Congratulations to Trudy Lynn for her nomination in the 41th Blues Music Awards! Trudy has been nominated for the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Female Blues Artist).
Brilliant and versatile, Trudy Lynn is a treasure of a portal to Houston’s storied musical past, while also a daring artist always trying something new. She sings the blues as well as anybody, but she also has worked through jazz standards and early rock ‘n roll tunes. Her albums don’t arrive that often, but each is a treasure, as indicated by the title of her new record “Golden Girl.” — Andrew Dansby
The Blues Music Awards “brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.”
Born Lee Audrey Nelms in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Trudy Lynn comes from strong musical stock: the late Al “TNT” Braggs, one of Houston’s most electrifying R&B vocalists and a prolific songwriter for Bobby “Blue” Bland, was her cousin. Growing up, she and her five siblings would gather on their big screened-in porch to sing in talent shows for the neighborhood kids. By high school, she took it to the next level as a member of the choirs and jazz groups, even joining Archie Bell as one of the Drells, back in ’64 before they took off. It was Albert Collins who was the first to get her on the stage while still in high school, at Walter’s Lounge on Lockwood. After singing ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ and ‘Money,’ Lynn knew she had found her calling.