Minnesota Blues Society

Honoring the Musicians, Composers, Authors and Individuals Who Have Made a Historical Contribution, Impact and Overall Influence on the Blues in the State of Minnesota.

Welcome To The Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame


In 2006, The Greater Twin Cities Blues Music Society (now known as The Minnesota Blues Society) solicited nominations from the public at large for the Inaugural Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame. The nominations were in the following categories: Blues Performer, Non-Performer Supportive of the Blues, Blues Recording, Blues Song and Blues Literature. These nominations were then placed on a ballot and voted upon by the members of the Society. The first Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony was held at The Junction (Whiskey Junction) in Minneapolis in late October of 2007. The event was by all accounts a smashing success. The 2007 inductees into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame were: Mojo Buford; Aces, Straights and Shuffles; Tony Glover; KFAI Community Radio and Bruce McCabe.

Over the years new categories have been added to the Hall of Fame and the process for vetting nominees is constantly being reviewed and modified to better insure the timely induction of deserving people.

Criteria for Selection

The MN Blues Hall of Fame is a historical record of those who have made the Blues timeless through performance, documentation, recording and sponsoring. The Minnesota Blues Society will induct new members annually into the Blues Hall of Fame for their historical contribution, impact and overall influence on the Blues in Minnesota.

The current nomination and voting process for the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame is contained in the "Election Policy" was adopted by the MnBS Board of Directors to govern those processes. The specific criteria for candidates are listed in this policy.

Year-By-Year Listing of Inductees and Ceremony Location




* There was a tie for this category and the Board awarded the honor to both nominees.





†Award presented at 2013 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, December 8, 2013.




‡Award presented at 2016 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party at Crooner's Lounge, December 4, 2016.





This Page Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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