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July 13, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  28


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts   

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

Special Announcement!


David Gilroy shows off his BFG at the 25th Annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, July, 7 2012. 

Photo courtesy: Justin Gilroy aka Calmpleks (of "Facts Machine")



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CD & DVD Releases

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats :  ONE WRONG TURN 

Harmonica icon/vocalist/songwriter Rick Estrin, along with The Nightcats -- jaw-dropping guitarist Chris "Kid" Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and piano) - serve up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock 'n' roll.


Since the 2009 release of their celebrated Alligator Records debut, Twisted, the band has toured non-stop, honing their creative synergy to a razor's edge. Night after night, the band blazes their own innovative musical path while still remaining true to the blues.


The results of all of this natural chemistry can be heard on One Wrong Turn, an up-to-the-minute and totally accessible slice of original blues with a simmering, funky rock edge. The album features 12 new songs, most written by Estrin, with all the band members also contributing originals. One listen makes it clear that this is a group comprised of four world-class musicians, who together form one of the tightest and most original bands in any genre.


In addition to his harmonica and vocal skills, Rick Estrin is a songwriter of unparalleled talent. Critics have compared his original songs to the work of Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Willie Dixon and Leiber and Stoller. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home.

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News Flash



It’s been twenty years in the making and this year’s Chenango Blues Festival is a celebration of everything the event has grown to be. From four bands on a Saturday afternoon in front of 150 fans to twelve bands on two stages over two days in front of thousands of music lovers, much has changed. What hasn’t is that this all-volunteer run event is run by blues fans for blues fans. It has maintained its backyard-barbeque feel while steadily expanding its roster of world-wide talent. The festival will be held Chenango County Fairgrounds, Norwich, NY.


Artists at the 20th Manpower Chenango Blues Festival represent a wide variety of styles from Florida swamp pop to New Orleans funk to Chicago blues. 


The (Saturday, Aug 17) lineup for Chenango Blues Festival features... 

Sheffield Bio-Science Stage: JJ Grey & Mofro, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars led by Tab Benoit. The Allstars include Cyril Neville, Johnny Sansone, and fiddle player Waylon Thibodeaux among others, Duke Robillard, Davina and the Vagabonds, James Armstrong



(Lt) Duke Robillard

(Rt) Davina 



Nelson and Flanagan/Grouse Ridge Kennels Stage: Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton, Ann Rabson, Samuel James, Tom Townsley & Seth Rochford.


The 20th Chenango Blues Festival starts Thursday, August 16 at Guernsey Library with a 7 pm workshop with Samuel James.


The next evening, Friday, August 17, things get rolling at 6 pm at the Chenango County Fairgrounds, with Frontier Communications "Free" Friday. Friday's performers include Murali Coryell, Anders Osborne and Papa Grows Funk.


(Lt) Anders Osborne


Saturday, August 18, gates open at 11:00 a.m. and James Armstrong hits the stage first at noon. Tickets are available on-line and at local outlets. For details visit the group’s web site at Seventeen and under are free for Saturday’s show, and there are lots of great vendors and free children’s activities at this family friendly event.


(Above) Voice of Wetland Allstars




Michael Cloeren, award winning founder and producer of the Pocono Blues Festival (1992-2010), announces that the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, will be held July 27 to July 29 2012.


The setting is beautiful a natural amphitheatre acoustically perfect, “Our goal is to showcase 15 National and International Performers that present the full spectrum of the music from acoustic to electric, traditional to contemporary, Blues, Soul, Gospel and New Orleans Style Music,” states Cloeren, “Several of these artists are returning after making a major impact on past Pocono audiences and many of this years bands have n

ever performed in the Pocono's before.”


Lonnie, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks


The lineup features The Brooks Family Blues Dynasty (Lonnie, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks), Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues featuring Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson & Demetria Taylor, Joe Louis Walker, Earl Thomas, Corey Harris, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Teeny Tucker, Otis Taylor Band, Marquise Knox, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Wallace Coleman, and Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers.



Earl Thomas    ~  Joe Louis Walker


The Festival, which takes place over two days, Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29, will feature two stages, a nine thousand square foot tent stage and an outdoor Main stage. A special feature of the festival will be the Friday evening, July 27, Pre-Fest Jam hosted by Mikey Jr and The Stone Cold Blues Band and The Saturday Evening Jam hosted by Steve Guyger & The Excellos located in a spacious air conditioned lodge on the festival site.









(LT-Rt: Billy Branch, Teeny Tucker)


The Pennsylvania Blues Festival also features dozens of food and non-food vendors conveniently located between the two performance stages, scenic chairlift rides, plenty of free parking and on-site camping adjacent to the main stage with hot and cold running showers .For ticket and lodging information please go to or call during normal business hours at 610-826-7700.


Please join us as the award winning Pennsylvania Blues Festival celebrates 21 years of blues in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.




     July 27 & 28 ~  2 DAYS  ~  2 STAGES  ~  12 BANDS

       St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin        


Trampled Under Foot          ~          JJ Grey & Mofro 


We're celebrating our year 15 for the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. We've packed it again with a star-studded line-up. Bands like Trampled Under Foot (possibly the most in-demand blues band out there), Rick Estrin & The Night Cats (the epitomy of a classy blues show band), and Indigenous (when have you seen them lately?). Mato, lead guitar & vocal, when not performing with Indigenous is touring with the Hendrix Experience! Now that is just some of the highlights for Friday! Saturday you've got your world flavor with Harper, Shemekia Copeland (just coming off her performance at The White House), and one of the most soulful awesome singer-songwriters out there, JJ Grey & Mofro. We've also tossed in a couple of newcomers that again you can say, "I first saw them at The Prairie Dog & they "blue" the roof off the stage!" We're not even going to mention who to watch out for because you'll figure it out real quick! Just check out the videos on our website


Blues and Roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast Jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill Country Blues, New Orleans horns and Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, Blues Rock – We’ve got it all!




The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississippi River, nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age... one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! It is located on St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park right on the Mississippi River. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin founded in the late 1600's has a ton of history. Wisconsin's most toured historical site, The Villa Louis (a stunning, fully restored Victorian mansion), is located on the island next to the fest grounds. 


There are some hard choices to be made at The Prairie Dog! You can either get up out of your chair, stretch and walk a few yards to the beer tent or you can have one of these lovely ladies bring your drink to you! Decisions, decisions!



Camp right on site with your friends and meet new friends! Typical walk from your site to the gate of the festival is 200-300 yards. Food and drink as well as campfires, singing, playing music and telling stories is strongly encouraged. The festival is a one block walk off The Island and you are downtown surrounded by family owned pubs, restaurants and small retail stores. If staying in a motel is more your style, blues fest shuttles will get you to the fest in a 5 minute drive or less!  


Tickets and camping are available by calling 1-888-567-1567 or online at Information on accommodations can be found at or by calling 800-732-1673.

Visit our website for a chance to win free tickets to the Fest!



After 10 years, the word is getting out about a music festival in a state that’s known more for hunting, fishing and wide-open spaces than three days of world-class music. Fans from all over the country have discovered MAGIC CITY BLUES. Our natural Montana hospitality, unique setting and fabulous lineups have created an atmosphere that most festivals can only dream about. Come celebrate Montana's premier music festival - MAGIC CITY BLUES - with 3 nights of world-class music in the heart of Billings, Montana's largest city.


Enjoy eighteen performances on three different stages over the weekend in a street party setting and a beautiful, mature city park.



Thursday, August 9 FREE

MAGIC CITY BLUES at St. John’s (3940 Rimrock Road) ALL-AGES

7:00 pm-08:30 pm RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS

Friday, August 10 (Gates open at 5pm)

MAGIC CITY BLUES on Montana Avenue 18+ SHOW 

Stillwater Stage

5:30 pm-7:00 pm DOWNTIME


9:30 pm-11:00 pm POPA CHUBBY

Budweiser Stage

6:30 pm-8:00 pm OLI BROWN BAND

8:30 pm-10:00 pm LITTLE FREDDIE KING

10:30 pm-12:00 am CHRIS ISAAK


Saturday, August 11

(Gates open at 5pm) 18+ SHOW

MAGIC CITY BLUES on Montana Avenue 

Stillwater Stage

5:30 pm-7:00 pm SCHUSTER

7:30 pm-9:00 pm KEVIN SELFE


9:30 pm-11:00 pm RICK ESTRIN


Budweiser Stage

6:00 pm-7:30pm SONS OF FATHERS




Sunday, August 12 (Gates open at 2:30 pm)

MAGIC CITY BLUES at South Park (6th Ave S at S 30th St) 

3:00 pm-4:30pm SONS OF FATHERS

5:00 pm-6:30 pm MARTHA SCANLAN


featuring Jerry Douglas


See you at the 2012 MAGIC CITY BLUES!




After winning the Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2010 IBC, the Laurie Morvan Band was featured in a half-hour TV special, airing nationwide on the Big Ten Network.  Their successful coast to coast touring includes festivals, city events and clubs throughout the USAand Canada, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and later in 2012, their first European Tour. 


“Scary good. Get out of the business good. Why everyone doesn’t know about this woman or her rocking blues band is beyond me.”

- Bill Scheft, head writer, David Letterman show. 



A charismatic performer, both powerful and inviting, Laurie writes from a fresh perspective, and her in-between-song banter alternates between inspirational and flat out hilarious. Audiences feel a sincere connection with her. 


“Morvan is a stellar guitar player with consummate phrasing…one of the rising stars in the blues guitar world” - Blues Blast. 


The LMB’s creative arrangements feature the beautiful harmonies of backup singer Lisa Grubbs, dueling solos between Laurie, keyboardist Tom Salyers and bassist Pat Morvan, with drummer Kevin Murillo driving this high-octane train. 


07/20  Bourbon Barrel, Decatur, IL

07/21  4th Floor Blues Club, Richmond, IN

07/22  Legend’s, Cincinnati, OH

07/24  Bradley Bourbonnais

Sportsmen's Club, Bourbonnais, IL

07/25  Goodfellas, Pekin, IL

07/27  Blues in the District, Quincy, IL

07/28  Beale on Broadway, St. Louis, MO

07/29  Live 59, Plainfield, IL

08/01  GasLamp,Des Moines, IA

08/02  Trouser Mouse, Blue Springs, MO

08/03  Uncle Bo’s, Topeka, KS

08/04  Legacy Blues Lounge, Fayetteville, AR

08/05  Sun, Squid and Whale,

Eureka Springs, AR

08/09  NRoute Concert Series,

North Platte, NE

08/10  Boulder Outlook, Boulder, CO

08/11  Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale, CO

08/17  Friends of the Auberry Library, Auberry, CA

08/18  McConell Estates Winery, Elk Grove, CA

08/19  Crystal Basin Cellars, Camino, CA

08/21  Mac’s, Eugene, OR

08/22  Northside Pub & Grill, Bend, OR

08/23  Duff’s Garage, Portland, OR

08/24  Highway 99, Seattle, WA

08/25  Upstage, Port Townsend,WA 

08/26  Spar, Tacoma, WA

08/29  Oxford Saloon, Snohomish, WA

09/01  Blues by the Bay Festival, Eureka, CA

09/02  Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco, CA

09/07  Café Boogaloo, Hermosa Beach, CA

09/23  Blues in the Park, Simi Valley, CA

09/28  Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, CA

09/29  Torch Club, Sacramento, CA


For more info see:





You don't know who you might run into on the LRBC!

Come sail with us!

(Lt-Rt: Irene Weaver, Cassie Taylor, Juila and Kaati Gaffney, RBA publisher)


Latest word is that the #19 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise has only 30 cabins left... and they're all ocean-view!


The LRBC sails throughout the Southeastern Caribbean Oct. 27 ~ Nov. 3, 2012 on the Celebrity Summit. You'll depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico and on to such exotic ports as Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique and Dominica, before returning to San Juan.


The lineup includes these amaxing artists: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Brooks Family Legacy Band, Buckwheat Zydecoblues, Bobby Rush, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Deanna Bogart, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, North Mississippi Allstars, Ruthie Foster, Tommy Castro, Lil Ed, The Nighthawks, James Harman, Ana Popovic, Trampled Under Foot, Carolina Chocolate Dropsblues, Shane Dwight, Ironing Board Sam, Mitch Woods, Leon Blue, Victor Wainwright, Nothing But The Blues, Randy Oxford, Matt Andersen, Samantha Fish, IBC Band Winner The Wired, plus more Special Guests!


 Call LRBC (816) 753-7979 NOW to reserve your cabin!

Come sail with us! An experience you'll NEVER forget!




Attention Blues Fans:


The Hall of Fame pays tribute to the greatest of the genre and educates new people about the genre. The Blues Foundation has been inducting into the Blues Hall of Fame for years; it was just a simple evening with web presence. Nothing permanent. But now we need physical presence, and withyour help, we are going to get The Blues Hall of Fame building built in Memphis, Tennessee!


Here is a link with more details about the Blues Hall of Fame campaign:

(click line above or copy and paste URL into your browser)


Doesn’t this project sound important and exciting?

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Our goal is to raise awareness and funds to reach the goal of 3.5 million.


How to donate:

1. Make a multi-year pledge by signing the form and mail it, fax it or e-mail it. The form is available online at: The fax is 901.529.4030.

2. Make a multi-year pledge online at:

3. Make a one-time donation by calling with a credit card or mailing a check.

3. Make a one-time donation online at: .

4. Text the word " blues " to 80077 to donate $10. When you receive a message to confirm, confirm by answering “YES.”


No effort is too small or unappreciated!


If not us, who? If not now, when? Just think, YOU can make

the Blues Hall of Fame a reality. Your support matters! 




Editor's Note: Thanks to Tall City Blues Festival, Music Matters Entertainment and A Music Company Inc. for helping to raise awareness about the Blues Hall of Fame. You too can get involved.

Email us: to get logos and links for your website or Facebook.



Video of The Week


(Earl Thomas - Mühle Hunziken - the Voice - Switzerland)




& get ready for some chills!  



Buddy and Hopkins

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Ruthie Foster is the 2012 winner of the Koko Taylor Award, for Best Female Traditional Blues Singer. Her singing style incorporates a lot of gospel, a lot of blues, and a whole lot of soul. Her latest album has all that, and more, including the R&B legend, William Bell, and gospel giants, the Blind Boys.


Ruthie Foster. Next time, in the BluesMobile.







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Festival Calendar

To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals click here!










More Info

12th Annual

Greenwood Blues Cruise


July 12th-14th 2012

Greenwood, South Carolina USA

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Big Rib BBQ & Blues Festival


July 12th-15th 2012

Rochester, New York USA

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Kalamazoo Blues Festival


July 12th-14th 2012

Kalamazoo, Michigan irUSA

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16th Annual

Black Potatoe Music Festival


July 12th-15th 2012

Clinton, New Jersey USA

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 Louisville Blues-n-Barbecue Festival


July 13th-15th 2012

Louisville, Kentucky USA

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Lighthouse Blues Festival


July 13th-14th 2012 

Kincardine, Ontario Canada

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NY State Blues Festival


July 13th-15th 2012

Syracuse, New York USA

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7th Annual

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival 

Friday, July 14th 2012

Roanoke, Virginia USA

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North Atlantic Blues Festival


July 14th-15th 2012

Rockland, Maine USA

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Blues Peer


July 13th-16th 2012

Peer, Belgium

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Metro Fountain Blues Festival

Saturday, July 14th 2012

San Jose, California USA

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Grassroots Blues Festival

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Duck Hill, Mississippi USA

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Animas River Blues

and Brews Festival

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Aztec, New Mexico USA

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Saturday, July 14th 2012

Differdange, Luxembourg

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Festival Beauport en Blues


July 19th-21st 2012

Beauport, Quebec Canada

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Ain't Nothin' But The

Blues Festival


July 20th-21st 2012

Bloomington, Illinois USA

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25th Annual

Winthrop R&B Festival


July 20th-22nd 2012

Winthrop, Washington USA

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Pittsburgh Blues Festival


July 20th-22nd 2012

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

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Blues Under The Bridge

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

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Blues and Bones Festival

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Angels Camp, California USA

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Riverside Blues Festival

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Elkins, West Virginia USA

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Dodgeville Blues Fest

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Dodgeville, Wisconsin USA

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W.C. Handy Music Festival


July 22nd-31st 2012

Florence, Alabama USA

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Tall City Blues Fest


July 26th-29th 2012

Midland, Texas USA

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RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.


We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 10th annual in 2012) , affiliated with the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 28,500 weekly subscribers.


We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions!

Reach the (new) E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen, or


Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter 775-337-8626.


Information, both editorial and advertising, in the Blues Festival E-Guide, is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it!

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