Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
April 24, 2014
For Immediate Release
The Best of the Blues from the 2013 Awards Ceremony Airing on
The television broadcast of The 2013 Blues Music Awards, which was held in May, 2013 in Memphis, premieres Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. The awards ceremony brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The 2013 performance show features a dozen nominee performances, among them, Janiva Magness, Dorothy Moore, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Curtis Salgado, and Joe Louis Walker.
Each year, the Blues Foundation presents The Blues Music Awards to the artists selected by its members. They are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. This annual music event is now airing on public television stations across the country.
The 2013 Blues Music Awards is produced by The Blues Foundation and is being presented to public television stations across the country by WKNO/Memphis through NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association).
Also appearing in The 2013 Blues Music Awards is Album of the Year nominee, Heritage Blues Orchestra, BMA winner; Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, five-time nominee John Németh. The west coast super group of The Mannish Boys, Eric Bibb and Victor Wainwright’s rousing solo performances and Milton Hopkins (BB King’s former band leader and guitar player) leading an all-star band backing up vocalist Jewel Brown (long time backup singer for Louis Armstrong)!
The live event from which the program was produced had the following sponsors: ArtsMemphis, BMI, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Jontaar Creative Studios, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sony Legacy and the Tennessee Arts Commission. This is the reason for the local underwriter restrictions. The television program produced from the live event was funded entirely by The Blues Foundation. For more information about the Blues Music Awards visit https://www.blues.org/.
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 57 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org