Congratulations to Rick Estrin for his 2013 Blues Music Award


The 34th Annual Blues Music Awards

The Blues Foundation held the organization's 34th annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The annual event is a heck of a party for blues fans, typically running several hours and featuring performances by dozens of deserving nominees. Like the last six years, the awards ceremony was broadcast live by XM Sirius satellite radio on B.B. King's Bluesville channel.

We are proud to announce that Hohner Artist Rick Estrin won for best Instrumentalist on the harmonica. "Rick is one of the hardest working, most talented blues musicians out there," says Hohner Inc.'s Harmonica Product Manager Drew Lewis. "His amazing harmonica playing, soulful singing voice and masterful compositions have guaranteed Rick a spot at the top as one of the best blues men ever on the scene."

Rick has been performing for over 30 years and is the frontman for Rick Estrin and the Nightcats. In addition to his harmonica and vocal skills, Rick Estrin is a songwriter of unparalleled talent. Critics have compared his original songs to the work of Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Willie Dixon and Leiber and Stoller. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home. Blues Revue says, “Estrin has created some of the finest blues songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow’s been struck.”

34th Blues Music Award Winners

Traditional Blues Album: Double Dynamite - The Mannish Boys
Instrumentalist-Bass: Bob Stroger
DVD: Eagle Rock Entertainment - Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, Live at Checkerboard Lounge
Instrumentalist-Horn: Eddie Shaw
Soul Blues Female Artist: Irma Thomas
Acoustic Artist: Eric Bibb
Traditional Blues Male Artist: Magic Slim
Acoustic Album: Not Alone - Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin
Contemporary Blues Album: Show of Strength - Michael Burks
Gibson Guitar: Derek Trucks
Rock Blues Album: Everybody's Talkin' - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Rick Estrin
Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside
Soul Blues Male Artist: Curtis Salgado
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright
Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Tab Benoit
Historical: Bear Family Records for Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues by Various Artists
Soul Blues Album: Soul Shot - Curtis Salgado
Best New Artist Debut: They Call Me Big Llou - Big LLou Johnson
Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Janiva Magness
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female): Ruthie Foster
Album: Show of Strength - Michael Burks
Song: "I Won’t Cry" written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling - Stronger For It (Janiva Magness)
B.B King Entertainer: Curtis Salgado