than seven hours and featuring performances by the various nominees.

Considering that 2009 saw a wealth of blues music released by some of the younger talents of the genre, it's no surprise that the nominations are dominated by artists like Joe Louis Walker, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and Tommy Castro. Derek Trucks finally got a little love from The Blues Foundation with two nominations, and blues legend Louisiana Red received two nominations.

Here are your Blues Music Award nominations and winners (shown in bold) for 2010:

Acoustic Album of the Year
David Maxwell & Louisiana Red - You Got to Move (VizzTone Records)
Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy - Good Time Music for Hard Times (Stony Plain Records)
Saffire the Uppity Blues Women - Havin' The Last Word (Alligator Records)
Samuel James - For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen (Northern Blues Music)
Various Artists - Things About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks (Black Hen Music)

Acoustic Artist of the Year
Louisiana Red
Annie Raines & Paul Rishell
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Samuel James

Blues Album of the Year
Joe Louis Walker - Between a Rock and the Blues (Stony Plain Records)
Duke Robillard's Jumpin’ Blues Revue - Stomp! the Blues Tonight (Stony Plain Records)
Eddie C. Campbell - Tear This World Up (Delmark Records)
Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint - Back to the Black Bayou (Ruf Records)
Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History (Raisin' Music)

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Tommy Castro
Candye Kane
Magic Slim
Rick Estrin
Super Chikan
Taj Mahal

Blues Band of the Year
Tommy Castro Band
Duke Robillard's Jumpin' Blues Revue
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Debut
Monkey Junk - Tiger in Your Tank (Beefy)
Greg Nagy - Walk That Fine Thin Line (Big O Records)
Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugar (Ruf Records)
Marquise Knox - Man Child (APO Records)
The California Honeydrops - Soul Tub! (Tub-Tone Records)

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Tommy Castro - Hard Believer (Alligator Records)
Candye Kane - Superhero (Delta Groove)
Joe Louis Walker - Between a Rock and the Blues (Stony Plain Records)
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - Twisted (Alligator Records)
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters - Living in the Light (Stony Plain Records)

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
Ruthie Foster
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
Tommy Castro
Derek Trucks
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Michael Burks

DVD of the Year
Various Artists - It Ain't Over! Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues (Delmark Records)
B.B. King - Live at Montreux 1993 (Eagle Rock)
Saffire the Uppity Blues Women - Hot Flash: The Documentary (Jo Films& Roadside Productions)
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines - A Night in Woodstock (Mojo Rodeo Records)
George Thorogood & the Destroyers w/ Eddie Shaw - Down to the Crossroads, Vol. 1 (Vincent Productions)

Historical Album of the Year
Muddy Waters - Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium (Geffen Records)
Freddie King - Taking Care of Business 1956-1973 (Bear Family Records)
Gary Moore - Essential Montreux (Eagle Records)
Little Walter - The Complete Chess Masters 1950-1967 (Hip-O Select)
Sean Costello - Sean's Blues (Landslide Records)

Best Instrumentalist - Bass
Bob Stroger
Bill Stuve
Larry Taylor
Mookie Brill
Patrick Rynn

Best Instrumentalist - Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Sam Carr
Tony Braunagel

Best Instrumentalist - Guitar
Derek Trucks
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl

Best Instrumentalist - Harmonica
Jason Ricci
Billy Branch
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin

Best Instrumentalist - Horn
Deanna Bogart
Al Basile
Big James Montgomery
Eddie Shaw
Keith Crossan

Best Instrumentalist - Other
Buckwheat Zydeco (accordion)
Gerry Hundt (mandolin)
Johnny Sansone (accordion)
Otis Taylor (banjo)
Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year
Eden Brent
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Henry Butler
Henry Gray

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Sony Music)
Jason Ricci & New Blood - Done With the Devil (Eclecto Groove)
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat - Tijuana Bible (Underworld Records)
Mike Zito - Pearl River (Eclecto Groove)
Tinsley Ellis - Speak No Evil (Alligator Records)

Song of the Year
Cyril Neville & Mike Zito - "Pearl River" (Mike Zito - Pearl River)
James "Super Chikan" Johnson - "Fred's Dollar Store" (Super Chikan - Chikadelic)
Joe Louis Walker - "I'm Tide" (Joe Louis Walker - Between a Rock and the Blues)
John Hahn & Oliver Wood - "Never Going Back to Memphis" (Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back)
Vyasa Dodson - "At Least I'm Not With You" (The Insomniacs - At Least I'm Not With You)

Soul Blues Album of the Year
Johnny Rawls - Ace of Spades (Catfood Records)
Charles Wilson - Troubled Child (Severn Records)
Darrell Nulisch - Just for You (Severn Records)
Latimore - All About the Rhythm and the Blues (Latstone Records)
Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didn't Know (Mighty Music)

Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year
Irma Thomas
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Shirley Brown
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year
Curtis Salgado
Darrell Nulisch
Jackie Payne
Johnny Rawls
Latimore

Traditional Blues Album of the Year
Super Chikan - Chikadelic (Blues Town Records)
John Primer - All Original (Blues House Records)
Johnnie Bassett - The Gentleman Is Back (Sly Dog Records)
Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint - Back to the Black Bayou (Ruf Records)
Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History (Raisin' Music)

Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
Debbie Davies
Ann Rabson
Fiona Boyes
Shirley Johnson
Zora Young

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Duke Robillard
John Primer
Johnnie Bassett
Louisiana Red
Super Chikan

Check with The Blues Foundation website for more details.

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