1997 Living Blues Awards

Critics' Awards

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Luther Allison

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Lynn White

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards)
Floyd Dixon

Comeback Artist of the Year
Floyd Dixon

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Other Instrument)
C.J. Chenier (accordion)

Most Outstanding Blues Musician(s) (Sax, Trumpet, or Horn Section)
Eddie Shaw

Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar)
Otis Rush

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica)
Billy Branch

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Johnny Adams

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Bass)
Willie Kent

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums)
Sam Carr

Artist Most Deserving of Wider Recognition
Larry Garner

Producer/Compiler of the Year (Historical Recordings)
and Best Liner Notes, 1996 Blues Release(s)

Lawrence Hoffman, Various Artists,
Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940-94 (Smithsonian)

Best Cover Art/Photo 1996 Blues Release
Various Artists, Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940-94 (Smithsonian)

Best Zydeco Album of 1996
C.J. Chenier, The Big Squeeze (Alligator)

Best Blues Album of 1996 (Historical-Prewar)
Mississippi John Hurt
Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Recordings (Columbia/Legacy)

Best Blues Album of 1996 (New Recording-Contemporary)
Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones, Ain’t Gonna Worry (Earwig)

Best Blues Album of 1996 (New Recording- All Types)
Alvin Youngblood Hart Big Mama's Door (OKeh)

Best Debut Album of 1996
Alvin Youngblood Hart Big Mama's Door (OKeh)

Best Blues Album of 1996 (New Recording-Traditional or Acoustic)
Alvin Youngblood Hart Big Mama's Door (OKeh)

Producer of the Year (New Recordings)
George Paulus, St. George Records

Best Blues Album of 1996 (Historical-Postwar)
Various Artists, The Mercury Blues 'N' Rhythm Story 1945

Best Blues Song of 1996
Johnnie Taylor, Last Two Dollars (Malaco), written by George Jackson

Best Blues Album of 1996 (New Recording-Soul/Blues)
Johnnie Taylor, Good Love (Malaco)


Reader's Awards

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Luther Allison

Best Live Performer
Luther Allison

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Koko Taylor

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
B.B. King

Best Blues Song of 1996
Big Jack Johnson, We Gotta Stop This Killin'(MC)

Best Blues Album of 1996 (New Recording)
Junior Wells, Come On in this House (Telarc)

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica)
William Clarke

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards)
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar)
Otis Rush

Best Blues Album of 1996 (Historical Recording)
Bobby "Blue" Bland, That Did It! The Duke Recordings, Vol. 3 (MCA/Duke)