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


Congratulations to the winner of the Nashville Blues Challenge, Eight O’ Five Jive! They will be representing the NBS in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, in January 2016.

All of the contestants played their hearts out, and scores were oh so close! Thanks to all that attended the event.

Many thanks to our finals judges, Shaun Murphy, Steve Cropper, and Dana Robbins.


We want to thank all of the bands that competed in the 2015 Nashville Blues Challenge. The competition was very close this year and we appreciate everyone that participated. We had no youth or solo/duo entries this year, so our schedule for the finals at the Hard Rock Cafe will accommodate the top 5 scoring bands from the preliminary rounds.

Congratulations to our finalists:

Shantelle and The Juke Joint Band

Corey Mac Band

Wall to Wall Rhythm and Blues

Eight O’ Five Jive

Steve Ray

The Nashville Blues Challenge finals will held at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, October 25. Doors open at 5pm and the competition begins at 6pm. Invite your family and friends! Everyone is welcome. See you there!



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


August 2015

The Nashville Blues Society will hold the 4th Nashville BLUES Challenge during the week of October 12 at World Music Nashville, with Finals held at the Hard Rock Café (date TBA). 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 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis from January 26 through January 30, 2016. 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 September 26, 2015. To apply, click here for an application: 2015 Blues Challenge Entry Form