Thursday, August 14, 2014

News Roundup (Living Blues Awards, Smoke Wagon, Quails in the Nest)

Free Range by Bill Whitehead


Living Blues Magazine Award Winners (Critics)
  • Blues Artist (Male): James Cotton
  • Blues Artist (Female): Irma Thomas
  • Best Live Performer: Bobby Rush
  • Artist Deserving More Attention: Birdlegg

    Video above courtesy of Blues is Feeling

  • Most Outstanding Blues Singer: Johnny Rawls
  • Comeback Artist(s): Swamp Dogg
  • Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar): Lurrie Bell
  • Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard): Barrelhouse Chuck
  • Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica): James Cotton
  • 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)
  • Album: James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man
  • Best New Recordings - Southern Soul: Johnny Rawls – Remembering O.V.
  • New Recordings - Best Debut: Leo “Bud” Welch – Sabougla Voices
  • Best New Recording - Traditional & Acoustic Blues: Various Artists – The Walter Davis Project
  • Best New Recording - Contemporary Blues: Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul
  • Best Historical Reissue (Pre-War): Sid Hemphill – The Devil’s Dream: Alan Lomax 1942 Library of Congress Recordings
  • Best Historical Reissue (Post-War): Various Artists – The Sun Blues Box
  • Producer – New Recording: Bruce Watson – Leo “Bud” Welch’s Sabougla Voices
  • Producer – Historical Recording: David Evans & Steven Lance Ledbetter – Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music
  • Best Blues Book of 2013: David Whiteis – Southern Soul Blues
  • Best Blues DVD of 2013: Various Artists – Time Brings About a Change…A Floyd Dixon Celebration
The Living Blues Awards Readers' Poll
  • Blues Artist of the Year (Male): Buddy Guy
  • Blues Artist of the Year (Female): Ruthie Foster
  • Best Live Performer: Tab Benoit
  • Most Outstanding Blues Singer: Buddy Guy
  • Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar): Buddy Guy
  • Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard): Marcia Ball
  • Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica): Charlie Musselwhite
  • Best Blues Album of 2013: Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues
  • Best Blues Album of 2013 (Historical Recording): Mike Bloomfield – From His Head To His Heart To His Hands
  • Best Blues Book of 2013: Timothy O’Brien & David Ensminger – Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins
  • Best Blues DVD of 2013: Ike & Tina Turner – On The Road 1971-72

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