View as Web Page Unsubscribe Send to a Friend
Blues Festival Guide
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Share Options

Aug 17, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  33


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

CD & DVD Releases ...Keepin' up with the Jones'

Record Label News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

Special Announcement!


Here's John 'blueshammer' Hammer; Publisher of Blue Monday Monthly, Host of 'Hammered By The Blues' radio show on KRUE 1170am, Blues Festival Guide Contributor, and big tent emcee at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, MN Aug 10-12, showin' off his BFG to the crowd, just before announcing the next act!

Photo courtesy of "Swingin" Big Dick Stephenson



Send us your cool photos that display the Blues Festival Guide! We're so proud to be able to share the annual magazine with you for 10 years now! We'd love to see you enjoying it and spreading the good word!


Send your shots with subject, location, date and photo credit to


CD & DVD Releases

...Keepin' up with the Jones'

Dennis Jones : DOIN' WHAT IT TAKES

 "My Kinda Blues is Dennis' best release to date. With the exception of guest appearances by Guitar Shorty and Kenny Neal on one track each, this record is simply Dennis and his trio laying down some serious blues rock that stands up to anyone on the current scene. He writes timely, clever lyrics (listen to "Same Train" or "Text Us Girl" ) and is not afraid to tackle what some might call a controversial subject, as in "Jesus or The Bottle." In addition to his fine lyrics, Jones writes beautiful instrumental lines, as witnessed in his tribute to his hometown on the album's closer, "Baltimore Blues." This record has 13 tracks, all but one a Jones' original, that keeps the blues sounding fresh and propels the music forward. My Kinda Blues sounds like one of 2012's best records that will push Dennis into a broader national spotlight, which he so richly deserves." Brett Fleming, WEVL Memphis.


My Kinda Blues is on the Blue Rock Records label and set for release on June 9, 2012. Available at CD Baby


Click to play

Click for more



A gifted singer, songwriter, guitarist and respected band leader, Lloyd Jones writes timeless music, steeped in a rich musical history learned, lived and loved over four decades. “This is not a work of science. It’s about attitude and joy that applies to all age groups. I’m addicted to this music,” declares Jones.


Jones’ new CD, Doin’ What It Takes, showcases seven originals plus rare gems from Leiber and Stoller, Maceo Merriweather and Gerald ‘Lonnie’ Russ.


Joe Louis Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Coco Montoya and former band mate Curtis Salgado, have all recorded his songs. And Delbert McClinton sings his praises, “When I heard Lloyd Jones live for the first

time in January 1999, it was like exhaling after holding my breath for fifteen years!”


He’s a musician’s musician and a crowd-pleasing, energetic showman. He’s earned every fan he has the hard way. What he does, he says, is “combine New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century. This music is not about louder and faster. It’s about time, meter, groove. I thought Muddy and Walter and those guys were pushing the envelope in their era. They were using effects, they were inventing their own sound. They were modern. I want to look at it in a contemporary way.”


Jones is a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and recipient of 31 Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association, including Lifetime Achievement.


 Click to play

Click for more


News Flash



With the June, 2012, release of Brad Wilson's newest album, Blues Magic, Wilson once again proves he is a songwriter, first and foremost. Eleven brand new originals in his blues/rock style that feature excellent guitar playing and smooth vocals. The album has a stellar line up of musicians and world class production from Grammy Award-winning engineer Francis Buckley. The title track, “Blues Magic,” and all of the album's songs are the centerpiece for the 2012 tour dates.


Recent California appearances include The House Of Blues, Biscuits & Blues, Café Boogaloo, the Julian Blues Bash and some of California’s biggest events.


Brad's music is played on the radio in over 30 countries worldwide and over 40 U.S. states.


Legendary national blues show, "Blues Deluxe," which broadcasts throughout the U.S. featured Blues Magic August 6 - 11. "Wilson's sound is that of liquid metal, hot and smooth!"


Brad was featured on the cover of Southland Blues, California's premiere Blues Magazine, who did an in-depth interview with this award-winning musician, where Brad discusses his work with NBC Television, Paramount Films and his tours throughout the country. Brad’s music was featured in John Carpenter's last two films and soundtracks, Vampires and Ghosts Of Mars.




August 23 – El Dorado Hills Thursday Night Concert Series, El Dorado Hills

August 24 & 25 – Chukchansi Casino, Coarsegold

August 30 – Little Bear Saloon, Evergreen, Colorado

August 31 & September 1 – Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, Colorado

September 7 – Concerts By The Lake, Blue Heron, Coarsegold

September 22 – Delorimier Winery, Healdsburg

September 28 – Café Boogaloo, Hermosa Beach

September 29 – Blues & Brews Festival, Sutter Creek

October 13 – AMA Nat’l. Gypsy Tour/Big Bike Weekend, Redding

November 11 – Feather Falls Casino




Cali Bee Music Inc LAURIE GORMAN 310-550-5256 /




The 15th Annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival was held on July 6th & 7th 2012, in Nescopeck township near Berwick PA on the beautiful rolling hills of the Briggs Family’s tenth generation, working farm.


Briggs Fest, once again, had record attendance with 5000 campers and concert goers, combined, in attendance over the two days of this landmark event.


The line-up was spectacular between the Main Stage and Back Porch stages. The stages featured several local up and coming acts along with Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater in full headdress, Bernard Alison, Chris Beard, Moreland & Arbuckle, Alexis P. Suter Band, CKS Band, Clarence Spady, Mikey Jr & The Stone Cold Blues Band, Lonnie Shields, Rory Block, Michael Packer Blues Band and Lindsey Alexander. One of the many highlights of the festival was the rousing performance and homage to the late great harmonica player Paul Butterfield by The Butterfield Blues Band, featuring his eldest son, Gabriel Butterfield, Jimmy Vivino, Steve Guyger, Pete Levin, Jimmy Eppard and Jim Curtin.


The festival offers two days of great music in a laid back and down-home atmosphere with delicious food. Camping is a huge part of what Briggs Farm is all about, too. Saturday and Sunday mornings campers can enjoy a southern style robust breakfast - grits included y’all.This is not just a Blues fest… but a total Food fest as well


The Briggs Family [also] offered free hayrides... an hour long ride through the corn fields, woods and camping areas of this 400 acre paradise.


They had an interesting and eclectic array of vendors [including] eco-friendly camping supplies, Amish Vittels, Glass Blowers, hammocks... not your average fest vendors by any means.



From the time you arrive on the farm you feel the day to day pressures of life fall away….you are greeted at the gate with a smile and welcome by all the staff and Briggs family members….If you have not experienced Briggs Farm Blues Fest add it to your list for 2013!!! Great Vibe – Great Music and Great Fun!




The 19th Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise will set sail along the Southern Caribbean on the Celebrity Summit, Oct 27 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and returns to San Juan Nov 3.



The 19th Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise will set sail along the Southern Caribbean on the Celebrity Summit, Oct 27 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and returns to San Juan Nov 3.


Over 90% SOLD! Call (816) 753-7979 to reserve your cabin!


I mean really... ...Checkout this Artist Lineup:

Taj Mahal Trio - Tedeschi Trucks Band - Brooks Family Blues Dynasty: Lonnie, Ronnie & Wayne Baker Brooks - Buckwheat Zydeco - Bobby Rush Revue - Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue: Original Lineup of Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Deanna Bogart - North Mississippi Allstars - Ruthie Foster Band - Tommy Castro - Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials - The Nighthawks - James Harman’s Bamboo Porch Revue


... Ana Popovic - Trampled Under Foot - Carolina Chocolate Drops - Shane Dwight - Ironing Board Sam - Mitch Woods (Piano Bar Host) - Leon Blue (Piano Bar Host) - Victor Wainwright (Piano Bar Host) - “Nothing But The Blues” – The Joe Plummer Play based on Chicago’s Legendary Theresa’s Lounge with cast members from the original production and featuring Earl Thomas and Big Llou Johnson - Wired! (2012 IBC Band Winner) - Earl Thomas & Eddie Angel - Randy Oxford, Jam Host - Matt Andersen, Special Guest - Samantha Fish, Special Guest - John Nemeth, Special Guest!


Geez, if that doesn't sell you I don't know what will!


WAIT, there's more... 


The San Juan Pre-Party on Friday, Oct. 26 features Sista Monica All-Star Band w/ special guest Deanna Bogart PLUS Samantha Fish Band

The party goes from 8pm – Midnight. Doors @ 7:30. Purchase Tickets

Plus more Surprise Guests!


AND... your Blues Festival Guide Publisher (Kaati) and Editor (Michele Lundeen the "Queen of Steam") will be onboard to party with y'all!


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

is Now Taking Submissions.


Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the songwriting competition to take note of,” and for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $25,000 in prizes. Renowned for having the most prestigious judges of any music competition in the world, ISC’s judging panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and influential music industry professionals. Judges for this year include: Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Mayall, James Cotton, Bruce Iglauer (President, Alligator Records) and many more. For entry information and a complete list of judges, please visit:



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, A Music Company Inc., and Garvin Gate Blues Festival 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.


Record Label News


New! - Girls With Guitars LIVE 


The Girls With Guitars 2012 Samantha Fish (USA), Dani Wilde (UK) and Victoria Smith (UK) present their brand new live album. This document of the tour was recorded live at Musichall Worpswede (Germany) on February 11th, 2012. If you were lucky enough to witness the "Girls with Guitars" – get ready for an evening of blues that is sure to be just as dynamic and musically compelling.


At Ruf available now!


Joanne Shaw Taylor - Almost Always Never 


Recording in Austin, Texas, these 12 cherished cuts were nailed alongside Mike McCarthy – the producer whose gold-plated CV takes in everyone from Patty Griffin to Spoon – and the crack session team of David Garza (keyboards), Billy White (bass/slide guitar) and J.J. Johnson (drums).

As you’ll gather from a cursory spin: they aced it. Ultimately, Almost Always Never is Joanne’s statement. From the savage Les Paul solos of "Soul Station" to the strutting rock hooks of "Standing To Fall," this record will delight the fans who clutch the security rail at Joanne’s gigs, waiting to be scorched by her guitar pyrotechnics. Yet there’s tenderness too, and from her aching suicide-note to a failed relationship on "You Should Stay, I Should Go" to the title track’s touching refrain of, “You crash, you burn/you live, you learn”, this eloquent songwriter has never sounded more open and honest. By the time you reach the slow-burn, "Lose Myself To Loving You," she has you by the heart-strings.


You can buy it in stores starting Sept 17th or at Ruf available now!! 


Royal Southern Brotherhood

Cyril Neville - Devon Alman - Mike Zito

Charlie Wooton - Yonrico Scott



This lineup has talent to burn. They said that rock ‘n’ roll was dead, but they were wrong. Right now, in 2012, there’s something in the air, as The Royal Southern Brotherhood drag their thrilling new brand of blues-rock and white-hot musicianship from the Southern States onto the world stage. The South is rising again.


Come along for the ride!



Video of The Week


(New York State Blues Festival July 14, 2012)





Buddy and Hopkins

Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?


Elwood's BluesMobile


The blues began on porches and in backyards, ramshackle juke joints, barns, and wide places in the road... And some musicians are perfectly happy to keep it there. But even though the music is unplugged, that doesn’t mean it does not rock. The Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Guy Davis, and more – keeping the traditional blues alive.


The traditional Blues. Next time, in the BluesMobile.


Carolina Chocolate Drops






 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here


Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

Festival Calendar

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










More Info

Harvest Moon Blues Festival


August 17th-19th 2012 

Lebanon, Oregon USA

White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival


August 17th-19th 2012

Thorton, New Hampshire USA

Chenango Blues Festival


August 17th-18th 2012

Norwich, New York USA

Snoqualmie Blues Fest


August 17th-19th 2012

Snoqualmie, Washington USA

Madison Barbeque

& Blues Festival


August 17th-18th 2012

Madison, Indiana USA

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, 20th Annual


August 17th-19th 2012

 Salmon Arm, British Columbia Canada

Big Bull Falls Blues Festival


August 17th-18th 2012

Wausau, Wisconsin USA

Class Axe Guitars Calabogie

Blues & Ribfest


August 17th-19th 2012

CalabogieOntario Canada

Taste Of Music


August 17th-19th 2012

Snohomish, Washington USA

Hot August Blues &

Roots Festival


August 18th 2012

Cockeysville, Maryland USA

Red, White and Blues Festival


August 18th 2012

Middleboro, Massachusett USA

Project Blues Review


August 18th 2012

Columbus, Ohio USA

B.B. King Homecoming


August 22nd 2012

Indianola, Mississippi USA

Trois-Rivières en Blues


August 23rd-26th 2012

Trois-Rivières, Quebec Canada

Bean Blossom Blues Fest


August 23rd-25th 2012

Nashville, Indiana USA

Hot August Blues Festival

Friday- Tuesday

Aug 24th-Sept 25th 2012

Hardin, Kentucky USA

Edmonton Blues Festival


August 24th-26th 2012

EdmontonAlberta Canada

Summer Blues and Brews Festival 2012


August 25th 2012

Staunton, Virginia USA

North River Blues Festival


August 25th-26th 2012

Marshfield, Massachusetts USA

Suhmer's Saloon

Brats N Bluesfest


August 25th 2012

Eagle, Wisconsin USA

Baja Blues Fest


August 25th 2012

Rosarito, Baja Mexico 

16th Annual

Hot Springs Blues Festival

Thursday - Saturday

Aug 30th - Sept 1st 2012

Hot Springs, Arkansas USA

17th Annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival


August 31st 2012

West Point, Mississippi USA

Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival

Friday - Sunday

Aug 31st - Sept 2nd 2012

Rentiesville, Oklahoma USA

back to top

About Us



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!



Blues Festival Guide • PO Box 50635 • Reno, NV 89503
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Send to a Friend | Preferences | Report Spam
Powered by MyNewsletterBuilder
Bookmark and Share