The Blues Foundation will present the 32nd International Blues Challenge January 26-30, 2016 in Memphis, TN. The IBC is the world’s largest gathering of Blues acts and represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. Blues musicians from around the world compete for cash, prizes, and industry recogni-tion.


257 acts entered the IBC in 2015. Thousands of fans from around the world filled the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the Orphe-um Theater on Saturday. Even more are expected in 2016.


Winners of the IBC two years in a row, the Vicksburg Blues Society holds an exceptional place of respect and accomplishment in the history of the IBC. Representing the VBS, Mr. Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child took top honors in 2014, with Eddie Cotton winning 1st place in 2015. Winning the IBC has brought exceptional recognition and opportunities to the VBS and these top-flight blues acts.


As we head to Memphis to compete in the IBC 2016, we are pleased to have Mississippi G-n-H Blues repre-sent the Vicksburg Blues Society in the Solo/Duo Division, and A Different Shade of Blue in the Band Divi-sion.


ABOUT Mississippi G-n-H Blues

Based in the Jackson, Mississippi area, this consummate duo features singer and songwriter Chris Gill on slide, cigar box and acoustic guitars. Over many years of rolling the back roads of Mississippi, Chris has forged treasured friendships and experiences while researching and studying iconic Delta bluesmen like Skip James, Bud Spiers, Jack Owens and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. He’s had memorable times sitting on the front porch, and learning from the masters, blues styles like Mississippi Hill Country Blues, the illusive Bentonia Blues, and more. Chris brings his amazing guitar skills and diversity in his sound to his performances.


Accomplished musician in jazz, blues and more, Adjunct Professor at Jackson State University, and Willie Dixon look-a-like, Johnny Hubbard, is the tall, dark and handsome component of the duo. Johnny plays the upright double bass with feeling and flair, adding deep, rich tones to each arrangement. Johnny shines and brings a nostalgic feel to the act.


With careers spanning more than 20 years, fans enjoy the magic and style of Mississippi G-n-H Blues. Their performances include originals as well as rare classics.

Find more about the International Blues Challenge at







Shirley Waring


Vicksburg Blues Society

Chris Gill Music


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