Best Self-Produced CD


What is the Best Self-Produced CD Award?

In 2005, The Blues Foundation established an award for the Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge, as part of our mission to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Unlike our celebration of blues recordings and performances at the Blues Music Awards, or our recognition of up-and-coming musician performance via The International Blues Challenge, this award was created to recognize excellence in independent Blues recordings.

Best Self-Produced Official Rules:

  • Entries for the Best Self-Produced CD are permitted by Blues Foundation Affiliated Organizations only.
  • Each Affiliate is permitted one entry.
  • The CD entered may be recorded and performed by an act other than is entered in the current year’s International Blues Challenge.
  • Compilations are not eligible.
  • Only CDs released between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016 are eligible for consideration as The 2017 Best Self-Produced CD.
  • While we encourage a competition at the Affiliate level to determine the CD it will sponsor for Best Self-Produced CD, we do not require one. If an Affiliate does not conduct a competition to determine who it will sponsor but instead appoints a CD, that CD may not include a board member or officer of the sponsoring Affiliated organization.
  • A performer who has previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition. A CD issued in the name of an otherwise eligible performer which also includes the contributions of a Blues Music Award nominee may be ineligible, depending on the extent of the contribution. Please contact The Blues Foundation directly to confirm eligibility
  • A CD on a record label that has been previously nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition.
  • Judging will take place in three rounds. Judges will remain anonymous in order to protect them from outside influences and represent a cross-section of professionals from the blues radio and print industry. The final results will be announced at the finals of the International Blues Challenge on Saturday, February 4, 2017 held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.

How to Submit: 

Submissions MUST be received by The Blues Foundation no later than November 1, 2016 at the following address:

The Blues Foundation
Best Self-Produced CD
421 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

The finalists will be announced prior to The International Blues Challenge with the winner revealed during the IBC Finals on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Finalists are NOT required to attend International Blues Challenge

Evaluation Criteria:

Judges will evaluate each submitted CD on the following characteristics. The criteria considered are listed in order of importance.

(1) Blues Content
(2) Musical Performance
(3) Audio Quality and Production Value of the Recording
(4) Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design
(5) Credits and Liner Note Information.

CDs must be submitted directly by current Blues Foundation Affiliated organizations only. Affiliates must submit 4 copies of their selection to The Blues Foundation offices by the publicized deadline. In order for a CD to be considered for this award, the submission package must include a note on Affiliate letterhead stating the name of the artist and title of the CD being submitted for consideration.

Best Produced CD Award Winners: 

2005 – Crazy, Cryin’ Blues by Robin Rogers (Tie)
2005Silver Bird by Collard Greens & Gravy (tie)
2006 – Back in Bluesville by Roxy Perry
2007 – We are Mighty Lester by Mighty Lester Band
2008 – Sophisticated Ladies by Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra
2009 – Hollerin’ by Nathan James & Ben Hernandez
2010 – Crime Scene Queen by The Informants (Tie)
2010Fire it Up! by Laurie Morvan Band (Tie)
2011 – Get Inside This House by Joe McMurrian, Cascade Blues Association
2012 – Where I’m Coming From… by Dave Keller, Rhode Island Rhythm and               Blues Preservation Society
2013 – Solo Recordings by Steve Hill, Montreal Blues Society
2014 – Account to Me, by Hank Mowery, West Michigan Blues Society
2015 – Cryin’ Mercy, by Altered Five Blues BandGrafton Blues Association
2016 – Blues in a Bottle by Rob Lumbard, Central Iowa Blues Society

Affiliate Selections for Best Self-Produced CD

Affiliate Act Title
Adelaide Roots and Blues Association Lazy Eye Pocket The Black
Arkansas River Blues Society Akeem Kemp A Woman Needs Love
Association of Blues & Rock ’70 Two Timer The Big Ass Beer To Go
Atlanta Blues Society Markey Blue The Blues Are Knocking
Austin Blues Society Rochelle & The Sidewinders Live In Austin, Texas
Baltic Blues Latvian Blues Band Music Of My Heart
Blues Society of the Ozarks Papa Green Shoes Papa Green Shoes
Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania Dan Bubien Grinding These Gears
Boston Blues Society Delta Generators Hipshakers and Heartbreakers
Canal Bank Shuffle Spencer MacKenzie Infected With The Blues
Cascade Blues Association Gabriel Cox I Surrender
Central Delaware Blues Society Billy Pierce Shapes Of Soul
Charlotte Blues Society Elliott and the Untouchables Blood Hound
Cincy Blues Society Leroy Ellington Band Blue Eyed Blues
Colorado Blues Society Johnny Johnston Colorado Blue
Columbus Blues Alliance The Mark May Band & The Soul Satyr Horns Blues Heaven
Connecticut Blues Society Easy Baby Going Upstairs
Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois Tweed Funk Come Together
DC Blues Society M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio The Flood
Dutch Blues Foundation Phil Bee’s Freedom Memphis Moon
East Coast Blues Society Joe Murphy & The Water Street Blues Band 25 Years At The Moustache
Edmonton Blues Society Front Porch Roots Revue Sugar Cube
Fraser Valley Blues Society Blue Tattoo Blues Band Box Of Bad Habits
Great Lakes Blues Society Moondog Howlers Moondog Howlers
Houston Blues Society Steve Gilbert Hempstead Highway
Israel Blues Society The Blues Rebels Voodoo Land
Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation The Steve Cal Band Live At The Ruba Club
Kansas City Blues Society Levee Town Takin’ & Givin’
Kentuckiana Blues Society daMudcats Easy Does It
Kentucky Blues Society Lew Jetton & 61 South Rain
Long Island Blues Society Kane Daily Big World
Madison Blues Society The Jimmys Live from Transylvania at Sighisoara Blues Festival
Magic City Blues Society Clarence Bluesman Davis & Jock Webb Before You Accuse Me
Maine Blues Society L. C. Williams and The Driver In Another Bar
Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Nick Charles Nick Charles
Memphis Blues Society Robert Kimbrough, Sr. Willey Woot
Mile High Blues Society Verses The Inevitable All Debts Paid
Minnesota Blues Society Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea On The Rocks
Montreal Blues Society Angel Forrest Angel’s 11
Nashville Blues Society Miranda Louise Band Delta III
Natchel Blues Network The Jon Spear Band Live Music Is Better
New Orleans Blues Society Keith Stone The Prodigal Returns
North Central Florida Blues Society Little Jake & The Soul Searchers Not A Chance In A Million
Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) Kristine Jackson By Your Side
Northern Arizona Blues Alliance Electric Swamp Poets Duo Delta Flood
Orange Blossom Blues Society Marty Stokes Pick Up The Phone
Ottawa Blues Society JW – Jones High Temperature
Ozark Blues Society of NW Arkansas The E-Flat Porch Band The E-Flat Porch Band
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society Mary Jo Curry Mary Jo Curry
Rainy Day Blues Society Joanne Broh Band Wicked Cool
Russellville Blues Society Jeremy Short Songs From The Chicken Shack
San Angelo Blues Society Graham Warwick with The Bona Fide Blues Band After All These Years
Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society The Frank Christopher Band The House Is On Fire
Second Story Blues Alliance Lee Delray Brand New Man
South Central Indiana Blues Society Wayne Ellis Watson Second Helping
South Florida Blues Society Amy Arlo & Almost Blue Deeper Shade Of Blue
Southwest Florida Blues Society Champ Blues Expression
St. Louis Blues Society Al Holliday and the Eastside Rhythm Section Natural Remedies
Suncoast Blues Society Billy Seward South Shore
Sydney Blues Society Chris Okunbor Wailin’ & Raggin’ The Blues
The Golden Gate Blues Society The King Brothers Get Up And Shake It
The Music Preservation Society Debbie Bond Enjoy The Ride Shoals Sessions
The River Basin Blues Society Jonas Scott Cowan Been There
Topeka Blues Society Stacy Mitchhart Travelin’ Blues
Triangle Blues Society Fat Bastard Blues Band Fat Bastard Blues Band
Victoria Blues Society Bill Johnson Cold Outside
Washington Blues Society Sammy Eubanks Sugar Me
White Rock Blues Society Harpdog Brown Travelin’ With The Blues