Monday, May 15, 2017
Blues Music Awards 2017 Winners
Blues legend Bobby Rush deservedly earned a pair of Blues Music Awards for both his new album (Porcupine Meat) and his earlier work (the archival Chicken Heads: A 50 Year History of Bobby Rush). The Tedeschi Trucks Band were also big winners this year, winning BMAs for their album Let Me Get By as well as “Band of the Year” and “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year” for Susan Tedeschi. Lest we forget, dynamite bluesman Kenny Neal won both “Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year” and “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year” for his fantastic Bloodline disc.
Blues-rock guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa turned 40 years old this past week (he’s been performing since he was opening for B.B. King at the age of 13), and The Blues Foundation voters recognized the prolific, hard-touring bluesman’s contributions to the genre with the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award.
We have a partial list of BMA winners below, with links to buy the winning albums from Amazon.com. Check out the full list of Blues Music Award winners on The Blues Foundation website!
BLUES MUSIC AWARDS 2017 WINNERS
Acoustic Album of the Year
Eric Bibb - The Happiest Man in the World (Stony Plain Records)
Acoustic Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Bobby Rush - Porcupine Meat (Rounder Records)
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Band of the Year
The Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Emerging Artist Album of the Year
Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Tengo Blues (VizzTone Records)
Kenny Neal - Bloodline (Cleopatra Records)
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
Historical Album of the Year
Bobby Rush - Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush (Omnivore Recordings)
Rock Blues Album of the Year
The Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By (Fantasy Records)
Soul Blues Album of the Year
Curtis Salgado - The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator Records)
Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year
Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year
Traditional Blues Album of the Year
Lurrie Bell - Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark Records)
Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Click on the album links to buy the CD from Amazon.com!