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Blues Challenge Winners and Rules for Best Self Produced CD
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Best Self Produced CD Contest
In conjunction with BST's Annual Blues Challenge we hold an annual Best Self Produced CD contest to award artists that have achieved excellence in the recording studio.
The committee selected CD will then be submitted to the Blues Foundation for their Annual Best Self Produced CD contest which is held in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge.
Josh Yarbrough & The $5 Sugar
"Live at The Colony"
Slidebone Johnny "Rainin' In My Heart"
Little Joe McLerran "Believe I'll Make A Change"
The Dustin Pittsley Band "Staring Into The Sun"
Dinosaurs (Self Titled)
The Slugger Trask Band (Self Titled)
Malford Milligan Band "Rides Again"
Blues Foundation's Best Self Produced Official Rules
For more than 25 years, The Blues Foundation has celebrated and recognized established blues artists through the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Awards). For over 20 years, The Blues Foundation has encouraged the future blues performers through the International Blues Challenge.
In 2005, for the first time ever, The Blues Foundation added another component to celebrate up and coming artists by bestowing an award for the "Best Self-Produced CD" of the year. It will do so again in 2008. Where the IBC, through its panel of distinguished judges, has been the measure of excellence for a band's live performance, the Best Self Produced CD award honors artists that have achieved excellence in the studio. Acts can be bands, solo acts, duo acts, trios, full choirs or any other combination. The purpose of this award is to assist Blues musicians in the pursuit of their professional goals.
This award complements the International Blues Challenge-the live music component of IBC Weekend. The Foundation believes this award further emphasizes the critical role of affiliated societies in the Blues world and provides another featured award for IBC weekend.
* Entries for the Best Self-Produced CD are permitted
by affiliated blues societies only.
The finalists will be announced prior to IBC weekend. Music professionals will judge the finalists and the winner will be announced at the IBC finals.
Judges will evaluate:
A performer who has previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award ( formally the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition. A CD on a record label that has been previously nominated for a Blues Music Award ( Formally the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition.
Compilations are not eligible.
Singer, band, society or local producer may produce the actual CD as long as the performer is a singer, band or other individual entity.
Recordings with established or "known" producers within the industry are eligible as long as the recording is on the artist's independent label and not on an established national blues label.
If a recording was produced independently but an established blues label has purchased the master for distribution, the recording is still eligible until such time as the established blues label releases the recording.
The affiliates are responsible for ensuring that their submission complies with these rules. If you have any doubts or questions, contact the Foundation office.
SCORING & POINTS
Scoring is based on five categories: Blues Content, Talent, Vocal, Originality, and Stage Presence.
A total of 140 points are possible. Blues Content has a multiplier of 4 X 10 possible points; Talent has a multiplier of 3 X 10 possible points; Vocal has a multiplier of 3 X 10 possible points; Originality and Stage Presence have multipliers of 2 x 10 possible points each.
We closely follow the same guidelines as the International Blues Challenge.
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Entry Form & Rules Packet pdf file
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2013 BST Blues Challenge Results
Solo/Duo Winner: Scalehouse
Band Winner: James Groves Blues Machine
Runner up: Sunday Moan
2012 BST Blues Challenge Results
Solo/Duo Winner: Wink Burcham
Band Winner: Dustin Pittsley Band
2011 BST Blues Challenge Results
Solo/Duo Winner: James Groves
Band Winner: The Wanda Watson Band
2nd Place: Sara D. & The Damned Souls
3rd Place: The Bryan Wallace Band
2010 BST Blues Challenge Results
1st Place - Danny J. Buck
1st Place - The Dustin Pittsley Band
2nd Place - The Home Brewed Band
3rd Place - Shatterproof Blues Band
2009 BST Blues Challenge Results
1st Place - Slidebone Johnny (John Legg & Steve Corbett)
2nd Place - Danny J. Buck
1st Place - The Dustin Pittsley Band
(Went on to win the 2010 Beale Street Blues Kings competition at the New Daisy
Theater during the 2010 IBC)
2nd Place - BluesDogs
3rd Place - Locus
2008 BST Blues Challenge Winners
Little Joe McLerran, 25th Annual International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winner! Congratulations Joey!
1st Place - Little Joe McLerran (Solo)
2nd Place - Slidebone Johnny (Duo)
3rd Place - Ruthie Bram Duo
1st Place - Jennifer Marriott & Odd Sheep Out
Participants in the Beale Street Blues Kings competition at the New Daisy
Theater during the 2009 IBC)
2nd Place - The Dustin Pittsley Band
3rd Place - The Lee Jones Band
2007 BST Blues Challenge Winners
Duo/Solo Performers -- James Watts (Vocals) & Perry Thomas (Vocals & Keyboard)
First Place: Little Joe & The Big Three Trio
(L to R) Joe McLerran (Vocals/Guitar), Jimmy "Junior" Markham (Harmonica/Vocals), Rob McLerran (Bass/Vocals), Ron McRorey (Drums)
Second Place: Jennifer Marriott & Odd Sheep Out
Third Place: The Dustin Pittsley Band
2006 BST Blues Challenge Winners
Duo/Solo Performers -- Rob McLerran (Bass/Vocals), Joe McLerran (Vocals/Guitar)
First Place: Blues Dogs
Bryan Wallace (Bass/Vocals), Mark Dickenson (Guitar/Vocals), Kent Swepston (Drums)
Second Place: The Home Brewed Band!
2005 BST Blues Challenge Winners
Duo/Solo Act -- Acoustic & Electric Guitar (Vocals in Memphis)
Dustin Pittsley (lead guitar/vocals), Jesse Aycock (guitar/vocals), Donnie Wood (bass/vocals), Doug Wehmeyer (drums)
Second Place: Reverend Jonny Palmer & The Muddy River Revival Band!
Third Place: Big Mike T and The Fabricators!
2004 BST Blues Challenge Winners
First Place: The Rickey Preston Band
(L to R) Harry Williams - Drums ; Kevin Phariss - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals; Rickey Preston - Harmonica & Vocals; Shawn Roach - Bass & Vocals; Scott Santee - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Second Place: The 235 Band
Third Place: Dan Danger & The Danger Zone
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