Best Self Produced CD Contest
In 2005, The Blues Foundation established an award for the Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge, as part of their mission to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.
Unlike the 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.
The Best Self-Produced CD award is a significant accomplishment in the blues music industry.
The CD that MnBS submits to the Blues Foundation competition will receive attention on a international level from a panel of judges from the blues radio and print industry.
Performers who have previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Music Award) are not eligible.
For complete rules see:
2023 MnBS Best Self Produced CD
Released May, 2023
2. Nasty Business
3. What's for Supper
4. Language of the Blues
5. That's a Fact
6. Nick's Place
9. Life is Good
Camsongs Music Ltd.
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Minnesota based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mark Cameron has been active in live music for over thirty years. Mark began his performing career in the rich folk-rock scene of the early 1970’s and brought this influence into several bands he founded during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Today Mark’s focus is centered on crafting original Blues songs with strong melodies and memorable lyrics. The range of Mark’s material stretches the Blues beyond safe limits with a focus on “foot stompin, butt shakin” music that is built for a live audience.
Known as a charismatic front man and soulful guitarist, Mark engages his audience directly in live performances and delivers his original compositions with a mix of sincerity, honesty and often a touch of humor. He is equally at home on acoustic or electrified instruments and retains writer/arranger credits on all of his recorded projects. Marks vocal range stretches from basement baritone to full-on growl and his original lyrics draw the listener in and paint a picture of the many worlds within the Blues.
Previous Albums Selected to Represent Minnesota
Jay Walter & the Rectifiers
|2020||NO COMPETITION DUE TO COVID|
|2019||Mark Cameron||On A Roll|
|2018||Paul Barry||Blow Your Cool|
|2017||Scottie Miller Band||Stay Above Water|
|2016||Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea||On The Rocks|
|2015||Javier & the Innocent Sons||Born to Ramble|
|2014||Big George Jackson Band||Back At It|
|2013||Annie Mack||Baptized in the Blues|
|2012||Don Scott & Curtis Blake||Sure Thing|
|2011||Jimmi & the Band of Souls||The Devil You Know|
|2010||Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold||Carriage House Sessions|
|2009||Boom Boom Steve V & The Knockouts||Tuff Love|
|2008||Paul Mayasich & Andy Dee||The Dough Bros|
|2007||Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl||White Boys Lost In The Blues|
|2006||Scottie Miller||Livin’ Between the Black ‘n White|
|2005||The Brothers Curtis||It’s You That’s Got To Go|