THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLUES SOCIETY,  as an official Affiliate organization of The Blues Foundation, proudly invites the music-loving public to its annual presentation of the East Tennessee Regional portion of the 37th International Blues Challenge (IBC). 


Applications are currently being accepted in all categories. Participating artists will be judged by a panel of three musical performance experts. The Smoky Mountain Blues Society holds its regional competition this time of the year so the winning acts have plenty of time to raise much-needed funds and prepare for the excitement of Memphis!  

CONTACT SMBS Vice President Tom Hurwitz (646) 785-0686 or email for an application package.

IBC 2021Entry Form

The winning artists in each category of Band, Solo/Duo, or Youth will represent East Tennessee at the 37th International Blues Challenge to be January 18-22, 2022 in Memphis, TN. The world’s largest gathering of Blues acts 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. See more at: 

The cover charge for the competition will be $10.00 for non-members &  $5.00 for Blues Society members. Proceeds go towards funding the winning bands’ travel to Memphis. 

Mighty Blue performing in Memphis for the IBC

Check out highlights from the 2020 International Blues Challenge!