BLOGGING AND VLOGGING FROM CANADA'S BEST KNOWN UNDISCOVERED OLD WHITE BLUESMAN

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Les Gagnants!

Great to see such a strong showing from the Quebec where the blues is thriving and where a bluesman can make a living without ever leaving his province (and in some cases without ever leaving the city where he lives!)

Met and heard some amazing musicians at the Blues Summit and Brandon Isaac (Yukon Slim) was one. He won Acoustic Act of the Year. I was knocked out by him and saw a couple of other great guitarists at the Summit who I'm embarrassed to say I never heard live - Ross Neilson and Conor Gains.

Lots of words of wisdom from the podium this year (not to mention a great Keynote Address from Bruce Iglauer). The best was Raven from Digging Roots in accepting the Cobalt Prize: "Blues Music is like the vein of gold that's running through this mountain of music" I asked him where that came from and he just made it up on the spot!

The Maple Blues Band played great. Danny was a fabulous host - sometimes wandering into the audience with a wireless guitar.

Sorry for my friend Joel who arrived at the theatre thinking he'd be able to get a ticket but he was turned away because it was ...SOLD OUT!

Winners of the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Brandon Isaak

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Matt Andersen

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Angel Forrest

NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Wicked Grin

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill Solo Recordings Vol. 2 No Label Records; Producer: Steve Hill

BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD (Lifetime Achievement)
Nanette Workman

BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Johnny Winter

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill

HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tied: Guy Belanger and Harpdog Brown

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
David Vest

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jon Wong

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Tom Bona

BASSIST OF THE YEAR
Greg Morency

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Angel Forrest

BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR
Peter North