The Kentucky Blues Challenge is a
regional qualifying round for 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)

2013-Boscoe France Band (band), Alonzo Pennington (solo/duo), Mo’ Pie (youth showcase)

2014-Fat Box (band), Boscoe France and Ian Lovelace (solo/duo), Mo’ Pie (youth showcase)

2015-Everett and Delta Storm (band), Jesse Black (solo/duo), Kentucky Blues Crusade (youth showcase)

2016-Everett and Delta Storm (band), Jesse Black (solo/duo), Lew Jetton “Rain” (Best CD)

2017-Tee Dee Young (band), Hurt and Hammer (solo/duo), Lew Jetton “Palestine Blues” (Best CD)

2018 – Meg Williams Band (band), Larry Grisham and Rico Thomas (solo/duo), Alan Morris “65” (Best CD)

Now Taking for Applications for KBC 2019!

KY Blues plans to have musical representatives in two categories for IBC 2019. 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 2020, go to International Blues Challenge webpage.

To submit your band or solo/duo — contact kyblues@gmail.com or call Kenny Lee at 270-784-0757

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.

Band Division and Solo/Duo competition:   Deadline for entry TBA. Location: Ramada Inn, BG KY

IBC 2020 OFFICIAL RULES (updated criteria)

KBC 2019 Schedule will be:


  • Bands sign up by 4:30 pm Central Time
  • Members who volunteer to be a Judge sign up before 6pm
  • Challenge will start at 6pm
  • 25 minutes for each act

    Approved KBC 2019 Entrants

     – Band –


    – Solo/Duo –



KBC score sheet 2009 PAINT C 1000