I checked out the Washington Blues Society (WBS) BB Awards last Sunday at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle. I've got to hand it to the WBS - they put on a good, fast paced awards show at what is probably the nicest venue in town (but, what do I know - I'm usually hanging out in the juke joints).
There weren't really any surprises, with the usual suspects winning most of the awards. I was happy to see Kim Field and the Mighty Titans of Tone win the Best New Band award, however. This was a well earned salute to a fine bunch of musicians.
I was most interested in seeing who would win the Best Band award. I am familiar with the nominees The Blues Orbiters, Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin' Daddies, and the Mary McPage Band,but had never seen the Red Hot Blues Sisters (aka: the Red Hotz) until Sunday night. Each band played a four song set during the evening, and the Red Hot Blues Sisters eventually won the award. I think that the Red Hotz were playing the best set until they started losing me with an over the top vocal on Marvin Gaye's "One More Heartache," followed up with and unfocued jam tune that featured guest singer (and Best Vocalist award winner) Polly O'Keary. I was especially impressed with the band's guitarist, Teri Anne Wilson, who played some great solos without descending into Fuzzy Blues/Rock Guitar Clicheland.
Let the benefits for sending the Red Hotz to Memphis begin!
Speaking of Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin' Daddies, here's a video (created by John Gulla) of the band performing at the awards show. Enjoy!
Here's another video created at the WBS show by John Gulla of the Blues Orbiters: