There were a number of local releases this year. The year's top album is a tie between 78 RPM's self-titled release and Tad Robinson's Back in Style (Severn).
Best show: Yank Rachell 100th birthday celebration
On the canal beside the Indiana History Center on June 6. Some of Indy's finest (David Morgan, Gordon Bonham, Gene Deer and up-and-comer Zakk Knight) brought blues to the canal all day long in celebration of one of the faces on Indy's blues Mount Rushmore.
Best venue: The Slippery Noodle Inn.
A special note should be made of the Player's Pub in Bloomington, which has been a tour stop for several national blues artists, and the Key Palace Theater in Red Key (R.I.P. theater owner Charlie Noble). But the Slippery Noodle in downtown Indy still gives folks live blues seven nights a week. The place for local, regional and national blues acts.
Best new idea: 78 RPM
Something old is something new. The trio 78 RPM features a drummer (Tim Duffy), guitarist (Vince Mullin) and harmonica player (Allen Statyner) bringing back the old-school Maxwell Street style of raw Chicago blues.
There isn't a blues version of Owl Studios in Indianapolis. However, a number of local releases have been self-produced and self-made. This means the money goes straight from you to the musicians.
Matthew Socey is host of THE BLUES HOUSE PARTY, Saturdays at 8 p.m. on WFYI 90.1 FM