Heart of Texas Blues Challenge Winners

Listed below are the past winners of the Heart of Texas Blues Challenge – these are the artists who have represented Austin as contestants at the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN. The Austin Blues Society thanks these artists for the tremendous effort they've put forth on behalf of the Austin blues community!


HOTBC 2017

  • Rochelle & The Sidewinders (band)

  • Kathy & The Kilowatts Duo (solo/duo)

  • Shelby Cheyenne (youth)

HOTBC 2016

  • Rochelle & The Sidewinders (band)

  • Jacques Bergeon (solo/duo)


HOTBC 2015


  • Matthew Robinson and the Jelly Kings (band)

  • Trimmed and Burning (solo/duo)


HOTBC 2014


  • The Palacios Brothers (band)

  • Mike Reardon and Eddie Schmidt (solo/duo)


HOTBC 2013


  • Rafael Espinoza (band)

  • Pickett/Searcy Coalition (solo/duo)

  • Brimstone (youth)


HOTBC 2012


  • JT Coldfire (band)


HOTBC 2011


  • Miss Julia and the Cruzers (band)

  • Trimmed and Burning (solo/duo)