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CBMA BLUES HALL OF FAME

2008 Award Winners

Guitar Player of the Year - Amos Garrett

Bass Player of the Year - Suitcase James

Keyboard Player of the Year - Ron Casat

Drummer of the Year - Donald Ray Johnson

Saxophone Player of the Year - Mike Clark

Harmonica Player of the Year - Richie Pollack


In honour of their enormous contributions to the blues music industry, four CBMA artists have been inducted in memorium and recognized for Lifetime Achievement.

Hall of Fame Induction
Lifetime Achievement Award


Back Alley John, Guitarist, Composer

Jimmy Payne, Drummer, Bandleader

Doug Riley, Keyboard Master, Composer and Order of Canada Recipient

Long John Baldry, Singer, Guitarist



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. 27, 2008, CBMA honoured local and regional artists who have dedicated their careers to blues music in an awards ceremony for the newly formed CBMA Blues Hall of Fame.

Six categories for the 2008 awards were determined and nominees selected by, the CBMA Board of Directors. Winners in each category were chosen by the public in an online vote at the Calgary Bluesfest website.