1995 - 16th W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Acoustic Blues Artist of The Year

CeDell Davis
Cephas & Wiggins
Honeyboy Edwards
John Hammond
 
Blues Band of The Year
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets w/Sam Myers
Charlie Musselwhite Band
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Roomful of Blues
Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King
 
Blues Entertainer of The Year
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Charles Brown
Charlie Musselwhite
Luther Allison
 
Blues Instrumentalist of The Year-Guitar
Buddy Guy
Jimmy Dawkins
Luther Allison
Otis Rush
Ronnie Earl
 
Blues Instrumentalist of The Year-Harmonica
Carey Bell
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Rod Piazza
Sugar Blue
 
Blues Instrumentalist of The Year-Other
Gatemouth Brown (fiddle)
Lonnie Pitchford (one string)
Roomful of Blues (horns)
Sam Lay (drums)
Sonny Rhodes (lap steel)
 
Blues Instrumentalist of The Year-Piano/Keyboards
Charles Brown
Dr. John
Johnnie Johnson
Marcia Ball
Pinetop Perkins
Sunnyland Slim
 
Blues Song of The Year
Ain't Enough Comin' In - Otis Rush (Otis Rush, Ain't Enough Comin' In)
Fool in Heah - Jimmy Dawkins (Jimmy Dawkins, Blues And Pain)
Six Strings Down - Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, Jimmie Vaughan (Jimmie Vaughan, Strange Pleasure
St. Gabriel - Marcia Ball - (Marcia Ball, Blues House)
That's When I Know - Eddie Campbell (Eddie Campbell, That's When I Know)
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year
Ain't Enough Comin' In - Otis Rush, Mercury
Blues And Pain - Jimmy Dawkins, Ichiban
In My Time - Charlie Musselwhite, Alligator
Slippin' In - Buddy Guy, Silvertone
Soul Fixin' Man - Luther Allison, Alligator
 
Contemporary Blues-Female Artist of The Year
Debbie Davies
Etta James
Koko Taylor
Marcia Ball
Michelle Wilson
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year
Charlie Musselwhite
Joe Louis Walker
Kenny Neal
Luther Allison
Otis Rush
 
Country/Acoustic Blues Album of The Year
All Around Man - Lonnie Pitchford, Rooster Blues
Goin Back In The Times - Homesick James, Earwig
Keb MoKeb Mo, Okeh/Epic
Sad Days Lonely Nights - Junior Kimbrough, Fat Possum
Two Heads Are Better - Harmonica Fats/Bernie Pearl, Bee Bump
 
Crossover Artist of The Year
Bonnie Raitt
Dann Penn
Eric Clapton
J. Geils and Magic Dick
Maria Muldaur
 
Entertainer of The Year
Buddy Guy
 
Female Blues Vocalist of The Year
Carol Fran
Denise LaSalle
Etta James
Irma Thomas
Koko Taylor
Lavelle White
Marcia Ball
 
Male Blues Vocalist of The Year
Bobby Bland
Charles Brown
Johnny Adams
Little Milton
Mighty Sam McClain
Solomon Burke
 
Reissue Album of The Year
Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog - Howlin' Wolf, MCA/Chess
Big, Bad & Blue - Joe Turner, Rhino
Black Magic - Magic Sam, Delmark
One More Mile - Muddy Waters, MCA/Chess
Otis Spann's Chicago Blues - Otis Spann, Hightone/Testament
 
Soul Blues Album of The Year
Father, Father - Pop Staples, Pointblank
I'm A Gambler - Little Milton, Malaco
Live At The House Of Blues - Solomon Burke, Black Top
Miss Lavelle - Lavelle White, Antone's
Z. Zelebration: A Tribute To Z.Z. Hill - Various Artists, Malaco
 
Soul Blues-Female Artist of the Year
Carol Fran
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Lavelle White
Shirley Brown
 
Soul Blues Male Artist of The Year
Bobby Bland
Johnny Adams
Little Milton
Mighty Sam McClain
Solomon Burke
 
Traditional Blues Album of The Year
Bluebird - Jimmy Rogers, Acoustic Sounds
Down To Earth - Willie Cobbs, Rooster Blues
Ice Cream Man - John Brim, Tone Cool
In The Mess Up To My Chest - Snooky Pryor, Antone's
Too Bad Jim - R.L. Burnside, Fat Possum
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist of The Year
Jeannie Cheatham
Katie Webster
Rory Block
Ruth Brown
Saffire
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist of The Year
Charles Brown
Pinetop Perkins
R.L. Burnside
Robert Jr. Lockwood
Taj Mahal