Billy Branch will be the resident artist for the first 2022 Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS) Blues in the Schools program and will also appear for an MVBS fund-raising event at the Village Theatre, in the Village of East Davenport!
Billy Branch is an Emmy Award winner, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, and a retired Grammy governor. He’s won multiple Blues Music Awards (BMA), two Living Blues Critics’ Awards, and two BMA Keeping the Blues Alive Awards for his Blues in Schools programs. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of both the Blues Foundation and the Little Walter Foundation. His touring career began with his seven-year tenure as a harmonica player in the Willie Dixon All Stars. He is also a recipient of an Addy Award which is like an Oscar for TV ads for his on-screen commercial work. Billy Branch is also a proud recipient of the coveted City of Chicago’s Esteemed Artist Award, in addition to numerous humanitarian awards. Branch is most proud of being a 2020 inductee into the International Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis. When you visit the museum you can see an installation display honoring his musical legacy. Billy’s work is also included in the Grammy Museum’s Woody Guthrie installation entitled SONGS OF CONSCIENCE, SOUNDS OF FREEDOM.
Billy Branch has been called the Ambassador of the Chicago Blues because he has spent nearly fifty years representing the Blues legacy around the world. He’s presented America’s rich cultural Blues heritage to audiences from the Halls of Parliament in the Republic of Turkey to the beautiful countries of South America, Central America, and Mexico, to Europe, to Australia, to the exotic countries of Asia, including Japan and the Republic of China. He’s also appeared on over three hundred recordings; fifteen under his own name. He is one of the last living bluesmen to have been mentored by the original blues giants.
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