25th Annual Living Blues Awards (2018)

LB 2018 award winners

 

Critics’ Poll

Blues Artist of the Year (Male) 
Taj Mahal

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Mavis Staples

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Wee Willie Walker

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)
John Primer

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) 
Omar Coleman

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) 
Henry Gray

Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) 
Benny Turner

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums) 
Cedric Burnside

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns) 
James “Boogaloo” Bolden

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

Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year
Don Bryant

Artist Deserving More Attention
Jontavious Willis


Best Blues Albums of 2017

Album of the Year
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo – Concord Records

New Recordings (Contemporary Blues)
Mr. Sipp – Knock a Hole in It – Malaco Records

New Recordings (Southern Soul)
Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love – Fat Possum Records

New Recordings (Best Debut)
Jontavious Willis – Blue Metamorphosis – No Label

New Recordings (Traditional & Acoustic)
Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway – Nonesuch Records

Historical (Pre-war)
Various Artists – Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938–1942 – Hi Horse Records

Historical (Postwar)
Jimmy Reed – Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles – Craft Recordings

Blues Book of the Year
The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville – By Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff – University Press of Mississippi

DVD of the Year
Various Artists – I am the Blues – Directed by Daniel Cross – Film Movement 

Producer of the Year (New Recording)
Scott Bomar and Bruce Watson
Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love – Fat Possum Records

Producer of the Year (Historical Recording)
Robin Cohn and Larry Cohn
Various Artists – Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938–1942 – Hi Horse Records


Readers’ Poll

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Buddy Guy

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Samantha Fish

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)
Buddy Guy

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)
Charlie Musselwhite

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)
Marcia Ball

Best Live Performer
Buddy Guy

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Buddy Guy

Best Blues Album of 2017 (New Release)
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo – Concord Records

Best Blues Album of 2017 (Historical Recording)
John Lee Hooker – King of the Boogie – Craft Recordings

Best Blues DVD of 2017
The Nighthawks – Nighthawks on the Blue Highway – Directed by Michael Streissguth – EllerSoul Records

Best Blues Book of 2017
Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition – By Adam Gussow – University of North Carolina Press

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