2010 Hall of Fame Inductees from the Blues Foundation by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

Posted on 5/06/2010 by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

(Memphis, Tennessee)Last night I attended the induction ceremony that was held at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 31st Blues Music Awards. Full reporting of the Blues Music Awards will be covered live here at the American Blues News tomorrow.

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees:

The Blues Foundation has announced the 2010 inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame:


Louisiana-born, Chicago-based bluesman Lonnie Brooks

highly-esteemed blues singer and harpist Charlie Musselwhite

singer, songwriter, guitarist and social activist Bonnie Raitt

"The Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy

Gus Cannon and Cannon's Jug Stompers

Amos Milburn.

In the Non-Performers category:

American roots music writer Peter Guralnick

Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms and Sunshine Sonny Payne
Sonny Payne, legendary host of Helena, Arkansas' KFFA radio, King Biscuit Time
Classic of Blues Literature

Sam Charters
groundbreaking research on the blues in the 1950s and '60s resulted in several books including this year's Classics of Blues Literature inductee - The Bluesmen.
Classic of Blues Recording - Single or Album Track:
"All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" by Otis Rush

"Fever" by Little Willie John

"Key to the Highway" by Big Bill Broonzy

"Match Box Blues" by Blind Lemon Jefferson

"Spoonful" by Howlin' Wolf.

Classic of Blues Recordings - Album:

Strong Persuader by Robert Cray
Hung Down Head by Lowell Fulson
I Hear Some Blues Downstairs by Fenton Robinson.
The presenting sponsors are The Gibson Foundation and BMI.

Also sponsoring the Blues Music Awards are: ArtsMemphis, bandVillage, Casey Family Programs, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, I 55 Productions, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Tennessee Arts Commission and Vividpix and Design.
The Hall of Fame committee, consisting of scholars, record producers, radio programmers, and historians, is chaired by Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues.
Our sincere appreciation goes to Blues foundation Board of Directors Member and President of I 55 Productions, my dear friend Steve Bryson, who generously hosted a table for I 55 artists and also graciously provided us with photographs with the able assistance of photographer and friend, Jo Teri. Steve is more than doing his part to foster blues music and furthermore, help a host of blues musicians who he has signed to his label this year. Steve is originally a Memphis native, runs eight corporations out of his offices in Long Beach, California, including Global Electronics Technology.
In the coming months you will be hearing a lot about the large number new I55 releases from such great blues artists as the late Willie Foster, Fred Sanders, Billy Lavender, Darren .J Fallas, David Daniel, Eric Hughes, just to name a few. In fact, Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms and the Wampus Cats are releasing the rare Spectator Shoes CD on the I-55 label within a very few days. That CD features the last recorded performances of Canned Heat's bassist Richard Hite and my mentor, Beale Streeter and former drummer with B.B. King's 1950's band, Earl Forest. Earl sings two of the songs that were hits for him back in the 50's when he recorded as an artist and served as an engineer for the Duke and Peacock labels.
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© Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, 2010

American Blues News Staff

What makes American Blues News unique is our coverage across America. Here is our lineup:

Mon: Memphis Correspondent - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Nighthawk is our resident globetrotter and man behind the scenes, as he tours with the Reba Russell Band.

Tues: New York Correspondent - J. Blake
Blake is the American Blues News review and interview guru. You may catch him out and about in NY playing the blues.

Wed: National Correspondent - Monica Yasher
Monica is our executive director and artist interview specialist. You can catch Monica singing the blues around Pittsburgh or working on some country music songs in Nashville.

Thurs: Washington, DC Correspondent - Virginiabluesman
Geraldo offers inteviews and reviews. You may have seen him at an Ana Popovic concert or conversed with him on her websites, as he offers administrative support with her music.

Fri: Northeast Photographer - Nelson Onofre
Nelson offers a Friday column of blues photography and pictorial support for the interviews covered by the team.

Jim Stick in Colorado
Jim will be focusing on the Blues Festivals in the beautiful state of Colorado, and the artists that live and visit there.

Maureen Elizabeth, our resident art correspondent, will be focusing on blues art as she explores the creation of CD covers, or speaking with artists who also have a love of creating pictorial art in addition to their music! She may also feature some of her good friends in the Pittsburgh area. In her love of art, you may find Maureen's photography accompanying writer's articles on our pages. Maureen is also our marketing director.

Pittsburgh correspondent and photographer, CR Bennett, will share the Pittsburgh scene with all of you. You may also see CR's pictures accompanying other writer's articles.

We head to the big state of Texas! Abby Owen, our Texas correspondent.

Another big area to cover, the West Coast with Casey Reagan, Casey will feature many artists and events on this ocean's shores.

Lastly, we have our roving blues entertainment writer,
Chef Jimi.

And of course, we will surprise you sometimes!

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