Memphis Blues Awards & Hall Of Fame

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The Blues Foundation presented its annual Blues Music Awards at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

The event preceded the opening of the Blues Hall of Fame on Main Street, with 2015 inductees Little Richard, Eric Clapton and Tommy Moore.

The big Blues Awards winner was Elvin Bishop, who won three awards from six nominations, including album, band and song awards.

The 36th Blues Music Award winners are:

Acoustic Album

Timeless – John Hammond

Acoustic Artist

John Hammond

Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop

B.B. King Entertainer

Band
Elvin Bishop Band

Best New Artist Album
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood

Contemporary Blues Album
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Janiva Magness

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Gary Clark Jr.

Historical
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)

Instrumentalist-Bass
Lisa Mann

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Joe Bonamassa

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite

Instrumentalist-Horn
Deanna Bogart

Koko Taylor Award
Ruthie Foster

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter

Song
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop

Soul Blues Album
Memphis Grease – John Németh

Soul Blues Female Artist
Sista Monica

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush

Traditional Blues Album
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Lurrie Bell

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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