In the cyber world of today, it is necessary to keep changing with the times to stay on top of things. With that in mind we are trying to consistently keep our website to be more user friendly and accessible. Over the past couple of years, Bruce Gifford has worked on giving the site a more friendly and easier to read look and we thank him for everything he has provided the CBA during that time moving us in the right direction.

At this point, we wish to introduce you to the new webmaster, Buko. Many of you may know Buko within the music scene in Portland and also for the work he has provided for multiple websites, including his own and the site, both chronicle what is happening within Portland’s music present and past. Other sites he has developed and maintains include, and Buko is working to resolve server issues we’ve encountered in the past, making the calendar even more easier to navigate, bringing back our on-line merchandise store and even more. This is an work in progress that we’ll keep you up to speed on in the BluesNotes, but keep an eye on his progress at

Curtis Salgado Wins Big at 34th Annual Blues Music Awards

Curtis Salgado Wins Big at 34th Annual Blues Music AwardsIt is not every day that a musician is honored by the State of Oregon recognizing a lifetime of dedication and achievement, but the State Senate did just that for bluesman Curtis Salgado in February. It is something that fans and musicians already knew about Curtis and now has been officially noted, that Curtis Salgado is a State Treasure.


Senate Concurrent Resolution 205



The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced.

Honors visionary Oregon musician Curtis Salgado.


Whereas Curtis Salgado is a visionary Oregon musician who has inspired generations of blues fans through stunning vocals, passionate song writing, soulful harmonica playing and the example he set in overcoming personal tragedy; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where he played in his first professional shows at age 16 and was already making a name for himself in Eugene’s music scene by age 18; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado started an annual Eugene blues festival; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado’s high-intensity performances and acclaimed albums uniquely combine aspects of blues, soul and R&B; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado has helped bring prominence to Oregon’s music scene since the 1960s by collaborating, touring and performing with such artists as Robert Cray, the Steve Miller Band, Santana, Bonnie Raitt and many more; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado has performed throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the world,  including at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Mile High Blues in Denver, Waterfront Blues in Toronto, the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival in Thailand and the Blues Alive Festival in Poland; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado was an inspiration for the Saturday Night Live sketch and major motion picture The Blues Brothers and the best-selling record album Briefcase Full of Blues; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado has received numerous awards, including the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, the 2013 B. B. King Entertainer of the Year and the 2013 Soul Blues Album of the Year for his record Soul Shot; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado brought national attention to the challenge many artists face in accessing affordable health care; and

Whereas Curtis Salgado exemplifies the Oregon spirit of steadfast determination by overcoming both liver and lung cancers; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon: That we, the members of the Seventy-seventh Legislative Assembly, honor Curtis Salgado for his visionary music, shining example and service to the people of this state.

LisaMann Move On CD CoverLisa Mann & Her Really Good Band are following up on their sensational previous release Satisfied, with a new disc titled Move On. Filled with original soul-blues and blues-rock numbers that brings to mind the best flavors of Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals, Move On is sure to be yet another fan favorite. Featuring The Really Good Band with guitarist Jeff Knudson, keyboard whiz Brian Harris and drummer Michael Ballash joining Lisa’s masterful bass work, the album will also showcase friends such as Mitch Kashmar, Sonny Hess, Rae Gordon, LaRhonda Steele, Arietta Ward, Dave Melyan and Alex Shakeri.

To celebrate this new album, Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band will be throwing a party at Jimmy Mak’s on Saturday, March 15th for an 8:00 pm show. Many special guests are scheduled to be part of the event. And you can purchase this new disc for only $10.00 this night only. Jimmy Mak’s is located at 221 NW 10th. Admission is $12.00 at the door. This is a CBA co-sponsored event, so show your current membership card at the door to receive a $1.00 discount on admission.

By Laurie Morrisey

Calling Dave Fleschner a piano player doesn’t really do him justice. It should be compared to an artist finessing the paint brush across the canvas. The way he plays that Nord Stage 88EX or Hammond B-3 organ—it is a work of art.

Dave comes from a very musical family, so becoming a musician was a natural progression. “My mom is a wonderful singer, and she would harmonize with my dad, who would sing and play guitar or baritone ukulele. My mother had training as a kid but my dad just picked up old country and western songs by ear. I didn’t realize it at the time, but having taught for over a decade, I understand now how formative early exposure to ‘live’ music can be,” Dave said.

Dave was born and raised in California—all but a few years in which the family lived in Salem. 1996 brought the musician back to Oregon, but this time to Portland with a jam-band called Uncle Earl and he’s been here since.

He says he wanted to play music from a very early age. The only question was how. “I’ve questioned my sanity many times, but every time I think about what else I could do, I can’t imagine another career. My first paid gig was with my high school rock band, Muddy Undercarriage, when I was 16. We went straight to the music store with the money we’d made and bought a used Kustom PA,” he said. That was 23 years ago and he’s been performing ever since.

In addition to being a musician, he says his day job is “teaching, recording, writing, arranging and anything else I can do with music. I teach piano out of my home and out of the Multnomah Art Center. I’ve picked up a little work as an adjunct professor at Clackamas Community College. I have a home recording studio where I have done full length CD’s, demos, infomercial music, and lots of keyboard parts for other people’s records. I’ve done arranging for the Portland Gay Men’s Choir and for Tapestry Theatre. I’ve worked on a few movie soundtracks for Interfilm productions. I pick up session work (playing parts for other people’s music) in other studios. I also have three kids, so I spend a lot of time being a dad as well.”


When discussing who influenced his music, Dave said, “I’m a bit of a sponge, so I think anyone I play with or listen to has influenced my music. Spending six years in the Curtis Salgado Band was hugely influential on me, and I’m very grateful for all the opportunities Curtis gave me.”

“I was into The Doors in high school. I learned my first blues licks copying Ray Manzarek, before I even knew there was a blues scale or form. The first blues piano record I bought was Pinetop Perkins playing solo. So often, the piano gets mixed way in the background, and when I finally heard Pinetop playing solo and telling stories, I started to get it. Incidentally, decades later, I got to meet him at Antones, in Austin, while on the road with Curtis. He was by the bathroom hawking his own CD’s at Curtis’s gig. I bought one. You gotta love the blues world,” Dave said.

“Otis Spann and Professor Longhair really helped me figure out how cool the ‘feel’ can be. Curtis turned me on to Little Brother Montgomery, James Booker and Lloyd Glenn, and those guys all have a different kind of approach to blues. It’s still got the rhythm and the grit, but they have more harmonic sophistication. Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are, of course, way up there.”

“More recently, Mike Finnigan is someone who I have come to really respect and admire. He plays piano, organ and sings wonderfully. He can move between styles effortlessly—very versatile. Larry Goldings is another great who plays both organ and piano. I remember seeing him with Maceo Parker, laying down super funky left hand grooves. Jon Cleary is amazing, too—I love his playing, singing and writing. I got to jam with him backstage on a funky old upright at the Britt festival, after opening with Curtis for Bonnie Raitt.”

Dave credits his dad’s copy of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits as an influence, too. “For some reason I loved the poetry combined with the rawness of his vocals. I started finding all his other records. People think of him as starting out as a folk singer, but he’s always been into all types of American music, especially the blues. Throughout all the other music that’s influenced me, I’ve always been a Dylan fan.”

“I know this is an article for a blues publication, but I’ve got to mention some jazz influences. Blues and jazz are like two dialects of the same language. The first jazz guy I loved was Thelonius Monk, for that same kind of quirky rawness I love in Dylan.  I learned gospel from Keith Jarrett, funk from Herbie Hancock, chord voicing’s from Bill Evans and Errol Garner, fire and intensity from McCoy Tyner, and bluesy elegance from Wynton Kelly. Jazz is an offshoot of the blues.”

Dave plays a lot of Hammond B-3 in addition to piano. “Besides Jimmy Smith, who is, of course, the father of modern organ playing, I really dig Larry Young. If you hear his Testifying album, it’s all gospel and blues. I think he was 18 when he recorded that, and I still can’t figure out some of the things he’s doing.”


As far as training, Dave had classical lessons as a kid, and he says his mom would always have classical music on in the house. “It didn’t take back then. I thought classical music was for old people. Now I’ve developed more of an appreciation for the history. American music really came about from the collision of African rhythms with European Harmony. I’ll read through literature, or teach a little, but I can’t perform it. I have a hard time playing the same notes in the same order every time.”

He has a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Portland State where he had the chance to study with Darrell Grant, Randy Porter, and Charley Gray. He minored in music at Willamette University and studied for one term at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. “Other than that, I learn from watching and listening to other musicians. I’ve never understood the ‘self-taught’ question, because nobody plays music in a vacuum. Everyone learns from everyone else, whether it’s a formal lesson or not.”

The music

Dave describes his music as American Roots. “To me, that encompasses blues, soul, jazz, gospel, funk, rock—even a little country. I’ve had amazing opportunities to learn and play in a variety of styles with great musicians.  When I get to do my thing, it’s very bluesy, but I can’t ignore all the other influences. When I write, I really don’t know what’s going to come out, unless I’m trying to write something in a specific style.”


“People who have hired me or bands I’ve been in are: Curtis Salgado, Duffy Bishop, Earl Thomas, Karen Lovely, John Nemeth, the Mel Brown B-3 Group, Chris Mayther, The Alan Jones Sextet (subbing for Randy Porter), Soul Vaccination, The Strangetones, Rob Sheps, Kathy Walker, Rubberneck, Toque Libre, Groove Revelation, Gary Burford, and The Kathy Walker Band (My first CBA meeting).  I’m sure I’m forgetting some, please forgive me.”

Right now Dave is focused on his duo with Alan Hager. “We have so much fun. It’s personally gratifying and musically rewarding. Alan is a master and it’s an honor to be on stage (or in a corner of the room) with him. It might not sound very spectacular, but our residency at O’Connor’s Vault is one of my proudest accomplishments. The people who come in seem to really dig the vibe, and the word is spreading. We’ll be there on March 12th and 19th. Check my website for all our upcoming dates—

He serves as Musical Director for Earl Thomas. “He is an amazing singer. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with him.” He’s also been performing with Duffy Bishop, Karen Lovely, and Toque Libre.

Most Thursdays you can find him with Ben Rice and Dave Melyan at The Lodge, 6605 S.E. Powell Blvd. “Those guys are both fabulous musicians, and I feel it’s really helped me re-connect with the local scene.

Guest performances

“The biggest ‘stars’ I’ve had a chance to play briefly with are B.B. King (At the Blues Music Awards), The Pointer Sisters (through a pops concert with the Portland Symphony), Steve Miller (at both of the Concert’s for Curtis), China Forbes of Pink Martini (we played a benefit for our kid’s school together, and she was gracious enough to perform with me at a ‘Raise the Roof’ concert for the Blues Foundation). I got to play with Paul Delay three times, and I treasure those memories. I’ve played “one-offs” or jam sessions at festivals with Joe Louis Walker, Taj Mahal, Eden Brent, Jason Ricci, Boyd Small, Phillip Walker, Robert Cray, Rod Piazza, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Sherman Robertson.”


Dave received two Muddy Awards when he was with Curtis Salgado’s band: 2006 Performance of the Year – A Concert For Curtis; and 2009 R&B Act of the Year – with Curtis Salgado. “I’m honored to have been nominated last year in the keyboards category of the Muddy Awards. Thank you to the CBA and its members for the recognition.”


Dave has a long list of CD’s. As a leader or primary member:
Hager/Fleschner Duo, Live From the Vault, 2013
The Dave Fleschner Trio, Creepin’ Up, 2010
Dave Fleschner, At Home, 2004
Zuppa, Walk Funky, 2004
The Dave Fleschner Trio, Just Like You, 2002
The Dave Fleschner Trio, Live at McPeet’s, 2002
Zuppa, Live at the Goodfoot, 2002
Groove Revelation, Grindin’, 2000
Groove Revelation, The Arch Cape Sessions, 1997

As a sideman:
Buzz Holland, The First 21, 2013
Muriel Stanton Band, The Way You Love Me, 2013
Murali Coryell, Live (DVD Portion only), 2012
Kenny Lavitz, Flip Side of the Blues, 2012
Miriam’s Well, Indian’s and Clowns, 2010
Deep Roots volumes I through XI, annually from May 1998 to 2009
Ken Ollis, Confluence, 2009
X-Angels, Mississippi Sessions, 2008
Bad Dates, Primates, 2007
Dave Milne, 2006
Eric Ferguson, Brachiocephalic Trunk, 2006
Elena Lunevskaya, DYX, 2006
Ben Fowler Quintet, The Pilgrimage, 2005
Chris Mayther Band, Big Blue Eyed Soul, 2005
Kenny Lavitz, Too Many Hats, 2005
Michael Partlow Four, 2005
Young Lions of Zion, Your Sanctuary, 2003
The Vantucky Diamonds, Rock House, 2002
Billy Hagen, You Should’a Been Pretty, 2002

Jane Wright, Synergy, 2000

Runs Good, As Is, 2000
Blake Woods and Monica’s Dress, Safe in Heaven Dead, 2000
D. Mark Jackson, 3 Years On, 1999
The Mak Groove, Live at Jimmy Mak’s Compilation, 1998

“Alan Hager and I have at least two records worth of original material we’re working on for future CD’s. We wanted to get a live CD out fast to help promote the duo, but we’re taking our time a little more with the original stuff. Hopefully we’ll get something out this year.”

“I’m also working on recordings right now with Duffy Bishop, Toque Libre, Karen Lovely, Earl Thomas, Ron Rogers and helping Curtis Salgado with some demos. All that stuff is in various stages of pre-production, so I’m not sure what I’ll actually perform on and to what extent.”

In closing

“I feel blessed to work and play with so many amazing and talented people. The ‘Raise the Roof’ concert I worked on last fall, with Earl Thomas and Joey Scruggs, was an incredible experience. It was the most involved I’ve ever been with a show from a production standpoint. All the artists who performed were amazing and gracious, and the show went off without a hitch. I’m very proud of that. I’d like to thank all the performers for their involvement. I hope we get to do another one soon.”

For more information on where to find Dave performing, visit his website at

On Saturday, March 8th, Ellen Whyte will be appearing at the Estacada Junior High School Auditorium (500 NE Main Street, Estacada) for a 7:00 pm show with her Plus-Size (9-piece) Band for a powerful evening of blues. An added attraction is a performance by the Estacada High School Concert Choir of a world premiere piece written by Whyte and The Estacada Junior High School Choir will also sing a traditional blues song they have learned for the evening. Tickets are available at the door or online at . Prices are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and students, and $22.00 for families.

Ellen Whyte is currently an artist in residence at the Estacada Junior High School, engaging students in what she describes as “a full experience of American blues.”  She states, “students are learning about the rich heritage of this original American art form tracing back to the times of slavery.” Through the program, students work together as a team creating, brainstorming, writing, and performing music. They learn to develop ideas and write a blues song. Whyte helps them tap into their everyday experience and inspiration to explore song ideas.

Whyte, an award-winning composer and performer, bases her musical career in Portland.  Of her performances, a recent concert-goer said, “Ellen Whyte is a consummate performer who is never better than in front of this tremendously talented assortment of musicians the Northwest has to offer. Take the ride that is Ellen Whyte and the Plus-Size Band. You won’t want it to end.”

Funding for Ellen Whyte Brings the Blues to Estacada has been generously provided by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council Work for Art, The Collins Foundation, Estacada Community Foundation, Estacada Area Literary Foundation and the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, made possible by funding from Oregon Cultural Trust and managed by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance. For further information, visit Estacada Together at, or call 503-637-3740 or 503-630-4013. Ellen Whyte’s web site, which includes samples of her music, is

Knowing that my announcements from the stage at Club 152 were being broadcast through speakers out on to Beale Street I told the people, “It may be cold outside, but the blues are burnin’ hot inside here.” And that in itself could have been the theme for this year’s International Blues Challenge. You just never know what to expect from the weather in the Mid-South and I have seen years when it has been a balmy 60 degrees and others that have witnessed ice and snow. Though we escaped the latter, which was raising havoc across a good deal of the country, contestants and blues fans braved airport closures and hazardous road conditions to make it to Memphis.

And hot blues music was truly at hand. When I first started volunteering to work the IBC for The Blues foundation twelve years earlier, there were only 70 bands, mostly from the United States, Canada and a couple from Australia competing in about a dozen clubs. This year saw a record 255 bands, solo/duos and youth acts from sixteen countries in 20 clubs and there is no sign it is going to slow down in the future. The Pacific Northwest was extremely well represented this year, with five blues societies from Oregon and Washington sending ten acts, and six of those advanced to the semi-finals and two going all the way to The Orpheum Theater for the finals. All three Portland-based acts advanced to the semis, Ben Rice & the iLLamatics and Tevis Hodge Jr from the Cascade Blues Association and the Rae Gordon Band representing Eugene’s Rainy Day Blues Society, with Ben Rice and Illamatics - Cascade Blues AssociationBen Rice making it to The Orpheum stage on Saturday.

It has been said by many that the blues should not be a competition. But let’s be real, everything in life has its own competitions and music is no exception. Whenever you try to book a gig or attempt to be signed by a label or push yourself through promotions, you’re in competition with everybody else trying to do the same thing. The real goal in Memphis is not winning the IBC. It is about the contacts you make and what can become of them. The IBC brings you to Memphis for this purpose. Nowhere else will you be performing for so many people in the industry that can push your career further. Record labels, festivals, promoters, agents, media outlets, radio personnel, blues societies and fans are all there to see what new talent can be found or acts they have never heard of that will catch their attention. It can surely be a win-win situation for all involved if approached the correct way. Thousands of acts compete world-wide to have this opportunity and as stated by producer Joe Whitmer, “they’re all winners before they even arrive in Memphis having won their own regional competitions.”

Out of the 255 who arrived Wednesday to begin the event, only seventeen make the finals, nine bands and eight solo/duos. Along with Ben Rice & The iLLamatics from the Cascade Blues Association, Arthur Migliazza, the solo act from the South Sound Blues Association in Tacoma also made it to the finals. But it was the Mississippi Delta blues musicians who won out this year in the bands with Vicksburg Blues Society’s Mr. Sipp taking first place and Memphis Blues Society’s Ghost Town Blues Band taking second (and it should be noted that both of these acts were finalists in the event last year). Billy The Kid & The Regulators from the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania captured third place. In the solo/duo category Calgary Blues Society’s Tim Williams took the overall prize and Lucious Spiller from the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Inc. was second. Other prizes included Castro “Mr. Sipp” Coleman was announced the most promising guitarist in the band category and Tim Williams the guitarist in solo/duos. The Lee Oskar harmonica prize was awarded to Jerome Godboo from the Toronto Blues Society and the Best Self Produced CD prize was given to Hank Mowery and the West Michigan Blues Society for his release Account To Me.

Aside from the actual competition, there were plenty of other events taking place during the IBC, including the annual Keeping the Blues Alive ceremonies for non-performer achievements, seminars to help performers and societies, a free health screening for musicians, the International Showcase and Youth Showcases, special events held by various promoters, societies and groups featuring artists from around the world, and plenty of jams going late into the night that saw well established blues heroes like Bob Margolin, Sean Carney, Candye Kane, Dennis Jones, Janiva Magness, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Brandon Santini, Rich DelGrosso, Tom Holland, Bob Corritore and many others taking part. All in all a sensational event, despite the cold weather.

This event is far larger than any blues festival. Where else will you find over 200 acts on 20 stages all taking place in one night? And the event goes on for five days. Keep in mind that The Blues Foundation has a paid staff of three full time and one part time employees and you can imagine the kind of work and detail going on behind the scenes. It takes a small army of volunteers, many traveling from all parts of the world, to make this event work. And the cooperation of the Beale Street Merchants and the event’s sponsors to provide the location and expenses to cover it all. It is truly an impossible work made possible that continues to grow annually and should be on every blues fan’s bucket list for must-do events.

John Nemeth - photo by Greg JohnsonFor those in the Northwest who have been following and supporting former Boise blues man John Nemeth throughout his career, there is no surprise in the incredible talents he possesses with vocals and harmonica. One of the most soulful singers of today. A year following five nominations at the Blues Music Awards, he is once again nominated for Best Soul Blues Male Artist and the coveted BB King Blues Entertainer of the Year recognition. John Nemeth will return to Portland, where he has long been a fan favorite, just in time to celebrate his newest release Memphis Grease on the Blue Corn Music label. Joining Nemeth on this tour is one of Memphis’ hottest and most soulful bands, The Bo-Keys. Led by vocalist Percy Wiggins and bassist Scott Bomar, this horn powered band always delivers that perfect pitch of funk and groove. Certain to be one of the most exciting shows of the year, John Nemeth is a not to miss performer.

John Nemeth will be appearing at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th, on Friday, March 21st for an 8:00 pm show. 21 & over only. Tickets are $13.00 general admission and $17.00 guaranteed seating (must include a dinner purchase) and are available through This is a CBA co-sponsored event and members will receive a $1.00 discount at the door, with the discount also available when ordering tickets on-line using the code “cba.”

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Paddy’s Bar & Grill will be holding a four-day event to help raise funds for The Children’s Cancer Association. There will be live Irish music, bagpipers and dancers all weekend long, and plenty of food and drink to help get St. Patrick's Day band deets web 140224-01everybody their Irish fill. Paddy’s has also had a tradition of holding a blues event during the weekend and this year on Saturday, March 15th they will be offering the music of the DK Stewart Sextet to open the evening, followed by the Too Loose Cajun Band and closing with headliner Patrick Lamb. The night will be full of a bluesy-New Orleans flavored Irish party, with the tent opening at 5:00 pm. Admission is $10.00.

Paddy’s Bar & Grill, 65 SW Yamhill Street, will start their festivities off inside the pub on Friday,March 14th and they’ll run Saturday 15th through St. Patrick’s Day on Monday 17th outside in the tent. The party will begin following the Shamrock Run on Sunday 16th with the tent opening at 8:00 am and then on Monday 17th the pub and tent will open at 11:00 am. Raffle tickets to win a trip to Ireland will be on sale throughout the four days.

Simply put, The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.

The Rebirth Brass Band will be performing at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside Street, on Thursday, March, 27th. Showtime starts at 9:00 pm for this 21 & over only event. Tickets are available at, ranging from $17.00 – $55.00.

A listing of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted:

Bernie Pearl – Take Your Time (Bee Bump Music)

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues –  Blues Shock (Blind Pig)

Colin John – Two Sides Of The Coin (Self Produced)

Damon Fowler – Sounds of Home (Blind Pig)

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Eddie Ate Dynamite (Self Produced)

Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Sean Carney – Drivin’ Me Wild (Self Produced)

Mick Kolassa – Michissippi Mick (Endless Blues Productions)

Pete Karnes Blues Band – I’m Still Here (Fox Run Studio)

Richard Ray Farrell – Shoe Shoppin’ Woman (Blue Beet)

The Delta Swamp Rats – Mississippi Delta Funk (Self Produced)

The Rafael Tranquilino Band – Espera (Flat Hat Productions)

Tinsley Ellis – Midnight Blue (Heartfixer Music)

Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings – No Fluff, Just The Stuff (E Natchel Records)

Various Artists – 34th Blues Music Awards (The Blues Foundation)

Various Artists – Blues From Eugene – An Eclectic Collection, Volume 1 (Pro-Arts Productions)

Vasti Jackson – Mississippi Burner (VJM Records)