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The best blues bands/acts in Atlanta.

Best Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Delta Moon

Best Blues Artist/Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
The Ides of June

Best Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The Shadows

Best Blues Artist/Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Eddie Tigner (1926-2019)

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Michelle Malone

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Delta Moon
Frontmen co-founders, dueling guitarists and songwriters Tom Gray and Mark Johnson have kept the blues faith for two decades, slinging out swampy, twin guitar goodness with several terrific albums. Babylon is Falling, the band's 10th and most recent release, is another winner that illustrates just howmore...
Frontmen co-founders, dueling guitarists and songwriters Tom Gray and Mark Johnson have kept the blues faith for two decades, slinging out swampy, twin guitar goodness with several terrific albums. Babylon is Falling, the band's 10th and most recent release, is another winner that illustrates just how strong and focused the group has become throughout the years. Gray's grainy voice is instantly recognizable, and a health scare a few years back seems to have reinforced his commitment to the dark, often eerie blues exemplified by hard-hitting originals Long Way to Go and the slinky/sexy Little Pink Pistol mixed with covers of songs by legendary Delta bluesmen R.L. Burnside and Howlin' Wolf, and there's even a cover of Louisiana Rain dating back to Tom Petty?s Mudcrutch days. less...

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Men in Blues

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Barrel House

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Breeze Kings

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Men in Blues

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Men in Blues

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Joe McGuinness

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Rod Hamdallah
An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallahmore...

An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallah has tricked out a sultry sound and presence that's recharging the blues. He's what the old heads who lurk in the shadows at the back of the bar refer to as the real deal, and they ain't lyin'. reverbnation.com/rodhamdallah.


Listen: Rod Hamdallah "Think About It"

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Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Joe McGuinness

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Mudcat

www.mudcatblues.com


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Breeze Kings
www.breezekings.com

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Mudcat

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Mudcat

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Breeze Kings

Timeless: Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck
The blues is a universal feeling that transcends languages, social status and the constraints of musical genre. DANNY “MUDCAT” DUDECK knows that feeling intimately. He travels the globe spreading his version of the blues gospel and regularly works with a number of international blues-preservationmore...

The blues is a universal feeling that transcends languages, social status and the constraints of musical genre. DANNY “MUDCAT” DUDECK knows that feeling intimately. He travels the globe spreading his version of the blues gospel and regularly works with a number of international blues-preservation organizations. Lucky for us, he gets back to town most weeks to play the tiny Northside Tavern. Whether performing solo, leading a smokin’ band or a tight, one-off jam session with a founding father or a group of novices, his soulful and emotive delivery evokes images of the hard times that fed the early blues pioneers. And Mudcat’s Bayou-baked, chicken-party revues can make even the most jaded music fan happy to be blue.


www.mudcatblues.com

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Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Breeze Kings

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
The Wood Brothers
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Oliver Wood enjoys a sizable following for his heavy blues band, King Johnson. So it’s no surprise that Ways Not to Lose, his album with younger brother Chris Wood (bassist for Medeski, Martin & Wood), turned out to be an engaging and incisive folk-blues delight.more...

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Oliver Wood enjoys a sizable following for his heavy blues band, King Johnson. So it’s no surprise that Ways Not to Lose, his album with younger brother Chris Wood (bassist for Medeski, Martin & Wood), turned out to be an engaging and incisive folk-blues delight. THE WOOD BROTHERS strip Oliver’s songs down to the chords, with nothing but the two strumming away on their instruments. The numbers are piercing and stark, unveiling a lifetime of hard-won victories and hard-earned lessons.
www.thewoodbrothers.com.

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Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Breeze Kings

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

The Breeze Kings

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
The Breeze Kings

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Breeze Kings

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Delta Moon
The blues is all about payin' dues, right? If that's the case, then the members of DELTA MOON should be blues masters by now. And, by golly, they are. Riding high on the recent release of "Goin' Down South", Gina Leigh and her multi-instrumentalist cohorts, including Tom Gray - formerly of '80s new wavemore...
The blues is all about payin' dues, right? If that's the case, then the members of DELTA MOON should be blues masters by now. And, by golly, they are. Riding high on the recent release of "Goin' Down South", Gina Leigh and her multi-instrumentalist cohorts, including Tom Gray - formerly of '80s new wave combo the brains - and Mark Johnson, have played together since the late '90s. Now Delta Moon is hotter than ever, spreading its infectious blend of traditional and modern blues all over the U.S. and abroad. "www.deltamoon.com" less...

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Delta Moon

Best Local Blues Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Delta Moon

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DELTA MOON, anchored by vocalist Gina Leigh and guitarists Tom Gray and Mark Johnson, bring a fresh, funky edge to a repertoire of mostly-pre-WWII blues and folk classics and originals. Leigh is kinetic, a wise-cracking, often barefooted free spirit, propelled by the interplay of dark, sinewy lap-slide lines of Dobro aficionado Gray (former bandleader of The Brains) and crisp, articulate replies from Johnson. The recent addition of an outstanding new rhythm section (John McKnight, drums and Jon Schwenke, bass) seals the deal.


"www.deltamoon.com."

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Best Local Blues Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Delta Moon

Best Local Blues Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

Breeze Kings

Best Local Blues Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

King Johnson
www.kingjohnson.com. One could argue, persuasively, that King Johnson is not a blues band at all, but blues is in fact one of the band's core elements, along with funk, R&B and a fat dose of New Orleans spice. Further, KJ sprang from the blues club scene, performing frequently at Chip's in Windermore...
www.kingjohnson.com. One could argue, persuasively, that King Johnson is not a blues band at all, but blues is in fact one of the band's core elements, along with funk, R&B and a fat dose of New Orleans spice. Further, KJ sprang from the blues club scene, performing frequently at Chip's in Winder and the Northside Tavern. From those roots, the band has evolved to create a singular identity and sound that supports witty, musically intriguing songwriting. The band's latest CD release, "Luck So Strange", captures their unique attributes in all their glory. less...

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