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blues guitarist on stageThere’s just a few more days to vote in this year’s Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Awards. Hurry over to this page if you are ready to vote now.

This is where this international organization chooses the best of the blues for last year (November 1, 2012-October 31, 2013). You have to be a member to vote. You are a member aren’t you? If not, this is a great time to join. If you love the blues it’s well worth it.

You can even get a taste of all the nominees music on Spotify here. They’ve put together a playlist for you. Pretty cool eh?

Here’s the categories and the nominees…

Acoustic Album
That album that best represents acoustic blues recorded predominantly with acoustic instruments.
Doug MacLeod, There’s a Time
Guy Davis featuring Fabrizio Poggi, Juba Dance
Harrison Kennedy, Soulscape
Rory Block, Avalon
The Hound Kings, Unleashed

 

Acoustic Artist
That artist(s) whose recordings and/or performances best represent acoustic blues during eligibility period.
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Little G Weevil
Rory Block

 

Album
Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!
Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Remembering Little Walter
Buddy Guy, Rhythm & Blues
James Cotton, Cotton Mouth Man
Lurrie Bell, Blues in My Soul

 

B.B. King Entertainer
That performer who has best represented and promoted the blues through recordings and performances during eligibility period.
Bobby Rush
Buddy Guy
John Németh
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

 

Band
That group, recording and performing as a unit, which best exemplifies ensemble playing during eligibility period.
Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Rick Estrin & the Night Cats
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Mannish Boys
Trampled Under Foot

 

Best New Artist Debut
Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters, Double Crossing Blues
Clay Swafford, Rooster
Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band, Proof Of Love
Paul Gabriel, What’s The Chance…
Shawn Holt & the Teardrops, Daddy Told Me
Valerie June, Pushin Against A Stone

 

Contemporary Blues Album
That album that best portrays Blues in which elements other than those traditionally found in Blues are part of the mix.
Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!
Brandon Santini, This Time Another Year
Buddy Guy, Rhythm & Blues
Cyril Neville, Magic Honey
Trampled Under Foot, Badlands

 

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
That female performer whose recordings and/or performances during eligibility period best portray Blues in which elements other than those traditionally found in Blues are part of the mix.
Ana Popovic
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Susan Tedeschi

 

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
That male performer whose recordings and/or performances during eligibility period that best portrays Blues in which elements other than those traditionally found in Blues are part of the mix.
Buddy Guy
Gary Clark Jr.
Johnny Sansone
Kim Wilson
Otis Taylor

 

DVD
The best Blues DVD in any style.
Blue Star Connection – Live at Knuckleheads (The Healers)
High John Records – Time Brings About a Change (Floyd Dixon)
J&R Adventures – An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (Joe Bonamassa)
Ruf Records – Songs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Shake-It-Sugar Records – Live (Murali Coryell)

 

Instrumentalist-Bass
That musician whose skills on the bass, in performance and/or on recordings, best portray the blues during eligibility period.
Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Danielle Schnebelen
Larry Taylor
Patrick Rynn

 

Instrumentalist-Drums
That musician whose skills on the drums, in performance and/or on recordings, best portray the blues during eligibility period.
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

 

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Gary Clark Jr.
Kid Andersen
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl

 

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Brandon Santini
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

 

Instrumentalist-Horn
Big James Montgomery
Eddie Shaw
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

 

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Diunna Greenleaf
Lavelle White
Teeny Tucker
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young

 

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
That musician whose skills on the keyboards, in performance and/or on recordings, best portray the blues during eligibility period.
Barrelhouse Chuck
Dave Keyes
Marcia Ball
Mike Finnigan
Victor Wainwright

 

Rock Blues Album of the Year
That album that best portrays the Rock Blues genre, that hybrid that combines elements of Blues, with an emphasis on Blues, but also rock with its heavily-amplified instrumentation and generally driving drum beat.
Mike Zito & the Wheel, Gone to Texas
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Made Up Mind
The Rides, Can’t Get Enough
Toronzo Cannon, John The Conquer Root
Walter Trout, Luther’s Blues

 

Song
This award is presented to the songwriter. First-ever recording of a song initially released to the public during eligibility period which best portrays the blues by means of theme, structure, and overall feeling.
Blues in My Soul, Lurrie Bell , Lurrie Bell
He Was There, Cotton, Hambridge & Fleming, James Cotton
That’s When The Blues Begins, James Goode, Ruff Kutt Blues Band
The Entitled Few, Doug MacLeod, Doug MacLeod
The Night The Pie Factory Burned Down, Johnny Sansone, Johnny Sansone

 

Soul Blues Album
That album that best portrays Southern soul blues.
Bobby Rush, Down In Louisiana
Dave Keller, Soul Changes
Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band, Soul For Your Blues
Johnny Rawls, Remembering O. V.
Otis Clay, Truth Is (Putting Love Back Into The Music)

 

Soul Blues Female Artist
That female performer whose recordings and/or performance best portray Southern soul blues during eligibility period.
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Dorothy Moore
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica

 

Soul Blues Male Artist
That male performer whose recordings and/or performance best portray Southern soul blues during eligibility period.
Bobby Rush
Frank Bey
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

 

Traditional Blues Album
That album that best portrays traditional electric blues.
Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars, Driftin’ From Town To Town
Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Remembering Little Walter
James Cotton, Cotton Mouth Man
Lurrie Bell, Blues In My Soul
The Cash Box Kings, Black Toppin’

 

Traditional Blues Male Artist
That male artist whose recordings and/or performance best portray traditional electric blues during eligibility period.
Anson Funderburgh
Billy Boy Arnold
James Cotton
John Primer
Lurrie Bell

 

Again, hurry over to this page if you are ready to vote now.

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