The Kentucky Blues Society is an affiliate of the Blues Foundation, which is based in Memphis, TN. website address:   
Each year our members select a band, a solo/duo to represent us in Memphis, TN on Beale Street as part of the International Blues Challenge

Past Winners:

2003 –The Kyle Daniel Band

2004 –The Kyle Daniel Band

2005 –Willie Smith and the Fender Benders (band), Andrea and Krawl (solo/duo)

2006 –C J Vaughn & Highway 58 (band), Brennan Graves (solo/duo)

2007 –Willie Smith and the Fender Benders (band), Michael Gough and John Martin(solo/duo)

2008 –Dirty Finger Blues Band (band), Brian Witty (solo/duo), Kenton Bryant and Aaron Holder (youth showcase)

2009 –Chuck Wells and Stone Cold Blues (band), Micah Kesselring (solo/duo), The Blues Teens (youth showcase)

2010 –Tee Dee Young and Scandalous (band), Wayne Harper (solo/duo), The Dipthongs (youth showcase)

2011 –Alonzo Pennington Band (band), R. B. Stone (solo/duo), Aaron, Trey & Ian (youth showcase)

2012-Them Bones (band), Randy Colvin (solo/duo), Mo’ Pie (youth showcase)


NOW ACCEPTING Applications!

KY Blues plans to have musical representatives in two categories for IBC 2013. Band and solo/duo. Our selection process will use the same criteria as the IBC.

  • 1. Blues Content
  • 2. Vocal Talent
  • 3. Instrumental Talent
  • 4. Originality
  • 5. Stage Presence

To find out more about IBC 2013, go to IBC Rules.

To submit your band or solo/duo — contact

For bands or solo/duo submitting to be an entrant you must have recordings or video we can check out. Or we need to have heard you live. Due to the competitive nature of IBC, you must have the capability of scoring a category average of 7.1 or greater through the IBC scoring system. Deadline for entrant submission is midnight on Wed. Sept. 25th.

Artists will check in at WhaBah by 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 29th.

All entrants must be a current member of the Kentucky Blues Society. If they are not current, they can renew or join when they arrive.

Each act will perform for no longer than 30 minutes. If they go over 30 minutes they will lose points. 15 minutes is planned for changing acts. A Band is penalized one point from its Total Weighted Score for each ten seconds that it runs overtime. There is no penalty for using less than the allotted time. Each act will get a warning when they have 2 minutes left.

We plan to start the first act at 6:00 PM unless we have more than the usual number of qualified entrants before the deadline. All bands will use our drum kit! and bass amp! guitar amps, keyboard amps, harp amps, etc. will be provided by the bands. If you have special needs contact us.


2013 Approved Entrants
Alonzo Pennington Band
D J Rice



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