Photograph by Eric Gleason
Congrats go out to Chatham’s own Queen of the Blues Rory Block, who has snagged two Blues Music Award nominations from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. And she’s not the only Nippertonian to get a nod, either. Guitarslinger Murali Coryell also picked up a nomination.
Block was nominated for Best Acoustic Artist honors, while her latest album, Avalon: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt, also earned a nod as Best Acoustic Album. Block is the only female nominee in either category. Block has previously won five Blues Music Awards, including Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year in 1997 and 1998, as well as Acoustic Blues Album of the Year honors for When a Woman Gets the Blues (1996), Confessions of a Blues Singer (1999) and The Lady and Mr. Johnson (2007).
Coryell, meanwhile, earned a nomination in the Best DVD category for Live, a combo CD/DVD set from Shake-It-Sugar Records that was recorded at Club Helsinki in Hudson in 2012 and the Roots & Blues Festival in British Columbia in 2010. Coryell was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame last month in a ceremony at Club Helsinki.
GO HERE for the complete list of nominees for the 35th annual Blues Music Awards.
The 35th annual Blues Music Awards will be presented during ceremonies at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis on Thursday, May 8.
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