Atlanta Blues Challenge
The Results

What an amazing Atlanta Blues Challenge! THANK YOU to all our volunteers, the judges and of course everyone who attended, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Representing ABS in Memphis during the International Blues Challenge in January 2023:

Band: The Trouble Tones
Solo: Drew Ashworth
Youth: Mongo Pretty

People’s Choice Winner:
Hughes Taylor Band

2nd Place Band:
William “Bluesman” Reed & The Juke Joints

3rd Place Band (tie):
Cannonball Red & The Headhunters
Hughes Taylor Band

Thank you to all competing acts who were all absolutely fantastic!
This event was sponsored by our Corporate Sponsor, Entertainers Speak Out for a SmokeFree Environment. We have committed to have all our events be Smokefree.

Artists & Schedule:

12 noon – Doors open
1:10pm – Youth Act – Mongo Pretty
1:45pm – Solo/Duo Act – Drew Ashworth
2.25pm – Wasted Potential Brass Band
3:05pm – Men of the Simply Awesome Band
4:10pm – Let it Rip Band
4:50pm – William ‘Blues Man’ Reed and the Juke Joint Dukes
5:30pm – The Trouble Tones
6:15pm – Hughes Taylor Band
6:55pm – Cannonball Red and the Head Hunters  

While the Youth Act is a competition at the Atlanta Challenge, they will not be in competition at the IBC in Memphis, but instead will be in a Youth Showcase which takes place on Friday evening of IBC week. The winning Youth act will need to take off at least one day from school, and possibly two, to allow for travel time to Memphis. The Solo/Duo and Band act winners of the Atlanta Blues Challenge must be able to be in Memphis for the registration and the entire week of the IBC in order to participate in the various stages of the IBC competition (Quarter finals, Semi Finals, and Finals).  This year’s IBC is tentatively scheduled for January 28 to Feb 4.

For more information, please go to our Challenge Page.