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Innocent Sons @ Wet Willie's
The Innocent Sons @ Wet Willie's

Got the Blues in Memphis

Dreary Friday, Competitors Recoup

After two long nights of competition at the International Blues Challenge, the two Minnesota acts will have a chance to relax today and reflect on their experiences so far in Memphis. Neither Annie Mack or Javier & the Innocent Sons were selected to advance to the semi-final rounds of the competition, but hopefully everyone enjoyed their time on stage and were able to network with fellow musicians and music business people.

Trent Romens
Trent Romens @ Superior

After a very strong performance at Wet Willie's on Wednesday night, Javier & the Innocent Sons experienced some sound problems on Thursday night which probably hurt their chances for advancement to the semi-finals. Annie Mack & Tom Kochie performed well both nights at the Westin Lobby Bar against tough competition from Canada, Croatia as well as the United States.

Trent Romens performed Thursday afternoon at the Superior on Beale St as part of a showcase organized by Blind Raccoon. Trent performed with Elisa Wright on violin and John Wright on bass. The performance was enthusiastically received by the audience.

Annie Mack &
Annie Mack & Tom Kochie @ Westin Lobby Bar

Trent performed solo this afternoon at Silky O' Sullivan's on Beale St as part of the IBC Youth Showcase. Trent also took second place, for $100, in the Youth Blues Knowledge Bowl.

As an added attraction, Davina & the Vagabonds once again are participating in the events surrounding the IBC. Thursday afternoon they performed at the Blues Hall and they also will be appearing at King's Palace and Rum Boogie Café.

Davina & the Vagaonds
Davina & the Vagabonds @ Blues Hall

Memphis during IBC week is the place to be if you want to rub shoulders with hundreds of musicians, eat fried food and BBQ and hear almost non-stop blues music.

Tomorrow the finals will be held at the Orpheum Theater to bring the week to a close. It's always interesting to try to guess who the judges will ultimately pick. — Jake Jacobson



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Trent & Annie
Trent Romens & Annie Mack on Beale St

Minnesotans Arrive
In Memphis

IBC Competition Starts Tonight

Partly cloudy, 69 degrees. Everyone seems to be checking in. Annie Mack & Tom Kochie are here. Trent Romens is here. I've heard that Javier & the Innocent Sons are here. A handful of the usual IBC junkies are here and more are on the way. Annie Mack is up first at the Westin Lobby Bar at 8:40 pm. Javier & the Innocent Sons are the last act at Wet Willies tonight at 10:15 pm. Davina & the Vagabonds are playing in Clarksdale, MS tonight but will doing a showcase at the Blues Hall tomorrow. — from Jake Jacobson


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The Devil You Know CD

Congratulations To
Jimmi & the Band of Souls

CD, The Devil You Know,
Selected For Memphis Competition

The judges have made their decision and this years' choice for the 2012 International Blues Challenge "Best Self-Produced CD" Competition from Minnesota will be The Devil You Know by Jimmi & the Band of Souls. Judging was based on the following criteria: Performance, Blues Content, Audio Quality, Cover Art & Design and Credits & Liner Notes. Again this year, the local competition was tough. The other entries were Mark Cameron Band - Built To Bust, Good Time Willy Band - Right The Wrong and Trent Romens - Aware. Many thanks to all of the participants and the judges. Musicians take note: You may submit your CDs for the 2013 "Best Self-Produced CD" Competition anytime between now and October 1, 2012 to; CD Competition, GTCBMS, P.O. BOX 580704, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55458 .


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