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Living Blues Magazine 2011 Award Winners

James Cotton & Buddy Guy dominate the polls!


Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy

Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy photo courtesy Christian Lantry, 2008

With issue #214, now on the newsstand, Living Blues magazine has announced the winners of its 18th annual Living Blues Awards. The publication offers readers the results of two different votes, the first being its critics' poll and the second being a poll of the magazine's readers. Here is the list of this year's critic's poll award winners:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
James Cotton

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Mavis Staples

Best Live Performer
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Artist Deserving More Attention
The Relatives

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Mavis Staples

Comeback Artist of the Year
James Kinds

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)
Lurrie Bell

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)
Pinetop Perkins

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)
Major Handy

Album of the Year
James Cotton – Giant (Alligator Records)
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Best New Recordings - Southern Soul
Denise LaSalle – 24 Hour Woman (Malaco Records)
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New Recordings - Best Debut
James Kinds – Love You From The Top (Delmark Records)
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Best New Recording - Traditional & Acoustic Blues
Eric Bibb – Booker’s Guitar (Telarc Records)
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Best New Recording - Contemporary Blues
Kenny NealHooked On Your Love (Blind Pig Records)
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Best Historical Reissue
Junior Wells – Live In Boston 1966 (Delmark Records)
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Blues Book of the Year
Scott Barretta & Ken Murphy – State Of The Blues (Proteus Publishing)

The Living Blues Reader's Poll

Blues legend Buddy Guy proved to be the big winner in Living Blues' annual Readers' Poll, grabbing five of the coveted awards. Guy walked off with both the "Blues Artist of the Year (Male)" and the "Best Live Performer" awards, and was also named as the "Most Outstanding Blues Singer" and the "Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)" by the magazine's readers. Guy's Living Proof LP took "Best Blues Album of 2010 (New Release)."

As for those awards not won by the Chicago blues giant, fan favorite Marcia Ball was named "Blues Artist of the Year (Female)" as well as "Most Outstanding Musician (Piano)" in the reader's poll. Another bona fide legend, blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite, was named the "Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)" for the third consecutive year. The "Best Blues Album of 2010 (Historical Recording)" was awarded Dinah Washington for her The Fabulous Miss D! collection (Hip-O Select), and Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan received the "Best Blues DVD of 2010" award for the two guitarists' In Session disc (Stax Records).

Pick up Living Blues on your local newsstand, or check out the magazine's website to find details about subscribing or back issues.

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