To the CBA
All the members of SISTER MERCY would like to thank the CBA for the incredible opportunity to represent Portland at the International Blues Challenge. From the first moments trying out at The Lehrer last spring to The Waterfront Blues Festival all six of us have been on a road never imagined. Memphis was everything we expected it to be. We had the opportunity to play in the PNW Showcase then two nights at The Tin Roof for the quarterfinals. Sister Mercy made the semifinals and was able to play again Friday night at The Blues City Café. Although we did not make it to the finals, we felt supported, loved, encouraged — and we made more friends.
So Memphis gave us new friends, great music, ribs, chicken, and youth that will keep the blues alive for many years. Special thanks to Greg Johnson and Cherie Robbins who kept us going and to all our friends and family who came to spend the week with us. It was magic.
April Brown, Kelsey Brown, Debby Espinor, Roger Espinor, Ron Camacho, and Steven Savoie