Local musicians Lavelle White, Alan Haynes and the Soul Man Sam Band were honored over the weekend at the inaugural Austin Blues Society Blues Awards, held at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul on Friday night in conjunction with the Eastside Kings Festival opening party.
White received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, while Haynes and the Soul Man Sam Band were named Best Blues Artist and Best Blues Band, respectively. The Eastside Kings served as the house band for the event, which included performances by each of the award winners.
The Austin Blues Society, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit “dedicated to creating higher awareness and greater appreciation for” blues music, according to its website. The group hosts a monthly blues jam at the Skylark Lounge on the last Thursday of each month and serves other functions locally such as helping to present “Blues in the Schools” programming.