The 2017 International Blues Challenge on WDIF-LP

(Description from the official website:

The International Blues Challenge represents an worldwide search for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affilated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

Here are the performances we’re airing every weekday at 9:00pm. You can then hear a marathon of these recordings starting at 6:00pm on Saturday, concluding with a performance by the 1st place band at 11:00pm!

Wes Lee – Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola – Solo/Duo Category
Ruth Wyand – Triangle Blues Society in Durham, NC – Solo/Duo Category
SOBO Blues Band – Israel Blues Society – Band Category

Sugar Brown – Toronto, ON Blues Society – Solo/Duo Category
Johnny Fink & the intrusion – Dayton, OH Blues Society – Band Category
King Bee – Magic City Blues Society in Birmingham, AL – Band Category

Akeem Kemp Band – from Arkansas Blues Society – Band Category
Al Hill – Nashville Blues Society – Solo/Duo Category – 1st Place & Best Solo Guitar
Vince Johnson & The Plantation All Stars – Memphis, TN Blues Society – Band Category

Felix Slim – Hondarribia, Spain Blues Society – Solo/Duo Category
Sam Joyner – Vicksburg, Mississippi Blues Society – Solo/Duo Category
Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers – Cascade Blues Assoc. in Portland, OR – Band Category – 3rd Place

Brody Buster’s One Man Band – Kansas City Blues Society – Solo/Duo Category – 2nd Place & Best Harmonica
Randy McQuay – Cape Fear Blues Society in Wilmington, NC – Solo/Duo Category
The Souliz Band Featuring Sugar & Spice – Suncoast Blues Society in Tampa, FL – Band Category – 2nd Place

Dawn Tyler Watson – Montreal Canada Blues Society – Band Category – 1st Place