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Annual Living Blues Awards

Living Blues is a bi-monthly magazine focused on blues music, and America’s oldest blues periodical. The magazine stresses the position of blues as a living African American tradition. The annual Living Blues Awards have been presented since 1993 in multiple categories.

The 2015 – 22nd Annual Living Blues Awards Critics Poll Winners are:

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

– Blues Artist of the Year (Female): Diunna Greenleaf

– Best Live Performer: Bobby Rush

– Most Outstanding Blues Singer: Buddy Patterson

– Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica): James Cotton

– Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar): Joe Louis Walker

– Most Outstanding Musician (Bass): Bob Stroger

– DVD of The Year: Various Artists Legendary Country Blues Guitarists (Vestapol)

– Blues Book of the Year: Steve Cushing Pioneers of The Blues Revival (University of Illinois Press)

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

– Most Outstanding Musician (Horns): Grady Gaines

– Most Outstanding Musician (Drums): Kenny Smith

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

– Artist Deserving More Attention: Vaneese Thomas

– Comeback Artist of the Year: Shuggie Otis

Best Blues Albums of 2014:

– Album of the Year: Billy Boy Arnold The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain Records)

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

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

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

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

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

– New Recording/ Trad. Acoustic: Jerron Paxton Recorded Music For Your Entertainment (Beaumont Records)

Here are the 2015 Living Blues Awards Readers Poll:

– Blues Artist of The Year (Male), Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar), Most Outstanding Blues Singer: Buddy Guy

– Blues Artist of the Year (Female): Shemekia Copeland

– Best Live Performer: Tab Benoit

– Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica): Charlie Musselwhite

– Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard): Marcia Ball

– Best Blues Album of 2014 (New Release): Elvin Bishop Can’t Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator Records)

– Best Blues Album of 2014 (Historical Recording): Johnny Winter True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

– Best Blues Book of 2014: Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story by Wayne Everett Goins (University of Illinois Press)

– Best Blues DVD of 2014: Various Artists A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert (Shout! Factory)

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