‘Kingfish’ hauls in 5 BMAs; Rick Estrin wins harp honor

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, winner of five 2020 Blues Music Awards, played Bluesdays in The Village at Squaw Valley last summer.
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On Sunday, May 3, The Blues Foundation announced the winners of the 41st Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world’s highest honors. Newcomer Christone “Kingfish” Ingram led all recipients with five awards, winning in every category in which he was nominated. He took the trophies for Album Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year and Best Emerging Artist Album for his Alligator Records debut, “Kingfish.” He was also named Contemporary Male Blues Artist Of The Year and Best Instrumentalist – Guitar.

To see the complete list of winners, click the LINK.

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The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling.

The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling (with Moss on guitar and Gruenling on harmonica) was named Band Of The Year, and won in all three categories in which they were nominated. Their Alligator Records album “Lucky Guy!” won Traditional Blues Album Of The Year. The album’s title track, written by Moss, won the Song Of The Year award.

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Rick Estrin is reunited with Lake Tahoe blues harmonica player and jazz singer Carolyn Dolan at the Squaw Valley show.
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Two other Alligator artists were also award winners. Vocalist Shemekia Copeland won for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. Rick Estrin, leader of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, won for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica.

The 41st Annual Blues Music Awards ceremony, hosted by Shemekia Copeland from her home, was presented online with contributions from artists all over the world. Presenters included Charlie Musselwhite, Warren Haynes, Fantastic Negrito, Ruthie Foster, William Bell, Beth Hart, and Keb’ Mo’.
The awards were originally scheduled to be presented in Memphis on May 7, before being moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

-Alligator Records

Vanessa Collier, who played Squaw Valley’s Bluesdays last summer, won the BMA for Best Horn for the second straight year.
Sugaray Rayford, who played Bluesdays last August, won two Blues Music Awards, including the top honor, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.
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