2017 Blues Blast Winners Announced

Here are your 2017 Blues Blast Music Award winners!

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In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and others nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories. Blues Blast Magazine subscribers began voting to determine the winners on July 1st, with only one vote per person allowed. Congratulations to all of the winners and all the nominees!

2017 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees
Winners in bold and blue

Contemporary Blues Album:

 Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever
Monster Mike Welch & Michael Ledbetter – Right Place Right Time
Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed
Kilborn Alley Blues Band – The Tolono Tapes
John Mayall – Talk About That
Coco Montoya – Hard Truth

Traditional Blues Album:

 Billy Flynn – Lonesome Highway
Dennis Gruenling – Ready Or Not
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s
Mississippi Heat – Cab Driving Man
Barrelhouse Chuck – Remembering The Masters
John Primer & Bob Corritore – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do

Soul Blues Album:

 Dave Keller – Right Back Atcha
William Bell – This Is Where I Live
Roland Johnson – Imagine This
Lauren Mitchell – Desire
Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman
JJ Thames – Raw Sugar

Rock Blues Album:

 Ana Popovic – Trilogy
Nick Moss – From the Root to the Fruit
Albert Castiglia – Big Dog
Joanna Connor – Six String Stories
Sean Chambers – Trouble & Whiskey
Mike Zito – Make Blues Not War

Acoustic Blues Album:

 Ivas John – Good Days Comin’
Terry Robb – Cool On The Bloom
Cary Morin – Cradle to the Grave
Doug MacLeod – Live In Europe
John Long – Stand Your Ground
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny and Brownie’s Last Train
Fiona Boyes – Professin’ The Blues

Live Blues Recording:

 Alexis P. Suter – AMOS – Live From Briggs Farm Blues Festival
The Terry Hanck Band – From Roadhouse To Your House – Live!
Omar Coleman – Live At Rosa’s Lounge
Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam
The Jimmys – Live From Transylvania
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat – Live At The Kessler

Historical Or Vintage Recording:

 Various Artists – Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection
Erwin Helfer – Last Call
Ruth Brown – Say It Again – Ruth Brown In The 60s
Lightnin Hopkins –Thinkin’ And Worryin’ – The Aladdin Singles 1947-1952
Roy Buchanan – The Genius Of The Guitar – His Early Recordings
Champion Jack Dupree – Live At Rockpalast: Cologne 1980

New Artist Debut Album:

 Robert Finley – Age Don’t Mean A Thing
Tom Dikon & The Jukes Revival – Been A Long Time Baby
Gene Jackson – 1963
Vintage #18 – Grit
Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue


Blues Band:

 Mississippi Heat
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Nick Moss Band

Male Blues Artist:

 John Mayall
Wee Willie Walker
Barrelhouse Chuck
Billy Flynn
Toronzo Cannon
Bobby Rush

Female Blues Artist:

 Annika Chambers
Beth Hart
Lisa Mann
Trudy Lynn
Deb Ryder
Thornetta Davis

Sean Costello Rising Star Award:

 Quinn Sullivan
Lauren Mitchell
Southern Avenue
Dawn Tyler Watson
Vanessa Collier


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