Best Canadian Blues Album
Paul Reddick "Wishbone"
Best USA Blues Album
Orchestra "And Still I Rise"
Best UK Blues Album
Ian Siegal "Candy Store Kid"
Best European Blues Album
L.R. Phoenix "Live At Blues
Best Australian Blues Album
Dukesy & The Hazzards
"Ain't Coming Back To You"
Best New Zealand Blues Album
The Flaming Mudcats "Gave You
What You Wanted"
Best Debut Album (Artist) (Canada)
Al Lerman "Crowe
Best Debut Album (Band) (Canada) Tie
Ben Racine Band "One
of A Kind" & Hillbilly Burlesque "Crazy Life"
Best Debut Album (Artist) (USA)
Brad Hatfield "Uphill
From Anywhere" (USA)
Best Debut Album (Band) (USA) Tie
Interstate Buffalo "One Step Away" & Joel
DaSilva & The Midnight Howl (Self
Best Debut Album (Artists) (Europe)
Smiling Jack Smith
& David Gwynn "Now That Truth Was Gone" (Spain)
Album (Band) (Europe)
Patrik Jansson Band "Patrik Jansson Band"
Best Debut Album (Band) (UK)
The Russ Tippins Electric Band
Best Canadian Blues/Rock Album
Anthony Gomes "Up 2 Zero" (Canada)
Best European Blues/Rock
Julian Sas "Bound To Roll" (Netherlands)
Best UK Blues/Rock Album
The Mustangs "Shaman & The Monkey"
Best USA Blues/Rock Album
Bobby Messano "That's Why I Don't
Sing The Blues"
Best Canadian Live Blues Album
Bill Durst "Live"
Best USA Live Blues Album
Bernie Pearl -
Sittin’ On The Right Side Of The Blues
Best Blues Tribute Album
First Came Memphis Minnie "A Loving
Best Blues Harmonica Album
Scottyboy Daniel Blues Band
"Mercy! A Tribute To William Clarke" (USA)
Best Gospel/Christian Blues Album
Lurrie Bell "The Devil Ain't
Got No Music" (USA)
Best Blues Compilation Album
Blues "Got Mojo 2"
Best Blues EP
Craig Hughes "Hard Times Volume 1"
Best Not Necessarily The Blues EP
"Step Up" (USA)
Best Not Necessarily The Blues Album
"Overhead The Stars" (UK)
Best Roots/Rock Album
Don Ray Band "Full Throttle" (USA)
Best Folk Album
Sarah Beatty "Black Gramophone"
Scissormen And Robert Mugge's "Big Shoes:
Walking And Talking The Blues"
Best Original Cover Art
- Soulstack "Big Red"
Favorite Song - "Drinking Hard And
Steady", from the Album (Corey Lueck And The Smoke Wagon Blues
Band "It Ain't Easy")
Editors Choice Award 2012
(Most Unique &
Original Sounding Album Of The Year)
Some X 6 "The Hoodoo Shake" (Canada)
If you would have told me that this kind of music
still existed, I would not have believed you, but exists it does,
and wow what a amazing treat. Now of course some will say that it
certainly crosses into more other styles then Blues or even Blues
Rock, but never the less, this stuff is the real deal.
With "The Hoodoo Shake", Some X 6 have taken an
extraordinary leap forward and have firmly placed themselves in a
league all their own, with their totally refreshing and dynamically
unique music. Great Music, Really Great Music, From Beginning To
Canadian Fan Favorite 2012 (Tie)
The Ben Racine Band &
Corey Lueck And The Smoke Wagon Blues Band
Future Of The Blues Award 2012
Ben Racine Of The Ben Racine Band
Ben’s soulful voice is reminiscent of the greatest Rhythm and
Blues vocalists of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Inspired by artists such as
Junior Walker, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Clarence Carter, he
will take you back to the days when vocals were the center point of
He is also a lot more than just a voice. His guitar playing
covers a wide range of styles – pleasing blues and funk fans alike.
From the moment he hits the stage, his contagious energy and
charisma combine for a sound that is truly original. You’ll be
tapping your feet within the first few notes.
for my review and Ben and his bands amazing Debut
release "One Of A Kind".
Marshall Lawrence Ambassador Of The Blues
The Marshall Lawrence Ambassador Of The
Blues Award category, is awarded each year to an individual
whoms cornerstones of dedication, love, enthusiasm, and respect for the blues
goes far beyond your typical Blues Artists. It is with absolute honor
that I pick Steve Kozak as this years recepient.
Congratulations Steve, I hope this nicely
tops off the amazing year you
Steve Kozak was born in Vancouver
BC Canada in 1956 and since the mid eighties has been a mainstay on
the Vancouver scene as a guitarist, band leader, singer, songwriter,
and tireless cheerleader and promoter of Blues and Roots music.
Backed by some of Vancouver’s top musicians, Steve has built a reputation as one of
the premier Blues acts in western
Steve began playing guitar and
singing at age sixteen and took to the Blues like a duck to water.
His passion for the Blues flourished after meeting and hanging out
for a few memorable nights with the legendary Muddy Waters in May of
1977. Muddy encouraged Steve and set him straight on a few things.
After that Steve was ‘on a mission’-- his
musical future as a Bluesman was
Throughout his career Steve has
shared the stage, and played with many Blues greats including; Pee
Wee Crayton, Big Joe Duskin, Sonny Rhodes, Eddie ‘The Chief’
Clearwater, ‘Ice Pick’ James Harman, Duke Robillard, Rod Piazza,
Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Lee Oskar, Nick Curran, Big Joe Louis,
‘The Shuffle King’ Tom Holland, Kenny Blues Boss
Wayne, and Rockabilly guitar legend Evan
Over the past few years Steve and
his All-Star band have been booked to back several international
recording artists who came to Canada to perform. One artist who
works with Steve whenever he performs in western Canada is Blues
Harmonica legend singer/songwriter from Anniston Alabama, James
Harman. Steve and his band backed James Harman at the 2010 Labatt
International Blues Festival in Edmonton. Steve and his band have
also worked with London’s Big Joe Louis (a two time winner of the
best male Blues vocalist in the UK) and, from Chicago, ‘The Shuffle
King’ Tom Holland the lead guitarist/singer for The James Cotton Band
and Blues singer Robin Banks from
For more information on Steve
Kozak, visit http://stevekozak.shawwebspace.ca/
This year saw the release of
Steve's Critically Acclaimed Album, "Lookin' At Lucky". My review of
that release can be read here...