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Chicago favorites Nick Moss & The Flip Tops named Best Blues Band...

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops., Elvin Bishop, Kilborn Alley Blues Band Win at 2009 Blues Blast Music Awards

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops took home award for Best Blues Band last night at the 2009 Blues Blast Awards at a ceremony held at Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago.

While Moss' Live at Chan's: Combo Platter No. 2 didn't capture the award for Best Contemporary Blues Recording — the award going instead to The Insomniacs' At Least I'm Not With You — it provides listeners with all the explanation they could ever need for their win in the crowded Best Blues Band category.  Moss' Flip Tops edged out multiple-Blues Music Award winning acts like Watermelon Slim as well as Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and The Mannish Boys.

Among the other winners were veteran guitarist Elvin Bishop, who took the award for Best Male Artist as well as Chris James and Patric Rynn, whose Stop & Think About It won for Best New Artist Debut Recording. 

Moss' labelmates Kilborn Alley Blues Band won the Sean Costello Rising Star Award, named for the late Sean Costello, a promising blues talent who passed away in 2008.  Kilborn Alley recently wrapped work on their third record, due for release next year.

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Best Contemporary Blues Recording

The Insomniacs – At Least I’m Not With You

Best Traditional Blues Recording
Various Artists – Chicago Blues: A Living History

Best Blues Song
Albert Castiglia – "Bad Year Blues"

Best Blues Band

Nick Moss and The Flip Tops

Best Male Artist

Elvin Bishop

Best Female Artist

Robin Rogers

Best New Artist Debut Recording
Chris James & Patrick Rynn – Stop & Think About It

Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

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