Among the nominees for the 44th annual Blues Music Awards hosted by The Blues Foundation is Grammy-winning and Nashville native the 21-year-old Yates McKendree, who released his debut album Buchanan Lane this fall to critical acclaim around the globe on the indie label Qualified Records. The LP is currently #1 on the Classic Blues Chart for the Roots Music Report and is charting at #5 Top Blues LP’s by the organization.
The album is nominated under the Best Emerging Artist Album category. He is dedicated to the music he loves best: straight-up Traditional Blues.
Raised in the studio alongside his father the multi-GrammyÂ® winner Kevin McKendree, Yates gained acclaim for his talent as a guitarist, keyboardist and drummer at an early age. In addition to his work with blues icon Delbert McClinton’s hit “Tall Dark and Handsome”, for which Yates received his first GrammyÂ® award, John Hiatt, one of Americana’s premier artists referred to him as his “secret weapon” in a Rolling Stone article. // Continue to the full article