HE may be singing the blues, but a Sunderland musician is over the moon to be nominated for a prestigious award.
Trevor Sewell, pictured, already has a Hollywood Music and Media Award under his belt, and now he is hoping for a gong on home turf.
He has been shortlisted in the British Blues Awards, which take place on September 9 at the Newark Blues Festival, in Nottinghamshire.
Trevor is nominated in the category of Best Original Song for Hate Me for a Reason.
He is in good company, with international artists such as Walter Trout and Joe Bonnamasa also receiving nominations.
The songwriter said: “Winning in Hollywood was fantastic, but this is the one that I would really like to do well in as it is in this country.
“And it may hopefully help open some doors over here for me and my band.”
The Trevor Sewell Band, recently played at Maryport Blues Festival and has now added dates at the Lancastrian Suite and Beamish Festival.
The band consistst of Brian Emerson on bass guitar, Steve Vine on drums and Trevor on guitar and vocals.
Trevor added: “We are actively seeking more gigs in the area so it would be great if any interested parties could contact us through the form on the website which is www.trevorsewell.com.
“We would particularly like a local gig in Sunderland as that is, of course, where I live.
“I’m enjoying playing more than ever now and we have been lining up some more live radio sessions at various stations around the country.
“I’m very happy to be playing in a band with Steve and Brian who are both first-rate musicians and can’t wait for the Newark Blues Festival as just getting nominated is really very exciting.”
Trevor’s album Calling Your Name has amassed award nominations on both sides of the pond, while spending seven weeks at the Number 1 spot on the American Blues Scene Chart.