Unsigned Only 2012 Songwriting Competition Winners Announced

31 Aug

Unsigned Only 2012 Songwriting Competition Winners Announced

 For all of our area aspiring songwriters of all genres, here are the winners from the 2012 Unsigned Only Songwriting  Competition. This is a real big deal-here’s a taste of this:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER LARA JOHNSTON SETS THE BAR IN INAUGURAL UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION Cyndi Lauper, Robert Smith (The Cure), St. Vincent, Kenny Rogers, and 3 Doors Down Are Among 2012 Judges

August 30, 2012 – Unsigned Only is pleased to announce its 2012 winners selected from almost 7,500 entries worldwide. The Grand Prize, Unsigned Only’s highest honor, goes to San Francisco, CA artist Lara Johnston with the song, “K.I.S.S.” Johnston was the highest scoring artist overall in the competition and a favorite among the judges. Upon learning the news, she stated, “The Unsigned Only Competition presents truly unique, hands-on opportunities for an undiscovered artist like myself, and I’m beyond honored and excited to be recognized as their first Grand Prize winner!” We’d also like to mention that Bloomington/Normal IL’s own Matthew Curry & the Fury recieved Honorable Mention in the AAA Adult Album Alternative for his tune “Blinded By The Darkness”. 

If you know ANY aspiring musician/songwriters- OF ANY GENRE–read on for details about 2013!

Here’s the link to the Complete story:


Unsigned is now accepting entries for 2013. Many new judges will be added, as well as a new Teen category for artists 18 years old and younger. Information on how to enter can be found at www.unsignedonly.com.


12 Aug


Keokuk IA is the place to be this weekend, because this is the 24th Anniversary of the Rollin’ on the River Blues Fest is on! It’s right on the riverfront,  and they’ve got yet another strong lineup. If you’re looking for a way to save a buck or two, I’ve got a way for you to save HALF PRICE ON GATE ADMISSION! Follow this link to the “Connecttristates.com website, and get one of their KHQA DEALS for HALF PRICE ADMISSION-here’s your link:  http://www.connecttristates.com/directory/deal/

Looks like the weather has settled down, so this should be a great weekend for some live outdoor blues. Jerry D, the host of Blues Till Noon on 103.9 The Fox is planning on helping with the stage announcements, along with some folks from KHQA. We hope to see many folks from the area this coming weekend in Keokuk. You can check out all of the details on our LIVE  EVENTS PAGE with a link that contains the lineup, and more…

Vote for your favorite Blues…

3 Aug

You can VOTE EARLY…Read for more details…

Yes you can VOTE early, and it’s a good thing for all Blues lovers. The Illinois Blues Blast Magazine-is this states premier online weekly Blues news, and entertainment source. They are now holding their voting for this years 2012 ILLINOIS BLUES BLAST AWARDS. The voting was very close last year on several awards, so your vote can make a difference. There are many categories, and you are sure to discover some great new music along the way. Follow this link to read the latest issue of the Blues Blast Magazine, and they even have links to hear much of the music that is nominated. Check it out, enjoy, and VOTE….Here’s your link:  http://www.thebluesblast.com/Archive/BluesBlasts/2012/BluesBlast8_2_12.htm