East Texas blues group, the Kim Donnette Band headed to Memphis to represent Texas in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January. The band won the spot representing the state when they clinched the win at the North Texas Blues Challenge presented by the Trinity River Blues Society in summer 2023. The 2024 International Blues Challenge brings 200 musical acts to Beale Street in Memphis from around the world.

Although the band advanced to the semi-finals, their journey in the contest ended at the 3rd round. “What a fantastic experience this week has been!” said Donnette in a Facebook post letting fans know they did not make the finals. “I am so proud of myself and this band!”

Kate Kirby
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Kate Kirbys is a singer/songwriter, music educator, and content creator that is 1/2 of The Kirbys: are a husband wife songwriting and performing duo who also operate the Big Sandy Music Hall. The Kirbys also host TNL (Thursday Night Live), a weekly livestream featuring East Texas artists.