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, Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator)

New Recordings/ Southern Soul:
Johnny Rawls, Remembering O.V. (Catfood)

New Recordings/ Best debut:
Leo “Bud” Welch, Sabougla Voices (Big Legal Mess)

New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic:
Various Artists, The Walter Davis Project (Electro-Fi)

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)

Historical Post-War:
Various Artists, The Sun Blues Box (Bear Family)

Blues Book of the Year:
David Whiteis, Southern Soul Blues (University of Illinois)

DVD of the Year:
Various Artists, Time Brings About a Change… A Floyd Dixon Celebration (High John)

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)

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:
Timothy J. O’Brien and David Ensminger, Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins (University of Texas)

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

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