2017 Living Blues Awards

LB 2017 award winners

Critics’ Poll

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)         
Bobby Rush

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)    
Rhiannon Giddens

Most Outstanding Blues Singer    
William Bell

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)    
Lurrie Bell

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)
Billy Branch

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)
Henry Gray

Most Outstanding Musician (Bass)
Bob Stroger

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums)
Cedric Burnside

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns)
Big Jay McNeely

Most Outstanding Musician (Other)
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton – Banjo

Best Live Performer 
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year    
William Bell

Artist Deserving More Attention
Bruce “Mississippi” Johnson

Best Blues Albums of 2016

Album of the Year
Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling – Delmark

New Recordings / Contemporary Blues
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way – Alligator

New Recordings / Southern Soul
William Bell – This Is Where I Live – Stax

New Recordings / Best Debut
Anthony Sherrod &

2016 Living Blues Awards

LB award winners

Critics’ Poll
Blues Artist of the Year (Male)         
Buddy Guy
Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Otis Clay
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)
Lurrie Bell
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) 
Sugar Blue
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) 
Allen Toussaint
Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) 
Bob Stroger
Most Outstanding Musician (Drums) 
Cedric Burnside
Most Outstanding Musician (Horns) 
Trombone Shorty
Most Outstanding Musician (Other) 
Freddie Roulette – Lap steel
Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush
Comeback Artist of the Year
Wee Willie Walker
Artist Deserving More Attention
Matthew Robinson

Best Blues Albums of 2015
Album of the Year
Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love – Alligator Records
New Recordings / Contemporary Blues
Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country – Cedric Burnside Project
New Recordings / Southern Soul
Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes – Little Village Foundation 
New Recordings / Best Debut
The Peterson Brothers – The Peterson Brothers – Blue Point Records
New Recordings / Traditional &

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”

2014 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

The 21st Annual Living Blues Awards
Critics’ Poll:
Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
James Cotton
Blues Artist of the Year (Female):   
Irma Thomas
Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Johnny Rawls
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Lurrie Bell
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
James Cotton
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Barrelhouse Chuck
Most Outstanding Musician (Bass):
Bob Stroger
Most Outstanding Musician (Drums):
Kenny Smith
Most Outstanding Musician (Horns):       
Eddie Shaw
Most Outstanding Musician (Other):
Chuck Campbell – Pedal Steel
Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush
Comeback Artist of the Year:
Swamp Dogg
Artist Deserving More Attention:
Birdlegg
Best Blues Albums of 2013:
Album of the Year:
James Cotton,

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 –

2011 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

18th Annual Living Blues Awards
Critics’ Poll:
Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
James Cotton
Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Mavis Staples
Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Mavis Staples
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
Lurrie Bell
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica):
James Cotton
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard):
Pinetop Perkins
Most Outstanding Musician (Bass):
Bob Stroger
Most Outstanding Musician (Drums):
Kenny Smith
Most Outstanding Musician (Horns):
Eddie Shaw
Most Outstanding Musician (Other):
Major Handy –

2010 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

2010 Living Blues Awards
Readers’ Poll:
Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Buddy Guy
Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Shemekia Copeland
Best Blues Album of 2009 (New Release):
Tommy Castro – Hard Believer  (Alligator)
Best Blues Album of 2009 (Historical Recording):
Little Walter – The Complete Chess Masters  (Hip-O Select)
Best Blues DVD of 2009:
Floyd Lee – Full Moon Lightnin’ (Willow Tree Pictures)
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar):
B.B.

2009 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 2009

Readers’ Poll:
Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
Buddy Guy
Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Marcia Ball
Best Blues Album of 2008 (New Release):
Buddy Guy – Skin Deep  (Silvertone)
Best Blues Album of 2008 (Historical Recording):
Various Artists – Boogie Woogie and Blues Piano (Mosaic Records)
Best Blues DVD of 2008:
M For Mississippi – Broke And Hungry Records,