Joe Louis Walker Leads BMI Nominees for 2010 Blues Music Awards

Posted in News on December 12, 2009

BMI artists, songwriters and musicians garnered the majority of 2010 Blues Music Awards nominations, which were recently announced. Joe Louis Walker leads the list with five nods, including Album and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Between a Rock and the Blues, Contemporary Blues Male Artist, Guitarist, and Song of the Year for “I’m Tide.” James “Super Chikan” Johnson also garnered a slew of nominations, including B. B. King Entertainer and Traditional Male Blues Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Fred’s Dollar Store,” and Traditional Blues Album of the Year for Chikadelic.

Candye Kane will also vie for B. B. King Entertainer of the Year, as will Tommy Castro. Kane is also up for Contemporary Blues Album for Superhero and Contemporary Blues Female Artist, while Castro also earned nominations for Contemporary Blues Album and Male Artist, as well as Band of the Year, with the Tommy Castro Band. Duke Robillard was also tapped in four fields, including Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Stomp! the Blues Tonight, Guitarist, and Band, with his Jumpin’ Blues Revue.

Derek Trucks nabbed three nominations including Rock Blues Album of the Year, while the acclaimed Chicago Blues: A Living History, featuring BMI heavyweights John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Branch, and Lurrie Bell, was tapped for Album and Traditional Blues Album of the Year.

Presented by the Blues Foundation, the 31st Blues Music Awards ceremony is slated for May 6, 2010 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. For more information, please visit

2010 Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album
Havin’ the Last Word
Saffire-the Uppity Blues Women

Things About Comin’ My Way: A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks
Various Artists

Acoustic Artist
Annie Raines & Paul Rishell
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis

Stomp! the Blues Tonight
Duke Robillard’s Jumpin’ Blues Revue

Tear This World Up
Eddie C. Campbell

Between a Rock and the Blues
Joe Louis Walker

Chicago Blues: A Living History
Various Artists (John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell)

B. B. King Entertainer
Candye Kane
Magic Slim
Rick Estrin
Super Chikan
Taj Mahal
Tommy Castro

Duke Robillard’s Jumpin’ Blues Revue
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
The Mannish Boys
Tommy Castro Band

Best New Artist Debut
Tiger in Your Tank
Monkey Junk

Contemporary Blues Album
Candye Kane

Between a Rock and the Blues
Joe Louis Walker

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats

Living in the Light
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Hard Believer
Tommy Castro

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Ruthie Foster
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Derek Trucks
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Michael Burks
Tommy Castro

It Ain’t Over! Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues, Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends
Delmark Records

B.B. King
Live at Montreux 1993
Eagle Eye Media

Saffire - the Uppity Blues Women
Hot Flash - The Documentary
Jo Films& Roadside Productions

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
A Night in Woodstock
Mojo Rodeo Records

George Thorogood & the Destroyers (with Eddie Shaw)
Down to the Crossroads Vol. 1
Vincent Productions

Freddie King
Taking Care of Business (1956-1973)
Bear Family Records

Muddy Waters
Authorized Bootleg

Gary Moore
Essential Montreux
Eagle Records

Sean Costello
Sean’s Blues
Landslide Records


Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Larry Taylor

Derek Trucks
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl

Billy Branch
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin

Al Basile
Big James Montgomery
Deanna Bogart
Keith Crossan

Buckwheat Zydeco (accordion)
Gerry Hundt (mandolin)
Johnny Sansone (accordion)
Otis Taylor (banjo)
Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Henry Butler
Henry Gray

Rock Blues Album
Already Free
Derek Trucks Band

Done with the Devil
Jason Ricci & New Blood

Tijuana Bible
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat

Pearl River
Mike Zito

Speak No Evil
Tinsley Ellis

“Pearl River,” written by Cyril Neville & Mike Zito
Pearl River
Mike Zito

“Fred’s Dollar Store,” written by James “Super Chikan” Johnson
Fred’s Dollar Store
Chikadelic–Super Chikan

“I’m Tide,” written by Joe Louis Walker
Between a Rock and the Blues
Joe Louis Walker

“Never Going Back to Memphis,” written by John Hahn & Oliver Wood
Never Going Back
Shemekia Copeland

Soul Blues Album
Troubled Child
Charles Wilson

Just for You
Darrell Nulisch

Ace of Spades
Johnny Rawls

All About the Rhythm and the Blues

Soul Blues Female Artist
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Shirley Brown
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist
Darrell Nulisch
Jackie Payne
Johnny Rawls

Traditional Blues Album
All Original
John Primer

The Gentleman is Back
Johnnie Bassett

Super Chikan

Chicago Blues: A Living History
Various Artists (John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell)

Traditional Blues Female Artist
Ann Rabson
Debbie Davies
Shirley Johnson
Zora Young

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Duke Robillard
John Primer
Johnnie Bassett
Super Chikan


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