2021 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees
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In June 2021, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.
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Contemporary Blues Album
Selwyn Birchwood - Living In A Burning House
Joyann Parker - Out of the Dark
Clarence Spady - Surrender
Chris Cain - Raisin' Cain
John Németh - Stronger Than Strong
Shemekia Copeland - Uncivil War
Traditional Blues Album
Kim Wilson - Take Me Back
Anthony Geraci - Daydreams In Blue
Nora Jean Wallace - Blues Woman
Bobby Rush - Rawer Than Raw
Bob Corritore - Bob Corritore & Friends: Spider in My Stew
Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite - 100 Years Of Blues
Soul Blues Album
Bette Smith - The Good The Bad and The Bette
Tia Carroll - You Gotta Have It
Sonny Green - Found! One Soul Singer
Kevin Burt - Stone Crazy
Curtis Salgado - Damage Control
Dave Keller - You Get What You Give
Rock Blues Album
Gary Moore - How Blue Can You Get
Jeremiah Johnson - Unemployed Highly Annoyed
Walter Trout - Ordinary Madness
Alastair Greene - The New World Blues
Peter Parcek - Mississippi Suitcase
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Dance Songs For Hard Times
Acoustic Blues Album
Donna Herula - Bang at the Door
Catfish Keith - Blues at Midnight
EG Kight - The Trio Sessions
Dustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods
Erin Harpe - Meet Me In The Middle
Rob Stone featuring Elena Kato and Hiroshi Eguchi - Trio in Tokyo
Live Blues Album
Little G Weevil - Live Acoustic Session
Lady A - Lady A Live in New Orleans
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Straight To You: Live
Blues Caravan 2020
George Benson - Weekend In London
The Halley DeVestern Band - Money Ain't Time
Historical Or Vintage Recording
Fiona Boyes - Blues in My Heart
Franck Goldwasser - Going Back To Paris
Henry Gray and Bob Corritore - Cold Chills
Kid Ramos & Bob Corritore - Phoenix Blues Sessions
Little Richard - Southern Child
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers -Volume 1
New Artist Debut Album
Big Mike Aguirre feat. The Blu City All Stars - Mississippi Stew
Veronica Lewis - You Ain't Unlucky
Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors - Come Together
Skylar Rogers - Firebreather
West Side Joe & The Men of Soul - Keep On Climbin'
Harvey Brindell - Pennies On The Dollar
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues Allstars
John Németh & The Blue Dreamers
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
Male Blues Artist
Female Blues Artist
Nora Jean Wallace
Sean Costello Rising Star Award
EG KIGHT’S ROOTS ARE SHOWING, AND SHE DOESN’T MIND!
Singer/songwriter/entertainer set to release new acoustic record “The Trio Sessions” on May 11th
Contact: Sunny Stephens / BlueSouthTalent@aol.com
(Nashville, TN) After a successful career performing with a band, and as a solo, EG Kight formed an acoustic trio in 2018. She wanted to get back to her roots, to that stripped-down sound from her childhood…
Kight’s granddaddy was a southern preacher. When Kight was an infant, her mama was offered a Gospel recording contract, but turned it down to stay home and raise her daughter. At the age of four, Kight chimed in at her mama’s rehearsal with her church trio, and her harmonies were spot on. She was invited to sing a solo at church the next day, and the congregation chuckled as she took a bow at the end. And that same year her uncle gave her a guitar. Over the next few years her grandma taught her how to play that guitar.
Through the years, Kight has developed her own unique sound. Creative Loafing magazine noted that on this new record “Kight is in strong, smooth, controlled voice throughout the record, with dollops of Phoebe Snow, Bonnie Raitt, and even Patsy Cline injected with a dose of Southern charm, class, and a touch of gospel.”
A few months before the pandemic hit, Kight and “the boys”- as she affectionately calls percussionist/drummer Gary Porter and guitarist Ken Wynn - had been in the recording studio, expecting to release a new acoustic record that spring. They’d been touring as a trio for about a year before going into the studio. Kight stated “This new trio excites me in a way I haven’t felt before. The three of us have performed together for over 20 years, and Gary and Ken are like brothers to me. This stripped-down version allows for a tight show with sweet harmonies, harp, percussion, drums, dobro, and acoustic guitars. We’re having a great time venturing out into some new musical areas, and our audiences seem to love it!”
Kight has lived through her share of extreme challenges, and even battled back from near-death. But when Covid shut the world down, like everyone else around the world, she took a step back to figure out how to live with the challenges of this “new normal.” Not able to tour, Kight turned her attention to one of her other loves - her pet goats. And the successful summer release of her first children’s book, THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM A GOAT, gives her fans a deeper glimpse into her love for her pet goats. Once the book was out, she finished up her new record, and the end result is a genuine work of art. The harmonies are ethereal, and the chemistry is undeniable. On March 15th, “Burned” was released as the first single from the record, along with a video.
The new record includes originals - three written with my longtime co-writer and fellow Blues Music Award nominee Tom Horner, and one with Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts Band). The songs are about life, whether getting burned in a relationship - “ain’t gonna touch that stove again”, or having the courage to get out of a bad relationship and “Feelin’ a Healin”, or finding love when you least expect it “Falling”, or being lonely from being “Alone Too Long”. It’s all about scenarios that we all go through sometimes.
And like all her previous albums, Kight included a few fan-favorite covers – Willie Dixon’s “Evil,” which Kight first heard performed by her dear friend, Koko Taylor; a rousing take on Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen”; and a breathtaking rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” When Kight tours, she makes note of the fan requests, then records two or three of their favorites. “Hallelujah” has been one of her most requested songs at her shows, so ending this new record with that song just seemed right.
Kight’s never-ending faith in God has always been her rock and her family has always been her heart. Her goats give her a sweet, loving distraction from life’s difficulties. And her music has always soothed her soul, whether singing Gospel, country, blues, or americana. These are the things that keep her going, every day…
Music goes back for generations in Kight’s family, and she’s eager for her fans to hear the new songs with the acoustic trio. With this new record, her roots are showing. And she and the boys are mighty proud of that!
“The Trio Sessions” drops on May 11th.