The landmark 30th annual International Blues Challenge is taking place in Memphis, Tennessee "the home of the blues", and American Blues Scene will be continuing it's annual coverage of the week's events in their entirety.
Until August 10, 1920, record companies didn’t even try to sell music to—or by—black people. But on that day Mamie Smith, a 37-year-old medicine show singer from Cincinnati, barreled into a New York studio.
David “Honeyboy” Edwards was the last of the old guard blues players. He was from Shaw, Mississippi. Was inspired to play guitar at age 14 by watching Tommy Johnson—the man who wrote "Big Road Blues" and "Canned Heat"—work his guitar...
The finals have been announced and the gears are in motion for the blowout competition to determine the winners at the Orpheum Theatre. The band finals begin at 2:00pm, Solo/duo finals will begin at 7:30 pm.