Several Louisiana artists are inlcuded in the annual Blues Awards that are awarded each year by the Blues Foundation. The Blues Foundation produces the annual Blues Music Awards, which will be presented this year at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The Blues Music Awards, now in their 35th year, are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in Blues music. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for Blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to recognize superior achievements in Blues performance, songwriting, and recording while honoring a rich cultural tradition. Leading the list of nominees for the 35th Blues Music Awards from Louisiana are Buddy Guy, with four, and Bobby Rush garnered three nominations.
Nominees hailing from Louisiana are:
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Best Blues Saxophone
Ruf Records – Songs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)
The Jewel/Paula Blues Story (Various Artists) – Fuel Records
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
“The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down” – Johnny Sansone
Soul Blues Album
Down In Louisiana – Bobby Rush
Soul Blues Female Artist
Soul Blues Male Artist
Also announced were the “Keeping The Blues Alive awards, which honor those who are dedicated to keeping the traditions of Blues alive. OffBeat Magazine was a recipient of one of these awards in 2005. The 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipient in Louisiana is journalist/photographer Gene Tomko, from Lafayette, Louisiana. The complete list of 35th Blues Music Award nominees is here.
Tickets for the Award show go on sale December 16. Blues Foundation members are the only fans who vote to decide which nominees will actually take home the Blues Music Award.