Do you have the blues because you can't make it to Memphis to see the Blues Music Awards live? The Blues Foundation has the cure for what ails you, announcing that XM Radio is going to broadcast the event live.
Don't have XMRadio? They've got that covered, too, as you can listen to the Bluesville channel online.
I guess that's as good a consolation prize as I could hope for... that is unless BC Magazine suddenly decides to underwrite my trip to Memphis. Right then, streaming the award show at home it is!
This is actually pretty terrific because now I can tune in and see how my ballot jibes with the final tallies. I'll also be able to hear all of those fantastic performances. I'll probably wind up spending the price of the trip to Memphis over the weeks following the show, as I become familiar with more of the amazing talents who are participating in the event.
Among those scheduled to present awards are former league player and manager Dusty Baker, as well as musicians Johhn Mayall and Elvin Bishop.
A partial list of those planning to attend includes Calvin Owens, Charlie Musselwhite, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Dr. John, Duke Robillard, Eddie Shaw, Guitar Shorty, Guy Davis, Irma Thomas, John Mooney, Kid Ramos, Kim Wilson, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Marcia Ball, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Sam Carr, Tab Benoit, and Zora Young. I have a feeling Watermelon Slim, the man nominated for the most awards this year, will be in attendance as well. Damn, would I like to meet him, and Nick Moss, and the amazing Charlie Musselwhite. David "Honeyboy" Edwards, traces his roots back to Robert Johnson, one of the few who still can. Tell me meeting him wouldn't be cool. There I go, getting the blues all over again.