Saturday, November 26, 2011

2012 Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues (“BB Awards”) Nominations

It's that time of year again. No, I don't mean the holidays! It's time for members of the Washington Blues Society to make their nominations for the 2012 Best of the Blues Awards (BB Awards). The BB Awards started in 1991 with 25 categories. In 1996 the Lifetime Achievement Award was added bringing the category total to 26. The nominations are due by February 15, 2012.

Photo by Michelle Burge
Who can nominate? Only current Washington Blues Society members are eligible to nominate artists or other nominees in the annual awards process. To make nominations, simply write the name of the Washington artist, nominee, or party in the category on the ballot on page 31 of the December 2011 Bluesletter. Members are encouraged to nominate in as many categories as possible. There is no requirement to fill in each slot; leaving some categories blank will not disqualify your nomination! Your nomination must be on the Bluesletter mailed to you with your mailing label attached. For couple’s nominations, a photocopy for the second ballot should be included in a sealed envelope along with the original ballot that has the mailing label attached. 

So, if you want to participate, get your membership application in now!! You can download the application HERE. 

Photo by Tim Burge
If you're not a member of the society and don't plan on being one soon, then do the next best thing: post your comments about who you think should be nominated! That's the beauty of social media right? Point out to members which Washington State based artists should be nominated. And musicians, don't forget to get a shameless plug in as well!!

And the categories are...

Mark Dufresne Male Vocalist Award
Blues Female Vocalist
Electric Blues Guitar
Slide Blues Guitar
Blues Bass
Chris Leighton Blues Drummer Award
Blues Horn
Paul Green Blues Harmonica Award
Blues Piano / Keyboard
Acoustic Blues Guitar
Blues Act
Traditional Blues Act
Solo/Duo Blues Act
New Blues Band
Blues Performer
Blues Songwriter
Washington Blues Recording
Blues Club
Blues Writer
Blues Image
Blues Graphic Artist
Blues DJ
Keeping the Blues Alive Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame
Non-Festival Blues Event
Blues Festival
Open Blues Jam

Here is a list of past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the inductees of the Washington Blues Hall of Fame (past winners are not eligible for future nominations):

Year
Hall of Fame
 Lifetime Achievement
1991
Isaac Scott

1992
Dick Powell

1993
Little Bill Engelhart
 
1994
Buck England
 
1995
Leslie Milton
 
1996
Patti Allen
 Bobby "Blue" Bland, B.B. King,
  & John Lee Hooker
1997
Duffy Bishop
John Mayall
1998
Rich Dangle
 Little Bill Engelhart
  & Luther Allison
1999
Charles White
& Kathi McDonald
 Dick Powell & Buddy Guy
2000
Nick Vigarino/Dave Conant
 Isaac Scott & Taj Mahal
2001
Mark DuFresne
 Patti Allen
2002
Randy Oxford
 Dave Conant
2003
Mark Whitman
 Rich Dangle
2004
Alice Stuart
 Patti Allen
2005
Dave Conant
 Randy Oxford & Mark Whitman
2006
Jack Cook
 Tommy Morgan
2007
David Brewer
 Fat James Grosvenor
2008
Paul Green
 Alice Stuart
2009
Kirk "KT" Tuttle
 Kirk "KT" Tuttle
2010
Nick Vigarino, Chris Leighton
 Lee Oskar
2011
LJ Porter
 Charles White

The Keeping the Blues Alive award is open to performers and non-performers alike and can be won multiple times. This award is intended to honor the recipient for their achievements above and beyond the "call of duty” to keep blues music alive. Examples include a promoter of a benefit, a special show a festival, a blog (hint, hint!); maybe as a volunteer or a historian, possibly doing work to present and pass the music on to new generations or in other ways sustaining the blues. This award was first given in 1993 and the following list is presented as a reference and as a reminder of the hard work and dedication to this American art form by individuals in your community.

Here is the list of past Keeping the Blues Alive award winners:

1993
Patrick Lynch
1994
Cholo Willsin
1995
Rod Downing
1996
Rikki & Kevin Cates
1997
Raven& Sheri Humphres
1998
Robert & Carol Sawyer
1999
Marlee Walker

2000
Marlee Walker
2001
Ken Page & Frankie Lee
2002
Randy Oxford
2003
Leslie Fleury
2004
Rev. Dave Brown
2005
Randy Oxford
2006
Jeff Hayes & Lloyd Peterson
2007
Jimie Jean Tuttle
2008
Rhea Rolfe
2009
Dennis "Blues Boss" Dudley
2010
Highway 99 Blues Club
2011
Tim & Michelle Burge

Remember blues society members... It's your nomination, make it count!

PLEASE NOMINATE BB AWARD NOMINEES BY FEBRUARY 15, 2012!

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