Bob Trenchard of Catfood Records Receives the “Keeping the Blues Alive” Award


The eleven honorees will be feted at the KBA Awards event to be held during the
35th International Blues Challenge taking place in Memphis January 22-26, 2019.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Friday, January 25, 2019, The Blues Foundation will honor 11 individuals and organizations at its Keeping the Blues Alive Awards brunch, taking place at the Doubletree Hotel – Downtown Memphis at 10:30 a.m. Decided by a select panel of blues professionals, the annual KBA Awards recognize the writers, disc jockeys, photographers, record labels, blues societies, music clubs, festivals, and others in the blues world that have played vital roles in advancing the art and commerce of blues.

The KBA Awards are just part of The Blues Foundation’s 35th Annual International Blues Challenge. Held in Memphis, along historic Beale Street, the IBC kicks off Tuesday, January 22, 2019, with International Showcase performances and culminates with the finals at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 12 noon. More than 800 musicians from around the globe are anticipated to converge in Memphis to battle for glory — along with prizes and bookings — at the world’s largest and most renowned blues music competition. Showcases and jam sessions will occur daily along Beale Street with more music happening after the Challenge concludes each evening, going into the wee hours.

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Catfood Records owner Bob Trenchard has worked in the music business for over 50 years in a variety of roles. Originally linked with Johnny Rawls and Kay Kay and the Rays as a bass player, songwriter, and producer, Trenchard launched Catfood Records in 2001 with the Rays’ Texas Justice CD. The Rays went on to record several albums for Catfood with Johnny Rawls, Barbara Carr, Otis Clay, James Armstrong, Jackie Johnson, Daunielle, Sandy Carroll, Dave Keller, and others. Catfood artists have won Living Blues Southern Soul Album of the Year four times, and five albums have made Downbeat magazine Critics’ Best Albums of the Year List. In addition, Catfood artists have been nominated for Blues Blast Music Awards and received nine BMA nominations. Trenchard’s service to the blues and to his community does not stop with his work for Catfood. He has served on the Blues Foundation’s board of directors and is president of the Trenchard Foundation, which has awarded 33 college scholarships to students in West Texas and New Mexico. In 2016, when his youngest son, Trey, died, Trenchard partnered with the University of Nebraska Foundation to ensure that his family’s support would continue in perpetuity through the Trenchard Institute of Excellence college scholarship program.