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Oct 12, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  41


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Elwood's BluesMobile

Video of The Week

Roots Blues Airplay Charts   

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Record Label News

... More News Flashes & Reminders!

Buddy and Hopkins

Festival Calendar

Special Announcement!


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


Here's Roger Stolle showing off the 05' BFG at Cat Head, his amazing Delta Blues and folk-art store in Clarksdale, MS. This photo was taken in May of 2006 on a cherished trip to the Delta when good pal Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw (BFG Sales Director) and I had stopped into Cat Head and had Roger autograph a cool story he'd contributed about the "Crossroads" and Delta area.


2012 marks Cat Head's 10th anniversary. Since we're also celebrating our 10th anniversary, we thought it would be fun to share this snapshot of fellow champion, BMA winner, writer, music promoter, film producer, etc. etc. of the blues!


Congratuations Roger! We dig what you do!    Photo: Michele Lundeen



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



CD & DVD Releases

Kelly Richey : KELLY RICHEY LIVE 1996-2011

Kelly Richey is well known for her dynamic, jaw-dropping live performances. Her “take no prisoners” approach to playing guitar has won her many loyal fans worldwide, numerous awards and critical acclaim. Richey shines when she plays live, exuding a masterful confidence and well-honed musicality that has to be seen and heard to be believed. Captivatingly powerful, Richey is a powerhouse on stage and her latest album, Kelly Richey Live 1996 – 2011 (released Jan 2012), brings together a fantastic collection of her strongest live performances.


The new album kicks off with a brand new, never released version of "Hey Joe," recorded at the Redmoor in Cincinnati’s Mt. Lookout Square, in 2011.

This performance was recorded for her latest Kelly Richey Band Promotional Video. From here, the journey begins... Kelly Richey’s new live CD pulls the very best tracks from her four previously released live CD's: Live At Tommy's On Main - 1996 (out of print), Kelly Richey Live - 1999 (out of print), "Kelly Richey...Live As It Should Be - 2003" (out of print), and Live At The Thirsty Ear - 2008.


Kelly Richey Live 1996 – 2011 is packed full with all of original songs and your favorite KRB recordings; with 13 tracks, you’ll experience Kelly Richey at her best: outstanding vocals, sensational riffs and the “fret-burning” licks she is famous for.


Richey opens full-throttle on this new live CD, and it’s smokin’ hot! See why it has been said that Kelly Richey is, “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” Sit down, strap in, hit “play” and see if you don’t agree!


Listen to "My Baby's Gone Crazy"

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Val Starr & The Blues Rocket :  COOL RIDE

Cool Ride represents the best in contemporary California blues. The debut CD from Sacramento based blues band, Val Starr & The Blues Rocket, displays the diverse blues styles of singer, songwriter Val Starr showcasing her smooth vocal range on songs like “Better Take It Back” and her high energy level on songs like “Jump Through Hoops” and “I’m Having Fun With The Blues.” Clever lyrics tell the story of everyday blues and Val Starr’s contemporary vocal style makes the album easy on the ears. Outstanding harmonies are showcased on the jump style, “Loving You Ain’t Even.”


In addition to vocals, Val lays down a strong rhythm guitar; JohnE Sandwich is on bass and engineered the CD at the band’s Sandwich Factory Studios; Jimmy Collazo laid down the beat on drums and percussion; and David “Holokai” Tan tears up the lead guitar, shredding on blues/rock songs like “All The Time Blues,”  and then ripping out tears on the ballad, “Whatcha Tryin.” Russ Skarsten (keyboardist for Mick Martin), added keys on six songs. There is Memphis Blues, Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, and now there is California Blues delivering a breath of fresh air with Cool Ride.  


Downloads are available from Amazon, ITunes, and most download portals. The CD can be purchased from the band website while a distribution deal is developed. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy our brand of California Blues! 


Listen to "Better Take It Back"

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Big News! Devil Have The Blues, the anticipated debut pre-release from The Capone Mob, is touted as one of the most important debut albums of this decade. Downloads are available here.


The Capone Mob, the vision of blues-rock guitar ace Mikey Capone, worked on the music for five years and recording began in August 2011. A result from those first sessions is "White Lightnin" which was named "Best Blues Song" by Backroads Blues and Mikey earning the title of Backroads Blues' "Best Blues Rock Guitarist" and "Best New Blues Artist." 


"If I could use only one word to describe Mikey Capone as a guitar player it would be WOW! That guy plays the F%$^ out of that guitar. Like a lightning bolt struck him. Not only was his guitar plugged in but he was plugged in. My jaw dropped watching Mikey play and he is about as tasty as you can get." - Steve Rosenberg


Devil Have The Blues includes “Iron Man,” a powerful, personal tribute to the late Michael Burks featuring deft slide work; “Mountain Man,” a cross between Hendrix and Allman Brothers with a sensational slide guitar solo; “Upon The Crossroads,” a masterful piece about the legendary bluesman who sold his soul to the devil, features a riveting slide intro and memorable guitar work; “Deal With The Devil,” a haunting, unique “call and response” chain-gang-style song reminiscent of the 1920’s, “Me And My Cigar,” a catchy, shuffle blues with flirtatious lyrics; “Good Time Blues,” a fun Rockabilly song; and “Garden of Love,” a melodic instrumental with a Hendrix vibe.


“The Capone Mob’s Devil Have The Blues really delivers. Without question, one of the most important debut blues releases of this decade”.

- Clayton Hamel, Backroads Blues


Devil Have The Blues is scheduled for release November 2, 2012 and a tour is being planned for 2013.


Listen to "Iron Man"

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News Flash




 Photo credit Sandee Lewin-Nye


Matt "Guitar" Murphy will turn 83 on December 29th, 2012. He's celebrating his birthday with a show at the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth, Florida on Dec 28th backed by The Nouveaux Honkies.


Murphy played with Howlin' Wolf in 1948 and by 1952 he was in Chicago, where he began his long association with Memphis Slim. The list of major blues-soul artists he's played with is impressive... some he spent long stints with while others as a session artist. He had a band of his own by 1982 but it was his appearance in The Blues Brothers film and subsequent performances with the Blues Brothers that helped him become one of the best-known blues guitarists around.


A stroke in 2003 slowed him down but he has continued to play and heal. In 2009 he enjoyed a reunion performance with James Cotton at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival. Matt was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame in May.


We hear that he is feeling really good and that's great news. We also heard that he has not done a New Years show in over ten years! Man, I'd say someone needs to jump on that opportunity to hire the great Matt "Guitar" Murphy and ring in 2013 with this legendary artist!


More info...




Offbeat ~  It’s that time of year again – time to swing those hips and stuff those faces at the seventh annual Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 12, Luther Kent and Trick Bag will hit the stage as the first artists for the three-day festival. Set in Lafayette Square at St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street, the event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous work done by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.



Bluesman Ironing Board Sam (Photo by Elliot Deluca)


With two different stages in the Square, a selection of some of the best southern cooking you’ll find outside of your grandma’s kitchen, and a lineup of some of the most legendary, Grammy-winning, and soulful artists to date, this year’s festival promises a good time. On Saturday, New Orleans’ own Johnny Sansone, Little Freddie King, and J.Monque’D will tear up the Camp Street Stage. Across the park, Ernie Vincent, Keb Mo, and Otis Clay will keep things soulful.


On Sunday, October 14, industry vets Ironing Board Sam, Latimore, and headliner Clarence “Mr. Strokin’” Carter will keep the crowd dancing all day at the St. Charles Avenue Stage — as will OffBeat‘s October cover subject, Spencer Bohren (Camp Street Stage, 1:15 pm).


New to the festival this year — a limited number (50) of VIP passes available for purchase. For $250, enjoy exclusive access to the backstage hospitality area and open bar all weekend. The package is only available online. Abita Brewing Company is the official beer and major sponsor of the festival and will have the new Abita Sports Bar located inside to keep sports fans up-to-date on all the important games.


(Lt) Otis Clay


More info and full lineup... 





"Daft Punk have released a new mix... and it's all blues." says NME (Music News) "The 15-minute mix samples music by American bluesman Junior Kimbrough, including "I Gotta Try You Girl." 


"I Gotta Try You Girl" by Junior Kimbrough and sampled by Daft Punk (pictured at left), was then chosen as one of the Top Ten runway music tracks at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013.


"As per request of designer Hedi Slimane, French electronic duo, Daft Punk, edited a playlist of songs from the late American rhythm and blues pioneer, Junior Kimbrough, for Saint Laurent’s highly-anticipated womenswear debut. This track in particular was the perfect dose of cool with hypnotic guitar riffs and badass lyrics fit for the collection’s dark rock 'n' roll glamour." says Elle Dispatch



More info...




(Reported by Clint and KathyJo Meier)


One of our stops on the fall festival circuit, The 2nd Annual Daytona Blues Festival, was held on October 5-7 in Daytona Beach at the Jackie Robinson Baseball Park. We highly recommend this festival because it's well organized, plus .... 

  • The venue features free parking close to the stage, covered, clean comfortable seating and restrooms, and plenty of food and other venders.
  • The stage is right in front of home plate with lots of room in front of the stage to dance, you can get really close to the performers.
  • Sound and lighting were first class.
  • Incredibly quick turn around for the artists. 

This year’s event featured an eclectic mix of well known acts as well as some rising stars. Friday nights line up included Anthony Gomes who has the No. 1 album on the blues/rock charts right now. His version of Vodoo Child flat rocked the house. Incredible guitar work! 


BFG Reporter KathyJo Meier with Anthony Gomes


Fellow Canadian artists Peter Karp & Sue Foley were another standout. Our favorite songs were "Fine Love" and "More than I Bargained For."  


Peter Karp (left) and musical partner Sue Foley


The legendary Blues great Otis Taylor closed the show. 


A “don't miss” part of this event took place at Buffalo Wild Wings every night. The after-hours Jam featured many performers from the festival mixing it up; well worth the trip. To have that much talent in one room is rare and wonderful.


Ana Popovic


Saturday the music started early and ended with the sensational Ana Popovic, (she is taking the Blues World by storm). Honey Island Swamp Band brought a touch of New Orleans. Hard driving Chicago R&B by Harp master Rick Estrin and the Nightcats included standouts "Dump That Chump" and "I Met Her on the Blues Cruise" from his new CD. 


It was a fantastic day of Blues!


Rick Estrin and BFG Reporter Clint Meier


Sunday featured Trampled Under Foot, Gino Matteo, Devon Allman's Honey Tribe with Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots. 


We asked some of the artists what their favorite thing about the festival was:  I think Rick Estrin said it best, “It's the People... they made me feel at home!” 


Canadian's Anthony Gomes and Sue Foley agreed they love the weather! 


For us... we were totally Bluzified! The whole weekend was filled with great blues. See you next year!    Clint and KathyJo Meier


Blues Society News




Spencer Bohren


The Ozark Blues Society has been able to work with several local organizations this year to help start what we hope will be an annual artist in residency program. The idea is to bring a blues artist to the area for several days and schedule a number of performances that provide a variety of blues programming options... blues education and entertainment (the music, the history, the heritage and the artists), at local schools, libraries and music venues.


To start things off, they were able to partner with the Walton Arts Center to get artist, educator, storyteller Spencer Bohren to perform his award winning "Down the Dirt Road Blues" in some local schools.


More ...


    Got Blues Society News?                          

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:


Record Label News



On September 18, Mighty Sam McClain formally released Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) and has waited a long time to get this music out to his fans. It will be distributed in the U.S. by City Hall Records and will have Europan distribution with Continental Record Services in The Netherlands.


This soul/blues CD is about what happens when someone decides to 'clean up' and change life's priorities. Sam's dynamic vocals backed by a groovin' rhythm section, featuring the Mighty Horns, are all part of his signature sound. The music is for all ages and appetites, with soul, funk, blues, jazz and gospel all mixed together in the unique way only Mighty Sam McClain can deliver.


Elwood's BluesMobile


In Austin Texas, Carolyn Wonderland is a superstar. Elwood wants to make that a fact in the larger world. She is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitar player – Tune in yourself and see if you agree.


The fabulous Carolyn Wonderland. This week. In the BluesMobile.








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CALL (816) 753-7979 for more LRBC information


The 19th Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise will set sail along the South  Eastern Caribbean on the Celebrity Summit, Oct 27 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and return 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 with your help, we are going to get The Blues Hall of Fame building built in Memphis, TN!

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 print out and sign form at: then 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!

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

Hadden Sayers (feat. Ruthie Foster)






Buddy and Hopkins

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


Roots Blues Airplay Charts 


Festival Calendar

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More Info

International Golf & Blues Experience


October 7th-13th 2012

Tunica, Mississippi USA

Historic Mansfield

Music & Arts Festival


October 8th-14th 2012

Mansfield, Texas USA

Festival Acadiens et Créoles


October 12th-13th, 2012

Lafayette, Louisiana 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

Dark Season Blues


October 25th-28th 2012

LongyearbyenSpitsbergen, Svalbard Norway

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival


October 25th-28th 2012

Sydney, Australia

7th Annual Tommy Johnson Blues Festival


October 26th-27th 2012

Jackson, Mississippi USA

GABBAfest 2012


October 26th-28th 2012

 Macon, Georgia USA

Hambone Festival


October 26th-28th 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

Delta Day Festival


October 27th 2012

Tunica, Mississippi USA

Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise - Southeastern Carribbean


October 27th-Nov 3rd 2012

San Juan, Puerto Rico

*The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise is something everyone should do at least once in your blues-lovin' lifetime!

4th Annual

Pee Dee Blues Bash


November 3rd 2012

FlorenceSorth Carolina USA

Downtown Festival & Art Show


November 3rd-4th 2012

Gainesville, Florida USA

Tenby Blues Festival


November 9th-11th 2012

 PembrokeshireSouth West Wales UK

Blaublues Festival Haringe


November 10th 2012

Haringe, Belgium 

5th Annual

College Park Blues Festival


November 10th 2012

College Park, Washington DC USA

1st Annual Chicago

Cigar Box Guitar Festival


November 10th 2012

Green Oaks, Illinois USA

13th Annual

Southwest Florida Blues Festival


November 17th 2012

Cape Coral, Florida USA

La Quinta Blues & Brews


November 17th 2012

La Quinta, California USA

St. Johns River Blues Festival


November 17th-18th 2012

Palatka, Florida, USA

Mississippi Delta Blues Festival


November 22nd-24th 2012

Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil

Otis Taylor's Trance

Blues Jam Festival


November 23rd-25th 2012

Boulder, Colorado USA

Bradenton Blues Festival


December 1st 2012

Bradenton, Florida USA

Southern Pines

Blues & BBQ Festival


December 7th-8th 2012

Perry, Florida, 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!

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


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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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