Congratulations to the Winners of the
2018 Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
Single/Duo Category: Rott’n Dan and Lightnin’ Willy
Band Category: Samantha King and the YEG Trio
Best Self-Produced CD: 5 Shades of Blue - Sweeping Out The Blues
Edmonton Blues Society is very proud to announce that the 2018 Memphis Bound Blues Challenge was a great success. With the support of more than 350 people that attended the qualifying rounds and finals, we raised the funds needed to defray the costs of sending the winners to Memphis in January 2019. We sincerely thank the numerous volunteers, adjudicators, emcees, artists and fabulous blues fans. We could not have done this without your commitment, passion and love of the blues.
We are excited to have Rott’n Dan and Lightnin’ Willy and Samantha King and the YEG Trio represent Northern Alberta at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, in January 2019. The winner of the best self produced CD is:
5 Shades of Blues "Sweeping Out the Blues". The CD will be entered into the International Blues Challenge BC - Best Self-Produced CD category.
During and following the event, we received feedback that the sound quality at the finals was not up to acceptable standards. We share in that disappointment and apologize for the impact this had on our performers. Changing out six acts within a short period of time can present challenges, but we know we can do better. We are taking steps to ensure that the sound is consistently delivered at a professional level, at all future events.