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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 on the CD Shop page, 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 Winners

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

Metro Bluz
(Marjorie Marshall & Ken Lucchese)

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
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Sat Mar 10 Martha Redbone Trio
Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native

The Kentucky Center

Jerry Green and Friends Night Club
(in The Breckinridge Inn)

Sunday, March 11 – Benefit for B.G. Johnson
(Rescheduled from February 25)

Local musician B.G. Johnson needs help to pay his medical bills.

Music by: Jake & Elwood and the Boyz - A Blues Brothers Tribute / Leo Knight and Nobody'z Bizness / Da Mudcats / Soul Circus / The Louisville Connection featuring Sheryl Rouse / Jerry Green & Friends

If you can't make it to the show,
a GoFundMe page has been set up for B.G.

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Sun Mar 11 Songbird Sunday Series Kickoff
with Sheryl Rouse and Tee Dee Young
"Blues, Blue Jeans and BBQ"

Headliners Music Hall

Bistro 42
Prospect KY

Fri Mar 16 Miller and the Other Sinners

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Fri Mar 16 Guitar Summit with
Jimmy Davis, Bill Lancton and more

Rescheduled from Jan 12

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Wed Mar 21 Brody Buster
Fri Mar 23 Harlem River Noise
The Sheryl Rouse Band
Fri Apr 6 Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Wed Apr 11 Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin Altar Boys featuring
Westside Andy Linderman
Sun Apr 15 Hall of Fame Benefit with The Stray Cats featuring Greg Martin,
da Mudcats, The Algerhytms, Mississippi Adam Riggle,
and Tailfin Cadillacs

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Clifton Center

Kentucky Homefront
Blues Show

Sat Apr 14 1st Show:
John Ford (solo)
Erin Coburn (band)
    2nd Show:
Jimmy Davis (solo)
Toad Strangler (band)

Clifton Center

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Apr 16 WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour with
The Reverend Shawn Amos and Janiva Magness

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Wed Apr 25 Malcolm Holcombe
see Facebook Event

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

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

Metro Bluz
(Marjorie Marshall & Ken Lucchese)

Best Self-produced CD

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

Youth Showcase

~ No Entrants ~

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 16-January 20, 2018 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 Apr 4, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm May 9, 2018
moved due to KY Derby Week
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 6, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jul 11, 2018
moved due to 4th of July
Check's Cafe

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

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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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