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Originally published Monday, April 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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Washington Blues Society names 2011 'Best of the Blues' winners

The Washington Blues Society handed out its 2011 "Best of the Blues" BB Awards at the Triple Door Sunday, April 17. The awards are for excellence in the blues by Northwest musicians. Winners included Sammy Eubanks for male vocalist and Charles White for lifetime achievement. Kevin Sutton won in both the performer and songwriter categories.

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The Washington Blues Society handed out its 2011 "Best of the Blues" BB Awards at the Triple Door Sunday. The awards are for excellence in the blues by Northwest musicians. Here are the winners:

Mark DuFresne Male Vocalist Award: Sammy Eubanks

Female Vocalist: Suze Sims

Electric Blues Guitar: C.D. Woodbury

Slide Blues Guitar: Mark Riley

Bass: Lissa Ramaglia

Chris Leighton Drummer Award: Andrew Cloutier

Horn: Scotty Harris

Paul Green Harmonica Award: Jeff Herzog

Piano/Keyboard: Eric "Two Scoops" Moore

Acoustic Guitar: Son Jack. Jr.

Blues Act: The WIRED! Band

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Traditional Act: Little Bill and the Blue Notes

Solo or Duo Act: Back Porch Stomp

New Band: James King & the Southsiders

Performer: Kevin Sutton

Songwriter: Kevin Sutton

Washington Recording: "Teach You A Lesson," The Randy Oxford Band

Club: The Oxford Saloon

Writer: Malcolm Kennedy

Image: "Women in Blues" October 2010 "Bluesletter" cover

Graphic Artist: Dennis Hacker

DJ: Jonathan "Oogie" Richards, KSER-FM

Keeping the Blues Alive: Tim and Michelle Burge

Lifetime Achievement: Charles White

Hall of Fame: L.J. Porter

Non-Festival Event: Blues Vespers

Festival: Sunbanks

Open Jam: Madison Pub Unbound Jam

Blue to the Bone: Dave Nichols, Dean Jacobsen

Paul de Barros: 206-464-3247 or pdebarros@seattletimes.com

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