2015 Living Blues Awards

The 22nd Annual Living Blues Awards

Critics’ Poll:

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

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Diunna Greenleaf

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Bobby Patterson

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Joe Louis Walker

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
James Cotton

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

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums):
Kenny Smith

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns):
Grady Gaines

Most Outstanding Musician (Other):
Jerron Paxton – Banjo/Fiddle

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Shuggie Otis

Artist Deserving More Attention:
Vaneese Thomas


Best Blues Albums of 2014:

Album of the Year:
Billy Boy Arnold, Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain)

New Recordings/ Southern Soul:
Candi Staton, Life Happens (Beracah)

New Recordings/ Best Debut:
Selwyn Birchwood, Don’t Call No Ambulance (Alligator)

New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic:
Jerron Paxton, Recorded Music For Your Entertainment (Beaumont)

New Recordings/Contemporary Blues:
Gary Clark, Jr., Live (Warner Bros.)

Historical Pre-War:
Various Artists, Peabody Blues (Nehi)

Historical Post-War:
Various Artists, Classic African American Songsters (Smithsonian/Folkways)

Blues Book of the Year:
Pioneers of the Blues Revival
, by Steve Cushing (Univ. of IL Press)

DVD of the Year:
Various Artists, Legendary Country Blues Guitarists (Vestapol)


Readers’ Poll:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Buddy Guy

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Best Blues Album (New Release):
Elvin Bishop, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator)

Best Blues Album (Historical Recording):
Johnny Winter, True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

Best Blues DVD:
Various Artists, A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert (Shout! Factory)

Best Blues Book:
Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story
, by Wayne Everett Goins (Univ. of IL Press)

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Buddy Guy

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
Charlie Musselwhite

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Marcia Ball

Best Live Performer:
Tab Benoit

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Buddy Guy

26 Responses to “2015 Living Blues Awards”

  1. Wayne Everett Goins

    thank you SO much to all the readers for your support and choosing “Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story” as Best Blues Book!!
    Wayne Everett Goins

  2. Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer

    Congratulations, Wayne. Well deserved!
    And hearty congratulations to all of the winners.
    Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer

  3. Anonymous

    Should have been Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite all the way and good choice with Joe Louis Walker.

  4. Dennis Herndon

    I think you got the Jerron Paxton for this entry:

    Most Outstanding Musician (Other):
    Jerry Paxton – Banjo/Fiddle

  5. Duke Robillard

    Thanks for voting the Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold the best album of 2014!

  6. Jeff Bilkanich

    Can’t believe that Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart & Janiva Magness received NO awards!

  7. Bonnie Renkel

    I purchased this book for my husband – he loved it!

  8. kate down under

    Congratulations everyone, and especially James Cotton, Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite who’ve all thrilled me in live performances in Australia. Thanks Living Blues!


    I would like to subscribe to your magazine publication. Please let me know how I go about doing so.

  10. Sue

    At last not the same people over again. Critics Poll is finally not just the well known names.

  11. Cheryl Spradling

    Congratulations to Selwynn Birchwood! So proud of our hometown boy! Suncoast Blues Society and INC winner!

  12. Jeff G

    Not even ONE category of agreement between readers and editors…

  13. angie Jimmy Rogers daughter

    Congratulations on your book Wayne and being nominated… You and your family are very beautiful and I’m very grateful to have met you and again, Thanks…

  14. Morningfield

    One of the very best introspective and realistic view of a true Chicago Bluesman, very well written.

  15. Ron Goins

    Very good book.I learned so much about Rodgers that I thought I already knew.Thanks nephew for all your research !!

  16. Don Buck

    Rick Estrin should have won songwriter & harmonica.

  17. Alain Janni

    Beth Hart is the female blues singer of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Amy "Atomic Mama" van Singel

    How good to see Eddy Clearwater on the cover of Living Blues …. again!

  19. Mark

    Hey Chuck,
    Be sure to check out our “Subscribe & Renew” page for more info! If you have any more questions, feel free to email our circulation department using our “Contact” information at the bottom of our website. Thanks for your interest in Living Blues!

  20. Debb Hughes

    Congrats Tab !!
    Loved seeing in the Big Easy !!! The Rock & Bowl &
    Ruby’s Roadhouse was a Awesome !!

  21. Debb Hughes

    Congrats Tab!
    Loved seeing you in the Big Easy !
    All I can say is Awesome !!!!

  22. Tracy

    Beth Hart is the best female singer in ANY genre. Mercy she’s the shit!!

  23. Shawn

    I cannot believe ROBERT CRAY did not make it into this list. I have every album this man has. I love Buddy Guy and Tab. I am crushed. Nashville, TN


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