2007 Iowa Blues Challenge Winner

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Photo by Rebecca Swanger

Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts Take Top Prize at the 2007 Iowa Blues Challenge Finals held May 18th at the Hilton Garden Inn. The band received $500 cash plus $1,200 travel expenses to Memphis as Iowa’s representative at the International Blues Challenge in February 2008. Quad Cities representative Smokin’ Mojo Kings placed second, earning them $400 cash. Both of the bands also receive 8 hours of studio time as well as several paid gigs including the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest and Nitefall On The River in Des Moines. Rounding out the competition was Yetti Bluz Band, earning $300 cash.