2016 Nashville Blues Challenge Preliminary Results

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!

Nashville Blues Challenge Finals Results

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.

Nashville Blues Challenge Preliminary Results

NASHVILLE BLUES CHALLENGE

2015

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

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. Open Jam to follow the competition. See you there!

Announcing Our Nashville Blues Challenge Finalists

Congratulations to:

Brian James & The Revival
Band Category

Kevin Slattery
Solo/Duo Category

These acts will represent the Nashville Blues Society in the 31st Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis from January 20th through January 24th, 2015.

Challenge winners will compete against 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 Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage. For more information, click here: Blues Foundation IBC Page,

NBS Blues Challenge Preliminary Results

10/2/2014

Announcing the acts advancing to the 2014 Nashville Blues Challenge finals

Solo/Duo:

Kevin Slattery

Joe & Bayou

Band:

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.

 

Alligator Records recording artist Jarekus Singleton – Sept 27 at Bourbon Street – Sponsored by the NBS!

Jarekus Singleton and his band make their Nashville debut at Bourbon Street!  He has a brand new CD out on Alligator, entitled “Refuse To Lose” that is tearing up the charts. He will be performing Saturday, September 27 7:00 – 9:30 pm. The NBS is sponsoring this event and y’all need to come out and support!

See you there!

Bio:

Born into a family of church musicians and vocalists on July 11, 1984 in Clinton, Mississippi, Jarekus Singleton was immersed in gospel music as a child. Taught by his uncle, Jarekus began playing bass guitar at age nine in his grandfather’s church band. He later switched to lead guitar and began to sharpen his instrumental and vocal skills, falling in love with the music of all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie) as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan, rappers Twista and Jay-Z, and even country artist Brad Paisley. In his late teens, Jarekus pursued a career in basketball, becoming a top-seeded national player in college until an injury took him back to his music full time. For a short period he performed as a rap artist, writing his own lyrics. Before long though, he began combining his rap wordsmithing with the music of his Mississippi heritage, creating a thoroughly modern, masterfully updated take on the blues.

In 2009, he formed The Jarekus Singleton Blues Band, quickly building a reputation as a tremendously gifted musician and performer. Jarekus self-released his first CD, Heartfelt, in 2011, and fans and media quickly took notice of these brand new original songs. Three tracks from that CD play in regular rotation on B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM Radio, the most-listened-to blues radio station in the world. But radio wasn’t alone in praising the rising blues star, as the rest of the world began paying attention. Singleton was named a “star on the rise” by Blues & Rhythm magazine in the UK. Guitar Center named him the 2011 King of the Blues in Mississippi. He received the Jackson Music Award for 2012 Blues Artist of the Year and for 2013 Local Entertainer of the Year. The Jackson Free Press named him the 2013 Best Local Blues Artist.

Living Blues praised Singleton for his “emotional intensity,” saying he “blends styles and elements across genres and generations.” Audiences at his shows run the gamut from older blues fans to younger rockers and rap aficionados, all of whom call him their own. “Blues is honest music,” says Singleton, who, with Refuse To Lose, is determined to put his own stamp on the genre. “I love the blues tradition, and have always been inspired by the masters. But I want to create something for today’s audience that is as original and new as those blues masters were when they first started making records. I want to create blues for the 21st century.”

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

NASHVILLE BLUES CHALLENGE

2014

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

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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

DANA ROBBINS CD RELEASE PARTY JULY 18, 2014

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

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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.

 

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