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Alligator Artists Nab 17 Blues Music Nominations

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Alligator Records reports that 9 of their artists have received a total of 17 Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) nominations.

The full list of nominees, courtesy of the Blues Foundation, is as follows:

Acoustic Album of the Year

A Ship Called Love – Eric Bibb
Birthright – James Blood Ulmer
Down In The Delta – Paul Oscher
In Your Arms Again – John Hammond
Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul – Maria Muldaur

Acoustic Artist of the Year

Corey Harris
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Paul Oscher
Rory Block

Album of the Year

About Them Shoes – Hubert Sumlin
Anything Can Happen – Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Sadie Mae – Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
That Represent Man – The Mannish Boys
Think of Me – Little Milton

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Bobby Rush
Buddy Guy
Little Milton
Magic Slim
Marcia Ball *

Band of the Year

Fabulous Thunderbirds
Holmes Brothers *
Little Charlie & the Nightcats *
Magic Slim and the Teardrops
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers

Best New Artist Debut

Billy Gibson – The Billy Gibson Band
Duwayne Burnside – Under Pressure
Eddie Turner – Rise
Mitch Kashmar – Nickels and Dimes
Zac Harmon – The Blues According to Zacariah

Comeback Album of the Year

Better To Have It – Bobby Purify
Black Coffee – Al Kooper
Club Caravan – Big George Brock
Flash Forward – The Siegel-Schwall Band *
Soul Sanctuary – Hollywood Blue Flames

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

Fever For The Bayou – Tab Benoit
Gettin’ My Groove Back – Elvin Bishop
Live! Down The Road – Marcia Ball *
Soul Shaker – Tommy Castro
The Soul Truth – Shemekia Copeland *

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

Debbie Davies
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball *
Shemekia Copeland *
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year

Alvin Youngblood Hart
Kim Wilson
Sonny Landreth
Tab Benoit
Tommy Castro

Historical Album of the Year

Hoochie Coochie Man: Complete Chess Recordings, Volume 2, 1952-1958 – Muddy Waters, (Chess/Hip-O Select)
Stompin’ At Mother Blues – J.B. Hutto, (Delmark Records)
Strictly Live… in ’85 Plus – James Harman, (Pacific Blues)
The Essential Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal, (Legacy Recordings)
The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album – Johnny Adams, (Rounder Records)

Instrumentalist-Bass

Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Larry Taylor
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Mookie Brill

Instrumentalist-Drums

Jimi Bott
Popsy Dixon *
Sam Carr
Sam Lay

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Instrumentalist-Guitar

Bob Margolin
Charlie (Little Charlie) Baty *
Hubert Sumlin
Kirk Fletcher
Ronnie Earl
Sonny Landreth

Instrumentalist-Harmonica

Carey Bell *
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin *

Instrumentalist-Horn

Big James Montgomery
Calvin Owens
Eddie Shaw
Greg Piccolo
Mark Kazanoff
Sax Gordon

Instrumentalist-Other

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Fiddle
Otis Taylor – Banjo
Rich DelGrosso – Mandolin
Robert Randolph – Pedal steel
Sonny Rhodes – Lap Steel

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year

Dr. John
Henry Butler
Honey Piazza
Jon Cleary
Marcia Ball *

Song of the Year

“Dubb’s Talkin’ Politician Blues”, written by Doug MacLeod, performed by Doug MacLeod, Dubb
“Think Of Me”, written by Jon Tiven, Milton Campbell, Pete Shoulder, performed by Little Milton, Think of Me
“Twenty”, written by Robert Cray, performed by Robert Cray, Twenty
“What the Hell is Going On”, written by Elvin Bishop, performed by Elvin Bishop, Gettin’ My Groove Back
“Who Stole My Radio?”, written by John Hahn & Joe Hudson, performed by Shemekia Copeland, The Soul Truth *

Soul Blues Album of the Year

I’m From Phunkville – Mem Shannon
I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise – Betty LaVette
Make Do With What You Got – Solomon Burke
Night Fishin’ – Bobby Rush
Respect Yourself - Otis Clay
Think of Me – Little Milton

Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year

Bettye LaVette
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Mavis Staples *
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year

Bobby Rush
Little Milton
Mem Shannon
Mighty Sam McClain
Solomon Burke

Traditional Album of the Year

About Them Shoes – Hubert Sumlin
Anything Can Happen - Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Jukin’ at Bettie’s – Willie King
Sadie Mae – Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
That Represent Man – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year

Ann Rabson *
Etta James
Koko Taylor *
Maria Muldaur
Nora Jean Bruso
Precious Bryant
Ruth Brown

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year

B.B. King
Hubert Sumlin
Magic Slim
Robert Lockwood Jr.
Willie King

Whether you’re rooting for Alligator’s impressive roster or other artists on this list, you really can’t go wrong with any of the incredible blues music of 2005.

* Indicates Alligator Records artists

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