2015 Blues Music Award Winners

Courtesy Blues Foundation

Courtesy Blues Foundation

The Blues Music Awards were held in front of a sold out crowd at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center, and the folks in attendance enjoyed an incredible night of music and brotherhood celebrating the Great American Music. Elvin Bishop was the big winner at this year’s event, walking away with half of the six awards for which he was nominated. John Hammond won awards in both Acoustic Blues categories. The evening’s other multiple award winner was Bobby Rush, who won Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and the BMAs most prestigious award, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

The ceremony featured the incredible live performances and once in a lifetime collaborations that the awards have become known for. 2015 featured one significant change, with the Hall of Fame inductions happening on the night of the awards. In previous years, the Hall of Fame ceremonies have taken place on the eve of the Blues Music Awards. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees are Eric Clapton, Little Richard and Tommy Brown.

Here is the complete list of awards nominees. Winners are marked in bold Congratulations to everyone.

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

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

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

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)

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

Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

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

“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


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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a great mix of songs. The episode features acoustic bookends from Blind-Dog Gatewood and Bill Phillippe. There’s a set of Soul Blues tunes near the front of the show, and some heavier, Rock infused tracks toward the back end. In the middle there’s some great harmonica work, and a couple of slow Blues tunes.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “God Don’t Never Change” by Bill Phillippe. Bill’s new album is Ghosts, and it features original compositions alongside some of the great Blues tunes from the past.

Bill’s love for the Blues became a rabid lust to immerse himself in the great American music; and he began researching the history of the legendary artists and songs in Delta Blues. Ghosts features 13 songs, including many originals, as well as songs recorded by Robert Johnson, Son House, and others. “God Don’t Never Change” is one of my personal favorite songs recorded by Blind Willie Johnson. For complete album information, Bill Phillippe’s calendar, videos and more – Click Here to Visit BillPhillippe.com

Ghosts is available now through all major digital retailers. Remember, if you plan to purchase it through Amazon – Click the banner on the right hand side of our website. They will give Full-Time Blues Radio a referral fee, which helps keep this show free. Thank You!

1. Blind-Dog Gatewood – Gone to California – Ashbrooke Sessions
2. Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band – Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday (Single)
3. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Soul Brothers
4. Donald Ray Johnson – Slow Down Baby – These Blues: The Best Of Donald Ray Johnson
5. Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor – Lonesome – Nobody But Me
6. Harmonica Shah – Ship Made of Paper (Alternate Version) –
Raw And Acoustic: The Detroit Sessions Vol. 2
7. Blue Lunch – Venita – Above The Fold
8. Elvin Bishop – Let Your Woman Have Her Way ft. Mickey Thomas –
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
9. Dana Fuchs – How Did Things Get This Way – Songs From The Road CD/DVD
10. The Delta Saints – Boogie – Death Letter Jubilee
11. Uzi Ramirez – I Wanna Be Your Man – Lick My Heart
12. Bill Phillippe – God Don’t Never Change – Ghosts

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Listen: Episode 1431

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The show kicks off this week with a brand new release from Elvin Bishop, and we never take our foot off the throttle. Episode 1431 is stacked and packed with great tunes, including that opening number from Elvin Bishop (which features Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica.) Make sure to scroll below this week’s playlist and watch a great video featuring behind the scenes footage with Elvin and friends in the studio during the production of his latest album Can’t Even Do Wrong Right.

In addition, there’s a set of live music, kicking off with new Coco Montoya. There is also several truly independent releases, such as Blue Moon Marquee, Kaye Bohler, and more!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the track “Big Mama.” It comes off the buzzworthy release from Alexis P Suter Band titled Love The Way You Roll.

This album is getting a lot of attention from the Blues community, and rightfully so. The music is top notch, and this track is the perfect example of why this album is blowing doors off. Alexis P Suter Band is on the road, working hard to promote the CD, and you can find out more about their tour stops, the album, and the band by visiting AlexisPSuter.com

1. Elvin Bishop – Old School – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
2. Coco Montoya – I Got A Mind To Travel – Songs From The Road
3. Kelly Richey – Fast Drivin’ Mama – Live At The Blue Wisp
4. Chaz DePaolo – Chicago 101 – One Night Live In Iona
5. Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues – Back Alley Cat – Blues Shock
6. Missy Anderson – Whole Lotta Nuthin’ – In The Moment
7. Makuini – I Just Want to Make Love To You – Blues In My Bones
8. Kaye Bohler – Handle the Curves – Handle The Curves
9. Johnny Drummer – Another Rooster Is Pecking My Hen – Bad Attitude
10. Blue Moon Marquee – Pipeliner Blues – Lonesome Ghosts
11. Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage – Rattlesnake Cage
12. Berdon Kirksaether – Another One Going Down – Latenighters Under A Full Moon
13. Alexis P. Suter Band – Big Mama – Love The Way You Roll

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