The third edition of the Blues Behind The Scenes Awards, born to recognize European individuals or organizations that have worked actively and devoted their life, making significant contributions, to advance and support the blues in Europe, was held in Horsens, Denmark, during the 7th European Blues Challenge.

And here are the recipients:

For his involvement in promoting the blues as a DJ since 1998 at “Route 66” a non-profit radio in Colmar(Region of Alsace), but also for his work as writer and interviewer with hundreds of interviews to European and American musicians,

The winner in MEDIA Category is DAVID BAERST “Route 66” Radio (France)

For his work as record producer and music executive studio owner producing albums for British blues artists and groups in the 1960s, working with The Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After among others, founding of blues record label, Blue Horizon, also working at Decca Records starting in 1963 and serving as producer for the Mayall-Clapton collaboration Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966),

The Winner in PRODUCTION Category is MIKE VERNON (United Kingdom)

After his 20 years existence and the quality of its line-up during all these years, Luzern Blues Festival gives a unique opportunity to experience the true, genuine blues live. From the beginning, the festival was conceived as a non-profit event. There are no financial interests. They love the blues, they love concerts and the artists. Now program develops already over a week. 31 concerts by 12-14 artists performed. The Lucerne Blues Festival has become an institution and is among connoisseurs as one of the world’s most competent and most important Blues festivals. For his work keeping the festival philosophy, presenting a top class artists and leading one of the best festivals worldwide,

The winner in PROMOTION category is MARTIN “CARL” BRUENDLER, Lucern Blues Festival, Switzerland