Sassy Brown Band set to compete at International Blues Challenge

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/30/16

The Sassy Brown Band, a blues band that counts a Walker County native amongst its members, is Memphis-bound to play at the 2017 International Blues Challenge.

The band is made up of five musicians from across Alabama, including Lauren “Sassy” …

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Sassy Brown Band set to compete at International Blues Challenge

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The Sassy Brown Band, a blues band that counts a Walker County native amongst its members, is Memphis-bound to play at the 2017 International Blues Challenge.

The band is made up of five musicians from across Alabama, including Lauren “Sassy” Brown on vocals, Glen Butts on lead guitar, Scott Housey on bass, John Oliver on drums and local musician Andrew Brasfield on the harmonica.

The Sassy Brown Band won the chance to play at the IBC after winning the 2016 Muscle Shoals Music Preservation Society Blues Challenge earlier this summer.

They will be representing the Shoals in the competition and competing against over 200 other blues bands.

“We’re excited to play this competition. People from all over the world will be there,” Brasfield said.

The Blues Foundation’s website describes the IBC as “a judged ‘Battle of the Bands’ in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria.”

However, Brasfield is no stranger to the IBC, which will be held in Memphis. He also competed in the challenge in 2012 with another band and made it to the finals round.

“It’s an honor to play the IBC,” Brasfield said. “You meet so many people from different walks of life. ... You never know who you’re going to meet.”

The Sassy Brown Band will also be one of the featured acts at Saturday’s Frog Festival in Sumiton. They will play from 3 to 4 p.m. and close out the event.

Brasfield said, “I’m happy to play for a hometown crowd because I don’t always get to play close to home.”

Although Brasfield has performed at the Frog Fest before, this will be The Sassy Brown Band’s first time to play at the event.

On Oct. 23, the band will be playing at the Daniel Day Gallery in Birmingham. This gig will act as a fundraiser to help the band travel to Memphis for the IBC.

Brasfield said the band will be selling their CDs and koozies.

“It costs a lot of money to do a free show like that in another town. So that’s going to be our big fundraiser on October 23,” he added. “Every penny we make is going to go towards the hotel room.”

CDs and koozies will be available for sale at the Frog Festival and any money raised from those sales will also go towards getting the band to Memphis.

In addition to The Sassy Brown Band, two other Alabama bands will be playing at the IBC, Royal and Toulouse, from Birmingham, and King Bee, from Montgomery.

The International Blues Challenge will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, 2017, with the event opening on Jan. 31 and competition rounds being held Feb. 1 through 4. The venues are located on Beale Street in Memphis.

For more information on The Sassy Brown Band, visit their website at www.sassybrownband.com or their Facebook page.