Slim Harpo Music Awards 2020

We proudly present the 2020 winners. 

The three categories of SHMA awards and the 2020 recipients are as follows:

Legend: The 2020 SHMA Legend is Sam Hogan.

Ambassador: The 2020 Ambassadors are Sam Guy and Susan Owens.

Pioneer: The 2020 Pioneers are Ernest Scott and Troy Turner.

For additional information, contact Johnny Palazzotto at

2018 Recipients
Shannon Williford-  Legend
Mamie & Smokehouse Porter – Pioneers
Henry Turner Jr. Ambassador

Board Members: William Gambler, Alonzo Gambler, Tynita Howard, Fabian Blache, Pat McBride, Johnny Palazzotto, David Couvillon, Brian Blache, Tommy Rice, Krickett Perriloux and Tim Rice.

2018 Slim Harpo Music Awards
Thursday, November 15 at 6 pm

Time Out: 4619 Bennington Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
All tickets $25, available at Time Out
Admission includes free jambalaya and white beans

For more information, call 225.383.0968

Legend: signifies one who has credits of historical blues music status
Ambassador: one who represents the blues genre’ to other music lovers
Pioneer: one who has endured and carried blues music forward

Proceeds from the Slim Harpo Music Awards benefit the Music in the Schools outreach program.

The Slim Harpo Music Awards Ceremony is named for James Moore, known as Slim Harpo, an internationally known Baton Rouge musician who became a significant influence on many musicians worldwide, including the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Van Morrison, and countless others.

Slim Harpo Music Award Recipients

John Broven- Legend
Pat McBride- Ambassador
Sundanze Howie Dunston- Pioneer
Kenny Acosta- Pioneer

Legends:  Lil Buck Sinegal
Pioneer: Paula Rangell
Ambassador: Scott Billington

Legends:  Jimmie Vaughan & Lou Ann Barton
Pioneer: Kim Wilson
Ambassadors: Martin Hawkins & Bear Family Records

Legend:   Van Morrison
Ambassador:   Ret. Col. David Couvillion
Pioneer: CC Adcock

Legends:   Warren Storm. Guitar Gable Perrodin and Jockey Etienne
Ambassador:   David Kearns
Pioneers: Harvey Knox

Legend — Carol Fran & JD Miller
Pioneer — Oscar “Harpo” Davis & Deacon John Moore
Ambassador — Keith Richards

Legend — Lonesome Sundown
Pioneer — Ray Davies & Mighty Sam McClain
Ambassador — Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Legend — Tony Joe White
— Sonny Landreth
Ambassador — Teddy Johnson and Rob Payer

Legend — Dr. John and Jesse Kinchen
Pioneer — John Lisi
Ambassador — Alvin Batiste

Legend — Silas Hogan
Pioneer — Marcia Ball and Lil’ Ray Neal
Ambassador — Dr. Nick Spitzer

Legend — Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Pioneer — Luther Kent
Ambassador — Buddy Guy

Legend — Lazy Lester
Pioneer — Tab Benoit
Ambassador — Zia Tammami

Legend — Henry Gray
Pioneer — Chris Thomas King
Ambassador — Kenny Neal

Legend — Tabby Thomas
Pioneer — Larry Garner
Ambassador — Kip Holden

Legends — Raful Neal, James Johnson & Rudy Richard