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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stony Plain Records celebrates 2012 Blues Music Awards' nominations

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Stony Plain Records celebrates 2012 Blues Music Awards' nominations

When The Blues Foundation announced the list of nominees for the 33rd AnnualBlues Music Awards on Tuesday, December 13, Stony Plain Record’s artists were well represented with 7 nominations. The Blues Music Awards are universally acknowledged as the highest honour for musicians and songwriters in Blues music. Winners will be announced on May 10 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Online voting is now open to Blues Foundation members at www.blues.org. Individual and corporate memberships are available for those who would like to vote.
The nominations continue a year in which Stony Plain Records Records celebrated our 35th year as Canada's roots, rock, country, folk and blues label, with the release of a special 2CD + bonus DVD compilation, 35 Years of Stony Plain. Earlier this fall the label received 14 nominations in Canada's Maple Blues Awards, recognising the talents of MonkeyJunk, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, Duke Robillard and Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne.
Stony Plain Records nominees for the 2012 Blues Music Awards:
Maria Muldaur
Steady Love

Maria Muldaur

Nominated for:
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
The Pilot:
"Muldaur has one foot in church and another in a Saturday night juke joint as she belts out hand-clapping church rousers, soul ballads and greasy swamp stompers. Over the years her voice has only gotten better, with her pipes now displaying a lusty, full-bodied resonance."
Blues In Britain Magazine:
""Soul & grit" emanates from Muldaur's voice... Muldaur and the band excel at all levels... A triumph!"
Blinded By Sound:
"There are echoes here of the way Ray Charles turned gospel into secular gold, and Muldaur shows that spirituality can still rock out - the sacred and the profane aren’t all that far apart, and spirituality can still temper earthly desire without corrupting the former or diluting the latter."
Living Blues Radio Chart:
#1 for October, #2 for November
Rory Block
Shake 'Em On Down

Rory Block

Nominated for:
Acoustic Artist
Acoustic Album (for Shake 'Em On Down: A Tribute To Mississippi Fred McDowell)
Living Blues Magazine:
"There's plenty to admire in her torrid slide work, the passion she infuses into her reedy vocals, and the obvious dedication with which she has undertaken this project."
No Depression Magazine:
"Creating something new and honoring the past at the same time."
Jazz & Blues Report Magazine:
"A superb recording."
Duke Robillard
Low Down and Tore Up

Duke Robillard

Nominated for:
Gibson Guitar Award
The Alternate Root:
"One of the pre-eminent guitarists in the world today, bar none."
Billings Gazette:
"The master blues guitarist heads back to the 1940s and '50s for a set of swinging blues covers from the Mt. Rushmore of early electric bluesmen"
Blues Revue (in Blues Wax newsletter):
"Gut Bucket with Caviar!!"
Living Blues Radio Chart:
#3 for October and November
Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
"Simply one of the best guitarists around."
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne
An Old Rock On A Roll

Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne

Nominated for:
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Vintage Guitar Magazine:
"A red-hot boogie woogie ivory tickler."
Blues Festival E-Guide:
"Hammers out rockin' boogie woogie, deeply felt blues, and puts a fresh coat of paint on ... roots rock and roll."
Living Blues Magazine:
"This release is certain to garner many deserved nominations and awards."
Joe Louis Walker
Blues Conspiracy

Joe Louis Walker

Nominated for:
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Chicago Sun-Times:
"Joe Louis Walker has achieved exalted status."
Blues Blast Magazine:
"Energy, undeniable personality, and high caliber talent."
Phoenix Blues Society:
"A fun set that sounds like it was as enjoyable to play as it must have been to watch."
Hampton Roads:
"He's the kind of guitarist... who always brings applause."
Eric Bibb

Eric Bibb

Nominated for:
Acoustic Artist
Acoustic Album (released by Telarc/Concord Music Group)
Stony Plain Records announces the signing of acclaimed folk blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Bibb, and will release his debut CD for the label, Deeper in the Well, in March 2012. Deeper in the Well features Eric Bibb on vocals and guitar backed by multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, guitarist Cedric Watson, drummer Danny Devillier and harmonica player Grant Dermody. Special guests on the CD include Michael Jerome Browne, Jerry Douglas and Christine Balfa.
Eric’s last CD, Troubadour Live, recorded at a 2010 concert in Stockholm, Sweden, was released earlier this year.

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