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Blues Critic Awards

2022 READERS POLL (18th annual)

Southern Soul Blues

Voting Has Ended. Results ARE HERE

NOMINEES

SOUTHERN SOUL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
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MR. RIGHT NOW J-Wonn
CAESAR SOUL & BLUES Willie Clayton
GOOD GOOD LOVIN' Crystal Thomas
AIN'T NOTHIN' LIKE A COUNTRY BOY Val McKnight
WILSON, LAST NAME MEADOWS Wilson Meadows
DA LEGEND OF SWEET JETER JONES Jeter Jones
JUKE JOINT MUSIC King George
MY LUCKY DAY Big G
UNSTOPPABLE Ricky White
I'M JUST THE MAN FOR YOU Donnie Ray
DEE DEE SIMON Dee Dee Simon
LOVE, LIES & LOYALTY Avail Hollywood
MY LIFE'S TESTIMONY Sir Charles Jones
BRING BACK THE BLUES Arthur Young
DECENCY J'Cenae
YOUNG GOAT OF THE BLUES Tyree Neal
TELL MY STORY Jay Morris Group


BEST SOUL BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
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RIDING WITH THE BLUES Betty Padgett
SENTIMENTAL FOOL Lee Fields
IN TOO DEEP Sugaray Rayford
CARRY ME HOME Mavis Staples
GOLDEN GIRL Trudy Lynn
I'LL CARRY YOU HOME The Mighty Soul Drivers
GOING BACK TO MISSISSIPPI Johnny Rawls
DONE COME TOO FAR Shemekiah Copeland
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART Kenny Neal

SOUTHERN SOUL SONG OF THE YEAR
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KEEP ON ROLLIN' King George
DON'T MAKE ME BEG Willie Clayton
BROWN SUGAR Ricky White
HIGHWAY 55 Sir Charles Jones
JUKEBOX LOVER Tucka
KEEP IT 100 Carlin Taylor & The Soul Cartel Band
I'M GONNA RIDE THAT BROWN HORSE Ms. Jody
GOOD GOOD LOVIN' Crystal Thomas
U TURN P2K Dadiddy & King George
THIS TIME IT WAS ME Arthur Young
MY LUCKY DAY Big G
I AIN'T NO SIDEPIECE LOVER J'Cenae
MR RIGHT NOW J-Wonn
GIRL YOU GOT THE RIGHT STUFF Donnie Ray
WE GETTIN' IT IN Tyree Neal
WE BE ACTING UP Jeter Jones
SHE GOT THAT GOOD T.K. Soul
COME PARTY WITH ME Royal D
DON'T TRY ME Karen Wolfe
AIN'T NOTHIN' LIKE A COUNTRY BOY Val McKnight
HERE COME POKEY Pokey

BEST SLOW JAM
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DON'T MAKE ME BEG Willie Clayton
I AIN'T NO SIDEPIECE LOVER J'Cenae
MISS INDEPENDENT T.K. Soul & Willie Clayton
I LOVE IT HERE Jay Morris Group
LET'S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT J-Red Tha Nephew
MY DEAF BROTHER Stan Butler
SECOND BEST Simeo
BROWN SUGAR (REMIX) Ricky White
GOT ME DRINKING Tyree Neal & Dave Mack
LOVE SONG King George
DRINKING MY PROBLEMS AWAY O.B. Buchana
HIGHWAY 55 Sir Charles Jones
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Wilson Meadows
THRILL IS GONE J-Wonn
BE CAREFUL Avail Hollywood
SHE WAS RUNNING FROM DICK TO DICK Billy Soul Bonds
BAD BITCH Lamorris Williams
OOH AHH Rosalyn Candy
DON'T GO Volton Wright

BEST DANCE OR FUNK SONG
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SADDLE UP Jeter Jones feat. Volton Wright & R&B Pooh
W.W.A.A. (WOMEN WITH AN ATTITUDE) Ricky White
POKEY I GOT YOUR SIDE PIECE Ghetto Cowboy
FRIDAY NIGHT King George
I'M GONNA RIDE THAT BROWN HORSE Ms. Jody
JUKEBOX LOVER Tucka
FLEX Cupid
TALKING DAT DONK Ciddy Boi P
I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY Country Boy
JUST ANOTHER FRIDAY Arthur Young
THAT'S ON ME Slack & Jeter Jones
LET'S PLAY Karen Wolfe
COUNTRY GIRL Jus Epik
HERE COME POKEY Pokey
KEEP IT 100 Carlin Taylor & Soul Cartel Band
GOOD WOOD Big Yayo & Kenne Wayne
WE GONNA PARTY Dee Dee Simon

BEST DOWNHOME BLUES SONG
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BROWN LIQUOR Theodis Ealey
GOING BACK TO MISSISSIPPI Johnny Rawls
CHESS RECORDS Betty Padgett
TWO JOBS Lee Fields
GOLDEN GIRL BLUES Trudy Lynn
DETROIT Chris Canas
IN TOO DEEP Sugaray Rayford
SUGAR HIP YA YA Dionne Bennett
BIG MOMMA Lady A
I WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU Donnie Ray
MY GHETTO WOMAN Jeter Jones, Ghetto Twins, Volton Wright
LYING AGAIN Tyree Neal
GET NEXT TO YOU Willie Clayton
HOSPITAL & LEGS Crystal Thomas
PARTY BY YOURSELF Big G
COUNTRY MAN Arthur Young
TAKE MY HUSBAND BACK FROM ME Val McKnight

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE MALE
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SIR CHARLES JONES for Highway 55
WILLIE CLAYTON for Don't Make Me Beg
J WONN for Thrill Is Gone
RICKY WHITE for Brown Sugar
WILSON MEADOWS for Middle Of The Night
KING GEORGE for Keep On Rollin'
AVAIL HOLLYWOOD for I Had To Lie
TK SOUL for Gonna Do Right
LEE FIELDS for Sentimental Fool
SUGARAY RAYFORD for Invisible Soldier
VOLTON WRIGHT for Don't Go
MARCELLUS THESINGER for Toxic Love
STAN BUTLER for Whoop That Preacher
CARLIN TAYLOR for Keep It 100
JAY MORRIS for Knee Deep Pt. 3

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE FEMALE
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TASHA MAC Get The Hell Out Of Here
SASSY D Older Woman
J'CENAE for I Ain't No Sidepiece Lover
KAREN WOLFE for Don't Try Me
LACEE for You Don't Need It
NELLIE TIGER TRAVIS for Very Special Christmas
TRUDY LYNN for Golden Girl Blues
MISS LADY BLUES for Grown Woman
CAROLYN STATEN for Somebody Gotta Leave
ROSALYN CANDY for Ooh Ahh
MZ PAT for Hot Grits
K RENEA for She Could Never Be Me
STEPHANIE MCDEE for Let Me Take There
BETTY PADGETT for Chess Records

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
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JAY MORRIS GROUP for I'm Doing Me
TUCKA & KING GEORGE for Jukebox Lover (Remix)
P2K DADIDDY & KING GEORGE for U Turn
CIDDY BOI P feat. Till 1 & Mississippi Hummin' Boy for Can I Get It?
CARLIN TAYLOR & THE SOUL CARTEL BAND for Keep It 100
BREEZEMRDO2MUCH & JJETER JONES for Don't Play With It
TK SOUL & WILLIE CLAYTON for Miss Independent
JETER JONES, RNB POOH, VOLTON WRIGHT for Ain't No Stopping Us
TINA P & CUPID for Good
J'CENAE & WENDELL B for I Don't Ever Want To Break Up
TASHA MAC & JETER JONES for Dhat Juicy
NELLIE TIGER TRAVIS & BLACK ZACK for I Came To Party

BEST NEW ARTIST
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CARLIN TAYLOR & THE SOUL CARTEL BAND
CIDDY BOI P
KING GEORGE
C. JONES
BREEZEMR2MUCH
MEMPHIS JACKSON
MR. HOLLYWOOD
BRIDGET SHIELD
SWEET P
CHI JONES
COUNTRY BOY
TYE PRINCE OF SOUTHERN SOUL
LIL CJ
JUS EPIK
MR DON'T LEAVE
BINKY WOMACK

BEST RECORD PRODUCER *
We have eliminated this category this year since it is extremely difficult to get an accurate list of nominees because either there's too many to choose from like those who produce themselves or it's not feasible to get a fair list outside the usual well known names.

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