UJBN Board selects Shades CD for Memphis Competition

Son Lewis Sonlewis1@aol.com
Thu Nov 4 11:28:47 EST 2004

In 2005, for the first time ever, The Blues Foundation will add another
component to celebrate up-and-coming artists by bestowing an award for the "Best
Self-Produced CD" of the year.   The United Jersey Blues Network is pleased to
announce that it has selected The Shades' CD, entitled "The Darker Side of Fun"
in competition for this award.

The UJBN Board selection was based upon the Blues Foundations criteria for:
(1) Musical Performance
(2) Audio Quality of the Presentation
(3) Cover Art and Design
(4) Credit and Liner Information.

Where the IBC, through its panel of distinguished judges, has been the
measure of excellence for a band's live performance, the Best Self Produced CD award
will honor artists that have achieved excellence in the studio. The purpose
of this award is to assist Blues musicians in the pursuit of their professional

The Blues Foundation intends this award to complement the International Blues
Challenge-the live music component of IBC Weekend. The Foundation believes
this will further emphasize the critical role of affiliated societies in the
Blues world and provide another featured award for IBC weekend. Final judging by
the Blues Foundation will be in three stages. There will be two rounds of
judging by radio/print people leading to the final judging.  The five finalists
will be announced prior to IBC weekend. Music professionals will judge the five
finalists and the winner will be announced at the IBC finals.

The UJBN Board wishes the Shades the best of luck in this competition and
sincerely appreciates the efforts and submissions of all of our member bands.

Son Lewis
Blues Vocalist/Guitarist

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