Please vote for DELMARK artists, Bob Stroger, Johnny Burgin, Jose Ramirez, Sax Gordon, nominated for the 2023 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS! Deadline is March 20th!!

Delmark Recording artists who are nominated for a BMA are the incredibly inspiring and ageless legendary Bob Stroger (bassist of the year,) Johnny Burgin (traditional blues male artist of the year,) rising star bluesman, Jose Ramirez (Best Emerging Artist Album,) and Sax Gordon Beadle (horn player of the year!) This is Johnny Burgin’s first ever BMA nomination as a leader!!

And other BMA nominations from Delmark friends who have recorded many times for Delmark but not as a leader are the following: Kenny Smith (drummer of the year,) harp ace Billy Branch (traditional blues male artist of the year,) Deitra Farr (traditional blues female artist of the year,) and vocalist/guitarist John Primer (album of the year.)

And did you know that many other BMA nominees have recorded for Delmark as a “sideman” including guitarists Kid Andersen & Joanna Connor, harp legends, Charlie Musselwhite & Bob CorritoreBobby Rush, and of course, Buddy Guy!

Please VOTE HERE for your favorite Delmark blues artists!

As Johnny Burgin says, “Please go to to JOIN the The Blues Foundation and VOTE for the artist of your choice in all the categories– you will make a big difference to the artists involved and support the good work The Blues Foundation does all year. “

VOTE FOR BOB STROGER for bassist of the year!
Vote for JOHNNY BURGIN for best traditional blues male artist of the year!
Vote for Jose Ramirez for Best emerging album — MAJOR LEAGUE BLUES

Vote for Sax Gordon for HORN player of the year!!
Vote for KENNY SMITH for drummer of the year!
Vote for DEITRA FARR for traditional blues female artist of the year (she appears on DEMETRIA TAYLOR‘s DOIN WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO DO!)
At 34 years old, blues artist Jose Ramirez has played with some of the biggest names in the blues industry. Jose is also the first Latin American Blues artist to sign with Delmark. During the historical sessions that took place in the summer of 2021 at Delmark Records Riverside Studio, Jose received blessings from 93-year-old Jimmy Johnson and 90-year-old Bob Stroger, two of the most well-respected elders of the blues world. Those sessions with the Delmark All-Star Band confirmed that Jose is a 100% Major League Blues player. Witnesses of this session were moved to tears listening to the young Costa Rican trading electrifying phrases with the one and only Jimmy Johnson. The album presents eight original songs and two classic tunes by masters of Chicago blues, Magic Sam and Eddie Taylor.

NINETY-YEAR-OLD “SIR” BOB STROGER, LORD OF THE BLUES, has had a glorious musical career and played with the greatest. He has appeared on more than 30 Delmark releases. “That’s My Name” by Bob Stroger & the Headcutters marks his first Delmark album as a leader.  The Headcutters are a crack blues quartet hailing from Brazil, and they are a welcome addition to the Delmark family.
JOHNNY BURGIN – NO BORDER BLUES – The 70s Japanese tours of Otis Rush, Jimmy Dawkins, Eddie Taylor and others created a small but intense Japanese blues following that today bursts over with talent three generations and forty years later.  Delmark Records presents No Border Blues, the first-ever American compilation of the underground Japanese blues scene.  Here are twelve of the best Japanese bluesmen and women today you should know about, with musical contributions by Johnny Burgin and production by Stephanie Tice.

We are so excited and happy to announce that guitar star Johnny Burgin (formerly Rockin’ Johnny) has just been nominated for the coveted and most prestigious blues award out there. This is Johnny’s first ever Blues Music Award nomination as a leader. Big congrats and well deserved nomination for one of the most talented, passionate, friendly, and hardest working blues artists on the scene. Be sure to check out his amazing Delmark albums, his killer YouTube guitar instruction channel, and his fascinating Podcast series with his partner Stephanie Tice, NO BORDER BLUES!

My first BMA nomination!  I’m thrilled to report that I’m up for Best Traditional Blues Artist Male.  I’m nominated along with four folks I’ve always looked up to and am happy to call my friends: JOHN PRIMER, BILLY BRANCH, DUKE ROBILLARD and SUGAR RAY NORCIA.  Voting has started and is open to all Blues Foundation Members.  Please go to to JOIN the The Blues Foundation and VOTE for the artist of your choice in all the categories– you will make a big difference to the artists involved and support the good work The Blues Foundation does all year.   Thank you! 

Gutsy tenor saxophonist Sax Gordon has recorded and toured with Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Duke Robillard, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Kim Wilson, and is featured on recordings by Pinetop Perkins, Champion Jack Dupree, Billy Boy Arnold, and most recently Mississippi Heat (Warning Shot, Delmark 839). Now with 4 solo albums and his own show, he brings rocking sax around the globe. But while gaining recognition as a blues and R&B player, Gordon continues playing soulful, straight-ahead jazz with swing-masters like Jay McShann, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Soul-Jazz heroes Jimmy McGriff, Bernard Purdie, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, and Reuben Wilson. On In The Wee Small Hours, his first jazz release, Gordon goes back to the classic organ combo sound with a relaxed session of jazz standards with a deep and soulful sound.

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