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KBS Blues Challenge Information
(Previous Winners Listed Below)

The Kentuckiana Blues Society presents:

The 2017 Annual Blues Challenge
for Bands, Solo/Duo, Youth
and Best Self Produced CD

    

The 2017 KBS Blues Competition is underwritten by
Four Roses Bourbon

This contest is a qualifying round with an automatic berth in the Blues Foundation's Annual International Blues Challenge held in Memphis each year (Tue, Jan 16 thru Sat, Jan 20, 2018). KBS uses the Blues Foundation's rules and scoring as the basis for our competition. For the Blues Foundation's complete set of rules, visit the IBC Section of the Blues Foundation's Web Site

The KBS Blues Challenge is open to any Kentuckiana blues performer or act who is at least 21 years of age (see Youth Category for under 21 ), whose name has never appeared on a final Handy Award ballot and whose act did not win the KBS contest the previous year. (The rule that all members must be at least 21 years of age is required in order to enter any venue that serves alcohol, which is where we hold the competitions. The youth category accommodates those under 21.)

Acts must submit a minimum of 20 minutes of music. We will accept Audio CD's or MP3's (which may be submitted electronically or via internet links).

We limit the geography of the acts to the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and areas close to Louisville (75 miles +/-). You must reside in or regularly play in Kentucky or Southern Indiana. In the event of a controversial entry or too many entries, final selection will be made by a committee of KBS Board Members. If you have any questions, please ask.

Contest

Date

Place

Entry
Deadline

Entry
Fee

Band Sat Sep 9, 2017

Winner: One Shot Johnny

Aug 31, 2017 $25
Solo/Duo Sun Oct 29, 2017 Winner: Metro Bluez Oct 16, 2017 $25
Youth Representative chosen by KBS Board Oct 1, 2017 $0
Self-produced CD Winner: "Gimme More Time"
by Screamin' John & TD Lind
Oct 1, 2017 $0

We follow the rules for the International Blues Challenge with the exception that all members of the
Band and Solo/Duo must be 21 years of age at the time of the competition because of the venues we use.

Band winner receives First Prize Money of $1,500 plus recording studio time

Solo/Duo winner receives First Prize Money of $750 plus recording studio time

Youth winner receives $250 and an automatic berth to the IBC

Best Self-Produced CD winner is automatically entered into the IBC's Best CD category

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If you wish to apply and pay online:

  1. send your entry fee via the button below - be sure to include your band's name
  2. send internet links or mp3s of your music to contest@kbsblues.org and websmith@kbsblues.org
  3. send your complete information for the application form to contest@kbsblues.org, include a photo of your act or a link to one.
    Please, remember to identify everyone in the photo.

Pay your $25.00 entry fee (Band & Solo/Duo) below:

Select Contest Type:
Band Name:

If you have any questions, please contact our Contest Committee at contest@kbsblues.org

Get your act together and join the fun !

Previous KBS Blues Contest Results

Band Category Winners

Solo / Duo Winners

Best Self-Produced CD

Youth (< 21)

2018

??

??

??

??

2017

One Shot Johnny

Metro Bluez

Screamin' John & TD Lind
"Gimme More Time"

~ TBD ~
2016

Laurie Jane & the 45's

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley

da Mudcats
"Easy Does It"

~ No Entrants ~

2015

Fistful of Bacon

Alonzo Pennington & Michael Gough

The Stella Vees
“Don't Tell Me Your Name”

~ No Entrants ~

2014

The Beat Daddys

Randy Colvin

The KingBees
"HooDoo Moon"

~ No Entrants ~

2013

Hoodoo Blues Band

D.J. Rice

Jimmy Davis
"Solo"

Baldwin Street Blues

2012

Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof Blues

Joe Debow & Danny Henderson

Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof Blues

~ No Entrants ~

2011

Little T & A

Jimmy Davis

Snakehandlers Blues Band
"Rock Plus Roll"

Rolling Rivers Blues Band

2010

Bryant-Stevens Band

Jimi V & Screamin' John

Bodeco
"Soul Boost"

~ No Entrants ~

2009

Dick & the Roadmasters

Jon Boy Slim

One Shot Johnny
"Times Like These"

Blues Rebellion

2008

Cheryl Reneé & Them Bones

Tyrone Cotton / Danny Kiely

King Sonic
"Character Flaws"

 

2007

Velveeta Jones

 

Harmonica Red
"I Was Born In Louisiana"

 

2006

Stella Vees

 

 

 

2005

~ No Entrants ~ Cancelled ~

 

 

 

2004

Stella Vees

 

 

 

2003

Rock Garden Blues Band

 

 

 

2002

Michael "Blind Dog" Gatewood

 

 

 

2001

Blues Kravin

 

 

 

2000

Sofa King Deluxe

 

 

 

1999

Jimmy Roberts Blues Band

 

 

 

1998

Jim Diamond and the Blues Syndicate

 

 

 

1997

Walnut Street Blues Band

 

 

 

1996

Tyler Henderson Blues Band

 

 

 

1995

Red Snapper Blues Band

 

 

 

1994

Rude Mood

 

 

 

1993

MR2 Blue

 

 

 

If you have any questions or problems,  please send e-mail to: info@KBSBlues.org


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