Best Blues Artist / Band

Gold Winner Garrett Mason

Silver Winner Charlie A'Court

Bronze Winner Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band

The blues scion Garrett Mason keeps a low public profile, choosing to let his Tuesday residency at Bearly’s—and his guitar—do the talking. With unreal dexterity, authentic delivery and earned soul, the Juno-winning Mason offers up the blues with the well-worn aura of someone much older. He hasn’t released a record since 2008, but that just makes you want him more.