2007 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 2007

Readers’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Lil’ Ed Williams

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Koko Taylor

Best Blues Album of 2006 (New Release):
Junior Wells, Live At Theresa’s 1975 (Delmark)

Best Blues Album of 2006 (Historical Recording):
John Lee Hooker, Hooker (Shout! Factory)

Best Blues DVD of 2006:
Mel Brown, Mel Brown: The DVD (Electro-Fi)

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Mel Brown

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Charlie Musselwhite

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Marcia Ball

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Bobby “Blue” Bland

Critics’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Lil’ Ed Williams

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Bettye LaVette

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Bettye LaVette

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Lurrie Bell

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Carey Bell

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Henry Gray

Most Outstanding Musician (Bass):
Bob Stroger

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums):
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns):
Big James Montgomery

Most Outstanding Musician (Other):
Stanley Dural a.k.a. Buckwheat Zydeco – Accordion

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Jackie Payne

Artist Deserving More Attention:
Lee Gates

Best Blues Albums of 2006:

Album of the Year:
Junior Wells – Live At Theresa’s 1975 (Delmark)

New Recordings/ Southern Soul:
Mel Waiters – Throw Back Days (Malaco/Waldoxy)

New Recordings/ Best debut:
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Back To Bentonia (Broke & Hungry)

New Recordings/ Contemporary Blues:
Irma Thomas – After The Rain (Rounder)

New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic:
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Back To Bentonia  (Broke & Hungry)

Historical Reissue/ Pre-War:
Various Artists – The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of  (Yazoo)

Historical Reissue/ Post-War:
John Lee Hooker – Hooker  (Shout! Factory)

DVD:
Antone’s Home Of The Blues: A Legend Every Night (Koch Vision)

Producer of the Year – New Recording:
Jeff Konkel (Broke & Hungry Records)

Producer of the Year – Historical/ Reissue:
Richard Nevins (Yazoo Records)

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