1998 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 1998

Readers’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Luther Allison

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Ruth Brown

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
Luther Allison

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica):
Junior Wells

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards):
Pinetop Perkins

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New Recording):
Luther Allison, Reckless (Alligator)

Best Blues Album of 1997 (Historical Recording):
Jimmy Rogers, Complete Chess Recordings (MCA/Chess)

Best Blues Song of 1997:
Robert Cray, The One In The Middle

Critics’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Bobby Rush

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Denise LaSalle

Most Outstanding Blues singer:
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
Johnny B. Moore

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica):
Junior Wells

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards):
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums):
Sam Carr

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Bass):
Nick Holt

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Other Instrument):
Freddie Roulette, lap steel

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Sax, Trumpet, or Horn Section):
A.C. Reed

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year (tie):
Freddie Roulette & Mighty Joe Young

Artist Most Deserving of Wider Recognition:
Mary Lane

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New Recording-Contemporary):
Super Chikan, Blues Come Home to Roost (Rooster Blues)

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New Recording –Soul/Blues):
Denise LaSalle, Smokin’ in Bed (Malaco)

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New-Recording-Traditional or Acoustic):
Corey Harris, FoB

Best Debut Album of 1997:
Super Chikan, Blues Come Home to Roost (Rooster Blues)

Best Blues Song of 1997:
Super Chickan, Down In The Delta

Best Blues Albums of 1997 (Historical-Prewar) :
Big Maceo, The Bluebird recordings , 1941-1942;
The Victor/Bluebird Recordings, 1945-1947 (RCA)

Best Blues Album of 1997 (Historical-Postwar):
Various artists, Aristocrat of the Blues (Chess)

Producer of the Year (New Recordings):
Lawrence Hoffman

Producer/Compiler of the Year (Historical Recordings):
Andy McKaie, MCA/ Chess 50th Anniversary Series.

Best Liner Noters, 1997 Blues Releases:
Jim O’Neal

Best Cover Art/Photo, 1997 Blues Release:
Robert Lee McCoy

Best Zydeco Album of 1997:
Boozoo Chavis, Hey do Right! (Rounder)

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