Blues Music Award Winners 2017

see full list of winners announced at the blues music awards 2017

Eric Bibb




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).


Tedeschi Trucks Band


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.


Mavis Staples



see full list of winners announced at the blues music awards 2017

see full list of winners announced at the blues music awards 2017


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