Jon Shain is the 2019 International Blues Challenge winner in the solo/duo category. Shain had the good fortune to learn directly from a number of NC's older blues players and became a member of Big Boy Henry's backing band. Shain is known for his modern songwriting with social justice themes mixed in with traditional blues, ragtime, and country influences. He has shared stages with the likes of Keb' Mo', John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne. A well-regarded teacher and communicator, Shain is also fast being recognized as a successful producer in the folk and acoustic blues genres.