Fiona Boyes Nominated In Blues Awards!


Australian blues guitarist Fiona Boyes has been nominated for the Koko Taylor (Best Traditional Blues Female) in a field that includes Diunna Greenleaf, Ruthie Foster, Trudy Lynn and Zora Young.

The Blues Foundation will present the Awards at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

James Harman leads the nominees list with five nominations, with Anthony Geraci and Sugaray Rayford close behind with four nominations each.  Harman and Geraci will go head to head in three categories: Best Song, Best Album, and Best Traditional Blues Album.

Cedric Burnside, nominated for a 2016 Grammy, Shemekia Copeland, Doug MacLeod, The Cash Box Kings, Victor Wainwright and Wee Willie Walker each received three nominations.

Buddy Guy has been nominated in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category while the late Allen Toussaint has been nominated in the Pinetop Perkins Best Piano Player category.

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


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


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

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 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 on Delta Groove Records

Hawk Squat by J. B. Hutto & His Hawks on Delmark Records

Southside Blues Jam by Junior Wells on Delmark Records

Buzzin’ the Blues by Slim Harpo on Bear Family Records

Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues by Tampa Red on Ace Records


Charlie Wooton

Lisa Mann

Michael “Mudcat” Ward

Patrick Rynn

Willie J. Campbell


Cedric Burnside

Jimi Bott

June Core

Tom Hambridge

Tony Braunagel


Anson Funderburgh

Kid Andersen

Monster Mike Welch

Ronnie Earl

Sonny Landreth


Billy Branch

Brandon Santini

James Harman

Jason Ricci

Kim Wilson


Al Basile

Doug James

Kaz Kazanoff

Sax Gordon

Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)

Diunna Greenleaf

Fiona Boyes

Ruthie Foster

Trudy Lynn

Zora Young

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


“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

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

Johnny 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


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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