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CBMA BLUES AWARDS

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. 23th, 2011, CBMA honoured local and regional artists who have dedicated their careers to blues music during the 4th annual CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Awards ceremony.

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

2011 Blues Award Winners

Bass Player of the Year
Curtis Cripps

Guitar Player of the Year
Jack Semple

Keyboard Player of the Year
Brock Gillis

Drummer of the Year
Kevin Belzner

Saxophone Player of the Year
Claude Godin

Harmonica Player of the Year
Rusty Reid

Singer of the Year
Morgan Davis

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Gaye Delorme

Internationally renowned guitarist, vocalist and tunesmith, Gaye Delorme is one of the most recorded aural artists on the North American music scene today.  This Grammy-nominated songwriter worked for many years scoring films for Columbia Pictures and recently returned to Canada to embrace his original love of live performance.
Delorme possesses a musical range unparalleled - from gut wrenching blues to improvisational jazz-influenced experimentation to stunning flamenco styling.  He has mapped the existing musical territory and beyond.  He brings his wide-ranging musical influences, from the country stylings of Chet Atkins and Doc Watson to the Brazilian Jobim, into his production work as well.  Gaye has produced such Canadian superstars as k.d. Lang and Jann Arden and co-produced several artists in Los Angeles with critically acclaimed composer David Foster.  For the last 10 years Gaye has appeared as signature performer at the Edmonton Folk Festival where he's hosted the International Guitar Stage.  His own studio work has brought forth five fantastic albums: the "Blue Wave Sessions", a work much compared with Dire Straight's Mark Knopfler; "Borderline", a country rock innovation; "Beautiful Guitar" an international musical exploration of original compositions for Spanish guitar; "Rodeo Songs", some kickin' country comedy crafted around Gaye's groundbreaking hit; and his latest, a compilation of "Gaye's Best".