Sugar Ray Norcia Leads Blues Awards Nominations

by VVN Music

Sugar Ray Norcia and his band The Bluetones lead the nominees for the 38th Blues Music Awards.

Norcia and his band members were named in seven categories including B.B. King Entertainer Award, Best Song, Best Album, Best Band and individual nominations for band members Monster Mike Welch (Instrumentalist-Guitar), Michael “Mudcat” Ward (Instrumentalist-Bass) and Anthony Geraci (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player).

Toronzo Cannon is second with four nominations as is Bobby Rush. Susan Tedeschi has three including two with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and one for Contemporary Blues Female Artist. Lil' Ed Williams also has three, Entertainer of the Year and Blues Male Artist along with Band with the Blues Imperials. Others with three nominations include the Nick Moss Band and William Bell.

The Blues Music Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 11 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN.

The nominees:

B.B. King Entertainer
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • John Nemeth
  • Lil’ Ed Williams
  • Sugar Ray Norcia
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
  • Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
  • Nick Moss Band
  • Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • Porcupine Meat - Bobby Rush
  • Bloodline - Kenny Neal
  • From the Root to the Fruit - Nick Moss Band
  • Seeing is Believing - Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  • The Chicago Way - Toronzo Cannon
  • This Is Where I Live - William Bell
  • Blues Immigrant written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller 
  • I Gotta Sang The Blues written and performed by Thornetta Davis
  • Seeing Is Believing written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones
  • Walk A Mile In My Blues written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finigan and performed by Curtis Salgado
  • Walk it Off written and performed by Toronzo Cannon
Best Emerging Artist Album
  • Corey Dennison - Corey Dennison Band 
  • Truth - Guy King 
  • Tengo Blues - Jonn Del Toro Richardson 
  • My Blue Soul - Terrie Odabi 
  • Honest Woman - Thornetta Davis 
Historical Album
  • A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw - Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
  • More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard - B.B. King
  • Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush - Bobby Rush
  • I’m A Bluesman - Michael Burks
  • Genuine Blues Legends - Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers
Acoustic Album
  • Live in Europe - Doug MacLeod
  • The Happiest Man in the World - Eric Bibb
  • Professin' the Blues - Fiona Boyes
  • Live at Briggs Farm - Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
  • Stand Your Ground - John Long
  • Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook) Vol I and II - Luther Dickinson
Acoustic Artist
  • Doug MacLeod
  • Eric Bibb
  • Fiona Boyes
  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
  • Luther Dickinson
Contemporary Blues Album
  • Mid Century Modern - Al Basile
  • Blood Line - Kenny Neal
  • From the Root to the Fruit - Nick Moss Band
  • Give It Back To You - The Record Company
  • The Chicago Way - Toronzo Cannon
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
  • Alexis P Suter
  • Ana Popovic
  • Janiva Magness
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Susan Tedeschi
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
  • Albert Castiglia
  • Kenny Neal
  • Mike Zito
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Toronzo Cannon
Rock Blues Album of the Year

  • Big Dog - Albert Castiglia
  • Keep Coming Back - Mike Zito
  • Promised Land or Bust - Moreland & Arbuckle
  • Let Me Get By - Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • Alive in Amsterdam - Walter Trout
Soul Blues Album
  • Porcupine Meat - Bobby Rush 
  • The Beautiful Lowdown - Curtis Salgado
  • Tiger in a Cage - Johnny Rawls 
  • Live! Notodden Blues Festival - Wee Willie Walker 
  • This Is Where I Live - William Bell 
Soul Blues Female Artist
  • Bettye Lavette
  • Lara Price
  • Mavis Staples
  • Terrie Odabi
  • Vaneese Thomas
Soul Blues Male Artist
  • Bobby Rush
  • Curtis Salgado
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Wee Willie Walker
  • William Bell
Traditional Blues Album
  • House Party at Big Jon's - Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore 
  • My Road - Bob Margolin 
  • Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue - Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue 
  • Can't Shake This Feeling - Lurrie Bell 
  • Seeing is Believing - Sugar Ray & the Bluetones 
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
  • Annika Chambers
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Inetta Visor
  • Shaun Murphy
  • Trudy Lynn
Traditional Blues Male Artist
  • Bob Margolin
  • John Primer
  • Lil’ Ed Williams
  • Lurrie Bell
  • Sugar Ray Norcia
Instrumentalist - Bass
  • Biscuit Miller
  • Bob Stroger
  • Michael “Mudcat” Ward
  • Patrick Rynn
  • R W Grigsby
Instrumentalist - Drums
  • Cedric Burnside
  • Jimi Bott
  • June Core
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Tony Braunagel
Instrumentalist - Guitar
  • Bob Margolin
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Kid Andersen
  • Monster Mike Welch
  • Ronnie Earl
Instrumentalist - Harmonica
  • Dennis Gruenling
  • Jason Ricci
  • Kim Wilson
  • Mark Hummel
  • Sugar Ray Norcia
Instrumentalist - Horn
  • Al Basile
  • Nancy Wright
  • Sax Gordon Beadle
  • Terry Hanck
  • Vanessa Collier
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
  • Anthony Geraci
  • Barrelhouse Chuck
  • Henry Gray
  • Jim Pugh
  • Victor Wainwright

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