The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
was honored with The Blues Foundation's 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award on, Saturday, February 7, 2009 in Memphis Tennessee. Noted educator, author, journalist, and KBA Chairman Art Tipaldi notes "the KBA may be awarded for the recipient's work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work; we don't view the recipient as the winner of a 'best of the year' category. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather, we select a new deserving winner each year, except in rare cases when a significant period of time has elapsed since the first award."
Celebrating 20 years this past September, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival has become a mainstay of music festivals in America. B.B. King was quoted saying, “Out of the 90 different countries I’ve been to, I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here.” With the Rocky Mountains as the stage backdrop, the King of the Blues is absolutely right. "I feel very honored to be recognized by a group of my musical peers", says Steve Gumble, Founder of the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. "I am fortunate to be able to book music for the festival in a manner that appeals to both young and old. That, in an of itself, helps to keep the blues alive".