We regret that the Nashville Blues Society will not be holding a 2017 Blues Challenge. As a result we will not be making an entry for the 2018 International Blues Challenge. Many of our volunteers have become immersed in their own music careers or have relocated which has resulted in a lack of the funding events and the human resources required to participate in the program. We plan to regroup and be back with the challenge next year if there is enough interest.


Nashville Blues Challenge 2016 Preliminary Results

We want to thank all of the bands that competed in the 2016 Nashville Blues Challenge preliminaries.  Scoring was very close and the top 4 bands and top 3 Solo/Duo acts will be competing in the finals.

Congratulations to our finalists!

The finals schedule will be as follows:

6:00pm – Angela Easley Band

6:30pm – Ted Drosdowski

7:00pm – Cara Being Blue

7:30pm – Al Hill

8:00pm – Markey Blue

8:30pm – Godfrey Gonzales

9:00pm – Eight O’ Five Jive

The Nashville Blues Challenge finals will held at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, October 30. Doors open at 5pm and the competition begins at 6pm. Invite your family and friends! Everyone is welcome. Open Jam to follow the competition. See you there!




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


September 2016

The Nashville Blues Society will hold the 6th Annual Nashville BLUES Challenge during the week of October 24 at World Music Nashville, with Finals held at the Hard Rock Café, October 30. 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 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis from January 30 through February 4, 2017. 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 7, 2016. To apply, click here for an application: 2016 Blues Challenge Entry Form