The 2010 Blues Music Awards are this Thursday in Memphis. I'm excited enough that my bags have theoretically been packed for ages. If only my organizational skills matched my enthusiasm. I still have nothing to wear to this thing. Rumor has it I'm considering wearing a tie. I'd say don't hold your breath but anything is possible. As the biggest night for the blues approaches, I've been sharing with all of you, dear readers, the ballot I cast. Who did I vote for and why? Today's epistle shall cover Blues Band Of The Year, the B.B. King Entertainer of The Year, and Best New Artist Debut.
In the other pieces I've written about my ballot — Acoustic, Contemporary, Traditional — I've tried to maintain some semblance of suspense through the article by withholding my vote until the very end of it. The first thing I did after renewing my Blues Foundation membership and opening my 2010 BMA ballot was scroll down the list to find the Band Of The Year category. There is no suspense here because there was no conflict here. That's not a slam against the nominees I didn't vote for — they're great. Blues Band of The Year was the easiest vote for me because I didn't even attempt objectivity or careful consideration.
I remember telling friends in 2004 the reason I wasn't watching any of the presidential debates between Sen. John Kerry and President Bush was because I pay attention; skipping those insipid debates was my reward for doing my homework year 'round. It's a similar thing here. The reason I didn't have to agonize over my ballot is because I've already put my time in. There's a reason I allowed the fan in me to dive in with reckless abandon. There's only one nominee in this category for me and that is Nick Moss & The Flip Tops.
Tommy Castro is wonderful and I really like Hard Believer. Duke Robillard is blues royalty. I'm not 100 percent sure but I think The Mannish Boys have been nominated in this category every single year since I started following these awards in 2007! All these bands deserve to win. Can I tell you with a clear conscience Nick Moss & The Flip Tops deserve it more? Yes! But that doesn't matter because that's not why I did this.