Fender artist Mike Zito’s “Pearl River” duet with Cyril Neville recently won Song of the Year at the 31st Annual Blues Music Awards. Held last week at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, the awards are considered the most prestigious honor in the blues world.
“Pearl River” is the title track of Zito’s latest album, described as “a rollicking slice of Americana served up with heaping slabs of greasy New Orleans funk, gritty blues and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.”
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It would be a huge oversight to mention the awards show without noting one of the evening’s top honorees in Fender signature artist Buddy Guy, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bonnie Raitt, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the start of the event, presented Guy with the award. The 73-year celebrated his accolade by strapping on a guitar and playing the opening bars of “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues.”
Click the thumbnail below to view a photo gallery from the 2010 Blues Music Awards.
Get the complete list of winners here.