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


Update: 11/11/13

Our Challenge Finals Results are:

Solo/Duo Category

Matt Tedder

Band Category

Jackie Wilson Band


  The competition was very strong this year, and all of the acts played their hearts out. We are very proud to showcase Nashville’s amazing level of Blues entertainment and musicianship. The scoring was very close, and everyone that participated this year should be proud! The winning acts will be sent to Memphis for the International Blue Challenge (IBC) in January to compete against the best acts from all over the world. For the week, Beale Street returns back what it was many years ago; a Mecca for the blues.


Update: 11/8/13 – 12:30am

Announcing the  2013 Blues Challenge finalists:


Tyrone Carreker

Ray Cashman

Matt Tedder


Jake Leg Stompers

Corey Mac

Jackie Wilson


Cumberland Blue

We congratulate all of the acts that participated this year. The level of talent was amazing, and we enjoyed hearing you all.  Scoring was very close, and we are proud to have each and every musician that participated as a member of the NBS.


Please attend the finals on Sunday,  November 10, at the Hard Rock Cafe. Doors open at 5:30pm. See you there!



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 Patrick Devine and The Hot Pockets Ray Cashman Leah Marie King Band
9:00 Kendra Chantelle Duo Jake Leg Stompers Corey Mac
9:30 Chris Crase and The Soul Fixing Men Jackie Wilson Band

The semi-finals will be held at World Music Nashville on the above dates.


The Nashville Blues Society will hold its third Nashville BLUES Challenge during the week of November 4th at World Music Nashville, with Finals held at the Hard Rock Café on Sunday, November 10th. 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 30th Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis from January 21st through January 25th, 2014. 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


Interested bands or solo/duo acts must apply by October 18, 2013. To apply, click here for an application: 2013 Blues Challenge Entry Form