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:
Timeless – John Hammond
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
B.B. King Entertainer
Elvin Bishop Band
Best New Artist Album
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Contemporary Blues Album
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Gary Clark Jr.
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
Koko Taylor Award
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
Soul Blues Album
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Blues Female Artist
Soul Blues Male Artist
Traditional Blues Album
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Traditional Blues Male Artist