So in 2004 Szucs moved from Hungary to Memphis, where he was a dish-washer in a blues club. With hands immersed in suds, his soul soaked up the greasy, funky vernacular music of the American South.
Szucs married an Atlanta girl, moved here, started a family and pursued his career as a performer. He returned to Memphis last week for the International Blues Challenge, to compete against blues musicians from around the country and world, and won in the solo/duo category, playing guitar and singing a combination of originals and traditionals.
What he proved in Memphis was that the blues is a universal feeling, from Eastern Europe to East Cobb. To those who question his bona fides, “I smile and I do my thing,” he says. “Most of the time I win them over, and everybody’s happy.”