Annual Membership Meeting & Jam
This year we are turning 21, we are finally legal!  Come celebrate with us at Blind Willie's on Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 3pm-6pm.  Our host band will be Mudcat and the Atlanta Horns. We will have a jam, so bring your instruments and/or voices to show your stuff.  This is also the kick off for our regular membership yearly renewal, so if you have not renewed your membership yet, it is time to do so and we will have a table set up to take you renewals. See below for contest we are having if you renew before Feb 1, 2016.  It makes it a lot easier on our Membership Chair, if you can renew early.  This is also where we present our 2016 Honorary Lifetime Membership awards, this year we are honoring Carlos Capote (Breeze Kings), and long time Blues Society member Jimmy Warmouth. We will also report on the State of the ABS at this meeting.
Blind Willie's Blues Club

828 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306
Mudcat (Daniel Dudeck) was born in St. Paul, MN and raised on Tybee Island GA, where he first picked up the guitar. Educated at the University of New Orleans and National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City, he began performing his original compositions as a busker. After residing in several musical towns such as New Orleans and Savannah, Mudcat eventually settled in Atlanta where he began his blues tutelage under numerous elderly musicians who were still living in the culturally-rich city. In addition to performing in his own right, Mudcat has spent more than two decades promoting and backing these musical pioneers, organizing multi-day blues events, and bringing these nearly-forgotten artists back in front of appreciative crowds. Mudcat has recorded 13 full length albums and often tours Europe, Central America, and the US. When home in Atlanta, he can often be found at the Northside Tavern where he has held Wednesday nights since 1995.
Save the Date:
·  January 26-30, 2016 - International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, TN
·  Sunday February 21, 2016 - The ABS turns 21 help us celebrate at Blind Willie's
_ with Mudcat and the Atlanta Horns
·  Sunday March 13, 2016 - Monthly Gathering & Jam at Steve's Live Music from 3pm-6pm,
_ "Lady D" Band will host
· Sat & Sun, March 19 & 20, 2016 - Chicken Raid at Northside Tavern
·  Sunday April 17, 2016 - Monthly Gathering & Jam, venue and Host Band to be decided

  Make sure to get your copy of
Atlanta Magazine
February edition which is out now.
Fantastic article on Atlanta's own Blues Brothers:
Mudcat & Eddie Tigner

The 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge
Held on Beale Street in Memphis, TN on January 26-30, 2016.
Whew, it's over!  What a whirlwind event, This year's International Blues Challenge was one of the best ever, the level of talent was incredible and we are very proud of all of our representative acts.  It was also very special for the Atlanta Blues Society because our entry for the Keeping the Blues Alive award was awarded to Darwin's Burgers & Blues.  We filled up 2 big tables at the awards ceremony, and when the award was presented to Jonathan Akin & Lindsay Wine of Darwin's, we gave them a big cheer and standing ovation, the presenter was surprised and announced loudly, "Atlanta is in the house!"  Here's a group picture of some of us after the event:

The Challenge this year was one of the best ever, the amount of talent present was incredible. Between the Competition, the Showcases and Jams there was plenty of music going on all day and all night. We were well represented by all of our Atlanta Blues Challenge winners. Solo/Duo artist Blind Cadillac put on 2 terrific sets in the Quarter Finals, but, unfortunately did not make it to the Semi-Finals.  Our Band artist, Markey Blue wowed the crowds in every venue they played. They did make it to the Semi-finals, however, they did not make it to the finals.  Our youth band, No Solution, played Friday night in the Youth Showcase to thunderous applause from the packed audience.  They also played at some of the showcases going on around town.  They said they had so much fun and loved it so much that they are getting ready to compete in our challenge again this year. With no further ado, here are the winners of the 2016 International Blues Challenge:
Best Self-Produced CD:
Blues in a Bottle by Rod Lumbard, submitted by the Central Iowa Blues Society, Des Moines, IA
Harp Award - Sam Shepherd of InnerVision (Solo/Duo), Columbus Blues Alliance, Columbus, OH
Solo Guitar Award - Bing Futch, Orange Blossom Blues Society, Orlando, FL
Band Guitar Award - Joey Delgado (Delgado Brothers) Ventura Co. Blues Society, Simi Valley, CA
Solo/Duo Acts:
  2nd Place - InnerVision,Columbus Blues Alliance, Columbus, OH
  1st Place - Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society, Seattle, WA
Band Acts:
  3rd Place - The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society, Camdenton, MO
  2nd Place - The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society, Montreal, Canada
  1st Place - The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society, Simi Valley, CA

Make sure to get your copy of Atlanta Magazine, February edition, which is on newstands now.  
Enjoy a fantastic article on Atlanta's own Blues Brothers, Mudcat & Eddie Tigner.

Huge Congratulations to Darwin's Burgers & Blues for winning a 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award from the Blues Foundation and a huge thank you to Rhetta Akamatsu for writing up the entry for this award.  Here's a snippet of the write up:
Darwin's Burgers is not big and it is not glitzy. It's a little old house bursting with good food and fantastic blues music. Founded in 1995, it was the home of the blues in Atlanta. After an economic stumble in the early years of the 21st century, Lindsay Wine and Jonathon Akin purchased the venue in 2011, invested time and money, and brought the club back to its original juke joint popularity. Today, Darwin's hosts the best local bands and the best touring acts coming through Atlanta, and solo/duo winner at the 2013 International Blues Challenge, Little G Weevil, plays monthly. The blues jams during the week attract the best local musicians and allow new players to be heard. Because of the mix of young musicians and older established groups, the club attracts all ages. Thanks to the determination and dedication of one young couple, their friends and staff, and a lot of people who love Darwin's, the place looks set to continue to keep the blues alive in Metro Atlanta for many years to come!
We are so proud to have Darwin's as a venue sponsor and owners Lindsay Wine and Jonathon Akin certainly deserve this award for bringing Darwin's back from the brink of extinction. They will be presented with this award on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the KBA Luncheon during the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you go to hear some great blues music at Darwin's in Marietta, GA.


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