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Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy among nominees for Blues Music Awards

By Published: January 09, 2019 1:33 PM CT
<strong>Blues Hall of Famer Buddy Guy has been nominated for Traditional Blues Album and Song of the Year for the Blues Foundation's 40th Blues Music Awards. Guy was honored with the lifetime instrumentalist award at the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12, 2018, in Nashville.</strong> (Mark Zaleski/Associated Press)

Blues Hall of Famer Buddy Guy has been nominated for Traditional Blues Album and Song of the Year for the Blues Foundation's 40th Blues Music Awards. Guy was honored with the lifetime instrumentalist award at the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12, 2018, in Nashville. (Mark Zaleski/Associated Press)

The Memphis-based Blues Foundation has announced the  nominees for its 40th Blues Music Awards. The winners, recognized for achievements in performances, recordings, songwriting and sustaining the blues, will be revealed in a May 9 gala ceremony.

The foundation notes that most nominees attend the ceremony and that musicians typically perform at the awards  show.

The awards will be held 7 p.m. May 9 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased here

Boston-based Anthony Geraci is nominated in several categories: Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album, Traditional Blues Male Artist and Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award and His band, Boston Blues All-Stars, is nominated for Band of the Year. Geraci’s band, The Proven Ones, is nominated for Contemporary Blues Album and his bandmates Jimi Bott and Willie J. Campbell have been nominated for best drummer and bassist awards, respectively.

Shemekia Copeland and Nick Moss have each been nominated in four categories: Copeland for Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album, Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Blues Female Artist; Moss for Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album, Traditional Blues Male Artist and Band of the Year (Nick Moss Band).

Blues Hall of Famers Bobby Rush, Joe Louis Walker and Buddy Guy have each been nominated for 2019 BMA awards. Rush is nominated for the B.B. King Entertainer Award; he won the award in 2015. Walker’s album with Bruce Katz and Giles Robson, "Journeys to the Heart of the Blues," is nominated for both Best Acoustic Album and Album of the Year. Guy is nominated for Traditional Blues Album and Song of the Year.

This month is a busy one for the Blues Foundation. From Jan. 22-29, it will host the 35th annual International Blues Challenge.


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The 2019 BMA nominees are as follows:

Acoustic Album:

  • “A Woman's Soul” by Rory Block               
  • “Black Cowboys” by Dom Flemons           
  • “Global Griot” by Eric Bibb         
  • “Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues” by Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz and Giles Robson  
  • “Wish The World Away” by Ben Rice       

Acoustic Artist:

  • Ben Rice
  • Guy Davis
  • Hadden Sayers
  • Harrison Kennedy
  • Rory Block

Album of the Year:

  • “America's Child” by Shemekia Copeland
  • “The High Cost Of Low Living” by The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling
  • “Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues” by Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz and Giles Robson
  • “Rough Cut” by Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager
  • “Why Did You Have To Go” by Anthony Geraci

B.B. King Entertainer:

  • Beth Hart
  • Bobby Rush
  • Lil' Ed Williams
  • Michael Ledbetter
  • Sugaray Rayford

Band of the Year:

  • Anthony Geraci and The Boston Blues All-Stars
  • Larkin Poe
  • Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
  • Nick Moss Band
  • Welch-Ledbetter Connection

Best Emerging Artist Album:

  • “Burn Me Alive” by Heather Newman
  • “Free” by Amanda Fish
  • “Heartland And Soul” by Kevin Burt
  • “Tough As Love” by Lindsay Beaver
  • “Wish The World Away” by Ben Rice

Blues Rock Album:

  • “The Big Bad Blues” by Billy F Gibbons
  • “High Desert Heat” by Too Slim and the Taildraggers
  • “Live At The '62 Center” by Albert Cummings        
  • “Poor Until Payday” by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band                          
  • “Winning Hand” by Tinsley Ellis

Blues Rock Artist:

  • Billy F Gibbons
  • Eric Gales
  • J.P. Soars
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Tinsley Ellis              

Contemporary Blues Album:

  • “America's Child" by Shemekia Copeland                
  • “Belle Of The West" by Samantha Fish   
  • “Chicago Plays The Stones" by The Living History Band
  • “Hold On" by Kirk Fletcher         
  • “Wild Again" by The Proven Ones

Contemporary Blues Female Artist:

  • Beth Hart
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Samantha Fish
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Vanessa Collier

Contemporary Blues Male Artist:

  • Kenny Neal
  • Rick Estrin
  • Ronnie Baker Brooks
  • Selwyn Birchwood
  • Toronzo Cannon

Instrumentalist – Bass:

  • Danielle Nicole
  • Michael "Mudcat” Ward
  • Patrick Rynn
  • Scot Sutherland
  • Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist – Drums:

  • Cedric Burnside
  • Jimi Bott
  • June Core
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist – Guitar:

  • Anson Funderburgh
  • Christoffer "Kid” Andersen
  • Laura Chavez
  • Monster Mike Welch
  • Ronnie Earl             

Instrumentalist – Harmonica:

  • Billy Branch
  • Bob Corritore
  • Dennis Gruenling
  • Kim Wilson
  • Mark Hummel

Instrumentalist – Horn:

  • Doug James
  • Jimmy Carpenter
  • Kaz Kazzanoff
  • Mindi Abair
  • Nancy Wright
  • Vanessa Collier

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player (Instrumentalist – Piano):

  • Anthony Geraci
  • Bruce Katz
  • Jim Pugh
  • Marcia Ball
  • Mike Finnigan

Instrumentalist – Vocals:

  • Beth Hart
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Janiva Magness
  • Michael Ledbetter
  • Shemekia Copeland

Song of the Year:

  • “Ain't Got Time For Hate,” written by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough
  • “Angelina, Angelina” written by Anthony Geraci
  • “Cognac” written by Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge, and Richard Fleming
  • “No Mercy In This Land” written by Ben Harper
  • “The Ice Queen” written by Sue Foley

Soul Blues Album:

  • “Back In Business” by Frank Bey               
  • “Every Soul's A Star” by Dave Keller        
  • “I'm Still Around” by Johnny Rawls           
  • “Love Makes A Woman” by The Knickerbocker All-Stars
  • “Reckoning” by Billy Price

Soul Blues Female Artist:

  • Annika Chambers
  • Barbara Blue
  • Candi Staton
  • Thornetta Davis
  • Whitney Shay

Soul Blues Male Artist:

  • Frank Bey
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Wee Willie Walker
  • William Bell

Traditional Blues Album:

  • “The Blues Is Alive And Well” by Buddy Guy          
  • “The High Cost Of Low Living” by Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling
  • “The Luckiest Man” by Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
  • “Tribute to Carey Bell” by Lurrie Bell and The Bell Dynasty 
  • “Why Did You Have To Go” by Anthony Geraci

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist):

  • Fiona Boyes
  • Lindsay Beaver
  • Ruthie Foster
  • Sue Foley
  • Trudy Lynn

Traditional Blues Male Artist:

  • Anthony Geraci
  • Cedric Burnside
  • James Harman
  • Lurrie Bell
  • Nick Moss 


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Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards Anthony Geraci Shemekia Copeland
Elle Perry

Elle Perry

Elle Perry covers arts and culture and other news for the Daily Memphian. She is a native of Memphis and a two-time graduate of the University of Memphis. Elle previously worked for the Memphis Business Journal and has written for publications including The Memphis Flyer and High Ground News.


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