2020 International Blues Challenge

Memphis Tennessee

Jan 28 th thru Feb 1 st

Chicago Blues Challenge Winners

Band :   Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames

Duet :     Long Tall Deb & Colin John

Youth:    Mud City Blu Band

 

Band :   Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames

https://youtu.be/JgnvkM2dmWQ

Click the link above to view their Chicago Blues Challenge performance

Born in Chicago in 1952, Dave was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78’s. In high school the Stones, Clapton and Mayall first came out but Dave traded those records for Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, and BB King.  After high school Weld moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter from  the New York jazz scene.  Dave drove to Nevada and met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown.  Weld bought Hound Dog Taylor’s first Alligator album, heard Howlin Wolf over the radio in the desert one night, packed up and drove back home in his 67′ Ford.

Dave found out the West side of Chicago in the black hood was friendlier than the North side, and started sitting in at clubs, and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor’s band. During this time Weld was under tutelage from JB Hutto, a Grammy awarded Blues Hall of Fame slide man from Georgia. He studied at JB’s house for three years until JB introduced Dave to his nephews, Little Ed and James Young. They started the band “Little Ed and the Blues Imperials” and played every joint in the West side for ten years until Bruce Igauer from Alligator recorded them in a historic session “Roughousin'” and they started world tours.  Dave is the most energetic man in the business.

 

Duet :     Long Tall Deb & Colin John 

https://youtu.be/hFOSYPRMJOc

Click the link above to view their Chicago Blues Challenge performance

“This is an utterly original mélange of all the music that we have enjoyed for around 80 years. It is also compelling as all get-out.” –Blues Matters UK

Like many blues and soul vocalists of note, Deb Landolt cultivated her soul/gospel honey-dipped voice in church as a child. Her VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands” gained heavy rotation on Sirius/XM’s“Bluesville” and garnered attention both for her vocal dynamics and songwriting: owing a lot to her Texas/Mexico border roots.

Transpacific Bluesman Colin John received his early touring miles with Teeny Hodges, Little Mike andThe Tornadoes, Henry Grey, Pinetop Perkins, Michael Hill, Hubert Sumlin, Phil Guy, Big Jack Johnson, and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum.

Their one-of-a-kind sound incorporates a solid bedrock of blues and soul sensibilities cross-pollinated with their respective deep roots in Texas and Hawai’i and topped with world roots influences gleaned from their travels throughout the world.

Together, Long Tall Deb & Colin John have performed across Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific and continue to license their songs in TV and film.

Youth:    Mud City Blu Band

MudCity Blu is a trio including Kendall Carter on guitar and vocals, Peyton McDowell on bass, and Stacy Norris on drums.  Kendall’s influences include Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. His originals integrate multiple genres, reinterpreted and fresh.  Peyton has been steeped into the blues and jazz from an early age with great Chicago mentors. Stacy’s influences include Clyde Stubblefield, Buddy Rich, and Tony Royster Jr. The band got its start playing for the community at Jazzin’ and Jammin’ in Bronzeville, a venue which aims to bring jazz and blues back to its historic Chicago roots.

 


Blues!