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* The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II * Now Available *

The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II CD is  available for shipping in the USA!

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The Blues Had A Baby CD is available from
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The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II is available online in the CD Shop, at KBS events, at Better Days Records in Louisville KY or digitally at CDBaby and iTunes.

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In some issues of our newsletter, Blues News, we run profiles of local blues bands. If you would like to have your band considered for a future edition and you play in the Kentuckiana area, please go to the Band Profile Info page to send us the information.


2017 KBS Blues Challenge

Deadlines for Entry:
Solo/Duo: Oct 16, 2017
Youth: Oct 1, 2017
Best Self-Produced CD: Oct 1, 2017

** See Contest Page for Details **

2017 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

One Shot Johnny
(Randy Colvin, Joe Shirley, Jeremiah Kelly)


Best Self-Produced CD
Gimme More Time
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

2017 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner
Gary Sampson
Former KBS President
WCHQ Vice-President, Music Director & on-air personality
Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival organizer
Local Blues Supporter

Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates

Bistro 42
Prospect KY

Wed Oct 18 Miller and the Other Sinners, Soul Circus & More

KevFest 17 to help raise money and awareness for prostate cancer and Shirley’s Way, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Louisville families as they battle the financial side of cancer. The benefit is held in honor of local musician Kevin McCreery who passed away on September 14 from prostate cancer.

Facebook Page

Fri Oct 27 Live Lunch with
Laurie Jane & The 45's
CD release celebration for
"Midnight Jubilee"


Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Sun Oct 29 KBS Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Contest
The last hour of contest will be broadcast live on
100.9 FM, WCHQ's Live From Lettersong radio show.

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Sun Oct 29 Hurricane Relief for Dominica with
Jason Lockwood, Laurie Jane and Cort Duggins,
Jimmy G & the Sidewinders and The Beat Daddys
Wed Nov 1 Brody Buster and The Amanda Fish Band
Fri Nov 3 Miller and the Other Sinners and The Blues Drifters
Sat Nov 4 The Beat Daddys and One Shot Johnny
Wed Nov 15 The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike
Sat Nov 25 Charles Walker Band and Soul Circus

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Sun Nov 5 MERFEST 2017
with The Louisville Crashers, Radiotronic,
Soul Circus, V-Groove and Wildwood
Sun Nov 26 What's Love Got To Do With It –
A Tribute To Tina Turner starring Sheryl Rouse

Headliners Music Hall

Lexington KY

Mon Nov 6 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Cosmic Charlie's

Kentucky Center Logo

Thu Nov 9 %th Annual Louisville Music Awards

The Kentucky Center

Clifton Center

Sat Nov 11 Kentucky Homefront Blues Show with
DJ Rice, da Mudcats, The Revelators & more

Clifton Center

Zanzabar Logo

Tue Nov 14 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band


Lexington KY

Wed Nov 15 Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

Willie's Locally Known

Danville KY

Sat Nov 18 Henry Butler

Norton Center


New Direction Bar & Grill

KBS 29th Birthday Celebration
November 18

with music by
Stacy Mitchart and
Special Guest
Dick and the Roadmasters

New Direction Facebook Page

2017 KBS Winners

2017 Sylvester Weaver Award

Gary Sampson
Former KBS President
WCHQ Vice-President, Music Director & on-air personality
Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival organizer
Local Blues Supporter

Pictured with Vicki Sampson & Jill Sampson
Photo by Cheryl Jaggers



2016 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

One Shot Johnny
(Randy Colvin, Joe Shirley, Jeremiah Kelly)
Photo courtesy of David True

Solo/Duo Winner


Best Self-produced CD

“Gimme More Time”
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

Youth Showcase

~ TBD ~

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 31-February 4, 2017 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are currently held at
Check's Cafe
1101 E Burnett Ave)
unless otherwise noted

7:00 pm Nov 1, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Dec 6, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jan 3, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Feb 7, 2018 Check's Cafe

(Meetings are held on the 1st Wed of every Month unless otherwise stated)

Members & Guests Welcome !

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Local Blues Hour @ 4:00pm

KBS Prez Gary Sampson is on the air Fridays at 8:00pm


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The Kentuckiana Blues Society was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of the Blues Tradition in all of its forms. We are located in Louisville Kentucky and serve what is called Kentuckiana (the Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana area)

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