The following individuals have been elected by our members for induction into the Lifetime Achievement Muddy Award for their long-term commitment to the blues.


B.B King

Bill Rhoades

Bob “B.A.” Ancheta

Bonnie Raitt

Curtis Salgado

Duffy Bishop

Eric Clapton

Greg Johnson

Jim Mesi

John Lee Hooker (deceased)

Lloyd Jones

Luther Allison (deceased)

Norman Sylvester

Paul deLay (deceased)

Paulette Davis (deceased)

Peter Dammann

Phil Haxton (deceased)

Ray Charles (deceased)

Taj Mahal

Terry Currier

Willie Dixon (deceased)

Your first round Muddy Award ballots for nominating your favorite acts, performers, performances, and venues should have arrived at every members’ home by the time you read this. Remember, this is your opportunity to decide who ends up on the final ballot. If you do not nominate, do not complain about who is on that final ballot. This is a majority result of all the ballots received to select the top three vote getters. If there is a tie in any category that results in more than three, we will include all. The Board of Directors does not make the call, it is totally up to our members.

A few notes to help you determine who you may want to select and to avoid some confusion.

In the category Contemporary Blues, this refers to modern electric blues or blues rock.

Traditional Blues means acoustic or those artists playing in the classic electric style that harkens back to the early years in Chicago, Detroit, St Louis, etc from the 1940s-early 1960s.

Regional Blues Act are those that reside in the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington or Idaho. This does not include artists living within the Portland Metro area.

Northwest Recording are also for those acts within Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

National Recording are for those releases from artists across the country or internationally. Northwest recordings may be included in the National selections, too.

There is a list on the back of the ballot of all the past Lifetime Achievement recipients. You only live once, so those on this list are not eligible to be nominated again.

As we did last year, we have compiled a list of performances and Northwest releases and posted them on the CBA website, under the heading Cascade Blues Notes use the drop down menu to Muddy Awards. These lists are by no means inclusive of all, so let us know if you see something missing and we will enter those (do not send in a list of all gigs local musicians played, there is no way we could possibly list them all). Performances are meant for individual acts. Events are for special shows including multiple artists or festivals and have been separated on the list.

A few awards have been named after certain artists meaning that they are retired from those categories and not eligible to be nominated. This includes Curtis Salgado for Male Vocalist, Duffy Bishop for Female Vocalist and Terry Robb for Acoustic Guitar. The Lifetime Achievement award is named in honor of Paul deLay by a decision of the Board of Directors. In order for a category to be named after an artist, they must have received the award in that respective category no less than twelve times. The Waterfront Blues Festival has been retired from the Northwest Blues Event category on their request, in order for other events to merit the same recognition.

You do not have to select three choices in each category, but do not write in more than three or all will be voided.

Ballots must be returned either by bringing them to the next CBA membership meeting on September 3rd or by mail to 2014 Muddy Awards, c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 14493, Portland, Oregon 97293, postmarked no later than September 12th in order for us to be able to compile the results for the final ballot. Any ballot received postmarked after that date will not be counted.

Keep the date Wednesday, November 5th open for the 2014 Muddy Awards at The Melody Ballroom, starting at 6:30 pm. We will have performances from our Journey to Memphis winners The Rae Gordon Band and David Pinsky & Phil Newton, and a Muddy All Star Band put together this year by Dave Fleschner.

Here is a list of performances and events that occured between September 2013 and August 2014 that you can use for considering nominations for the Muddy Awards for Performance of the Year and Northwest Event of the Year. This is not necessarily all-inclusive, so let us know if you see something missing.

We do list every local musicians’ performances as that would amount to quite a bit of space, and how would we determine one show over another. Overall performances by an act should be considered under the various catagories for individual achievement such as Contemporary Blues Act, R&B Act, Traditional Blues Act, or one of the instrumentation choices.

We have separated the shows as Performance and Event in the listings, and put them in order of the time of the year they occured as many happened early in the year and may not be on mind at this time. Performance means an individual act’s show, Event means multiple artists are involved.

The performances from festivals like the Waterfront Blues Festival have not been included, as again, there are just too many to list individually. But they are eligible for nominations.

Remember: The Waterfront Blues Festival has requested to no longer be nominated for the Northwest Blues Event catagory. They wish to allow other events the opportunity to receive this award after winning every year since the Muddy Awards began.

Performances Venue Month
Barbara Healy CD Release Party Duff’s Garage September
Cee Cee James/Lisa Mann Duff’s Garage September
Charles Bradley Crystal Ballroom September
Lee Fields Aladdin September
Shuggie Otis Crystal Ballroom September
Southern Hospitality Duff’s Garage September
Strange Tones CD Release Bossanova Ballroom September
The 44s Duff’s Garage September
Toney Rocks Duff’s Garage September
Boneyard Preachers Duff’s Garage October
Bonnie Raitt Arlene Schnitzer October
Gary Clark Jr Roseland October
Gov’t Mule Roseland October
Norman Sylvester 30th Anniversary Jimmy Mak’s October
Phil Berkowitz/Eugene Huggins The Lehrer October
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott The Lehrer October
Savoy Brown Aladdin Theater October
The Soul of John Black solo Duff’s Garage October
Sugaray Rayford/Kevin Selfe Duff’s Garage October
The 44s Duff’s Garage October
Ben Harper Arlene Schnitzer November
Buddy Guy Roseland November
Candye Kane Duff’s Garage November
Nick Moss Band Duff’s Garage November
Nick Moss Band The Birk November
Pete Anderson Duff’s Garage November
Randy Oxford The Lehrer November
Sammy Eubanks O’Connor’s November
Black Joe Lewis Wonder Ballroom December
CD Woodbury Starday Tavern December
David Bromberg Aladdin Theater December
Dennis Jones Duff’s Garage December
Dennis Jones The Lehrer December
Franck Goldwasser Duff’s Garage December
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Duff’s Garage December
Robbie Laws CD Release Party Duff’s Garage December
Sultans Of Slide Duff’s Garage December
Tedeschi Trucks Band Elsinore Theater December
California Honeydrops Mississippi Studios January
Hamilton Loomis Starday Tavern January
Hank Shreve Band Duff’s Garage January
In The Pocket Duff’s Garage January
Jonny Lang Roseland January
Matt Anderson Mississippi Studios January
North Mississippi All Stars with Lightnin’ Malcolm Dante’s January
Big Monti CD Release Duff’s Garage February
Hot Tuna Aladdin Theater February
BB King Elsinore Theater March
Big Head Todd Crystal Ballroom March
Ellen Whyte Estacada Jr High March
Janiva Magness Jimmy Mak’s March
John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys Jimmy Mak’s March
Kaye Bohler/CD Woodbury Duff’s Garage March
Lisa Mann CD Release Party Jimmy Mak’s March
Nikki Hill Duff’s Garage March
Nikki Hill The Birk March
Randy Oxford The Lehrer March
Rebirth Brass Band Doug Fir March
The 44s with Kirk Fletcher Duff’s Garage March
Guitar Shorty Mississippi Studios April
Guitar Shorty The Birk April
James Hunter Crystal Ballroom April
Joe Louis Walker Jimmy Mak’s April
Karen Lovely CD Release Party Jimmy Mak’s April
Keb’ Mo’ Aladdin Theater April
Sammy Eubanks The Lehrer April
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Crystal Ballroom April
Tommy Castro Alberta Rose Theatre April
California Honeydrops Mississippi Studios May
Fiona Boyes Duff’s Garage May
Fiona Boyes The Lehrer May
Little Hurricane Wonder Ballroom May
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Alhambra Theatre May
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Duff’s Garage May
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats The Birk May
Sugaray Rayford The Birk May
Tab Benoit The Star Theater May
Valerie June Rose Festival May
Bill Kirchen Duff’s Garage June
Cee Cee James Duff’s Garage June
Holmes Brothers Mississippi Studios June
Nick Moss Band Duff’s Garage June
Nick Moss Band The Birk June
Andy T – Nick Nixon Band Duff’s Garage July
Carolina Chocolate Drops Oregon Zoo July
Charles Bradley Oregon Zoo July
Frank Fairfield Duff’s Garage July
Grady Champion Duff’s Garage July
Harper Starday Tavern July
Janiva Magness Alberta Rose Theatre July
Matt Schofield The Star Theater July
Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method Duff’s Garage July
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Dante’s July
Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience Duff’s Garage July
Scott Holt Duff’s Garage July
Too Slim & The Taildraggers Duff’s Garage July
Benjamin Booker Doug Fir August
Bill Magee The Birk August
Coco Montoya Esther Short Park August
David Gerald Band Parkline Park August
David Gerald Band The Birk August
Duffy Bishop Farewell Concert Duff’s Garage August
Jared James Nichols The Birk August
John Hiatt Oregon Zoo August
Jon Cleary Goodfoot August
Mike Eldred/Hank Shreve Duff’s Garage August
Nikki Hill Duff’s Garage August
Nikki Hill The Birk August
Ori Naftaly Band Duff’s Garage August
Robert Cray Tualatin Park & Recreation Ctr August
Shemekia Copeland Tualatin Park & Recreation Ctr August
Taj Mahal Oregon Zoo August
The Blind Boys of Alabama Esther Short Park August
The 44s Double Mountain Brewery August
The 44s Duff’s Garage August
The 44s The Birk August
Toney Rocks The Birk August
Valerie June Spirit Mountain August
Event Venue Month
Jamming For Jackson Trails End September
Blues Hall of Fame Raise The Roof Alberta Rose Theatre October
Cody Myers Music Outreach Trails End October
LaRhonda Steele Benefit Jimmy Mak’s October
Leukemia Cage Match Duff’s Garage October
Oregon Music Hall of Fame Aladdin Theater October
Phil Berkowitz Harmonica showcase Duff’s Garage October
Ben Rice IBC Fundraiser The Lehrer November
Karen Lovely Birthday Celebration Duff’s Garage November
CBA Muddy Awards The Melody Ballroom November
Portland Jazz & Blues Rose City Blues Bossanova Ballroom November
Ben Rice/Tevis Hodge Fundraiser Duff’s Garage December
CBA Holiday Party The Melody Ballroom December
A Benefit For Owen Double Mountain Brewery December
NW Women in Rhythm & Blues Christmas Concert The Spare Room December
The Strange Tones Christmas Concert Hollywood Theater December
T-Bone Walker Tribute Duff’s Garage December
Mark Hummel Harmonica Blow-Off Aladdin Theater January
Rae Gordon IBC Fundraiser Trails End January
CBA Sweetheart Dance The Lehrer February
NW Soul Jimmy Mak’s February
Valentine Soul Jimmy Mak’s February
Winter Blues Festival Bob White Theater February
Blues 4 MS Concert Aladdin Theater March
Carla Lehrer Benefit Concert The Lehrer March
Homemade Mardi Gras Alberta Rose Theatre March
Mysti Krewe Of Nimbus Mardi Gras Bossanova Ballroom March
Paddy’s St Patrick Day Blues Party Paddy’s March
Walla Walla Guitar Festival Walla Walla March
Women With The Blues Alberta Rose Theatre March
Etta James Tribute Concert Jimmy Mak’s April
Bill Rhoades Harmonica Summit The Melody Ballroom April
Inner City Blues Festival The Melody Ballroom April
Mike Moothart Benefit The Spare Room May
Robert Johnson Birthday Celebration Alberta Rose Theatre May
Walter Trout Benefit Trails End May
Cider Summit Fields Neighborhood Park June
For The Love Of Janice Alberta Rose Theatre June
Gorge Blues & Blues Stevenson, WA June
CBA Journey to Memphis The Lehrer June
Mel Solomon Celebration of Life The Lehrer June
Yakima Blues Festival Yakima, WA June
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Cathedral Park July
Rhythm On The River Festival Clatskanie City July
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival Winthrop, WA July
Blues Cabaret Jimmy Mak’s August
Bronze Blues & Brews Joseph, OR August
CBA Picnic Columbia Crossings August
Ilwaco Seafood & Blues Festival Ilwaco, WA August
Kalama Blues Festival Kalama,WA August
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival Esther Short Park August

Here is a list of CDs by regional artists that we are aware of that were released in the Northwest from September 2013 through August 2014 that are eligible for nominations for this year’s Muddy Awards. This list may not be all-inclusive, so if you see anything missing let us know.

Alan Hager & Dave Fleschner Live From The Vault
Arthur Migliazza Laying It Down
Big Monti Dangling From A Rope
Bonepickers Strollin’
Chris Lord & Cheatin’ River Chunkabilly Blues
Duffy Bishop Find Your Way Home
Ellen Whyte & The Blackbird Flyers Good Luck Charm
Frank E. Gee & Jimmy Meunier Social Moments
Gabriel Cox Gabriel Cox
Hard Garden Blue Yonder
Holfar Blue Blue Suede Cadillac
Holfar Blue You Need Truth
Justin James Bridges On My Way
Karen Lovely The Prohibition Blues
Kivett Bednar Land Of The Living
Lisa Mann Move On
Mary Flower When My Bluebird Sings
Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method Compass
Robbie Laws Between The Lines
Shoe String Sue Mr. Right Now
Simon Tucker Space For Me EP
Terry Robb Hymn
Tess Barr Do What You Want
The Randy Oxford Band It Feels Good
The Roseland Hunters Roseland Hunters EP
The Strange Tones At Home With The Strange Tones
Tommy Hogan Howl Like The Wind
Ty Curtis Water Under The Bridge
Various Artists Blues From Eugene: An Eclectic Collection, Vol. 1
Various Artists NW Roots Uprising, Vol. 1 EP
Various Artists Shari’s 3 AM

The Cascade Blues Association held their 25th annual Muddy Awards celebration on Thursday, November 7th at The Melody Ballroom in Portland and with little doubt it was certainly the night for Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes. The band took honors in seven of the twenty-two categories presented, including both Contemporary & Traditional Blues Act, Kevin for Electric Guitar, Jimi Bott for Drums, both the NW Recording & National Recording for Long Walk Home and Performance of the Year for their big band set at the Waterfront Blues Festival.

Other recipients included Ben Rice whose band tied with Kevin’s for Traditional Blues Act and he also received the award for the “Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist. Rae Gordon was Read more

We recently posted this list on the CBA Facebook page. It received a thankful response from so many that we thought we would run it in the BluesNotes, too This list is a compilation of regional musicians who were nominated for the 2013 Muddy Awards. Though the final ballot is limited to only a few in each category, all of the following artists were recognized by our members in the ballots returned to us for nominations in the first round.

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Ben Rice Band
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
The Strange Tones

Curtis Salgado
Linda Hornbuckle
Sylvester Band

Ben Rice Band
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
Tevis Hodge Jr.

Beacon Street Titans
Roseland Hunters
Sonny Hess & Vicki Stevens Band
Tevis Hodge Jr.

Ben Rice Band
Hank Shreve Band
Randy Oxford Band
Tommy Hogan

LaRhonda Steele
Lisa Mann
Rae Gordon

Ben Rice
Kevin Selfe
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner

Ben Rice
Kevin Selfe
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner

Alan Hager
Ben Rice
Mary Flower
Tevis Hodge Jr.

Allen Markel
Dave Kahl
Lisa Mann

Brian Foxworth
Dave Melyan
Jimi Bott

Hank Shreve
Jim Wallace
Mitch Kashmar

Dave Fleschner
DK Stewart
Steve Kerin

Brad Ulrich
Joe McCarthy
Peter Moss

Duff’s Garage
The Blue Diamond
Trail’s End Saloon

Hank Shreve Band – I’ve Had It
Kevin Selfe – Long Walk Home
Rae Gordon Band – Blue Lemonade

Candye Kane – Coming Out Swingin’
Kevin Selfe – Long Walk Home
Nikki Hill – Here’s Nikki Hill
Southern Hospitality – Easy Livin’
Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Blue Heart
Trampled Under Foot – Badlands

Ben Rice Band – Journey To Memphis Finals at Waterfront Blues Festival
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes Big Band – Waterfront Blues Festival
Nikki Hill – Waterfront Blues Festival

Bronze, Blues & Brews
CBA Membership Picnic
Ilwaco Blues Festival

HURLEY AWARD” For Behind the Scenes Stage Crew Achievement
Chris Culligan
Darren Mack
Steve Gross

Dave Kahl
Joey Scruggs
Norman Sylvester

DK Stewart
Jimi Bott
Norman Sylvester

Watch your mail boxes this month for your first-round ballot for the Muddy Awards. Ballots will be sent to CBA members, giving you the opportunity to nominate your favorite performers, venues, recordings and events in 20 categories. Please remember that these awards are meant to recognize local artists for their work from September 1st, 2012 through August 31st, 2013. There are categories open for national performers, too. You may select up to three nominations in each category. You are not required to give three nominations, but if you put down more than three your selections will be voided in that category. All first round ballots must be received no later than September 14th; those arriving after that date will not be counted. The top three vote getters in each category will Read more

Performance  Date Location
(Events are noted for   consideration in event category)
Billy T Band September 6th Duff’s Garage
Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples September 7th Edgefield
Duffy Bishop & Friends (event) September 7th Alberta Rose Theatre   Read more
Artist Title Release Date Label
Barbara Healy & Her Groove Too Band Shades Of Blue March McKenna Records Company
CD Woodbury Band Monday Night! June Wide Willie Productions
Coyote Kings & Mush Nasty Habits & Dirty Little Secrets April Twin Lion
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