Washington Blues Society 2024 Best of the Blues Awards Winners 


The Washington Blues Society’s presented the 34th annual Best of the Blues Awards on Sunday, April 21st  honoring musicians, artists, events, and venues as voted on by blues society members in 30 award categories. The event was broadcast on YouTube and Facebook and in the tradition of past shows the awards ceremonies featured performances by select nominees and induction in to the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame. Joel Astley led the pack by garnering five awards including ‘Washington Blues Recording,” for his album Seattle To Greaseland  and Blues Performer of the year, Guitarist Eric Rice took home both of the highly coveted guitar awards, and the Joe Cook Band was awarded both “Best Blues Band,” the Little Bill the Blue Notes “traditional Blues Band,” awards. Veteran Seattle guitarist Scott E Lind received a standing ovation upon his induction into the Blues Society Hall of Fame, and the evening closed with him leading an All-Star jam.


Congratulations to all the winners.




Mark DuFresne Male Vocalist Best New Blues Act
Chris Eger Blue Healers


Blues Female Vocalist Blues Performer
Diane Forsyth Joel Astley


Electric Blues Guitar Blues Songwriter
Eric Rice Joel Astley


Slide Blues Guitar Washington Blues Recording
Eric Rice Joel Astley – Seattle To Greaseland


Acoustic Blues Guitar Best Blues Club
Rod Cook Madsion Avenue Pub


Blues Bass Best Blues Jam
Scotty Harris Madsion Avenue Pub – Unbound Blues Jam  


Paul Green Blues Harmonica Blues Writer
Joel Astley Polly O’Keary


Chris Leighton Blues Drummer Best Blues Graphic
Don Montana Joel Astley


Blues Piano/Keyboard Best Blues Photographer
Jim Barnes Gordy Mitchell
Blues Horn Best Blues DJ
Mike Marinig John Kessler


Blues Instrumentalist – Other Keeping the Blues Alive
Leanne Trevalyan Mark Hurwitz


Best Blues Band Blues Hall of Fame
Joe Cook Blues Band Scott E Lind


Best Little Bill & the Blue Notes Lifetime Achievement Award
Traditional Blues Act Sean Denton
Joe Cook Blues Band
Best Non Festival Event
Best Solo/Duo WBS Blues Bash
Blue Healers
Best Regional Blues Festival
Best Community Blues Festival Sunbanks Blues Festival
Snohomish Blues Invasion
Blue to the Bone
Susan “Duchess” Dodd
Carrie Parduhn
Marylou Fortier
Everett & Karen Lewis