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The music award nominations are really heating up for Blues artists. Last week the Grammy nominations were announced and this week The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 2010 Blues Music Awards.

The Blues foundation has 26 different Blues nomination categories. With 5 nominees each it means there are 130 artists or recordings nominated. Our hats are off to the hard working nominators!

The Blues Foundation will present the 31st Blues Music Awards on May 6, 2010, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. The complete list of all the nominees is at the bottom of this issue. With this many nominees, this promises to be a great event.

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Blues Wanderings

We made it out to the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Christmas Party last week in Moline, IL. The entertainment was Detroit Bluesman James Armstrong and it was definitely a Party with a capital P. 

Every time we have had the pleasure of hearing James it has been a real party but he was having an especially good time this night. At one point James leapt up on to the bar and played a smoking lead break that had the crowd howling!

James played some of the tunes from a new CD he is working on. Look for it in the spring. Based on what we heard, we think you are going to like it!

In this issue - Blues Reviews and MORE!

James Walker reviews a new CD from Blue Road. Mark Thompson reviews a new CD by Uphill. Belinda Foster reviews the new Watermelon Slim CD. Steve Jones reviews an new CD by The Cash Box Kings.  All this and MORE! SCROLL DOWN!!!

 Featured Blues Review 1 of 4

Blue Road - Live at Gabe’s Backstage Lounge

GMS Records

11 songs; 69:25 minutes; Splendid

Styles: Blue-Rock; Rock; Soul; Jam

What has caused the most speeding tickets?
(A) Car radio
(B) Car stereo music players
(C) Portable six-pack coolers

Personally, I had better be using the cruise control because when listening to a CD like this one, I can’t control myself. Car radio was good, but stereo players really make the miles go by, especially on a “Blue Road” - road trip. Recorded live and sounding every bit like a party, “Live at Gabe’s Backstage Lounge” is a pure fun release by Blue Road, one of Chicago’s hardest working bands today.

Blue Road features soulful vocalist Jimy Rogers – first famed with the 1960’s white Soul band, The Mauds. Veteran session guitarist Gary Gand handles the six strings, Joan Gand is on classic Hammond B-3 style organ, Graham Nelson guests on blues harp and vocals, R Kelly alumnus Joel Treadwell drums, and soul veteran Steve Nevets plays bass and adds vocals.

Blue Road has recorded three CDs with this latest being a collection of eleven popular covers. The set combines the traditions of Chicago Blues on “She Caught The Katy,” Memphis Soul on “Hold On” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and a Rocking attitude on numbers like “I’m Walkin’.” For some rubber-meets-the-road jamming, the group shakes up Buddy Miles’ “Them Changes” into a 13 minute blend of satisfying hot and sweaty vocals, searing guitar and wah-wah, tasty harp, and cranking organ with the "bomb squad" rhythm section alternately soloing and lubricating the engine during this smoldering choogle.

The fun begins right with the first track, a re-make of Isaac Hayes’ and David Porter’s Soul classic “Hold On” that Jimy Rogers first sang up the charts with The Mauds in 1967 on the Mercury Records label.

My personal favorite on the CD is their stirring rendition of Percy Mayfield’s “People Get Ready.” At six minutes, Blue Road takes time to feel each part, for example a 30 second organ intro before searing guitar notes fill the air. After a full minute, Rogers sings the invitation, “People Get Ready....” Joan and Gary Gand really shine on this one with stellar organ and guitar work. Other great workouts are found on Booker T and the MGs’ “Green Onions” and set surpriser, John Fogerty’s “110 in the Shade.”
In the car, this CD is a mile maker. But, you’ve been warned – don’t let your “Blue Road” trip get expensive by “exspeeding” the limit!

Jimy Rogers' soulful vocals have long been an important part of the Chicago sound. Rogers founded his original band, the Mauds, in his teens. As the first of the blue-eyed soul bands in Chicago, their concert appearances attracted the attention of Mercury Records with which they signed. They claim to be the first white group to record at Chess Records, home to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, even before the Rolling Stones.

Gary Gand is one of the top Chicago blues-rock guitar slingers, leader of long-standing blues jams around Chicago, and his virtuosity is the product of over 30 years on the Chicago music scene, both live and studio. Joan Gand plays classic Hammond B-3, Booker T-style organ and bluesy piano. This musical couple has played together since they were just out of high school, and can read each other's minds. They are the owners of Gand Music and Sound, a music retailer, sound rental, and installation firm.

Bass and drums are covered by the "bomb squad," R Kelly alumnus Joel Treadwell on drums/veteran Steve Nevets on bass and vocals. Special guests often include Graham Nelson on harp and vocals, backup singers Veronica Stanford and Jocelyn Mallard, and sax man Scott Van Wagner.

Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Thursdays from 7 - 8 pm and Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at in Kankakee, IL

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 Featured Blues Review 2 of 4

Uphill - Blues & Mojo


13 tracks/56:54

Uphill is a quartet from North Carolina that consists of Chris “Catdaddy” Palestrant on keyboards & vocals, Deacon Blues – Adam Nixon- on electric guitars, harmonica & vocals, Tim Orton on bass and Isaiah Hunter on drums. The setlist is comprised of seven covers and six original compositions, four from Nixon and two from Palestrant.

The problem with recording well-known tunes is that your performance needs to be really strong or very unique to create a lasting impression over better-known renditions. Uphill lays down on a strong take on Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killin” Floor”, with a gruff vocal and distorted guitar from the Deacon. The blues standard, “Help Me”, features Deacon Blues on harmonica, a strong beat from Hunter and Palestrant on organ filling in the arrangement. The Deacon lays down some gritty slide guitar licks on Muddy Water’s “One More Mile” and sings with conviction over the slow beat.

Other covers don’t fare as well. Palestrant’s vocal on “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” fails to excite and Hunter plays a stiff beat that never approaches the loose, second-line groove of the original version. Palestrant does take several solos that show he has a solid command of the piano keyboard. The band does a brief, straightforward cover of “Hot Rod Lincoln” that is probably more exciting when heard live from the stage. “Flip, Flop and Fly” gives Palestrant another opportunity to showcase his strong technique on piano but the track ends up feeling lightweight.

Nixon’s “Big Easy” is a slow, deep blues about New Orleans and failed love that features a measured vocal from Deacon and some of his best guitar work on the disc. The band really excels on the slower tracks, consistently creating the necessary amount of emotional weight needed for a convincing performance. The interplay between Palestrant’s piano and Deacon’s guitar on the opening passage of “My Time (Might Be Over)” perfectly establishes the mood of late-night despair and brooding emotions inherent in the song’s lyrics. Palestrant drives the arrangement on his original, “Nightlife”, seated behind his organ. His spirited vocal works hard to tame the over-wrought lyrics. “The Legend of the One Honest Man” allows the band to show it’s humorous side on an up-tempo rocker. The lone instrumental, “Drop Top”, gives the Deacon and Palestrant an opportunity to stretch out, with the Deacon taking honors for his smooth guitar lines. “Speed Train Blues” open the disc with a boogie beat and has the Deacon on guitar and harp.

There are enough strong performances on this disc to warrant a listen from most blues fans. Given the strength of the band’s original material, they might have been better served to cut back on the covers in favor more of their own songs. Uphill can wring plenty of emotion out of the slower-paced cuts. The faster tempo pieces are a mixed bunch that suffer by comparison. If the band’s live show matches most of the performances on the disc, they should be able to sell plenty of copies of Blues & Mojo from the stage.

Reviewer Mark Thompson is president of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford. IL

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 Featured Blues Review 3 of 4

Watermelon Slim - Escape From the Chicken Coop

Northern Blues Music

13 Tracks 44 min 01 sec

Style: Truck Driver’s Country

William “Bill aka Watermelon Slim” Homans is his name and trucking is his game. And it seems the long hours and years of ‘life on the road’ have not only driven this “wheel man’ down highways suited for crafting his blues singing and songwriting but now also to another dream come true: to record a country music CD, dedicated to Dave Dudley, ‘the father of truck driving county music’.

I have to say I was somewhat surprised after I stuck the CD into my car’s player (and admittedly, I’d not done any homework on Watermelon’s newest release prior to my first listen). I sat back and waited for the unique story telling blues and slide guitar playing tunes that only a 6-time BMA winner can produce. Yet, the next thing I heard come out of my mouth as I was driving down the road, was ‘this ain’t blues! It’s country.”

And then something nostalgic and familiar was aroused within my musical memory of country, the likes of David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams (Sr and Jr). And I know you remember the Outlaw to Urban Cowboy Craze of the 70’s and 80’s. It then hit me how fitting it was that I had just embarked on a 6 hour drive for the Thanksgiving holidays to go home to family with a bluesman’s truck-driver’s CD. Perfect!

So if you want to see another side of an extremely creative musician who can do it all, get your copy of Escape from the Chicken Coop because you’ll enjoy it as much as any blues CD of Watermelon’s—a man who no one can claim is one-dimensional.

Of the 13 tracks, all songs were written by Watermelon, except for collaborations on Track 3 “You See Me Like I See You” and Track 6 “Should Have Done More”, both co-written with Gary Nicholson (Delbert McClinton songwriter); and Track 4 Roy Acuff’s “Wreck on the Highway”; Track 7 Hank Williams “You Wrote My Life” and Track 9 Sonny Throckmorton’s “The Way I Am”.

You’ll be rocking out country crunk style to Track 1’s “Caterpillar Whine”, laughing at the lyrics of Track 2’s “Skinny Women and Fat Cigars” and Track 10’s “It’s Never Too Hard to be Humble”, two-stepping to the sweet harmonic vocals of Watermelon and Jenny Littleton on Track 3’s “You See Me Like I See You”; and touched by the “Should Have Done More” ballad. Hank Williams lovers will enjoy Slim’s rendition of “You Wrote My Life” and you’ll wrap in true trucker style to Track 12 and 13’s “Truck Drivin’ Songs” and “18, 18 Wheeler”.

Really, blues and country aren’t far apart in the truest sense. They are both early American root music forms whether immigrating from traditional folk, Celtic or Gospel--with country music often thought of as a subgenre of blues. And the talents of Nashville players, producers and songwriters obviously saw what a gem we already knew we had in our own Watermelon Slim. We’re happy to share him because we know Watermelon lives ‘true’ to self and that’s what makes one a blessed and enriched blues or country music jewel. It’s an honor when that person then wants to share their internal joy through their musical and creative gifts. Thank you Watermelon and see you in Nashville (or Clarksdale) real soon.

Reviewer Belinda Foster is a Columnist and Contributing Writer for Greenville SC Magazine “Industry Mag” and former manager of Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues. She currently books blues-rock-jam musicians and is a devoted promoter and supporter of live blues root music and history, making frequent trips to “The Crossroads” and Clarksdale Mississippi, birthplace of the blues. Her column “The Upstate Blues Report” can be found on line at

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The Friends of the Blues - Kankakee, IL

The Friends of the Blues in Kankakee IL are having a special edition of their Friends of the Blues Radio Show on Saturday night, December 12, 8 pm - Midnight. It is in conjunction with WKCC's first public radio fund drive. Tune: 91.1 FM in the Kankakee area or audio stream at

Mid North Michigan Blues Society - Petoskey, MI

Mid North Michigan Blues Society is holding a fundraising event for Thornetta Davis to send Her to Memphis TN to compete in the 2010 International Blues Challenge. The event is at 7:00pm December 31, 2009 at UAW Local 21 Hall, 703 Rose St. at Hannah, Traverse City MI. Thornetta Davis will provide entertainment after an opening set by Juke. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Bring your own food and drink. For more information go to or call (989) 370-8334.

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society - Marietta, Ohio

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society presents the “Memphis-Bound GetDown”, a special benefit concert December 12, 2009 at The Comfort Inn, 700 Pike Street, in Marietta, OH. Music starts at 8PM. Admission at the door will be $10. Comfort Inn phone is 740-374-8190.  The event features Long Tall Deb & The Drifter Kings of Columbus and Paul Miles from Detroit, winners of the 17th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition. Proceeds from the event will help fund their trip to compete in the 2010 International Blues Challenge (IBC), in Memphis, Tennessee. Both acts will have their CD’s for sale. A 50/50 drawing and all donations will go to support these musicians. For more info contact: Steve Wells 304-295-4323

Also the Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society will hold its 18th Annual Blues Competition on February 19 and 20, 2010, at the historic Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, Ohio. Blues Bands and Solo/Dou blues acts will compete for cash prizes and BJFMS sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.

First-place will receive $1,000. dollars in cash and BJFMS sponsorship to the IIBC in January, 2011. Second place wins $200 and third-place wins $100. NO geographic restrictions apply. Any serious blues musician is invited to apply. Winning this preliminary competition gets your ticket punched to Memphis. Gain valuable exposure to record labels, A&R representatives, blues industry professionals and festival promoters capable of providing real career advancement.

Complete information, format, application & rules are available online at Deadline for application submission is January 9, 2010. More information: contact Steve Wells at 304.295.4323 or

Blues Blowtorch Society – Bloomington, IL

The Blues Blowtorch Blues Society presents 3rd Friday Blues - The Treehouse Lounge, 2060 Ireland Grove Rd, Bloomington, IL (309) 662-5231 A blues show the 3rd Friday of every month at 7:00 PM. December 18th – Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Washington Blues Society - Seattle, WA

The Washington Blues Society’s IBC Fundraiser & Annual Holiday Party Bash will be held from 5-11pm,  Sunday, December 13th, 2009 at Forecaster’s Pub at the Red Hook Brewery, 14300 NE 145th Street, Woodinville WA.  Please show your love and support for your 2010 International Blues Challenge Representatives: Mia Vermillion & Orville Johnson (Solo / Duo Act) and The Randy Oxford Band (Band).

In addition to being our annual Holiday Party, this is also a FUNDRAISER to send these guys to Memphis in January to represent the Washington Blues Society. $5 for WBS Members / $10 for Non-Members (this is an All Ages venue)  First 200 people through the door will receive a free CD with their admission, The show features The Randy Oxford Band, Mia Vermillion & Orville Johnson, The Red Hotz, Lady A and the Baby Blues Funk Band and The Mary McPage Band, Blues Redemption. PLUS, a guest appearance by Santa…we can’t very well have a Blues Christmas without the Big Guy in Red! For more info visit or

Mississippi Valley Blues Society - Davenport, IA

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Ontario’s best-known guitar slinger Shawn Kellerman at Rascal’s, 1414 15th Street, Moline, IL on Thursday December 10. The show begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, $5 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members. Following Kellerman’s show will be the regular Thursday night blues jam with the Steady Rollin’ Blues Band featuring Jimmie Lee Adams. For more info call the MVBS office at 563-32-BLUES.

Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield, IL

BLUE MONDAY SHOWS - Held at the Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 every Monday 8:30pm $2 cover.  Dec 14 - Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Alter Boys, Dec 21 - The Suns of Circumstance, Dec 28 - Sally Weisenburg

 Featured Blues Review 4 of 4

The Cash Box Kings - Cuttin’ Heads Live

Blue Midnight Records

9 tracks/49:54

The Cash Box Kings are a mostly young and certainly upcoming Chicago blues band who proudly and more than adequately carry the torch of Chicago blues. Focusing on the style of post-WWII Chicago blues a la Maxwell Street, the band features "Low Rollin'" Joe Nosek on harmonica, rhythm guitar, and vocals, Chris "CB" Boeger on upright bass and vocals, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith on drums and vocals, Travis "White Lighting" Koopman on electric and slide guitar and vocals and Oscar "43rd Street" Wilson on vocals, guitar, and harmonica.

This fourth CD in a very short seven years since their first one is a live offering and serves as a preview of things to come with a soon to be released studio CD. Within this album we see the raw energy and charm of this band and, for the first time on CD since joining the band in 2007, get to hear Oscar Wilson front the group. It is quite the wild ride all around!

There is a good mix of covers and original tunes here. “Honey Bee” opens the set, a song penned by Koopman that offers a lot more of an uptempo take on the Honey Bee theme than the classic Sonny Boy Williamson “Honey Bee Blues”. It’s a hot little jump blues track that sets the tone for a great live set. The other three original tracks are just as hot and show the skills of the band. ‘BC’ Blues, “The Cooker” and “All the Girls I’ve Loved (Have Moved to NYC) are great tunes written by Wilson, Nosek/Koopman and Nosek respectively.

Covers like Muddy’s “Iodine in My Coffee”, Son House’s “Preachin' Blues”, and Tampa Red’s “She Wants to Sell My Monkey” pay homage to the originals yet they seem fresh and clean sounding. “Iodine” gives us our first exposure to the larger than life Wilson, whose career began at age 11 singing at South Side Chicago neighbor Honeyboy Edwards’ house party. I’m also a sucker for a good “Preachin’ Blues” cover, and this one is about as dirty and greasy as it can be done. “Monkey” completes the sequence of the trifecta of fine covers with Wilson again fronting the band. Later we get Joe Clayton’s “Goin’ Down to Eli’s” in a cleaner take that Robert Nighthawk’s version and Lou Reed’s (yes, Lou Reed!) “I’m Waiting for My Man” gets a punk-styled blues treatment. I prefer the earlier three covers, but these later two are not bad, either.

Nosek’s harp work is one of the brightest spots on this nicely done CD that is filled with great musician work. He gets way down and dirty when he needs to and has a great sounding style. Koopman’s guitar work is also quite well done; he and Nosek aptly share the microphone work when Wilson is not out front. “Beedy Eyes” is Willie “Big Eyes” Smith’s son and is a chip off the old block on the skins. Boeger’s upright bass sound blends with Smith’s drumming to give a solid basis for the band. The addition of Oscar Wilson makes the band even more solid and gives them an “authentic” South Side bluesman to front for their youthful skills. After nine great live cuts I was ready for a longer evening of listening to these guys perform live. They are talented and tight little band whom I am sure we will be hearing more and more about as people get turned on to their brand of the blues!.

Reviewer Steve Jones is secretary of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford. IL.

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 31st Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album of the Year
David Maxwell & Louisiana Red, You Got to Move
Maria Muldaur & her Garden of Joy, Good Time Music for Hard Times
Saffire-the Uppity Blues Women, Havin' The Last Word
Samuel James, For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen
Various Artists, Things About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks
Acoustic Artist of the Year
Annie Raines & Paul Rishell
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Louisiana Red
Samuel James
Album of the Year
Duke Robillard's Jumpin' Blues Revue, Stomp! the Blues Tonight
Eddie C. Campbell, Tear This World Up
Joe Louis Walker, Between a Rock and the Blues
Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint, Back to the Black Bayou
Various Artists, Chicago Blues A Living History
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Candye Kane
Magic Slim
Rick Estrin
Super Chikan
Taj Mahal
Tommy Castro
Band of the Year
Duke Robillard's Jumpin' Blues Revue
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
The Mannish Boys
Tommy Castro Band
Best New Artist Debut
Greg Nagy, Walk That Fine Thin Line
Joanne Shaw Taylor, White Sugar
Marquise Knox, Man Child
Monkey Junk, Tiger in your Tank
The California Honeydrops, Soul Tub!
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Candye Kane, Superhero
Joe Louis Walker, Between a Rock and the Blues
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Twisted
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Living in the Light
Tommy Castro, Hard Believer
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Ruthie Foster
Shemekia Copeland
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
Derek Trucks
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Michael Burks
Tommy Castro
Delmark Records, It Ain't Over! Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues, Live at Buddy Guy's Legends
Eagle Eye Media, Live at Montreux 1993 (B.B. King)
Jo Films & Roadside Productions, Hot Flash - The Documentary (Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women)
Mojo Rodeo Records, A Night in Woodstock (Paul Rishell and Annie Raines)
Vincent Productions, Down to the Crossroads Vol. 1 (George Thorogood & the Destroyers w/ Eddie Shaw)
Historical Album of the Year
Bear Family Records, Taking Care of Business (1956-1973) (Freddie King)
Chess, Authorized Bootleg (Muddy Waters)
Eagle Records, Essential Montreux (Gary Moore)
Hip-O Select, The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967) (Little Walter)
Landslide Records, Sean's Blues (Sean Costello)
Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Larry Taylor
Mookie Brill
Patrick Rynn
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Sam Carr
Tony Braunagel
Derek Trucks
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl
Billy Branch
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Al Basile
Big James Montgomery
Deanna Bogart
Eddie Shaw
Keith Crossan
Buckwheat Zydeco (accordion)
Gerry Hundt (mandolin)
Johnny Sansone (accordion)
Otis Taylor (banjo)
Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Henry Butler
Henry Gray
Rock Blues Album of the Year
Derek Trucks Band, Already Free
Jason Ricci & New Blood, Done with the Devil
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, Tijuana Bible
Mike Zito, Pearl River
Tinsley Ellis, Speak No Evil
Song of the Year
Cyril Neville & Mike Zito, 'Pearl River' (Pearl River--Mike Zito)
James Johnson , 'Fred's Dollar Store' (Chikadelic--Super Chikan)
Joe Louis Walker, 'I'm Tide' (Between a Rock and the Blues--Joe Louis Walker)
John Hahn & Oliver Wood, 'Never Going Back to Memphis' (Never Going Back--Shemekia Copeland)
Vyasa Dodson, 'At Least I'm Not With You' (At Least I'm Not With You--The Insomniacs)
Soul Blues Album of the Year
Charles Wilson, Troubled Child
Darrell Nulisch, Just for You
Johnny Rawls, Ace Of Spades
Latimore, All About the Rhythm and the Blues
Mighty Sam McClain, Betcha Didn't Know
Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Shirley Brown
Sista Monica Parker
Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year
Curtis Salgado
Darrell Nulisch
Jackie Payne
Johnny Rawls
Traditional Blues Album of the Year
John Primer, All Original
Johnnie Bassett, The Gentleman is Back
Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint, Back to the Black Bayou
Super Chikan, Chikadelic
Various Artists, Chicago Blues A Living History
Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
Ann Rabson
Debbie Davies
Fiona Boyes
Shirley Johnson
Zora Young
Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Duke Robillard
John Primer
Johnnie Bassett
Louisiana Red
Super Chikan


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