2004 - 25th W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Acoustic Blues Album of The Year

Buddy Guy - Blues Singer - Silvertone
Eric Bibb - Natural Light - Earthbeat
Fruteland Jackson - Blues 2.0 - Electro-Fi
Guy Davis - Chocolate to the Bone - Red House
Mark Lemhouse - Big Lonesome Radio - Yellow Dog Records
Rory Block - Last Fair Deal - Telarc Records
 
Acoustic Blues-Artist of The Year
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Corey Harris
Eric Bibb
Guy Davis
John Hammond
Rory Block
 
Best New Artist Debut
EG Kight - Southern Comfort - Blue South Records
Ellis Hooks - Up Your Mind - Evidence
Mark Lemhouse - Big Lonesome Radio - Yellow Dog Records
Nick Curran and the Nitelifes - Doctor Velvet - Blind Pig
Renee Austin - Sweet Talk - Blind Pig
 
Blues Album of The Year
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets - Which Way Is Texas? - Bullseye Blues
Bettye Lavette - A Woman Like Me - Blues Express
Buddy Guy - Blues Singer -Silvertone
Kim Wilson - Lookin' for Trouble! - MC Records
Otis Taylor - Truth Is Not Fiction - Telarc Records
 
Blues Band of The Year
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets w/Sam Myers
Bob Margolin's All Star Blues Band
Little Charlie and the Nightcats
Magic Slim Band
Rod Piazza Band
Roomful of Blues
 
Blues Entertainer of The Year
B.B. King
Bobby Rush
Kim Wilson
Shemekia Copeland
Solomon Burke
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Bass
Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Calvin Jones
Johnny B. Gayden
Willie Kent
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
Joe Maher
Sam Carr
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Duke Robillard
Junior Watson
Michael Burks
Ronnie Earl
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite
James Harman
Kim Wilson
Rod Piazza
Snooky Pryor
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards
Dr. John
Henry Butler
Honey Piazza
Jay McShann
Marcia Ball
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Other
Andra Faye - Mandolin/Violin
Gatemouth Brown - Fiddle
Otis Taylor - Banjo
Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel
Sonny Rhodes - Lap Steel
 
Blues Instrumentalists-Horns
Calvin Owens-Trumpet
Eddie Shaw - Saxophone
Mark Kazanoff - Saxophone
Roomful of Blues - Horns
Sax Gordon - Saxophone
 
Blues Song of The Year
"Foreclosure on the House of Love"-writer, John Lee Sanders-So Many Rivers/Marcia Ball
"Hard Times Won" - writer, Barry Levenson - Hard Times Won/Barry Levenson w/ Johnny Dyer
"I Smell Smoke" - writers, Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven and Roger Reale - I Smell Smoke/Michael Burks
"Lookin' for Trouble!" - writers, Kim Wilson/Amanda Taylor - Lookin' For Trouble!/Kim Wilson
"Southern Comfort" - writers, EG Kight/Tom Horner - Southern Comfort/EG Kight
 
Comeback Blues Album of The Year
Bettye LaVette - A Woman Like Me - Blues Express
Deacon John Moore - Deacon John's Jump Blues - Vetter Communications
Howard Tate - Rediscovered - Private Music
Jim Dickinson - Free Beer Tomorrow - Artemis Records
Mickey Champion - What You Want - Tondef Records
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year
Kim Wilson - Lookin' for Trouble! - MC Records
Marcia Ball - So Many Rivers - Alligator
Michael Burks - I Smell Smoke - Alligator
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops - Count Your Blessings - Blue Bella
Otis Taylor - Truth Is Not Fiction - Telarc Records
 
Contemporary Blues-Female Artist of The Year
Deborah Coleman
EG Kight
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland
 
Contemporary Blues-Male Artist of The Year
Buddy Guy
Joe Louis Walker
Kim Wilson
Otis Taylor
Taj Mahal
 
Historical Blues Album of The Year
Howlin' Wolf - The London Sessions (Deluxe Edition) - MCA/Chess
Muddy Waters - Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live - Legacy Edition
Sister Rosetta Tharp - The Gospel of the Blues - MCA/Decca
Slim Harpo - Complete Excello Singles - Hip-O
Various Artists - 50 Years of Jazz and Blues - Blues - Delmark
 
Soul/Blues Album of The Year
Bettye Lavette - A Woman Like Me - Blues Express
Bobby Blue Bland - Blues At Midnight - Malaco Records
Etta James - Let's Roll - RCA/Private
Howard Tate - Rediscovered - Private Music
Mighty Sam McClain - One More Bridge to Cross - Mighty Music
 
Soul/Blues Female Artist of The Year
Bettye LaVette
E.C. Scott
Etta James
Lavelle White
Toni Lynn Washington
 
Soul/Blues Male Artist of The Year
Bobby Rush
Howard Tate
Mighty Sam McClain
Solomon Burke
W.C. Clark
 
Traditional Blues Album of The Year
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets - Which Way Is Texas? - Bullseye Blues
Bob Margolin - All-Star Blues Jam - Telarc Records
Jimmy Burns - Back To The Delta - Delmark
Johnny B. Moore - Rockin' In The Same Old Boat - Delmark
Various - Shout, Sister, Shout! - A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe - MC Records
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist of The Year
Alberta Adams
Koko Taylor
Maria Muldaur
Mickey Champion
Odetta
Precious Bryant
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist of The Year
Magic Slim
Otis Rush
Pinetop Perkins
Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Willie King