38TH ANNUAL BLUES MUSIC AWARDS
The Cook Convention Centre in downtown Memphis, Tennessee was the scene for the 38th annual Blues Music Awards managed by The Blues Foundation.
Veteran Bobby Rush won twice – Album of the Year (for Porcupine Meat) and Historical Album of the Year (Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush). Curtis Salgado came up trumps three times, Song of the Year (‘Walk a Mile in My Blues’), Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Award (for The Beautiful Lowdown).
Susan Tedeschi was named best Contemporary Blues Female Artist, while the Tedeschi Trucks Band took home Band of the Year and Rock Blues Album (for Let Me Get By).
The B.B. King Entertainer of the Year title went to Joe Bonamassa, who also picked up Guitarist of the Year. Kenny Neal was another multiple winner for Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album (for Bloodlines).
Here is the full list of Blues Music Award 2017 winners
Acoustic Album: The Happiest Man in the World – Eric Bibb
Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod
Album: Porcupine Meat – Bobby Rush
B.B. King Entertainer: Joe Bonamassa
Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Emerging Artist Album: Tengo Blues – Jonn Del Toro Richardson
Contemporary Blues Album: Bloodline – Kenny Neal
Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Susan Tedeschi
Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Kenny Neal
Historical Album: Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush – Bobby Rush (Omnivore Recordings)
Instrumentalist-Bass: Biscuit Miller
Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist-Guitar: Joe Bonamassa
Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Kim Wilson
Instrumentalist-Horn: Terry Hanck
Koko Taylor Award: Diunna Greenleaf
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright
Rock Blues Album: Let Me Get By – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Song: “Walk a Mile in My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finigan and performed by Curtis Salgado
Soul Blues Album: The Beautiful Lowdown – Curtis Salgado
Soul Blues Female Artist: Mavis Staples
Soul Blues Male Artist: Curtis Salgado
Traditional Blues Album: Can’t Shake This Feeling – Lurrie Bell
Traditional Blues Male Artist: Bob Margolin
The Blues Foundation, which is based in Memphis and founded in 1980, has a charter which preserves blues heritage, celebrates blues recording and performance, expands awareness and opportunities of the blues genre.