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2009 Finalists and Winners

2009 Finalists and Winners

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The Awards to recognise excellence in Australian Blues Music were presented on Thursday night, 12th February at the Goulburn Workers Club in Goulburn NSW as a part of the official opening of the 13th annual Australian Blues Music Festival. Performances on the night commenced with Phil Manning & Matt Taylor (VIC & WA) of the legendary Oz Blues band Chain. Home Brew (WA) and Blind Lemon (QLD) also provided lively entertainment to kick start the Festival weekend.

The Chain Awards are named after the only blues band in the world to have had a number one hit on the Australian Music Charts(Black 'n' Blue), as well as a number two (Judgement). The Awards are recognised as the industry's most prestigious honour and are presented each year to recognise excellence in blues music in Australia.

'Applications from a board range of blues styles were received for this year's Awards and competition was fierce', Ms Dawson said. 'With a total of 139 nominations received across all categories, it was a tough job for the judges. A re-vote for the winner was required in the Male Vocalist category, as equal marks were awarded by the judges'.

Australian Blues Music 'Chain' Awards were presented for: Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Talent, Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Producer of the Year.

'Whilst the judging panel for the Australian Blues Music 'Chain' Awards is independent of the selection panel for the Australian Blues Music Festival, it gives a strong indication of the quality of the performers appearing at the Australian Blues Music Festival, as a number of the winners and finalists are playing at the Festival this weekend, or have played here in recent years', Ms Dawson said. 'We congratulate all the winners and finalists on their awards and finalist nominations. There is no doubt that the blues is alive and well in Australia.'

The 2009 winners are:

SONG OF THE YEAR

¯ WINNER - 'Fish Out of Water' , Ash Grunwald(Album: Fish Out of Water)

Finalists:

¯'No Love' , Collard Greens & Gravy (Album: Devil in the Woodpile)

¯'Soul Searchin' , Glen Terry (Album: Soul Searchin')

¯'Where Did I Go Wrong' , Kate Meehan, Skip Landy & Peter Gelling (Album: My Sister's Shoes)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

¯ WINNER - Devil in the Woodpileby Collard Greens & Gravy

Finalists:

¯ Soul Searchin' by Glen Terry

¯ Music Deli Presents Jim Conway by Jim Conway

¯ My Sister's Shoes by Kate Meehan, Skip Landy & Peter Gelling


DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

¯ WINNER -Collard Greens & Gravy, No Love (Album: Devil in the Woodpile)

Finalists:

¯ Andrea Marr Band, 'Don't Touch What You Can't Afford' (Album: Little Sister Got Soul!)

¯ The Detonators, 'All of Me (All Over You)' (Album: Live at the East)

¯ The Glen Terry Band, 'If I Die' (Album: Soul Searchin')

¯ Kate Meehan, Skip Landy & Peter Gelling, 'Every Blues Singer' (Album: My Sister's Shoes)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

¯ WINNER - Andrea Marr Band, 'Steam Up The Windows' (Album: Little Sister Got Soul!)

Finalists:

¯ Kara Grainger ,'I'm Going to Live The Life I Sing About In My Song' (Album: Grand and Green River)

¯ Kate Meehan (Kate Meehan, Skip Landy & Peter Gelling) , 'My Sister's Shoes' (Album: My Sister's Shoes)

¯ Gaye Reid (Mama's Blooz House) , 'I'd Rather Go Blind' (Album: Let's Play House)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

¯ WINNER - Ian Collard (Collard Greens & Gravy) , 'No Love'(Album: Devil in the Woodpile)

Finalists:

¯ Ash Grunwald ,'Fish Out of Water' (Album: Fish Out of Water)

¯ Buddy Knox,'Goin' Back to Louisiana' (Album: Got Da Blues)

¯ Krishna Jones , 'Worthy of the Blues' (Album: The Razor's Edge)

NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR

¯ WINNER - Buddy Knox, 'Talkin' Woman Blues (Honey Hush)'(Album: Got Da Blues)

Finalists:

¯ Dr Charlie, 'Worried Life Blues' (Album: Three Good Reasons)

¯ Glen Terry, 'If I Die' (Album: Soul Searchin')

¯ Kara Grainger, 'Dreamed I Was The Devil' (Album: Grand and Green River)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

¯ WINNER - John Durr for the Collard Greens & Gravy album Devil in the Woodpile

Finalists:

¯ Pip Norman for Ash Grunwald's album Fish Out of Water

¯ Andrea Marr for her self produced album Little Sister Got Soul!

¯ Buddy Knox and Gareth Hudson for Buddy Knox's album Got Da Blues

Pictured above: Winner Best New Talent Buddy Knox with finalist Glen Terry. Photo by Fiona Peters.

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