Keeping the Blues Alive Award Presentation

January 13, 2015


Unlike the Blues Music Awards, the award recognizing the past year’s best in recordings and performance voted on by thousands of The Blues Foundation’s members, the KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. Noted educator, author, journalist, and KBA Chairman Art Tipaldi notes “The KBA may be awarded for the recipient’s work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work; we don’t view the recipient as the winner of a ‘best of the year’ category. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather, we select a new deserving winner each year, except in rare cases when a significant period of time has elapsed since the first award. 


The 2015 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:


1. Affiliated Organization: Asociación Musical Blues Hondarribia – Hondarribia, Spain
2. Affiliated Organization: Sacramento Blues Society – Sacramento, California
3. Club: Rosa’s Lounge – Chicago, Illinois
4. Education: Jerzy Kossek – Katowice, Poland
5. Festival (International): Bluesfest Eutin/BluesBaltica – Eutin, Germany
6. Festival (U.S.): Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival – Winthrop, Washington
7. Film, Television and Video: Peter Carlson – Rio Rancho, New Mexico
8. Historical Preservation: Guido van Rijn – Overveen, Netherlands
9. International: Goran Stensrud – Fetsund, Norway
10. Journalism: B.J. Huchtemann – Omaha, Nebraska
11. Literature: Ben Sandmel – New Orleans, Louisiana
12. Photography: Pertti Nurmi – Helsinki, Finland
13. Producer: Mike Vernon – Antequera, Spain
14. Radio (Commercial): Charlie Frazier – Burlington,Vermont
15. Radio (Public): Gary Wagner – Long Beach, California


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The Blues Foundation will present the 2015 KBA Awards during a recognition lunch Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The KBA ceremony will be part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events. - See more at:

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