Blues Music Award Nominations: Nominations for the 32nd Blues Music Awards, which will be held at the Cook Convention Center on May 5th, were announced yesterday.
In addition to Musselwhite, who is also competing for Instrumentalist — Harmonica, Traditional Blues Album, and Traditional Blues Male Artist, Memphis-connected nominations are plentiful.
Greenville-based Eden Brent, who records for the local Yellow Dog Records and plays in Memphis regularly, is up for Album of the Year for her terrific Ain't Got No Troubles and is also competing for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player award and Traditional Blues Female. In the later category, she'll be competing with Memphis mainstay Reba Russell.
The South Memphis String Band — a group made up of Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus, and the North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson — are up for Acoustic Album for their debut Home Sweet Home. The Juke Joint Duo's Cedric Burnside is up for Instrumentalist — Drummer. And the late Solomon Burke is up for Soul Blues Album for his swan song, Nothing's Impossible, the final production from late Memphis legend Willie Mitchell.
Tickets for the May 5th awards show go on sale today, with a DVD memorializing the 2010 Blues Music Awards also available for purchase. Online voting by Blues Foundation members also kicks off today. See here for the full slate of nominees.
Blues Foundation on the Move: When the Memphis-based Blues Foundation hosts the BMAs next May, they will likely do so from a new home. The organization has approved a move from its current offices on Union and Front to a new headquarters in the South Main Arts District, with a prospective March 2011 move date.
"In order to expose blues music to even more people, we need a place that's open to the public and encourages visitors," Executive Director Jay Sieleman said in a press release announcing the move.
Allstars Return: It's been nearly three years since the North Mississippi Allstars have released an album. In the interim, guitarist Luther Dickinson joined the Black Crowes and started the now Blues Music Award-nominated South Memphis String Band while drummer brother Cody launched a new band, the heavier Hill Country Revue.
Now, the brothers Dickinson and bassist buddy Chris Chew are returning with Keys to the Kingdom, which will be released on February 1st, 2011. The album was recorded at the Dickinson family's Zebra Ranch Studio, in Coldwater, Mississippi, and features guests such as Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, Spooner Oldham, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Gordie Johnson, and Jack Ashford.