by Wendy Schumer

Greg Johnson Jenn Ocken with book - photo by Kelly ThorntonEvery year the Blues Foundation recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. The Keeping Blues Alive Awards ceremony is held in January in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  The KBAs are decided upon by a select panel of blues professionals and focus on honoring individuals who have made a difference with their lengthy commitment to the blues.  This is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Blues Foundation – to be selected to receive this award. This year 15 winners were announced and guess what!  Our very own CBA President — Greg Johnson — was selected this year to receive this award.

You all know how hard Greg works to promote and preserve blues music in our community, his dedication each month to writing 99.9% of the articles in our Bluesnotes as well as the extra volunteering he does for events in Portland as well as in Memphis.  We are truly blessed to have him as part of our community. Please join me in congratulating Greg on this great achievement.

To read more about the KBA and see the official announcement — see this link. http://www.blues.org/2015/11/the-blues-foundation-to-honor-blues-patrons-at-january-awards-ceremony-in-memphis