Mark Robinson’s “Have Axe – Will Groove” CD Advances to 2nd Round

Have Axe – Will Groove by Mark Robinson submitted by the Nashville Blues Society in the Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD competition has advanced to Round 2.

Results of the next round will be posted at, on or around December 16. The winner will be announced at Finals of the 30th International Blues Challenge, January 25, 2014.

Congratulations to Mark!

NBS Holiday Party – December 15 at Hard Rock Cafe

Music, Munchies and Merriment!

Our annual NBS Holiday Party will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe, Sunday, December 15.

8 bands will be performing, starting at 5pm. Blues jam to follow, so bring your axe!

Free for current members, $20 for a non-member (includes membership), and $30 for non-member couple or band (includes membership).

NBS Blues Challenge Contestants and Schedule Announced

2013 NBS Blues Challenge Update

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 Devine Quartet Ray Cashman Leah Marie King Band
9:00 Third Coast Trio Kendra Chantelle Band Jake Leg Stompers Corey Mac
9:30 Chris Crase and The Soul Fixing Men Jackie Wilson

The semi-finals will be held at World Music Nashville on the above dates. Please see our Blues Challenge Page for more details:

NBS Blues Challenge Page

Best New Artist Debut

The Andy T – Nick Nixon Band has been nominated for a Blues Blast Award in the category of Best New Artist Debut for their new Album, Drink Drank Drunk, on the Delta Groove Label. Andy T is a Vice President of the NBS Board of Directors. Show him some love and vote for him before 8/31 at There are lots of great blues players nominated in various categories so please visit and vote!

Music City Festival & BBQ Competition


The Nashville Blues Society is proud to be a partner with the Music City Festival and BBQ Competition for our third year, Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th.

A stellar line-up of NBS member bands and musicians will take the stage as BBQ competitors and the general public enjoy the blues, brews and BBQ.

For more info please visit:  www​ 

Mark your Calendars and make sure you come out, bring your friends and family of all ages, and support live blues in Nashville!

Music at the Mansion

Music at the Mansion - 2013In support of our good friends and neighbors at HipDonelson and the beautiful Two Rivers Mansion restoration project, several member bands will be featured on Saturday, August 17th, for Music at the Mansion. The Rickey Godfrey Band, Markey Blues, and the Andy T – Nick Nixon Band will be playing! Make sure you stop by the NBS booth and say hello!

Blues Flash Mobs

NBS member, Bluesman Mark Robinson, is celebrating a BIG birthday in an even BIGGER way on July 29th at Music City Smokehouse! NBS has been honored to support this blues-friendly establishment, attending and championing 2 “Blues Flash Mobs” and most recently holding board meetings there. Go on down, buy Mark a birthday beer, enjoy the great music, and support this and other venues that support live blues!

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2012 Nashville Blues Challenge Winners

Solo/Duo:   Miss Jackie Wilson and Maestro Lightford

Band:         Rickey Godfrey Band

Youth Band:  Cumberland Blue

The NBS will send these acts to represent Nashville in the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, TN,  January  29- February 2, 2013.

We congratulate the 5 bands, 9 Solo/Duo, and 2 Youth  acts that joined in the event. All of the musicians were amazing, and we appreciate their participation. We had a capacity crowd in attendance as the Hard Rock Cafe. Many thanks to all that came out to support our Nashville blues musicians, and for your generous donations. See you in Memphis!

Sean Starski’s Self Titled CD won the NBS Best Self Produced CD contest, and will be representing Nashville in the 2013 IBC Best Self Produced CD competition. Congrats to Sean!

The NBS/Galaxie showcase

The NBS/Galaxie showcase during the IBC in Memphis was a great success!


Performers included internationally touring artists the McCrary Sisters, Etta Britt, Scissormen, the Andy T – Nick Nixon Band, Jesse Black, Boscoe France, Tom Buller and Just Plain Trouble and special guests

MEMPHIS, TN — The Galaxie Agency and the Nashville Blues Society will present the third annual “Nashville Showcases the Blues” concert on Thursday, January 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at B.B. King’s Blues Club, 143 Beale Street, during the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition (IBC) week. The showcase has become one of the most popular daytime events during the IBC, drawing capacity crowds to B.B. King’s. Admission is free to IBC passholders and open to the public.

“As the owner and president of the Galaxie Agency, as well as a proud member of the Nashville Blues Society, I look forward to sharing our talented line-up of artists each year at the IBC,” says Gina Hughes. “It’s my way of giving back to the fans, venue owners, and buyers who support us throughout the year. See you all in Memphis!”

This year’s line-up includes:

• The McCrary Sisters — The soul-, blues- and gospel-singing daughters of Fairfeld Four founder Sam McCrary are an international sensation. Ann, Regina and Alfreda have a long musical resume that includes the new album Our Journey produced by roots music legend Buddy Miller, blues and roots songwriting giant Gary Nicholson, Tommie Sims and Kevin McKendree. Their sister Deborah has joined the group in recent years, after a long career in nursing. Regina has toured with Bob Dylan, among others, and she, Ann and Alfreda have recorded and performed with Johnny Cash, Wynonna Judd, Mike Farris and many more.

• Etta Britt — Etta’s new solo debut Out of the Shadows is a perfect balance of blues, rock, country and soul, putting the Nashville songwriter and singer — who many blues fans know from her work with Delbert McClinton — squarely in the spotlight with many high profile appearances, including The Today Show. Out of the Shadows debuted at number 20 on the Living Blues Radio Chart, and Etta recently completed a tour with fellow blues songwriting sensation Paul Thorn. Etta will accompanied at “Nashville Showcases the Blues” by her husband Bob Britt, guitarist for John Fogerty, Wynonna Judd and many other stars.

• Scissormen — Led by guitarist/singer/songwriter and award-winning blues journalist Ted Drozdowski, Scissormen’s sound ricochets between the deep traditions of Mississippi’s hill country and Delta juke joints and the modern day. Their new release is BIG SHOES: Walking and Talking the Blues, a CD and DVD set featuring a 90-minute documentary on Ted and the band by the acclaimed roots music film maker Robert Mugge, whose credits include Deep Blues, Gospel According to Al Green, New Orleans Musicians in Exile and the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise films Deep Sea Blues and All Jams on Deck.

• The Andy T — Nick Nixon Band — This new group featuring veterans Andy T (Smoky Wilson, Guitar Shorty) on guitar and James “Nick” Nixon on vocals has been turning heads on festival and clubs stages — including 2012’s King Biscuit Blues Festival — with its strong traditional blues sound. Their Anson Funderburgh-produced debut album Drink, Drank, Drunk will be released on the Delta Groove label in February.

• Boscoe France — Kentucky-based guitarist and bandleader Boscoe France is the winner of Guitar Center’s 2012 “Battle of the Blues,” where Boscoe took the first prize with his charismatic blend of technique, soul and on-stage appeal. He has recently been in the studio with fellow guitar virtuoso Pete Anderson, working on a new project.

• Tom Buller and Just Plain Trouble — Fire-breathing guitarist Tom Buller is a master of the Telecaster in the tradition of Roy Buchanan, a six-string virtuoso whose blues playing bristles and energy and creativity.  This showcase marks the Memphis debut of Tom and his band, which includes his charismatic wife Brandy on bass.

• Jesse Black — Fourteen-year-old guitarist-singer Jesse is the latest in the proliferation of young blues prodigies to emerge from Nashville that also includes Cumberland Blue, this year’s Nashville Blues Society entry in the IBC Youth Showcase.

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