Muddy Awards

2020 Muddy Awards Cancelled 

This year continues to get so much more depressing every day it seems, and I hate to be the person to bear bad news regarding the CBA’s activities. It has been referred to a couple of times by others, but to make it official, the board decided that we have no choice other than canceling this year’s Muddy Awards. 

It is the same story as we’ve reported multiple times. We have not been able to collect any income without holding our monthly meetings, and our biggest money-making week of the year, the Waterfront Blues Festival, had also been canceled. Portland remains in phase one for Covid activities, so being able to hold a live event of this size is not possible at this time. 

We also felt that during these months of closure there really has been little that we can offer for nominations. There have really been only two major events from Sept. 1, 2019, through Aug. 31, 2020, the eligible period — the Steve Pringle Celebration of Life and the Winter Blues Music Festival, which occurred a week prior to the shutdown. Recordings released locally have been minimal as have new acts and performances. 

It was a very hard decision to make as this is an event that we cherish and look forward to presenting every year. We will discuss further how to recognize what has taken place over this past year, such as whether we do a combined 2020-21 nomination process. But as of now, we have neither the financial resources nor a location where this event could be held in early November. 

2019 Muddy Awards

2019 Muddy AwardsThe Cascade Blues Association held its 31st annual Muddy Awards in high fashion, returning for the second straight year to the Alberta Rose Theatre. Twenty-two awards were handed out honoring our members’ selections for their favorite musicians, recordings, venues and events from this past year. Mixed with multiple musical performances, starting with this year’s Journey To Memphis winning band Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys, followed in order by Rich Layton & Tough Town, Tevis Hodge Jr, Vintage Soul, Terry Robb, and ending the night with a Muddy All Star jam led by Ben Rice & Lisa Mann with Dave Fleschner, Dave Melyan, Doug Rowell, Jason “JT” Thomas, Kim Field, Louis Pain, Rae Gordon, and Timmer Blakely.

It was no surprise that the big winner of the night was Ben Rice, as he had been nominated more than anyone else with six nods, taking home four. First time recipients included Rich Layton and Kim Field, and the Norman Sylvester Band was inducted into the Muddy Hall of Fame for the “Lloyd Jones” R&B Act.

It was an emotional night as Portland’s beloved DJ Steve Pringle had passed away just a few days earlier, and keyboardist Frankie Redding Jr a few weeks prior. Both were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards, which had been determined before either had passed when Louis Pain requested to bow out and suggested that we give the award to both; the Board discussed this consideration and agreed.

The Cascade Blues Association would like to thank our sponsors for the event: BluesgirlPDX, A+ Carpentry (Mike Todd) and Wastexpress (Arthur Marx). Thanks to the Alberta Rose Theatre and Cedar House Media.

But it takes a number of hard working people behind the scenes, too. Our amazing volunteer staff was led by Belinda Clark, Jeanette Aglipay and Richard LaChapelle. This year’s volunteers were: Ben Rice, Bobby Kovacich, Brad Bleidt, Brenda Docken, Carol Alcon, Cherie Johnson, Cristina Walker, Cynthia Colombo, Don Geren, Jamey Winchester, Jane Manning, Jon Pierce, Katie Ugolini, Kenney Schulz, Marlena Masterson, Merry Larson, Nancy Lisac, Ron Johnson, Shelley Garrett, Susan Dishaw and Wendy Schumer. Apologies if I missed anybody. And if they weren’t mentioned in the volunteer staff, hats off to our CBA board for all their efforts making this event come off without a glitch this year!!

This year’s winners were:

Contemporary Blues Act – Ben Rice Trio

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act – Normand Sylvester

Traditional Blues Act – Ben Rice Band

Regional Blues Act – Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys

New Blues Act – Kim Field & The Perfect Gentlemen

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist – Ben Rice

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist – LaRhonda Steele

Electric Guitar – Ben Rice

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar – Mary Flower

Bass – Lisa Mann

“Jimi Bott” Drums – Brian Foxworth

Keyboards – Steve Kerin

Harmonica – Rich Layton

Horns – Pete Moss

Venue – The Blue Diamond

Northwest Event of the Year – Jim Mesi Memorial Concert at The Elks Lodge

“The Hurley Award” – Terry Currier

Northwest Recording of the Year – Terry Robb “Confessin’ My Dues”

National Recording of the Year – Sugaray Rayford “Somebody Save Me”

Performance of the Year – Sugaray Rayford at the Waterfront Blues Festival

“George Page” Back What You Believe In – Julie Amici & Dean Mueller

“Paul deLay” Lifetime Acivement – (two winners) Steve Pringle & Frankie Redding Jr.

 

2019 Muddy Awards

2019 Muddy AwardsThe Cascade Blues Association is pleased to announce that our signature event and one of the most anticipated evenings in the blues regionally, The Muddy Awards, will be held at The Alberta Rose Theatre on Wednesday, November 6. Twenty-two awards honoring the favorite musicians, recordings, events and more as selected by our members will be announced throughout the night. The awards will be presented by musicians, CBA board members and other recognized individuals from the blues community.

And as if the awards themselves were not reason enough to attend, there will be music, and plenty of it. Scheduled to perform this year (in order of appearance) will be Journey To Memphis winners Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys, Rich Layton & Tough Town, Tevis Hodge Jr., Vintage Soul, and Terry Robb. All are 2019 Muddy Award nominees. And we’ll conclude the evening with a Muddy All Star Jam, led by Lisa Mann and Ben Rice, with guests including Kim Field, LaRhonda Steele, Louis Pain, Michael Osborn, Dave Fleschner, Dave Melyan and more TBA – once again 2019 nominees all.

Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St, Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 pm. Advance tickets are $10.00, CBA members are Free but seating is limited so be there early. All ages welcome.

2019 Muddy Award Nominees

Contemporary Blues Act:

Ben Rice Trio
Rich Layton & Tough Town
Sister Mercy

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act:

Fenix Rising
Ken DeRouchie Band
Norman Sylvester Band

Traditional Blues Act:

Ben Rice Band
Kim Field & The Perfect Gentlemen
Michael Osborn

New Act:

Kim Field & The Perfect Gentlemen
Vintage Soul
Young Guns Of The Blues

Regional Act:

Gabriel Cox
Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys
Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method
Too Slim & The Taildraggers

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist:

LaRhonda Steele
Lisa Mann
Rae Gordon

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist:

Ben Rice
Brian Foxworth
Lloyd Jones

Electric Guitar:

Ben Rice
Doug Rowell
Jason “JT” Thomas

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar:

Ben Rice
Mary Flower
Tevis Hodge, Jr.

Bass:

Ben Jones
Lisa Mann
Timmer Blakely

Keyboards:

Dave Fleschner
Louis Pain
Steve Kerin

“Jimi Bott” Drums:

Brian Foxworth
Dave Melyan
Edwin Colman III

Harmonica:

Franco Paletta
Kim Field
Rich Layton

Horns:

Chris Mercer
Joe McCarthy
Pete Moss

Venue:

Blue Diamond
Catfish Lou’s
The Lake Theater & Café

Northwest Recording:

Lloyd Jones Struggle – Full Force
Rich Layton & Tough Town – Salvation Road
Terry Robb – Confessin’ My Dues

National Recording:

Bobby Rush – Sitting On Top Of The Blues
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Kingfish
Sugaray Rayford – Somebody Save Me

Northwest Event:

Gorge Blues & Brews
Jim Mesi Memorial Concert at The Elks Lodge
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival

Performance of the Year:

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram at Waterfront Blues Festival
Sugaray Rayford at Waterfront Blues Festival
Vanessa Collier at Waterfront Blues Festival

“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement:

Frankie Redding, Jr.
Louis Pain
Steve Pringle

George Page " Back What You Believe In award:

Chris Hamann
Cory Burden
Julie Amici & Dean Mueller

The "HurleyAward:

Ken & Susan Johnson
Tracy-Turner Pain
Terry Currier

2019 Muddy Awards

30th Annual Muddy AwardsThe 30th annual Muddy Awards took on a new venue, new format and an old look for the actual award, and it all came across in spectacular fashion. Now including multiple short showcases featuring nominated acts, everything fell in line and on time. The big winners of the night had to be Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager, with their recording Rough Cut taking home both the best Northwest and National Recording awards, while they also were named the top Traditional Blues Act. To put just an extra touch to it all, Alan Hager was also named the Electric Guitar recipient. Four new inductees into the Muddy Hall of Fame (a person needs to win a respective category three consecutive years for this honor): Alan Hager (Electric Guitar), Steve Kerin (Keyboards), LaRhonda Steele (“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist) and Mary Flower (“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar). The “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement was presented to Robbie Laws.

Special thanks goes out to board member James Kosek for taking a lead, obtaining the venue and putting together the new format, Paul Wyss for putting together the presentation, and Wendy Schumer, Greg Johnson, and Shelley Garrett for multiple behind the scenes work. To all of the board members for their hard work and the numerous volunteers necessary this year to provide work at the front door and in the green room

The 2018 Muddy Awards Winners are:

Contemporary Blues Act: Ben Rice

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act: Norman Sylvester Band

Traditional Blues Act: Curtis Salagado & Alan Hager

New Act: Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys

Regional Act: Hank Shreve Band

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist: LaRhonda Steele (Hall of Fame induction)

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist: Ben Rice

Electric Guitar: Alan Hager (Hall of Fame induction)

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar: Mary Flower (Hall of Fame induction)

Bass: Lisa Mann

Keyboard: Steve Kerin (Hall of Fame induction)

“Jimi Bott” Drums: Brian Foxworth

Harmonica: Mitch Kashmar

Horns: Pete Moss

Venue: Catfish Lou’s

“The Hurley Award”: Jeri Davis-Paletta

Northwest Recording: Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager- “Rough Cut”

National Recording: Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager – “Rough Cut”

Northwest Event: Benefit for David Kahl

Performance of The Year: Beth Hart @ Waterfront Blues Festival

“George Page” Back What You Believe In: Steve Pringle

“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement: Robbie Laws

2019 Muddy Awards

Muddy AwardsThe Cascade Blues Association’s annual Muddy Awards is already one of the most anticipated dates of the year for the city’s blues community. This year’s event not only finds us in a new location, the Alberta Rose Theatre and returning to our original Muddy Waters bust trophy (newly recast, improved and durable), but we’re also moving into a new format. For those who have attended the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, it’ll be similar in that approach. We’ll still open with our Journey To Memphis band winners and close with an All-Star Muddy Band, but we’re going to intersperse short musical sets throughout the night, too.

Performing at the show will be Fenix Project (Journey To Memphis band winners), Steve Kerin (Keyboard nominee), Arrogant Bastards (New Act nominee), Mary Flower (Traditional Act and “Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar nominee), and Michael Osborn Band (NW Recording nominee). CBA board member Fred Morgan will provide musical accompaniment for our Memoriam segment. The night will close with our always popular Muddy All-Star Jam, put together by this year’s band leader Rae Gordon. Working with the idea of generational blues, Rae has pieced together musicians from various ages, as young as Vivienne Alexandra Skye (six years old) and teenage prodigy Timothy James. Also appearing will be Ben Rice, Kivett Bednar, Michael Osborn, Garry Meziere, Ken Brewer, Haley Michelle, Ed Pierce, Pat McDougall, Joseph Conrad, and of course Rae herself. And there may be more to come.

This will definitely be a not to miss night of blues music celebration.

Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street. Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 pm. All ages. Free for current card-holding CBA members. $10.00 non-members, available in advance at Albertarosetheatre.com

CBA Muddy Awards Moves to a New Venue

The 2018 Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards are just around the corner, taking place on Wednesday, November 14. We have a lot of ideas floating around for the event, but the biggest, newest thing is that this year’s ceremony and concert will take place at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Always one of the most exciting and anticipated nights in our local blues community of the year, we will be bringing you the excitement of those being honored and of course there will be plenty of live music, including our annual Muddy All Star Band, this year pieced together and hosted by Muddy Hall of Fame member Rae Gordon.

This year’s nominees are:

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ACT:
Ben Rice
Rae Gordon Band
Rose City Kings
The Thunder Brothers

“LLOYD JONES” R&B ACT:
Andy Stokes
Just Friends
Ken De Rouchie
Norman Sylvester

TRADITIONAL BLUES ACT:
AC Porter
Ben Rice
Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager
Mary Flower

NEW ACT:
Arrogant Bastards
Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys
Timothy James & The Portland Blues Revival

REGIONAL ACT:
Gabe Cox
Hank Shreve
Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys

“DUFFY BISHOP” FEMALE VOCALIST:
Karen Lovely
LaRhonda Steele
Rae Gordon

“CURTIS SALGADO” MALE VOCALIST:
Andy Stokes
Ben Rice
Brian Foxworth

ELECTRIC GUITAR:
Alan Hager
Ben Rice
Doug Rowell

“TERRY ROBB” ACOUSTIC GUITAR:
Alan Hager
Ben Rice
Mary Flower

BASS:
Allen Markel
Dave Kahl
Lisa Mann

KEYBOARD:
Dave Fleschner
Louis Pain
Steve Kerin

“JIMI BOTT” DRUMS:
Brian Foxworth
Carlton Jackson
Dave Melyan

HARMONICA:
Jim Wallace
Mitch Kashmar
Rich Layton

HORNS:
Chris Mercer
Joe McCarthy
Pete Moss

VENUE:
Blue Diamond
Catfish Lou`s
Trails End

NORTHWEST RECORDING:
“Hangin On” – Michael Osborn
“Rough Cut” – Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager
“Wish the World Away” – Ben Rice

NATIONAL RECORDING:
“Rough Cut” – Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager
“The Blues Is Alive and Well” – Buddy Guy
“Wild Again” – The Proven Ones

NORTHWEST EVENT:
Benefit for David Kahl
Gorge Blues & Brews
Winthrop Blues Festival

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:
Beth Hart @ Waterfront Blues Festival
Duffy Bishop@ Alberta Rose
The Mavericks @ The Waterfront
The Proven Ones @ The Waterfront

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Jimi Bott
Robbie Laws
Sonny Hess

New Muddy Awards Procedure

Every year the Cascade Blues Association presents the Muddy Awards to honor those artists, recordings, venues and individuals who have displayed high levels of performance and mastery of their craft during the last year. This year we will be attempting a new process in the nominating procedure.

In the past we have handled two separate mailings to our membership, first asking for nominations and then for final selections of those receiving the highest number of votes. The past two years we have done this process on-line, but there have still been a series of complications that have made the process difficult. So this year we are moving in a direction held by other awards handled by multiple organizations. We have decided to create a qualified nominating committee. This committee is made of professionals including musicians, radio, venues, publications, promoters and even fans, roughly around 50 people or so. The participation in this committee is to be kept completely confidential and not required of those we may have asked. This does not mean that the same people will be asked year to year. What we are striving for are those knowledgeable about the local music scene and the qualifications of each category.

In the past we have witnessed people banding together to make nominations, where just a handful can alter the outcome of who ends up on a ballot. We have also seen many nominations of people who do not fall into the credentials expected, such as artists being selected who do not live within our region or recordings’performances that did not occur within the time line for the previous year. Gathering the information is very time consuming and we want to streamline how it works.

Once the nomination committee has sent their selections, we will then compile these choices and present them for final voting by the entire membership. And yes, on the final ballot there will be a place for you to enter your own write-in vote if you prefer.

It may not be well received by many, but we want the process to honor those who are deserving and it is a route that as mentioned many other organizations have already gone to.

On another note, we have heard your voices and this year’s awards will return to the original retro image of the Muddy Waters bust so popular for many years. We have found a new trophy company to handle the recreation of the original molds and they’re making them even more durable than before. That bust of Muddy is a trademark image that says Cascade Blues Association, and we’re looking forward to their return!

CBA Muddy Awards Moves to a New Venue

2017 Muddy Award NomineesThe Cascade Blues Association’s annual celebration of our local blues musicians, events, recordings and venues, The Muddy Awards, was held on Wednesday, November 1 to an enthusiastic audience at The Melody Ballroom. Twenty-two awards were handed out recognizing outstanding achievement as selected by the CBA members.
Highlights of the event included three artists being inducted into the Muddy Awards Hall of Fame for having taken their respective categories three consecutive years: Ben Rice Band for Traditional Blues Act; Andy Stokes for the “Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist; and Brian Foxworth for the “Jimi Bott” Drums. Norman Sylvester was awarded the “George Page” Back What You Believe In Award for his continual efforts with Healthcare For All Oregon, the Inner City Blues Festival, and taking music into the schools and retirement homes. Terry Robb was selected this year for the “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement for his career not only as a musician, but as a teacher, producer and engineer in the studio working with artists including the late John Fahey, Sheila Wilcoxson, The Lightnin’ Kings’ latest recording, and many others. Curtis Salgado was honored with the Performance of the Year for his magnificent appearance at the Waterfront Blues Festival, his first following a heart attack and heart surgery.
And you know, the Muddy Awards would not be a true celebration without music. Opening the night we were treated to a set by Journey To Memphis winners Sister Mercy. An All Star Muddy Awards Band was pieced together by this year’s band leader Sonny Hess. She put together a sensational jam that included Ben Rice, Brian Foxworth, Dave Melyan, Doug Rowell, Fenix, Franco Paletta, Jim Hively, Kathryn Grimm, Kelly Pierce, Kevin Selfe, Kivett Bednar, Lady True Blue, LaRhonda Steele, Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon, Randy Monroe, Rich Layton, Robbie Laws, Scott Franklin, and of course Sonny Hess herself.
A huge thanks to The Melody Ballroom; JBL Sound; Cedar House Media; Just Right Awards; Big Screen Productions; Sonny Hess; photographers Marilyn Stringer, Tony Kutter, Kathy Rankin and Greg Johnson; Wendy Schumer for her work on the slide presentation and program creation, volunteers Sandy Forst and Coila Ash for working the admission door; the CBA Board of Directors; and most of all our membership.
Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients!! You’re all winners!

2017 Muddy Award Recipients

Contemporary Blues Act – Rae Gordon Band
“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act – Norman Sylvester Band
Traditional Blues Act – Ben Rice Band
Regional Blues Act – Ty Curtis
New Act – Lightning Kings
“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist – Andy Stokes
“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist – LaRhonda Steele
Electric Guitar – Alan Hager
“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar – Mary Flower
Bass – Timmer Blakely
Harmonica – Mitch Kashmar
Keyboards – Steve Kerin
“Jimi Bott” Drums – Brian Foxworth
Horns – Peter Moss
Venue – Catfish Lou’s
“Hurley” Award – Charles Rowell
NW Event of the Year – Cascade Blues Association 30th Anniversary Concert
Performance of the Year – Curtis Salgado at the Waterfront Blues Festival
NW Recording of the Year – Rae Gordon “Better Than I Was”
National Recording of the Year – Karen Lovely “Fish Outta Water”
“George Page” Back What You Believe In – Norman Sylvester
“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement – Terry Robb

What’s on Tap for November’s General Membership Meeting

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, November 1 – 6:30 pm
Members always Free, Non-members attending the Muddys $5.00

It’s here again. The biggest night for the blues in the City of Portland as the Cascade Blues Association honors those outstanding musicians, venues, events, recordings, and individuals with the highly coveted Muddy Awards for excellent achievement during this past year. Twenty-two categories will be presented by members of the CBA Board of Directors, noted artists and other friends of the blues recognizing those chosen as recipients by the members of the Cascade Blues Association by ballots the past two months.
And for one night only, we will be returning to the familiar surroundings of The Melody Ballroom in the upstairs ballroom. The building has been going through a great deal of renovation, which will be most obvious with the absence of the old stage that was such a prominent feature. But the new owners will be offering a new selection of menu items for the night and food and beverages will be ordered in a new room adjacent to the ballroom which will give you a space to mingle before and during the event.
As usual, we expect tables to fill up quickly, so arrive early and since it is a gala event feel free to dress up a little, though that is not a requirement for the evening of fun. We’re hoping that the doors will be open by 5:30 pm, but this hinges on the sound and visual preparation because we want to make sure everything is spot-on before we allow entry.
The event itself will all start at 6:30, with a set of music from this year’s Journey to Memphis winning band Sister Mercy. Then we will begin the awards ceremony, handing out all twenty-two awards, followed by a long-time tradition of a jam featuring a band comprised of past and present Muddy Awards recipients and nominees. This year’s jam has been put together by and will be led by one of this year’s nominees for the Paul deLay Lifetime Achievement Award Sonny Hess. At the time of this month’s BluesNotes deadline, Sonny has already confirmed the following musicians to be part of the jam: Ben Rice, Brian Foxworth, Franco Paletta, Kathryn Grimm, Kevin Selfe, LaRhonda Steele, Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon and Robbie Laws with still more to be named!!
The Muddy Awards are a definitely a night not to be missed if you’re a fan of the blues. One of the most anticipated nights of the year for the Portland Blues Community. If you‘re not a Cascade Blues Association member, you can always join at the venue if you’d like. Open to blues fans of all ages!

CBA Muddy Awards Moves to a New Venue

And the 2017 Muddy Award Nominees are:

2017 Muddy Award NomineesContemporary Blues Act
Ben Rice Band
Rae Gordon Band
Sister Mercy
Thunder Brothers

Traditional Blues Act
AC Porter & The Live Wires
Ben Rice Band
Norman Sylvester Band

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act
Andy Stokes
Ken DeRouchie Band
Norman Sylvester Band

New Act:
Dirty Revival
Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers
Lightning Kings

Regional Act
Gabriel Cox
Hank Shreve Band
Ty Curtis

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist
Karen Lovely
LaRhonda Steele
Lisa Mann
Rae Gordon

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist
Andy Stokes
Ben Rice
Brian Foxworth
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner

Electric Guitar
Alan Hager
Ben Rice
Doug Rowell
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar
Alan Hager
Ben Rice
Mary Flower

Bass
Allen Markel
Randy Monroe
Timmer Blakely

Harmonica
Franco Paletta
Mitch Kashmar
Rich Layton

Keyboards
Dave Fleschner
Louis Pain
Steve Kerin

“Jimi Bott” Drums
Brian Foxworth
Carlton Jackson
Dave Melyan
Ed Pierce

Horns
Joe McCarthy
Peter Moss
Scott Franklin

Venue
Blue Diamond
Catfish Lou’s
Trails End Saloon

“Hurley” Award
Charles Rowell
Pat McDougall
Rebecca Rutledge

Northwest Recording
Karen Lovely – Fish Outta Water
Paul deLay Band – Live At Notodden ‘97
Rae Gordon Band – Better Than I Was

National Recording
Karen Lovely – Fish Outta Water
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
Taj Mahal & Keb Mo – TajMo

Performance of the Year
Curtis Salgado at the Waterfront Blues Festival
Rae Gordon Band at the Waterfront Blues Festival
Southern Avenue at the Waterfront Blues Festival
Thunder Brothers on the Waterfront Blues Festival DME Cruise

“George Page” Back What You Believe In Award
Ellen Whyte
Jeri Davis-Paletta
Norman Sylvester

Lifetime Achievement
Frankie Redding
Jimi Bott
Robbie Laws
Sonny Hess
Terry Robb