Music Awards

2005 Riverfront Times Award for the "Best Blues Artist"........

"There have been some serious changes in the St. Louis
blues scene over the past year. Perennial local favorites Oliver Sain
and Johnnie Johnson have passed on, leaving us richer for having known
them and their music, yet indisputably poorer in their absence. The
departure of Sain and Johnson also prompts once again a nagging
question: With so many of the music's elder statesmen no longer with
us, who's going to carry the torch? For RFT readers the answer is
clear, and it hasn't changed in more than a decade. The Soulard Blues
Band has been the favorite local blues ensemble in our music poll more
than a dozen times now, even when Sain, Johnson, Tommy Bankhead and many other departed giants were still working regularly on St. Louis stages."

Dean C. Minderman

2004 Riverfront Times Award for the "Best Blues Artist"

2003 Riverfront Times Award for the"Best Blues Artist"

2002 RFT award for Best Blues Artist

"If there's one thing proven by the Soulard Blues Band's string of consecutive wins as Best Blues act in the RFT Music Poll, it's this: Never underestimate the power of a brand name. For their ninth straight win in the category, the SBB has triumphed over a field that includes legend such as Johnny Johnson, Oliver Sain, Henry Townsend and Bennie Smith, all musicians whose reputations extend beyond St.Louis to the nation and the world. That the SBB reigns again as RFT poll winners in 2002 is a testament not only to the group's musicianship but to its tenacity, longevity, work ethic and, well, to having established a name that's familiar to even the casual blues listener.

Anchored by bassist/raconteur/bon vivant Art Dwyer, the SBB has preserved on the local scene for close to a quarter-century now, weathering good times and bad and enduring many personnel changes along the way. (Among the band's more famous alumni are singer and character actor Jim Byrnes, a regular on the TV series Wiseguy and Highlander, and Larry Thurston, who's done several tours as vocalist for the Blues Brothers Band.) They've established a solid following for their gigs at Broadway Oyster Bar, the Great Grizzly Bear and the other clubs around town and have taken their act on the road throughout Missouri, Illinois and the wider world, even recording one of their albums live in Stuttgart, Germany.

As the SBB's style has evolved over the years beyond straight-up blues to include R&B and soul, as well as touches of jazz, zydeco and funk, they've remained a constant presence on the local scene. It may be true that in some circumstances familiarity breeds contempt, but for SBB and St.Louis blues fans, familiarity would seem to breed contentment."

Dean C. Minderman, Riverfront Times
May 15-21, 2002
2001 Slammies award for Best Blues Artist
"What's just as impressive as the eight straight wins is the fact that the Soulard Blues Band has been together for almost a quarter-century. Formed in 1978 by Art Dwyer who was soon joined by Jim "Ribtips" McClaren, SBB evolved naturally from late-night/early-morning jam sessions that mixed these young musicians with veteran talents such as Henry Townsend, Doc Terry, Tommy Bankhead and harmonica player Big Al. That connection to the essence of the St. Louis Blues tradition has been a vital element in SBB's longevity. Despite a number of personnel changes along the way (at one point, the group even expanded to include a horn section and backing vocalists), SBB has remained true to its roots.

Blues may be in its name, but the Soulard Blues Band brings a distinctive touch to just about any musical style around. As Duke Ellington used to say, there are really only two kinds of music - good and bad. Evidently, SBB has found the secret to producing the good kind - year after year after year."

Terry Perkins
2000 Slammies award for Best Blues Artist
"Maybe the real reason the Soulard Blues Band continues to win this category year after year, though, is the group's refusal to let a strict definition of the blues limit their musical horizons. Like jazz, blues seems to have infinite shadings and variations. And SBB has always been able to mingle musical genres with the best of 'em."
Terry Perkins
2000 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Blues Artist in St. Louis
1999 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Blues Artist in St. Louis
1998 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Blues Artist in St. Louis
1997 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Blues Artist in St. Louis
"What we might call the St. Louis Blues has a thick history and a peculiar character. It often employs ensemble playing on ragtime and early jazz, a sound where horns and ribald vocals are central. The Soulard Blues Band has it's own place in this barrelhouse style. Their music is a tribute to longevity. They know how to appeal to and work all kinds of rooms, and they can jump in the nastiest of liquored up conditions."
1996 Spotlight Magazine Issue #143
Tops in Town Poll - Best Blues Band
1996 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Blues Artist in St. Louis
"The Soulard Blues Band just ran away - far and fast - with this category, as they did last year."
1995 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Blues Artist in St. Louis
"The Soulard Blues Band takes home the Slammy Award for the 2nd year in a row, underscoring the group's status as one of the linchpins of the St. Louis Blues Scene. They seem to have been around forever and like their home neighborhood, Soulard Blues Band has a down home feel that has stood the test of time. "Mister Donut Blues," an original regional hit by Brian Casserly and The Soulard Blues Band, has been selected for the first ever compilation of the Best of St. Louis Blues released by Blueberry Hill Records."
1994 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Blues Artist in St. Louis
1985 Riverfront Times Music Poll
Best Rhythm and Blues Band in St. Louis

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