International Blues Challenge
About the Challenge
The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.
The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.
Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affiliated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.
INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE WINNERS
2018 BAND WINNERS - MEMPHIS IBC SEMIFINALISTS - Mother Road Trio, featuring Mike Shiner - vocals and upright bass, Larry Czarnecki - vocals and guitar, and Sam McCrae - vocals and harmonica.
2018 SOLO/DUO WINNER - Jacqui Foreman - vocals and guitar.
2017 BAND WINNERS - Hollow Canyon Band, featuring Gail Peterson - vocals, Tom Grills - guitar, Dr. Bob Sellani - drums, and Gary VanSlyke - bass.
2017 SOLO/DUO WINNER - D.L Harrison - vocals and guitar.
2016 BAND WINNERS - MEMPHIS IBC SEMILINALISTS - Arizona Blues Allstars, featuring Renee Rice (Claybon) - vocals, Tom Grills - guitar, Dr. Bob Sellani - drums, and Tracy Lee Mortiner - bass.
2016 SOLO/DUO WINNERS - Swamp Poets, featuring Chris Berry - guitar, and Don Whitcher - slide guitar.
2015 BAND WINNERS - RD Olson Blues Band, featuring RD Olson - vocals, and harmonica, Darryl Porras - guitar, Jamie Waldron - upright bass, Dr. Bob Sellani - drums, Tom McMillian - B3, Andy Neilson - slide trombone, and Lee Sullivan - alto sax.
2015 SOLO/DUO WINNER - Did Not Enter
2014 BAND WINNERS - RD Olson Blues Band, featuring RD Olson - vocals, and harmonica, James Roberson - guitar and slide guitar, Jamie Waldron - upright bass, Dr. Bob Sellani - drums, Eric Williams - keyboard.
2014 SOLO/DUO WINNER - Ray DeSylvester - harmonica.