“There’s got to be a lot of blues contentm and one thing that I learned for sure is that you never know what the judges will be looking for,” King said. “Some like blues-blues, some like rock-blues, some like funk-blues. Some of them like rock and roll, some like Delta style, so you never know. They bring in a wide cross section of judges so you have a good chance of pleasing at least one of them.”King encountered one prominent judge in an elevator: Bill Wax, the well-known Sirius Satellite Radio DJ for “B.B. King’s Bluesville.” King has retired for health reasons. King said Wax has shaved his beard but otherwise looks as he always has: healthy and wearing a contagious smile. “He said he’s not doing much, just relaxing and enjoying life,” King said. Formed in 2001, the Rick Hammond Band includes Hammond on vocals and guitar, Bruce Seidel on drums, Kevin Vidal on bass and Fred Mills on harp and Rick Hammond on lead vocals and guitar. It plays a mix of early Chicago blues and West Coast jump blues, according to its Facebook page. To learn more about the IBC click HERE. For live webcasts of the IBC, click LIVE. The IBC winners receive cash, a record deal and an invite to the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. Moreover, all of the artists use the opportunity to network with the industry’s organizers. Prominent former competitors include: Barbara Blue, Fiona Boyes, Eden Brent, Michael Burks, Sean Carney, Albert Castiglia, Tommy Castro, Grady Champion, Sean Costello, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Garner, Joey Gilmore, Diunna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Richard Johnston, Robin Rogers, Matthew Skoller, JP Soars, Super Chikan, Susan Tedeschi, Teeny Tucker, Trampled Under Foot and Watermelon Slim.