Saxophonist Terry Hanck wins second-straight BMA

Terry Hanck’s load of luggage increased during his trip from Florida to California, where the saxophonist  has two weeks of shows.

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Terry Hanck now has three Blues Music Awards for Best Horn.
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In Memphis last night, Hanck received his second-consecutive Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Horn. He also won the honor in 2012.

“I was surprised,” Hanck told Tahoe Onstage. “I just figured since I won it twice, including last year that some other people might win. But I am delighted.”

After experiencing some health issues early in the year, Hanck had a big 2016. The Terry Hanck Band released a full-length album, “ From Roadhouse to Your House Live!,” traveled on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and had residencies at three fairs in California, along with several other performances.

Hanck is even busier this year. He’s already toured in Finland and Denmark and will play at the California State Fair in Sacramento and the Alameda and Sonoma Country Fairs, along with the Milwaukee Summerfest and Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival in Berwyn, Illinois. He will be at Lake Tahoe on Aug. 15 to play at the Tuesday Night Blues at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe with the Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

While he was in Memphis, Hanck sat in with a jam at the Rum Boogie on Beale Street with Albert Castiglia, Sugaray Rayford and Matt Schofield.

A Chicago native, Hanck was inspired at a 1962 B.B. King concert. He moved to California in the late ’60s to surf and play music. He was a member of the Elvin Bishop Band during Bishop’s most commercially successful period from 1977-87.

“I went from playing in a club with three people who didn’t care, to all of a sudden doing the same thing at the Oakland Coliseum for a Day on the Green with 55,000 screaming people who loved it,” Hanck said.

Hanck has recorded numerous solo albums, the last few of which were produced by Kid Andersen. In 2001, Andersen moved from Norway to Northern California to join Hanck’s band.

Hanck plays a vintage 1967 Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone and he’s performed with some of the all-time greats, including Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Tracy Nelson, Jimmy McCracklin and Sunnyland Slim.

  • Terry Hanck in California
    May 13 – San Luis Obispo
    May 14– Long Beach
    May 15– Tarzana.
    May 18 – Ventura
    May 19 – Fremont
    May 20 – Point Arena
    May 25 – Campbell
    May 26 – Pacifica
    May 27 — tba

    Curtis Salgado, Susan Tedeschi and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Neal and Bobby Rush were multiple winners at the 38th Blues Music Awards, hosted May 11 by the Blues Foundation at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

    • 38th Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards
      May, 11, 2017
      Cook Convention Center, Memphis
    • Song: “Walk A Mile In My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finnigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
      “Blues Immigrant” written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller on Blues Immigrant
      “I Gotta Sang The Blues” written and performed by Thornetta Davis on Honest Woman
      “Seeing Is Believing” written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on Seeing Is Believing
      “Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way
    • Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band
      Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
      Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
      Nick Moss Band
      Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
    • B.B. King Entertainer: Joe Bonamassa
      John Nemeth
      Lil’ Ed Williams
      Sugar Ray Norcia
      Sugaray Rayford
    • Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist): Diunna Greenleaf
      Annika Chambers
      Inetta Visor
      Shaun Murphy
      Trudy Lynn
    • Traditional Blues Male Artist: Bob Margolin
      John Primer
      Lil’ Ed Williams
      Lurrie Bell
      Sugar Ray Norcia
    • Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Susan Tedeschi
      Alexis P Suter
      Ana Popovic
      Janiva Magness
      Shemekia Copeland
    • Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Kenny Neal
      Albert Castiglia
      Mike Zito
      Sugaray Rayford
      Toronzo Cannon
    • Soul Blues Female Artist: Mavis Staples
      Bettye Lavette
      Lara Price
      Terrie Odabi
      Vaneese Thomas
    • Soul Blues Male Artist: Curtis Salgado
      Johnny Rawls
      Wee Willie Walker
      William Bell
    • Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod
      Eric Bibb
      Fiona Boyes
      Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
      Luther Dickinson
    • Album: Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
      Kenny Neal – Bloodline
      Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
      Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing
      Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way
      William Bell – This Is Where I Live
    • Contemporary Blues Album: Kenny Neal – Bloodline
      Al Basile – Mid Century Modern
      Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
      The Record Company – Give It Back To You
      Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way
    • Rock Blues Album: Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
      Albert Castiglia – Big Dog
      Mike Zito – Keep Coming Back
      Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust
      Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam
    • Soul Blues Album: Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
      Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
      Johnny Rawls – Tiger in a Cage
      Wee Willie Walker – Live! Notodden Blues Festival
      William Bell – This Is Where I Live
    • Traditional Blues Album: Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling
      Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s
      Bob Margolin – My Road
      Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
      Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing
    • Acoustic Album: Eric Bibb – The Happiest Man in the World
      Fiona Boyes – Professin’ the Blues
      Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Live at Briggs Farm
      John Long – Stand Your Ground
      Luther Dickinson – Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol I and II
    • Best Emerging Artist Album: Jonn Del Toro Richardson – Tengo Blues
      Corey Dennison Band – Corey Dennison Band
      Guy King – Truth
      Terrie Odabi – My Blue Soul
      Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman
    • Historical Album: Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, Omnivore Recordings
      Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw, Bear Family Records
      B.B. King, More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard, Ace Records
      Doug MacLeod – Live in Europe, Under the Radar and Doug MacLeod
      Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records
      Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends, Elrob Records
    • Instrumentalist
      Horn: Terry Hanck

      Al Basile
      Nancy Wright
      Sax Gordon Beadle
      Vanessa Collier
    • Bass: Biscuit Miller
      Bob Stroger
      Michael “Mudcat” Ward
      Patrick Rynn
      R W Grigsby
    • Drums: Cedric Burnside
      Jimi Bott
      June Core
      Tom Hambridge
      Tony Braunagel
    • Guitar: Joe Bonamassa
      Bob Margolin
      Kid Andersen
      Monster Mike Welch
      Ronnie Earl
    • Harmonica: Kim Wilson
      Dennis Gruenling
      Jason Ricci
      Mark Hummel
      Sugar Ray Norcia
    • Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright
      Anthony Geraci
      Barrelhouse Chuck
      Henry Gray
      Jim Pugh

ABOUT Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons
Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.


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