Monday, 30 December 2013


STAR BLUES 2013 Awards
Artist of the Year
Billy Boy’s work during 2013 epitomises the renaissance in Chicago Blues.  Following his success in 2012 with an album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, his work on the projects to celebrate Little Walter (BLIND PIG) and Walter Davis (ELECTRO-FI) was outstanding

Album of the Year
“DOWN IN LOUISIANA” – Bobby Rush (Deep Rush Records)
Released through his own label, the album places Rush at the centre of a stripped back combo; with an emphasis on rural blues his trademark horn-laden soulful arrangements largely move aside. His strong voice, guitar playing and harp are at their best on a fine set of self-penned songs.

Label of the Year
As befits the 60th anniversary of Bob Koerster’s Chicago imprint, Delmark issued consistently excellent new projects like those of Lurrie Bell and Toronzo Cannon, alongside mannah from the vaults by Magic Sam and Arthur Crudup. The industry responded to the celebrations with great warmth and fond memories even during a year which lost Magic Slim and Jimmy Dawkins from its canon.

Reissue Label of the Year

The reissue market got very crowded in 2013 with an imminent change in copyright duration. The Ace imprint didn’t choose to compete at the budget level and again set high standards in production, annotation and artwork. In almost all cases their reissues include bonus cuts or alternate takes.

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