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Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite Lead Way; 32nd Blues Music Award Nominees Announced

The Blues Foundation purchased has selected its first permanent home in downtown Memphis earlier this week, just in time to announce the nominees for the 32nd Blues Music Awards.

Artists and albums are nominated in 26 categories.  This year’s nominees include 12 first-time nominees and they will be competing with a pair of legends as Blues Hall of Famers Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite tied for the most nominations with five apiece.  BMA-winner Janiva Magness received four nods and Derek Trucks, Eden Brent, Joe Louis Walker, James Cotton, Nick Moss, Paul Oscher and The Mannish Boys pulled three nominations apiece.  Soul legend Solomon Burke, who passed away earlier this year at age 70, is nominated twice.

Among the marquee awards are Album Of The Year, Entertainer Of The Year, and Band Of The Year.  Album of The Year nominees include Guy’s Living Proof, Musselwhite’s The Well, Eden Brent’s AIn’t Got No Troubles, Janiva Magness’ The Devil Is An Angel Too, and The Mannish Boys’ Shake For Me.  Entertainer of The Year nominees include Guy, Magness, Joe Louis Walker, Kenny Neal, and Super Chikan.  There are seven Band Of The Year nominees this year: Derek Trucks Band, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, The Holmes Brothers, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, and Mannish Boys.

Presumably among those first-time nominees are those up for the Best New Artist Debut, which includes Chris O’Leary Band, Claudette King, Matt Hill, Peter Parcek 3, and Vincent Hayes Project.

A panel selected by the Blues Foundation chooses nominees in 26 categories and winners are selected by Blues Foundation members, who can begin voting tomorrow.  Tickets for the ceremony and the DVD of last year’s award ceremony – highlighted by Buddy Guy’s acceptance of a Lifetime Achievement Award and performance – will also go on sale tomorrow.

The 32nd Blues Music Awards will be presented in Memphis May 5, 2011.  The show will once again be broadcast live on XM Radio.  My analysis of the nominees and categories will follow in a separate article.  You can begin having your say in the comments below.  Here is the full list of nominees:

Acoustic Album
Eric Bibb – Booker’s Guitar
Lucky Peterson – You Can Always Turn Around
Paul Oscher – Bet on the Blues
South Memphis String Band – Home Sweet Home
The Nighthawks – Last Train to Bluesville

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Guy Davis
John Hammond
Paul Oscher 

Buddy Guy – Living Proof
Charlie Musselwhite – The Well
Eden Brent – Ain’t Got No Troubles
Janiva Magness – The Devil is an Angel Too
The Mannish Boys – Shake for Me 

B.B. King Entertainer
Buddy Guy
Janiva Magness
Joe Louis Walker
Kenny Neal
Super Chikan 

Derek Trucks Band
Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Nick Moss Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
The Holmes Brothers
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band
The Mannish Boys 

Best New Artist Debut
Chris O’Leary Band – Mr. Used to Be
Claudette King – We’re Onto Something
Matt Hill – On the Floor
Peter Parcek 3 – The Mathematics of Love
The Vincent Hayes Project – Reclamation 

Contemporary Blues Album
Buddy Guy – Living Proof
Janiva Magness – The Devil is an Angel Too
John Nemeth – Name the Day!
Karen Lovely – Still the Rain
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Have Blues Will Travel 

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Karen Lovely
Robin Rogers
Shemekia Copeland 

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Buddy Guy
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Kenny Neal
Nick Moss   

Black Hen / Transgrease – The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert - (Various Artists)

Delmark – Live at Rooster’s Place (Tail Dragger)
NorthernBlues Music – Live at Ground Zero Blues Club - (Watermelon Slim & the Workers)
Ruf – Songs from the Road (Luther Allison)
Woodward Studio – Nothing to Prove (Mac Arnold) 

Black Derby  - Chicago Blues Buddies  - (Little Smokey Smothers & Elvin Bishop)
Delmark – Jimmy Dawkins Presents the Leric Story  - (Various Artists)
Delmark – Live in Boston 1966 – (Junior Wells & the Aces)
Delta Groove – Harmonica Blues (Bob Corritore & Friends)
Ruf – Songs from the Road (Luther Allison) 

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  • Joanie

    Man oh man! I think I had more fun going over the list with you than I’ve had listening to many of the entries. Too bad we don’t have a podcast of the convo. We could have pissed off the masses and amused a few people along the way.

    Really glad to see a few names on there, but very disappointed over some of the exclusions.