1998 Living Blues Awards

Critics' Awards

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Bobby Rush

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Denise LaSalle

Most Outstanding Blues singer
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar)
Johnny B. Moore

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica)
Junior Wells

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards)
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums)
Sam Carr

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Bass)
Nick Holt

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Other Instrument-lap steel)
Freddie Roulette

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Sax, Trumpet, or Horn Section)
A.C. Reed

Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year (tie)
Freddie Roulette & Mighty Joe Young

Artist Most Deserving of Wider Recognition
Mary Lane

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New Recording-Contemporary)
Super Chikan, Blues Come Home to Roost, Rooster Blues

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New Recording - Soul/Blues
Denise LaSalle, Smokin' in Bed, Malaco

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New-Recording-Traditional or Acoustic)
Corey Harris, FoB

Best Debut Album of 1997
Super Chikan, Blues Come Home to Roost, Rooster Blues

Best Blues Song of 1997
Super Chickan, Down In The Delta

Best Blues Albums of 1997 (Historical-Prewar)
Big Maceo, The Bluebird recordings , 1941-1942;
The Victor/ bluebird Recordings, 1945-1947, RCA

Best Blues Album of 1997 (Historical-Postwar)
Various artists, Aristocrat of the Blues, Chess

Producer of the Year (New Recordings
Lawrence Hoffman

Producer/Compiler of the Year (Historical Recordings)
Andy McKaie, MCA/ Chess 50th Anniversary Series.

Best Liner Noters, 1997 Blues Releases
Jim O’Neal

Best Cover Art/Photo, 1997 Blues Release
Robert Lee McCoy

Best Zydeco Album of 1997
Boozoo Chavis, Hey do Right!, Rounder


Readers' Awards

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Luther Allison

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Ruth Brown

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar)
Luther Allison

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica)
Junior Wells

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards)
Pinetop Perkins

Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush

Best Blues Album of 1997 (New Recording)
Luther Allison, Reckless, Alligator

Best Blues Album of 1997 (Historical Recording)
Jimmy Rogers, Complete Chess Recordings, MCA/Chess

Best Blues Song of 1997
Robert Cray, The One In The Middle