NBS Blues Challenge 2014 to be held the week of September 29



If You’ve Got What it Takes, It Could Take You to Memphis!


The Nashville Blues Society will hold the 4th Nashville BLUES Challenge during the week of September 29 at World Music Nashville, with Finals held at the Hard Rock Café on Sunday, October 5th. This judged showcase and competition of member blues bands and solo/duo blues artists will determine a winning band and/or solo/duo artist(s) to represent the Nashville Blues Society in the 31st Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis from January 20 through January 24, 2015. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria, which includes Blues Content, Instrumental Talent, Vocal Talent, Originality and Stage Presence.


The winners will compete against winning entrants from affiliated blues societies worldwide. The IBC is the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians, and represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and/or Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage. For more information, click here: Blues Foundation IBC Page


We highly recommend you attend the official launch of Dana’s new record with Special Guest Delbert McClinton!!
It would be a good idea to reserve a table.

Band includes:
Tom Hambridge – drums
Mike Joyce – bass
Bob Britt – guitar
Tim McDonald – keys/B3
Etta Britt – bgv

Special Guest: Delbert McClinton

My Tip Jar







NBS and My Tip Jar present this new app designed to receive tips, promote, stay connected with your fans, and find new fans!
Tip Jar allows users to find local artist performing at venues all over the US. The app uses your GPS location services to show you the closet venue and band to your phone no matter what the location. It will also allow you to tip the band directly from the app.

My Tip Jar will donate 5% of their proceeds to the Nashville Blues Society to help support The Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame.





Mark Robinson’s “Have Axe – Will Groove” CD Advances to 2nd Round

Have Axe – Will Groove by Mark Robinson submitted by the Nashville Blues Society in the Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD competition has advanced to Round 2.

Results of the next round will be posted at https://blues.org/#ref=ibc_selfcd, on or around December 16. The winner will be announced at Finals of the 30th International Blues Challenge, January 25, 2014.

Congratulations to Mark!

NBS Holiday Party – December 15 at Hard Rock Cafe

Music, Munchies and Merriment!

Our annual NBS Holiday Party will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe, Sunday, December 15.

8 bands will be performing, starting at 5pm. Blues jam to follow, so bring your axe!

Free for current members, $20 for a non-member (includes membership), and $30 for non-member couple or band (includes membership).

NBS Blues Challenge Contestants and Schedule Announced

2013 NBS Blues Challenge Update

The NBS Blues Challenge contestants and schedule has been announced:

Time Monday 11/4 Tuesday 11/5 Wednesday 11/6 Thursday 11/7
6:30 DOSE Two Tone & Bayou Rickey Godfrey Matt Tedder
7:00 Tyrone Carreker Cara Being Blue Cumberland Blue Skinny Buddah
7:30 Break Break Break Break
8:00 Jonah Kraut Jesse Black Tiger Gagan Band Eight o’ Five Jive
8:30 Lauren Zoeller Band Devine Quartet Ray Cashman Leah Marie King Band
9:00 Third Coast Trio Kendra Chantelle Band Jake Leg Stompers Corey Mac
9:30 Chris Crase and The Soul Fixing Men Jackie Wilson

The semi-finals will be held at World Music Nashville on the above dates. Please see our Blues Challenge Page for more details:

NBS Blues Challenge Page

Best New Artist Debut

The Andy T – Nick Nixon Band has been nominated for a Blues Blast Award in the category of Best New Artist Debut for their new Album, Drink Drank Drunk, on the Delta Groove Label. Andy T is a Vice President of the NBS Board of Directors. Show him some love and vote for him before 8/31 at http://www.thebluesblast.com/bbma/2013/vote.php. There are lots of great blues players nominated in various categories so please visit and vote!

Music City Festival & BBQ Competition


The Nashville Blues Society is proud to be a partner with the Music City Festival and BBQ Competition for our third year, Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th.

A stellar line-up of NBS member bands and musicians will take the stage as BBQ competitors and the general public enjoy the blues, brews and BBQ.

For more info please visit:  www​.musiccitybbqfestival.com 

Mark your Calendars and make sure you come out, bring your friends and family of all ages, and support live blues in Nashville!

Music at the Mansion

Music at the Mansion - 2013In support of our good friends and neighbors at HipDonelson and the beautiful Two Rivers Mansion restoration project, several member bands will be featured on Saturday, August 17th, for Music at the Mansion. The Rickey Godfrey Band, Markey Blues, and the Andy T – Nick Nixon Band will be playing! Make sure you stop by the NBS booth and say hello!

Blues Flash Mobs

NBS member, Bluesman Mark Robinson, is celebrating a BIG birthday in an even BIGGER way on July 29th at Music City Smokehouse! NBS has been honored to support this blues-friendly establishment, attending and championing 2 “Blues Flash Mobs” and most recently holding board meetings there. Go on down, buy Mark a birthday beer, enjoy the great music, and support this and other venues that support live blues!

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