Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced


The Blues Foundation has announced the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organisation will present at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Leading with six nominations each are Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray Norcia. Veteran slide guitarist Bishop’s Can’t Even Do Wrong Right CD and its humorous title track secured three nominations and propelled him to additional artist, entertainer and band nominations.

Johnny Winter, who recently passed away, has been nominated in the Rock Blues Album category for his final studio album, Step Back.

A ballot will be soon be sent to all Blues Foundation members who will vote on which nominees will actually take home the Blues Music Award in May. Tickets for the Award show are now on sale at The Blues Store at

The 36th Blues Music Award nominees are:

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



Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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