Tommy Castro enjoyed a big night at the 31st Blues Music Awards ceremony, held May 6 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Castro walked away with wins in every category in which he was nominated: Contemporary Blues Album for Hard Believer, Contemporary Blues Male Artist, Band of the Year with the Tommy Castro Band, and the coveted B. B. King Entertainer of the Year crown.
Other BMI greats also collected trophies. Joe Louis Walker garnered Album of the Year for his Between a Rock and the Blues release, while Debbie Davies earned the Koko Taylor Award, formerly called the Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year award. Song of the Year went to Mike Zito’s “Pearl River,” written by Zito and Cyril Neville, while Monkey Junk’s acclaimed Tiger in Your Tank earned Best New Artist Debut honors.
Perennial favorite Ruthie Foster was tapped as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, while Derek Trucks took home two honors: Guitarist of the Year and Rock Blues Album of the Year for the Derek Trucks Band’s Already Free.
The legendary Buddy Guy was also celebrated, as the Blues Foundation presented the icon the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Presented by the Blues Foundation, the annual Blues Music Awards are co-sponsored BMI and The Gibson Foundation, as well as ArtsMemphis, band Village, Casey Family Programs, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, I55 Productions, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
For a complete list of 2010 Blues Music Awards winners, please visit blues.org.
2010 BMI Blues Music Award Winners
Between a Rock and the Blues
Joe Louis Walker
B. B. King Entertainer
Tommy Castro Band
Best New Artist Debut
Tiger in Your Tank
Contemporary Blues Album
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
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Buckwheat Zydeco (accordion)
Rock Blues Album
Derek Trucks Band
“Pearl River,” written by Cyril Neville & Mike Zito
Soul Blues Album
Ace of Spades
Soul Blues Female Artist
Traditional Blues Album
Traditional Blues Female Artist, now the Koko Taylor Award
Traditional Blues Male Artist