Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Alone Together With the Blues - Mia Vermillion

Alone Together With the Blues
Mia Vermillion | Wildland Records (2009)

By C. Michael Bailey, Published on AllAboutJazz.com

Alone Together With the BluesMia Vermillion has a big vocal presence. She sings with the wild abandon of Janis Joplin controlled by the fluid precision of Bonnie Bramlett, the gusto of Big Mama Thornton, and the blues foundation of Bessie Smith. She infuses her singing with more humidity than Ma Rainey and more sex than Lena Horn.

Tacitly a blues singer, Vermillion's repertoire on Alone Together with the Blues is more diverse than the straight 12-bar variety. Joined by master slide guitarist Orville Johnson, Vermillion weaves a tapestry of folk music that extrapolates the similar attempts of Cassandra Wilson to their logical pinnacle. Click Here for More...

Preview and purchase songs from the album Alone Together With The Blues by Mia Vermillion.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Washington Blues Society's "Best of the Blues" Award Winners for 2010


On Sunday May 16, 2010 the Washington Blues Society held their annual "Best of the Blues" awards at the Triple Door in Seattle. The winners are determined by vote of the society members. There is talent-a-plenty here in the NW...

Congratulations to all the Nominees and Winners. All of the nominees are winners in our book!

Washington Blues Society's "Best of the Blues" Award Winners for 2010:

Mark Dufresne Male Vocalist Awards - MARK WHITMAN
Female Blues Vocalist - STACY JONES
Paul Green Blues Harmonica - JEFF HERZOG

Best Blues Writer - MALCOLM KENNEDY
Best Blues Graphic Artist - DENNIS HACKER

Best Acoustic Blues Guitar - SCOTT E. LIND
Best Electric Guitar - C.D. WOODBURY
Best Slide Blues Guitar - NICK VIGARINO
Big Blues For Little Bill: A Tribute To The Music Of Little Bill Engelhart
Best Blues Bass Guitar - LISSA RAMAGLIA
Best Blues Songwriter - CEE CEE JAMES
Best Blues Recording - BIG BLUES FOR LITTLE BILL 
Best Blues DJ - CLANCY DUNIGAN - KSER FM
Best Blues Performer - LEE OSKAR

Best Blues Club - HIGHWAY 99 BLUES CLUB
Best Blues Festival - WINTHROP RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL
Best Non-Festival Blues Event - JAM FOR CANS
Best Open Blues Jam - RAGING RIVER BLUES JAM

Best Blues Keyboard Player - FRANK "HOT ROD" HOLMAN
Best Blues Horn - RANDY OXFORD
Chris Leighton Best Blues Drummer - ANDREW CLOUTIER

Blue to the Bone (Special Volunteer Awards) - ALAN OWEN and JEFF HERZOG
Keeping the Blues Alive Award - HIGHWAY 99 BLUES CLUB

Lifetime Achievement Award - LEE OSKAR
Hall of Fame - NICK VIGARINO

Best New Blues Band - C.D. WOODBURY BAND
Best Traditional Blues Act - SON JACK JR. & MICHAEL WILDE
Best Solo/Duo Act - SON JACK JR. & MICHAEL WILDE
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