Monday, June 11, 2018

Blues Blast Magazine 2018 BBMA Award Nominees


Here is the info on the 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards Nominees and the awards show:

From Blues Blast Magazine -

Contact Information: Bob Kieser (309) 267-4425 or

In early April, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories. The complete list of nominees is listed below and is also available at our website at:

Fan voting to determine the winners begins July 1, 2018 and continues until August 31, 2018 on our website at Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are always FREE and you are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website.

The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with over 36,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 90 countries.

The 2018 Blues Blast Awards ceremonies will be held on September 29th, at Tebala Event Center in Rockford, Illinois. Tickets and complete information on lodging and directions are available at The Blues Blast Music Awards website at

The 2018 Blues Blast Music Award nominees
Contemporary Blues Album

  • Victor Wainwright & The Train - Self Titled
  • Selwyn Birchwood - Pick Your Poison
  • Chris Cain - Self titled
  • Danielle Nicole - Cry No More
  • Bernard Allison - Let It Go
  • Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind - Approved By Snakes

Traditional Blues Album

  • The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling - The High Cost of Low Living
  • Kim Wilson - Blues And Boogie Vol 1
  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Groovin' In Greaseland
  • Oscar Wilson - One Room Blues
  • The Cash Box Kings - Royal Mint
  • Mud Morganfield - They Call Me Mud

Soul Blues Album

  • Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra - After A While
  • Johnny Rawls - Waiting For The Train
  • Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed
  • Benny Turner - My Brother’s Blues
  • Markey Blues & Ric Latina Project - Raised In Muddy Water
  • Ivy Ford - Time To Shine

Rock Blues Album

  • Walter Trout - We're All In This Together
  • Albert Castiglia - Up All Night
  • Tinsley Ellis - Winning Hand
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Stompin' Ground
  • Ghost Town Blues Band - Backstage Pass
  • Savoy Brown - Witchy Feelin'

Acoustic Blues Album

  • Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager - Rough Cut
  • Doug MacLeod - Break The Chain
  • Mitch Woods - Friends Along The Way
  • Daniel Eriksen - Narrative Boogie
  • Sonny Landreth - Recorded Live In Lafayette
  • Sunny Lowdown - Down Loaded

Live Blues Recording

  • Sonny Landreth - Recorded Live In Lafayette
  • John Mayall - Three For The Road
  • Ghost Town Blues Band - Backstage Pass
  • Muddy Waters - Live At Rockpalast
  • Nick Schnebelen - Live In Kansas City
  • Casey Hensley - Live Featuring Laura Chavez

Historical Or Vintage Recording

  • Muddy Waters - Live At Rockpalast
  • Luther Allison Box Set
  • Johnny Nicholas - Too Many Bad Habits
  • Paul Delay – Live at Notodden '97
  • Reverend Raven & The CSAB - My Life – Twentieth Anniversary

New Artist Debut Album

  • Patrick Recob - Perpetual Luau
  • Ben Levin - Ben's Blues
  • Heather Newman - Burn Me Alive
  • Casey Hensley - Live Featuring Laura Chavez
  • Orphan Jon - Abandoned No More
  • Ilya Portnov - Strong Brew

Blues Band

  • The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling
  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
  • The Cash Box Kings
  • Ghost Town Blues Band
  • Welch Ledbetter Connection
  • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy

Male Blues Artist

  • Victor Wainwright
  • Chris Cain
  • Walter Trout
  • Oscar Wilson
  • Kid Ramos
  • Benny Turner

Female Blues Artist

  • Danielle Nicole
  • Shaun Murphy
  • Samantha Fish
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Beth Hart
  • Karen Lovely

Sean Costello Rising Star Award

  • Ben Levin
  • Joyann Parker
  • Orphan Jon
  • Ivy Ford
  • Heather Newman


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