15th ANNUAL MAPLE BLUES AWARDS
We just arrived home from attending the 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards with THREE TIME NOMINEE Bill Johnson. Though he didn't win (this time) Bill blew the audience away with his masterful guitar and his rich, smooth voice. The B.C. artist was nominated for Electric Act of the Year, Song Writer of the Year, and Recording of the Year for "Still Blue". This honour comes on the heels of a Western Canadian Music Award nomination and three Underground Blues Awards. According to Eric Thom of Roots Music Canada Bill "took the opportunity to contrast his low-key presence with a performance of “Half The Man” and a series of scorching leads for a taste of how he does what he does differently than most, notably so….the forthcoming comedy act of (Rita) Chiarelli & Johnson, as both Rita and Bill kept the audience triple-stitched throughout their presentation of two major awards and respective winners." (E. Thom, www.rootsmusic.ca) WoodRock Music would like to congratulate the winners, Matt Andersen, Monkey Junk, Suzie Vinnick, Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce, Paul James, Greg Allman, Steve Strongman, Carlos del Junco, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Chris Whiteley, Matt Sobb, Alec Fraser, and Liz Sykes.