2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners

W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners

Here are the 2003 winners of the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, handed out May 22 in Memphis.

Blues Entertainer of the Year: B.B. King

Blues Band of the Year : Magic Slim & The Teardrops

Blues Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers"

Best New Artist Debut: Robert Randolph, "Live at the Wetlands"

Contemporary Male Artist of the Year: Charlie Musselwhite

Contemporary Female Artist of the Year: Shemekia Copeland

Soul Male Artist of the Year: Solomon Burke

Soul Female Artist of the Year: Etta James

Traditional Male Artist of the Year: R.L. Burnside

Traditional Female Artist of the Year: Koko Taylor

Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year: John Hammond

Blues Instrumentalist Guitar: Duke Robillard:

Blues Instrumentalist Keyboards: Pinetop Perkins

Blues Instrumentalist Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite

Blues Instrumentalist Bass: Willie Kent

Blues Instrumentalist Drums: Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Blues Instrumentalist Horns: Roomful of Blues Horns

Blues Instrumentalist Other: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (fiddle)

Soul Blues Album of the Year: Solomon Burke, "Don't Give Up on Me"

Acoustic Blues Album of the Year: Big Jack Johnson, "Memphis Bar-B-Que Sessions"

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers"

Comeback Blues Album of the Year: Jody Williams, "Return of a Legend"

Traditional Blues Album of the Year: James Cotton, "35th Anniversary Jam"

Historical Blues Album of the Year: Albert King, "Born Under a Bad Sign"

Blues Song of the Year: "Let It Rain," W. C. Clark, Bobby Boyd, John Gray Gregson