New Mexico’s Jhett Black, just took 2nd Place at the International Blues Challenge in the solo category. The competition was held in Memphis. Together with wife, Callie Sioux (together they make up the band, Gleewood), are from Ruidoso.

This year they are also finalists for the New Mexico Music Awards in the Blue’s category.

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break.

The world’s largest gathering of blues musicians took place on Beale Street, with over 20 clubs hosting the challengers and fans. In addition to featuring these final rounds of the prestigious blues music competition, the IBC event week offered seminars, showcases, master classes, film screenings, networking events, book signings, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.