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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Vote for the Blues Blast Music Awards!
BLUES FANS: VOTE FOR THE BLUES BLAST MUSIC
Voting for the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
is now open to anyone who is a Blues Blast magazine subscriber. Subscriptions
are FREE and an automatic part of the voting process on the
website. Blind Pig artists and recordings are well represented on the
WALTER" Traditional Blues
Album Unequaled live tribute to the harmonica icon from five
of the finest harp players on the current blues scene - Billy Boy
Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, and
James Harman. The album was named winner of two major 2014
Blues Music Awards - "Best Traditional Album" "Album of the Year." It also
received a 2014 Grammy nomination for "Best Blues Album."
BILLY BRANCH Song of the Year - "Going
To See Miss Gerri One More
Time" “Going To
See Miss Gerri One More Time” is a moving song about a lost chapter in the
cultural history of Chicago’s black population, the story of Gerri Oliver,
long-time proprietor of the Palm Tavern in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood,
an area rich with African-American history that’s been called the ‘Harlem of the
Midwest’ Much of that history unfolded in the legendary nightspot that Gerri
presided over from 1956 until the city shut it down in 2001.
In its heyday, the Palm Tavern was the hot spot
for celebrities such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis, Jr., Count
Basie, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Quincy Jones, and Dinah Washington. It
was, in short, as the Chicago Tribune put it, “a landmark in Chicago
history and American musical culture.”
The song, written by Billy Branch, is the
centerpiece of Blues Shock, the first studio CD from the three-time
Grammy nominee with his band in fifteen years. Living Blues said the
composition is “nothing less than the story of the Great Migration itself,
exemplified in the life trajectory of one remarkable woman…by any objective
standard, both an eloquent piece of storytelling and an appropriate tribute.”
Branch calls it simply “the best song I’ve ever written.” To watch a concept video of the song,
please click HERE.
FOWLER Sean Costello Rising Star
Award Song of the Year - "Old Fools, Bar Stools, and
Me" Damon Fowler has emerged as on the foremost
practitioners of American roots music. No Depression said, "A blend of
sacred steel, backwater blues and howling, greasy swamp rock, Fowler's music is
a primal, atavistic sound that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand
up. Hittin' the Note magazine called him "one soul-oozin', rock 'n'
rollin', swamp stalkin' blue monster of a talent."
"Old Fools, Bar Stools, and Me"
is a track from his latest release, Sounds of Home, which was produced
by swamp blues master Tab Benoit. To watch a live performance of this
song, please click HERE.
SHAWN HOLT AND THE
TEARDROPS New Artist Debut Album - "Daddy Told
Me" Shawn Holt is the son of the
late legendary blues master, Magic Slim. Fronting his old man's
band, Shawn carries on Slim's unique sound and legacy with his debut recording,
Daddy Told Me.The album quickly
rose to the #1 slot on the Living Blues radio chart and has been critically
acclaimed. Vintage Guitar said it is "hard to beat this strong debut."
The album won the prestigious 2014 Blues Music
Award for "Best New Artist Debut."The high energy,
hard-driving sound of the Teardrops is still alive and well with Shawn. The
Chicago Blues Guide said that Shawn has "proved conclusively he has
what it takes to maintain the family legacy."
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Blast Music Awards, please clickHERE.