Monday, February 1, 2016

CONGRATS! 2016 International Blues Challenge Winners!

The 2016 International Blues Challenge wrapped up in Memphis  on January 30, 2016. Unfortunately, none of the local performers won but they did an amazing job.  A few Canadian acts did have an impressive showing.  Montreal's Paul DesLauriers Band achieved second in the band competition.  Debra Power from Calgary and Edmonton's Graham Guest reached the semi-finals.  CONGRATS EVERYONE!

Quote from Paul's media release: “We are honoured to have had the opportunity to take our music to the international stage and represent Canada, Quebec and the Montreal Blues Society at the IBC in Memphis After an exhilarating week surrounded by so many wonderful musicians and blues lovers, we’re positively thrilled at having made it to the podium and grateful to The Blues Foundation for hosting such and incredible event.”

Live: Paul DesLauriers, More Paul DesLauriers StoriesVideo above courtesy of Laura CarboneMore Robert Johnson Stories/Covers

Links: Graham Guest , More Graham Guest StoriesVideo above courtesy of Richard Gale

Here is the complete list of winners and a few highlights.

Best Self-Produced CD: Rob Lumbard -  Blues in a Bottle

Harp: Sam Shepperd (InnerVision)

Solo GuitarBing Futch

Band Guitar:  The Delgado Brothers

Video above courtesy of PaulaJean

Canadian Semi-Finalists

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