Melbourne-based guitarist/singer Geoff Achison leads the finalist nominations for the 2017 Australian Blues Music Awards announced Dec 29, 2016. The Internationally renowned artist picked up nods in Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Duo or Group of the Year with his band The Souldiggers.
Fellow-Melbourne performer Hurricane Hearn garnered three nominations in Album of the Year, Artist of The Year and Best New Talent of the Year along with Brisbane newcomers Blues Arcadia who are up for Song of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Best New Talent of the Year.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 11, 2017 as part of the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn.
Australian Blues Music Awards (originally known as the Goulburn Blues Music Awards) are presented each year to recognise excellence in Blues Music in Australia.
Named after Chain, the only blues band to have had a national number one hit in this country, the awards are based on recorded product only. Judging is done by panel of judges representing the various states and territories.
Winners are presented with a bronze coloured statuette modelled on the Chain logo of a defiant Ned Kelly figure breaking chain shackles.