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November 6, 2005

The Eighth Annual Maple Blues Awards Announce 2005 Nominees

Written by
cindy mcleod

The Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s national blues award program that promotes and recognizes outstanding achievement in the field, has announced their nominees for 2005.

Calgary is very proud to boast three nominees for this year’s prestigious awards, guitarist Johnny V (Guitarist of the Year), Saxophonist Mike Clark (Horn Player of the Year), and the great Amos Garrett, who is nominated for the Blues With a Feeling Award.

The nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of blues DJs and journalists from across Canada, and winners are selected by the votes of blues fans from across Canada. Votes can be made online starting November 15th at www.mapleblues.ca

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Mel Brown
Downchild Blues Band
Jack de Keyzer
Dawn Tyler Watson
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Downchild Blues Band
David Gogo
Jack de Keyzer
Garrett Mason
The Perpetrators

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Julian Fauth
Hot Toddy
Harrison Kennedy
Harry Manx
Paul Reddick

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Danny Brooks
Chuck Jackson
Harrison Kennedy
Paul Reddick
Bob Walsh

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Theresa Malenfant
Roxanne Potvin
Shakura S’Aida
Suzie Vinnick
Dawn Tyler Watson

NEW ARTIST/GROUP
OF THE YEAR
Julian Fauth
Elyssa Mahoney
Garrett Mason
Pat the White
Wickens-Knight

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Downchild Blues Band: Come On In (Downchild Music)
Julian Fauth: Songs of Vice and Sorrow (Electro-Fi)
Carlos del Junco: Blues Mongrel (NorthernBlues)
Garrett Mason: I’m Just a Man(G-Spot)
Paul Reddick: Villanelle (NorthernBlues)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Karl Falkenham, for Garret Mason: I’m Just a Man (G-Spot)
Colin Linden, for Paul Reddick: Villanelle (NorthernBlues)
Kenny Wayne, for Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne: Let It Loose (Electro-Fi)
Chris Whiteley & Andrew Galloway, for Chris Whiteley: It’s the Natural
Thing to Do (Electro-Fi)
Jeff Wolpert & Carlos del Junco, for Carlos del Junco: Blues Mongrel
(NorthernBlues)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
BB King
Little Milton
Duke Robillard
Mavis Staples
Hubert Sumlin

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR
Kevin Breit
Mel Brown
Jack de Keyzer
Garrett Mason
Johnny V.

HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dave Hoerl
Carlos del Junco
Southside Steve Marriner
Paul Reddick
David Rotundo

KEYBOARD/PIANO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lance Anderson
Richard Bell
Curley Bridges
Julian Fauth
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Pat Carey
Mike Clark
Gene Hardy
Chris Murphy
Chris Whiteley

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Geoff Arsenault
Tom Bona
Mike Fitzpatrick
Ainslie Jardine
Mike Sloski

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Stephen Barry
Tom Easley
Alec Fraser
Russell Jackson
Gary Kendall

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Julian Fauth
Harrison Kennedy
Garrett Mason
Paul Reddick
Chris Whiteley

BLUES WITH A FEELING
Toronto Blues Society Lifetime Achievement Award (to be selected on a
separate ballot mailed to TBS charter members)
Alec Fraser
Amos Garrett
Tom Lavin
Colin Linden
Big Dave McLean
Danny Marks
Ellen McIlwaine
Joe Murphy
Chris Whiteley
Ken Whiteley
Terry Wilkins

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