CRBN Solo/Duo Blues Challenge at Caffe Lena on Saturday

October 6th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg
The Hotshot Hillbillies

The Hotshot Hillbillies

By Wanda Callagy

Four solo/duo acts will be competing for the honor of representing Greater Nippertown at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January. Sponsored by the Capital Region Blues Network, the Local 518 competition takes place at 12noon on Saturday (October 7) at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Mary Ann Casale, Wyld Blu, Agape Blues Company and the Hotshot Hillbillies will be competing in the challenge. The winner will be determined by a combination of the judges scores with audience voting, so come on out and support your favorite. Admission is $10.

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We asked the contestants, “Why do you want to go to Memphis?” And here are their responses:

MARY ANN CASALE: “I want to compete. I visited the IBCs last year, and I want to do my thing, to be able to go and play.”

WYLD BLU: “I want to be able to experience the IBCs in Memphis and be able to take in all that it has to offer. It’s a wonderful networking opportunity and a great way for new
artists to gain exposure to the industry pros. Memphis represents another stepping stone in this crazy wonderful blues adventure that is a so deeply embedded in me.”

WENDY WALTZ OF THE HOTSHOT HILLBILLIES: “Just to walk down Beale Street listening to folks like us and feeling the spirit of the river that gave birth to American music would be a dream come true.”

SCOTT HELLER OF AGAPE BLUES COMPANY: “The Agape Blues Company has taken its style of Christian blues back to its roots, bringing a message of hope: lowly to uplifting, sorrowful to music that makes you want to dance. Our desire to go to Memphis has everything to do with taking that positive message and sharing Good News Blues with fellow blues players and the listening blues community.”

Agape Blues Company

Agape Blues Company

Mary Ann Casale

Mary Ann Casale