Voting in the 2014 European Blues Awards is now officially open. Voting is open to all and one vote will be counted per category. The process will end at Midnight GMT on Tuesday 28th October and results will be released at Blues Fest UK during the later part of that week during the festival before being posted on this website and the twitter forum #BluesHour on Monday 3rd November from 20.00 GMT/15.00 EST. There are nine categories as follows with one Lifetime Contribution to be awarded by the team. The European Blues Awards are completely independent, have no sponsorship and reflect the views of the Blues loving public worldwide. Keeping the Blues Alive!
BEST BAND – Nominees Gary Clark Jr (usa) – Royal Southern Brotherhood (usa) – Band of Friends (eu)
BEST GUITARIST – Nominees Ryan McGarvey (usa) – Samantha Fish (usa) – Virgil McMahon (uk) – Chantel McGregor (uk)
BEST EVENT/FESTIVAL – Nominees Notodden Blues Festival (no) – Le Buis Blues Festival (fr) – Great British R&B Festival Colne (uk)
BEST VOCALIST – Nominees Kyla Brox (uk) – Ian Siegal (uk) – Marcus Bonfanti (uk) – Mud Morganfield (usa)
BEST SOLO/ACOUSTIC – Nominees Matt Andersen (ca) – Papa George (uk) – Kris Dollimore (uk)
BEST PUBLICATION – Nominees Blues Magazine (nl) – Blues Matters (uk) – The Blues Magazine (uk)
BEST MUSICIAN (PERFORMANCE) – Nominees Jack Bruce (uk) – Joan Pau Cumellas (es) – Paul Lamb (uk)
BEST RADIO SHOW – Nominees Ashwyn Smyth Digital Blues (eu) –– Tim Aves Blues is Back (uk) – Paul Jones Blues Show (uk) – Dave Watkins Blues & Roots (uk)
BEST ALBUM/RECORDED SESSION – Nominees – Marcus Malone, Stand or Fall (uk/usa) – Imelda May, Tribal (eire) – Thorbjorn Risager, Too Many Roads (dk) – Rory Gallagher, Kickback City (eire)
LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO EUROPEAN BLUES – (To be awarded by EBA team) – tbc.
More information coming soon. Follow daily updates on twitter @blueshour & join us for #BluesHour forum every Monday at 20.00 GMT/15.00 EST
A number of showcase European Blues Awards gigs will be announced throughout Europe for early 2015. Information to be posted very soon.