Earlier this month I traveled to Memphis to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) for a second time. As always, I tried to cram as much as I could into the week I was there.
Monday: Had a recording session at Ardent and I got 2 new tracks recorded. They are currently being mastered and I should be able to post those tunes within the next couple of weeks.
Tuesday: Stopped by DittyTV for a live streaming performance. If you missed it I should be able to provide you with a permanent link soon.
Wednesday and Thursday: Round 1 and 2 of the competition. I think these first two rounds of the competition went pretty well. Each was a 25 minute set, and I decided to do all original songs. It was a combination of new songs, and some rewrites of some of my older material. You’ll be able to hear some of this new stuff as soon as I get the mentioned recordings and the DittyTV archive link.
Friday: …while I didn’t qualify for the next round on Friday, I got to see and connect with dozens of great musicians from many different countries. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in going as a competitor or a spectator.
Lastly I would just like to thank the Cincy Blues Society for allowing me to represent them in the solo/duo category at the IBC.
I would also like to thank the Cincy Blues Society for having me play the 2013 Winter Blues Fest this past weekend. It was a great four-stage indoor festival with a super attentive and appreciative audience. It was one of the most fun festivals I’ve played thus far. Hopefully I’ll be playing again in Cincinnati soon. If you happen to be in the Dayton area, my next show is going to be on February 25th at the Trolley Stop (see the Schedule tab for details).
See you later