[Updated] Tab Benoit and Johnny Sansone received four nominations each by the Blues Foundation for their annual Blues Music Awards. The winners will be announced on May 10 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee, where Benoit and his Medicine album face off against Sansone and The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too in the categories of Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Benoit is also nominated for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, while Sansone is nominated for Song of the Year for the title cut. The big winner in these nominations may be Anders Osborne, who co-produced and played on both albums.
Other locals and semi-locals receiving nominations include guitarist Ana Popovic, who’s Unconditional (up for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year) was recorded at Piety Street Studios with a band that included Jon Cleary. Cleary and Marcia Ball are nominated for Piano Player of the Year and Stanton Moore is nominated for Drummer of the Year. Lazy Lester’s You Better Listen is up for Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton are nominated for DVD of the Year for Play the Blues. Mike Zito is, like Marcia Ball, officially a Texan, but his Pearl River album is dotted with Louisianans (including Anders Osborne). He’s also a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, and he’s up for Guitarist of the Year.
For a complete list of nominees, go to Blues.org.
Updated January 5, 1 p.m.
Mike Zito is a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, not the Royal Southern Gentlemen. The text has been changed to reflect the correction.