Honoring Minnesota Blues Artists Past and Present
History and Purpose
The Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame (hereinafter referred to as “MBHOF”) was created by the Minnesota Blues Society (hereinafter referred to as “MnBS”) to honor those who have made significant contributions to the blues in the State of Minnesota. The MBHOF will endeavor to preserve the history of the blues in Minnesota, promote public interest in the musicians of the past, and encourage those of the present and future.
Hall of Fame Committee
The Committee is a standing committee of the MnBS, it shall be comprised of volunteer members of MnBS and subject to approval by the MnBS Board. At least one MnBS Board member must serve on the Committee. The Committee shall consist of no less than three (3) and no more than seven (7) members, preferably an odd number.
The Committee shall appoint their chair and establish their meeting schedule. The Chair need not be a MnBS Board member. The Committee shall conduct all its activities in accordance with MnBS bylaws and in keeping with the MnBS Mission Statement. In the event that a Committee member is nominated for the MBHOF, they must either step down from the Committee or ask that their name be withdrawn from nomination.
Hall of Fame Timeline
January: Nominations are open for the Hall of Fame. The call for nominations is promoted on the MnBS website and by press release to local media.
May: The Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Committee selects inductees for current year.
July: Hall of Fame inductees are announced at the annual picnic, on the website,
October: Hall of Fame inductees press release to local media.
October: Hall of Fame ceremony
December: Celebration of Inductees
Criteria for Inductees
To be nominated and considered for the MBHOF voted categories, nominees must have:
~ Blues as the primary format or music style
~ At least a 20-year history of bluesparticipation in Minnesota
~ Made a historical contribution and had an
impact and overall influence on blues in Minnesota.
The Nomination Committee may add, amend or eliminate categories.
Current categories with some examples are:
Performer(s): Celebrates the contribution to the blues of an individual artist, duo, trio or a band.
Sideman: Awarded to a musician, primarily performing in the Blues genre other than as the leader or featured artist of the act(s) or group(s).
Supportive of the Blues (Non-Performer): Includes but is not limited to agents, broadcasters (radio or television), historians, media outlets, music stores, promoters, radio stations, sponsors, teachers/educators, venues, and other industry professionals..
Blues Art, Literature and Media: Includes but is not limited to artists (sculpture, paintings, and photographs), books/authors, journalists, music publishers, photographers, films, videos, any person involved in the graphic design process, the writing of liner notes, cover art, instructional material and printed or electronic media such as news publications, columns, magazines and websites.
Blues Recording: Awarded to a compilation of songs published and distributed as an album, CD, record, EP or tape.
Blues Song: Awarded to the performer(s) and/or songwriter(s) of a song that was published and distributed on an album, CD, record or tape
Nominations and Submissions
MnBS members and the public at large are eligible to submit nominations.
No one may nominate themselves or their own “work”.
One may be nominated and inducted posthumously in each category.
One may be nominated for multiple categories.
Nominees are not required to be members of MnBS.
Nominations and the supporting documentation received will be accepted and retained for all upcoming and future MBHOF Induction consideration.
Official nomination forms will be available at http://www.MnBS.org and may be submitted online or printed, filled out and sent by regular mail. Supporting documentation and photos may be submitted by email or regular mail.
Nomination forms must include the nominator’s name, address, phone number, email and relationship to the nominee(s) on the form, along with the:
Name of nominee(s).
Years of nominee(s) involvement to be considered.
Nominee’s current address, phone number, email, and/or website. If the nominee is deceased, provide the name, address and phone number of a family member.
Category of nomination
A description of the nominee and reason for your nomination (100 to 250 words) for possible use on the ballot.
When nominating a performer,if possible,provide one or more photos (preferably a jpeg with a 300 resolution)
Nominations will be screened by the Committee as they are received to ensure induction requirements are met. The Committee will convene, review all nominations and prepare a list of the candidates for review. Nominees may request that their names be excluded from the process. The request should be made in writing, signed and dated. If a nominee does not want to participate, the Committee may replace the nominee with another nominee.
The Committee will consider all nominations and their appropriateness for induction. Selection shall be conducted in closed Committee meetings and no public explanation of the specific deliberations is required nor shall be given.
Induction is determined by Minnesota Blues HoF Committee members discussion and voting. In order to qualify to vote, a committee member must be an active member of the HoF Committee.
The Committee may seek advice or additional information from music professionals outside the Committee to assist in making their selections. If necessary, the MnBS Board may also be consulted, however, no Board member who is nominated for MBHoF may participate in discussions pertaining to a category in which they are nominated.
All inductees will be contacted and asked if they desire to be inducted and are willing to participate in the ceremony. Each inductee will be expected to verify or provide any necessary information.
Legacy, Legends, and Keeping Blues Alive Categories
To be considered for the Legacy, Legends, and Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) categories of the MBHOF, the following
criteria will be considered:
√Blues as the primary format or music style
√Made a historical contribution and had an impact and overall influence on blues in Minnesota.
The Committee may add, amend or eliminate categories. Current categories with some examples are:
Legacy Celebrates the lifetime contribution to the blues of an artist who made a significant impact on the Blues genre in Minnesota during their lifetime.
Legends Award to an artist, who made a significant contribution to the blues genre in Minnesota.
Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Recognizes the outstanding contributions over a significant period of time that an individual or organization makes to the blues genre in Minnesota. This recognition is not specifically tied to a time frame such as the Hall of Fame but recognizes extraordinary contemporary contributions.
Recommendations and Submissions
The investigation of the candidate’s worthiness is the responsibility of the MnBS HOF Committee. The Committee will accept recommendations from members and the public.
MnBS members and the public at large are eligible for consideration.
No one may recommend themselves or their own “work”.
Candidates are not required to be members of MnBS.
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Past Inductees
2007 at Whiskey Junction
2008 at the Eagles Club
2009 at Famous Dave’s Barbecue
2010 at The Minnesota Music Cafe
2011 at O’Gara’s
Supporter of the Blues (Non-Performer): Blues Saloon (Blues Club)
2012 at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
2013 at The Minnesota Music Cafe
2014 at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
Blues Performer: Jimi ‘PrimeTime’ Smith
Blues Sideman: Jeremy Johnson
Supporter of the Blues (Non-Performer): John Hammer (Writer/ Photographer/ Publisher/
Blues Song: “Crying To Do” Curt Obeda
Blues Recording: “A Hot Cup of Rhythm and Blues” – Joe Juliano
Arts, Literature and Media: Marc Norberg ( Black and White Blues) book
Blues Legend: Big John Dickerson
Blues Legacy: Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Williams
2015 at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
2016 at The Parkway Theater
Blues Performer: Paul Mayasich
Blues Sideman: Steve Vonderharr
Supporter of the Blues (Non-Performer): Mike Shaw
Blues Song: “Two Hours From Tulsa”- R J Mischo
Arts, Literature and Media: Gary Eckhart, (Photography)
Blues Legend: Wilbur Cole
Blues Legacy: LaVerne ‘Lady Blue’ Johnson and Bobby Johnson
Keeping the Blues Alive: Charlie Lawson (Presented @ Holiday Party)
2017 at Famous Dave’s
Blues Performer Scottie Miller
Blues Sideman: Robb Stupka
Supporter of the Blues (Non-Performer): Sue McLean & Assoc.
Blues Song: “Leopard Print Dress” Dee Miller and Jimi “Primetime” Smith
Blues Recording: “If Nothing Ever Changes” – Wee Willie Walker
Arts, Literature and Media: KBEM–FM 88.5
Blues Legend: ‘Famous’ Dave Anderson
Blues Legacy: Dave ‘Snaker’ Ray
2018 at Crooner’s Lounge
2019 atThe Concord Exchange
2020 Cancelled due to Covid
2021 @ Jimmy’s Event Center
2022 at Jimmy’s Event Center and Mancini’s