2010 Producers Choice Award – Entertainer of the Year – 20th Annual LA Music Awards
2012 Nominee – American, Blues & Roots Artist of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
When it comes to the Blues in Orange County, California, there is perhaps no bigger or more passionate proponent than Papa J (Jeffrey Hudson). For the better part of two decades, the affable harmonicist/vocalist has entertained countless numbers of fans in venues ranging from the House of Blues (both the Anaheim and L.A. locations) to the Doheny Blues Festival and more with a spirited brand of Chicago-style Jump/Blues that once earned him “Entertainer of the Year” from the prestigious 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards.
In addition to a tireless performing schedule, Papa J has become a bonafide Blues impresario – first, creating the successful Real Blues Festival Of Orange County, which is now in its third year of existence and has become an annual event; and, more recently, establishing the first Orange County Blues Society, which is presenting its first-ever concert event this August.
Last Fall Papa J and Friends released an independent CD, “The Big Show” (Houndog Records) to great reviews:
“Great CD chock full of Blues standards performed with energy and enthusiasm!”
– Barrelhouse Blues
“The Big Show’’ is absolutely first-rate with great performances by all involved including Papa J…a big winner that I have no problem highly recommending to Blues enthusiasts.”
– Blues Underground
“On ‘The Big Show’ Papa J and Friends are winning over music aficionados with mental images of smoke-filled, Old-School Blues where people celebrate in sharing this fine music genre.”