2013 IBC

Back on Beale Street once again.  These shows went off without any technical difficulties.  We rearranged our set-up in the room and added a speaker so those in the room could hear better what was happening during the interviews, and also hear the music being played.  I am, once again extremely grateful to Carson Lamm and the entire staff at The Rum Boogie Cafe for their incredible hospitality.

SHOW # 139 - 01/07/13 - IBC PREVIEW

RAY BONNEVILLE

Ray Bonnevilletook first place in the 28 IBC Solo/Duo Challenge last year in Memphis. Since then he has been traveling almost constantly throughout the US, Canada and Europe, playing over 150 shows a year. Ray and I discussed his career before the IBC and what it has been like afterward. Learn what Ray feels are the important things to learn about if you are coming to Memphis to compete.

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BLUES411 REPORT - Segment Begins At The 37:40 Mark

Chefjimi brought his first Blues 411 Report of 2013 and discussed some upcoming music and a great benefit for Bluesapalooza.
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DELTA MOON - Segment Begins At The 53:15 Mark

Back in 2003, Tom Gray and Mark Johnson brought Delta Moon to Memphis and won the 19th IBC Band Challenge. They did not stop there and 9 years later they just released their 7th album, Black Cat Oil, expanding their sound even further. Tom joined me to discuss his entry into music, how he and Mark came together and their experiences during their trip to Memphis. He gave great advice to future competitors.

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TOBY WALKER - Segment Begins At The 99:15 Mark

Known then as “Little” Toby Walker, he came to Memphis and walked away with the top spot in the 18 IBC Solo/Duo Challenge in 2002. Toby and I discussed his career, his time at the IBC and his devotion to passing down the legacy of the Blues. Toby described the 2002 IBC and what he learned and what he felt were important lessons.

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SUNDAY WILDE - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 143:00 Mark

Sunday joined me to talk about her new album He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown. Sunday originally sat with me in October of 2011 and promised she would return with her next project. We discussed the recording of the album and the unusual "studio" and old time techniques they used to record this album of raw, sexy-rough blues.

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SHOW # 140 - 01/14/13 - IBC PREVIEW

FIONA BOYES

Fiona Boyes came to Memphis in 2003 for the 19th IBC and ended the week as the first non-American and first woman to walk away with first place in the Challenge as she won the Solo/Duo Challenge. Fiona has been called the best female blues guitarist since Memphis Minnie by Pinetop Perkins and others. Ms. Boyes has also been honored with 4 Blues Music Award nominations. Fiona and I talked about her life and career.  She shared some wonderful stories about her musical progression including her first "contest win", which she admitted not even knowing she was entered! While we chatted we listened to songs from her latest, Blues For Hard Times.

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2BLU - Segment Begins At The 54:50 Mark

Bruce Andrews and George Dudley discossed their multiple journeys to the IBC as the solo/duo act 2Blu and as their band 2Blu & The Lucky Stiffs. They did make the finals in 2008 with their band The Lucky Stiffs, and Bruce tells us why they probably did not win, as George cowers in the corner! They broke big news about three songs on their latest band album, Goin' Fishin' and promised we would Premier the newest project later this year. Will they be coming back to another IBC...listen and hear the answer! 

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DIUNNA GREENLEAF - Segment Begins At The 106:55 Mark

Diunna Greenleaf came to talk about winning the Band Challenge in the 21st IBC in 2005 with her band Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy. We discussed how did she and the band prepared beforehand, what impact did winning have on her career and how also she feels about being nominated for this year’s Koko Taylor Award in the Blues Music Awards for the second year in a row. Diunna discussed her struggles and successes and shared new music from her album Trying To Hold On.

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SHOW # 141 - 01/21/13 - IBC PREVIEW

JOE WHITMER 

Joe Whitmer is Deputy Director of the IBC and is the main lead on the International Blues Challenge, ensuring it runs smoothly each year. Of course, he could not do it without the legion of volunteers. These folks take time off from their jobs, fly in, pay for their hotels and meals and still put in 15 hour days! I spoke with Joe about his getting involved in the Blues Foundation and the IBC. He talked about the most important things an act can and can't do before coming to Memphis and while here. We discussed recent rule and schedule changes and new technology being used to keep the world up to date.

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CHEF CHRIS - Segment Begins At The 38:36 Mark

With his band, The Nairobi Trio, Chef Chris came to Memphis in 2002 for the 18th IBC and they took first place in the Band Challenge. Throughout his life two passions have driven him, cooking and the blues. What has Chef Chris been up to since winning 11 years ago? He talked about the whirlwind he and the band experienced following the IBC and how one passion has taken a larger role in his life today. Chris talked about the Challenge and his thoughts on what an act needs to do to do well here in Memphis. We also checked out some tunes from the 2002 album, Ruff Cuts.

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WIRED! - Segment Begins At The 96:15 Mark

Last year's band Challenge winners, WIRED! Band takes their seats. I was joined by drummer Rick Jacobson and Bassist Keith Bakke as Guitarist Kevin Sutton suffered from the flu. We discussed their past year and the many festivals they were invited to play as a result of their win. They each discussed the best moment (other than the win) they experienced while in Memphis and also talked about their ideas for the way an act needs to navigate the IBC Week. We also listened to music from their album Washington Blues.

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THE RUSTY WRIGHT BAND - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC 

Segment Begins At The 134:45 Mark

Rusty Wright and Laurie Lacrosse-Wright, who originally sat with me back in May 2011,  joined me to bring their new album This, That & The Other Thing to The Couch. This new album shows all of the Rusty Wright Band strength. Originals and covers all delivered with strong lyrics and tasty licks. Rusty and Laurie discussed the album, the song selection, and their Kickstarter campaign.

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SHOW # 142 - 01/29/13 - IBC SHOW # 1

LIVE FROM THE RUM BOOGIE CAFE - BEALE ST., MEMPHIS, TN

Guests On The Show Include:

Andrea Marr Band - Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society - Band

Tim Griffin - Blues Association Of South East Queensland - Solo/Duo
Dos Hombres - River Basin Blues Society - Solo/Duo
Jimmy Adler Band - Blues Society Of Western Pennsylvania - Band
The $5 Sugar - Oklahoma Blues Society - Band
Josh Vowell Band - Topeka Blues Society - Band
Rachelle Coba - Topeka Blues Society - Solo/Duo
Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats - Kansas City Blues Society - Band
Big Willy - Capitol Area Blues Society - Lansing MI - Band
Boogie Patrol - Edmonton Blues Society - Band
Heidi Knochenhauer - Discussing the new CD Homeward Bound - A Tribute To John-Alex Mason
There was a period where the rains were torrential here in Memphis and many did not venture from wherever they were and I took this opportunity to play music from some of the Challengers for the 29th International Blues Challenge
Winner of the International Blues Music Day T-Shirt For This Show - Jimmy Adler

SHOW # 143 - 01/30/13 - IBC SHOW # 2

LIVE FROM THE RUM BOOGIE CAFE - BEALE ST., MEMPHIS, TN

Guests On The Show Include:

Sandy Atkinson & Carroll St. Clair - Suncoast Blues Society - Solo/Duo

Ozark Mountain Oysters -Lake Of The Ozarks Blues Society - Solo/Duo

Juke Rickets Blues Band - Maine Blues Society - Band

Mary-Jo Travis & Charlie Fans from Milwaukee

Little Boys Blue - Memphis Blues Society - Solo/Duo

Dan Randall - Memphis Blues Fan

First afternoon when entrants must begin registering and go through rules meetings, so we played music from a number of entrants and spoke to a few and also had some fans stop by to chat

Winner of the International Blues Music T-Shirt was Tim from the The Juke Rockets  

SHOW # 144 - 01/30/13 - IBC SHOW # 3

LIVE FROM THE RUM BOOGIE CAFE - BEALE ST., MEMPHIS, TN

Guests On The Show Include:

Charlie Keating Band - Massachusetts Blues Society - Band

Jeff Jensen - Memphis Musician - Member of Brandon Santini Band

Lit'l Chicago - Great Lakes Blues Society - Band

Brave New Voice Agency - IBC Seminar Hosts - "Your Band's Promo Sucks"

Blues Women International - Recording album in Clarksdale MS

Jack Rowell Jr Band - Sonny Boy Blues Society - Band

Brandon Santini- Memphis Musician - Past IBC Entrant

April Mae & Catfish - Lehigh Valley Blues Network

Pat Pepin - Musician

Sonny Rock - Musician & IBC Judge

The Rickey Godfrey Band - Nashville Blues Society - Band

Mojo-Theory - W. Virginia Blues Society - Band

Kelli Stripling - Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research

SHOW # 145 - 01/31/13 - IBC SHOW # 4

LIVE FROM THE RUM BOOGIE CAFE - BEALE ST., MEMPHIS, TN

Guests On The Show Include:

Fat Bastard Blues Band - Cape Fear Blues Society - Band
Selwyn Birchwood Band - Suncoast blues Society - Band
Olga - Musician - Blues Foundation Board Member - Educators & Educational Institutions
Anthony & The Conqueroos - Natchel' Blues Network - Band 
Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders - Minnesota Blues Society - Band
Frank LaTorre - Long Island Blues Society - Solo/Duo
Dominic Benecasa - Daytona Blues Festival Organizer
Michele Seidman - Musician & Women In Blues Showcase Organizer
Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils - Loyal Fellowship Society Inc. - Band
Mo' Pie - Kentucky Blues Society - Youth Showcase
The unXpected Band - D.C. Blues Society - Youth Showcase
Mark May Band & the Soul Saytr Horns - Columbus Blues Alliance - Band
Cumberland Blues Band - Nashville Blues Society - Youth Showcase
J.D. Optekar & Smokey from Tweed Funk
Tas Cru - Musician & IBC Judge

SHOW # 146 - 01/31/13 - IBC SHOW # 5

LIVE FROM THE RUM BOOGIE CAFE - BEALE ST., MEMPHIS, TN

Guests On The Show Include:

Bosco-Gee Blues Band - Kalamazoo Valley Blues Society - Band

Michael Van Merwyk & Bluesoul - German Blues network - Band

DieDra & The Ruff Pro Band - Magic City Blues Society - Band

PettCrow - Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society - Youth Showcase

The Muddy Sons- Cascade Blues society - Solo/Duo

Grace Curran & The High Falutin' Band - Boston Blues Society - Band

38th Parallel - Atlanta Blues Society - Youth Showcase

Used Blues Band - Sacramento Blues Society - Band

Franco Paletta & The Stingers - Cascade Blues Society - Band

JoE Fingas - Blues Society Of NW Florida - Solo/Duo

Paula Harris - Musician - 3rd Place Finisher in 2012

Steve Suen - Owner, Biscuits & Blues - KBA Recipient

Chefjimi Patricola - Blues411.com 

SHOW # 147 - 02/01/13 - IBC SHOW # 6

LIVE FROM THE RUM BOOGIE CAFE - BEALE ST., MEMPHIS, TN

Guest On This Show Include:

Back Pack Jones - Illinois Central BluesClub - Band

TJ Sullivan (Two Guys named Moe) - Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society - Solo/Duo

The Mojo Roots - Blues Society of The Ozarks - Band

JT Coldfire - Austin Blues Society - Band

Sweet Willie Tea - Detroit Blues Society - Solo/Duo

Andrew Brasfield - 2012 Finalist with The Lefty Collins Band

Brighter Side Band - Northeast Ohio Blues Association - Band

Jackson Thatcher - Nashville Blues Society - Youth Showcase

Theo D Boogieman - Owner Rock & Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS

Michael Vincent Band - Gulf Coast Blues Society - Band

The Deals - Detroit Blues Society - Band

Chase Walker Band - Los Angeles Blues Society - Band

Debra Devi - Author "The Language Of The Blues"

Lloyd Johnson - Owner, Teddy's Juke Joint

Shaun Murphy - Singer and Blues Fan

Blues Expression - Decatur blues Society - Band

Sista Jean's Blues Machine - Southern California Blues Society

Mark Robinson - Guitarist and Blues Fan

SHOW # 148 - 02/01/13 - IBC SHOW # 7

LIVE FROM THE RUM BOOGIE CAFE - BEALE ST., MEMPHIS, TN

Guest On This Show Include:

Wyatt Lowe & The Youngbloods - Blues Lovers United of San Diego - Youth

Southern Halo - Crossroads Blues Society of Rosedale MS - Youth

Rio & The Ramblers - Cincy Blues Society - Youth

Sad Sam Blues Jam - Indiana Blues Society - Youth

Ronn & Lisa from Tall City Blues Festival

Josh Rowand - Blues Alliance of The Treasure Coast - Band

Firebelly - Ottawa Blues Society - Band

Natalie B of Natalie B Band - Musician & Blues Fan

Kevin Sutton - Wired! Band - 2012 IBC Band Challenge Winners

Jay & Ty - Blues Fans 

Kelli from The Sean Costello Fund

The Casanovas - Charlotte Blues Society - Band

SHOW # 149 - 02/04 13 - IBC WRAP-UP SHOW

We reviewed our week at the International Blues Challenge and the highlights for the week.
During the show, we had the following callers:
Jim Laban, - Alex Wilson Band - Grafton Blues Society - Winner of the Lee Oskar Best Harmonica Player Award 
Chefjimi Patricola - Blues411.com for his IBC perspective
Little G Weevil - Atlanta Blues Society - Winner Solo/Duo Challenge and Winner of the Inaugural Saint Blues Cigar Box Guitar for Best Guitarist (Solo/Duo)
Steve Hill - Montreal Blues Society - Winner Best Self-Produced CD
Mike Knott - Blues fan
Lucy Hammond - Musician and Blues Fan
Unfortunately, there was a time mix-up with Selwyn Birchwood - Suncoast Blues Society - Winner Band Challenge and Winner Gibson Guitar Best Guitarist Award (Band)

 

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