Best Vocalist (Female) - 2010
Miss Molly Simms
If Janis Joplin didn't answer the question "Can a white girl sing the blues?" Miss Molly Simms has. Though she's only 21, Simms has been playing out for five years (originally in Houston) and has become a force to witness on the St. Louis blues scene, whether performing solo, with a full band or with harmonica maestro Eric McSpadden. Her voice is deep, unaffected and seemingly full-grown. When she grabs a standard like "How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone," she takes it by the throat and wrings out the soul and passion from the familiar words, doing what great blues singers have always done. She's making you feel what she feels, taking a simple emotion and turning it into art.