Blues Blast Award Winners Honored

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Blues Blast Magazine awarded a stellar group of musicians with an evening of shared music and honors Sept. 29, 2018 at the Tebala Event Center in Rockford, IL.

Kansas City’s Heather Newman took home two awards, one for New Artist Debut Album and the second one for Sean Costello Rising Star Award.

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Heather Newman, shown here performing July 28, 2018 at Knuckleheads. ©2018 Blues Insights/Peggy Stevinson Bair.

Again, Kansas City well represented here with Danielle Nicole winning the Contemporary Blues Album award for “Cry No More.”

Danielle Nicole, shown here performing July 11, 2017 at Knuckleheads in Kansas City. ©2017 Blues Insights/Peggy Stevinson Bair.

Walter Trout took home Male Blues Artist and Beth Hart for Female Blues Artist.

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats won for best Blues Band.

Tony Jack Grigsby, bassist for Orphan Jon and the Abandoned (nominated for two awards this year), said attending the awards event was impressive with the level of talent that was there. “I was blown away by the talent – but how many amazing talented women were there!” Grigsby said.

Winners were chosen through the participation of any of the over 36,000 worldwide subscribers to Blues Blast Magazine. The complete list of nominees and winners is listed on the magazine’s website.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners as these awards are very much from the grass roots of the fans who closely follow blues artists and their shows.