2006 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 2006

Reader’s Awards:

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

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Sam Myers

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Buddy Guy

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Solomon Burke

Best Live Performer:
Chick Willis

Best Blues Album of 2005 (New Recording):
Buddy Guy, Bring ‘Em In (Silvertone/Zomba)

Best Blues Album of 2005 (Historical Recording):
Ray Charles, Pure Genius—The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-59) (Atlantic/Rhino)

Best Blues DVD of 2005:
Marvin Sease, Live With The Candylicker (Malaco)

Critic’s Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Little Milton

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Irma Thomas

Most Outstanding Musician (Bass):
Willie Kent

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Big George Brock

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Floyd Dixon

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Etta James

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns):
Big James Montgomery

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Magic Slim

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Artist Deserving More Attention:
Cool John Ferguson

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums):
Cedric Burnside

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Bettye LaVette

Most Outstanding Musician (Other):
Calvin Cooke—Pedal Steel Guitar

Album of the Year:
Otis Rush, All Your Love I Miss Loving: Live At Wise Fools Pub Chicago (Delmark)

New Recording/ Soul-Blues:
Bobby Rush, Night Fishin’ (Deep Rush)

New Recordings/ Best debut:
Earl Gilliam, Texas Doghouse Blues (Dialtone)

New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic:
Precious Bryant, My Name Is Precious (Music Maker)

New Recordings/ Contemporary Blues:
Eddie Burns, 2nd Degree Burns (Blue Suit)

Historical Reissue/ Pre-War:
Various Artists, Good For What Ails You—Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (Old Hat)

Historical Reissue/Post-War:
Blind Arvella Gray, The Singing Drifter (Conjuroo)

Producer of the Year/ New Recording:
Joe Henry, Betty LaVette’s I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise (Anti)

Producer of the Year—Historical/Reissue:
Marshall Wyatt, Good For What Ails You (Old Hat)

DVD:
Tail Dragger, My Head Is Bald: Live At Vern’s Friendly Lounge, Chicago (Delmark)

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