Here are the winners at the 1998 W.C. Handy Awards held April 30 in Memphis, along with recipients of Keeping the Blues Alive Awards.

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Entertainer: Luther Allison.

Band: Luther Allison & the James Solberg Band.

Contemporary male artist: Luther Allison.

Contemporary female artist: Marcia Ball.

Soul female artist: Ruth Brown.

Soul male artist: Little Milton.

Traditional male artist: Carey Bell.

Traditional female artist: Rory Block.

Acoustic artist: Keb' Mo'

New artist: Johnny "Yard Dog'' Jones.

Guitarist: Luther Allison.

Harmonica player: Rod Piazza.

Keyboard player: Pinetop Perkins.

Bassist: Calvin "Fuzz'' Jones.

Drummer: Will "Big Eyes'' Smith.

Other instrumentalist: Roomful of Blues (horn section).

Contemporary album: "Reckless'' by Luther Allison.

Soul album: "R+B=Ruth Brown'' by Ruth Brown.

Traditional album: "Good Luck Man'' by Carey Bell.

Comeback album: "Another Cow is Dead'' by Eddie King.

Acoustic album: "Fish Ain't Bitin''' by Corey Harris.

Reissue album: "The Complete Chess Recordings'' by Jimmy Rogers.

Song: "Living in the House of Blues'' by Jerry Lunn Williams.


These are individuals and organizations that are recognized and honored by their peers in the industry for their continued dedication and hard work in preserving and increasing the exposure of the Blues.

Visual Broadcast: Austin City Limits (c/o KLRU-TV)

Blues Organization of the Year: Natchel' Blues Network

Public Radio: "Blues Before Sunrise," Steve Cushing

Publishing: Handy Brothers Music Company (This KBA was a special one-time award to honor the 80th anniversary of this amazing company and family. The Handy family still owns and operates the Handy Brothers Music Company, quite a feat after eighty years in this day corporate sales, mergers, takeovers and bankruptcies.)

Journalism: Ted Drozdowski

Johnny Clyde Copeland Humanitarian Fund: Big Joe Turner Musicians' Fund

Literature: Honeyboy Edwards for his book "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing"

Sponsoring The Blues: Lady Luck Rhythm and Blues Casino

Commercial Radio: Music Unlimited "Blues Deluxe"

Education: Michael "Hawkeye" Herman

Blues on the Internet: Curtis Hewston, The Blue Highway

Blues Club of the Year: Buddy Guy's Legends

Blues Promoter of the Year: Tom Mazzolini, San Francisco Blues Festival

Blues Manager/Agent of the Year: Blue Sky Artist Management (Miki Mulvehill and Joe Klein)

Art/Photography: Mark Norberg

Historical Preservation: David Sanjek, archivist at BMI

Blues Retailer of the Year: Bubba's Blues Corner, Helena, Arkansas (Bubba Sullivan)

Print Media: Big City Blues