Special thanks to:
• Greg Slim Lively Johnson for being my partner in crime
• Jordan Hefler & Jessica Losee for being fan-freaking-tastic
• Daniel Masters of Silly Goose for making the VIP Release Party a success
• Joe Whitmer & Jay Sieleman of The Blues Foundation
• Tracey Tozier, Lisa Hume, Dave & Sheree Hughes, Ghost Orchid Films, & Priscilla Hernandez for the over the top book donations to the kids
• Steve Mack, Kelly Thornton, & Peter Sloane for always having a camera in our face!
• Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Sean Carney, Micah Kesselring, Brandon Santini, Lionel Young, Karen Lovely, Teeny Tucker, Michael Frank & Michael "Hawkeye" Herman for sharing their beautiful talents with us at the VIP Release Party
• Annette & Ron Cargioli, Linda Collier, & Adam Cargioli for being our merchandise pushers at the VIP Release Party
• Chris, Bob, & Noah Ocken for representing the Ocken Fam, Jessica Royer Ocken for editing the book, & Patrice Ocken for helping edit marketing material & all the rest of the Ocken Fam for your love and support!
• Sherry Hamilton for running around and making sure we were fed and taken care of during IBC sales
• Paige & Scott Smith & Donna Van Hoover for providing an excellent brunch and their support for promoting the book
• Ali Fowler for getting us in contact with Earl Farrel and getting us on the radio on KWAM990 Memphis!
• Cindi James of The Blues Foundation for your love and support during merch sales
• Carolyn Ray, Doug Gay & Nick Garrison of Baton Rouge Music Studios for providing back line and support through the Indiegogo Campaign
• Vinny Marini, Son Jack Jr., Spike Stephan, & Wild Bill Kenton for your major support in radio promoting pre-sales of the book
• Mark Puskarich from Blues for a Cure, Mick Kolassa, Randy Oxford, & Brandon Santini for donating CD's to help support our mission
• Lila Ruhland for being our beautiful documentingBlues poster child (Carrie & Andrew too)
To all the people who preordered on the Indiegogo campaign & the documentingBlues website: Y'all believed in our project and its mission before the book was even done!
To everyone who bought a book for themselves & for a 2015 IBC Youth Showcase Participant
Congratulations to the IBC 2015 Winners!
First – Eddie Cotton – Vicksburg Blues Society
Second – Noah Wotherspoon – Dayton Blues Society
Third – Nico Wayne Toussaint – Southern California Blues Society
Best Guitarist – Band
(Gibson & Category 5) – Noah Wotherspoon – Dayton Blues Society
First – Randy McQuay – Cape Fear Blues Society
Second – Brian Keith Wallen – Dayton Blues Society
Best Guitarist – Solo/Duo (St. Blues Guitars)
Ben Rice – Ashland Blues Society
Best Self-Produced CD
Cryin’ Mercy – Altered Five Blues Band – Grafton Blues Association
Lee Oskar Harp Award
Nico Wayne Toussaint