2012 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

19th Annual Living Blues Awards

Critics’ Poll:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Lurrie Bell

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Etta James

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Buddy Guy

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Lazy Lester

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Most Outstanding Musician (Bass):
Lee Allen Zeno

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums):
Kenny Smith

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns):
Terry Hanck

Most Outstanding Musician (Other):
Otis Taylor – Banjo

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Ironing Board Sam

Artist Deserving More Attention:
Blind Boy Paxton

Best Blues Albums of 2011:

Album of the Year:
Various Artists – Chicago Blues: A Living History – The (R)evolution Continues (Raisin Music)

New Recordings/ Southern Soul:
Johnny Rawls – Memphis Still Got Soul  (Catfood Records)

New Recordings/ Best Debut:
Little Joe Ayers – Backatchya  (Devil Down Records)

New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic:
Rev. John Wilkins – You Can’t Hurry God  (Big Legal Mess Records)

New Recordings/Contemporary Blues:
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – An Old Rock on a Roll  (Stony Plain Records)

Historical Pre-War:
Various Artists – Barbecue Any Old Time – Blues From The Pit 1927-1942  (Old Hat Records)

Historical Post-War:
Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960  (Geffen/Hip-O)

Blues Book of the Year:
The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road To Rock’n’ Roll – Preston Lauterbach  (Norton)

Producer of the Year – New Recording:
Scott Bomar – Got To Get Back  (Electraphonic Recordings)

Producer of the Year – New Recording:
Andy McKaie – Howlin’ Wolf’s Smokestack Lightnin’: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960  (Geffen/Hip-O)

Readers’ Poll:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Buddy Guy

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Marcia Ball

Best Blues Album of 2011 (New Release):
Marcia Ball – Roadside Attractions  (Alligator Records)

Best Blues Album of 2011 (Historical Recording):
Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960  (Geffen/Hip-O)

Best Blues DVD of 2011:
Various Artists – Maxwell Street Blues  (Facets Video)

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Robert Cray

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Bob Corritore

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Marcia Ball

Best Live Performer:
Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Mavis Staples

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