A Different Kind of Prize

May 2009: We just returned from a 3-week tour that centered around the 30th Annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. It turned out to be a star-studded, action-packed gala: Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Curtis Salgado and too many others to mention were on the stage or in the crowd, along with some of the most enthusiastic blues friends and fans who walk or wheel on this earth. Even though we didn’t win an award this time, it was a tremendous honor to be in the presence of so many amazing artists and fans who have contributed so much to the music community. All of the performers seemed to sense the magic of the evening and delivered their songs with real passion. The highlight by far was Curtis Salgado singing “20 Years of B.B. King” with the King himself spinning out tasty guitar licks. The blues is back, not that it was ever gone, and at least for the moment it’s in really good hands.