Christone "Kingfish" Ingram And Lindsay Beaver Receive Maple Blues Award Nominations

Kingfish Nominated for International Artist Of The Year

Lindsay Beaver Receives Nomination for Drummer Of The Year

The Toronto Blues Society has announced the nominees for the 2019 Maple Blues Awards, Canada's national blues awards. Alligator artists Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and Halifax, Nova Scotia native Lindsay Beaver were each nominated. Ingram received a nomination for the B.B. King International Artist Of The Year. Beaver was nominated for the Drummer Of The Year, an award she won in 2018.

The Maple Blues Award nominees are selected by a panel of 45 blues experts. The panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada. Winners in instrumental categories — guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drums, and bass — will be determined by the Nominating Panel. Winners in all other categories will be selected by blues fans across Canada. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at Koerner Hall in Toronto on February 3, 2020.

Since the release of his 2019 debut album Kingfish, 20-year-old guitar sensation Ingram has gigged nonstop and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. Within the last few months, Clarksdale, Mississippi native Ingram has played shows across the U.S.A., including opening for Buddy Guy, Vampire Weekend and Jason Isbell. He is currently embarked on his first-ever headlining tour: "Fish Grease: A Juke Joint Tour", set to run through the end of November. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Blues" and "Heatseekers" charts and continues to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. He was recently interviewed by Sir Elton John on John's Apple Beats podcast. Guitar Player says, “The blues phenom plays guitar like he’s on fire.”

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lindsay Beaver is a blues-rocking, soul-singing drummer, songwriter and bandleader. With influences ranging from Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Queens of the Stone Age, the 35-year-old Beaver has crafted her own timeless sound and personal style. After studying voice and drums, she founded Canada's acclaimed 24th Street Wailers and made a name for herself across the country. Beaver self-released five albums by the 24th Street Wailers before moving to Austin, Texas at the urging of her friend Jimmie Vaughan. She started a new band under her own name and released Tough As Love on Alligator Records in 2018. She’s toured Canada, the United States and large swaths of Europe, earning new fans at every stop.  Beaver won the 2019 Maple Blues Award for Drummer Of The Year. Blues Music Magazine says, “Beaver i s a new Alligator all-star.”