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Die Verleihung des 33. Blues Music Award fand am 10. Mai 2012 im Cook Convention Center in Memphis statt. Auch in diesem Jahr waren keine wirklichen Überraschungen zu erwarten, nominiert waren die üblichen Verdächtigen, einige davon mehrfach, (Johnny Sansone ,  Tab Benoit, und Sugar Ray & the Bluetones vierfach, sowie Ana Popovic , Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Lazy Lester, Johnny Rawls und David Maxwell dreifach). Gewiss, die Luft ist dünn auf diesem Niveau, aber zuweilen hat der Award etwas den Charakter der «Reise nach Jerusalem» nur dass die Anzahl der Stühle jedes Jahr grösser wird, in diesem Jahr um die Kategorie «Rock Blues Album». Damit sei keinesfalls die Leistung der Preisträger kritisiert, aber es gibt doch einige Musiker, deren Namen man mal unter den Nominierten erwarten würde, einen Delbert McClinton, Walter Trout, oder auch Kenny Wayne Sheperd, um mal einige Beispiele zu nennen.

Derek Trucks hatte schon im letzten Jahr als Gitarrist und als Band des Jahres gewonnen, dieses Mal einen Preis als Gibson Preisträger und zweimal mit der Band, zusammen mit Susan Tedeschi räumt die Familie gleich vier Preise ab. Tab Benoit wurde mit drei Preisen geehrt und Ruthie Foster und Charlie Musselwhite nahmen jeweils zwei Preise nach Hause. Hier also die Preisträger und die Nominierten.

Acoustic Album of the Year: David Maxwell & Otis Spann - Conversations In Blue
[Doug MacLeod - Brand New Eyes
Eric Bibb - Troubadour Live
Mary Flower - Misery Loves Company
Rory Block - Shake 'Em On Down]

Acoustic Artist of the Year: Eric Bibb
[David Maxwell
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Mary Flower
Rory Block]

Album of the Year: Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
[Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History - The (R)evolution Continues
Eugene Hideaway Bridges - Rock And A Hard Place
Johnny Sansone - The Lord Is Waiting And The Devil Is Too
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - Evening
Tab Benoit - Medicine]

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year: Tab Benoit
[Candye Kane
Lil' Ed
Ruthie Foster
Tommy Castro]

Band of the Year: Tedeschi Trucks Band
[Bo-Keys
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Tommy Castro Band
Trampled Under Foot]

Best New Artist Debut: Samantha Fish - Runaway
[Big Pete - Choice Cuts
Demetria Taylor - Bad Girl
Sena Ehrhardt - Leave The Light On
The Mighty Mojo Prophets - The Mighty Mojo Prophets]

Contemporary Blues Album: Tab Benoit - Medicine
[Ana Popovic - Unconditional
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Don't Explain
Ian Siegal & the Youngest Sons - The Skinny
Johnny Sansone - The Lord Is Waiting And The Devil Is Too
Tommy Castro - Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue - Live!]

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year: Susan Tedeschi
[Ana Popovic
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness]

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year: Tab Benoit
[Joe Louis Walker
Johnny Sansone
JP Soars
Tommy Castro]

DVD of the Year: Ruthie Foster - Live At Antone's (Blue Corn)
[Ana Popovic - An Evening At Trasimeno Lake (ArtisteXclusive)
Gary Moore - Live At Montreux 2010 (Eagle Rock)
Trampled Under Foot - The Emporium To The Orpheum (Redwood)
Various Artists - All Jams On Deck (Mug-Shot Productions)
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play The Blues (Rhino)]

Gibson Guitar Award: Derek Trucks
[Duke Robillard
Kirk Fletcher
Lurrie Bell
Michael Burks]

Historical Album of the Year: Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning (Chess Records)
[Freddie King - Texas Flyer 1974-76 (Bear Family)
Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues (Delmark Records)
George "Harmonica" Smith - Teardrops Are Falling - Live In 1983 (Electro-Fi)
Etta James - The Essential Modern Records Collection (Virgin Records)]

Best Instrumentalist - Bass: Biscuit Miller
[Danielle Schnebelen
Larry Taylor
Michael "Mudcat" Ward
Patrick Rynn]

Best Instrumentalist - Drums: Chris Layton
[Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Robb Stupka
Stanton Moore
Tony Braunagel]

Best Instrumentalist - Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite
[Kim Wilson
Lazy Lester
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia]

Best Instrumentalist - Horn: Terry Hanck
[Al Basile
Doug James
Keith Crossan
Sax Gordon]

Best Instrumentalist - Other: Sonny Rhodes (lap steel guitar)
[Ben Prestage (diddley bow)
Lionel Young (violin)
Otis Taylor (banjo)
Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)]

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year: Marcia Ball
[David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Jon Cleary
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Victor Wainwright]

Rock Blues Album: Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl
[George Thorogood & the Destroyers - 2120 South Michigan Avenue
Mike Zito - Greyhound
Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Shiver
Warren Haynes - Man In Motion]

Song of the Year: «The Lord Is Waiting The Devil Is Too» - Johnny Sansone (The Lord Is Waiting And The Devil Is Too - Johnny Sansone)
[«Appreciate What You Got» - Terry Hanck (Look Out! - Terry Hanck)
«Back to the Blues» - Hadden Sayers (Hard Dollar - Hadden Sayers)
«Memphis Still Got Soul» - Bob Trenchard & Johnny Rawls (Memphis Still Got Soul - Johnny Rawls)
«Thank You for Giving Me the Blues» - Grady Champion, Zac Harmon & Chris Troy (Dreamin' - Grady Champion)
«The Older I Get the Better I Was» - Joe Shelton (The Older I Get the Better I Was - Big Joe Shelton)]

Soul Blues Album of the Year: Bobby Rush - Show You A Good Time
[Bo-Keys - Got To Get Back!
Eugene Hideaway Bridges - Rock And A Hard Place
Grady Champion - Dreamin'
Johnny Rawls - Memphis Still Got Soul]

Soul Blues Female Artist: Denise LaSalle
[Alexis P. Suter
Jackie Johnson
Sharrie Williams
Sista Monica Parker]

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year: Curtis Salgado
[Bobby Rush
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay]

Traditional Blues Album of the Year: Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History - The (R)evolution Continues
[Diunna Greenleaf - Trying To Hold On
Lazy Lester - You Better Listen
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - Evening
Tracy Nelson - Victim Of The Blues]

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year: Charlie Musselwhite
[John Primer
Lazy Lester
Mac Arnold
Magic Slim]

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year): Ruthie Foster
[Diunna Greenleaf
Maria Muldaur
Nora Jean
Tracy Nelson]

 

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