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Friday, June 29, 2012

Severn Records Artists Garner Multiple Nominations for the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards


ANNAPOLIS, MD – Severn Records artists Mud Morganfield and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones each received two nominations when the 2012 Blues Blast Magazine Music Awards were announced yesterday, June 28. Both artists were nominated in the Traditional Blues Album category: Mud Morganfield for his acclaimed Severn label debut, Son of the Seventh Son; and Sugar Ray & the Bluestones for their latest CD, Evening, which also led the way with five nominations at the recent Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Additional Blues Blast Award nominations include Sugar Ray & the Bluestones for Blues Band of the Year and Mud Morganfield for the prestigious Sean Costello Rising Star Award.

Currently featured on the cover of the latest issue of Living Blues magazine, Larry “Mud” Morganfield is the son of the legendary Muddy Waters. Recorded in Chicago and produced by Bob Corritore, Son of the Seventh Son features Mud Morganfield’s earthy, soulful vocals backed by a cadre of blues all-stars, including Kenny Smith on drums, Rick Kreher and Billy Flynn on guitar, Barrelhouse Chuck on keyboards, E.G. McDaniel on bass, and Harmonica Hines and Bob Corritore on harp.

Evening is the fifth Severn album for Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, which features Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals and harmonica, “Monster” Mike Welch on guitar, Anthony Geraci on keyboards, Michael “Mudcat” Ward on bass and Neil Gouvin on drums. The album

showcases a band keeping things direct and sizzling on the nine originals, plus covers of Johnny Young’s “I’m Having a Ball” (the blazing opener), Otis Rush’s “You Know My Love” and the title track, which has been recorded by T-Bone Walker and Jimmy Rushing, among others.

Voting to determine the Blues Blast Award winners begins July 1, 2012 and continues until August 31st, 2012 on the magazine’s website at Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE and subscribers are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on their website.

Blues Blast Magazine has partnered with public radio station WGLT FM in Normal, IL, which has set up a web page where you can play selected songs of the 2012 nominees. To hear samples of these great blues artists on WGLT’s 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards Artist Listening Site visit:

The complete list of nominees is available at the magazine’s website complete with links to all the artist websites at: When you get there, click on one of the nominees links to listen.

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