April 25, 2022
Washington Blues Society Celebrates the 2022 Best of the Blues Awards (“BB Awards”) at Aurora Borealis in Shoreline
On Sunday, April 24th, the Washington Blues Society recognized blues music achievement in-person at Aurora Borealis in Shoreline, Washington at its annual Best of the Blues (“BB Awards”) show. Blues society members nominated BB Award recipients in 30+ categories with the Stacy Jones Band leading the field with 10 nominations and eight awards.
Stacy Jones received the Paul Green Blues Harmonica, Blues Piano/Keyboard, Blues Performer, Blues Songwriter awards, and Rick Bowen received the Chris Leighton Blues Drummer and Blues Writer Awards. Blues society members voted the Jones Family Christmas as Best Non-Festival Blues Event and the Stacy Jones Band as Best Blues Band.
First time nominees who took home BB Awards include the Kim & Brian Band for Best New Blues Act and Gordy Mitchell for Best Blues Photo for pictures printed in the blues society’s Bluesletter. Long-time blues society performers honored include CD Woodbury in the Electric Blues Guitar and Blues Hall of Fame categories, Leanne Travelyan as Blues Instrumentalist (Other), Rod Cook for Acoustic Blues Guitar, T-Town Aces for Best Little Bill & The Blue Notes Traditional Blues Act, Blues DJ Clancy Dunagin, Rev. Dave Brown for Keeping the Blues Alive, and the Madison Avenue Pub for Best Blues Club (and host of the Best Blues Jam, the Unbound Blues Jam). Joel Astley received the Mark DuFresne Male Vocalist Award and Sheri Roberts Greimes took home the Blues Female Vocalist award.
The Washington Blues Society Board selected Kevin Young, Paul Quilty, and Willow Stone for “Blue to the Bone” Awards for exceptional contributions to the state’s blues community, and the Board Awarded its first “Blues Diamond Award” to volunteer Chadwick Creamer for 25+ years’ service.
Each year, the Washington Blues Society remembers blues community members who have passed on since the last awards show, and the 2022 In Memoriam featured an all-star line-up of blues musicians who played Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and the Beatles’ “In My Life” as photos of recently-departed blues artists scrolled on the venue’s screens. The audience was clearly moved remembering Charlie Watts, Sam Lay and several others, and many blues fans wept when Lissa Ramaglia smiled down from the screen. She posthumously received BB Awards in the Blues Bass and Lifetime Achievement Award categories.
The Washington Blues Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, please visit www.wablues.org. Awardees’ list attached.
Congratulations to the Washington Blues Society 2022 BB Award Recipients
The Full List of the 2022 Best of the Blues Awards presented April 24th 2022 at The Aurora Borealis
|Mark DuFresne Male Vocalist||Best New Blues Act|
|Joel Asley||Kim & Brian Band|
|Blues Female Vocalist||Blues Performer|
|Sheri Roberts Greimes||Stacy Jones|
|Electric Blues Guitar||Blues Songwriter|
|CD Woodbury||Stacy Jones|
|Slide Blues Guitar||Washington Blues Recording|
|Eric Rice||50 – Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method|
|Acoustic Blues Guitar||Best Blues Club|
|Rod Cook||Madsion Avenue Pub|
|Blues Bass||Best Blues Jam|
|Lissa Ramaglia||Madsion Avenue Pub – Unbound Blues Jam|
|Paul Green Blues Harmonica||Blues Writer|
|Stacy Jones||Rick J Bowen|
|Chris Leighton Blues Drummer||Best Blues Graphic|
|Rick J Bowen||Dennis Hacker|
|Blues Piano/Keyboard||Best Blues Photo|
|Stacy Jones||Gordy Mirchell|
|Blues Piano/Keyboard||Best Blues DJ|
|Stacy Jones||Clancy Dunigan|
|Blues Horn||Keeping the Blues Alive|
|Mike Marinig||Dave Brown|
|Blues Instrumentalist – Other||Blues Hall of Fame|
|Leanne Trevalyan||CD Woodbury|
|Best Blues Band||Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Stacy Jones Band||Lissa Ramaglia|
|Best Little Bill & the Blue Notes||Best Non Festival Event|
|Traditional Blues Act
|Jones Family Christmas
Best Regional Blues Festival
Sheri Roberts Griemes
|Best Community Festival||Blue to the Bone|
|Freedom Fest||Kevin Young
Blues Diamond Award
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