Tommy Castro is a triple winner – Billboard


Tommy Castro took home three major awards at the 43rd Blues Music Awards, held at the Renasant Convention Center in downtown Memphis on Thursday (May 5). Castro, 67, won BB King Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Tommy Castro features a bluesman who’s come to town and, with his group, the Painkillers, group of the year. The album reached No. 2 on BillboardList of blues albums by .

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This is the third time Castro has won the Entertainer of the Year award, an award he previously won in 2008 and 2010.

Sue Foley and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram were both double winners of the night. Foley won traditional blues album for Pinky’s blues and also female traditional blues artist (aka, the Koko Taylor award). She had already won in the latter category in 2020.

Ingram, who won his first Grammy last month for Best Contemporary Blues Album for 662, won in this same category here and also a male contemporary blues artist. This is his third consecutive victory in this last category.

Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band won Best Emerging Artist Album for Live on Beale Street: A Tribute to Bobby “Blue” Bland. The elder Bland (Rodd’s father) was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. He died in 2013 at the age of 83.

Mike Finnigan won the Instrumentalist – Piano Award (aka the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award). It is one of three awards nominated for a late blues legend. (The others are the aforementioned BB King Artist of the Year Award and the Koko Taylor Award for Best Female Traditional Blues Artist).

Other big winners include the Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.

This year marked the first time the awards have been presented in person since 2019. The show has been held virtually for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is the complete list of winners of the Blues Music Awards 2022.

BB King Artist of the Year
WINNER: Tommy Castro
Eric Gales
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
JP flies away
Sugaray Rayford

album of the year
Scream if you hear meAltered Five Blues Band
Not in my life Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
Pinky’s bluesSue Foley
Grape ‘CainChris Cain
WINNER: Tommy Castro features a bluesman who’s come to town,Tommy Castro

Group of the year
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
JP Soars and the Red Hots
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Sugaray Rayford Group
WINNER: Tommy Castro and Painkillers

song of the year
“Fragile Peace and Certain War”, written by Dave Alvin (performed by Carolyn Wonderland)
“Holler If You Hear Me”, written by Jeff Schroedl & Mark Solveson (performed by Altered Five Blues Band)
WINNER: “I’d Climb Mountains”, written and performed by Selwyn Birchwood
“Real Good Lie”, written by Christine Vitale, Larry Batiste, Anthony Paule (performed by Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra)
“Somewhere”, written by Tommy Castro & Tom Hambridge (performed by Tommy Castro & The Painkillers)

Best Emerging Artist Album
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Just say the word, Gabe Stillman
WINNER: Live on Beale Street: A Tribute to Bobby “Blue” BlandRodd Bland and the members-only group
Welcome to Earth, Sounds of Memphissippi
You’re unlucky, Veronique Lewis

Acoustic Blues Album
WINNER: Dear America, Eric Bibb
country of the sky, Keith Catfish
Let’s be happy together, Maria Muldaur
Let go of these chains, Hector Anchondo
Trio Sessions, EG Knight

Blues-Rock Album
Moon of AlafiaDamon Fowler
Dance songs for hard timesReverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
WINNER: ResurrectionMike Zito
Foil hatPopa chubby
Very bored unemployed person, Jeremiah Johnson

Contemporary blues album
WINNER: 662Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Limit the damageCurtis Salgado
Scream if you hear meAltered Five Blues Band
Grape ‘CainChris Cain
Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town,Tommy Castro

Album Soul Blues
Let’s have a partyGerald McClendon
WINNER: As long as I have my guitar, Zac Harmon
Not in my lifeWee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
You Get What You Give: DuosDave Keller
you must have itTia Carroll

Traditional blues album
Be ready when I call youGuy Davis
Bob Corritore & Friends: Spider in My StewBob Corritor
Boogie with RL Boyce (Live), R. L. Boyce
little black flies, Eddie 9V
WINNER: Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley

acoustic blues artist
Eric Bibb
Kevin Burt
Guy Davis
Doug MacLeod

blues rock artist
WINNER: Albert Castiglia
Tom Castro
Tinley Ellis
Ana Popovic
Joanne Shaw Taylor

Female Contemporary Blues Artist
WINNER: Vanessa Collier
Thornetta Davis
Ruthie Foster
Danielle Nicole
Carolyn wonderland

Male Contemporary Blues Artist
Selwyn Birch
Chris Cain
WINNER: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Kenny Neal
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)

female soul blues artist
WINNER: Annika Chambers
Trudy Lynn
Terrie Odabi
Kat Riggins
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
William Bell
Don Bryant
Jean Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
WINNER: Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)
Rory Block
WINNER: Sue Foley
Rhiannon Giddens
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Knight

Male Traditional Blues Artist
Cedric Burnside
Super Chikan
WINNER: Taj Mahal
Sugar Ray Norcia
Jontavious Willis

Instrumentalist – Bass
Willie J.Campbell
Larry Fulcher
jerry jemmott
Scottish Sutherland
WINNER: Danielle Nicole

Instrumentalist – Drums
Danny Banks
June core
WINNER: Tom Hambridge
Derrick D’Mar Martin
Chris Peet

Instrumentalist – Guitar
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Chris Cain
Laura Chavez
Anson Funderburgh
WINNER: Eric Gales
JP flies away

Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Billy Branch
Bob Corritor
WINNER: Jason Ricci
Brandon Santini
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist – Horn
Mindi Abair
WINNER: Jimmy Charpentier
Mark Franklin
Regi Olivier
Nancy Wright

Instrumentalist – Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award)
Eden Brent
WINNER: Mike Finnigan
David Keyes
Veronique Lewis
Jim Poug

Instrumentalist – Voice
Thornetta Davis
Ruthie Foster
WINNER: John Nemeth
Sugaray Rayford
Curtis Salgado


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