Blues Blast Music Awards Nominees & Winners


2015 Nominees

Winners denoted with Bold Font, Underlined & **

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater **

  • Jay Sieleman **

Contemporary Blues Album

  • Linsey Alexander – Come Back Baby

  • Altered Five Blues Band – Cryin’ Mercy

  • Dave Specter – Message In Blue

  • Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right **

  • Jarekus Singleton – Refuse To Lose

  • Selwyn Birchwood – Don’t Call No Ambulance

Traditional Blues Album

  • Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) **

  • Andy T – Nick Nixon Band – Livin’ It Up

  • Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – Living Tear to Tear

  • Mississippi Heat – Warning Shot

  • Lynwood Slim – Hard To Kill

  • The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court

Soul Blues Album

  • D.A. Foster – The Real Thing

  • Missy Andersen - In the Moment

  • Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – Soul Brothers **

  • Robin McKelle & the Flytones – Heart Of Memphis

  • Tad Robinson – Day Into Night

  • Slam Allen – Feel These Blues

Rock Blues Album

  • Tinsley Ellis - Tough Love **

  • Devon Allman Ragged & Dirty

  • Anthony Gomes - Electric Field Holler

  • Royal Southern Brotherhood – heartsoulblood

  • Jarekus Singleton – Refuse To Lose

  • Bobby Messano – Love & Money

Acoustic Blues Album

  • Doug MacLeod – Exactly Like This

  • Dan Phelps – Going Home

  • Big Dave Mclean – Faded But Not Gone

  • Duo Sonics – N Ur Town

  • Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane **

  • Rory Block – Hard Luck Child

New Artist Debut Album

  • Joakim Tinderholt - You Gotta Do More

  • Magnus Berg - Cut Me Loose **

  • Big Harp George - Chromaticism

  • Madison Slim – Close But No Cigar

  • D.A. Foster – The Real Thing

  • Markey Blue – Hey Hey

  • Fo’ Reel – Heavy Water

  • Eight O’ Five Jive – Too Many Men

Live Blues Recording

  • John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 **

  • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys – Live At The Red Rocket

  • John Ginty – Bad News Travels Live

  • Coco Montoya – Songs From The Road

  • Brandon Santini - Live & Extended

  • Chris O’Leary Band – Live At Blues Now

Historical Or Vintage Recording

  • Sean Costello – In The Magic Shop

  • Lead Belly - Smithsonian Folkways Collection

  • J.B. Hutto – Hawk Squat Deluxe Edition

  • Jimmy Thackery - Extra Jimmies

  • Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam

  • John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 **

Blues Band

  • Ghost Town Blues Band

  • Mississippi Heat **

  • The Mannish Boys

  • Sugar Ray&The Bluetones

  • The Cash Box Kings

  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Male Blues Artist

  • Brandon Santini

  • Bobby Rush

  • Lynwood Slim

  • Elvin Bishop **

  • John Németh

  • Doug MacLeod

Female Blues Artist

  • Gaye Abdegbalola

  • Alexis P. Suter

  • Debbie Davies

  • Janiva Magness

  • Missy Andersen

  • Marcia Ball **

Sean Costello Rising Star Award

  • Altered Five Blues Band

  • Jarekus Singleton

  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

  • Jeff Jensen

  • Selwyn Birchwood **

  • Deb Ryder