More 2010 Blues Hall of Fame Coverage by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

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

(Memphis, Tennessee) Here's more photographs from last night's Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Downtown Memphis Marriott Hotel Ballroom. It was an elegant dinner gala with many distinguished musicians and guests attending from around the world. That's Magic Slim pictured above.

It was a night of laughs, a few sentimental tears and a truly wonderful event that blues lovers would enjoy. Hopefully these photographs will tell some of the story of the evening. Some of these folks have made tremendous contributions to the music and these awards were hard earned.

Terry Lape of Electraglide Records

As I walked to the hotel, I met my old friend Terry "Gatorman" Lape and Magic Slim hanging outside enjoying the beautiful spring afternoon. It was sunny, 78 degrees and all was right with the world.

Terry Lape and the author

Magic Slim and the author

Brad Webb, the author and Steve Bryson

Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms and my friend Joe Whitmer of the Blues Foundation

the author and Jay Sieleman, Executive Director of the Blues Foundation

Jay Seilman and Brad Webb of I55 Productions


Billy Branch

author and friend Eden Brent

Joe Whitmer in a sea of lovely ladies

Bobby Rush

Suppertime and the awards commence.

Sonny Payne accepts his award.

Charlie Musselwhite
accepts his award

Charlie Musselwhite

Lonnie Brooks
accepts his award

Lonnie Brooks
, the lovely redhead in the foreground is Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt is inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
to a standing ovation.

Bill Wax and Joe Whitmer enjoy the show.

XM radio's Bill Wax and Latimore

On behalf of the American Blues News and the author we would like to thank Bill Wax, who not only puts out truly outstanding content on XM/Sirus satellite radio, but who has quietly supported blues performers and our art with his contributions of his time and effort to the Blues Foundation and fostered a newfound respect for the music from legions of new listeners. If Bill feels a recording is of high quality he will play it and learn all about the artist to spread the good word across the international airwaves. His B. B. King's Bluesville program has no peer and he is a genuinely kind, affable friend and protagonist for the blues. Bill did a fine job presenting at this year's awards. Thank you, Bill. You are a class act.

Eden Brent and Brad Webb

Bobby "Blue" Bland and Steve Bryson of I55 Productions

All the photos above were taken by the author and my good friend Jo Teri, who was very kind to share these images with us. Thanks, Jo!

Stay tuned as we present coverage of the Blues Music Awards tonight and tomorrow here at the American Blues News.

On Monday we will share more photographs and stories of the 2010 Blues Music Awards.

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text and photographs © Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, 2010
photographs © Jo Teri, 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.

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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
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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.

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