2001 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 2001

Readers’ Awards:

Best Blues Artist (Male):
Willie King

Artist of the Year (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Artist of the Year (Male):
R.L. Burnside

Best Musicain/Guitar (tie):
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Big Jack Johnson

Best Musician/Keyboards:
Pinetop Perkins

Best Musician/Harmonica:
Snooky Pryor

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Best New Album:
R.L. Burnside, Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down (Fat Possum)

Best Historical Album:
Various Artists, And This is Maxwell Street (Rooster Blues)

Best Blues Singer (tie):
Etta James and Little Milton

Critic’s Awards:

Best Blues Album of 2000 – New Recording:
Willie King, Freedom Creek (Rooster Blues)

Best Blues Album of 2000 – Contemporary Blues:
Willie King, Freedom Creek (Rooster Blues)

Most Outstanding Blues Singer New Recordings- All Types:
Mighty Sam McClain

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
Roy Gaines

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Horns):
Calvin Owens

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards):
Henry Butler

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums):
Sam Carr

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Bass):
Bob Stroger

Best Blues Artist (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Musician Other Instrument:
Otha Turner (Fife)

Best Blues Albums of 2000 New Recordings-Soul/Blues:
Mosley and Johnson, Juke Joint (Malaco Records)

Best Blues Albums of 2000 New Recordings-Traditional & Acoustic:
Corey Harris & Henry Butler, Vu-du menz (Alligator Records)

Best Blues Albums of 2000 Best Debut Album:
North Mississippi Allstars, Shake Hands with Shorty (Tone-Cool Records)

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Jerry McCain

Most Outstanding Blues Musician Harmonica: (tie)
Snooky Pryor & Jerry McCain

Artist Most Deserving of Wider Recognition:
Johnny Rawls

Best Cover Art/Photo 2000 Blues Release:
Lonnie Shields, Midnight Delight (Rooster Blues)

Best Blues Albums of 2000 (Historical/Reissue-Postwar):
Various Artists, And This is Maxwell Street (Rooster Blues)

Best Blues Song of 2000:
“Hole in the Wall,” Mel Waiters

Best Blues Albums of 2000 (Historical/Reissue-Prewar):
Various Artists, Juke Joint Saturday Night (Yazoo Records)

Producer of the Year (New Recordings):
Jim O’Neal

Producer of the Year (Historical/Reissue-Prewar):
Don Kent

Best Liner Notes 2000 Release:
Colin Talcroft, And This Is Maxwell Street (Rooster Blues)

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