Local legend Tee Dee Young and his crack backing band, Scandalous, were eliminated in the semi-finals of the 2011 International Blues Challenge, held earlier this month in Memphis, Tennessee.
Colorado’s Lionel Young Band took top honors in the band category, while Germany’s George Schroeter and Marc Breitfelder won in the solo/duo category.
Tee Dee Young and Scandalous were heralded shortly the official competition, however, as the 2011 Beale Street Blues Kings, an honor bestowed by the Beale Street Merchant’s Association. Their performance at the New Daisy Theatre clinched the award, which included a cash prize and leather jackets all round.
The 2011 IBC, which was the 27th annual, was organized by The Blues Foundation. The Kentucky Blues Society sponsored Young’s entry in the Challenge.
Young and the band play every week at his own club, Tee Dee’s, at 266 E. Second.