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Detroit Blues Society Announces Their 2010 Detroit Blues Awards January 16, 2011

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The Detroit Blues Society has announced the results of the membership voting for the 2010 Blues Award Nominees. There are two award categories and those are THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and THE JAMES S. HENRY AWARD.

The LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS have been given every year since 1992 and is the highest musical honor given by the DBS. It is awarded to living and deceased musicians that have made significant contributions to Detroit Blues during their careers in the business and is voted upon by all Detroit Blues Society Members.

Past recipients have been Kim Wilson, Son House, Thornetta Davis, Sippie Wallace, Larry McCray, Garfield Angove, Little Mac Collins, Odessa Harris, Priscilla Price, Joe Hunter, Billy Davis, RJ Spangler, Little Jr. Cannaday, Kenny Martin, Stanley Mitchell, BoBo Jenkins, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Kirkland, Little Sonny Willis, Sir Mack Rice, Lazy Lester, Duke Dawson, Harmonica Shah, the Butler Twins, Alberta Adams, Uncle Jessie White, Mr. Bo Collins, Howard Armstrong, Johnnie Bassett, Rev. Robert Jones, Robert Noll, Steve Gornall, Jimmy Thackery, Kim Simmonds, and the Famous Coachman.

The 2010 Living nominees were Doug Deming, Jimmy McCarty, Kenny Miller, Bobby Murray, Kenny Parker, and Robert Penn.

The 2010 Posthumous nominees were Juanita McCray, Chicago Pete, Wild Child Butler, Baby Boy Warren, Willie D. Warren, and Calvin Frazier.

The JAMES S. HENRY AWARD is given in honor of Detroit Blues Society Member and friend, Jim Henry who tragically passed away at the age of 49 in March of 2009 and is voted upon by the Detroit Blues Society Board. Jim was dedicated to mentoring young musicians or bands, that he felt, showed a bright future in the Blues world. Jim would routinely assist them, record them, give them tutoring, and be a friendly advocate in a very tough business.

The 2010 winner of the JAMES S. HENRY AWARD is Bryan Iglasias/Zerapath

Born in Mexico City in the year 1996, Bryan Iglesias has always been an entertainer and an artist, however, when he received his first guitar for his 12th birthday, music forever changed his life. Practicing for multiple hours a day, seven days a week became an ordinary routine for Bryan and shortly after this, he began a search for the ideal group of musicians to surround himself with. Finally, after a long and relentless search, Bryan founded Zerapath, a musical group that is truly inspired by classic rock and driven by the blues. Bryan’s favorite musical style of music is Blues- Rock and his main influences include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy. He hopes that he will continue to play music for the rest of his life, and strongly believes that the best way to appreciate music is to make it.

The 2010 winner of the LIVING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is Bobby Murray

Perhaps you have heard his guitar work on The Sopranos or seen him on the Tonight Show, Austin City Limits or Late Night with David Letterman. If you have seen Etta James perform in the last Twenty years then you have seen and heard Bobby Murray. As Robert Santelli of Downbeat says “He’s the one that makes you take notice”.

When legendary diva Etta James was on the lookout for a blues guitarist to augment her Roots Band in 1988 it was Bobby who got the call. The transplanted Californian has shared duties between Etta and his own band in Detroit in recent years. His Detroit release “Live and Lowdown” allowed Murray to explore new avenues. Few blues guitarists working today possess the versatility Murray commands and fewer still have the ability to move an audience as he can.

Born in Nagoya, Japan, Murray grew up in a military family eventually landing in Tacoma, Washington. He was in high school with Robert Cray and they formed a band together. He met Albert King who became his friend and mentor. He performed with Albert Collins off and on for twenty years. Murray went on to record with B.B. King and Robert Cray on the tune “Playing with My Friends” on the Grammy Award winning album by B.B. King titled “Blues Summit”. Murray has also recorded with John Lee Hooker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Lowell Fulson, Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Percy Mayfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Taylor, Otis Clay and Sugar Pie Desanto.

Bobby now resides in the Detroit area and regularly performs here. Please join us in congratulating Kim for his accomplishments and commitment to the Blues.

The 2010 winner of the POSTUMUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is Willie D. Warren

Willie D Warren (September 11, 1934 – January 30, 2000) was a classic blues artist, one of Detroit’s all-time greats. Of all the old-time Detroit Bluesmen Warren is perhaps the one most deserving of the national recognition he should have but never received. Warren had played in bands with acknowledged blues great such as Otis Rush and Freddie King. It was Warren who taught Guitar Slim how to play the guitar more than 50 years ago. Warren used to say that “less is more” referring to the conservation of notes played with correct style and timing. It is also said that he was the first to play electric bass by tuning down the first four strings on his guitar. In his last years he was notable for his flashy twelve string guitar using only six strings. Following his death a jam packed tribute concert was held for him at the Magic Bag Theater featuring his band mates from the Progressive Blues band, Jimmy McCarty’s band and many others.

The Awards Ceremony The awards will be presented on Saturday, February 12, 2010 at the Detroit Blues Society Monthly Meeting at Mr. B’s in Shelby Twp. – 9pm. Mr. B’s is located at 48550 Van Dyke in Shelby Township, Michigan. Admission is absolutely free.

The Detroit Blues Society The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a registered, federal, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the history, promotion, and preservation of the Blues music tradition. It has as its primary goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society.

Steven J. Allen
(248) 249-5287


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