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.