Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers will be taking their talent to a city rich with blues history for an international competition. The Troublemakers competed with seven other bands at the Paramount Blues Challenge on June 27th in Waubeka and won the right to represent the Paramount Music Association and the state of Wisconsin at the International Blues Competition from January 19th to January 23rd in Memphis.
Members of the band have played in Memphis before but they’ve never played there together. Cathy Grier’s excited to play on the big stage and represent Wisconsin, as she displays appreciation for Wisconsin's role in blues music history.
The band had a record that was released during the pandemic. Grier is excited that there’s people around the country and internationally who have listened to the album but haven’t watched a performance yet. Grier’s looking forward to doing live shows to promote that album and adds that there's likely another album coming in the future. The Troublemakers will be busy between now and January. Shows booked include July 10th in Two Rivers and you can hear the band on July 14th at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay for the Harmony by the Bay concert series. The band will also perform at Milwaukee’s SummerFest in September.