The 2012 Living Blues Awards, with a little cherry pie

Thursday, 02 August 2012 12:00 AM Written by 

The 2012 Living Blues Awards have been announced, and they present an interesting selection of how both music critics and Living Blues magazine readers look at blues music.

The LB polls are noteworthy because they compare the opinions of blues writers with those of fans. And it's interesting, if not informative, to see what they think.

Here are the top picks from the critics list:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Lurrie Bell
Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Etta James
Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)

Buddy Guy
The rest of the lists are here.

Generally, it looks like the critics lean toward more traditional tastes, while the fans have more of a taste for slightly more contemporary styles. But there are a lot of great musicians on both lists.

There are also a lot more categories on the critics list, including one that caught my eye: Comeback Artist of the Year. That award went to Ironing Board Sam, born Sammie Moore, in Rockhill, S.C., in 1939.

He reputedly got his nickname from using an old ironing board to prop up his keyboards when he played as a young man. Maybe some of you have heard of him. I had not, so I I went directly to YouTube to see what I could hear. And I liked what I heard.

Here are some videos, going back to 1965. Enjoy this "new" artist:

And finally, "Cherry Pie," a great old doo-wop slow-dance tune, which I always identified with the duo Marvin and Johnny:

Here's the Marrvin & Johnny version:

And for even more fun, George Carlin's version of "Cherry Pie" (note that he agrees with BlueNotes about the dancing):

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