1996 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 1996

1996 Readers’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Luther Allison

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
Luther Allison

Best Live Performer:
Luther Allison

Best Blues Album of 1995 (New Recording):
Luther Allison, Blue Streak (Alligator)

Best Blues Song of 1995:
Luther Allison, Cherry Red Wine

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Koko Taylor

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboard):
Pinetop Perkins

Critics’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Luther Allison

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
Luther Allison

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica):
Charlie Musselwhite

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
B.B. King

Best Live Performer:
Luther Allison

Best Blues Album of 1995 (New Recording):
Luther Allison, Blue Streak (Alligator)

Best Blues Album of 1995 (Historical Recording):
T-Bone Walker, The Complete Capitol Black & White (Capitol)

Best Blues Song of 1995:
Luther Allison, Cherry Red Wine

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
(tie) Little Milton and B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year
(Female): Bonnie Lee

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Bass):
Willie Kent

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Other Instrument):
Howard Armstrong (violin)

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Little Sammy Davis

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums):
Sam Carr

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards):
Omar Sharriff

Artist Most Deserving of Wider Recognition:
Omar Sharriff

Most Outstanding Blues Musician(s) (Sax, Trumpet, or Horn Section):
Eddie Shaw

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica):
Carey Bell

Best Blues Album of 1995 (Traditional or Country Blues):
Corey Harris, Between Night and Day (Alligator)

Best Zydeco Album of 1995:
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Too Much Fun (Alligator)

Best Blues Album of 1995 (Historical-Postwar):
J.B. Lenoir, Vietnam Blues-The Complete L+R Recordings (Evidence)

Best Debut Album of 1995:
Paul “Wine” Jones, Mule (Fat Possum/Capricorn)

Best Cover Art/ Photo, 1995 Blues Release:
(tie) Ollie Nightingale, I’ll Drink Your Bath Water, Baby (Ecko)
Mem Shannon, A Cab Driver’s Blues (Hannibal)

Best Blues Album of 1995 (New Recording-Soul/Blues):
Lee Shot Williams, Cold Shot (Black Magic)

Producer of the Year (New Recordings):
Dick Shurman

Best Liner Notes, 1995 Blues Release(s):
Cub Koda, various reissues for AVI/Excello

Producer/Compiler of the Year (Historical recordings):
Jerry Gordon, Evidence

Best Blues Album of 1995 (Historical-Prewar):
Sippie Wallace, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order
(1923-1945), Vols. 1&2 (Document)

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