Making a Scene Presents the 2020 Independent Blues Awards!
Congratulations to all the nominees!
The 2020 Independent Blues Awards nominations are now in and ready for you to vote on. We do things a bit different than other awards in that we give you the opportunity to explore and experience artists and music you may not be familiar with.
In order to maximize you experience we highly recommend that you sign up for a FREE Spotify Account. We use Spotify players and links throughout the voting ballot so you can listen to and explore the nominated artists. This helps the artists as they get paid for their played songs, but it also helps them get into the Spotify Matrix so they can be discovered by other listeners on Spotify.
It would help them even more if you create your own playlist in your Spotify account and add all your favorite songs and artists. Share this playlist on Facebook, Twitter and with your friends! Being added to Spotify user playlists elevates an artists status on Spotify!
The Voting is a way to discover and explore artists and their work as much as supporting artists you know and love.
As you go through the ballot we use a simple link format, The link attached to the artist’s name will take you to their website, The Link attached to the CD Title will take you to a Spotify playlist for that CD and the Buy Link will take you to Amazon.com if you want to purchase either the physical CD or mp3 downloads. By using these links even if an artists does not win, they will receive a large benefit from their nomination!
For the Song nominations, We have created a combined Spotify playlist of all the nominees in the category that you can listen to. Then you can choose your favorite song in each category.
If you take the opportunity to use this ballot as intended this can take some time, which is why we are extending the voting till Midnight on August 31 2020!
1 VOTE PER EMAIL ADDRESS
ONLY FULLY COMPLETED BALLOTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO BE COUNTED!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES and THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VOTES!
Best Blues Acoustic CD Watermelon Slim CW Ayon Brody Buster Reverend Freakchild Jontavious Willis Tony and Joe Hudspeth and Taylor Bruce katz Terry Rob
Contemporary Blues CD Delbert McClinton Tomás Doncker Vince Agwada Brandon Santini Guitar Shorty Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers Albert Castiglia Tomislav Goluban JP Soars Shaun Murphy Toronzo Cannon
Traditional Blues CD Billy Price Rick Estrin Benny Turner Altered Five Blues Band Bob Corritore Lucky Peterson Biscuit Miller Nick Moss John Primer Murali Coryell
R&B/Soul CD Tullie Brae Sugar Ray Rayford Zac Harmon Vaneese Thomas Annika Chambers Tiffany Pollack/Eric Johanson Terry Hanck Jimmy Carpenter Samantha Fish Elles Bailey
Blues Rock CD Matty T Wall Ally Venable Mindi Abair Joanna Connor Eliza Neals Seth Walker Angel Forrest Eric Gales Joann Shaw Taylor Heavey Drunk
Modern Roots CD Katarina Pejak Ina Forsman Seth James Mindi Abair Tiffany Polllack Heather Newman Kern Pratt Ghost Town Blues Band Tennessee Redemption Jeremiah Johnson
LIVE CD Dave Keller Jack Nack and the Heart Attack Chris Bad News Barnes Ben Racine Band Kentucky Headhunters Teresa James Tommy Castro Nancy Wright Packrats Smokehouse Mike Zito
New Artist CD Tiffany Pollack Ina Forsman Katarina Pejak Nick Schnebelen Nicolas David Kern Pratt Heather Newman Sister Lucille Rebekah Meldrum Tom Euler
Male Artist Walter Trout Joe Bonamassa Eric Gales Benny Turner Zac Harmon Toronzo Cannon Delbert McClinton Mike Zito Bobby Rush Bernard Allison
Female Artist Katarina Pejak Ina Forsman Mindi Abair Joanna Connor Eliza Neals Vaneese Thomas Janiva Magness Shaun Murphy Samantha Fish Crystal Shawanda
Traditional Band Benny Turner Altered Five Blues Band Lucky Peterson Chris Bad News Barnes Dave Specter Toronzo Cannon Guitar shorty Paul Oscher Cash Box Kings Rick Estrin
Contemporary Band Andrew Jr Boy Jones AG Weinberger Vince Agwada Brandon Santini Victor Wainwright Damon Fowler Tommy Castro Kerry Kearney Tomás Doncker Christone “”Kingfish”” Ingram
Soul Artist Mindi Abair Sugar Ray Rayford Zac Harmon Vaneese Thomas Southern Ave Big Daddy Wilson Sister Lucille Johnny Rawls Bobby Rush Samantha Fish
Blues Rock Band Matty T Wall Walter Trout Todd Wolfe Albert Castiglia JP Soars Ghost Town Blues Band John Pagano Band Joanne Shaw Taylor Kenny Wayne Shepard Tom Euler
Modern Roots Band Larkin Poe Jackie Venson Katarina Pejak Ina Forsman Kern Pratt Teneessee Redemption HeavyDrunk Troy Gonyea Rebekah Meldrum 40 Acre Mule
New Artist Ghalia Ally Venable Sayed Sabrina Tom Euler Heather Newman Kern Pratt CW Ayon Brody Buster Annika Chambers Josh Hyde
Gateway Artist Walter Trout Angel Forrest Mindi Abair Katarina Pejak Kern Pratt Samantha Fish Ghost Town Blues Band Larkin Poe HeavyDrunk Ina Forsman
Stage Performance Albert Castiglia Mike Zito Walter Trout Victor Wainwright Ghost Town Blues Band JP Soars Jeff Jensen Bobby Rush Eric Gales John Pagano Band
Road Warrior Albert Castiglia Mike Zito Joanna Connor Victor Wainwright Walter Trout Shawn Murphy Eric Gales Larkin Poe Samantha Fish Eliza Neals
Producer/Engineer Bel Elliot Jim Gaines Eric Corn Kid Anderson Mike Zito Tony Braunagel Tom Hambridge Samantha Fish Bob Corritore
Traditional Blues Song Lucky Peterson – 50 Years Kerri Lepai – Do You every Think about me Altered Five Blues Band – 10,0000 watts Tom Euler – Blues Got my Back Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way Shaun Murphy – Reason to Try The Jimmys – Words and Actions Nick Moss – Santified Holy and hateful Ghost Town Blues Band – Soda Pop Rick Estrin Root of all Evil
RNB Song Tiffany Pollack/Eric johanson – River Zac Harmon – Mississippi BBQ Vaneese Thomas – I Tried Billy Price – Toxicity Shaun Murphy Can’t Blame Nobody But me Heavydrunk – Somebody has to take those panties off Delbert McClinton – Any Other Way SugaRay Rayford (written by Eric Corne) – Is it Just Me Biscuit Miller – Chicken Grease Johnny Rawls – I miss Otis Clay
Contemporary Song Eliza Neals – Black Crow Moan Sister Lucille – Devil’s eyes Ghalia Volt – Meet you Down the Road Gina Coleman – You thought I would Fall Brody Buster – Bad News Annika Chambers – Two Bit Texas Town Marcus King – Welcome Round here Guitar Shorty – Big Old Small world Angel Forrest – Meanie the Monster Ghost Town Blues Band – Carry Me Home
Blues Rock Song Albert Castiglia – I tried to Tell ya Ray Fuller – Devil Woman Mindi Abair – No Deed Goes Unpunished Vince Agwada – Blues 99 JP Soars – Let Go of the Reins Nick Schnebelen – I’m a Fatboy Dudley Taft – Simple life Jeremiah Johnson – American Steel The Cold Stares – I was a Fool Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Woman Like You
Modern Roots Song Nicolas David – Peel Back the Leaves Ina Forsman – Why you gotta be that way Katarina Pejak – Sex Kills Rebekah Meldrum – Ain’t thinking about you Seth James – Good Life Joanne Shaw Taylor – Reckless Heart Southern Ave – The Tea I sip Samantha Fish – Kill or Be Kind Jeremiah Johnson – Leo Stone Heavydrunk – Walking to the Mission in the Rain
Song For the Common Good Walter Trout (written by John Mayall) – Nature’s Disappearing Albert Castiglia-Heavy Jackie Venson All Rise Andrew Jr. Boy Jones – The World has Gone crazy Billy Price Dog eat Dog Holly Hyatt – It’s Time For Love Eric Gales – Reaching for a change John Mayall – It’s So Tough Dave Specter – March Through the Darkness Gary Clark jr. – This Land
Music Video Mike Zito and Walter Trout- Johnny B Good Samantha Fish – Kill or Be Kind Nicolas David – Hole in the Bottom Katarina Pejak – Roads that Cross Zac Harmon – Mississippi Bar B Q Larkin Poe – Mississippi Albert Castiglia – Heavy Angel Forrest – Blame Game Ghalia Volt – Meet you Down the Road Vaneese Thomas – Ebony Man