2002 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 2002

Readers Awards:

Best Blues Artist (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Best Blues Artist (Male):
R.L. Burnside

Best Historical Album:
Charley Patton, Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues:
The Worlds of Charley Patton (Revenant)

Best Musician (Keyboards):
Pinetop Perkins

Best Musician (Harmonica) (tie):
Snooky Pryor, Wallace Coleman

Best New Album:
Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea (Silvertone)

Best Musician (Guitar):
Buddy Guy

Best Blues Singer:
Etta James

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Critics Awards:

Best Blues Artist (Male):
R.L. Burnside

Best Blues Artist (Female):
Myra Taylor

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (other instrument):
Sonny Rhodes, lap steel

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (Historical/Reissue Pre-War):
Charley Patton, Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues:
The Worlds of Charley Patton
(Revenant)

Artist Deserving of More Attention:
Roy Roberts

Producer of the Year (New Recordings):
Roy Roberts, Rock House Records

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (New Recordings: Soul-Blues):
Chick Willis, From the Heart and Soul (Rock House)

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (Historical/Reissue Post-War):
Various Artists, A Shot in the Dark: Nashville Jumps Bear Family Records

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (Best Debut Album):
Craig Horton, In My Spirit Bad Daddy Records

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (New Recordings—Contemporary Blues):
James “Blood” Ulmer, Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions (Hyena)

Best Blues Song of 2001 (first release of an original composition):
“S.U.V.,” Mem Shannon

Most Outstanding Blues Musician:
Sam Carr (drums)
Henry Gray (keyboards)
Calvin Owens (sax, trumpet, or horn section)
Snooky Pryor (harmonica)
Willie Kent (bass)
Jody Williams (guitar)

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
B.B. King

Best Blues Album of 2001 (New Recordings—Traditional and Acoustic):
George Higgs, Tarboro Blues (Music Maker)

Producer of the Year (Historical/Reissue Recordings):
Dean Blackwood, Revenant Records

Best Cover Art/Photo:
Charley Patton, Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton (Revenant)

Best Blues Album of 2001 (all types):
Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea (Silvertone)

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Best Liner Notes: 2001 Release:
Barry Lee Pearson: Archie Edwards, The Toronto Sessions, Northern Blues

Comeback Artist of the Year (tie):
Myra Taylor and Ike Turner

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