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Jan 27

Blues Foundation’s Awards Voting Starts Today

I just received my ballot in my inbox today for the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards.  They’ve changed the voting system in that you can’t go back and change your votes as you could in the past.  I celebrate these awards as the Grammys have cut the blues category down to nothing now.  If anything, if you haven’t heard some of these artists or their works, here is a great list for you to work from and rectify that!

If you’re not yet a member of the Blues Foundation — consider joining! Only members can vote for the Blues Music Awards.

I’ll add my picks after I vote :)

– Jordan

 

36TH BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS
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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

ALBUM
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

BB KING ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

BEST BLUES BAND
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 ARTIST (FEMALE)
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ARTIST (MALE)
Elvin Bishop
Gary Clark Jr.
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

INSTRUMENTALIST-BASS
Bob Stroger
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

INSTRUMENTALIST-DRUMS
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

INSTRUMENTALIST-GUITAR
Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

INSTRUMENTALIST-HARMONICA
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

INSTRUMENTALIST-HORN
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

SONG
“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 ARTIST (MALE)
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Jan 01

BluesMusicFan Radio First Anniversary!!

Last year, I had a “brilliant’ thought of starting BluesMusicFan.com “officially” on the first of the year. What a year its been!  I am so proud of what we have been able to grow – a small community of like-minded blues fans.  I love how diverse we are in what gets our blood going. It could be the old scratchies or the eclectic psychedelic blues… it runs a full range of blues styles.

I love that our DJs reflect that diversity too! I hope that you are able to listen in when we broadcast our live shows. The DJs are a special group of people who love the genre, love entertaining and interacting with YOU – our listeners and fellow Blues Fans!

I also want to thank our many financial supporters who have been so generous and steadfast in helping to support our operations!

Everyone here is a volunteer.  I alone cannot show enough appreciation for what they do. Please help me in doing that by emailing or popping into the chat room or tweeting or posting on our Facebook page… they are special people!

Coming up this year — more live hosted spots, for one. More interviews. More blog articles. More… more… more… you name it, we’ll be trying to expand it.  I am always eager to hear from our listeners and I try to respond quickly when we receive email or tweets or posts… send us your suggestions. Please let us know how we’re doing or what you’d like to see.

I hope this fresh new year is a wonderful one for us all!

Peace,

Jordan

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Dec 28

Top 20 Blues Albums for 2014

top20finalWow, we here at BluesMusicFan Radio think this year has been an excellent year for the genre, with a lot of tough choices in trying to whittle down to a Top 20. The list isn’t scientific – we are FANS. Some choices were emotional, some required certain criteria (for instance, albums consisting of original songs versus another version of Killing Floor, etc.). But… here it is… and our honorable mentions, too. We hope you enjoy them and we hope that this list compels you to listen to or buy an album off this list that you haven’t yet heard.

BLUESMUSICFAN.COM’S TOP 20 OF 2014
  1. MEMPHIS GREASE – John Németh
  2. TOO MANY ROADS – Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado
  3. ORIGINAL – Janiva Magness
  4. CAN’T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT – Elvin Bishop
  5. GOIN’ HOME – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
  6. CRYIN’ MERCY – Altered Five Blues Band
  7. REFUSE TO LOSE – Jarekus Singleton
  8. HEARTSOULBLOOD – Royal Southern Brotherhood
  9. GOOD NEWS – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
  10. MIDNIGHT BLUE – Tinsley Ellis
  11. RAGGED & DIRTY – Devon Allman
  12. THE ROYAL SESSIONS – Paul Rodgers
  13. DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE – Joe Bonamassa
  14. HEAVY WATER – Fo’ Reel
  15. DECISIONS – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
  16. HOMECOMING – Bruce Katz Band
  17. SHINE – Bernie Marsden
  18. EXTRA JIMMIES – Jimmy Thackery
  19. LIVE MY LIFE – Sena Erhardt
  20. THE TATTOOED LADY & THE ALLIGATOR MAN – Marcia Ball

Some comments on the Top 20 from our DJs:

JOHN NÉMETH – MEMPHIS GREASE
Jordan: Took one listen to this new release from one of my favorite artists, and just said, “Wow… this one is going to win it all.”  There hasn’t been a lot of PR and buzz about it, which makes the fact that its our #1 all that more satisfying – its been about the music, not the other stuff. Some of his best work, ever.

THORBJØRN RISAGER AND THE BLACK TORNADO – TOO MANY ROADS
Jordan: This album by far – overwhelmingly – has been a fan favorite and the songs on it probably the most requested this year. Well done and congratulations on a great album!

JANIVA MAGNESS – ORIGINAL
Jordan: Soulful, moving… a woman’s album. Also highly popular on the request lists. The songs are amazing, and I believe “Let Me Breathe” should take home top honors at the Blues Music Awards. Original song content was a high priority in my picks.

Siani: Original and she so is!!  Great mix of tempos and styles, and that fabulous voice.

ELVIN BISHOP – CAN’T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT
Aliya: What is there to say?  Bishop is a one of a kind and a veteran of blues rock, revered by many blues lovers. Bishop thrives onstage because he musically makes love to his crowd. On the other hand, some of his recorded efforts have disappointed.  This jewel, however, does not!  It is classic  Bishop throughout–spirited, inspired, and, of course humorous. “Blues With a Feeling” just makes me wanna steal watermelons. I have always believed that the Bishop/Mickey Thomas combo was one of the best around, and Thomas Thrills us again on “Give Your Woman What She Wants.” Charlie Musselwhite adds to the fun on “No More Doggin.”  What?  Zydeco too?  Golly folks, this is a real fun album!

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND – GOIN’ HOME
Jordan: Indeed, back to his blues roots… and well done, KWS… we are huge fans.

ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND – CRYIN’ MERCY
Jordan: A pleasant surprise at how highly “Cryin Mercy” placed amongst us here at Blues Music Fan Radio… I started spinning them from their sophomore album and haven’t stopped. Fun, soulful, contemporary blues with a dash of funk. You won’t forget the great voice of  lead singer Jeff “JT” Taylor.

Siani:  Love this, one for anyone’s top 10.

JAREKUS SINGLETON – REFUSE TO LOSE
Aliya: This young’in makes a huge splash with this Alligator Records recording, his first to be nationally and internationally  distributed.  It drips with pure soul-influenced talent, from his guitar licks to his strong blues vocals, to his amazing song crafting. “Purposely,” the second tune on the album, is finely wrought, beautifully phrased and  performed.  I can’t stop playing it. “Crime Scene” and “Hell” both show off his jazz influence, as well as his poetic strength.  And ohh those licks! This album is his sophomore effort, as he self-released an earlier album that was not nationally distributed.  How can someone be this good right out of the box?

ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD – HEARTSOULBLOOD
Aliya: In the serious blues world, royalty has to live  up to its reputation.  I have seen RSB live and listened to the first CD  countless times.  This second blues rock effort hits the note this band  was destined to hit. It is masterful in that it shows off the talents of each member yet serves up serious gumbo, as Cyrille Neville would put it. This album tastes like the guys have been slow cooking their stuff for a while. “World Blues,” penned by Zito, shows of the vocal harmonies made possible by the combined talents of this band.  Allman’s voice thrills on Groove On, penned by him and bassist Charlie Wooton, as does Neville’s rhythmic influence. This is a serious effort by world class musicians.

RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS – GOOD NEWS
Jordan:  The album is impeccable.  Heart gripping, not one wrong note on the guitar solos, Ronnie just weaves blues magic all around Diane Blue’s vocals on “Change Is Gonna Come”. Listen to it, you won’t be able to shake it out of your soul for a week.

TINSLEY ELLIS – MIDNIGHT BLUE
Jordan:  I personally think this is his most consistent album ever. If I had it in vinyl I’d wear out the grooves.

SENA ERHARDT – LIVE MY LIFE
Siani:  I love this woman’s voice, she has appeared over and over in my playlists, her previous albums caught me immediately and this latest one with its mix of blues/rock, slower langourous vocals is no different. Loving her duet with Cole Allen, he has it on his album with the opposite vocal parts.

We’d love to hear from our listeners, the blues fans that count! Send those comments in, and Happy New Year!

 

 

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