Winner of the 2011 Billtown Blues Challenge in Williamsport, PA and the 2012 Natchel' Blues Challenge in Virginia Beach, VA competed in the 2012 Internaqtional Blues Challenge in Memphis and will be competing in the 2013 International Blues Challenge. Dirty plays as a one man band in his own very innovative way. He has a vast repertoire of originals and original versions of covers and will never play a song the same way twice giving you a different show every time. Some of his influences include diverse styles of Snooks Eaglin, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Big Bill Broonzy, piano players James Booker, Dr. John, and Ray Charles, harmonica players Junior Wells, James Cotton and Sonny Boy Williamson, and even soul singers like Sam Cooke,Otis Redding and James Brown. With this love for blues and blues based music, Shawn took the best of each influence and created a style all his own that can be described as a blend of blues - raw and dirty.