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


Nashville Blues Challenge Finals Schedule

6:00pm   Preston James

6:30pm   Joe & Bayou

7:00pm   Kevin Slattery

7:30pm   Lauren Zoeller Band

8:00pm   Brian James & The Revival

8:30pm   Sweetwaters Blues Band

9:00pm    Blues Jam with Andy T – Nick Nixon Band


Announcing the acts advancing to the Nashville Blues Challenge finals


Kevin Slattery

Joe & Bayou


Brian James & The Revival

Sweet Waters Blues Band

Lauren Zoeller Band


Announcing the Youth act that will be showcasing at our finals and performing in the IBC showcase in Memphis

Preston James


Contest finals will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville. Doors open at 5pm, competition starts at 6pm. Suggested $5 donation at the door. The Andy T – Nick Nixon Band will kickoff an open blues jam immediately after competition.

We want to thank all of the contestants that competed in this year’s event. The talent level was exceptional, and we appreciate that the future of the blues is being well cared for in Nashville! Thank you for competing.



August 2014

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


Interested bands or solo/duo acts must apply by September 12, 2014. To apply, click here for an application: 2014 Blues Challenge Entry Form