2012 Nashville Blues Challenge Winners:
Solo/Duo: Miss Jackie Wilson and Maestro Lightford
Band: Rickey Godfrey Band
Youth Band: Cumberland Blue
The NBS will send these acts to represent Nashville in the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, TN, January 29- February 2, 2013.
We congratulate the 5 bands, 9 Solo/Duo, and 2 Youth acts that joined in the event. All of the musicians were amazing, and we appreciate their participation. We had a capacity crowd in attendance as the Hard Rock Cafe. Many thanks to all that came out to support our Nashville blues musicians, and for your generous donations. See you in Memphis!
The Nashville Blues Society held our preliminary BLUES challenge November 13th through the 15th at World Music Nashville. We would like to congratulate all of those bands and solo/duo artists who participated. You were all fantastic!!
We are proud to announce those artists with the highest scores advancing to the Finals this Sunday, November 18th at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, scheduled as follows:
|6:30||Terry “Goose” Downing & Tim Gonzalez|
|7:30||Miss Jackie Wilson & Maestro Lightford|
|8:00||Cumberland Blue – Youth Band Showcase|
|8:30||Rickey Godfrey Band|
|9:00||Tom Buller & Just Plain Trouble|
|9:30||Celebrity Jam followed by pro jam
Winners Announced at 10:30pm
Special Guest Judges include: Steve Cropper, Tom Hambridge, Karen Leipziger, James “Nick” Nixon, and Bart Walker.
Please come out to see the Finals and support your local Blues musicians as they compete to represent the Nashville Blues Society in the 29th International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN.
Nashville BLUES Challenge 2012 Schedule
Venue: World Music Nashville, Highway 70 South, Bellevue, TN 37221. Doors open at 6pm
|Tuesday 11/13||Wednesday 11/14||Thursday 11/15||Finals: Sunday 11/18|
|Gina Hughes||Gina Hughes||Bill Bois||Steve Cropper|
|Tiger Gagan||Tiger Gagan||Shelly Korolewicz
|Markey||Ted Drozdowski||Markey||Karen Leipziger|
|James “Nick” Nixon|
|TIMES||TUESDAY 11/14||WEDNESDAY 11/15||THURSDAY 11/15|
|6:30||Ricky Godfrey||Rich Armentrout and Third Coast||Jesse Black|
|7:00||Tim Turner Band||Chris Raspante||Tom Whisenhut|
|7:30||Howlin at the Moon||Terry “Goose” Downing & Tim Gonzalez||Adam & Monty|
|8:30||Cumberland Blue||Miss Jackie Wilson & Maestro Lightford||Jonah Kraut|
|9:00||Tom Buller & Just Plain Trouble||Gil Gann||Jake Hill|
Nashville BLUES Challenge 2012
The Nashville Blues Society will hold it’s 2nd annual Nashville Blues Challenge the week of November 12, 2012 at World Music Nashville. The competition is open to any eligible local blues band or solo/duo act within our membership and region. The selected winner in each category (Band and Solo/Duo) will represent our society at the 29th International Blues Challenge, scheduled for January 29 thru February 2, 2013. New this year, we have a separate Youth category. Young artists up to 20 years of age are eligible to compete in this category.
The deadline for applications in all categories is October 20th. Please Click on the link below to download your application. Good Luck!!
International Blues Challenge “Best Self-Produced CD” Award Submission Info: All NBS member bands and artists who released a CD without the help of a label (other than a self-owned label) between November 1, 2011 and October 20, 2012 are eligible. Despite the contest’s title, bands or artists who used outside producers are eligible. CDs must be received in the NBS post office box by November 1. Please send them to: Best Indie CD Contest, Nashville Blues Society, P.O. Box 330986, Church Street Station, Nashville, TN 37203. And please be sure to include contact information for each submission. You may apply for NBS membership and enter at the same time if you are not already a member. Click here for Membership Info
Deadline for Nashville Blues Society Best CD entries is October 20, 2012
The International Blues Challenge (IBC) is held every year in Memphis, TN. The IBC represents an international search by the Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations (mostly blues societies from the US and abroad) for Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues acts ready to headline national and international stages, but needing the extra break that winning or placing in the competition provides. It has evolved into the world’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians. The IBC is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of experts from the blues world. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria, which includes Blues Content, Instrumental Talent, Vocal Talent, Originality, and Stage Presence.
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2011 Nashville Blues Challenge Winners:
Solo/Duo: Jake Hill
Band: Bart Walker Band – 2nd Place Band Winner in Memphis, and the Gibson Guitar Award Winner (he was awarded a new Gibson 335 Guitar!)
The NBS sent these acts to represent Nashville in the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, TN, January 31- February 4, 2012.
We congratulate the 16 bands, and 5 Solo/Duo acts that participated in the 2011 event. All were amazing, and are helping the NBS build the blues community here in Nashville.
Results for the preliminary playoffs have been verified! The bands listed below will be heading to the finals, Sunday November 13, at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Congratulations to band category finalists:
Bad Moon Blues Band
Bart Walker Band
The NBS wants to thank all of the great bands that participated. You were all amazing, and you are all winners! We had a blast, and appreciate your support for the blues in Nashville.
We also want to congratulate our Nashville Blues Challenge Finalists in the Solo/Duo category;
Jake Hill and Kyle Knutson will move on to the final round at the Hard Rock Cafe, Nov. 13