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3 MN Acts Play Well in Memphis

No Brass Ring, But A Good Time Was Had By All

Harold and Jeff on Beale St
Hurricane Harold & Jeff Ray
@ Lil' Anthony's on Beale St

Everyone arrived save and sound in Memphis in spite of the big storm (except for Lois whose flight through Chicago was cancelled). At the Wednesday and Thursday quarter-finals, Curtis & the Kicks performed at BB King's, Hurricane Harold & Jeff Ray were at Lil' Anthony's and Tom Hunter & Jon Gunvaldson (representing Sedalia Blues Society) played at Silky O'Sullivan's. For the Minnesota contingent that meant a lot of leg work running up and down Beale St. But what a wonderful musical experience. Not only did we get to cheer on our boys, but we got a chance to catch bits and pieces of 110 bands, 80 solo/duo acts and 30 youth showcase acts.

Kicks @ BB King's
Curtis Marlatt & The Kicks
On Stage @ BB King's

Curtis & the Kicks and Tom Hunter & Jon Gunvaldson were able to advance to the semi-final rounds on Friday night. Both acts gave strong performances but were not able to advance to the finals. Nonetheless, I think everyone seems to have had a good time and made a few connections. I heard that Curtis' BandVillage site experienced a significant bump in traffic after his performances. I am looking forward to seeing the acts that did make it to the final competition this afternoon.

Gunner & Tom on Beale St
Jon Gunvaldson & Tom Hunter
@ Silky O'Sullivan's on Beale St

If you have never experienced the International Blues Challenge, you may want to consider making the trip to Memphis next year. If you have a band or a solo/duo act and aspire to move up to the next level, make connections and get exposure; you might consider signing-up for the Road To Memphis Challenge to take your shot at fame and fortune. Well, at the very least, it will be an experience you won't soon forget. — Jake Jacobson



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Thanks, From Harold & Jeff

2011 GTCBMS IBC Duo Act

Jeff and I would like to thank all of the people involved with the GTCBMS for their assistance, support and overall enthusiasm for our trip to the IBC in Memphis. While we did not come home with the prize, our journey up to, during and post IBC was rewarding and a whole lot of fun. We have made many new friends and had a chance to renew old music friendships. Plus we got to play on Beale Street! We are humbled and blessed to have such a great group of people behind our music. THANK YOU — Jeff Ray & "Hurricane" Harold Tremblay


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Carriage House Sessions Chosen For Competition

Carriage House Sessions CD

Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold's CD Selected As Best Self-Produced Entry

It seems fitting that Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold's CD, Carriage House Sessions, should be selected as this year's GTCBMS representative in the Blues Foundation's "Best Self-Produced CD" competition since Jeff and Harold are traveling to Memphis to compete as the GTCBMS entrant for the solo/duo competition at the 2011 International Blues Challenge. Our local judges were faced, once again, with the difficult task of choosing from some first-rate CD submissions. Along with Jeff and Harold's CD, Nigel Egg submitted, Big Bang Baby Boom and the Everett Smithson Band submitted, Take The Ride. Thanks again, to all of this year's participants and judges. And good luck in Memphis, Jeff and Harold! — Jake Jacobson


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