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

Muddy Awards Voting

We have yet to get through summer but the Muddy Awards nomination and voting activity is on our radar.  Be advised that the nomination and voting process will begin in the fall.  In preparation for this, we are working hard to ensure it goes much more smoothly than last year.  We are all learning as we go.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

  1. Make sure you have your correct email on file with us. You will need email to participate
  2. Do you know your Membership #? You will need that information as well to participate as only members can vote. In the monthly email blast you receive, your membership # is included at the bottom.
  3. If you don’t know your member number, of course we can provide it. Send an email to membership.secretary@gmail.com
  4. As we go through the year – try to keep in your mind the shows and performers you saw during the year. This will help as we get closer to the nomination process. We all know how memory can get foggy – so keep a list.
  5. Nomination process and Voting will be online only.

Thanks again to our wonderful membership for being patient as we work to improve the process.

The Cascade Blues Association’s 28th Annual Muddy Awards was held on Wednesday, November 2 at The Melody Ballroom to once again another full house of fans and musicians. Honoring those acts, performers, venues, events, recordings and performances who helped raise the bar on the Northwest’s blues scene over the past year in twenty-two categories.

Dave Kahl - "Paul deLay" Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dave Kahl – “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three artists were big winners taking home two awards each: Andy Stokes for the “Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist and the “Lloyd Jones” R&B Act; the Ben Rice Band taking both the Contemporary and Traditional Blues Act awards; and Dave Kahl for the Bass award and the biggest honor of the night, the “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement.

Dave Kahl’s award noted not only his career as a bass player with a multitude of acts including the Paul deLay Band, Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers, and the Ty Curtis Band, but also due to his tireless work to bring together the music community, seeking recognition from the City and means to make finding and connecting outlets for musicians through such efforts as MyGigNet.com.

The Back What You Believe In Award was presented to CBA Vice President Wendy Schumer. This award notes those in a non-musician role that has made an impact. Wendy’s tireless efforts with the BluesNotes, various CBA events such as the Muddy Awards, a monthly blues emailing and daily posting of events in our area are just a few of the things that she has made her mark with.

The top CDs of the year were awarded to Lisa Mann for the Northwest Album of the Year with Hard Times, Bad Decisions and the National Recording of the Year also stayed at home with Curtis Salgado taking the prize for The Beautiful Lowdown.

Mitch Kashmar was also recognized for the Harmonica Award for the third consecutive year, placing him into the Muddy Awards Hall of Fame.

The Muddy Awards always has terrific music on hand and as tradition goes, we present sets from our Journey To Memphis winners. Band winners Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers opened the night and solo/duo winner David Pinsky played a mid-awards set bringing surprise guest Ben Rice for a dual acoustic guitar performance.

Every year the night closes with a Muddy All Star Band made up of past and present Muddy Award nominees and recipients. This year’s band leader was Ken DeRouchie who was handed the reigns to put together a group for the night, and he came through big time. The All Stars included Arietta Ward, Ben Turner, Brian Harris, Chris Lay, Dave Fleschner, David Chachere, Doug Rowell, Edwin Coleman III, Jeff Knudson, Jimi Bott, Lisa Mann, Noah Bell, Pat McDougall, Pete Petersen, Peter Dammann, Peter Moss, Rae Gordon, Rob Busey, and Timmer Blakely.

A big thanks goes out to The Melody Ballroom, Affordable Trophies, JBL Sound, Big Screen Productions, Cedar House Media, Photographer Tony Kutter, the CBA Board of Directors and all the volunteers who helped make this event happen, and to our membership, without whom none of this could occur.

Please note that we are aware that there were problems with the online balloting that we began this year. It is a first effort and we knew that there would be glitches. Thanks to CBA webmaster Buko and Wendy Schumer for assisting those who needed an extra hand getting their votes entered. We will make improvements next year on the process. But when it was all said and done, we actually received more returns for the final ballot than we have averaged over the past five years.

2016 Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Recipients

Contemporary Blues Act: Ben Rice Band

Traditional Blues Act: Ben Rice Band

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act: Andy Stokes

New Act: Thunder Brothers

Regional Blues Act: Hank Shreve Band

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist: Andy Stokes

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist: LaRhonda Steele

Electric Guitar: Alan Hager

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar: Mary Flower

Bass: Dave Kahl

Harmonica: Mitch Kashmar

Keyboards: Steve Kerin

“Jimi Bott” Drums: Brian Foxworth

Horns: Peter Moss

Venue: The Lake Theater & Café

“The Hurley Award”: Barry McKinley

NW Event of the Year: United By Music North America at The Hotel Rose

NW Recording: Lisa Mann – Hard Times, Bad Decisions

National Recording: Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown

Performance of the Year: (Tie) Kevin Selfe Buy My Soul Back CD Release Party at The Bossanova Ballroom / Karen Lovely at the Waterfront Blues Festival

Back What You Believe In Award: Wendy Schumer

Lifetime Achievement: Dave Kahl

New Muddy Hall of Fame inductee: Mitch Kashmar

And the 2016 Muddy Awards Winners Are…

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Photos by Tony Kutter

Contemporary Blues Act – Ben Rice Band

Traditional Blues Act – Ben Rice Band

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act – Andy Stokes

Regional Blues Act – Hank Shreve Band

New Act – Thunder Brothers

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist – LaRhonda Steele

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist – Andy Stokes

Electric Guitar – Alan Hager

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar – Mary Flower

Bass – Dave Kahl

Keyboards – Steve Kerin

“Jimi Bott” Drums – Brian Foxworth

Harmonica – Mitch Kashmar

Horns – Peter Moss

Venue – Lake Theater & Café

NW Recording – Lisa Mann – Hard Times, Bad Decisions

National Recording – Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown

NW Event – United By Music North America at Hotel Rose

Performance of the Year – Tie

  • Kevin Selfe Buy My Soul Back CD Release Party at Bossanova Ballroom 35
  • Karen Lovely at Waterfront Blues Festival

“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement – David Kahl

Additional Awards not voted on.

Back What You Believe in Award – Wendy Schumer

The Hurley Award – Barry McKinley

 

Muddy AwardThe biggest single night for the Portland blues community returns again to The Melody Ballroom on Wednesday, November 2 as the Cascade Blues Association presents its annual Muddy Awards. Honoring musical achievements from the past year, awards will be handed out to recipients in twenty-two categories to stand-out musicians, venues, recordings, events, and more.

Members of the Cascade Blues Association Board of Directors, musicians, and other blues industry notables will present awards to the winners who were selected by members of the CBA through an online ballot.

And what would an event recognizing musical talent in our area without music be? Well, no worries there as the night will feature three sets of terrific blues performances.

Opening the night prior to the awards being handed out, this year’s Journey To Memphis band winners, Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers, will take the stage and set the perfect mood for the celebration.

Midway through the award presentations, our Journey To Memphis solo/duo winner, David Pinsky, will entertain us through a brief intermission.

Then following the awards, we will have an all-star line-up of past and present Muddy Award nominees and recipients, brought together by this year’s band leader Ken DeRouchie. Along with Ken on guitar and vocals, expect to see these amazing musicians take part in the set: Arietta Ward, Ben Turner, Brian Harris, Chris Lay, Dave Fleschner, David Cachere, Doug Rowell, Edwin Coleman III, Jeff Knudson, Jimi Bott, Lisa Mann, Noah Bell, Pete Petersen, Peter Dammann, Peter Moss, Rae Gordon, Rob Busey, and Timmer Blakely. (Please be advised that this line-up is subject to change.)

Do not miss this night. The fun will kick off at 6:30 pm with the opening set of music, with award presentations following immediately after at around 7:30. Entry to the Muddy Awards is free for Cascade Blues Association members and an incredible $5.00 for non-members to witness one of the most anticipated nights for blues in Portland. The Melody Ballroom is located at 615 SE Alder Street and the event is open to all ages.

The 2016 Muddy Award nominees are:

Contemporary Blues Act:
Ben Rice Band
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band
Thunder Brothers

Traditional Blues Act:
AC Porter & The Live Wires
Ben Rice Band
Julie Amici
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes

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

Regional Blues Act:
Gabriel Cox
Hank Shreve Band
Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method
Sammy Eubanks

New Act:
Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers
The Blues Cabaret
Thunder Brothers

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

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist:
Andy Stokes
Ben Rice
Brian Foxworth

Electric Guitar:
Alan Hager
Ben Rice
Kevin Selfe

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

Bass:
Allen Markel
David Kahl
Lisa Mann

Keyboards:
Dave Fleschner
Dover Weinberg
Steve Kerin

“Jimi Bott” Drums:
Brian Foxworth
Dave Melyan
Don Shultz

Harmonica:
Franco Paletta
Hank Shreve
Jim Wallace
Mitch Kashmar

Horns:
Brad Ulrich
Chris Mercer
Joe McCarthy
Peter Moss

Venue:
Lake Theater & Café
The Blue Diamond
Trails End Saloon

The “Hurley” Award (for stage crew excellence):
Barry McKinley
Barry Saxberg
Darren Mach

NW Recording:
Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
Karen Lovely – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
Kevin Selfe – Buy My Soul Back
Lisa Mann – Hard Times, Bad Decisions

National Recording:
Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den
Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By

NW Event:
Bronze Blues & Blues Festival
Gorge Blues & Brews Festival
Mysti Krewe Of Nimbus Mardi Gras Ball
United By Music North America at Hotel Rose

Performance of the Year:
Kevin Selfe Buy My Soul Back CD Release Party at Bossanova Ballroom
Karen Lovely at Waterfront Blues Festival
United By Music North America at Waterfront Blues Festival

“Back What You Believe In” (for non-performance excellence in the blues community):
Dean Mueller
Ken DeRouchie
Norman Sylvester
Wendy Schumer

“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement:
David Kahl
Frankie Redding
Jimi Bott

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The following are the 2016 Muddy Awards Nominations.
If you are a CBA member follow the link to vote.
Remember you must be logged in to vote.

 

2016 Muddy Awards Nominations

Contemporary Blues Act:

  • Ben Rice Band
  • Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
  • Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band
  • Thunder Brothers

Traditional Blues Act:

  • AC Porter & The Live Wires
  • Ben Rice Band
  • Julie Amici
  • Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act:

  • Andy Stokes
  • Ken DeRouchie Band
  • Norman Sylvester Band

Regional Blues Act:

  • Gabriel Cox
  • Hank Shreve Band
  • Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method
  • Sammy Eubanks

New Act:

  • Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers
  • The Blues Cabaret
  • Thunder Brothers

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist:

  • LaRhonda Steele
  • Lisa Mann
  • Rae Gordon

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist:

  • Andy Stokes
  • Ben Rice
  • Brian Foxworth

Electric Guitar:

  • Alan Hager
  • Ben Rice
  • Kevin Selfe

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar:

  • Alan Hager
  • Ben Rice
  • Lloyd Jones
  • Mary Flower

Bass:

  • Allen Markel
  • David Kahl
  • Lisa Mann

Keyboards:

  • Dave Fleschner
  • Dover Weinberg
  • Steve Kerin

“Jimi Bott” Drums:

  • Brian Foxworth
  • Dave Melyan
  • Don Shultz

Harmonica:

  • Franco Paletta
  • Hank Shreve
  • Jim Wallace
  • Mitch Kashmar

Horns:

  • Brad Ulrich
  • Chris Mercer
  • Joe McCarthy
  • Peter Moss

Venue:

  • Lake Theater & Café
  • The Blue Diamond
  • Trails End Saloon

NW Recording:

  • Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
  • Karen Lovely – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
  • Kevin Selfe – Buy My Soul Back
  • Lisa Mann – Hard Times, Bad Decisions

National Recording:

  • Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
  • Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
  • Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den
  • Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By

NW Event:

  • Bronze Blues & Blues Festival
  • Gorge Blues & Brews Festival
  • Mysti Krewe Of Nimbus Mardi Gras Ball
  • United By Music North America at Hotel Rose

“Hurley Award” For Behind the Scenes Stage Crew Achievement

  • Barry McKinley
  • Barry Saxberg
  • Darren Mach

Performance of the Year:

  • Kevin Selfe Buy My Soul Back CD Release Party at Bossanova Ballroom
  • Karen Lovely at Waterfront Blues Festival
  • United By Music North America at Waterfront Blues Festival

Lifetime Achievement:

  • David Kahl
  • Frankie Redding
  • Jimi Bott

 

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muddy_awardMark your calendars for Wednesday, November 2 as the Cascade Blues Association’s annual Muddy Awards celebration will return with a fun-filled night of excitement, recognition, and amazing music. It will take place at The Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder Street, upstairs in the main ballroom, beginning at 6:30 pm. Various music celebrities and CBA board members will present awards, as selected by our members, in a number of categories honoring the musical achievement from the past year.

Of course, the Muddy Awards would not be complete without musical entertainment. This year’s event will follow tradition set a few years back with an opening set from this year’s Journey To Memphis winning band Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers. Midway through the awards, we will have a short intermission set for the solo/duo Journey To Memphis winning act David Pinsky. And to top the night off in grand fashion, an All Star Set featuring many of past and current Muddy Award winners and nominees, put together and led by the soulful vocals and steamy guitar of Ken DeRouchie. Ken already has commitments from some of the best musicians in the region, so expect another over the top night with the All Stars.

The Muddy Awards is an all ages event and is free for CBA members with their current membership cards. Non-members are just $5.00 for one of the most anticipated nights of the year in Portland’s blues community.