Sunday, February 25, 2018
Memphis, TN (January 25, 2014) - The 30th International Blues Challenge (IBC) - the world's largest gathering of blues acts - concluded its five-day run on world famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis with a full day of performances before a full house at the Orpheum Theatre. Narrowed from a record 255 acts from 40 states and 16 countries (and four continents), the 8 solo/ duo and 9 band finalists vied for the top prizes before an esteemed panel of judges. Here are the results:

Mr Sipp IBC Winner

1st Place: Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child" - Vicksburg Blues Society
2nd Place: Ghost Town Blues Band - Memphis Blues Society
3rd Place: Billy the Kid & Regulators - Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania

Gibson Guitarist (top guitarist among band finalists): Mr. Sipp - Vicksburg Blues Society


1st Place: Tim Williams - Calgary Blues Music Association
2nd Place: Lucious Spiller Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Inc.

Lee Oskar Harmonica Player (top harmonica player among semi-finalists): Jerome Godboo (Toronto Blues Society)

Best Self-Produced CD: Account to Me - Hank Mowery (West Michigan Blues Society)