Congratulations to Matt Woods, winner of the 2012 Iowa Blues Solo/Duo Challenge held August 26, 2012 at Zimm’s Food and Spirits in Des Moines.

Matt Woods received $250 cash plus $300 travel expenses to Memphis as our state representative at the International Blues Challenge to be held January 29-February 2, 2013. Matt was one of five acts from across Iowa to participate in this event.

Matt Woods is both a native Iowan and a purveyor of its unique Blues tradition. As a seasoned performer of many local, regional and national clubs and venues, Matt has developed a distinct style while still staying loyal to his Blues roots. Versed in traditional delta, hill country and urban electric Blues, his biggest influences include the likes of: Son House, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and R.L. Burnside, among others.

The 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, South Skunk Blues Society, Southeast Iowa Blues Society, Zimm’s Food & Spirits, Budweiser, Summit Brewing Co., Cumulus Media/95KGGO & 98.3WOW and Cityview.