A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues: December 15, 2014

BakersDozen15Gee but it’s great to be back home…so sang Simon & Garfunkel, and it still holds true today. We are actually, sit down now, gonna be here thru the rest of the month and into the new year.

It was a great time hanging out on Holmes Beach in Florida with the blues kings and queens, fishing, pizza, snapper chowder man it’s exhausting relaxing!

BMAWhile we were chillaxin’ the Blues Foundation released their nominees for the Blues Music Awards. You can vote on who you think is most deserving by visiting www.blues.org and jining the foundation and the accesing the voting page. You can also see a list of those nominated right here Blues411 covers the nominees.

As an extra added aide we are featuring three categories from the Award nominees for albums in our Amuse Bouche. We hope to have ready after the holidays several shows featuring the music of those nominated stay tuned.

Holiday_LogoSpeaking of the Holiday season, we have put together a 4-hour specail Blue Holiday show on MojoWax radio. It is on seven days a week at various listener friendly times, so please click the mojowax link above and then click schedule for the news you canuse to get your holiday season into the spirit!

This week we are proud to have John Nemeth at the top slot. John has been nominated for 6 BMA ‘s. Yeah he’s that good. Our new additions to the play list are Ian Seigal and Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithewaite, be sure to check them out.

HART_Cover_FinalGood news on the publishing front! The Cooking with HART cookbook has shipped, and is ready for holiday delivery, order soon. You will also be able to get your copy at the IBC in Memphis in January. We have sold around 70 copies, this does not count the pre-orders from supporters which brings us close to a grand total of 100.

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.

bcradioBroadcast times are as follows:
Monday - 1pm EST ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
Tuesday
 10pm EST
Wednesday – Noon EST
Thursday
  11pm EST
Friday
  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST

 

Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 3 Memphis Grease John Nemeth 2. Sooner or Later
2 4 A New Day E.G. Kight 1. Holdin’ On*
3 7 Life Happens Candi Staton 9. Three Minutes To A Relapse
4 5 All In Dave Fields 2. Voodoo Eyes*
5 6 The Rub Red Dirt Revelators 8 Change
6 8 Warning Shot Mississippi Heat 3. Come To Mama*
7 9 Hey Hey Markey Blue 12 Baby I’m Cryin’
8 10 Love The Way You Roll The Alexis P. Suter Band 1 Nuthin’ In The World
9 12 Wrapped Up & Ready The Mannish Boys 4. Wrapped Up & Ready*
10 11 Gotta Keep Rollin’ Rob Stone 10 Blues Keep Rollin’ On
11 13 Live My Life Stacy Mitchhart 1 I Drink Whisky
12 ~ Man & Guitar Ian Siegal 1 The Silver Spurs*
13 ~ Blues Stories Diana Braithewaite & Chris Whiteley 9. Hard Time Killin’ Floor*

*new track this week

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Rory Block 9 I’m So Glad
Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 9 More For Your Money
The Other Side Niecie 7. Skin To Skin
Belmont Boulevard JW Jones 7 Magic West Side Boogie
100% Pure Sauce Boss 5. Delta 9 Blues
Let Me Prove It To You Steve Strongman 5. Let Me Prove It To You
A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 5. Kidney Stew
Cryin’ Mercy Altered Five 10 Urgent Care
Natural Born That Way Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers 3. Natural Born That Way
One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 1. Sweet Tea & Bourbon
Blues People Eric Bibb 9. Dream Catchers
Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju Howell & Devine 3. She Brought Life Back To The Dead
Empire Roots Band Music From ‘The Harlem Street Singer’ Empire Roots Band 8. Hesitation

 

Amuse Bouche: Blues Music Award Nominees (3 Album Categories)

1 ACOUSTIC ALBUM ARTIST SONG
2 Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Rory Block 9 I’m So Glad
3 Jericho Road Eric Bibb 1. Drinkin’ Gourd
4 Jigsaw Heart Eden Brent 2. Everybody Already Knows
5 Son & Moon: A Tribute To Son House John Mooney 5. Pearline
6 Timeless John Hammond 6. Tell Me Mama
7 ALBUM OF THE YEAR ARTIST SONG
8 Can’t Even Do Right Wrong Elvin Bishop 1. Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
9 Living Tear To Tear Sugar Ray & The Bluetones 3. Things Could be Worse
10 Memphis Grease John Nemeth 2. Sooner or Later
11 Refuse To Lose Jarekus Singleton 4. Crime Scene
12 Wrapped Up and Ready Thwe Mannish Boys 4. Wrapped Up & Ready
13 BEST NEW ARTIST ALBUM ARTIST SONG
14 Chromaticism Big Harp George 5. Chromaticism
15 Don’t Call No Ambulance Selwyn Birchwood 1. Addicted
16 Heavy Water Fo’ Reel 3.Leave Your Love Alone
17 Making My Mark Annika Chambers & The Houston All-Stars 1. Move
18 One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 1. Sweet Tea & Bourbon

 

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced

BMAThe Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world.

Leading with six nominations each are Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray Norcia. Veteran slide guitarist Bishop must be doing something right as his Can’t Even Do Wrong Right CD and its humorous title track secured three nominations and propelled him to additional artist, entertainer and band nominations. John Németh continued his hot hand, or should we say voice, this year’s Memphis Grease release with The Bo-Keys garnered about every album and artist nomination possible. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and theirLiving Tear To Tear album also received song and album recognition and they also added artist, band and instrumentalist recognition. Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Rush, Janiva Magness, The Mannish Boys and newcomer Jarekus Singleton each received three nominations.

Tickets for the Award show are now on sale at The Blues Store at www.blues.org. A ballot will be soon be sent to all Blues Foundation members as they have the privilege of deciding which nominees will actually take home the Blues Music Award in May. Of course, anyone can join and become a member at blues.org!

The 36th Blues Music Award nominees are:

Acoustic Album
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block
Jericho Road – Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney
Timeless – John Hammond

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Hammond
John Mooney
Rory Block

Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

Band
Elvin Bishop Band
John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Album
Chromaticism – Big Harp George
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin‘ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

Contemporary Blues Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Original – Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Elvin Bishop
Gary Clark Jr.
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

Historical
From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy)
Live at the Avant Garde – Magic Sam (Delmark)
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 – Pee Wee Crayton (Ace)
The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues – Various Artists (Bear Family)

Instrumentalist-Bass
Bob Stroger
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Instrumentalist-Horn
Al Basile
Deanna Bogart
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award
Alexis P Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter
Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

Song
“Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“Let Me Breathe” written by|Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Soul Blues Album
Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas
Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
In My Soul - The Robert Cray Band
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Female Artist
Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

for more info on membership in the Blues Foundation, the BMA awards parties click link below:

http://www.blues.org/foundation-programs/blues-music-awards/

A Dozen of Blues: December, 8, 2014

BakersDozen15This week we are still lounging over on the Gold Coast of Florida. On tap for today is deep seas fishing with our captain Doug Dreming, who is also one helluva blues musician as many of you already know.

The Bradenton Blues Festival was off the charts. Amazing performances by each and every one of the artists, the weather was great and we made many new friends out there. You must put this on your calendar for next year. You can view a full gallery of our superior snaps right here on Smug Mug. It will put ya right in the heart of the action and give you visual insights into many of the performers,

Our #1 release this week is Liz Mandeville’s ‘Heart of Chicago’. A jam packed release with music and artistry that would be a great gift for the holidays. Actually any and all of our artists from this and earlier charts would make splendid blue xmas gifts.

Holiday_LogoSpeaking of the Holiday season, we have put together a 4-hour special Blue Holiday show on MojoWax radio. It is on seven days a week at various listener friendly times, so please click the mojowax link above and then click schedule for the news you can use to get your holiday season into the spirit! Our ‘Amuse Bouche’ this week features some of those very songs that are featured on our holiday show.

 

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.

bcradioBroadcast times are as follows:
Monday - 1pm EST ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
Tuesday
 10pm EST
Wednesday – Noon EST
Thursday
  11pm EST
Friday
  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST

 

Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 2 Heart of Chicago Liz Mandeville 5. Quit Me on A Voice Mail
2 3 Forever In Blue Bridget Kelly Band 4 I’ll Take The Blues
3 4 Memphis Grease John Nemeth 2. Sooner or Later
4 5 A New Day E.G. Kight 2. Graveyard Dead Blues
5 6 All In Dave Fields 10. That’s All Rght
6 8 The Rub Red Dirt Revelators 8 Change
7 10 Life Happens Candi Staton 9. Three Minutes To A Relapse
8 9 Warning Shot Mississippi Heat 8 Warning Shot
9 11 Hey Hey Markey Blue 12 Baby I’m Cryin’
10 12 Love The Way You Roll The Alexis P. Suter Band 1 Nuthin’ In The World
11 13 Gotta Keep Rollin’ Rob Stone 11 Blues Keep Rollin’ On
12 ~ Wrapped Up & Ready The Mannish Bpys 7. I Idolize You w/Candye Kane*
13 ~ Live My Life Stacy Mitchhart 1 I Drink Whisky*

 

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Rory Block 9 I’m So Glad
Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 9 More For Your Money
The Other Side Niecie 7. Skin To Skin
Man & Guitar Ian Siegal 1 The Silver Spurs
Belmont Boulevard JW Jones 7 Magic West Side Boogie
100% Pure Sauce Boss 5. Delta 9 Blues
Let Me Prove It To You Steve Strongman 5. Let Me Prove It To You
A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 5. Kidney Stew
Cryin’ Mercy Altered Five 10 Urgent Care
Blues Stories Diana Braithewaite & Chris Whiteley 9. Hard Time Killin’ Floor
Natural Born That Way Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers 3. Natural Born That Way
One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 1. Sweet Tea & Bourbon
Blues People Eric Bibb 9. Dream Catchers
Journey Benny Turner 2. Don’t You Ride My Mule

 

Amuse Bouche: August Birthdays

  SONG ARTIST
1 Everyday Feels Like A Holiday Frank Bey & Anthony Paule
2 Home For Christmas Buddy Guy
3 Blues On Christmas Grady Champion
4 Santa Claus Is Gonna Make It Right The Reverend Shawn Amos
5 Christmas Blues Canned Heat
6 Christmas Morning Blues Sonny Boy Williamson I
7 Christmas Is Blue Big Joe Williams
8 Merry Christmas Santa Markey Blue
9 Boogie Woogie Santa Claus Mabell Scott
10 At The Christmas Ball Bessie Smith
11 I’m Your Santa Claus Aaron Burton
12 Silent Night Little Bit Of Blues
13 Noel Noel Billy Thompson Band
14 Don’t You Know It’s Christmas Bob Eike
15 New Years Blues Too Slim & The Taildraggers
16 Happy New Years Blues Blind Lemon Jefferson

 

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

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2014 Blues411 ‘Jimi’ Awards

2014JIMIPICIt’s that time of year again, when we at Blues411 honor many of the artists that have made our year bright and full of great music. Yep, its time for the Annual Blues411 Jimi Awards!

What started as a small open space on the web for promoting and supporting blues artists, has turned into a force for good that keeps blues artists and their music in the spotlight around the world, and situated under a very big tent.

While we cannot give an award to, or nominate everyone, we try our best to spread the love around in keeping with our mission statement. We believe that we are where Blues Thrives!
The winners in each category are in bold green type

So to start us off in the usual traditional manner, we would like to offer a toast to everyone we have meet this year, artists, fans, new friends and those of you who have stood by our side and supported us over the five years. Let us raise a glass of Pink Minke together.

The Special Drink of 2014:
The Pink Minke” – Thank you Kathleen Minke from the Baltimore Blues Society for contributing this intriguing, if not potent drink. Not to mention all the other images that come to my perverted mind, but that’s for another column.
Where can you find this? You guessed it, in ‘Cooking With HART’ available at the Blues Foundation shopping page
http://www.shopbluesfoundation.org/cooking-with-hart/ or at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Live blues is the best! This year there were more live recordings than the last few years put together. I think that all of these recordings whether ‘live’ in studio or live in concert all capture the essence of what the blues is. Our winner’s release captures not only his ability to perform but to entertain as well, a very important aspect of any show.

Best Live Recording:
Gary Clark – LIVE
Karen Lovely – Prohibition Blues
Ian Siegal – Man & Guitar
Sabrina Weeks & Big Cat Bounce – LIVE
Dana Fuchs – Songs From The Road

 Acoustic blues has always had a special spot in my heart and soul. It was Bill Wax, broadcasting the ‘The Front Porch‘ on XM that actually hooked me into the blues. So thank you to the artists who carry on this tradition. Our winner has a feel and a voice all his own, as he moves forward but looks back.

Acoustic Blues Release:
Bob Eike – Happy Little Songs About Futility and Despair
Mary Flower – When My Bluebird Sings
John Hammond – Timeless
Catfish Keith – Honey Hole
Norman Taylor – Blue Soul

Blues/Roots is an combo to me. It can be acoustic or electric but it must capture in it’s own way the roots of the blues. Not traditional, not contemporary but somewhere in between. A wonderful release by a classic cat from a town deeply rooted in the blues takes this category.

Best Blues/Roots Release:
Seth Walker – Sky Is Blue
Austin Walkin’ Cane – One Heart Walkin’
Harmonica Shah – Havin’ Nothin’ Don’t Bother Me
Porkchop Willie – Love Is The Devil
Shane Dwight – This House

Traditional blues has the direct connection to the past, and each artist here has made that connection in their release. As you can see they vary widely in their scope. One of the under the radar releases this year is our winner.

Best Traditional Release:
A New Day – EG Kight
A Long Way From Home – The Suitcase Brothers
James Armstrong – Guitar Angels
Selwyn Birchwood – Don’t Call No Ambulance
Hollywood Boulevard – Raoul & The Big Time

R&B, yeah sometimes people forget that it’s Rhythm & Blues, and that in itself is a classic take. Our nominees and winner display a variety of styles on this classic style of music. This lady ‘sangs’ them rhythm & blues fo’ sho’.

Best Soul/R&B Release:
Bobby Murray – I’m Stickin’ With You

Dexter Allen – Bluez Of My Soul
John Nemeth – Memphis Grease
Annika Chambers – Making My Mark
Lady Bianca – Real People Music

Welcome back‘ ain’t just for Mr. Kotter (Kot-aire) anymore. These artists have been away for a spell and we are all glad that they have returned to bring us their vision of the blues. A hearty welcome back Rip.

Welcome Back Release:
Rip Lee Pryor – Nobody But Me

Jordon Patterson – Back On Track Recording Project
Candi Staton – Life Happens
Cathy Lemons – Black Crow
Dixie Peach – Blues With Friends

New artists debut records, no explaining here, Lucy! There were many more that could be here, but we have a limit of five per category. Wonderful array of styles but this year’s winner just put it all together in a fine way in their new release.

Best Debut Release:
Fo’Reel – Heavy Water
House Of Dues – Cross That Line
Back Pack Jones – Betsy’s Kitchen
Bob Eike – Happy Little Songs About Futility and Despair
Pork Chop Willie – Love Is The Devil

The blues may be more popular Internationally than right here at home, more about that at a later date. But these folks are stand outs in their efforts to keep the blues thriving around the world. All of them are excellent. But our winner truly went International with her release, she brought in Shun Kikuta from Japan (formerly was Koko Taylor’s guitar player) and created a wonderful palette of sound for us all.

International Release of the Year:
Wicked – 24th Street Wailers
Far As I Can See – Matt Schofield
Belmont Boulevard – J.W. Jones
Bad Taboo – Carolyn Fe Blues Collective
Girl With A New Tattoo – Kirby Sewell Band 

Rock blues – Blues rock…whatever, we can split hairs over a Pink Minke later about it. Now let’s see who takes home the Jimi Award.

Rock/Blues Release of The Year:
The Blues Came A Calling – Walter Trout
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
Girl With A New Tattoo – Kirby Sewell Band
Move On – Lisa Mann
Blues Scars – Skyla Burrell

Contemporary blues, yeah a bit of a difference here. To me it is definitely blues with a very strong contemporary twist to it. Whether it be musical, lyrical or both. This stuff is what will keep the blues in the hearts and minds of the new generation. I thank each and everyone of you who put out these releases. Our winner combines Mississippi Hill Country Music with hip-hop and rap sensibilities over a techno-beat base, oh yeah.

Best Contemporary Release:
Hard Garden – Blue Yonder
Refuse To Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Sunshine – Davina & The Vagabonds
Restless Mind – Murali Coryell
Panther Burn – Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat

A new category for 2014. As we see more and more young-in’s playing the blues we all need to recognize the good ones. The ones that get it and are more than guitar shredders or hook players. These young folks are the real deal and I suggest you get to know them now on the way up cos their bus is gonna get crowded real soon. Our winner so impressed me at the IBC’s last year and is burning up the road touring and playing.

Comin’ Up Youth Award:
Micah Ian Kesselring (Guitar)
Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer (Guitar)
Jack Gaffney (Piano)
Aidan Hornaday (Harp)
Matt Tedder (Guitar)

Another new category this year, we look for either tribute releases or releases that are from artists that have joined the band in heaven.

Best Historical Release:
Sean Costello – In The Magic Shop
Empire Roots Band – Harlem Street Singer
Rory Block – Hard Luck Child
Mud Morgenfield & Kim Wilson – For Pops (A Tribute To Muddy Waters)
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Women in the Blues – they can make ya cry, laugh, they can rock ya or mellow you out. Here we honor the instrument known as voice. Out of great choices comes our winner.

Female Vocalist:
Shaun Murphy
Lady Bianca
E.G. Kight
Annika Chambers
Janiva Magness

Now for the men who sing so well…This cat can just flat-out sing!

Male Vocalist:
John Nemeth
Sugaray Rayford (The Mannish Boys)
Nick Nixon (Andy T. /Nick Nixon)
Joe ‘Smokey’ Holman (Tweed Funk)
‘Big’ Mike Wallace (Back Pack Jones)

With so many artists including instrumentals on their releases, we figure it’s time to honor them for their much appreciated efforts.

Best Instrumental Song:
My Mother’s Blues – Benny Taylor
Blues For Michael Bloomfield – Mannish Boys
Puddin’ Pie – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Bob’s Late Hours – Bob Corritore
Hollywood Blvd – Raoul and the Big Time

The guitar is certainly the go to instrument in the blues these days. But these cats are unlike the followers they all lead from the front. Notice I started to include acoustic players this year, they deserve it. But our winner – well all ya gotta do is say his name to other guitar players and you will see why he is at the top.

Guitar Hero:
JP Soars
Jimmy Thackery
Ronnie Earl
Bobby Murray
Catfish Keith

Guitars are not just toys for the boys. We have a long history of ladies playing the guitar and doing it with excellence. Here is our choice for those who deserve recognition. Our leading lady has been producing gut wrenching blues for many years, she has added a whole lotta of soul and grit to Candye Kane’s sound.

Guitar Heroine:
Laura Chavez
Liz Mandeville
Rachelle Coba
Katy Guillen
Mary Flower

Badass bass is always fun, it holds the bottom end down and makes the beat sweet. The winner here has been touring with two bands (at least) and is one superb cat.

Badass Bass:
David Forte
Scot Sutherland
Ben ‘Gifted Hands’ Sterling
Lisa Mann
Bill Ruffino

Led by these folks and others, keyboards are making their way back into mainstream blues these days. The variety and depth of our winner is refreshing and encouraging to us for the future.

Radiating Them 88’s Piano/Keys Award:
Dave Keyes
Johnny Drummer
Kelley Hunt
Bruce Katz
Eden Brent

This could be the hardest group to choose from. And yes we left off a ton of players too, not as an oversight but again to get some light on some others who are out there. Yet our winner had a release this year that was so damn good it could make wanna jump and say hell yeah.

Harmonica Player Award:
Pierre LaCocque
John Nemeth
Fabrizio Poggi
Bob Corritore
Brandon Santini

Them beat keepers are an incredible bunch of artists. Each artist here has their own sound and take on what the drums should do. Each of them can vary and alter their playing to fit a specific styled song. Our winner has been touring with several bands, and providing the glue that holds them together, congrats big guy!

Drum Thumper Award:
Eric Selby
Chris Alexander
Lindsey Beaver
George Sheppard
Eddie Cotton

Other – well when ya get past the screeching guitars, the booming bass, and them thumpin’ drums – it’s hard sometimes to hear the other folks who provide a distinct sound to the blues. Our winner is an integral part of the band he plays with, accomplished, talented, versatile and hard working.

Instrumentalist Other:
Ron Miles – Cornet
Peaches Staten – Frattoir
Preston McEwen – Broom
Dan Eikmeier – Trumpet
Melissa Tong – Violin

Sometimes it ain’t the meat it’s the motion. Every year I find some wonderful titles on the releases I get. This year was no exception. One day he will reveal the story behind this title to everyone.

Coolest Release Title:
Bob Eike – Happy Little Songs About Futility and Despair
Ron Tanski – Never Pet A Burning Dog
Erin Harpe – Love Whip
Marcia Ball – The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man
Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Eddie Ate Dynamite

Even in this day and age literature can help soothe the savage beast, it can enlighten one, it can showcase events or in the winner’s case can reach out and help artists who need a hand up when times are toughest.

Blues Book of The Year:
The Black & White of Blues – Anthony Gomes
Cooking With HART, The HART Fund Cookbook – Collection
Star Killer Star – Eyre Price
Drink Small: The Life and Music of South Carolina’s Blues Doctor – Gail Wilson Giarratano

Writing a song is very personal, it opens up wounds, it can also heal hurts or it can raise the roof in love and lust. I fretted over this category more than any other. How could I choose one over the other. But when it all came down to it, our winner just put it all together in a way that spoke to me and many other folks.

Song Of the Year:
Guitar Angels – James Armstrong
Girl With A New Tattoo – Kirby Sewell
Crime Scene – Jarekus Singleton
Why Would A Woman Sing The Blues – Liz Mandeville
Let Me Breath – Janiva Magness

Another category with exceptional choices. If you notice each is way different from the other – a tribute to the artists who are represented here. The title of the winner sums up what is his (and many others) philosophy of life.

Album Of The Year:
Good News – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
I’m Stickin’ With You – Bobby Murray
Original – Janiva Magness

We frickin’ love festivals, in case you didn’t notice. We support and work with many, we attend as often as we can. Seeing live music is the best thing in the world. These are festivals we have attended (a pre-requisite for nomination) and each has it’s own vibe and spirit. Our winner did a fabulous job of exposing attendees to musical attitudes, abilities within, it broadened the scope of what folks thought they could play and then they pitched a wang-dang doodle of a show afterwards. No, it is not a traditional festival but none the less it qualified and won.

Festival of the Year:
Daytona Blues Festival
Pennsylvania Blues Festival
European Blues Cruise
Otis Taylor Trance Blues Festival & Workshop
Bradenton Blues Festival

What we do we do not do alone. It truly is a community based effort. From festivals, to radio in all forms, to artists who give us the music and shout outs at events. Yet the back bone is the tireless work of our ‘fans’ – that’s a funny word to write. These folks have selflessly helped promote Blues411 and its vision, and without them we would not be where we are today. Thank you one and all, to past winners of this category to future nominees and winners, again thank you.

Outstanding Fan/Supporter of Blues411:
Lisa Panoyan
Chris Lyon
Meg Ramos
Lori Graboyes
Mick Kolassa

So that’s it for 2014, be sure to check out these artists on their web sites and in concert. The time is right to be giving the gift of the blues so any of these folks would make great gifts for the music lover in your circle. Be sure to check us out here on the web, or in social media for the upcoming Blues411 ‘Jimi Awards’ Radio Show – which will be up and ready very soon. As always. Oh yeah, you can find the prior years nominees and winners, by year, at these linked pages, so check up on the history of the Jimi Awards and see if there’s any repeat winners.
http://blues411.com/the-2013-blues411-jimi-awards/

http://blues411.com/the-blues411-annual-jimi-awards-2012-edition/

http://blues411.com/blues411-the-jimi-awards-for-2011/

pre-jimi award post http://blues411.com/2010/12/

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
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