During this uncertain and frustrating time, it’s nice when things go right. Just ask The Nick Moss Band! As we all tuned in for The Blues Music Awards this past Sunday afternoon, May 3 (Presented by The Blues Foundation), no one quite knew what to expect. Don't worry - if you missed it, scroll down - you can view it on YouTube!
Shemekia Copeland did a fantastic job as esteemed hostess, and some of the biggest names in the Blues biz chimed in – either with comment or with song (Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Luther Dickinson, Ruthie Foster, Larkin Poe, and Walter Trout to name a few). In between these virtual visits and the awards, there were clips from BMAs past (B.B. King & Curtis Salgado, Irma Thomas, and even The Nick Moss Band backing up Soul legend William Bell last year!)
The Blues Foundation packed a lot of surprises, awards and music into just two hours (unheard of!), and we should all be grateful for the effort that went into the production and the promotion of the event. Here's to hoping we can reconvene in Memphis next May! Cheers to you all, stay safe, and we hope to see you soon.
For anyone unfamiliar with The BMAS: Universally recognized as the highest accolade for blues musicians, the Blues Music Awards honor the past year’s achievements in performances, recordings, and songwriting, along with sustaining the blues’ rich cultural traditions. (The Blues Foundation)
Many thanks to Bruce Iglauer, along with his great staff at Alligator Records, who heard something special prior to signing The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling for their first release on the label (2018's The High Cost of Low Living), and continued his unwavering support and amazing promotion through the release of 2019's Lucky Guy. A big thanks also to Kid Andersen for his production skills (Kid produced both NMB Alligator releases, and even recorded Lucky Guy at his Greaseland Studios in California.)
Below is the virtual acceptance speech from Nick, drummer Patrick Seals and bass player Rodrigo Mantovani (and Porkchop), broadcasted live on Facebook from the Moss living room just after the exciting award ceremony:
Did you miss the Blues Music Awards? One good thing about the 'virtual' presentation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic is that anyone could watch, participate in, and even replay the whole event! Click below to tune in if you couldn't be there as it happened live. Congratulations to ALL of the nominees and the winners... such great company to be in!
BTW - Lucky Guy, The High Cost of Low Living, and plenty of other merch (CDs and tees) are available at www.nickmossband.com. Please stop on over and have a look!