The Blues Foundation is proud to announce the 20th
Anniversary W.C. Handy Blues Award Nominees -
Ceremonies To Be Held May 27, 1999
At The OrpheumTheater In Memphis.

Blues Entertainer of the Year
Johnny Adams
B.B. King
Taj Mahal
Rod Piazza
Bobby Rush
Joe Louis Walker
 
Traditional Blues-Male Artist of the Year
 Johnnie Bassett
R.L. Burnside
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Big Jack Johnson
Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Snooky Pryor.
Magic Slim
 
Blues Band of the Year
Anson Funderburg & The Rockets with Sam Myers
B.B. King Orchestra
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Roomful of Blues
Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters
 
Traditional Blues-Female Artist of the Year
Rory Block
Bonnie Lee
Annie Raines
Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women
Koko Taylor
 
Acoustic Blues-Artist of the Year
Guy Davis
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Keb' Mo'
John Hammond
Alvin Youngblood Hart
 
Contemporary Blues-Male Artist of the Year
Buddy Guy
B.B. King
Keb' Mo'
Joe Louis Walker
Carl Weathersby
 
Best New Blues Artist
Bernard Allison
Johnnie Bassett
Chris Thomas King
Susan Tedeschi
Shemekia Copeland
 
Contemporary Blues-Female
Artist of the Year
Marcia Ball
Deborah Coleman
Shemekia Copeland
Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson
Susan Tedeschi
 
Soul/Blues-Male Artist of the Year
Johnny Adams
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Mighty Sam McClain
Little Milton
Bobby Rush
 
Blues Artist Most Deserving Wider Recognition
 W.C. Clark
Eddy Clearwater
Roy Gaines
Larry Garner
Larry McCray
Darrel Nulisch
Finis Tasby
Carl Weathersby
 
Soul/Blues-Female Artist of the Year
Ruth Brown
Etta James
E.C. Scott
Lavelle White
Irma Thomas
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar
Johnnie Basset
Ronnie Earl
Duke Robillard
Otis Rush
Joe Louis Walker
Carl Weathersby
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards
Marcia Ball
Charles Brown
Dr. John
Pinetop Perkins
Honey Piazza
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Carey Bell
Paul deLay
Charlie Musselwhite
Rod Piazza
Snooky Pryor
Kim Wilson
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Drums
Ray Allison
Sam Carr
Popsy Dixon
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Bass
Sarah Brown
Johnny B Gayden
Nick Holt
Willie Kent
Bill Stuve
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Other
Gatemouth Brown (Violin)
Kaz Kazanoff (Sax)
Sonny Rhoades (Lap Steel)
Freddie Roulette (Lap Steel)
Eddie Shaw (Sax)
 
Traditional Blues Album of the Year
Johnnie Bassett - Cadillac Blues
David "Honeyboy" Edwards - The World Don't Owe
Me Nothing
Guy Davis - You Don't Know My Mind
John Hammond - Long As I Live
Robert Lockwood Jr. - I Got to Find Me A Woman
 
Comeback Album of the Year
Texas Johnny Brown - Nothin But The Truth
Peter Green - Robert Johnson Crossroads
Johnny Jones - I Was Raised on the Blues
Al King - It's Rough Out Here
Pete Mayes - For Pete's Sake
Dave Myers - You Can't Do That
 
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson - Sing It
Shemekia Copeland - Turn Up The Heat
BB King - Blues On The Bayou
Otis Rush - Anyplace I'm Goin
Susan Tedeschi - Just Won't Burn
Joe Louis Walker - Preacher & the President
 
Soul/Blues Album of the Year
Johnny Adams - Man Of My Word
Bobby "Blue" Bland - Live On Beale Street
W.C. Clark - Lover's Plea
Etta James - Life, Love & The Blues
Little Milton - For Real
Mighty Sam McClain - Journey
 
Accoustic Blues Album of the Year
Rory Block - Confessions of a Blues Singer
Henry Butler - Blues After Sunset
Guy Davis - You Don't Know My Mind
Alvin Youngblood Hart - Territory
Chris Thomas King - Red Mud
 
Reissue Blues Album of the Year
Luther Allison Hand Me Down My Moonshine Ruf Records
Jimmy Dawkins Fast Fingers Delmark Records
B.B. King Live at the Regal MCA Records
Robert Nighthawk Bricks in my Pillow Delmark Records
George Smith Now You Can Talk About Me Blind Pig
Jr. Wells Blues Hit Big Town Delmark Records
 
Blues Song of the Year: Song Title - Composer (Artist/Album Title)
"Cadillac Blues" by Robert Codish (Johnnie Bassett/Cadillac Blues)
"Cool Blues Walk" by Eddy Clearwater (Eddy Clearwater/Cool Blues Walk)
"Fourteen Dollars In The Bank" by Paul De Lay (Paul De Lay/Nice & Strong)
"Soon As I Get Paid" by Kevin Moore and John Lewis Parker (Keb' Mo'/Slow Down)
"Turn The Heat Up" by John Hahn and Jimmy Vivino (Shemekia Copeland/Turn The Heat Up)



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