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IBC PREVIEW - Grady Champion & Nathan James Sit On The Couch

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The last of 3 shows leading up to our weeklong live broadcasts from Beale Street during the 2012 International Blues Challenge.

In 2010, Grady Champion and his band won the Band Challenge.

Champion is a young blues singer and harmonica player from Canton, Mississippi.

He started performing at the age of eight in the Church Choir where his love for music began. In 1994, Grady won the McDonald’s Music Fest with his performance of “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” and brought the audience of 10,000 to their feet.

Grady has been favorably compared to the legendary Sonny Boy Williamson.

I will chat with Grady about his time at the IBC and how it has shaped his career.

Then the 2007 Solo/Duo Challenge winner Nathan James takes his seat on The Couch.

Nathan James has created a musical identity with his homemade instruments and self taught skills.

Why did he join the Challenge to get to Memphis?  How did the week impact his life and how has the win changed that life?

All things we will discuss with Nathan.

Finally, Little Joe McLerran IBC Solo/Duo Winner in 2009 will join us after technical difficulties made us miss last week.

Joe has used his IBC success to travel the world sharing his Piedmont Blues.

We will chat with Joe about his time at the IBC and how it impacted his world.


Come take a seat on The Couch and meet "Musicians You Should Know".