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1999 Maple Blues Awards

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Nominees and Winners

(winners’ names are *bolded)

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Tony D Band
Fathead
The Rockin’ Highliners
*Colin James
Michael Pickett

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR

Tony D Band
*Fathead
Sue Foley
Glamour Puss
Steve Hill
The Rockin’ Highliners

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR

Michael Jerome Browne
*Rick Fines
Ken Hamm
Big Dave McLean
Tim Williams

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Steve Hill
*Chuck Jackson (Downchild)
Dutch Mason
John Mays (Fathead)
Robert Tycholis (The Rockin’ Highliners)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Maureen Brown
*Rita Chiarelli
*Sue Foley
Suzie Vinnick
Dawn Tyler Watson

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Johnnie Bassett
Shemekia Copeland
*B.B. King
Taj Mahal
Duke Robillard

NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Jordan Cook
Scotty Doubt
Ronnie Douglas Band
Mannie & the Swingin’ Hipshakers
*Raoul & The Big Time

HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Carlos del Junco
Al Lerman (Fathead)
Paul Reddick (The Sidemen)
Rusty Reed
*Michael Pickett

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ray Bonneville
*Morgan Davis
Rick Fines
Steve Hill
Michael Pickett
Chris Whiteley
Tim Williams

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR

Tony D.
Sue Foley
Steve Hill
Shawn Kellerman (Michael Pickett Band)
*Teddy Leonard (Fathead)
Brent Parkin

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Curley Bridges
Michael Fonfara (Downchild)
Michael Kaeshammer
Kenny Wayne
*Tyler Yarema

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

*Pat Carey (Downchild)
Johnny Ferreira (Swing Machine)
Chris Gale (Swing Gang)
Chris Murphy
Chris Whiteley

BASSIST OF THE YEAR

Russell Jackson
*Gary Kendall (Downchild)
Fergus Marsh (The Sidemen)
Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)
Terry Wilkins (Swing Gang)

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

*Maureen Brown
Jim Casson (Downchild)
Chris Nordquist (Colin James Band)
Ken McMahon (The Rockin’ Highliners)
Sandy Smith (Twisters)
Ed White (Fathead)

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Chris Whiteley: Blues Party (Borealis)

Glamour Puss: Blues du Jour (Independent)

*Jack de Keyzer: Down in the Groove (Blue Star)

Morgan Davis: Blues Medicine (Electro-Fi)

Rockin’ Highliners: Oh My! (Stony Plain)

Steve Hill: Call it What You Will (Disques Bros)

Tony D Band: Live Like Hell (Diesel)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Duke Robillard & Holger Peterson for The Rockin’ Highliners: Oh My!

*Alec Fraser, Morgan Davis & Colin Linden for Morgan Davis: Blues Medicine

Terry Wilkins & Chris Whiteley for Chris Whiteley: Blues Party

Colin Linden for Ray Bonneville: Gust of Wind

Steve Hill, Bruno De Luca & Rene Moisan for Steve Hill: Call It What You Will

Alex Fraser & Jack de Keyzer for Jack de Keyzer: Down in the Groove

BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR

*Brent Staeben (organizer of the Harvest Jazz Festival)

BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD

(Lifetime Achievement Award )
Mel Brown
Jack de Keyzer
Colin Linden
Big Dave McLean
*Michael Pickett
Jackie
Ken Whiteley


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