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2013 Blues Blast Awards Oct 31st

Posted: October 24, 2013

Winners of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards will be honored at an award ceremony at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago (700 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL) on October 31st, 2013. Numerous blues artists will be in attendance. Advance tickets are $35 plus $5 handling per order here. Advance tickets will be held at "Will Call." Photo ID is required to pick up tickets. Find the list of the 20+ artists performing here.

Since 2008, the online magazine, Blues Blast Magazine, has been hosting the Blues Blast Music Awards to honor contemporary blues artists and their recordings. Indie artists as well as artists signed with major labels are considered.

Each year, artists and their labels are invited to make submissions to the BBMA to ensure that their recordings can be considered. Submissions is not required, but consideration is not certain without it. Submitted recordings must be released between April 1st of the prior year to March 31st of the award year. Other categories that are based on observations of artists over the prior year (eg. Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band of the Year, or the Rising Star Award) are not limited to these dates.

Thirty nominators review submissions and consider nominations, and submit them during May. Nominations are announced after May 31st. Once the nominees are chosen, selections of music by the BBMA nominees are posted on a listening page on the Blues Blast website where Fans can listen to all the blues artists nominated.

Fans can vote for their favorite blues artists and recordings from July 15 to August 31, 2013. Voting is free and only requires a valid, confirmed email address.

Nominees for the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards:

Contemporary Blues Album
4 Jacks, "Deal With It"
Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods, "Candy Store Kid"
Michael Burks, "Show Of Strength"
Shaun Murphy, "Ask For The Moon"
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, "One Wrong Turn"
Robert Cray, "Nothin' But Love"

Traditional Blues Album
Eddie Shaw & The 757 Allstars, "Still Riding High"
The Cash Box Kings, "Black Toppin'"
The Kid Ramos & Bob Corritore, "The Phoenix Sessions"
The Mannish Boys, "Double Dynamite"
Doug MacLeod, "There's A Time"
Little Joe McLerran, "Facebook Blues"

Blues Rock Album
Albert Castiglia, "Living The Dream"
Tinsley Ellis, "Get It!"
Walter Trout, "Blues For Modern Daze"
Royal Southern Brotherhood, "Royal Southern Brotherhood"
Jason Elmore And Hoodoo Witch, "Tell You What"
Simon McBride, "Crossing The Line"

Soul Blues Album
Barbara Carr, "Keep The Fire Burning"
Curtis Salgado, "Soul Shot"
John Németh, "Soul Live"
Johnny Rawls, "Soul Survivor"
Mighty Sam McClain, "Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)"
Theodis Ealey, "You And I Together"

Song Of The Year
“A Woman or The Blues” Curtis Salgado and Dave Duncan
“I Got a Right to Sing the Blues” Cee Cee James and Rob "Slideboy" Andrews
“Black Nights” Doug MacLeod
“Analyze’N Blues” Peter Karp and Sue Foley
“Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)” Sam McClain & Pat Herlehy
“Dreamin’ or Dyin’” Sena Ehrhardt and Ed Ehrhardt

New Artist Debut Release
Southern Hospitality, "Easy Livin'"
Andy T & Nick Nixon Band, "Drink Drank Drunk"
Paula Harris, "Turning On The Naughty"
Frank Bey With The Anthony Paule Band, "You Don't Know Nothing"
James 'Buddy' Rogers, "My Guitar Is My Only Friend"
Mike Wheeler, "Self Made Man"
Alabama Shakes, "Boys & Girls"

Female Blues Artist
Deanna Bogart
Shaun Murphy
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland
Teeny Tucker
Teresa James

Male Blues Artist
Curtis Salgado
Doug MacLeod
John Németh
Lucky Peterson
Mud Morganfield
Rick Estrin

Blues Band Of The Year
The Cash Box Kings
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Southern Hospitality
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
The Mannish Boys
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Andy Poxon
Brandon Santini
Doug Deming
Kevin Selfe
Mike Wheeler
Paula Harris
Victor Wainwright
Sena Ehrhardt

More info here