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35th Blues Music Award Winners Announced

The Blues Foundation presented the 35th Blues Music Awards Thursday night, May 8 in Memphis. The event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Three awards went to Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and their band, while a Little Walter tribute featuring five top harmonica players received two awards, including album of the year.  First time winners included Gary Clark Jr., Doug MacLeod, John Németh, Shawn Holt & the Teardrops, Trampled Under Foot and their female bassist Danielle Schnebelen.

The complete list of winners are:

Acoustic Album: There’s a TimeDoug MacLeod

Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod

Album: Remembering Little WalterBilly Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman

B.B. King Entertainer: Buddy Guy

Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best New Artist Debut: Daddy Told MeShawn Holt & the Teardrops

Contemporary Blues Album: BadlandsTrampled Under Foot

Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Gary Clark Jr.

DVD: Ruf RecordsSongs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)

Historical Album: Bear FamilyThe Sun Blues Box

Instrumentalist-Bass: Danielle Schnebelen

Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside

Instrumentalist-Guitar: Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite

Instrumentalist-Horn: Eddie Shaw

Koko Taylor Award: Diunna Greenleaf

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album: Made Up MindTedeschi Trucks Band

Song: “Blues in My Soul” – Lurrie Bell

Soul Blues Album: Down in LouisianaBobby Rush

Soul Blues Female Artist: Irma Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist: John Nemeth

Traditional Blues Album: Remembering Little WalterBilly Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman

Traditional Blues Male Artist: James Cotton


The 35th Blues Music Awards are sponsored by BMI, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, First Tennessee Foundation, Jontaar Creative Studios, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony Music/Legacy Recordings.



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