Listen: Blues Music Award Nominees (Episode 1601)

It’s a new year, and that means a new slate of episodes from Full-Time Blues Radio. In recent years, the nominations for the Blues Music Awards have come out just in time to provide us with a great starting point for the new year. 2016 is no different, and this episode features music from 13 BMA nominees, including every Album of the Year and BB King Entertainer of the Year nominee! Click Here to See the Full List of Nominees

1. Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue – Fifty Shades of Blue
2. Sugaray Rayford – Southside of Town – Southside
3. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Dump That Chump – You Asked For It…Live!
4. Buddy Guy – Kiss Me Quick – Born To Play Guitar
5. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots – Reaper’s on the Prowl – Boom Town
6. James Harman – I Am The World’s Badluckest Man – Bonetime
7. Wee Willie Walker – Everybody Meets Mr. Blue – If Nothing Ever Changes
8. John Nemeth – Love Me Tonight – Love Me Tonight
9. Guy Davis – Maybe I’ll Go – Kokomo Kidd
10. The Cash Box Kings – Cash Box Boogie – Holding Court
11. Tinsley Ellis – Everything – Tough Love
12. Slam Allen – Feel These Blues – Feel These Blues
13. Shemekia Copeland – Devil’s Hand – Outskirts Of Love

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37th Blues Music Award Nominees

This is the complete list of nominees for the 2016 Blues Music Awards. The ceremonies will be held May 5th in Memphis, Tennessee. For complete information and to cast your votes, visit Blues.org

Album
Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades Of Blue
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
James Harman – Bonetime
The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court
Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes

Song of the Year
“Bad Feet/Bad Hair” written and performed by James Harman
“Fifty Shades of Blue” written by Anthony Geraci and performed by Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars
“Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout
“Southside of Town” written by Sugaray Rayford and & Ralph Carter and performed by Sugaray Rayford
“You Got It Good (and That Ain’t Bad)” written and performed by Doug MacLeod

Band
Andy T–Nick Nixon Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Cash Box Kings
Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots

B.B. King Entertainer
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Shemekia Copeland
Sugaray Rayford
Victor Wainwright

Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod – Exactly Like This
Duke Robillard – The Acoustic Blues & Roots Of Duke Robillard
Eric Bibb – Blues People
Guy Davis – Kokomo Kidd
The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Gaye Adegbalola
Guy Davis
Ian Siegal

Best New Artist Album
Eddie Cotton – One At A Time
Igor Prado Band – Way Down South
Mighty Mike Schermer – Blues In Good Hands
Mr. Sipp – The Mississippi Blues Child
Slam Allen – Feel These Blues

Contemporary Blues Album
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Hold On A Little Bit Longer
Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love
Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues
Sugaray Rayford – Southside

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Nikki Hill
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Brandon Santini
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Louis Walker
Sugaray Rayford

Historical Album
The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1, Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest, Henry Gray & Bob Corritore, Delta Groove Records
Hawk Squat, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Delmark Records
Southside Blues Jam, Junior Wells, Delmark Records
Buzzin’ The Blues, Slim Harpo, Bear Family Records
Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues, Tampa Red, Ace Records

Instrumentalist: Bass
Charlie Wooton
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist: Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist: Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl
Sonny Landreth

Instrumentalist: Harmonica
Billy Branch
Brandon Santini
James Harman
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist: Horn
Al Basile
Doug James
Kaz Kazanoff
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Allen Toussaint
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
John Ginty
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks
Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants A Piece
Royal Southern Brotherhood – Don’t Look Back
Tinsley Ellis – Tough Love
Walter Trout – Battle Scars

Soul Blues Album
Bey Paule Band – Not Goin’ Away
Billy Price & Otis Clay – This Time For Real
Jackie Payne – I Saw The Blues
Tad Robinson – Day Into Night
Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye LaVette
Dorothy Moore
Missy Anderson
Toni Lynn Washington
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Frank Bey
Jackie Payne
Jo hnny Rawls
Otis Clay
Wee Willie Walker

Traditional Blues Album
Andy T–Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man
Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades Of Blue
Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants Of Hill Country
James Harman – Bonetime
The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Cedric Burnside
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
James Harman
Jimmy Burns
John Primer

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Diunna Greenleaf
Fiona Boyes
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young

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The playlist for this week features a foundation of incredible songs. Built upon that foundation, somewhat unintentionally during production, are tracks from heavyweight names like Joe Bonamassa, Coco Montoya, and Albert Cummings!

mikeschermerThe featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blues In Good Hands.” It’s the title track off the new album by Mighty Mike Schermer. The record is available now from Finedog Records, through a partnership with the Vizztone Label Group.

Mike Schermer has long been lauded for his skill set. He’s a fantastic guitarist, and he possesses an enjoyably unique vocal sound. He is most highly regarded, perhaps, for his skill with the pen. Schermer is an incredibly talented songwriter, and his ability to translate life into lyric is masterful.

This album features 13 songs written or co-written by Mike. There are special guests appearing throughout, like Tommy Castro, Marcia Ball, John Nemeth, Carolyn Wonderland, and many others! Blues In Good Hands is available now through all of the usual channels, including Amazon You can also purchase it at Mike Schermer’s live concerts. Get his tour schedule, information about this disc, and more on his official website, Mighty-Mike.com

1. The Ragpicker String Band – Lonely One in This Town – The Ragpicker String Band
2. Laura Rain and the Caesars – Gold – Gold
3. Joe Bonamassa – Trouble Town – Different Shades Of Blue
4. The Reverend Shawn Amos – Boogie – The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You
5. The Peterson Brothers – Hey Baby – The Peterson Brothers
6. Andrea Marr Band – Who Am I To Judge You – Live Blues Party At
The MBAS House Of Blues

7. Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – Delta Time – True & Blue Live
8. Anthony Geraci & the Boston All-Stars Band – Blues for David Maxwell –
Fifty Shades Of Blue
9. N.M.O. – Away, Way Too Long – Freedom & Dreams
10. Kathy and the Kilowatts – Never Trouble Trouble – Groovin’ With Big D
11. Coco Montoya – I Need Your Love In My Life – The Best Of Coco Montoya –
The Alligator Years

12. Albert Cummings – Old Dog – Someone Like You
13. Mike Schermer – Blues In Good Hands – Blues In Good Hands

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The Blues spectrum is incredibly varied, and there are several hues represented on this week’s program. It kicks off in a big way with brand new Tommy Castro, shifts into a set of acoustic based numbers; then you enjoy a jazzy selection, some soulful material, and we wrap up with true-to-form Chicago Blues.

Courtesy Elrob Records

Courtesy Elrob Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the fantastic slow Blues, “A Fool’s Lament” by Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes. The song appears on the new album, Friday Night, which is available now from the independent label Elrob Records.

This project is a New York meets Chicago collaboration that sees Chi-town’s Blues diva teaming up with the New York boys for 11 total tracks. The songs are a great mix of original compositions and covers of songs by Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Otis Spann. The band is frequently touring, and you can find their full tour schedule, as well as information about Friday Night and more on their official website LittleMikeAndTheTornadoes.com

1. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – All About The Cash – Method To my Madness
2. Chaz DePaolo – Angel On My Shoulder – Resolution Blues
3. Sad Sam Blues Jam – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out – Finally…The EP
4. Empire Roots Band – Orangitang Rag – Music From The Film Harlem Street Singer
5. Andy Cohen – Spread the News Around – Road Be Kind
6. Mick Kolassa – Nothin’ Left To Lose (Robin’s Blues) – Ghosts Of The Riverside Hotel
7. Colin Linden – Smoke ‘Em All – Still Live
8. Nick Fishman Band – Extra Simple – California Fresh
9. Paul Thorn – Get You a Healin’ – Too Blessed To Be Stressed
10. Lara Price – Undone – I Mean Business
11. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Here It Is – HeartSoulBlood
12. Benny Turner – I Wanna Give It To You Baby – Journey
13. Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes – A Fool’s Lament – Friday Night

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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

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