In January 2018, the Granite State Blues Society (GSBS) will proudly send the three winners of the 2017 Granite State Blues Challenge to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN. Three categories; band, solo/duo and youth will represent New Hampshire in Memphis. The participants are; The Lights Out Blues Band (band), Baza (duo) and Veronica Lewis (youth).
GSBS volunteer efforts and fan support at all the events leading up to the challenge has been important and appreciated by the musicians and their families.
A fundraising event featuring the three acts traveling to Memphis will take place on January 6th, 2018 at The Village Trestle in Goffstown,NH. We hope to see you there for a great send off.
Blues Lovers! Come out to Strange Brew in Manchester on Sunday, May 7th to support and cheer for some of the best local blues acts in New Hampshire as they compete in the Granite State Blues Society’s 8th Annual Blues Challenge.
The acts entered in the challenge will each perform a 25-minute set where three winners announced on the day of the competition — one band, one solo/duo and one youth act. Winning acts will then be eligible to compete at the four-day 2018 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis on January 16 through January 20, 2018.
The 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis will be the 34th year that Blues musicians from around the world will compete for cash, prizes, and industry recognition.
The Barnful of Blues Festival, New Boston, NH the Granite State Blues Society is proud to announce our headliner for this year’s festival…. the Award Winning BLUES of Sugar Ray & The Bluetones! The rest of the line up is: Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson, Shor’ty Billups, Mike Crandall Band, The Tokyo Tramps, Arthur James and Delanie Pickering. All for only $20 advance $25 at the door.
This new CD is up for a number of awards through The Blues Foundation- The Blues Music Awards which will be announced in Memphis in May.
Sugar Ray & The Bluetones are comprised of award winning musicians who have dedicated their working lives to bringing the most authentic modern Blues to fans all over the world. Sugar Ray has won many awards for his song writing and is in great demand by artists and record companies putting together Harmonica Showcases with the best harp players in the world like James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Mark Hummell, Rod Piazza, James Harman and other Blues greats. The Bluetones recordings were a staple of Rounder and Bullseye Blues selling millions of records.
There are a scant few local New England musicians and bands that have been sited for their great talent. The fact that this band: Mud, Ray, Neil and Anthony, have been together so decades makes them a strong band; also with the addition of “Monster” Mike Welch who has stated that he loves playing with this band and he has so much respect for the real Blues they play. His guitar playing has matured and can be reminiscent of many of the greats.
After an incredible afternoon of excellent live blues at Wicked Twisted in Nashua last Sunday, the Granite State Blues Society is proud to announce the winners of our 2014 IBC (International Blues Challenge) competition:
The solo/duo winner this year is Arthur James! Arthur has been a veteran of the New England blues scene since the 1980’s and a multiple IBC winner. His lively, foot-tapping acoustic blues style features his soulful vocals and passionately inspired guitar work.
This year’s winner in the band competition is the Mike Crandall Blues Band! This high energy blues-swing harmonica band from Connecticut blew us away! Mike’s powerful voice and blistering harp work is something to behold, and with a stage presence to match. His band is tight and polished and features some amazing guitar playing from Sam Gentile.
All our competing performers were incredibly good this year, making the judges’ job the most difficult it has ever been. A huge thank you to all who participated and to all who came out to enjoy the shows! Be on the lookout for a future GSBS fund-raising event to help us send our winners to Memphis for the final IBC competition.