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February 14, 2022
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Welcome IBC Blues Fans (2015)

Walking in Memphis… Was Walking with My Feet Ten Feet Off of Beale

(“Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn)

Spring is just around the corner, so we need to start preparing for our upcoming springtime road trip adventure. Since the Omicron virus surge is slowing down, we are thinking of going to the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis for a week of Blues music. Going to Memphis for the IBC has become one of our favorite road trips. So much so, it has become a yearly trek for us. Blues music is one of the reasons we travel. When we are camping near a city, we find out where the Blues clubs and festivals are at because we love to see the local live performances.

What is the IBC? The International Blues Challenge is a prestigious blues music competition that takes place in Memphis, Tennessee, every year. It is a six-day event that features performances by musicians from all over the world. The final rounds of the competition will take place on Beale Street, one of the most famous streets in America, with over 20 clubs hosting these musicians. The IBC also has seminars, showcases, master classes, film screenings, networking events, book signings, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.

The past two years have been a struggle. But I think it is safe to say that for the most part we are cautiously optimistic that life is turning around and we will be able to get back to some sense of normal soon. If something unexpected happens and we’re back to square one, then so be it. We can be just as happy boondocking in a remote campsite.

Bottom line: We’re more than ready to get back to traveling. One way or another, it will happen.

Happy Trails,

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