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Janiva Magness, Eden Brent, Buddy Guy, Lil’ Ed, Nick Moss Lead 2009 Blues Music Award Nominees

The 30th annual Blues Music Awards will be handed out in Memphis on May 7 and the nominations have been announced. Singer Janiva Magness and newcomer Eden Brent received a year's best four nominations while several other artists received three.

Buddy Guy's Skin Deep and Magness' What Love Will Do are among the nominees for Album of the Year along with efforts from veteran Elvin Bishop, Curtis Salgado, and The Mannish Boys, who also received three nominations this year. While the legendary B.B. King, who actually has an award named after him, was nominated for two awards, his album was mysteriously not among the Album of the Year nominations.

Among the list of nominees are a lot of familiar names, including Watermelon Slim, Nick Moss, and Gerry Hundt. Moss is an 11-time nominee who has yet to bring home a statue from the BMAs, but in November picked up an award for Song of the Year from the Blues Blast Awards for his song “Mistakes From the Past” from his Play It 'Til Tomorrow album. Newcomer Eden Brent's Mississippi Number One was nominated in the Acoustic category as well as for best debut album. Joining Brent in the debut category are wonder kids Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Chris James and Patrick Ryan's collaboration. Lil' Ed Williams and his Blues Imperials were also nominated three times, including a nod for Entertainer of the Year.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Album of the Year

The Mannish Boys – Lowdown Feelin'

Curtis Salgado – Clean Getaway

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep

Janiva Magness – What Love Will Do

Elvin Bishop – The Blues Rolls On

 

Acoustic Album of the Year

Eden Brent – Mississippi Number One

Rory Block – Blues Walkin' Like a Man

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines – A Night in Woodstock

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – Visions

Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill & Rich Del Grosso – Live from Bluesville

 

Acoustic Artist of the Year

Doug MacLeod

Rory Block

Otis Taylor

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

Eden Brent

 

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Janiva Magness

Watermelon Slim

Bobby Rush

Lil' Ed

Magic Slim

 

Band of the Year

Magic Slim & the Teardrops

Nick Moss & the Flip Tops

The Mannish Boys

Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

 

Best New Artist Debut

Chris James and Patrick Rynn – Stop and Think About It

Delta Highway – The Devil Had a Woman

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm – 2 Man Wrecking Crew

The Homemade Jamz Blues Band – Pay Me No Mind

Eden Brent – Mississippi Number One

 

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

Elvin Bishop – The Blues Rolls On

Watermelon Slim & the Workers – No Paid Holidays

Janiva Magness – What Love Will Do

Sean Costello – We Can Get Together

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep

 

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

Gaye Adegbalola

Marcia Ball

Robin Rogers

Bettye LaVette

Janiva Magness

 

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year

Michael Burks

Elvin Bishop

Sean Costello

Watermelon Slim

Buddy Guy

 

DVD

Broke & Hungry Records, Cathead Blues & Mudpuppy Recordings – M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace of the Blues

Eagle Eye Media – Albert Collins Live at Montreux 1992

Eagle Eye Media – Carlos Santana Plays Blues At Montreux 2004

Stony Plain Records – Ronnie Earl & Broadcasters – Hope Radio Sessions

Delmark Records – Little Arthur Duncan Live at Rosa's Blues Lounge

 

Historical Album of the Year

Eagle Records – Albert Collins Live At Montreux 1992

Jamie Records – Barbara Lynn: The Jamie Singles 1962-1965

Delmark Records – On Highway 80 (Sleepy John Estes)

Ruf Records – Rich Man's War: New Blues & Roots Songs of Peace and Protest (Various Artists)

TopCat Records – Hollywood Fats & the Paladins Live 1985

 

Instrumentalist-Bass

Bob Stroger

Mookie Brill

Larry Taylor

Bill Stuve

Jeff Turmes

 

Instrumentalist-Drums

Cedric Burnside

Richard Innes

Jimi Bott

Tony Braunagel

Kenny Smith

Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith

 

Instrumentalist-Guitar

Sonny Landreth

Lurrie Bell

Michael Burks

Kid Ramos

Ronnie Earl

 

Instrumentalist-Harmonica

Steve Guyger

Billy Gibson

Mark Hummel

Jason Ricci

Rick Estrin

Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith

 

Instrumentalist-Horn

Deanna Bogart

Kaz Kazanoff

Terry Hanck

Keith Crossan

Doug James

 

Instrumentalist-Other

Johnny Sansone – Accordion

Bob Brozman – Mandolin, Ukulele

Otis Taylor – Banjo

Rich Del Grosso – Mandolin

Gerry Hundt – Mandolin

 

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

Henry Butler

David Maxwell

Eden Brent

Bruce Katz

Marcia Ball

 

Rock Blues Album of the Year

Jeff Healey – Mess of Blues

Sonny Landreth – from the REACH

Michael Burks – Iron Man

Gary Moore – Bad for You Baby

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Blood Brothers

Walter Trout – The Outsider

 

Song of the Year

Dave Duncan & Curtis Salgado – “20 Years of B. B. King” (Curtis Salgado)

Kenny Neal – “Let Life Flow” (Kenny Neal)

Elvin Bishop – “The Blues Rolls On” (Elvin Bishop)

Albert Castiglia – “Bad Year Blues” (Albert Castiglia)

Sonny Landreth – “Blue Tarp Blues” (Sonny Landreth)

 

Soul Blues Album of the Year

Irma Thomas – Simply Grand

Curtis Salgado – Clean Getaway

Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band – Overnight Sensation

Clarence Spady – Just Between Us

Johnny Rawls – Red Cadillac

 

Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year

Sharrie Williams

Irma Thomas

Jean Shy

Etta James

Denise LaSalle

 

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year

Tad Robinson

Bobby Rush

Jackie Payne

Johnny Rawls

Curtis Salgado

 

Traditional Blues Album of the Year

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials – Full Tilt

B.B. King – One Kind Favor

Honeyboy Edwards – Roamin' and Ramblin'

Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater – West Side Strut

The Mannish Boys – Lowdown Feelin'

 

Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year

Koko Taylor

Maria Muldaur

Nora Jean Bruso

Diunna Greenleaf

Ruthie Foster

 

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year

B.B. King

Lurrie Bell

Magic Slim

Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater

Honeyboy Edwards

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