Blues Music Awards

May 5, 2016

The 37th annual blues music awards recognizes the top blues artists and recordings of the previous year (2015). Nominees are announced on December 15, 2015. Winners are voted on by Blues Foundation members between December and March, and announced at the awards ceremony.  The ceremony features performances by nominees for the awards at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

The 37th annual blues music awards is held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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2016 37th Blues Music Awards Winners

The winners of the 2016 awards are:

Song

“Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout

Album

"Born to Play Guitar, Buddy Guy

Best New Artist Album

"The Mississippi Blues Child," Mr. Sipp

Contemporary Blues Album

"Born to Play Guitar," Buddy Guy

Acoustic Album

"The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard," Duke Robillard

Traditional Blues Album

"Descendants of Hill Country," Cedric Burnside Project

Rock Blues Album

"Battle Scars," Walter Trout

Soul Blues Album

"This Time for Real," Billy Price & Otis Clay

Historical

"Buzzin’ the Blues," Slim Harpo (Bear Family Records)

B.B. King Entertainer

Victor Wainwright

Band

Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots

Acoustic Artist

Doug MacLeod

Contemporary Blues Female Artist

Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Joe Louis Walker

Traditional Blues Male Artist

John Primer

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)

Ruthie Foster

Soul Blues Female Artist

Bettye LaVette

Soul Blues Male Artist

Otis Clay

Instrumentalist - Bass

Lisa Mann

Instrumentalist - Drums

Cedric Burnside

Instrumentalist - Guitar

Sonny Landreth

Instrumentalist - Harmonica

Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist - Horn

Terry Hanck

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

Allen Toussaint

37th Blues Music Awards Nominees

The musicians, bands, and performers nominated for the 2016 awards were:

Song

  • “Bad Feet/Bad Hair” written and performed by James Harman
  • “Fifty Shades of Blue” written by Anthony Geraci and performed by Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars
  • “Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout
  • “Southside of Town” written by Sugaray Rayford and & Ralph Carter and performed by Sugaray Rayford
  • “You Got It Good (and That Ain’t Bad)” written and performed by Doug MacLeod

Album

  • "Fifty Shades of Blue," Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars
  • "Born to Play Guitar, Buddy Guy
  • "Bonetime," James Harmon
  • "Holding Court," The Cash Box Kings
  • "If Nothing Ever Changes," Wee Willie Walker

Best New Artist Album

  • "One at a Time, Eddie Cotton
  • "Way Down South," Igor Prado Band
  • "Blues in Good Hands," Mighty Mike Schermer
  • "The Mississippi Blues Child," Mr. Sipp
  • "Feel These Blues," Slam Allen

Contemporary Blues Album

  • "Born to Play Guitar," Buddy Guy
  • "Hold on a Little Bit Longer," Eugene Hideaway Bridges
  • "Outskirts of Love," Shemekia Copeland
  • "Bound by the Blues," Sonny Landreth
  • "Southside," Sugaray Rayford

Acoustic Album

  • "Exactly Like This," Doug MacLeod
  • "The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard," Duke Robillard
  • "Blues People," Eric Bibb
  • "Kokomo Kidd," Guy Davis
  • "The Ragpicker String Band," The Ragpicker String Band

Traditional Blues Album

  • "Numbers Man," Andy T – Nick Nixon Band
  • "Fifty Shades of Blue," Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars
  • "Descendants of Hill Country," Cedric Burnside Project
  • "Bonetime," James Harman
  • "Holding Court," The Cash Box Kings

Rock Blues Album

  • "Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks," Joe Bonamassa
  • "Everybody Wants a Piece," Joe Louis Walker
  • "Don’t Look Back," Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • "Tough Love," Tinsley Ellis
  • "Battle Scars," Walter Trout

Soul Blues Album

  • "Not Goin’ Away," Bey Paule Band
  • "This Time for Real," Billy Price & Otis Clay
  • "I Saw the Blues," Jackie Payne
  • "Day into Night," Tad Robinson
  • "If Nothing Ever Changes," Wee Willie Walker

Historical

  • "The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1, Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest," (Delta Groove Records)
  • "Hawk Squat," J. B. Hutto & His Hawks (Delmark Records)
  • "Southside Blues Jam," Junior Wells (Delmark Records)
  • "Buzzin’ the Blues," Slim Harpo (Bear Family Records)
  • "Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues," Tampa Red (Ace Records)

B.B. King Entertainer

  • John Németh
  • Rick Estrin
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Victor Wainwright

Band

  • Andy T – Nick Nixon Band
  • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
  • Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  • The Cash Box Kings
  • Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots

Acoustic Artist

  • Doug MacLeod
  • Eric Bibb
  • Gaye Adegbalola
  • Guy Davis
  • Ian Siegal

Contemporary Blues Female Artist

  • Beth Hart
  • Karen Lovely
  • Nikki Hill
  • Samantha Fish
  • Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

  • Brandon Santini
  • Eugene Hideaway Bridges
  • Jarekus Singleton
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Sugaray Rayford

Traditional Blues Male Artist

  • Cedric Burnside
  • Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
  • James Harman
  • Jimmy Burns
  • John Primer

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)

  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Fiona Boyes
  • Ruthie Foster
  • Trudy Lynn
  • Zora Young

Soul Blues Female Artist

  • Bettye LaVette
  • Dorothy Moore
  • Missy Anderson
  • Toni Lynn Washington
  • Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist

  • Frank Bey
  • Jackie Payne
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Otis Clay
  • Wee Willie Walker

Instrumentalist - Bass

  • Charlie Wooton
  • Lisa Mann
  • Michael “Mudcat” Ward
  • Patrick Rynn
  • Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist - Drums

  • Cedric Burnside
  • Jimi Bott
  • June Core
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist - Guitar

  • Anson Funderburgh
  • Kid Andersen
  • Monster Mike Welch
  • Ronnie Earl
  • Sonny Landreth

Instrumentalist - Harmonica

  • Billy Branch
  • Brandon Santini
  • James Harman
  • Jason Ricci
  • Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist - Horn

  • Al Basile
  • Doug James
  • Kaz Kazanoff
  • Sax Gordon
  • Terry Hanck

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

  • Allen Toussaint
  • Anthony Geraci
  • Barrelhouse Chuck
  • John Ginty
  • Victor Wainwright

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