The Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Awards are given out every year to honor the Colorado Blues Society' MEMBERS Favorite musicians, clubs, events and activities in the Colorado blues world. These Awards are know as the Holley Awards in honor of long time Denver blues man Creighton Holley. By no means do these Awards attempt to declare a Best of anything, we would never try to classify music in such a way, everyone's tastes are different and no one's are more valued than anyone else's. This is simply an effort to honor the Favorites of our members. The Colorado Blues Society Board of Directors does NOT select the Final Recipients! Every year a call goes out for nominations in a number of categories. Once the nominations are set, Colorado Blues Society Members do ALL of the  voting.  A person MUST be a member of CBS to be allowed to vote. If you have your own favorites and are not a CBS member, now is the perfect time to join CBS so you can vote in the next Members Choice Awards.

The awards were started in 2012. The Members Choice Awards for every year are listed in subpages when you click on the Members Choice tab. Due to COVID, there were no Members Choice Awards given in 2020.

11/15/2023  to  12/152023 – Colorado Blues Society accepts nominations for the Colorado Members Choice Awards - anyone can make a nomination 

12/20/2023  to  01/20/2024Voting is open for Colorado Blues Society Members – you must be a CBS member to vote.

02/04/2024 – The 3 Finalist’s in each category will be published on Facebook, the CBS Weekly Update and the Website and the date for Members Choice will be published. 

03/24/2024 - Members Choice Awards Event – Buffalo Rose

Silent Auction for TBA 



2023 Colorado Blues Society Members’ Choice Awards Finalists

Voting for the 2023 Colorado Blues Society’s Members’ Choice Awards has closed, and we are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 Colorado Blues Society Members’ Choice Awards:

  • Favorite Female Vocalist—Hazel Miller; Cass Clayton; Erica Brown
  • Favorite Male Vocalist—Rex Peoples; Lionel Young; Marc Bilker
  • Favorite Guitarist—Austin Young; Ryan Chrys; Vince Converse; 
  • Favorite Harmonica—Al Chesis; Nic Clark; Dan Treanor
  • Favorite Bassist—Bob Tiger; Jodie Woodward; Alyssa Chesis; Ian Anderson
  • JD Kelly Favorite Horns—Chris Daniels & the Kings Horns; Chris Hall; Johnny Love
  • Favorite Keyboardist—Kay Coats; Mark DeGeorge; Scott Hackler; John Magnie
  • Favorite Drummer—Kyle Borthick; Kevin Thomas; Scotty Rivera; Jamie McGregor; 
  • Favorite (Other)—Randall Dubis (Lap Steel); Lionel Young (Violin); Jeff Becker (Mandolin)
  • Favorite Songwriter—Nic Clark; Emma Marie; Taylor Scott; Mark (“Mad Dog”) Friedman
  • Favorite Blues Band—Vince Converse and Big Brother; The Delta Sonics; Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts
  • Favorite Solo/Duo—Mad Dog Blues Duo; Michelle Castillo; Al Chesis and Bob Pelligrino; Ben Pu
  • John Catt Young Performer Award—Emma Marie; Grace Kuch; Jenna Fry; Alfonzo Dworak
  • Favorite Blues Jam—Chris Haug’s Blues Party-Greeley; The Rusty Bucket Wednesday Blues Jam; Odde’s Music Grill Blues Jam
  • Favorite Festival—Telluride Blues & Brews; Greeley Blues Jam; Blues from the Top
  • Favorite Blues Club/Venue—The Rusty Bucket; Nissi’s; Lincoln’s Roadhouse; The Oriental Theater
  • Favorite Blues Fan—Peggy Meis; Tracy Servantes; Bonni Lafferty
  • Favorite Local Recording—Blue Recluse “Rarely Fatal”; Mad Dog Blues “River City Roots”; Three Shots “Up to No Good”
  • Favorite Blues Radio Program—Blues Legacy, KGNU; Jeff Koepke’s House Rent Party, KRFC; The Wolf’s Den, Internet Radio
  • Favorite Photographer—Ken Arias; Michael Mark; Michael McGrath; Michael Emanuele
  • Favorite Live Moment—Carolyn Wonderland and Shelley King at Greeley Blues Jam; David Booker Benefit; Joe Bonamassa at Red Rocks


[1] The top 3 for each category are listed unless there was a tie.