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2014 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.

2014 CBMA Blues Award Winners

Bass Player of the Year
Bryan Czarnecki

Guitar Player of the Year
Steve Pineo

Keyboard Player of the Year
Deb Power

Drummer of the Year
Kenny Chalmers

Horn Player of the Year
Pat Belliveau

Harmonica Player of the Year
Ethan "Shorty" Askey

Singer of the Year
Mike Watson

CBMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tim Williams

Tim Williams' career began in the coffee houses of Southern California in the mid-1960s and continues today around the world from his home base on the Canadian Prairies. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco, to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, all to huge acclaim.

His guitar skills are frequently compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley (and like them, Tim plays a wealth of other string instruments), and his songwriting has won praise from the likes of Tom Russel and Willie Nelson. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations (Toronto Blues Society), three JUNO award nominations (Canada's Grammy equivalent) , five Betty Mitchell Awards for composition/musical direction in theatre, and roughly a dozen awards from Real Blues magazine (as artist, guitarist, producer) attest to the high caliber of his work. Tim was also honoured as Guitarist Of The Year for 2012 by the Calgary Blues Music Association.