King Biscuit Blues Festival competition, the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Bands, is Shreveport's AJ Cascio and the Two Tone Blues Band.
"There were some 50 bands that applied to the competition," said AJ, "and 11 bands were chosen to perform on Friday, June 17. We made the top 5; after playing on Saturday we were named the winner. We'll be playing the big stage at the King Biscuit Blues Fest on Th, Oct 6, 2005." There's more: "That qualifies us to play at the International Blues Competition, the IBC, in January, in Memphis."
Helena, basically across the Mississippi from Memphis, is an undisputed home of the Blues. The KFFA King Biscuit Flour Time is the world's longest-running blues radio show. "The King Biscuit Flour radio show was hosted by Sonny Boy Wiliiamson for decades," pointed out AJ. "And the King Biscuit Blues Fest is one of the world's top ten blues fests."
"Dan Sanchez and the Kings of Pleasure, also from Shreveport," said Cascio, "took second in the Sonny Boy Battle of the Bands."
In the Dana McCommon photo above. l to r, are Bill Unverzagt, Rod Tompkins, AJ Cascio, Brian Putnam and Tony Cascio.