2005 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

2005 Living Blues Awards

Reader’s Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Etta James

Best Blues Album of 2004 (Historical Recording):
Percy Mayfield, His Tangerine And Atlantic Sides (Rhino Handmade)

Best Blues Album of 2004 (New Recording):
Bobby Rush, Folk Funk (Deep Rush Records)

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Charlie Musselwhite

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Alvin “Youngblood” Hart

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Ray Charles

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Pinetop Perkins

Critic’s Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Robert Lockwood, Jr.

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Mavis Staples

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Mavis Staples

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Carey Bell

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Etta James

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Jody Williams

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns):
Big James Montgomery

Most Outstanding Musician (Bass):
Willie Kent

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums):
Sam Carr

Most Outstanding Musician (other):
Chuck Campbell—Pedal Steel Guitar

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Artist Deserving More Attention:
Jimmy Burns

Best Blues Albums of 2004:

Album of the Year:
Gatemouth Brown, Timeless (Hightone)

New Recordings/Best Debut:
Michael Powers, Onyx Root (Baryon Records)

Historical Reissue/ Pre-War:
Lucille Bogan, Shave ‘Em Dry: The Best of Lucille Bogan (Columbia/Legacy)

Producer of the Year—New Recording:
Greg Preston, Bobby Rush’s Folk Funk (Deep Rush Records)

Producer of the Year—Historical Reissue:
Bob Koester, The United Records Series (Delmark)

Best Liner Notes:
Elijah Wald, Robert Pete Williams’ Poor Bob’s Blues (Arhoolie Records)

Best Song (original comp., rel. in 2004):
We Meet, We Part, We Remember,” Wendell Holmes (Alligator Records)

Historical Reissue/ Post-war:
Percy Mayfield, His Tangerine And Atlantic Sides (Rhino Handmade)

New Recordings/ Soul-Blues:
Charles Wilson, If Heartaches Were Nickels (Delmark)

New Recordings/Contemporary:
Jody Williams, You Left Me in the Dark (Evidence Music)

New Recordings/ Trad. & Acoustic:
Robert Lockwood, Jr., The Legend Live (M.C. Records)

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