The acts were the winners of an International Blues Challenge regional qualifier held in Mobile. The qualifier, essentially a blues-themed battle of the bands, was presented by the Gulf Coast Blues Society on Saturday at the Blues Tavern.
The winners earned the chance to travel to Memphis early next year for the Blues Challenge main event. The annual contest is organized by the Blues Foundation.
Gulf Coast Blues Society founder Laura Vendetti posted on the society’s Facebook page that the Gulfport-based Michael Vincent Band had won the band category of the competition. Two Mobile-area groups came next, with Johnny No, last year’s winner, narrowly edging out the Formerly Known as first runner-up. (Vincent placed second in last year’s regional qualifier.)
Southwest Alabama songwriter Barbato, who won the solo/duo category last year, prevailed again this year with Everett, a new partner.
Here are a few pictures from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis! Luther and I had a great time!
Pictured above: (from left to right) Me, Bill Williams, Blind Miss Morris and Jeff Stram.
Luther and I made it to the International Blues Fest Semi Finals in Memphis TN today.
We perform at world famouse SILKY O’SULLIVANS on Beale Street at 10:00.
We’re gearing up for some great new music and shows in 2012. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @JohnnyBarbato and subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest info on the exciting things planned for 2012!
I’m headed to the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN February 1st through February 4th. Luther Womble and I are participating in the DUO category. The competition will be held in the Beale Street entertainment district.
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We had a great time at the Bama last night – The Old Gang was there ! Mrs Helen (Mama) , Mike and Cousin Ted
Hey Eastern Shore friends, we are playing the Pub in Fairhope tonight – Join us for live music and Fun !
Hey everyone the Lucky Doggs are headed to Blazzues , in downtown Pensacola on Thursday night.
Hope all our friends on that side of town will join us for out first appearance in the area.
Howie and I took turns serving the master Mr Jimmy Lewis as he served up one tremendous tune after another. The man is one of a kind. There is no other voice like the one of Jimmy Lewis