2014 Blues Music Award Nominees

The Blues Foundation has announced the nominees for the 35th annual Blues Music Awards. The gala event celebrating Blues Music and announcing the winners will be May 8 in the home of the Blues - Memphis, Tennessee at the Cook Convention Center.

Bluesmen Lurrie Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, and James Cotton all earned five nominations this year; with legendary blues guitar player Buddy Guy earning four nominations.

The nominees for the 35th annual Blues Music Awards are:


Accoustic Album of the Year:
"There's a Time" by Doug MacLeod
"Juba Dance" by Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi
"Soulscape" by Harrison Kennedy
"Avalon" by Rory Block
"Unleashed" by The Hound Kings


Acoustic Artist of the Year:
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Little G Weevil
Rory Block


Album of the Year:
"Get Up" by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
"Rhythm & BLues" by Buddy Guy
"Cotton Mouth Man" by James Cotton
"Blues in My Soul" by Lurrie Bell
"Remembering Little Walter" by Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, and James Harman


B.B. King Entertainer of the Year:
Bobby Rush
Buddy Guy
John Nemeth
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin


Band of the Year:
Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials
Rick Estrin and the Night Cats
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Mannish Boys
Trampled Under Foot


Best New Artist Debut:
"Double Crossing Blues" by Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters
"Rooster" by Clay Swafford
"Proof of Love" by Cracie Curran and the High Falutin' Band
"What's the Chance" by Paul Gabriel
"Daddy Told Me" by Shawn Holt andthe Teardrops
"Pushin' Against a Stone' by Valerie June


Contemporary Blues Album of the Year:
"Get Up" by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
"This Time Another Year" by Brandon Santini
"Rhythm & BLues" by Buddy Guy
"Magic Honey" by Cyril Neville
"Badlands" by Trampled Under Foot


Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year:
Ana Popovic
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Susan Tedeschi


Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year:
Buddy Guy
Gary Clark Jr.
Johnny Sansone
Kim Wilson
Otis Taylor


DVD of the Year:
"Time Brings About a Change" by Floyd Dixon
"An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House" by Joe Bonamassa
"Adventures Live" by Murali Coryell 
"Songs from the Road" by Royal southern Brotherhood
"Live at Knuckleheads" by The Healers


Historical Album of the Year:
"The Sun Blues Box" by Various Artists
The Original Honeydripper" by Roosevelt Sykes
"The Jewel/Paula Blues Story" by Various Artists
"Death Might Be Your Santa Claus" by Various Artists
"The Complete King/Federal Singles" by Freddie King


Best Bass Player:
Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Danielle Schnebelen
Larry Taylor
Patrick Ryan


Best Drummer:
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel


Best Guitar Player:
Anson Funderburgh
Gary Clark Jr.
Kid Andersen
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl


Best Harmonica Player:
Brandon Santini
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin


Best Horn Player:
Big James Montgomery
Eddie Shaw
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck


Koko Taylor Traditional Blues Female Award:
Diunna Greenleaf
Lavelle White
Teeny Tucker
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young


Blues Rock Album of the Year:
"Gone to Texas" by Mike Zito and the Wheel
"Made Up Mind" by Tedeschi Trucks Band
"Can't Get Enough" by The Rides
"John the Conquer Root" by Toronzo Cannon
"Luther's Blues" by Walter Trout


Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year:
Barrellhouse Chuck
Dave Keyes
Marcia Ball
Mike Finnigan
Victor Wainwright


Song of the Year:
"Blues in My Soul" by Lurrie Bell
"He Was There" by James Cotton, Tom Hambridge, and RIchard Flemming
"That's When the Blues Begins" by James Goode
"The Entitled Few" by Doug MacLeod
"The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down" by Johnny Sansone


Soul Blues Album of the Year:
"Down in Louisiana" by Bobby Rush
"Soul Changes" by Dave Keller
"Sould for Your Blues" by Frank Bey and Anthony Paule Band
"Remembering O. V." by Johnny Rawls
"Truth Is (Putting Love Back into the Music)" by Otis Clay


Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year:
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Dorothy Moore
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica


Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year:
Bobby Rush
Fank Bey
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay


Traditional Blues Album of the Year:
"Driftin' from Town to Town" by Barrelhouse Chuck and Kim Wilson's Blues All-Stars
"Remembering Little Walter" by Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, and James Harman
"Cotton Mouth Man" by James Cotton
"Blues in My Soul" by Lurrie Bell
"Black Toppin'" by The Cash Box Kings


Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year:
Anson Funderburgh
Billy Boy Arnold
James Cotton
John Primer
Lurrie Bell