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Bay Area artists honored at annual Blues Awards

John Nemeth
John Nemeth
John Nemeth

Veteran Northern California bluesmen Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel and John Nemeth were among the winners at the Blues Awards.

Buddy Guy was named the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year at Thursday night's 35th annual Blues Awards held in Memphis.
In general, the awards were well spread out over a host of artists with Charlie Musselwhite and Susan Tedeschi (two with husband Derek Trucks) taking the most awards with three each while the album “Remembering Little Walter” by Billy Boy Arnold, Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia and James Harman won two including Album of the Year as did Trucks. Musselwhite won for the Little Walter album and as Harmonica artist. Tedeschi won for Band and Rock Blues Album for “Made Up Mind” by the Tedeschi Trucks Band along with Contemporary Blues Female Artist.

B.B. King Entertainer: Buddy Guy
Album: “Remembering Little Walter”— Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
Song: “Blues in My Soul” – Lurrie Bell
Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best New Artist Debut: “Daddy Told Me” – Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
Historical Album: “The Sun Blues Box” – Various Artists
DVD: “Songs from the Road” – Royal Southern Brotherhood
Acoustic Album: “There's a Time” – Doug MacLeod
Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod
Contemporary Blues Album: “Badlands” – Trampled Under Foot
Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Susan Tedeschi
Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Gary Clark Jr.
Traditional Blues Album: “Remembering Little Walter” – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
Traditional Blues Male Artist: James Cotton
Koko Taylor Award: Diunna Greenleaf
Soul Blues Album: “Down in Louisiana” –Bobby Rush
Soul Blues Female Artist: Irma Thomas
Soul Blues Male Artist: John Nemeth
Rock Blues Album: “Made Up Mind” – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Instrumentalist – Bass: Danielle Schnebelen
Instrumentalist – Drums: Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist – Guitar: Ronnie Earl
Instrumentalist – Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite
Instrumentalist – Horn: Eddie Shaw
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright

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