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Muzak Recognizes "Emerging Artist" at National Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival

FORT MILL, S.C. -- "The Ken Tucker Ken Tucker (born October 2 1925 in Poplar, London) was an English footballer who played as a left winger.

Signed from Finchley, Tucker made his West Ham United debut in October 1947, scoring a hat-trick at home against Chesterfield.
 Blues Band" may not ring a bell, but could soon be a household term. Today, Muzak awarded the group an "Emerging Artist" distinction following the nationally-renowned Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival.

The country's largest free blues festival, the three-day event three-day event

a competition in the pleasure horse sport comprising usually one day each for dressage, cross country and show jumping.
 was originally sponsored by "King Biscuit Time
''"King Biscuit Time" is also the name under which ex-Beta-Band frontman Steve Mason releases his solo work. See King Biscuit Time (musician).
King Biscuit Time
," which is the longest-running daily radio show in history. First organized in 1986, this year's festival showcased 90 performers on five stagesCocelebrating veteran blues performers along with today's rising stars. "The festival is the most incredible gathering of well-known musicians," says Mike Kelly This article is about the newspaper columnist. For the baseball player, see Mike Kelly (baseball).

Mike Kelly is a columnist for the The Record, a newspaper serving Bergen County, New Jersey.
, Director of Marketing for Muzak, who attended the event. "But what's really exciting is the artists you haven't heard of, who just blow you away with their talent."

Muzak, along with its affiliate Business Music of Arkansas Arkansas is a Southern state of the United States. Arkansas's musical heritage includes country music and various related styles like bluegrass and rockabilly. Traditional folk instruments include the fiddle and banjo as well as guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and autoharp. , contributed $12,500 to sponsor the Helena festival's "Emerging Artist" stage, because "Muzak is a tremendous supporter and advocate of new artists and music," says Bob Finigan, Vice President Product & Marketing. "It's who we are. We provide business music, but we're also in the music business."

Included in this support, Muzak awarded a $1,000 cash prize to the selected emerging artist. A pool of 22 emerging artists was judged based on their live performances, as well as their recorded material. The CD quality is important because in addition to festival recognition and the cash prize, The Ken Tucker Blues Band will be featured in Muzak's "Blues" and "Roadhouse road¬∑house ¬†
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An inn, restaurant, or nightclub located on a road outside a town or city.


roadhouse
Noun

a pub or restaurant at the side of a road

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" programsCowhich are played in nearly 1,200 businesses around the country. The Ken Tucker Blues Band was selected by Muzak Audio Architects Blake Howell and Daniel Trager.

The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival is organized by the Sonny Boy Noun 1. sonny boy - a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
laddie, sonny, cub, lad

boy, male child - a youthful male person; "the baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are only boys in uniform"
 Blues Society, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 formed in 1987. Established to present and preserve the cultural heritage of the Delta, the Society also presents educational programs, other live music events, and programs that help preserve the heritage of the blues.

The festival's heritage has much to do with "King Biscuit Time," the radio show that was its original sponsor. According to station historians, it was the first regular radio show to feature blues artists. The program also encouraged other stations to include the blues in their lineups. One was Memphis station WDIA WDIA Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code IAD) , whose staff included Riley "B.B." King.

Muzak is the world's leading music, messaging and sound systems provider. Some of the biggest brands in business work with Muzak to enhance their brand image. Headquartered near Charlotte, N.C., Muzak serves more than 400,000 client locations through 200 sales and service sites. More than 100 million people listen to Muzak every day.
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