Blues in a Bottle by Rob Lumbard (sponsored by CIBS) was selected by the Blues Foundation as the Best Self Produced CD at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Rob was joined by fellow central Iowan Matt Woods, whose Sawdust and Gasoline disc was also one of the five finalists.  In addition to an impressive plaque, Rob also received a $1,000 cash prize and his disc will receive airplay on Music Choice (on satellite & cable TV) as well as on the radio shows of the DJ judges of the Blues Foundation.  CIBS congratulates Rob on this fantastic (and now award-winning) effort.  It is truly well deserved!!!


Rob is congratulated by Blues Foundation COO Joe Whitmer and President/CEO Barbara Newman at the IBC Finals in the Orpheum Theatre
photo by Jen Taylor

BSPCD Finalists:
Rob Lumbard – Blues in a Bottle (Central Iowa Blues Society) – WINNER

Matt Woods – Sawdust and Gasoline (South Skunk Blues Society)
John Maxwell – Blues for Evangeline (Golden Gate Blues Society)
Michael Jerome Browne – Sliding Delta (Montreal Blues Society)
Lloyd Spiegel – Double Live Set (Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society)