Blues artist Tom Gray, of the band Delta Moon, won the “Blues Songwriter of the Year” award in the 2008 Roots Music Association Music Industry Awards, announced last week. Gray, who has brought the same skill, craft, and dedication to his blues-oriented music with Delta Moon as he once did with his popular 1980s-era rock band the Brains, won the award over stiff competition from talents like Alvin Youngblood Hart, Marcia Ball, Davis Cohen and Liz Mandeville.
Other winners in this year’s awards included Pinetop Perkins as “Blues Artist of the Year,” Alligator Records as “Blues Record Label of the Year,” and Blues Deluxe as the “Blues Radio Station of the Year.” The Roots Music Association is based in San Marcos TX, and the organization keeps its own national charts for such American music genres as blues, roots-rock, bluegrass, country, zydeco, and folk music. Check out the Roots Music Association website for a list of this year’s other award winners.
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