Australian Representatives Head To Memphis For The International Blues Challenge !

Australian Representatives Head To Memphis For


International Blues Challenge !

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The 29th International Blues Challenge will begin Tuesday Night (Jan 29) with the Fed Ex International Showcase. Wednesday and Thursday night (January 30-31) quarter finals will be conducted. Youth Showcase and Semi Finals will be held Friday night (Feb 1). Saturday (Feb 2) IBC will conclude with Finals in the beautiful Orpheum Theater.

The 2013 International Blues Challenge will be the 29th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 29th International Blues Challenge January 29-February 2, 2013 in Memphis, TN. The world’s largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. In 2012, 119 bands and 86 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. We will have at least that many in 2013.

The 29th year of the International Blues Challenge will once again include a youth showcase for those under the age of 21. The 29th IBC will include an afternoon (Friday, February 1, 2013) of talented young people showcasing their talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and the fans.

The week of events will once again kick off Tuesday night with a Meet & Greet hosted by the Beale Street Merchants Association at the New Daisy Theatre, followed by the Fed Ex International Showcase. In addition to the evening Blues competition, the days are filled with seminars and workshops and topped off in a moving Saturday morning brunch in which the Blues community will honour its own with the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards that honour the men and women, who have made significant contributions to the Blues music world, in 20 categories such as journalism, literature and photography and to the best clubs and festivals, as well as managers, promoters and producers.
The 29th International Blues Challenge is sponsored by Arts Memphis, Beale Street Merchants Association, Consulate General of Canada – Atlanta, Fed Ex, Gibson, Hand Family Beverages, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tennessee Arts Commission.

The list of current blues artists that have competed in the IBC over the years is impressive indeed: Slick Ballinger, Barbara Blue, Fiona Boyes, Eden Brent, Keith Brown, Michael Burks, Sean Carney, Albert Castiglia, Tommy Castro, the late Sean Costello, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Garner, Joey Gilmore, Diunna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Richard Johnston, Joe Moss, Jason Ricci, Robin Rogers, Matthew Skoller, Super Chikan, Patrick Sweany, Susan Tedeschi, Teeny Tucker, Watermelon Slim, the late John Weston and Michelle Wilson.

Winning the International Blues Challenge is better than having a $100,000 publicity budget. 2004 IBC winner and 2006 Blues Music Award Best New Artist Zac Harmon

This was my first year attending the International Blues Challenge and it was better than any festival I have ever attended. Eddie Bagwell, Tulsa Blues Society.

The amount of talent that gathered in Memphis was staggering. I have to admit it sent chills down my spine whenever I looked around and realise I was in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge and that I actually knew some of these performers on stage. Goose bump time! We were able to see 35+ IBC performers and I can honestly say everyone we saw was talented and truly belonged there. Everything we heard was pure blues, and this was one time I was glad I was not judging. Chick Cavallero, Colorado Blues Society
The IBC is sponsored by the good folks at the companies and arts organisations identified on the side banner.

The IBC has evolved into the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. The IBC is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria.

The IBC represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organisation (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to represent the organisation at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.

Affiliates are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that competition representing the organisation in the Memphis international competition. Usually, these preliminary rounds are held in clubs as part of a fund-raiser or simply an excitement-building event. Each organisation is free to structure the preliminary round as it sees fit, as long as a single band and/or solo/duo act is identified. However, since The Blues Foundation scoring criteria will determine the ultimate winner, we strongly encourage our Affiliates to use the same system in the preliminary competitions.

"Tim Griffin" - BASEQ Memphis Blues Challenge 2012 - Winner !!

A Taste Of …

Tim ‘Gravelgutz’ Griffin.

(From his CD “Castle Hill Blues”)

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Tim ‘Gravelgutz’ Griffin.

So what makes Tim ‘Gravelgutz’ Griffin stand out ?

Soulful original song’s, sung by a ‘Gravelgutz’ Voice filled with enough Blues emotion to tear your heart out ! His Guitar has little or no effects on it.  His shoeless foot pounds out the rhythm  from a Stomp Box that enthusiastically  runs through his body begging for a soulful release. This release transfers to his guitar work. It will have you mesmerised, encompassing Hammer ons, Flamenco Finger Picking and Slam Rhythms.

Tim connects with the audience from the moment he steps on stage, he is a magnet and pull’s at their very heartstrings. It is not unusual for an audience to go completely silent whilst Tim is playing and … break out into outrageous applause after each song.

Tim Griffin has been performing for over 20 years. He has toured extensively around both Islands of New Zealand with great success.

Upon moving to  Townsville he quickly established a name for himself as a popular local artist.

Throughout his career, Tim has performed with many International artists from bands such as ;

Thin Lizzy, Katchafire and The Herbs.

Tim has many industry friends and collaborators such as, Thirsty Merc, Shihad and UB40.

The Album, “Castle Hill Blues” features Mark Greig from Australian Crawl on lead guitar.

It was mixed and engineered by Mike Letho (Rockwiz, Paul Kelly, Darryl Braithwaite, Underbelly)

Tim is the real deal !!!

He is living the life and is … A Blues Man !

Buy Tim ‘Gravelgutz’ Griffin’s CD

“Castle Hill Blues” !!!

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The Darren Jack Hammond Trio.

"A Better Pace"

“Better Place”

A Taste Of …

“The Darren Jack Hammond Trio !”

Darren’s CD

“Better Place”

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Following the successful launch of his new album ‘Better Place’ in October at Sydney’s The Vanguard, Darren Jack continues to re-ignite

rock ‘n’ blues fans at venues with his powerhouse trio sweeping up the 2012 Australian Blues Music Awards.

Australian Blue Music Awards 2012

Best Album of the Year – Better Place – Darren Jack
Best Song of the Year – Whats The Hurry – Darren Jack – 320kps MP3 Download
Best Group of the Year – Darren Jack Hammond Trio
Best New Talent of the Year – Darren Jack
Best Producer of the Year – Sean Rudd – Better Place

Featuring Sam Boyd on Hammond Organ and Rosscoe Clarke on Drums, there is an obvious fusion and raw energy presented from the each performance reminiscent of the power Darren’s 90’s band, “Third Degree” delivered but it’s got something the early years yearned for … The Songs.

Darren’s powerful vocals are more refined. He is already noted in his youth as one of Australia’s top blues guitarists.

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“Better Place”

Here !

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The Andrea Marr Band.

Sass and Brass !

Sass and Brass !

A Taste Of …

“The Andrea Marr Band !”

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The Andrea Marr Band was formed in 1999 and has been delivering their brand of sassy, soulful, high energy blues around Australia, playing headline spots at major festivals all around the country. The current line-up which has been together for the past five years has created the most successful album so far in Andrea’s career delivering the multi-award winning album “Little Sister Got Soul” which earned Andrea a record deal with Chicago based blues label Blue Skunk Music. The album received rave reviews and got to #17 on THE US LIVING BLUES CHARTS in Feb 2011. The energy, chemistry and sheer feel good vibe that is created between the band members is something everyone comments about at shows and what makes this band a don’t miss! If you like Sharon Jones, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and the Blues Brothers, you’re gonna’ love this!

2011 Andrea Marr Band wins 2nd place in MBAS Blues Performer of the year.
2011 “Little Sister Got Soul” hits #17 on the US LIVING BLUES CHARTS
2010 Andrea Marr signs to Chicago Blues Label Blue Skunk Music
2009 “Little Sister Got Soul” wins 2009 Australian Female Blues Artist of The Year, 2009 Vic/Tas Female Blues Artist of The Year & 2009 Vic/Tas Best Self Produced CD of the Year
album was also nominated for “Band of the Year” and “Producer of the Year” at the Australian Blues Music Awards
2009 Andrea’s song “Superwoman” is a finalist in the Great American Songlist – with judges scoring the song 10’s for theme, lyrical content and vocal ability
2009 Andrea’s song “Steam up the Windows” written with Greg Dodd wins a Chain Award at the Australian Blues Music Awards for female artist of the year.
2007 Andrea wins the Newcastle Blues Music Award for Female Artist of the Year
2006 Andrea Marr Band represented Australia at the International Blues Challenge In Memphis Tennessee at BB Kings on Beale St and Alligator records founder Bruce Iglauer personally came up to Andrea and said “who are you? how old are you? and where did you learn to sing the blues like that?”
2005 Andrea Marr Band wins Blues Performer of the Year
2002 Album “Sassified” wins Vic/Tas Female Blues Artist of the Year
2001″Sassified” was recorded

Buy Andrea’s CD

“Little Sister Got Soul”

and Preview her New EP

“Sassy & Brassy”

In Andrea’s Store Now !

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