By Cynthia Germain
Sturgeon Bay blues artist Cathy Grier will be traveling next week to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, a competition of blues professionals worldwide. Grier will be representing the Paramount Music Association based in Port Washington, having won the regional IBC challenge. The Paramount Music Association has its roots in the Paramount Record Company which has historical significance in the blues world as the company produced Victrolas with acetate record giveaways of blues artists from the south, amassing a unique collection of this genre. Grier says that the legacy of women blues artists through the Paramount Record Company is what attracted her to this association.
Similar associations around the world send one single or duo and one band to represent their members and area to compete in the blues challenge. The judged competition is rigorous with multiple levels of performances and point systems. Grier says that she not only looks forward to the challenge but also the great opportunity for networking and sharing a common love for blues music. She played to a local crowd over the weekend at the Tambourine Lounge in preparation for the challenge, with both nights being sold out. Grier hopes to share her experiences from the IBC later in the spring with another concert at the venue.