2014 IBC

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Once again, we rearranged the room set-up, as Rum Boogie had added a stage to their new FuBAR.  The COUCH was on the stage, it all faced out to the room and we became a 'hang-out' of sorts for thse looking for a bit of relaxation in the craziness of IBC Week.  This year, I also was able to simulcast 2+ hours of the Tas Cru Opening Night Jam.  The jam was benefitting generation Blues, and it went off without a hitch.  It has been decided that this would become an annual occurance.  One last note; on Thursday Morning, I was surprised with a cake to celebrate my 200th show (which was actually the Thursday night show, not the Friday morning show as I announced that day.  What an honor my friends did this for me.  

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 SHOW # 194 - 01/06/14 - IBC PREVIEW

First show of 2014 and the first of two IBC Preview shows this year, before the main event begins on January 21st with our first live show from Beale at 7pm, and then at 8pm we begin simulcasting the first two hours of the Tas Cru Jam for Generation Blues from the Rum Boogie Cafe. On this night we welcomed in:

 

GRACIE CURRAN 

2014 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Debut Artist, Gracie Curran called in to talk about her tour which is bringing her to Nashville before she hits Memphis to appear at the Vizztone Showcases and to meet and greet.

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SELWYN BIRCHWOOD - Segment begins At The 7:45 Mark

2013 Band Winner talks about his journey since the night he won, and gives some sage advice to those who will be competing this year and in the years to come.

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BLUES411 REPORT - Segment Begins At The 42:32 Mark

Chefjimi discusses the IBC and all things Blues.

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LIONEL YOUNG - Segment Begins At The 1:04:15 Mark
The only two time winner, in 2008 for Solo/Duo & 2011 for Band, you know Lionel can give a great perspective on the week at hand, and he does!  Plus he is always good for a laugh!

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TAS CRU - Segment Begins At The 1:45:00 Mark
Jam Master for the opening night jam each year at Rum Boogie Cafe.  He stays on stage the ntire time, but has the ability to put more bodies on stage and match them up to the other players than most jam hosts.  We also talk about the simulcast we will be doing this year and the jam benefitting Generation Blues.
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SHOW # 195 - 01/13/14 - IBC PREVIEW

Our second IBC Preview Show before the real deal begins next Tuesday. We explore the IBC's from 2005 through last year with two winners and a gentleman who is totally involved in all things Blues.


HANK MOWERY - COUCH KID NEWS

Hank came by to announce his show at The Rum Boogie Cafe on Friday of IBC week.  He is bringing all sorts of guests wwith him and it should be a great show.


JIMI HOCKING - Segment Begins At The 6:41 Mark

2005 Solo/Duo Winner talks about his time at the IBC and how different it was due to the size, but how similar it is to today. We also heard about what he has been up to since his win. Jimi spoke about his time at the IBC and his feelings about the blues in general. We heard music from his last three albums along the way.

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MICK KOLASSA - Segment Begins At The 49:31 Mark

Blues Foundation Co-Chair, Musician and all around great guy, Mick is presenting a Crowdsharing Seminar with Jeff Jensen during IBC Week.  He talked about the presentation and also about being a judge at the and being involved in the inner-workings of the event and he gave some great advice along the way. We also got to WORLD PREMIER a couple of cuts from his upcoming album, Michissippi Mick a great honor for a great album, where every penny is going to either generation Blues or The H.A.R.T Fund.
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LITTLE G WEEVIL - Segment Begins At The 1:34:42 Mark

2013 Solo/Duo Winner Little G Weevil came by to talk about his last year and his new album Moving and of course, we heard his advice on the IBC. He offers up some sage advice, listen closely.

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From fuBAR (2nd Floor)

The Rum Boogie Cafe On Beale Street

Bringing The IBC To You LIVE

SHOW # 196 - 01/21/14 - IBC SHOW #1

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

We had an open first hour.

Guests On The Show Include:

Mississippi Marshall from Bois Blues Society
Brewer & Steveo from Magic City Blues Society
Daniel Ston of Dharma Bums String Band from Mohawk Valley Blues Society
Jigsaw Mud from Fort Smith Arkansas Riverfront Blues Society
Boogie Shoes from Pikes Peak Blues Community
Then we were blessed to be able to webcast the first two hours of the Incredible Jam benefitting Generation Blues hosted by Tas Cru & His Band Of Tortured Souls

SHOW # 197 - 01/22/14 - IBC SHOW #2

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

First morning of the IBC...All the challengers should have arrived and will be checking in at Registration all day and finding out their performance times for the next two days. First acts hit the stage at 4:00pm

 

Guests On The Show Include:

Mick Kolassa - Blues Foundation Board Of Directors Vice Chairman
DieDra & The Ruff Cut Band - Magic City Blues Society
James Nagel "The Blues Hound" - VP Houston Blues Society
Herbie D & The Dangermen - River City Blues Society Of Virginia
Tas Cru - 2014 KBA Recipient - Education
Annie Mack - Minnesota Blues Society
Bill Swamp Shaka & Tony C - CT Blues Society
Laura Cheadle Family Blues Band - Women In Blues Participant
The Old No 5s - Topeka Blues Society
Dave Muskett - Cincy Blues
BJ Estares - Musician In Town For The Networking
Scale House - Blues Society Of Tulsa Oklahoma
In Layman Terms - Youth Showcase Band
Arthur Migliazza - South Sound Blues Association
The Coco Butter Blues Band - Steel City Blues Society

SHOW # 198 - 01/22/14 - IBC SHOW #3

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

The Challenge has begun! The street is filled with folks..the weather is a tad chilly, but the music is HOT!

Guests On The Show Include:
Marshall Lawrence - Here to participate in the Blind Raccoon Showcase
Jan Galach Band - T.B. King Blues Club
Blue Ruin- Long Island Blues Society
Kelli Stripling - Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research
Heidi Paquet - Blues Fan
Ligntnin' Willie - Ventura County Blues Society
Red Dirt Revelators - Triangle Blues Society
The Downtown Shimmy - Steel City Blues Society
Lisa Grissom, Ronn Reeger & Chris - Tall City Blues Festival
Frank Roszak - 2014 KBA Recipient - Publicity
Eddie Turner - Blues Musician / IBC Judge
Chris Sutton- Blues, Jazz, Folk Music Society of Marietta Ohio
Carson Diersing - Indiana Blues Society - Youth Showcase

SHOW # 199 - 01/23/14 - IBC SHOW #4

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

Thursday Morning at the International Blues Challenge. And I was surprised by friends who came to celebrate my 200th Show! (I had miss counted and thought it was Friday morning, but it was actually Thursday night).  Thank you to Mick and Kyle for arranging it and to The Kids For The Blues, jeff Jensen, Mr Sipp, Ted Todd and everyone else who was there!

Guests on The Show Inculde:
Juke Rockets Blues Band from Maine Blues Society
Lucy Hammond - NW Roots Uprising
Ben Rice - NW Roots Uprising & Cascade Blues Society Band Representative
Tevis Hodge Jr - NW Roots Uprising & Cascade Blues Society Solo/Duo Representative
Wild Will Williamson - DC Blues Society
Octavia Blues Band - 2nd Story Blues Alliance
Lee Delray - Lehigh Valley Blues Network
Kids For The Blues - Kiley, Ava & Norah
Randy Oxford Band - South Sound Blues Association
Katy Guillen & The Girls - Kansas City Blue Society
Tim Williams - Calgary Blues Music Society
Blu Fonk - Oklahoma Blues Society
Brenda Knight & Scott Stevens - Pikes Peak Blues Community

SHOW # 200! - 01/23/14 - IBC SHOW #5

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

Thursday Evening at The IBC.  By the end of the evening, the Semi-Finalists will be named.  As that is normally not available until midnight or so, we will discuss them tomorrow.

Guests On The Show Include:
Ozark Mountain Oysters - Lake Of The Ozarks Blues Society
Bob Corritore - Blues Musician, Club Owner, Radio Host, Producer
Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw - Blues Festival Guide
Sandra Chidester, Tom Anderson & Kool Breeze - Buffalo River Blues Society
Katz Sass - Grafton Blues Association
Niecie Blues - Blues Musician & "Couch Kid"
Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos - Blue Ridge Blues Society
Steven Suen - Biscuits & Blues
Bill Wax - Former President Blues Foundation
Tim Lothar & Holger Daub - Baltic Blues
Cumberland Blues - Nashville Blues Society Youth Showcase
Dave Fields - Blues Musician & "Couch Kid"
James Groves Blues Machine - Blues Society Of Tulsa
RB Stone - Blues Musician & "Couch Kid"
George Dudley - 2Blu & the Lucky Stiffs & "Couch Kid"

SHOW # 201 - 01/24/14 - IBC SHOW #6

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

Last night, the number of Challengers left was cut almost in half...today, some are waking excited to be moving on, while others have found out their journey during the Challenge has ended. No one is a loser, who makes it to Memphis!

Guests On The Show Include:
John F Klaver Band - Dutch Blues Foundation
Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood - The Golden Gate Blues Society
Detour 91 - Youth Showcase - Los Angeles Blues Society
Arsen Shomakov Band - White Rock Blues Society & "Couch Kid"
Brandon Isaak - White Rock Blues Society
Erica Brown - 2013 Finalist - Dan Treanor & His Afrosippi Band w/ Erica Brown "Couch Kid"
Bacon Fats - Geneva Blues Society
Tracy K & Jamie Steinhoff - Thunder Bay Blues Society
Bob Oxley - Daytona Blues Festival
Chris O'Connor - Sydney Blues Society
D&G Boogie Blues - Memphis Blues Society
Mr Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child - Vicksburg Blues Society & "Couch Kid"
Jack Gaffney - Youth Showcase - Colorado Blues Society
Satoru Nakagawa - Boston Blues Society
Julia Magness - Musician & IBC Judge
Balkun Brothers - Massachusetts Blues Society
Bare Bones - West New York Blues Society
Lauren Mitchell Band - Suncoast Blues Society

SHOW # 202 - 01/24/14 - IBC SHOW #7

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

The night we find out the finalists. Tomorrow, people gather at the Orpheum Theater for a day of incredible music from the top 8 Bands and the top 8 Solo/Duo acts.

Guests On The Show Include:
BratPack - Philippine Blues Society
Monica Morris & Josie Louder - Illinois Central Blues Club
Patrick & Molly McLaughlin - Musicians & "Couch Kids"
Jeff Jensen - Musician, Producer, Interviewer and "Couch Kid"
"Mo' Pie" - Youth Showcase - Kentucky Blues Society
Annika Chambers - Musician & upcoming "Couch Kid"
C.D. Woodbury Band - Best Self- Produced CD Nominee
Carlos Elliot Jr & The Cornlickers - Columbian Blues Society
Tweed Funk - Musicians & "Couch Kids"
Big Jim Adam - Blues Alliance Of The Treasure Coast
The Rockin' Jake Band - Blues Alliance Of The Treasure Coast
Dudley Taft - Musician
Jake Kulak & The Lowdown - Youth Showcase - CT Blues Society
Mike McCarthy - Blues Society Of Northwest Florida
Polly O'Keary - Musician / Member of Randy Oxford Band - Washington Blues Society
Billy The Kid & The Revelators - Blues Society Of Western Pennsylvania
Bob Margolin - Musician, Blues Legend

SHOW # 203 - 01/27/14 - IBC WRAP-UP SHOW

The wrap-up show after our week on Beale Street.

Guests On The Show Include:
WINNER - SOLO/DUO - Tim Williams - Calgary Blues Music Asociation
WINNER - BAND - Mr Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child - Vicksburg Blues Society
WINNER - GIBSON GUITAR PLAYER AWARD - Mr Sipp
WINNER - ST BLUES GUITAR WORKSHOP CIGAR-BOX GUITAR- Tim Williams
WINNER - LEE OSKAR HARP PLAYER - Jerome Godboo - Toronto Blues Society
WINNER - BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD - Hank Mowery
Plus:
The Kids For The Blues
Timo Arthur - Atlanta Blues Society
Cole & Logan Layman - Youth Showcase
Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood - Solo/Duo Finalists
Matt Isbell - Ghost Town Blues Band - Band Finalist - 2nd Place

 

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