2023 Best of the Blues Awards



The Recipients of the 2023 “Best of the Blues” Awards

Open Blues Jam: Madison Ave Pub Unbound Blues Jam

Blues Photographer: Gordy Mitchell

Blues Club: Madison Avenue Pub
Non-Festival Blues Event: Snohomish Blues Invasion
Blues Writer: Polly O’Keary
Blues Graphic: Joel Astley ’Stuck Inside’ Cover
Blues DJ: John Kessler

Community Blues Festival: Poverty Bay Blues and Brews
Regional Blues Festival: Mt Baker Rhythm & Blues

Chris Leighton Blues Drummer Award: Andrew Cloutier
Paul Green Blues Harmonica Award: Joel Astley
Blues Horn: Mike Marinig
Blues Bass: Scotty Harris
Blues Piano/Keyboard: Billy Reed
Instrumentalist Other:  Mike Marinig
Acoustic Blues Guitar:  Rod Cook
Electric Blues Guitar: Rafael Tranquilino
Slide Blues Guitar Billy Stapleton
Mark Dufresne Male Vocalist Award: Chris Eger
Blues Female Vocalist: Mary McPage
Blues Songwriter:  Joel Astley

Washington Blues Recording: Fat James Band ‘Mountains In the Sky’

Solo /Duo Blues Act: McPage & Powell
New Blues Band:  Joel Astley Band
Blues Performer:  Joel Astley
Little Bill and the Blue Notes Traditional Blues Act: Joe Cook Blues Band

Keeping the Blues Alive: Jeannie Baker

Blues Lifetime Achievement: Billy Stapleton

Blues Hall of Fame: Scotty Harris
Blues Band:  Eric’s Maine Connection

Blue To the Bone: Robin Barrett , Rebecca Williams, Rob Bramlett,

Marcia Jackson  (special award presented by the board of directors)

Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees 

IF you missed the show you can watch a replay of the event on the WBS YouTube Channel