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2008 Blues Music Awards in Tunica, Ms.llery

STLBlues has been on the road recently, down in Clarksdale for the Juke Joint Festival, as far south as New Orleans for the 2008 Jazzfest, and onto Tunica, Ms., for the Blues Music Awards. Clarksdale, Ms. was once again an in-between stopover point for a few days at the one-of-a-kind establishment known as The Shack Up Inn, which sits on the grounds of the Hopson Plantation. Watermelon Slim had arrived in town, and was staying with Carol and Art, co-owners along with Super Chikan of the Blues Berry Cafe, Super Chikan's place on Yazoo Ave. in downtown Clarksdale. Try both the muffuletta and the eggplant parmigan, both come Watermelon Slim and STLBlues recommended! If you're in need of a coffee house, try Miss Del's general store, where there's a lot more than just coffee.

Then it was north to Tunica, the music awards, and the official unveiling of another Blues Trail marker, an ongoing project of the Mississippi Blues Commission. Governor Haley Barbour, and numerous state & local officials were on hand as Highway 61 was officially named the 'Blues Highway', as it runs south through Mississippi. Webster Franklin of the Tunica Convention Visitors and Bureau announced plans for a Blues Museum right along Highway 61 in Tunica, welcoming those traveling the Blues Highway throughout the Delta. Blue Cross Blue Shield presented Blues Commission member D. Craig Ray and the Mississippi Blues Commission with a check for $10,000, helping to fund this exciting historical project. D. Craig Ray is also the Vice Chairman of the Mississippi Delta Tourism Association.

STLBlues was on hand at the Blues Music awards pre-show cocktail party, as Watermelon Slim was given a custom Super Chikan guitar in a great gesture of friendship
. Just another indicator of how strong the Blues community is. The hardworking crew of the Blues Foundation worked hard to pull off an event of this scale.The Blues Music Awards were held this year at Harrah's Grand Casino event center, and showcased some great live music among all the awards. The event ran almost 7 hours, with so many perfomers scheduled to play. It was great to honor the hard working bluesmen and blueswomen who carry on this great art form. Support live music every chance you get, some may be just down the street from you!

-- Here's a complete list of the 2008 Blues Music Award winners --

1. DVD - Kenny Wayne Shepherd "10 Days Out: - Blues from the Backroads "
2. Traditional Blues Male Artist - Hubert Sumlin
3. Traditional Blues Female Artist
- Koko Taylor
4. Acoustic Artist
- Bobby Rush
5. Acoustic Album
Bobby Rush - Raw
6. Pinetop Perkins Piano Player - Honey Piazza
7. Instrumentalist-Guitar - Bob Margolin
8. Soul Blues Male Artist - Bobby Rush
9. Soul Blues Female Artist - Irma Thomas
10. Soul Blues Album - The Holmes Brothers – State of Grace
11. Historical Album - Epic/Legacy – Breakin’ It UP, Breakin’ it DOWN
12. Contemporary Blues Album - Tommy Castro - Painkiller
13. Contemporary Blues Female Artist - Bettye LaVette
14. Contemporary Blues Male Artist - Tab Benoit
15. Instrumentalist-Harmonica - Kim Wilson
16. Instrumentalist-Bass - Bob Stroger
17. Instrumentalist-Drums - Sam Lay
18. Instrumentalist-Horn - Deanna Bogart
19. Instrumentalist-Pedal Steel - Robert Randolph
20. Best New Artist Debut - Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy – Cotton Field to Coffee House
21. Song - “Gonna Buy Me a Mule” – Koko Taylor
22. Traditional Blues Album - Koko Taylor – Old School
23. Album - Watermelon Slim & the Workers – The Wheel Man
24. Band - Watermelon Slim & the Workers
25. B.B. King Entertainer - Tommy Castro

On the road to the Blues Music Awards in Tunica, Ms.
Click on the buttons below, drag the thumbnail panel anywhere you want, and enjoy the show!

  • Jukejointchapel
    Inside the Juke Joint Chapel, on the grounds of the Shack up Inn - Clarksdale, Ms. Tell em' STLBlues sent you!
  • Big Mommas
    Big Mommas Soul Food kitchen, just south of Memphis on Hwy. 61
  • Tutwiler
    On the road to Tunica
  • Blues Commission
    Mississippi Blues Commission unveils Blues Trail Marker, and gets a $10,000 donation from Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Gov
    Mississippi Governor unveils Blues Trail Marker
  • Gov Senator
    Mississippi Governor and Senator unveil Blues Trail Marker
  • Hwy 61
    Tunica CVB presents a Blues Trail Marker event
  • Jay Proclamation
    Jay Sielman of the Blues Foundation recieves Blues Trail proclamation
  • Slim Chikan1
    Super Chikan surprises his friend Watermelon Slim with a custom handmade cigar box guitar.
  • Slim Chikan2
    One of Chikan's gifts besides making music is making musical intruments, and sharing that gift with his friends.
  • Slim Chikan3
    Great musicians, and even better friends
  • Slim Chikan4
    Slim, Chikan, and Charlie Burch - Super Chikan's manager
  • Slim Chikan Koko
    2nd row - Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor & Pinetop Perkins 1st row - Watermelon Slim and Super Chikan
  • Bmas
    Blues Music Awards


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