The NBS/Galaxie showcase

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

STAR-STUDDED NASHVILLE BLUES SHOWCASE WAS HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL BLUES COMPETITION IN MEMPHIS ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 AT B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUB

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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