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Mississippi blues legend Bobby
Rush won the Grammy Award for "Best Traditional Blues Album" in the 2017 Grammy® Awards on Sunday afternoon, for his latest release, Porcupine Meat on Rounder Records. Nominated alongside fellow Mississippians Luther Dickinson and Vasti Jackson (the latter of whom arranged and played guitar on Rush's album), plus Joe Bonamassa
(who is also on Rush's album) and Lurie Bell, Rush earned his first win after four nominations.
Porcupine Meat is Rush's critically acclaimed Rounder Records debut. With special guests Jackson, Bonamassa, Dave Alvin, and Keb' Mo', backing from the New Orleans "A" team, the release cemented Bobby
Rush's legacy as the most vital blues artist of his generation. Producer was Rounder's Scott Billington. Rush is a 10-time Blues Music
Award winner, and 44-time nominee.
Rush was previously nominated for his albums Hoochie Man (2000), Down in Louisiana (2013) and Decisions with the band Blinddog Smokin' (2014).
According to Rush, "After 60 some odd years of recording and being over 80 years old, I won my first Grammy, and I'm a happy happy man. I've been a bluesman all my life, and I want you to know that the blues is here to stay. I'm proud to be a bluesman and I want to encourage all of the young folks out there that are singing the blues, to stick with it. The blues is the way to go. There were great artists nominated this year. This Grammy is for them, for the past generations of the blues — and to the future."
Both Rush is managed by 72 Music
Management / Faction Entertainment.