National Women in Blues Inc

National Women in Blues Inc The National Women in Blues supports, promotes, edifies and mentors female blues artists, world wide

The National Women in Blues promotes, supports, edifies and mentors female blues artists anywhere in the world. Staging an annual WiB Showcase in Memphis, and previously through festivals in Wilmington NC (which we hope to bring back). We continue through our group page in supporting and promoting WiB's throughout the year. Started in 2006 with 6 weeks lead time, the 1st National Women in Blues Fe

stival proved that people wanted to hear female blues artists. Officially gaining Non-Profit status nearly a decade later, thanks to fundraising from our members and WiB's and their supporters. You can find out history and more information through our web site at

Cover woman, Diunna Greenleaf! Shout out to Living Blues for their great taste! Read up at

Cover woman, Diunna Greenleaf! Shout out to Living Blues for their great taste! Read up at




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It is that time of year for entries for the 2024 WiB Showcase Lottery! We draw for sets in the National Women in Blues Showcase being held during the 2024 International Blues Challenge week, thanks to The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tn. The lottery was born to avoid politics and favoritism.

WiB Showcase Date: January 18th 2024 from 11:30am-4:00pm at Alfred’s On Beale St, & our WiB Live-stream dates will be announced soon. Thanks to one of our sponsors, Mick Kolassa and Endless Blues Records! He has earned those Honorary Ovaries, over and again!! Want to be a sponsor, check with me!


a) List ACT name in a comment below! ***

b) State if you are In IBC/Out of IBC (In or out of the International Blues Challenge)

c) If under 18, add ‘Youth Act’ to your entry. You will place that with your entry comment.

***MUST be a member or spokesperson of the band posting the entry comment. Duplicates will be deleted. Parents of youth acts may enter for their young one!


1) 1 Entry per band or act.

2) This post will stay fixed/pinned until the 7th of November 2023, Midnight EST is the DEADLINE to enter the drawing. A copy will be on our group and page wall. Entries from both will be added to the drawing.

We draw 5 bands in IBC, 5 out of of IBC, and 1 Youth. We pull 1 alternate. They will be notified before press time if a slot opens.


1) Female content: The band must be fronted by a female blues artists. Duo’s must be at least 50% female. Male fronted acts with only 1 female musician, are not eligible, unless their female artist fronts the set during the showcase. Yes, solo acts may enter!

2) You must already plan on being in Memphis during the International Blues Challenge week, as we have yet to get grants to pay artists. In lieu of payment, we work extremely hard to get you press and lots of new networks.

3) Skip year rule: If you played our event last year, you need to skip this year.

4) Blues content, like IBC, originals preferred, covers allowed, blues content a must. We know many of you play multiple genres, but this is Blues Challenge week!

5) Won't have your band in Memphis? WiB can use the back up band!

You will be added to our posters, press, video teasers, social media posts, our web site and more. We’ve had good luck getting female artists attention via the media, increasing their fan bases and sales. Press in the past included coverage in blues media and radio, and world wide via VOA and publications like the Smithsonian Magazine. Plus, Andrea Zucker Photography will be taking amazing photos of you during the showcase! Free photos, free press, and lots of love and support is on the table!

The National Women in Blues has always worked to support, promote, edify and mentor female blues artists, anywhere they reside. From the US to Canada, Argentina to Japan, Australia to the Netherlands.

THE LOTTERY DRAWING will be live-streamed on the evening of November 9th 2023 (time TBD, most likely 8pm EST), here on a Facebook with links posted to the group and page wall for you to watch live or catch up after the broadcast. Not only will we be pulling names for sets in the showcase, but announcing which fantastic blues woman will be this years opening performer & MC!

HINT: This years Featured artists and MC has a deep and sultry voice. Her songs tell amazing stories and she is based on the East Coast of the states.

DON'T FORGET...OUR SHOWCASE RAISES MONEY FOR The Blues Foundation who host the International Blues Challenge, meaning all of our performers are helping the future of blues, stay bright!


Your CBW Michele

National Women in Blues

With Support from Mick Kolassa and Endless Blues Records

PS...there is a copy of this post on the National Women in Blues Inc page, in case an act is not inside our group to comment and enter the lottery.

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Dear WiB and all the amazing WiB Supporters…

Livestream drawing TONIGHT….9:00pm EST (6 west coast states)!! It will be streamed from my page and added to National Women in Blues and National Women in Blues Inc.

WiB….PLEASE REVIEW LIST BELOW. If you entered and your name is missing, please comment to the original entry so I can get it printed with the others. The ‘I’ and ‘O’ on the outside of your names is a designation for In our Out of IBC so we know which hat to put your name in for the drawing. Excuse any spelling errors as this autocorrect keeps changing names on me!!

When I say we have an amazing list of entries….I am speaking truth! This is the list of those who entered.

2022 WiB Lottery Drawing List

Jureesa McBride - O

Susan Williams - O

Elly Winger - O

Arietta Ward - O

Mark and Jill (Burnham) Sing the Blues - I Capital Region Blues Network

Tracy Madison/Menza Madison Band - I. (Hudson Valley Blues Society

Parijita Bastola with Soul - Youth

Mary Washington Brooks - O

Julia Cruz Magness - O

Soulful Femme - O

Amanda Rey - O

Niecie - O

Libby Rae Watson - O

Andrea Marr - O

Cathy Grier and the Trouble Makers - I

Angela Easley - O

Rae Gordon - I

Ilana Katz Katz - O

King Bee and the Stingers (Sarah Menefee) - O

Queen Iretta Sanders (Johnnie 😎 - O

Deborah Stanford and the Night Stalkers - I

Mari Mack Music - O

Kimberly Dill/ Sister Lucille - O

Betty Lewis and the Executives - O

Sandy Haley Band - O

Regina Bonelli - O

Skye Page - O

Val Starr - O

Cara Being Blue (Lippman) - O

Bridget Kelly Band - O

Meisha Herron - O

Radka Kasparacova- O

Gayle Harrod - O

Avey Grouws Band (Jeni) - O

Carmen Ratti Band featuring Jill Dineen - O

Mary Washington Brooks - O

Pam Taylor & Flyin’ V - O

Kathleen Murray - O

Mama Hope (Brandy Hammond) - O

Susan Angeletti Band - O

Sarah LeMieux - O

Rochelle & The Sidewinders - I

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WiB Update…TWO Hours left to enter the lottery!

WIB Alert… Lottery Entries due by midnight tonight! Check pinned post at National Women in Blues and if you’re not inside the group use the post pinned to National Women in Blues Inc page!!
The official WiB lottery is posted on the page at
National Women in Blues Inc and the National Women in Blues group wall!

It's offical. Spoke to Joe at The Blues Foundation today and we are going back to Memphis for IBC 2022!!

The lottery for showcase sets will be held the first week of November, like every year. It helps us avoid favoritism and gives more amazing Women in Blues a chance to join us.

As always, the live drawing for sets will be at the end of the week that you can enter the lottery. After we secure our showcase acts we will start scheduling more WiB for our livestream broadcasts.

More details coming in October and again...Lottery entries can be made from November 1st through the 7th on our National Women in Blues group or on our National Women in Blues Inc page!

IBC or bust!!

Your CBW,
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- National Women in Blues 1st Virtual WiB Showcase happening Feb 14, 2021 -
National Women in Blues Inc (WiB) announces the 1st Virtual Women in Blues Showcase! While they’ll miss seeing everyone in Memphis, they’re pushing boundaries to share this opportunity to continue the mission to support, edify, promote and mentor Women in Blues! The Showcase will live-stream on February 14, 2021, 1pm PST, 3pm, CST, 4pm EST:
WiB continues to support Generation Blues as their showcase charity. Donations may be made here:

The host and featured artist is the fabulous Kat Riggins. Kat’s CD, Cry Out, was recently nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Album category. This year’s show will feature the indominable Lady A, Redd Velvet and Fiona Boyes and performances from the Women in Blues’ Artists in Residence: Rae Gordon, Brigitte Rios Purdy and Erica Brown. Be on the lookout for our international sisters - Canada’s Sunday Wilde and Debra Power, Croatia’s Marija Gasparic, Japan’s Nacomi Tanaka and our ladies from down under – Fiona Boyes, Anna Scionti, Chris Okunbor!

You'll also hear the blues stylings of Elizabeth Hangan, Joanna Broh (with Sonny Hess and Kathryn Grim), Heather Statham (Thunder Gypsy), Gina Coleman (Misty Blues), Rachelle Coba, Arietta Ward, Veronika Jackson, Niecie, Cathy Grier, Deb Ryder, Cheryl Rinovato and Stevee Wellons (Soulful Femme), Spring Brooks, Rebecka Meldrum, Erin Harpe, Kerrie Lepai Jones, Casey Hensley, Whitney Shay, Johnie B & Iretta Sanders, Mylin Little (Royal & Toulouse), Kimberly Dill (Sister Lucille), Carly Harvey, Melanie Owen, Angela Easley, Ilana Katz Katz, Radka Kasparcova and a few surprise WiBs!

Redd Velvet will be closing out the show with her blues music historical journey. Redd was featured in the Smithsonian Magazines African American Arts and Culture edition, Sept 2016.

Many thanks to the Blues Foundation for helping WiB grow and to Endless Blues Records for their continued WiB sponsorship.

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