2016 International Blues Challenge Wrap-Up

Another incredible International Blues Challenge competition is in the books and Memphis is much quieter this week. Fans and bands from around the world came to Memphis, Tennessee to find out who the best undiscovered Blues talent was for 2016. You can see the complete list of winners here. If you scroll down the page, you will be able to view the full list of finalists and semi-finalists, as well. There is also a YouTube playlist that includes several videos of performances from the event!
Congratulations to everyone involved!

2016 International Blues Challenge Winners

Band Competition
1st Place – The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
2nd Place – The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
3rd Place – The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society

Solo/Duo Competition
1st Place – Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
2nd Place – InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance

Band Guitar Award
The Delgado Brothers

Solo/Duo Guitar Award
Bing Futch

Harp Award
InnerVision

Best Self Produced CD
Rob Lumbard Blues In A Bottle, Central Iowa Blues Society

Previously…

2016 International Blues Challenge Finalists

Solo/Duo Competition
The Mighty Orq, Houston Blues Society
Sonny Moorman, Cincy Blues Society
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon, Arkansas River Blues Society
Micah Kesselring, The Blues Jazz and Folk Music Society
Dave Muskett, Indy Crossroads Blues Inc
InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance
Bing Futch, Orange Blossom Blues Society

Band Competition
Southern Avenue, Memphis Blues Society
The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
Bobby BlackHat Band, Natchel Blues Network
Tee Dee Young, The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society
Hector Anchondo Band, Blues Society of Omaha
The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
A Different Shade of Blue, Vicksburg Blues Society

Previously…

2016 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists

Solo/Duo Competition
Big Bones, The Golden Gate Blues Society
Debra Power, Calgary Blues Music Association
Dave Muskett, Indy Crossroads Blues Inc
Graham Guest, Edmonton Blues Society
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon, Arkansas River Blues Society
Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor, Colorado Blues Society
Sonny Jim Clifford, Boston Blues Society
Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen, Connecticut Blues Society
McCarthy & Headley, Blues Society of Northwest Florida
Alonzo Pennington & Michael Gough, Kentuckiana Blues Society
Hat and Matching Suitcase, The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
They Call Me Rico, France Blues
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
Mississippi G-n-H Blues, Vicksburg Blues Society
Amays and Blue, Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Karla Peterie and Jim Herbert, Kansas City Blues Society
Charlie A’Court, East Coast Blues Society
Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand, Southwest Florida Blues Society
Michael Schatte, Toronto Blues Society
Jesse Roper, White Rock Blues Society
Micah Kesselring, The Blues Jazz and Folk Music Society
Bing Futch, Orange Blossom Blues Society
KALO, Topeka Blues Society
Jeremy Short, Huntington Blues Society
The Mighty Orq, Houston Blues Society
Delanie Pickering, Granite State Blues Society
Big Bo, Dutch Blues Foundation
Sonny Moorman, Cincy Blues Society
Libby Rae Watson, Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola
Robert Sampson, Illinois Central Blues Club
Adrian Duke & Theresa Richmond, Central Virginia Blues Society
InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance

Band Competition
Michael Hornbuckle Band, Mile High Blues Society
Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers, Oslo Bluesklubb
Odell Gray and the House Rules Band, Houston Blues Society
The Michael Lee Band, San Angelo Blues Society
Tee Dee Young, The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society
The Forrest McDonald Band, River City Blues Society (VA)
Mother Ship Blues Band, The Blues Societies of Iowa
Altered Five Blues Band, Grafton Blues Association
TC Carr & Bolts Of Blue, Suncoast Blues Society
David Smash Band, Orange Blossom Blues Society
The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
Roharpo the Bluesman and the Real Blues Band, The Golden Gate Blues Society
Phil Bee’s Freedom, Dutch Blues Foundation
Vanessa Collier, Billtown Blues Association
Little Boys Blue, West Tennessee Blues Society
The Chris Canas Band, Detroit Blues Society
J.L. Fulks Band, South Florida Blues
Tripwire, Blues Society of the Ozarks
Arsen Shomakhov Band, White Rock Blues Society
Dany Franchi Band, Mojo Station
The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
Matt Roberts Trio, Sydney Blues Society
Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Cincy Blues Society
The Lucas Haneman Express, Ottawa Blues Society
Diggin’ Roots Band, Blues Society of Western New York
Lampano Alley, Blues Asia Network
Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, Austin Blues Society
Eight O’Five Jive, Nashville Blues Society
The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
A Different Shade of Blue, Vicksburg Blues Society
White Knuckles Trio, Finnish Blues Society
The SoulFixers, Dayton Blues Society
Bobby BlackHat Band, Natchel Blues Network
Hector Anchondo Band, Blues Society of Omaha
Rent Party Blues Band, Santa Barbara Blues Society
T-Roosters, DeltaBlues
Southern Avenue, Memphis Blues Society
Rex Peoples & X Factr, Colorado Blues Society
Markey Blue, Atlanta Blues Society
Darell Christopher & The Ingredients, Blues Society of Tulsa
Rooster Davis Group, Edmonton Blues Society
Sister Mercy, Cascade Blues Association
Twice As Good, Clear Lake Blues Society
Kev Nichols & Blue Tuesday, Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois
Dreamboogie, Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Bridget Kelly Band, North Central Florida Blues Society
Lizzi Neal Band, River City Blues Society (IL)

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