28th IBC Results

Ricky Stevens deltabluz@HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 7 22:55:23 EST 2012


> The whole IBC setup--especially the lack of definition of "blues" in
> contest rules, distracts and detracts from the promotion of the true sons
> and daughters of the blues.

Bonni,

I would love to see a clear, concise, unambiguous and easily applied definition that could be used as a rule to define blues at the IBC.  Perhaps you can supply one?

Ricky Stevens 

Arkabutla, Mississippi

> Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 17:30:11 -0600
> From: bonni@BARRELHOUSEBONNI.COM
> Subject: 28th IBC Results
> To: BLUES-L@LISTSERV.NETHELPS.COM
> 
> The fact is, there ARE authentic heritage blues artists singing and
> playing real blues. There are at least 100 of them in Chicago and many
> more in Mississippi,Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, California, and around this
> country.
> 
> The whole IBC setup--especially the lack of definition of "blues" in
> contest rules, distracts and detracts from the promotion of the true sons
> and daughters of the blues. Just like the white DJs who refused to play
> the music of black artists in the 1950s (causing people like Sam Phillips
> to look for an Elvis Presley to make hits for Sun Records) we have
> promoters in the so-called "blues" industry who favor imitators over
> today's great Black artists of my (baby boom) generation.  Bruce Iglauer
> was criticized for this in a petition signed by many of these artists and
> their friends last year. But he is certainly not the only one.
> http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/alligator-records-40th-anniversary/Content?oid=3834565
> 
> The sad thing is that these IBC competitions have become showcases for
> festival promoters who hire these bands, maybe as a way to save money
> instead of scouting out and hiring real blues acts. Blues Foundation,
> instead of putting so much energy into these competitions and fostering
> the creation of new bands, needs to work on creating and educating new
> blues FANS.
> 
> 
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