Saturday, January 25, 2014

30th International Blues Challenge Winners Announced

Memphis, TN (January 25, 2014) - The 30th International Blues Challenge (IBC)--the world's largest gathering of blues acts—concluded its five-day run on world famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis with a full day of performances before a full house at the Orpheum Theatre. Narrowed from a record 255 acts from 40 states and 16 countries (and four continents), the 8 solo/ duo and 9 band finalists vied for the top prizes before an esteemed panel of judges . Here are the results:
1st Place: Mr. Sipp of the Vicksburg Blues Society 
2nd Place: Ghost Town Blues Band of the Memphis Blues Society
3rd Place: Billy the Kid & Regulators of the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania
Gibson Guitarist (top guitarist among band finalists): Mr. Sipp of the Vicksburg Blues Society

1st Place: Tim Williams of the Calgary Blues Music Association
2nd Place: Lucious Spiller of the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Inc. 
St. Blues Guitarist (top guitarist among solo/duo finalists): Tim Williams Calgary Blues Music Association

Lee Oskar Harmonica Player (top harmonica player among semi-finalists): Jerome Godboo  of the Toronto Blues Society.

Best Self-Produced CD: Account to Me - Hank Mowery (West Michigan Blues Society)

Details on all Florida competitions/competitors HERE.
Details on all Florida 2014 IBC quarter-final competitors HERE.
Details on all 2014 IBC quarter-final competitors HERE.
Details on all 2014 IBC semi-final competitors HERE.

For more information, contact Jay Sieleman at or visit

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