Singer and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal (below), New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas and powerhouse R&B Detroit-born singer Bettye Lavette are among the artists slated to headline the 30th Annual Blues Music Awards.
The awards, presented by the Blues Foundation, are slated for May 7 in Memphis.
Also on the list of blues-rooted artists scheduled for the program — a six-hour blues marathon — are banjo man Otis Taylor, Texas/Louisiana singer and pianist Marcia Ball, slide guitarist and singer Rory Block, Louisiana blues man Kenny Neal, and former pop hitmaker Maria Muldaur.
More: Albert Castiglia, Eden Brent, The Mannish Boys, Gaye Adegbalola, Eden Brent, and Janiva Magness.
All of the performers, aside from Mahal, are nominees for 2009 Blues Music Awards.
Legendary guitarist B.B. King will present the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award.
For the complete list of nominees, click here.