By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Tedeschi Trucks Band named Band of the Year
Portland bluesman Curtis Salgado took home three wins last night in Memphis at the 2017 Blues Music Awards hosted by The Blues Foundation.
Salgado's song Walk a Mile in My Blues won the top honor for Song of the Year, which he co-wrote with David Duncan and Mike Finigan. He also was named Soul Blues Male Artist and received the Soul Blues Award for his album "The Beautiful Lowdown".
Salgado was unable to attend the ceremonies as he is still recovering from open heart surgery earlier this spring. He did address the crowd by long distance video, however.
In other awards, Bobby Rush picked up Album of the Year for his release "Porcupine Meat" and also nabbed the award for Historical Album of the Year for "Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush", released on Omnivore Recordings.
Tedeschi Trucks Band won awards for Band of the Year and Rock Blues Album for last year's release "Let Me Get By". Susan Tedeschi was named best Contemporary Blues Female Artist.
Joe Bonamassa took home two wins, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Mavis Staples, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame earlier this week, was named Soul Blues Female Artist.