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Oct 5, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  40


Special Announcement!

News Flash

... More News Flashes & Reminders!

Buddy and Hopkins

Festival Calendar

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Elwood's BluesMobile

Video of The Week

Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

About Us

Special Announcement!


Here's Grady Champion showing off his BFG at the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival in Hayward, CA, July 8, 2012. Thanks Grady!

Blues singer, harmonica player Grady Champion is a BMA and Grammy Nominee and was the 2010 IBC Winner.


Photo courtesy: Tom Yearnshaw




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CD & DVD Releases

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans : DELTA TIME

Delta Time is a feast for fans of blues and roots music. Recorded in Los Angeles, like the prize-winning predecessor album, Visions, this second joint project of Hans Theessink and Terry Evans is a naked and intimate, bare-to-the-bone recording, that leaves a lot of space for their expressive voices and instruments. Theessink’s lazy baritone and Evans’ extraordinarily soulful gospel tones are tailor made to blend together with spine-tingling results. They may be from separate sides of the Atlantic Ocean but they work together beautifully and make sense as a natural combination. Timeless blues, gospel and soul related music come alive in the capable hands of these two masters. Delta Time is one of the rare recordings, where the musical and tonal quality are one.


In the studio, Hans and Terry combined Hans original songs with soul and blues classics and in just a few days they delivered an album full of emotional depth. The chemistry between Hans and Terry is palpable in every note. Their love of music and their ability to combine their ample talents again makes Delta Time a masterpiece.


Guests include the great Ry Cooder who contributes his phenomenal guitar sound on three tracks, and singers Willie Green Jr. and Arnold McCuller who add gospel and bluesy background vocals. The quality of the teamwork between the duo and the guest musicians is epic. Delta Time takes the depth of the soul and wrings it out with a groove and melody that you can’t help but respond to.


Listen Now!

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Cee Cee James continues to bring her trademark lyrical and vocal talents expressed in crossover stylings of deep contemporary roots/blues in 12 original songs that fans will eat alive. Blood Red Blues, produced by Legendary Grammy Winning Jim Gaines, is Cee Cee's third and most exciting CD to date. Cee Cee jumps up several notches as Jim brings out the best, pushing Cee Cee to hold nothing back as she rises and meets the challenge with ease. Blood Red Blues continues the strong momentum generated from her last two releases, Low Down Where The Snakes Crawl and Seriously Raw. Both CD's generated stellar reviews in the U.S. and Europe, and held top chart positions at Cashbox, the Roots Report and at XM/Sirius BB King Bluesville. 


Blood Red Blues is no exception having made the Billboard Top 15 Blues Charts, Sirius XM -74-Bluesville #3 in the top 15 and rose to the #8 in the Living Blues magazine radio charts.


"Cee Cee James gets about 40 seconds into the opening title cut when her stylistic likeness to Janis Joplin becomes downright chilling. James' voice is fuller and less-ravaged, and if the resemblance is uncanny it's almost entirely free of affectation, sounding less like an imitation than a fortunate coincidence...." says Vintage Guitar magazine


Listen Now!

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News Flash




John Németh, who will headline the Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert on Saturday, October 13th at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Opening acts will be the Terraplane Blues Band and the R. Mutt Blues Band. Admission to the show is free.


Németh has been building a career impressing fans and stars of the Blues alike with his soulful singing and the ability to work a stage and entertain crowds like few in the business.


"I remember telling friends in '80 that they should go see Stevie Ray Vaughan, but they weren't impressed because he wasn't famous yet, “Former Muddy Waters bandmate Bob Margolin said. “It will give me great pleasure to say, 'I told you so!' about John Németh. You'll see."


Németh pays tribute to performers of the past by embodying their tradition and making it relevant to today’s audience, instead of slavishly copying them.


The R. Mutt Blues Band plays driving updated reinterpretations of traditional blues classics, and includes Paul Goble, one of the finest area guitarists, and its bassist is Richard Heipp, Director of The University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History.


The concert producer, the North Central Florida Blues Society, is a not-for-profit organization organized to preserve, cultivate, nurture and promote the blues in the Gainesville area.


Show openers the Terraplane Blues Band have been playing Gainesville for over 20 years, often backing the legendary Bo Diddley.


Concert’s schedule:

7:00 – Terraplane

Blues Band

8:00 – The R. Mutt

Blues Band

9:00 – John Nemeth


The Bo Diddley Community Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL (Corner of E. University Ave and SE 1st St)


More info...





Presented by LoneStar 92.5 and Hooters, the 18th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert, will be held October 7, 2012, rain or shine. The S.R.V. Remembrance Ride & Concert has become a family friendly event for motorcycle enthusiasts and music fans that come together every year to honor Texas’ most beloved bluesman... Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Texas legend.


While remembering the life and music of S.R.V., enjoy a fun-filled combination motorcycle parade and afternoon concert! All proceeds from the event benefit the S.R.V. Memorial Scholarship Fund established by Martha Vaughan, Stevie’s mother.

 (LT: #1 SRV Replica Guitar)


One of Texas’ largest motorcycle parades will kick off Sunday, October 7 at 9 am at the world’s largest Hooters restaurant in Dallas’ West End. The Dallas Police Department will shut down Interstate 30 and Hwy 360 at 11:15 am, bringing the parade to Cowboys Dancehall2540 E. Abram St., Arlington, TX.


The doors open at noon at 3,500 sq. ft., tri-level Cowboys Dancehall for the 6-hour concert starring the Ian Moore Band (the original lineup), Tallan Noble Latz, Kayla Reeves with Wes Jeans, Van Wilks, The Harless Brothers with Kouichi Morita, and the Michael Lee Band with Bryan Schwab. Tickets are $20 advance / $25 day of event. All types of food and merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.



Get you tickets now for the S.R.V. #1 Replica Guitar Raffle Package. Raffle tickets are only $5 each and there is no limit to number of tickets purchased. Drawing will take place at the October 7 concert at Cowboys Dancehall. You need not be present to win. The "Package" includes (but is not limited to): the S.R.V. #1 Replica Guitar by Texas Guitar Workshop; Replica Guitar Strap by Christian Brooks; and "You Can't Stop A Comet," a book by Cutter Brandenburg filled with first hand memories of his good friend Stevie's road to history and 100 pages dedicated to photos. If winner is not present at the drawing, he/she will be contacted by phone and/or email. Odds of winning depend on the number of tickets sold. 



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Arkansas Times -   OK blues-lovers, here it is: King Biscuit [starts 11 am in downtown Helena, AR). One of the best blues festivals anywhere draws nigh with what I think is fair to say are some of the most anticipated headliners in the festival's history: Bobby Rush on Thursday, Taj Mahal Friday and Bonnie Raitt on Saturday.


Of course, in addition to these great acts, you get the whole experience: walking around Helena, turkey leg in one hand and beer in the other, catching any one of a number of great up-and-coming acts and just generally letting the good times roll.


This year, KBBF has coordinated with festivals on the other side of the river for several days' worth of blues-related goings-on.


More info...




The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has announced its list of nominees for 2013 induction which include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Albert King.


“The definition of ‘rock and roll’ means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music,” commented Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘rock and roll’.”



To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2013 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1987.


Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry.


All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that exists to educate its audiences on the global impact of the rock and roll art form via the museum, as well as its education programs and library and archives.


The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The show will be broadcast on HBO at a later date.


For the full list and more info...




Starting October 12, seasoned blues musician/educator Michael "Hawkeye" Herman will be making his 5th month-long European concert and 'Blues In The Schools' tour in Europe in the last 6 years. "Hawkeye" will be in Switzerland on behalf of the Sierre and Geneva Blues Festivals and Societies, in France, on behalf of France Blues, and in Norway, on behalf of the Notodden Blues Festival.


"Hawkeye" received the Blues Foundation's 1998 "Keeping the Blues Alive"

Award for achievement in education, and served on the Blues Foundation's Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004 as Education Committee Chair. He was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2004. Beyond his longtime touring andperforming at clubs, festivals and concert venues, in the past 34 years he has brought his "Blues In The Schools" programs to over 500 schools, all levels, from elementary through the college level, in twenty-eight states, and ten foreign nations, to over one-half a million students.


For more info 




Cleveland, Ohio -- Robinson Global Sports & Entertainment Group LLC, today has announced it plans to develop the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum that will be a state-of-the-art, highly interactive, virtual reality experience for individuals of all ages and cultures. It will memorialize rhythm artists, promoters and others that have contributed to this music genre. Its educational and preservation values alone are needed and have been welcomed and endorsed by many U.S. cities: Cleveland, Ohio Mayor Frank G. Jackson; East Cleveland, Ohio Mayor Gary Norton; Detroit, Michigan's Detroit Entertainment Commission and the Motown Alumni Association; Atlanta, Georgia's Film/Music & Digital Entertainment Office, as well as a Memphis, Tennessee Organization.


This museum is long overdue. There have been many attempts to establish a Rhythm & Rlues Hall of Fame of this magnitude, but none have come to fruition. The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum (OR&BMHFM) will exemplify to the world the essence of rhythm & blues music and its components. The OR&BMHFM's Inaugural Induction Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland's Music Hall/Public Auditorium, the same venue used for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.


The class of the 2013 induction includes James Brown, The Temptations, The Hesitations, Otis Redding, The O'Jays, Dick Clark, Gerald Levert, Aretha Franklin, Alan Freed, and The Dramatics, to name a few of the 20 inductees. The Reverend Al Sharpton will receive the Ron Banks Humanitarian Award for his life-long support to many rhythm & blues and gospel artists.


Support for the museum has been received from many music artists and affiliates including the Impressions, the Chi-Lites, the family of James Brown and the families of many other deceased rhythm & blues artists. Fundraisers for the museum will include the Induction Ceremonies and a brick campaign drive to sell 10,000 bricks on which rhythm & blues artists' names will appear.


The OR&BMHFM will also memorialize and preserve the legacy and contributions of Gospel, Hip Hop music, as well as the contributions of preachers, through its Gospel Music & Preachers Hall of Fame Museum and the Hip Hop Museum of America. The African-American Music Research Center will also be an integral component of the OR&BMHFM.


Groundbreaking is being planned for the summer of 2013. A mobile exhibit currently tours the country. More information regarding the OR&BMHFM can be found by clicking here.



Blues Society News



The 2nd Annual New Mexico Blues Society's "'Cused of the Blues" Fest will be held October 28 and features "Women of the Blues" from 1-7 pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM). There is no cover charge for this full day of music, raffles, door prizes and more. The goal is to raise money at this event for their Scholarship Fund by signing up new members and selling raffle tickets for various door prizes. They also have a signed harmonica to auction off donated by the one and only Charlie Musselwhite. They are still accepting business donations and welcome sponsorships. "Albuquerque is a big blues town," says Don O'Neill, " through the festival we hope to expose more and more people to the blues, our mission as a blues society, raise money for our Blues in the Schools and Scholarship programs, attract small business and corporate membership/sponsorship, and expose the public to the wealth of great musical talent that we have here in New Mexico."



Artists in order of appearance from 1-7 pm: Twisted Mojo (Beth McCormack), Marilyn & Secret Seven (Marilyn Hubbert), Zenobia, Bad Katz Blues Band (Anna Marie Anglada), Suzy Q, Sherri & the Ex's (pictured above), Sally Townes


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If you represent a Blues Society and have a very special announcement or a not-for-profit event coming up, send your brief news or Press Release (300 words or less) with "Blues Society News" in the subject line to:


Elwood's BluesMobile


Shemekia Copeland is on a roll. She performed at the White House in DC at a star-studded tribute to Hubert Sumlin in New York and she was crowned Queen of the Blues in Chicago.


Oh, and she has a new album out, THIRTY-THREE AND A THIRD, a nod to her age and her understanding of music.


Shemekia Copeland. Next time, in the BluesMobile.










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... More News Flashes & Reminders!


Only a handful of ocean view cabins left!

CALL (816) 753-7979 to reserve your cabin!


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 3Click to checkout the AMAZING Artist Lineup...


PLUS... 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!... SEE YA THERE!




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:


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 online or by printing out and signing the form at: and mail to:

The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464; OR fax to 901.529.4030; OR e-mail it to

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

or online at: .

3. 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!



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.


Video of The Week

Kathi McDonald :


(Kathi passed unexpectedly Oct 3, 2012. Here is an riviting live video from 1993 that shows just how much Kathi was moved by the music she loved. RIP wild child.)





Buddy and Hopkins

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


Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

Festival Calendar

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










More Info


King Biscuit Blues Festival


October 4th-6th 2012

West Helena, Arkansas USA

 16th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival 


October 4th-6th 2012

Camden, South Carolina USA

Old Town Blues & Jazz Festival


October 4th-6th 2012

 YorkSouth Carolina USA

Daytona Blues Festival


October 5th-7th 2012

Daytona Beach, Florida USA



October 5th-7th 2012

Downtown Mobile, Alabama USA

Second Street Blues Party


October 6th-7th 2012

ClarksdaleMississippi USA

Blues and Brews


October 6th 2012

Gloucester, Virginia USA

Paoli Blues Festival


October 6, 2012

Paoli, Pennsylvania USA

Blues on the Red


October 6, 2012

Paris, Texas USA

Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival


October 6th-7th 2012

GreenfieldMassachusetts USA

International Golf & Blues Experience


October 7th-13th 2012

Tunica, Mississippi USA

Cat Head Mini Blues Fest IV


October 7th 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert


October 7th 2012

Dallas, Texas USA

Historic Mansfield

Music & Arts Festival


October 8th-14th 2012

Mansfield, Texas USA

Crescent City

Blues & BBQ Festival


October 12th-14th 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana USA

Garvin Gate Blues Festival


October 12th-13th, 2012

Louisville, Kentucky USA

 B.Y.O.B. ~ Rock & Blues

Benefit Festival


October 13th, 2012

Lancaster, Massachusetts USA

Gainesville Downtown

Blues Concert


October 13th, 2012

Gainesville, Florida USA

Canal Bank Shuffle


October 18th-20th 2012

Thorold, Ontario Canada

Blues Masters at the Crossroads


October 19th-20th, 2012

Salina, Kansas USA

Rowan's 14th Annual

Blues & Jazz Festival


October 20th, 2012

SalisburyNorth Carolina USA

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!

You can reach the E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen at 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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