Tommy Castro Was a Triple Winner at 2022 Blues Music Awards: Full Winners List

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Tommy Castro swept three major awards at the 43rd Blues Music Awards, which were held at the Renasant Convention Center in downtown Memphis on Thursday (May 5). Castro, 67, took the B.B. The B.B. award was given to Castro, , for King entertainer of year, album of year Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town , and, with his band the Painkillers, band or year. The album reached No. 2 on Billboard‘s Blues Albums chart.

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Sue Foley was a double winner on the night. She was awarded the Koko Taylor award for traditional blues album Pinky’s Blues and traditional blues female artist. Pinky’s Blues reached number 4 on Blues Albums.

Rod Bland and The Members Only Band won best emerging artist album award for Live On Beale Street: A Tribute To Bobby “Blue” Bland . The elder Bland (Rodd’s father) was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy in 1997. He died in 2013 at age 83.

Mike Finnigan won the award for instrumentalist – piano (a.k.a., the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award). This award is one of three named in honor of a late blues legend. (The others are the aforementioned B.B. King entertainer of the year award and the Koko Taylor award to the top traditional blues female artist).

Other key winners included Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.

This year marked the first time the awards have been presented in person since 2019. The show was held virtually the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the full list of winners for the 2022 Blues Music Awards.

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
WINNER: Tommy Castro
Eric Gales
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
J.P. Soars
Sugaray Rayford

Album of the Year
Holler If You Hear Me, Altered Five Blues Band
Not In My Lifetime, Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley
Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain
WINNER: Tommy Castro Presents a Bluesman Came to Town, Tommy Castro

Band of the Year
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
J.P. Soars and the Red Hots
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Sugaray Rayford Band
WINNER: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Song of the Year
“Fragile Peace and Certain War”, written by Dave Alvin (performed by Carolyn Wonderland)
“Holler If You Hear Me”, written by Jeff Schroedl & Mark Solveson (performed by Altered Five Blues Band)
WINNER: “I’d Climb Mountains,” written & performed by Selwyn Birchwood
“Real Good Lie”, written by Christine Vitale, Larry Batiste, Anthony Paule (performed by Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra)
“Somewhere”, written by Tommy Castro & Tom Hambridge (performed by Tommy Castro & The Painkillers)

Best Emerging Artist Album
GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It… You Might Like It! , GA-20
Just Say The Word, Gabe Stillman
WINNER: Live on Beale Street: A Tribute to Bobby “Blue” Bland, Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band
Welcome To The Land, Memphissippi Sounds
You Ain’t Unlucky, Veronica Lewis

Acoustic Blues Album
WINNER: Dear America, Eric Bibb
Land of the Sky, Catfish Keith
Let’s Get Happy Together, Maria Muldaur
Let Loose These Chains, Hector Anchondo
The Trio Sessions, EG Kight

Blues Rock Album
Alafia Moon, Damon Fowler
Dance Songs For Hard Times, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
WINNER: Resurrection, Mike Zito
Tinfoil Hat, Popa Chubby
Unemployed Highly Annoyed, Jeremiah Johnson

Contemporary Blues Album
WINNER: 662, Kingfish
Damage Control, Curtis Salgado
Holler If You Hear Me, Altered Five Blues Band
Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain
Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, Tommy Castro

Soul Blues Album
Let’s Have A Party, Gerald McClendon
WINNER: Long As I Got My Guitar, Zac Harmon
Not In My Lifetime, Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
You Get What You Give: Duets, Dave Keller
You Gotta Have It, Tia Carroll

Traditional Blues Album
Be Ready When I Call You, Guy Davis
Bob Corritore & Friends: Spider In My Stew, Bob Corritore
Boogie w/ R.L. Boyce (Live), R.L. Boyce
Little Black Flies, Eddie 9V
WINNER: Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley

Acoustic Blues Artist
Eric Bibb
Kevin Burt
Guy Davis
Doug MacLeod
WINNER: Keb’ Mo’

Blues Rock Artist
WINNER: Albert Castiglia
Tommy Castro
Tinsley Ellis
Ana Popovic
Joanne Shaw Taylor

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
WINNER: Vanessa Collier
Thornetta Davis
Ruthie Foster
Danielle Nicole
Carolyn Wonderland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Selwyn Birchwood
Chris Cain
WINNER: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Kenny Neal
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)

Soul Blues Female Artist
WINNER: Annika Chambers
Trudy Lynn
Terrie Odabi
Kat Riggins
Vaneese Tom

Soul Blues Male Artist
William Bell
Don Bryant
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
WINNER: Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)
Rory Block
WINNER: Sue Foley
Rhiannon Giddens
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Cedric Burnside
Super Chikan
WINNER: Taj Mahal
Sugar Ray Norcia
Jontavious Willis

Instrumentalist – Bass
Willie J. Campbell
Larry Fulcher
Jerry Jemmott
Scot Sutherland
WINNER: Danielle Nicole

Instrumentalist – Drums
Danny Banks
June Core
WINNER: Tom Hambridge
Derrick D’Mar Martin
Chris Peet

Instrumentalist – Guitar
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Chris Cain
Laura Chavez
Anson Funderburgh
WINNER: Eric Gales
J.P. Soars

Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Billy Branch
Bob Corritore
WINNER: Jason Ricci
Brandon Santini
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist – Horn
Mindi Abair
WINNER: Jimmy Carpenter
Marc Franklin
Regi Oliver
Nancy Wright

Instrumentalist – Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award)
Eden Brent
WINNER: Mike Finnigan
Dave Keyes
Veronica Lewis
Jim Pugh

Instrumentalist – Vocals
Thornetta Davis
Ruthie Foster
WINNER: John Nemeth
Sugaray Rayford
Curtis Salgado

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