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We were delighted by the announcement that Eden Brent and The Soul of John Black are both nominated in this year’s Blues Blast Music Awards, sponsored by the Illinois Blues Society and their weekly Blues Blast Magazine.

Eden is nominated for the “The Soul of John Black‘s recent album The Good Girl Blues is nominated for “Best New Artist Debut Recording”.

JB’s nomination follows on the heels of his nomination for “Best New Artist Debut” in this year’s Blues Music Awards, while Eden’s recognizes the buzz around her new album Mississippi Number One, which has earned a raft of great reviews and radio play – reaching #1 on XM Satellite Radio’s Bluesville, #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues chart, and charting for 4 consecutive months on the Living Blues Radio Chart.

To preview these artists’ albums in more detail, please visit their artist pages at Yellow Dog Records. Chicago-area radio station WGLT has also put together a page with sound samples of all BBMA nominees at http://www.wglt.org/programs/blues/blues_blast.phtml.

Voting closes on August 31st, so please visit http://www.illinoisblues.com/bbmavote today to support these artists with your vote! While you’re there, we can recommend Blues Blast Magazine as a high-quality source of blues-genre music news.

“The Hole” by Yellow Dog artist The Soul of John Black has been named in the prestigious Indie Acoustic Project’s top ten songs of the year. The purpose of the award is to give well-deserved recognition to outstanding works of innovative, independently produced acoustic music, and to generate interest in independent music in general.

Yellow Dog Records is well-represented in this year’s Blues Music Awards, with three artists recognized with award nominations. The Soul of John Black and his Yellow Dog Records debut album The Good Girl Blues are nominated for “Best New Artist Debut”, while Mary Flower is nominated for “Acoustic Artist of the Year”.Fiona Boyes becomes a two-time nominee with this year’s nomination for”Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year”.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards) are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. And best of all, you can vote in the awards process! Visit The Blues Foundation to join, and then this link to vote once you are a member. Voting is open now until Feb 29, 2008.

IMA FinalistThe Good Girl Blues, the new album from The Soul of John Black, has been nominated as one of five finalists for “Blues Album of the Year” in the 2007 Independent Music Awards. The other finalists are rarified company indeed, including new albums from Koko Taylor, Ike Turner, Watermelon Slim, and Big Pete Pearson. Visit this link to vote in the IMAs!
In other news:

  • International interest has been building, with both Japan’s Blues & Soul and France’s Soul Bag magazines requesting tracks fromThe Good Girl Blues for inclusion on sampler CDs distributed to their subscribers
  • Great airplay continues, with The Good Girl Bluesreaching #2 on XM Satellite Radio Bluesville’s Picks to Click

It’s been called “the freshest-sounding blues album of this new century,” “one of the year’s most ambitious and sophisticated projects,” and “one of the best listens of the year”. The Good Girl Blues, by multi-instrumentalist John “JB” Bigham, aka The Soul of John Black, is a “funky blend of blues, soul, and rock” that merges rootsy, bluesy fundamentals with modern soul, funk, and hip-hop influences.

Bigham jammed on guitar and keyboard for the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone for eight years and has toured and recorded with artists as acclaimed and diverse as Miles Davis, Eminem, and Dr. Dre’. Now he’s taking center stage with his own The Soul of John Black.

From “The Hole,” a wailing 21st century re-imagination of a 100-year-old field holler, to the old-school, uptown soul vibe of “I Got Work”, to “Slipin’ and Slidin,’” an instrumental with a mysterious backbeat highlighted by DJ Phizz Ed on turntables, Bigham’s sly, intimate vocals and unique guitar technique on acoustic, electric and slide provide the unforgettable groove.