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Living Blues Awards

2014—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



Best Blues Albums of 2013

Album of the Year

James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man – Alligator Records

New Recordings/ Southern Soul

Johnny Rawls – Remembering O.V. – Catfood Records

New Recordings/ Best debut

Leo “Bud” Welch – Sabougla Voices – Big Legal Mess Records

New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic

Various Artists – The Walter Davis Project – Electro-Fi Records

New Recordings/Contemporary Blues

Lurrie Bell – Blues in My Soul - Delmark

Historical Pre-War

Sid Hemphill – The Devil’s Dream: Alan Lomax 1942 Library of Congress Recordings – Global Jukebox/Mississippi Records

Historical Post-War

Various Artists – The Sun Blues Box – Bear Family

Blues Book of the Year

Southern Soul Blues – David Whiteis – University of Illinois Press

DVD of the Year

Various Artists – Time Brings About a Change…A Floyd Dixon Celebration – High John Records

Producer of the Year – New Recording

Bruce Watson - Sabougla Voices – Leo “Bud” Welch – Big Legal Mess Records

Producer of the Year – Historical Recording

David Evans and Steven Lance Ledbetter – Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music – Dust to Digital


Readers’ Poll

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)

Buddy Guy

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)       

Ruthie Foster

Best Blues Album of 2013 (New Release)      

Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues – Silvertone Records

Best Blues Album of 2013 (Historical Recording)

Michael Bloomfield – From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Columbia/Legacy

Best Blues DVD of 2013

Ike and Tina Turner – On the Road 1971-72 – MVD Visual

Best Blues Book of 2013

Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins

By Timothy J. O’Brien and David Ensminger

University of Texas 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



Past winners of the Living Blues Awards (by year): 



20072008 • 2009 • 2010 2011  2012   •  2013

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