Independent Blues Awards 2017 WINNERS!

Here they are! The Winners of the Independent Blues Awards! This year we had a record number of votes for our nominees! Our total number of “Completed” votes was 2,226 over 1,000 more than last year. If you want to see the actual totals for each nominee in each category you can view the total statistics as a PDF file


One notable event I have to report to you all, is the fact that we had 2 attempts to hack the the awards and affect the results of the voting. We have identified the two IP’s that these attacks came from, one from California and one from Virginia (as far as we know there were no Russians involved!). We have removed the votes that were not legitimate, but I mention it because I wanted to make sure you all were aware of this as a matter of full disclosure. 

Once again, all the nominees are worthy of your support .. please visit the nomination page where you can still listen to their music, buy their CD’s and and find their calendars where you can go see them live when they come to your town!! I hope you, our readers, were able to discover some new artists and music through this process.

The the real motivation behind the “Independent Blues Awards”

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

It is important to support those independent Blues artists who are out there creating the future of the blues.

Without Further ado.. here are the winners of the 2017 Independent Blues Awards .. Click on the artists banner or use the links below and you will be taken to a page where you can listen to their music, Read their bios, see their videos and purchase their music!



CD Awards

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

Best Independent Blues Contemporary CD – Jeremiah Johnson – Blues Heart attack – Buy 

Best Independent Blues Traditional CD – Bobby Rush – Porcupine MeatBuy 

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

Best Independent Blues Rock CD – Colin James – Blues Highway – Buy

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

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

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

Artist Awards

Artist of the Year!North Mississippi AllstarsBuy

Best Independent Male Blues Artist – John MayallBuy

Best Independent Female Blues Artist – Samantha FishBuy

Best Traditional Blues Band – Bobby RushBuy

Best Blues Rock Band – Joe BonamassaBuy

Best Modern Roots Band – North Mississippi AllstarsBuy    

Best Contemporary Blues Band – Ben HarperBuy

Best New Artist – The Smoke Wagon Blues BandBuy

Independent Blues artist Gateway Award – Joe BonamassaBuy

Best Independent Blues Stage Performance – Joe BonamassaBuy

Road Warrior Award – Samantha FishBuy

Song Awards

Best Traditional Blues Song – Albert Castiglia/Joel Zoss – Let’s Make Love in the MorningBuy

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

Best Contemporary Blues Song – Joe Bonamassa – Livin EasyBuy

Best Blues Rock Song – Mike Zito – RedbirdBuy

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

Best Funk Song – Jeremiah Johnson – Sun Shine ThroughBuy

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

Best Music VideoBobby Rush – Porcupine MeatBuy