Blues411 ‘The Jimi Awards’ for 2011.

So with this, our second annual tribute to the releases that we have received at Blues411, and other stuff as deemed appropriate, we salute those artists, friends and fans who have made our second year better than I ever expected. Thank you all.

Last year we sat back and poured a Jameson’s, this year we are kicking back with a pitcher of our newest favorite Martini, “The Gingerbread Housewrecker” a tempestuous concoction consisting of Irish Cream, Coffee Liquor, plain Svedka Vodka, Gingerbread syrup, served chilled in a martini glass with a graham cracker crust rim ! Ahhh prosit !

Category winners are BOLD

Nuthin’ like live music to get the party started . . .
Best Live Release:
Sean Costello – At His Best – LIVE !
Tommy Castro, et al – Presents Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Live !
Sean Chambers – Live from the Long Island Blues Warehouse
Louisiana Red & Little Victor – Memphis Mojo

There is something organic and basic to non-electrified music. . .
Acoustic Blues (Guitar):
Mary Flower – Misery Loves Company
Doug MacLeod – Brand New Eyes
Fiona Boyes – Blues For Hard Times

K.K. Martin – Naked Blues Vol. II

If we are going down the alley, let’s go with the best of the best. . .
Soul, R&B Blues:
Diunna Greenleaf – Trying To Hold On
Bobby Rush – Show You A Good Time
Soul of John Black – Good Thang

Jackie Johnson – Memphis Jewel

Grady Champion – Dreamin’
Sista Monica Parker – Living In The Danger Zone

While we are here in the alley look who came back . . .
Welcome Back Release:
Satan & Adam – Back In The Game

Johnny Winter – Roots
George Thorogood & The Destroyers – 2120 South Michigan Avenue
Savoy Brown – Voodoo Moon
Bobby Radcliff – Freaking Me Out

Still in that alley there were some great newbies to the scene. . .
Best New Debut Release:
Grace Askew & The Black Market Goods – self titled
Samantha Fish – Runaway
Peter Novelli – self titled
Paxton Norris – Something’s Gotta Give
Keith Patterson – Stone Cold & Blue
Davina & The Vagabonds – Black Cloud

Ladies singin’ the Blues is always so good. . .
Female Vocalist:
E.G. Kight – Lip Service
Gina Sicilia – Can’t Control Myself 
Cassie Taylor – Blue
Davina Sowers – Black Cloud
Maria Muldaur – Steady Love
Alexis P. Suter – Two Sides
Once again a very tough choice, rock, scissor paper double elimination decided the winner.

I need to freshen up my martini, be right back . . . .ahhh. . . . .

Slamming metal, screaming electric Blues ain’t just for men so here we go . . .
Guitar Hero (Electric):
JP Soars
Matt Schofield
Eric Sardinas

Samantha Fish
Ana Popovic
Laura Chavez
(it’s a tie or one from each – however ya like it to be)

If there’s a guitar, there’s usually a bass. . .
Badass Bass:
Scot Sutherland

Cassie Taylor
Johnny Ace
Biscuit Miller
Patrick Rynn

Those 88’s have been radiating like mad this year. . .
Piano Player:
Lee Pons

Ron Tanski
Victor Wainwright
David Maxwell 
Scottie ‘Bones’ Miller

Harmonica Player:
Johnny Sansone

Billy Branch
Charlie Musselwhite
Rod Piazza 
Gary Allegretto

Outstanding Combo (either recorded or live). . .
JP Soars & Jimmy Thackery

Rich DelGrosso & Jonn Richardson 
Watermelon Slim & Super Chikan
Chris O’Leary & Vincent Hayes
Laurie Morvan & Big Head Todd Mohr

 I need to get back to basics here. . .
Traditional Release:
Ben Prestage – One Crow Murder
April Mae & The June Bugs – self titled
Super Chikan & Watermelon Slim –  Okiesippi
Toby Walker – Shake Shake Mama
Brad Vickers & The Vestopolitans – Travelling Fool
Spencer Bohren – Black Water Music

Let’s not forget how the Blues is really an International art form, so . . .
International Release of the Year:
Ana Popovic – Unconditional
Sunday Wilde – What Man ? Oh That Man! ! !
Ian Siegal & The Youngest Sons – The Skinny

Carolyn Fe – Original Sin
Shelley Hardinge- Reclaim Your Land
Todd Sharpeville – Porchlight

Just cos the music has been so good this year let’s name a…
Song of The Year:
The Lord Is Waiting and The Devil Is Too – Johnny Sansone

Savior – Alexis P. Suter Band
The Ballard of Ray & Ruby – Ben Prestage
Facebook Mama – Greg Nagy
John Lee Hooker For President – Ry Cooder
Back To The Blues – Hadden Sayers w/Ruthie Foster

what a great selection of songs here, you folks have outdone yourselves- just stunning musical artistry….

So with that said, I’ve decided to name an album of the year. . .
Album of the Year:
The Lord Is Waiting And The Devil Is Too – Johnny Sansone
Lit Up – Victor Wainwright
Sister Vagabond – Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez
Show You A Good Time – Bobby Rush
Hard Dollar – Hadden Sayers
Alexis P. Suter Band – Two Sides
loved every one of these releases, each of you artists are winners here, thank you so much for your music.

Where is it all going, the future is now and these artists have made the move to digital press releases, downloads and  more…
22st Century Distribution Channel Award:
Lee Pons
Nick Moss/Blue Bella Records
The Revelations featuring Tre’ Williams

Outstanding Fan of Blues411…
Cee Cee James
Sidney Earl Long
Dale Rates
Friends of the Blues
Randy Oxford
Pete Enright
Wendy Schumer

So another year shot to hell, what a great year it was.  Festivals, cruises, shows, travel and the common thread that runs thru it all – the music !

I cannot thank the artists enough for the time they shared with us, their music and their love of what they do.

Here’s to another sterling year for 2012 and let’s take a moment and remember those who have passed…….

Until next time, Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
© 2011
photos: Courtesy of artists

Hubert Sumlin Tribute; Rest In Peace Good Sir.

A Hubert Sumlin Memorial Tribute and Benefit Jam was held Tues., Dec. 13th at Fitzgerald’s, a landmark Chicago Blues venue, which had a fantastic turnout from the Blues community! Blues artists, Blues fans, friends and relatives of Hubert Sumlin attending shared their talents and memories of the sorely missed Blues great Hubert Sumlin.

Key to organizing this tribute were Bob Corritore and Bob Margolin who both sat in on many sets with the long list of artists that helped make the night a successful benefit to the HART (Handy Artists Relief Trust) Fund in memory of Hubert.

Fitzgerald’s sends out many thanks to all of the great musicians who turned out to honor Hubert Sumlin and raise money for HART Fund. What a fantastic night of music and what a generous crowd! Not only did they donate thousands of dollars, but they pitched a wang dang doodle of their own. Fitzgerald’s delivery guys surveyed the wreckage the next day and said “what the hell happened HERE last night?”

As the word got out about this tribute the list of attendees and performers planning to attend grew to these Blues notables such as Bob Corritore, Bob Margolin, Nick Moss, Sam Burckhardt, Big Head Todd, Lil’ Ed, Eddie Shaw, Sam Lay, Taildragger, Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Zora Young, Eddie C. Campbell, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tom Holland,Wayne Baker Brooks, Mary Lane, Billy Branch, Billy Flynn, Twist Turner,Rick Kreher, Bob Reidy, Dave Katzman, Dave Herrero, Harry Garner, Mark Wydra, Harlan Terson, Little Frank, Kenny “Beady Eyes” Smith, Jody Williams , Bob Stroger, Bob Margolin, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Matt Hill, Willie Mays, Michael Frank, Richard Rosenblatt, Jon Hiller, Hubert’s nephew Gary Martin and many others. Thanks to the artists who came out to honor Hubert, and to the fans who showed up to pay their respects.

Blues411 woud like to thank Kurt Foor and Friends of the Blues for providing us with the photos and coverage of this event. Big love to them !

You can find Friends of the Blues here!/pages/Friends-Of-The-Blues/189482004399270 on Facebook,
or Twitter at!/friendsofblues/status/148819030734667776 .

To view all 64 photos from the event please go to: and click on the Hubert Sumlin tribute Link )should be the first one)

Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
chefjimi © 2011
photos: Kurt Foor, Friends of the Blues.

2011 Blues Blast Music Awards

The October LRBC was not the only thing going on the final weekend of October. In Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends they held the Blues Blast Music Awards.

These awards are voted on by the fans and then handed out in a gala event put on by BluesBlast Magazine. I so wanted to be there – but as luck would have it my good buddy Kurt Foor of Friends of the Blues was there and he send us this report and has tons of photos on the Friends of the Blues site on Facebook.
They can also be found on Twitter @friendsofblues please be sure to check them out and support them.

All the performers did an outstanding job, as members of The Vincent Hayes Project backing up Peter Parcek was exceptional for me as was their own performance. Sharrie Williams performing with Tony Rogers and Bob Corritore was very nice and getting to see our  good Friends The Sugar Prophets play at Buddy Guys during the Blues Blast was a special treat for our Friends.

Matt Hill’s band had the Cougars swooning (no offense ladies) Other good Friends The Reba Russell Band opened up the Blues Blast Music Awards show as carried the show live via the Internet uncensored!

Another more than worthy performance for me was Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues whom I had not seen until the BBMAs and am looking forward to checking them out again somewhere soon. There were so many talented artists performing, they all deserve big kudos for being so approachable to their fans! All the ladies performed first, Reba, Sharrie, Gina Sicilia, Karen Lovely then Teeny Tucker. Vizztone artists The Chris O’leary Band has lots of huge talent and always is a favorite of mine. Jonn Del Toro Richardson with Rich Del Grosso’s set was so very cool!

Tom Hambridge and Marty Sammons of Buddy Guy’s Band were right on spot. Tom is a great writer and producer! Nick Moss’ band treated us to outstanding tunes from his upcoming CD, “Here I Am” to be released Nov. 22nd. Another of our Friends Of The Blues favorites was Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys (Great name for a band huh)!

Dave Riley and Bob Corritore doin’ their thing are always aspecial treat to see get together as was Eddie Turner whom I had not previously seen perform! Oh, I guess I should mention that the man himself, Mr. Buddy Guy, did his thing and had the house’s full attention during his set and when he asks for a drink it is in hand pronto! Nick Schnebelen was joined by Laura Chavez, Dave Gross on drums and our host Bob Kieser’s eldest son Karl Kieser on bass for the jam at the program’s end.

Special thanks need to go out to Blues Blast Magazine’s publisher Bob Kieser and his wonderful kids, Karl, Nate & Whitney for putting on a fantastic event for the Blues community. The evenings Sponsors, staff at Buddy Guy’s, WGLT Radio and everyone involved deserve a huge hand for a job well done. I am looking forward to the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards already!

Kurt Foor

You can see complete list of winners here

Artists check them out as you can send eligible releases to them for consideration, definately a thing to do ! Fans sign up to receive weekly update with interviews, CD reviews, and festivals for free from BluesBlast.


Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
© 2011
photos: Kurt Foor (Friends of the Blues)