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Vicksburg Blues Society 


 IBC Winners 2014 and 2015  •  IBC Finalists 2013-2014-2015-2016-2017


Challenge 2016 JUDGES

Our panel of industry professionals


Eddie Cotton is a classic Mississippi Blues guitarist and vocalist.  Representing the Vicksburg Blues Society, he won top honors at the International Blues Challenge in 2015.  His latest awards include:

Jackson Music Awards ENTERTAINER of the YEAR 2016

Jus' Blues Awards ENTERTAINER of the YEAR 2016

Clinton, MS


Owner, Scenic Productions

TerryDuffie is in video production and is a professional MC.  He produced a number of events for Gov. Haley Barbour, including the MS Grammy Awards celebration events.  He is a partner in a blues venue in Dothan.  He is the co-founder of the Wiregrass Blues Society in Dothan.  Terry is involved in producing and directing a number of major blues festivals and events. 

Owner, Scenic Productions

Dothan, Alabama


Jerry Mason is a Radio Broadcaster and Internet Entrepreneur.  He is President and CEO of Mason Media Services.  He has served on the Board of the MS Blues Foundation, and is an experienced IBC judge.  He serves on the B.O.D. of the Vicksburg Heritage League and the Vicksburg Blues Society




“It’s On Like A Chicken Bone!!!!!”

Jackson, Mississippi


Renee Shakespeare is a founding member of the Central Mississippi Blues Society and a lover of the blues. Her career in radio is highlighted by her award-winning series TheDrinking Gourd which was broadcast weekly on WMPR 90.1 FM in Jackson, MS.

She currently works as a production assistant for “Let’s Talk” a weekly talk radio show hosted by Mr. Charles Evers.  Renee has worked with the Medgar Evers Homecoming Festival for the past 17 years. She has served as a judge for the Blues Foundations’ International Blues Challenge on three occasions.

Production Assistant WMPR90.1 FM

Jackson, MS


Doug Corley, with his in-depth knowledge of the blues, is considered a blues connoisseur.  His historical knowledge of the blues is as extensive as his collection of recordings.   He founded the Bayou Blues Society in Louisiana and served as president in 1986.  He is a past member of the Southern California Blues Society. 


Jackson, MS