8 June 2016

#540 :: Blues Music Awards 2016

The Blues Room, 8 June 2016
Episode #540

The Blues Music Awards are awards presented by the Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to foster blues heritage. The awards, started in 1980, are according to Offbeat music magazine "universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in blues music."

The awards were formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards (or "The Handys") but were renamed in 2006 in an effort to increase public appreciation of the significance of the awards.

The awards had been presented annually in Memphis, Tennessee, where the Blues Foundation is located, although the 2008 award ceremony was held in Tunica, Mississippi. The 37th Blues Music Awards were held on May 5, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Heres some of my winning favorites from this years Blues Music Awards 2016, and a wee tribute to Candye Kane to kick things off. Who were your picks from the great lists of nominees?

1. Candye Kane & Laura Chavez - Toughest Girl Alive (RIP Candye Kane, the toughest girl around!)
2. Allen Toussaint - Get Out of My Life, Woman
3. Ruthie Foster - Dues Paid In Full
4. Lisa Mann - Hard Times, Bad Decisions
5. Billy Price & Otis Clay - Somebody's Changing My Sweet Baby's Mind
6. Cedric Burnside Project - Going Away Baby
7. Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots - Big Dogs Runnin This Town
8. Joe Louis Walker - Messed My Mind Up
10. Slim Harpo - My Little Queen Bee (Got a Brand New King)
11. Buddy Guy feat. Kim Wilson - Kiss Me Quick
12. Mr. Sipp - TMBC
13. Shemekia Copeland - Long As I Can See the Light
14. Doug MacLeod - Rosa Lee
15. Duke Robillard - Left Handed
16. Walter Trout - Gonna Live Again
17. Terry Hanck - Cupid Must Be Stupid

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