Lurrie Bell's "Blues In My Soul" Wins 2014 Blues Music Award
The Blues Foundation announced the winners in the organization's 35th Blues Music Awards at their annual awards show, which was held Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The event is a multi-hour performance party for blues fans, typically featuring
performances by dozens of deserving nominees. Chicago blues legend Lurrie Bell, who will be among the headliners at 2014's 9th T-Bone Walker Blues Festival September 12th and 13th in Longview, Texas was one of three bluesmen to garner the most nominations, joining fellow legends Charlie Musselwhite and James Cotton with five Blues Music Awards nominations this year. Bell won Song of the Year honors for his self-penned: "Blues in My Soul".
Lurrie Bell is a second-generation Chicago blues legend, his father Carey being renown for blowing his harp with the bands of both Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Although he spent much of the early years of his career playing with his dad, Lurrie has steadily built a rock-solid reputation of his own with his stylized technique and emotive playing as well as his powerful, emotional vocals. In 2008, Bell hooked up with harp players Billy Boy Arnold and Billy Branch (friend and co-founder of Sons Of the Blues), and guitarist John Primer to record Chicago Blues: A Living History, the critically admired album garnered the group a Grammy Award nomination. In 2011, the foursome reunited and were joined by esteemed guests Ronnie Baker Brooks, Buddy Guy, Zora Young, and James Cotton for Chicago Blues: A Living History – The Revolution Continues. That album earned the assembled talents a Blues Music Award. In 2012, Bell released, The Devil Ain't Got No Music, a collection of acoustic gospel performances that were close to his heart having spent his formative years in the deep south in church bands. In spite of being forbidden to play Blues songs (they called the Blues "the Devil's music) Lurrie crafted his unique blend of Blues and Gospel. The inspiration-acknowledging album provided authentic chills earning industry-wide respect, copious critical acclaim and the French L'Academie du Jazz Prix Du Blues Award for Best Blues Recording of 2012. In 2013, Bell resigned with the illustrious Delmark Records, to work with noted producer Dick Shurman for Blues In My Soul. The result was the five-award nominated album of back-to-basic Chicago-styled, electric guitar blues done with reverence, involvement and individuality framed largely by his working band. Blues In My Soul offers three original songs, including the award-winning title cut, that prove Lurie's Bell's talents not only as guitarist, singer and band leader, but as author to provide fresh standards to the Blues cannon alongside covers of classic material from legends Big Bill Broonzy, Little Walter, Eddie Boyd, Otis Spann and T-Bone Walker.