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2015 CBMA Awards & Hall of Fame Induction

Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) is committed to fostering, preserving and furthering blues music and musicians, as well as presenting some of the finest blues to be found anywhere on the planet.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 2014, CBMA honoured local and regional artists who have dedicated their careers to blues music during the 6th annual CBMA Awards and Blues Hall of Fame ceremony.

Nominees in seven categories were determined by the CBMA Board of Directors. Winners in each category were chosen by the public in an online vote.

2015 CBMA Blues Award Winners

Guitar Player of the Year - Brett Spaulding

Bass Player of the Year - Curtis Cripps

Keyboard Player of the Year - Corbie Dorner

Drummer of the Year - Kent MacRae

Harp Player of the Year - Johnny Juke

Horn Player of the Year - Claude Godin


Amos Garrett

Over a four-decade career, there's not a lot Amos Garrett hasn't done.

As one of the most distinctive guitar players since the Telecaster was invented, he's made almost a dozen albums of his own, most of them for the Edmonton-based label Stony Plain. He's appeared on more than 150 artists' recordings, and he's played rock and roll, folk and pop. Not to mention just about every other kind of roots music there is, from blues to country.

He's played and recorded with Paul Butterfield, Ian Tyson, Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Winchester, Maria Muldaur, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Charles and Anne Murray.

Here are some highlights:

- Born in Detroit in 1941.

- Raised in Montreal and Toronto.

- Early influences: Hearing Fats Domino, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King and dozens more at Montreal's long-gone Esquire Club on Stanley Street.

- First major U.S. appearance: At Carnegie Hall with comedian and JFK imitator Vaugn Meader.

- First choice session guitarist: During the '70s and early '80s, Amos recorded tracks with more than 150 artists - from Paul Butterfield to Bonnie Raitt, Bobby Charles, Emmylou Harris, Ian Tyson, Maria Muldaur (everyone remembers his one-take solo on Midnight at the Oasis), Jesse Winchester, and Anne Murray's Snowbird.

- Touring: Worked as a member of Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird and Paul Butterfield's Better Days; and toured with Maria Muldaur as her bandleader.

- Guitar heroes Chet Atkins, Richard Thompson and Mark Knopfler have all praised Garrett's unique style.

To read more about this Canadian blues guitar giant, visit Amos Garrett Website