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Independent Blues Awards Winners 2017

As founder Richard L’Hommedieu says in the official awards announcement,

“The the real motivation behind the “Independent Blues Awards”

Honor the Past, Praise the Present and Empower the Future!

Congratulations to all the Independent Blues Awards members this year! All winners were chosen y the fans:

CD Awards

Best Independent Blues Acoustic CD  – Keb Mo – LIVE-That Hot Pink Blues

Best Independent Blues Contemorary CD – Jeremiah Johnson – Blues Heart attack

Best Independent Blues Tradtional CD – Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat

Best Independent Blues R&B/Soul CD – Johnny Rawls – Tiger in a Cage

Best Independent Blues Rock CD – Colin James – Blues Highway

Best Modern Roots CD – The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Cigar store

Best Independent Blues LIVE CD – Joe Bonamassa – Live at the Greek Theater

Best Independent Blues New Artists CD – The Marcus King Band – The Marcus King Band

Artist Awards

Artist of the Year!North Mississippi Allstars

Best Independent Male Blues Artist – John Mayal

Best Independent Female Blues Artist – Samantha Fish

Best Traditional Blues Band – Bobby Rush

Best Blues Rock Band – Joe Bonamassa

Best Modern Roots Band – North Mississippi Allstars

Best Contemporary Blues Band – Ben Harper

Best New Artist – The Smoke Wagon Blues Band

Independent Blues artist Gateway Award – Joe Bonamassa

Best Independent Blues Stage Performance – Joe Bonamassa

Road Warrior Award – Samantha Fish

Song Awards

Best Traditional Blues Song – Albert Castiglia – Let’s Make Love in the Morning

Best R&B/Soul Song – The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Set me Free

Best Contemporary Blues Song – Joe Bonamassa – Livin Easy

Best Blues Rock Song – Mike Zito – Redbird

Best Modern Roots Song – Ben Harper – Call it What it is

Best Funk Song – Jeremiah Johnson – Sun Shine Through

Best Song for the Common Good – John Mayall – The Devil Must Be Laughing

Best Music VideoBobby Rush – Porcupine MeatBu


I am the author of a number of books, including Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues, T;Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, about blues women, The Irish Slaves, a non-fiction work about Irish History, and Haunted Marietta, a nook from the History Press about my hometown of Marietta, GA and its ghosts. I am a member and sponsor of The Atlanta Blues Society.

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