Saturday, 29 May 2010


I'm pleased to say that the American hardback edition of Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes has been nominated as a finalist for this year's Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, in the category Best Historical Research in Blues / Gospel / Hip-hop / R&B.

Though there are only four other finalists in this category, and it's an honour to be alongside them, I fear I'm unlikely to win, given that three of the others are blues-research heavyweight Steven Calt; associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, author and documentary film-maker William Ferris; and the great pioneering blues scholar Paul Oliver.

Winners will be announced in August 2010 and awards presented at a ceremony in May 2011 during ARSC’s annual conference.

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