The Blues Foundation held its 37th Blues Music Awards last night at the Cook Convention Center, in Memphis. Buddy Guy won Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Born to Play Guitar, while The Cedric Burnside Project’s Descendants of Hill County was chosen Traditional Blues Album of the Year.
Walter Trout’s Battle Scars nabbed the Rock Blues Album prize and his “Gonna Live Again” was named Song of the Year. Otis Clay was posthumously awarded best Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album for This Time for Real, his collaboration with Billy Price. Other notable winners included Duke Robillard for Acoustic Album of the Year (The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard) and Mr. Sipp for Best New Artist Album (The Mississippi Blues Child). Ruthie Foster collected her fourth Koko Taylor Award for Best Traditional Blues Female Artist, while the Bear Family Records’ 5-CD Slim Harpo box set, Buzzin’ the Blues, was chosen Historical Album of the Year.
Founded in 1980, the Blues Foundation strives to preserve blues heritage, celebrate recordings and performance, and expand awareness of the form. For more, go to blues.org.