Calgary's Tim Williams wins International Blues Challenge

A Calgarian has taken the top place at the world's largest gathering of blues acts in Memphis, Tennessee.

Musician placed first in the solo-duo category at Tennessee competition

Calgary blues musician Tim Williams took top place at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee on Jan. 25. (The Blues Can)

A Calgary blues musician has taken the top place at the world's largest gathering of blues acts in Memphis, Tenn.

Tim Williams belongs to the Calgary Blues Music Association and was up against blues artists from around the world at the 30th International Blues Challenge. He took first place solo/duo act, while Mississippi's four-piece Mr. Sipp band took first place in the group category.

More than 250 acts from 40 states, 16 countries and four continents vied for the top prizes before a panel of judges over five days.

Williams was also named Saint Blues Guitarist for being the top guitarist among solo/duo finalists.

The International Blues Challenge was organized by the Blues Foundation, a Memphis-based, world-renowned organization dedicated to preserving blues music history and ensuring its future.

Williams has travelled the world, playing blues at festivals and concert halls from Morocco and Australia to Yukon and Mexico.

According to his website, Williams' musical style has been compared to that of Ry Cooder and David Lindley, while his songwriting has won praise from Willie Nelson.

Skip forward to 1:30 to hear a sample of Tim Williams' blues style