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The month of FEBRUARY in Roots, Blues & Rock History
Obscure, murky, contentious and discourteous bulletins that delve into the history of roots, blues and rock music thanks to some extensive and at times ill founded research by Dr Jerome Douvendahns.

As the Australia Day debate heats up, www.sablues.org has stepped into the firing line of The Greens and those from the outraged Left who are demanding a change. Yesterday www.sablues.org announced its plans for a podcast of Australia roots and blues music to be played on January 26th. When questioned on the issue, podcaster Mr Douvendahns stated that the podcast should not be seen as a celebration but rather a commemoration. He went on to say

“We are on about roots and blues. It’s about presenting a playlist that acknowledges the adversity of the 162,000 convicts transported to the Great South Land from 1788 to 1850. 162,000! It is also about respecting Australia’s indigenous heritage and acknowledging the hardship they suffered as well. Not only that, think of the many who have migrated to Australia over the years and the trepidation they must have experienced. When reflecting on all this hardship and misery the best remedy is music, songs that communicate the hopes, sorrows and convictions of ordinary everyday people.”

When pressed on the implications of such a podcast, producer Mr Stoeckel seemed resigned to any ensuing controversy.

“We’ll see wont we! Be interesting to see how our subscribers respond. Will we get more or less than our regular 4,000 downloads a month for this podcast? I’ll let you know. What I don’t really expect is our FaceBook page to be inundated with a whole lot of hate mail. Now that would be a storm in a teacup!”

PS Given the divisive nature of the Australia Day debate, I was curious as to how Podcast 294 would be received.
As of 30-Jan-2018 (05:01 MST) Podcast 294 had received 3,088 hits (according to our Webalizer stats).
Since the posting of Pdcast 294 two people have unsubscribed (not known if this was related to Aust. Day debate or not) but we did get one new subscription.
Two replies were received from our E-Newlettter:
"Bloody brilliant opening lines re Oz Day."
"Love your into, well done!"

Our facebook group post for Podcast 294 received 2 likes and was seen by 40.
David Stoeckel 28/1/2018

Here are the 25 most-played new and reissued CD's from Australian Blues & Roots artists

Monthly Chart #97- JAN 2018

Place This Month/Place Last Month/Artist/Album/Label/Year/Website

1 / 37 / MORNINGSIDE FATS / Lies, Damn Lies & the Blues / Independent / www.reverbnation.com/MorningsideFats

2 / 1 / SIMON KINNY-LEWIS / Catfish / Independent / www.sklblues.com

3 / 6 / NEIL HAWKER / South by East / Independent / www.neilhawkerblues.com/

4 / 2 / HEY GRINGO & DARYL ROBERTS / Not The Same Planet / Independent / Only Blues Music / www.heygringo.net

5 / 33 / THE CYRIL B. BUNTER BAND / Loco Motive / Independent / CBBB Records / www.facebook.com/cbbbauthorised

6 / 4 / WAYNE JURY / Restless (EP) / Independent / www.waynejury.com.au

7 / 3 / LOS SKELETONE BLUES / Prawnfootin' / Independent / www.losskeletoneblues.com.au

8 / 45 / BONNIE KAYE AND THE BONAFIDES / Fake It Till You Make It / Independent / www.reverbnation.com/bonniekay

9 / 5 / ANDREA MARR / Natural / Independent / Only Blues Music / www.andreamarr.com

10 / 12 / THE FLEURIEU BLUESBREAKERS / The Devil Lives Down My Street / Independent / www.facebook.com/The-Fleurieu-Bluesbreakers-1026134420821543/

11 / 22 / STEVE GRIEVE & THE MOURNERS / Caterpillar Maze / Independent / www.stevegrieveandthemourners.com

12 / new / THE KELLY AUTY BAND / Kelly's Blues / Independent / www.kellyauty.com.au

13 / 7 / STORMCELLAR / Defiance / Independent / www.stormcellar.com.au

14 / 10 / JOHN McNAMARA / Rollin' With It / Black Market Music / www.johnmcnamarablues.com

15 / 8 / LLOYD SPIEGEL / This Time Tomorrow / Independent / Only Blues Music / www.lloydspiegel.com

16 / 15 / SUZANNE PETERSEN / So Many Nights / Independent / http://suzannepetersen.com

17 / 21 / JAMES SOUTHWELL / Where the Wind Blows : The Dockside Sessions / MGM Distribution / www.jamessouthwell.com

18 / 19 / KINGS & ASSOCIATES / Tales Of A Rich Girl / Independent / www.theassociates.org.au

19 / 17 / PAUL WINN BAND / Live at Lazybones / Independent / Hollow Tree Records / www.paulwinn.com

20 / 20 / SOUL MESSENGERS / Vision & Faith / Independent / www.soulmessengers.com.au

21 / 16 / THE KATE LUSH BAND / Let It Fly / Independent / www.katelush.com

22 / 18 / TOMCAT PLAYGROUND / Shufflin' For a Quid / Independent / www.facebook.com/tomcatplayground

23 / 37 / GEOFF ACHISON / Another Mile, Another Minute / Jupiter2 / Only Blues Music / www.geoffachison.com

24 / 23 / DEVIL'S KIOSK / Stolen / Independent / Only Blues Music / www.devilskiosk.com.au

25 / 24 / 19TWENTY / Triad / Independent / www.19twentymusic.com

38th Blues Music Awards 2017

The winners for the 38th Blues Music Awards. Winners are in bold blue type.

38th Blues Music Award Winners

Acoustic Album
Eric Bibb – The Happiest Man in the World
Fiona Boyes – Professin’ the Blues
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Live at Briggs Farm
John Long – Stand Your Ground
Luther Dickinson – Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol I and II

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Fiona Boyes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Luther Dickinson

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Tedeschi Trucks Band

B.B. King Entertainer
Joe Bonamassa
John Nemeth
Lil’ Ed Williams
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Best Emerging Artist Album
Corey Dennison Band – Corey Dennison Band
Guy King – Truth
Jonn Del Toro Richardson – Tengo Blues
Terrie Odabi – My Blue Soul
Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman

Contemporary Blues Album
Al Basile – Mid Century Modern
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
The Record Company – Give It Back To You
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Alexis P Suter
Ana Popovic
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Castiglia
Kenny Neal
Mike Zito
Sugaray Rayford
Toronzo Cannon

Historical Album
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw, Bear Family Records
B.B. King, More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard, Ace Records
Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, Omnivore Recordings
Doug MacLeod – Live in Europe, Under the Radar and Doug MacLeod
Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records
Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends, Elrob Records

Biscuit Miller
Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
R W Grigsby

Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Bob Margolin
Joe Bonamassa
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Sugar Ray Norcia

Al Basile
Nancy Wright
Sax Gordon Beadle
Terry Hanck
Vanessa Collier

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Inetta Visor
Shaun Murphy
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album
Albert Castiglia – Big Dog
Mike Zito – Keep Coming Back
Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam

“Blues Immigrant” written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller on Blues Immigrant
“I Gotta Sang The Blues” written and performed by Thornetta Davis on Honest Woman
“Seeing Is Believing” written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on Seeing Is Believing
“Walk A Mile In My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finnigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
“Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way

Soul Blues Album
Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
Johnny Rawls – Tiger in a Cage
Wee Willie Walker – Live! Notodden Blues Festival
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye Lavette
Lara Price
Mavis Staples
Terrie Odabi
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Curtis Salgado
Johnny Rawls
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell

Traditional Blues Album
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s
Bob Margolin – My Road
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Bob Margolin
John Primer
Lil’ Ed Williams
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia


Mavis Staples, Magic Slim, Johnny Copeland, Henry Gray, Latimore and Willie Johnson..

Father of the Blues by W.C. Handy is a monumental opus that is indispensable to the study of American musical history. Published in 1941, the book traces Handy’s background as a trained orchestra leader, his discovery of the blues and the struggles he endured to become a successful music publisher. It is often cited as a primary resource on the earliest years of blues history. No book is more deserving of designation as a Classic of Blues Literature.

The 1966 John Lee Hooker album Real Folk Blues is the latest of several Chess Records’ Real Folk Blues albums to be elected to the Blues Hall of Fame. Whereas the rest of the LPs in the series by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and others were compilations of older recordings, the Hooker album was newly recorded in May of 1966 in Chicago. Hooker was his inimitable and spontaneous self, reworking some of his older songs and improvising new ones, accompanied by his Detroit guitarist Eddie Burns and Chicago sidemen Lafayette Leake and S.P. Leary.

“Bo Diddley” was not only the 1955 hit record that made Ellas McDaniel famous — it also gave him his professional name. The famed “Bo Diddley beat,” an energized update of the old “Hambone” rhythm, rocked the world, and Bo continued to create classics for Checker Records in Chicago with his innovative blend of blues and rock ’n’ roll.

“Hi-Heel Sneakers” by Tommy Tucker was the last blues record from the mighty Chess Records catalogue to hit No. 1 on the charts. Recorded in New York in 1963, the single on Chess’ Checker subsidiary label topped the Cash Box magazine R&B charts in 1964. Tucker’s enticement to “put on your red dress” and hi-heel sneakers has resounded on countless bandstands ever since.

“I Ain’t Superstitious,” an ominous Willie Dixon composition recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1961, is best known to rock audiences through the Jeff Beck Group’s 1968 cover version featuring Rod Stewart on vocals. On the original session for Chess Records in Chicago, Wolf’s band included Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Sam Lay and 2017 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Henry Gray.

“I’ll Play the Blues for You,” recorded by Albert King in Memphis for the Stax label in 1971, was written by Jerry Beach, a longtime fixture on the Shreveport, Louisiana, music scene who died in 2016. In Beach’s lyrics, sung with warmth and tenderness by King, the blues becomes a source of soothing and comfort. King’s 45 spent eight weeks on Billboard magazine’s Best Selling Soul Singles chart in 1972

“Preachin’ the Blues,” a two-part single by Son House on the Paramount label from 1930, is a prime example not only of House’s intensity as a Delta blues singer and guitarist but also of his lifelong inner conflict between the lure of the blues life and devotion to the church. House, who did preach in church at times, also sang of the hypocrisy he saw in religion with lyrics such as “I’m gonna be a Baptist preacher and I sure won’t have to work.”


The first Saturday in August of each year

On August 17, 2011 an online petition was launched advocating for the establishment of an International Blues Music Day. Within a few months the petition-group was joined by thousands of members from around the world, comprising of blues enthusiasts, musicians, celebrities, and promoters. After reaching 10,000 members, a formula for an annual date to celebrate IBMD was established as the first Saturday in August of each year with the inaugural celebration set to take place on August 3, 2013. The initiative was the brainchild of world renown blues musician Johnny Childs who also stars in the film The Junkman's Son and serves as the President of the NYC Blues Society. The IBMD organization and the NYC Blues Society are the lead nonprofit organizations charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.


1. Memphis Blues - W.C. Handy
2. Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith
3. Pine Top Boogie - Pine Top Smith
4. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
5. Boogie Chillun - John Lee Hooker
6. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
7. Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
8. Hellhound On My Trail - Robert Johnson
9. Spoonful - Willie Dixon
10. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
11. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson I
12. Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King
13. Forty Four Blues - Roosevelt Sykes
14. Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
15. Statesboro Blues - Taj Mahal
16. Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
17. Juke - Little Walter
18. The Little Red Rooster - Willie Dixon
19. Come In My Kitchen - Robert Johnson
20. I'm a King Bee - Slim Harpo
21. The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim
22. Back Door Man - Willie Dixon
23. It's My Own Fault - B.B. King
24. I'm Tore Down - Freddie King
25. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
26. Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson
27. Preaching The Blues - Son House
28. Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out - Bessie Smith
29. I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
30. Shake Your Moneymaker - Elmore James
31. Matchbox Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
32. Hideaway - Freddie King
33. How Long, How Long Blues - Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
34. Five Long Years - B.B. King
35. Red House - Jimi Hendrix
36. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
37. All Your Love - Magic Sam
38. Give Me Back My Wig - Hound Dog Taylor
39. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
40. Worried Life Blues - Sleepy John Estes
41. If Trouble Was Money - Albert Collins
42. I Ain't Superstitious - Willie Dixon
43. Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk
44. I Know What You're Putting Down - Louis Jordan
45. Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson
46. Ball and Chain - Big Mama Thornton
47. Further On Up The Road - Bobby 'Blue' Bland
48. I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush
49. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
50. Born In Chicago - Paul Butterfield Blues Band
51. Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
52. Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
53. Pony Blues - Charley Patton
54. The Sky Is Crying - Elmore James
55. Catfish Blues - Robert Petway
56. Highway 49 - Big Joe Williams
57. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Blind Lemon Jefferson
58. Blues Before Sunrise - Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
59. Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams
60. Bumble Bee - Memphis Minnie
61. I'm Ready - Muddy Waters
62. It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James
63. Stop Breakin' Down - Robert Johnson
64. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
65. I'm In The Mood - John Lee Hooker
66. Me and The Devil Blues - Robert Johnson
67. The Walkin' Blues - Taj Mahal
68. 'Taint Nobody's Bizness If I Do - Bessie Smith
69. It's Tight Like That - Tampa Red
70. Love In Vain - Robert Johnson
71. Evil - Willie Dixon
72. Baby Scratch My Back - Slim Harpo
73. Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
74. On The Road Again - Canned Heat
75. Rock Me Mama - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
76. Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King
77. Tomorrow Night - Lonnie Johnson
78. Boom Boom Out Go The Lights - Little Walter
79. The Same Thing - Willie Dixon
80. West Coast Blues - Blind Blake
81. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf
82. Cryin' Shame - Lightnin' Hopkins
83. Rollin & Tumblin - Elmore James
84. Everyday I Have The Blues - B.B. King
85. Messin Around - Memphis Slim
86. Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton
87. Eyesight To The Blind - Sonny Boy Williamson II
88. CC Rider - Ma Rainey
89. I'm Tired - Savoy Brown
90. Graveyard Dream Blues - Ida Cox
91. Beaver Slide Rag - Peg Leg Howell
92. Key To The Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
93. Messin' With The Kid - Junior Wells
94. The Seventh Son - Willie Dixon
95. As The Years Go Passing By - Gary Moore
96. We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton
97. Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Stick McGhee
98. Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown
99. Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac
100. Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy

1. King Of The Delta Blues - Robert Johnson
2. West Side Soul - Magic Sam
3. Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King
4. I Am The Blues - Willie Dixon
5. A Man and The Blues - Buddy Guy
6. Hoodoo Man Blues - Junior Wells & Buddy Guy
7. Fathers And Sons - Muddy Waters
8. Moanin' In The Moonlight - Howlin' Wolf
9. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
10. Dance With Freddie King - Freddie King
11. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton - John Mayall
12. The Gate Of The Horn - Memphis Slim
13. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Paul Butterfield
14. Coffee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
15. The Natch'l Blues - Taj Mahal
16. It Serves You Right To Suffer - John Lee Hooker
17. Spotlight On Lucille - B.B. King
18. Blues After Hours - Elmore James
19. I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll - Mississippi Fred McDowell
20. Completely Well - B.B. King
21. Couldn't Stand The Weather - Stevie Ray Vaughan
22. Down and Out Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
23. Confessin' The Blues - Little Walter
24. Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter
25. King of The Blues Guitar - Albert King
26. Can't Get No Grindin' - Muddy Waters
27. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
28. Howlin' Wolf - Howlin' Wolf
29. Ice Pickin' - Albert Collins
30. Roy Buchanan - Roy Buchanan
31. One More Mile - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
32. Bonanza of Instrumentals - Freddie King
33. English Rose - Fleetwood Mac
34. From The Cradle - Eric Clapton
35. I Feel Like Goin' On - Ronnie Earl
36. I'll Play The Blues For You - Albert King
37. Blues Singer - Buddy Guy
38. Raw Sienna - Savoy Brown
39. Hard Again - Muddy Waters
40. Natural Boogie - Hound Dog Taylor
41. Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal
42. A Hard Road - John Mayall
43. Progressive Blues Experiment - Johnny Winter
44. Hawk Squat - J.B. Hutto
45. Stand Back - Charlie Musselwhite
46. Showdown - Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland
47. The Wham of That Memphis Man - Lonnie Mack
48. Bad News Is Coming - Luther Allison
49. Long Way Home - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
50. Third Degree - Johnny Winter
51. In Step - Stevie Ray Vaughan
52. Nothin But The Blues - Johnny Winter
53. The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw - Paul Butterfield Blues Band
54. Two Steps From The Blues - Bobby "Blue" Bland
55. Alone & Acoustic - Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
56. Boogie With - Canned Heat
57. Blues On The Bayou - B.B. King
58. I'm A Blues Man - Z.Z. Hill
59. The Colour Of Love - Ronnie Earl
60. Chicago Bound - Jimmy Rogers
61. Double Time - Leon Redbone
62. Delta Blues - Son House
63. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - Skip James
64. Dark Was The Night - Blind Willie Johnson
65. Beginnings - The Allman Brothers
66. Otis Spann is the Blues - Otis Spann
67. Mississippi Fred McDowell - Mississippi Fred McDowell
68. Singin' The Blues - B.B. King
69. East West - Paul Butterfield
70. Alright Again - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
71. Move It On Over - George Thorogood
72. Riding With The King - B.B. King & Eric Clapton
73. Right Place, Wrong Time - Otis Rush
74. At Last - Etta James
75. Endless Boogie - John Lee Hooker
76. Slideways - Roy Rogers
77. Girls Go Wild - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
78. Cold Snap - Albert Collins
79. Strike Like Lightning - Lonnie Mack & Stevie Ray Vaughan
80. Still Got The Blues For You - Gary Moore
81. Strong Persuader - Robert Cray
82. Slippin' In - Buddy Guy
83. Crusade - John Mayall
84. Roll Away The Stone - Kelly Joe Phelps
85. The Son Seals Blues Band - Son Seals
86. After Hours - Gary Moore
87. Lead Me On - Kelly Joe Phelps
88. Original Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
89. T-Bird Rhythm - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
90. Gate Swings - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
91. Indianola Mississippi Seeds - B.B. King
92. Hooker & Heat - John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat
93. Black Magic - Magic Sam
94. Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy
95. Houserockin' - Hound Dog Taylor
96. Mr. Scrapper's Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
97. White African - Otis Taylor
98. Hard Drivin' Blues- Roosevelt Sykes
99. Koko Taylor - Koko Taylor
100. Relentless - Danny Gatton

Eligible acts can register by completing this PDF form

Eligible bands and solo/duo acts interested in entering the 2018 Adelaide Roots & Blues Association Memphis Blues Challenge, are advised of the following dates:

INFO SESSION: Sunday 4th February 4.00 PM (Semaphore Workers Club)
ENTRIES CLOSE: 23rd February
HEAT ONE: Friday 15th June (SWC)
HEAT TWO: Sunday 17th June (SWC)
FINALS: Sunday 24th June (SWC)

Entries are now open and will close on the 23rd of February 2018.
The draw for the heats will be conducted on the 4th of March. Therefore all competing acts will know which heat they will be required to compete in early in March..

Questions and further information: mickyoung@arba.net.au
2018 ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge information and application form: HERE
ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge info: HERE
Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge info: HERE
The 2018 ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge, your opportunity for a chance to compete at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.


The Adelaide Roots & Blues Association annual competitions for "Blues Album of the Year" and "Roots Album of the Year".



2018 Chain Awards


South Australian band Kings & Associates head the list of nominations for the 2018 Australian Blues Music Awards when finalists were announced this afternoon. The Adelaide band picked up a nomination in each of the five categories; Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year and Duo or Group of the Year.
Melbourne’s Andrea Marr has garnered four nominations; Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and New Talent, while fellow Melbourne artists Lloyd Spiegel and John McNamara have each picked up three nominations, both in Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year
Newcomers Tomcat Playground have two nominations with nods in Duo or Group and New Talent categories.
The winners will be announced on Saturday 10th February as part of the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn.

Finalists in all categories are:

Album of the Year
This Time Tomorrow – Lloyd Spiegel
Tales of a Rich Girl – Kings & Associates
Rollin’ With It – John McNamara
Natural – Andrea Marr

Song of the Year
Deadwood – Kings & Associates
Bad Reputation – John McNamara
Diamond in a Coalmine – Dan Dinnen
Kansas City Katy – Lloyd Spiegel

Artist of the Year
Kings & Associates
Lloyd Spiegel
Andrea Marr
John McNamara

Duo or Group of the Year
Andrea Marr & the Funky Hitmen
Tomcat Playground
Devil’s Kiosk
Kings & Associates

Best New Talent
Tomcat Playground
Andrea Marr
Neil Hawker
Kings & Associates

The music of the Blues, whilst originating in the South of the USA, has long ago taken root in Australia. Supported with equal levels of passion and commitment, by fans, musicians and the general public. However, Blues Music in Australia is overlooked by the mainstream media. It is generally ignored by Music Industry bodies such as AIR and ARIA, and the various music showcases. The genre, along with dedicated Blues artists, rarely feature. In Australia, there are many Blues musicians and over 10 Blues Societies. These organisations support the music and musicians, organise events such as Blues Performerof 2011-12 competitions, conduct events such as Youth in Blues programs and host their own music awards.

To promote Blues music, and musicians in Australia, it is proposed that we have an annual Blues Music Day. On this day, it is envisaged that gigs will be organised, radio programs will feature blues artists and music and Blues Societies will organise various events to celebrate the day. All of these activities will be promoted under the banner of Blues Music Day.

The date chosen is 29th August, the birth date of the recently deceased Australian Blues man, Dutch Tilders. Dutch, who did so much to foster Blues music and encourage fellow musicians in this country, will be honoured in this way.

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Discovered in the archives! Have a read of some of the BLUES NEWS issues from 2003-4!





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