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RISING BLUES STARS BATTLE IT OUT IN MEMPHIS THIS FEBRUARY AT THE BLUES FOUNDATION’S 33rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

RISING BLUES STARS BATTLE IT OUT IN MEMPHIS THIS FEBRUARY AT THE BLUES FOUNDATION’S 33rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
The Blues Foundation will also bestow 16 individuals and organizations with its prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive Awards
Memphis’ claim as the “Home of the Blues” will be indisputably evident the first week of February when The Blues Foundation hosts its 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge. Musicians from around the globe will convene in Memphis to compete for

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2017 International Blues Challenge will be January 31-February 4, 2017. The International Showcase will open the event on January 31 with competition rounds February 1-4 in venues located on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Tickets sales for the 33rd International Blues Challenge are officially open!
The basic pass grants general admission to:

Tuesday Night International Showcases
Wednesday – Friday Beale Street Competition Venues
Youth Showcases – Friday on Beale Street
All daytime seminars and

The 2017 Blues Music Awards Submission Process is now open

Music released between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016 is eligible for consideration for a 2017 Blues Music Award. There are three options for your CD to be included in the BMA submission process:
1.  As soon as your music is released, send at least one copy of your CD to The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103-4464. The earlier you do this the better. It informs The Blues Foundation staff that your CD

Congratulations to our 2016 Blues Music Awards Winners!

1. Acoustic Album: The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard – Duke Robillard
2. Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod
3. Album: Born to Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
4. B.B. King Entertainer: Victor Wainwright
5. Band: Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots
6. Best New Artist Album: The Mississippi Blues Child – Mr. Sipp
7. Contemporary Blues Album: Born to Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
8. Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Shemekia Copeland
9. Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Joe Louis Walker
10. Historical: Soul

2016 BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

BLUES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES
2016 BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
On May 4, 2016 five legendary blues performers, two individuals who were instrumental in the creation of blues music, five single blues recordings, one blues album and an important piece of blues literature will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall, and The Memphis Jug Band will each take their places beside performers who have been deemed by a



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