The event took place live on 3 May in a virtual ceremony from Memphis.
Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt and Dion were among the music greats whose video messages were part of the Blues Foundation’s 2020 Blues Music Awards. The event took place live yesterday (3) in a virtual ceremony from Memphis.
Big wins for Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
This year’s big winner was Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the 21-year-old from the auspicious blues stamping ground of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The rising star won no fewer than five awards for his debut 2019 album on the revered blues label Alligator, KingFish. It won Best Emerging Artist Album, Best Contemporary Blues Album and Album of the Year. Ingram also won the Instrumentalist – Guitar category and Best Contemporary Blues Artist.
The entire, near-two hour event has been posted on the Blues Foundation’s YouTube channel. It can be seen here, including video messages throughout the show from a succession of blues-oriented stars. Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Dion, Robert Cray and Little Steven Van Zandt all sent words of support.
The show was hosted by Shemekia Copeland, who also won the Contemporary Blues Female Artist award. Other presenters included Charlie Musselwhite, Warren Haynes, Fantastic Negrito, Ruthie Foster, William Bell, Beth Hart and Keb’ Mo’.
Sugaray Rayford’s double triumph
Texas-born soul-blues singer Sugaray Rayford, who was last year’s biggest winner, retained the Soul Blues Male Artist award and took the prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year title. Chicago native Nick Moss and his band claimed three awards, for Band of the Year, Traditional Blues Album for Lucky Guy! and Song of the Year for Moss’ title track composition.
Mavis Staples won the Vocalist award, fellow great Bobby Rush claimed the Soul Blues Album award for Sitting on Top of the Blues and Bettye LaVette won the Soul Blues Female Artist award. Traditional Blues Male Artist went to another Texan hero, Jimmie Vaughan. A full list of winners can be found here.
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Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2, the anticipated new John Prine tribute record from Oh Boy Records, is out today. Stream/purchase HERE.
Created as a celebration of Prine’s life and career, the album features new renditions of some of Prine’s most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile (“I Remember Everything”), Tyler Childers (“Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”), Iris DeMent (“One Red Rose”), Emmylou Harris (“Hello In There”), Jason Isbell (“Souvenirs”), Valerie June (“Summer’s End”), Margo Price (“Sweet Revenge”), Bonnie Raitt (“Angel From Montgomery”), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (“Pretty Good”), Amanda Shires (“Saddle in the Rain”), Sturgill Simpson(“Paradise”) and John Paul White (“Sam Stone”). Proceeds from the album will benefit twelve different non-profit organizations, one selected by each of the featured artists.
Eric Clapton, one of the world’s pre-eminent blues/rock guitarists, once again summoned an all-star team of six-string heroes for his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2019. Held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, the two-day concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998.
Raitt contributed to a new album, If You're Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison, which celebrates the late singer and pianist, who famously blended the rough-edged blues of the Mississippi Delta with the 1950s jazz of New York City.
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Bonnie Raitt about her friendship with the Mose Allison. They're also joined by Amy Allison — his daughter, who executive produced the album — about selecting an unexpected list of artists to contribute songs to the album.
Recorded on tour June 3, 2017 - Centennial Hall, London - Ontario Canada