Chatham’s own Queen of the Blues Rory Block, 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. The 35th annual Blues Music Awards will be presented during ceremonies at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis tonight (Thursday, May 8).
Block is 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 at the Roots & Blues Festival in British Columbia in 2010. Coryell was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame last year in a ceremony at Club Helsinki.
GO HERE for the complete list of nominees for the 35th annual Blues Music Awards.
And here’s where you can see our local Blues Music Award nominees in concert around town: Rory Block’s next Nippertown performance is a free concert at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library in Clifton Park on Saturday, June 21. Meanwhile, the Murali Coryell Band plays Harmony Music in Woodstock on Saturday, May 17.
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