The group Mannish Boys received six Blues Music Awards nominations to lead the pack for next year’s ceremony, to be held May 7 in Memphis.
Tied with four nominations each are slide guitar legend Elvin Bishop, pianist Eden Brent, songstress Janiva Magness, soul man Curtis Salgado, and former truck driver Watermelon Slim.
Buddy Guy is nominated for three awards and B.B. King for two, reports the Associated Press.
Mannish Boy’s nominations include best band, traditional album and album of the year in addition to individual nominations for band members Richard Innes (drums), Kid Ramos (guitar), and Larry Taylor (bass).
The awards ceremony and concert, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, will be broadcast live by Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s B.B. King’s Bluesville channel. The Blues Music Awards will be shot in HD for a DVD to be released in the fall of 2009.
You can vote online for your favorite blues musicians by visiting the Blues Foundation’s website.