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Jan 4, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  1


Attention Festival Promoters

Show Us Your BFG


Video of The Week

Buddy and Hopkins

The Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Early Bird Offer!

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Elwood's BluesMobile

Raise The Roof: Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame

Festival Calendar

About Us

Attention Festival Promoters


It's time to post your 2013 festival information on the

Blues Festival Guide website: it's FREE!

The sooner you put the information on our website the sooner fans will see it and be able to plan their Blues Festival adventures!     

Early Bird Offer!



Show Us Your BFG


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




Randy Chortkoff of Delta Groove Productions/Records shows off his 2012 BFG during a visit to Delta Groove headquarters in Van Nuys, CA by your BFG editor and Sales Director, Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw.

Photo: Michele Lundeen


CD & DVD Releases

Stevie DuPree & The Delta Flyers : DR. DUPREE'S LOVE SHOP

Helping provide the big engine powering the current blues revival are the Delta Flyers led by lead singer and songwriter Stevie DuPree. Formed in Texas as an acoustic duo in 2007, the incendiary Dupree, with music pungent as mesquite barbecue, built a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. Dr. Dupree’s Love Shop with new wingman, guitarist Travis Stephenson, is his breakthrough release.


12 original tunes spotlight Dupree backed by Quentin “Q” Calva (bass), Steve Bundrick (drums), Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff (production, tenor sax, harmonica, background vocals, percussion), Mark Connolly (keyboards), the Texas Horns (Kazanoff, John Mills, Al Gomez) along with guest turns by Derek O’Brien (guitar), Marcia Ball (piano) and vocalists Alice Stewart and Lisa Tingle.


The CD includes hook-laden, rocking blues, spicy N’Awlins, sweaty R&B greased by funk and dripping soul, nasty country blues, a thumping, swinging shuffle, a gospel-hued ballad. second line and a classic Motown riff.


Hop on board this soulful blues train and make a stop at the Dr. Dupree's Love Shop for a dose of good loving and good rocking. 


Listen to "St. Paul's Bottoms" 

Click for more




Come out and dance the blues with Blues Union (Boston) every Thursday in the beautiful Dance Union studio in Union Square! Every week we provide beginner- and intermediate-level blues classes, as well as two hours of social dancing. On the last Thursday of the month, we hold a Blues Clinic instead of the lessons, where students can work one-on-one with instructors. The floor is beautiful, the vibe is chill, and we always have baked goods.


Blues Union was created out of a desire to encourage, teach, and improve blues dancers in our community, while providing a weekly blues dance venue in Boston. At Blues Union, we focus on providing quality blues music and lessons to improve and grow the Boston blues dancing scene.


One of Blues Union's dance instructors, Amanda Gruhl pictured at left


Blues Union also strives to be more than just another lesson and dance venue. We are a community of dancers who are committed to constantly improving ourselves and our students. Through focused group lessons with local and guest instructors, we aim to teach quality lessons focused on improving both beginner and intermediate dancers.

Blues Union is also unique in the Boston blues scene, in providing a monthly Blues Clinic, where dancers can receive more individualized feedback to help them truly improve.


Blues dancing is a modern name for a family of dances, danced to blues, jazz, and related music. Most dances have a simple, one- or two-step basic. This means that there is less reliance on patterns, and more emphasis on creativity, stye, and partnership. The simplicity of blues dance makes it easy to pick up, and allows for rich variations. The vintage blues dances originated between the late 1800s and the swing era, and the modern revival is still growing the dance today. Below are some common styles of blues.

Read more here...




Misha Siegfried and His Band have been performing together for about a year now, although Siegfried is already a well-known act in the Milwaukee area. (Photo by David Siegfried)

Misha Siegfried went to college, but he maintains that the only thing he was ever really good at was music. And that's nothing to shake a stick at – the guy practically has a Ph.D. in the blues.


To interview him is to get a crash course in the philosophy of the genre and to walk away with a comprehensive understanding of its fans' dichotomous schools of thought.


"There's the side that says 'This is how we've been doing it for 60 years. It'll never change. This is the blues, and nothing else is.' They want to hear Muddy Waters music exactly the way Muddy played it, even though he's been dead for 30 years," he says.


And the opposite point of view? "It's the idea that blues is constantly evolving and that in times like now where the blues is not as culturally relevant as it used to be, it has to continue to grow, evolve and change in order to still be able to contribute to the cultural conversation."


So, to which school of thought does Siegfried, who is arguably one of Milwaukee's favorite blues musicians, belong?


"As a band leader and in terms of the music I'm interested in making and why I ended up becoming a musician, it was the latter that appealed to me the most," he admits. "Take the germ of the idea, put your own spin on it and push the boundary out."


Siegfried has been pushing that boundary for years, since his parents bought him a guitar for his 16th birthday (they were going to buy him a cello, but he begged them not to).


Later this month, he and his band will release their second CD, an as-yet-untitled work (the working title "Makin' Wookie" was unfortunately nixed). The album will be the product of heavy collaboration within the group and a profoundly laissez-faire approach to recording which has made Siegfried stand out among other musicians.


The band includes Siegfried on guitar and vocals, Dan Budziszewski on keyboard and vocals, Ross Catterton on saxophone and vocals, Zach Steiner on bass and Brandon Anthony on drums. The group met at the Up and Under Pub and were all hired by Siegfried to do last year's record, "Blues For Joy" (though Anthony did not perform on the album).

Read entire article here...




Little Eddie is joined by trumpeter Renald Richard and bassist Mike Marciano. The Marco Island Historical Museum hosted a reception and musical performance Wednesday evening for the opening of an exhibit on artifacts of the blues in Florida. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent - Little Eddie and his crew gave Marco Island a lesson in cooking on Wednesday night (Jan 2).


The blues guitarist put on a show of tasty guitar licks, augmented by some well-seasoned musical collaborators, at the opening of "Florida's Got the Blues," a traveling exhibition at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Showing that Marco Islanders have a love of roots music, or that the season is officially underway, or both, the museum gallery was packed with spectators for a two-hour plus performance.


"Little Eddie" is the nom de guitar of Ryan Bladen, who often performs with his group, Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers. Wednesday, though, the fingers were his, flying over the fretboard of his beat-up Taylor guitar, as he repeatedly broke strings prying notes out of the instrument with a wrenching, gut-bucket style.


The room was lined with posters, record jackets, and old photographs of bluesmen – and blues women – highlighting the strong connection between the Sunshine State and blues music. Although not considered in the same breath as New Orleans, Chicago, or the Mississippi Delta, Florida lays claim to a lot of the classic performers, including Bo Diddley, Guitar Shorty, Blind Blake, and the great Ray Charles.


Marco Island's connection to Ray Charles couldn't be any more direct. The musical legend's first band director and trumpet player, Renald Richard, lives on Marco and was on hand Wednesday night, playing along with Little Eddie on a number of tunes, including the classic "I Got a Woman" (way over town, who's good to me) that Richard co-wrote with Ray.

Read entire article here...



Tickets are available now for the 29th International Blues Challenge (IBC), Tues, Jan 29-Sat, Feb 2, held in Memphis, TN.


The Blues Foundation has special prices and direct lines and links to a number of Downtown Memphis hotels 2013 IBC. Reserve early!


The Keeping The Blues Alive Awards luncheon ceremony on February 1, is also part of the IBC weekend of events. For complete information about the 2013 International Blues Challenge weekend click here.




Just in time for the Holidays! LRBC #20 Commemorative Shirts! Here's a preview of LRBC #20 January 2013 Commemorative Art honoring Michael Burks by Dane Tilghman. These items are available for a limited time only for Holiday orders. Please place orders by December 18th to ensure Holiday delivery.


Red, Chocolate Brown, Khaki and more! Please note there will be a wider variety of colors and styles available at the Pre-Party and in the Bluesin' Bazaar on the ship.

Allow 5-7 working days for shipping.


Orders shipped USPS Priority Mail.


More info...


FIND YOUR GROOVE ON THE LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE! or (816) 753-7979 reservations & info

You HAVE to experience this at least once in your lifetime! 


Blues Society News


Singer, songwriter, slide guitar virtuoso, one-man-band Ben Powell will represent Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis at the end of January. Ben has created a truly unique sound playing his resonator guitars, stomping on a homemade winebox footboard, playing rack-harmonica, and singing his old style blues and his original tunes. 


BLUSD is celebrating Ben's victory at Humphrey's Backstage Live (Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA) on Saturday, January 19 from 1 pm-4:30 pm. Along with Ben Powell, there will be performances by San Diego based artists Red Lotus Revue (who are currently in the final 5 for the IBC's "Best Self Produced CD") and Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers (Nathan was the 2007 IBC Duo winner). BLUSD invites everyone to come out and show your love for Ben and help them send him off in style. Admission is only $10 and there will also be raffle prizes. 

More info...


    Got Blues Society News?                          

If you represent a Blues Society and/or have a very special announcement for 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


This has been a year in blues music worth remembering, so join Elwood Blues in the BluesMobile as he does just that, and celebrates the Best Blues Artists of 2012.


From Allen Stone to ZZ Top, Elwood plays the heavyweights, the young guns, and the torchbearers of blues who made a difference in 2012, such as Joe Walsh, the 24th Street Wailers, Joan Osborne, Dr. John, and many more.


Then, in the second hour of the program… Elwood's good friend and fellow Blues Brother, Duck Dunn, passed through the veil in May of 2012. Join Elwood in a remembrance of this master bass player. Music from Booker T, Otis Redding, Neil Young, and more.


The Best Blues Artists of 2012 PLUS a remembrance of Duck Dunn. Next time, in The BluesMobile.






 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here


Video of The Week

Katie Webster "A Little Meat On The Side"





Help Raise The Roof!

Raise The Roof: Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame

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

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. 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 are details about the BHF campaign


How to donate: 1. Make a multi-year pledge online or print out and sign form 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 find online.

3. Text the word " blues" to 80077 to donate $10. When you receive a message to confirm, answer with “YES.” 

No effort is too small or unappreciated!

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


You too can get involved. Email us: to get logos and links for your website or Facebook.


Buddy and Hopkins

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



Our top-ranking blues website,, well-known for its comprehensive list of blues festivals throughout the world, has a new FREE feature: Gig/Concert listings to benefit fans, bands, and venues!


Go to, click on SUBMIT GIG/CONCERT and fill in the blanks. It will appear in our Gig/Concert calendar within 24 hours. Fans can search by date, band, venue, city, state and country.... 


Find dozens of festivals at www.BluesFestivalGuide PLUS a Blues Link Directory for everything blues: bands, labels, venues, etc.


Our website, e-newsletter and print magazine are all published by RBA Publishing Inc, 775-337-8626, 



Festival Calendar

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








If you host or know of a Blues Festival you don't see here or in

our online listings...

Please get us the info or POST!


More Info






19th Annual

Antifreeze Blues Festival

Friday - Saturday

January 4th-5th, 2013

Ferndale, Michigan USA

1st Annual

Las Olas Bluesfest


January 17th-20th 2013

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA




Saturday- Saturday

January 20th - January 27th 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA

1st Annual

Coral Gables Bluesfest


January 24th-27th 2013

Coral Gables, Florida USA


Film Festival


January 24th -January 27th, 2013

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

Blues Foundation's

International Blues Challenge


January 29th - February 2nd 2013

Memphis, Tennessee USA

23rd Annual

Lowcountry Blues Bash


February 8th-17th 2013

Charleston, South Carolina USA

Riverwalk Blues and

Music Festival


February 16th 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival


February 16th-17th 2013

Clearwater, Florida USA

Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest


February 18th-23rd 2013

Calgary, Alberta Canada

Winter Meltdown


February 25th - March 3rd 2013

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada

Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival


February 28th - March 3rd 2013

Boquete, Chiriquo Panama

Mississippi Blues March Fest 


March 2, 2013

Greenwood, Mississippi USA


Walla Walla Guitar Festival


March 8th-9th 2013

Walla Walla, Washington USA

Bonita Blues Festival


March 8th-9th 2013

Bonita Springs, Florida USA

Phoenix Blues Blast


March 9th 2013

Phoenix, Arizona USA

San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta


March 22nd-24th

San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

Blues in the Natural

State Festival


April 5th-6th 2013

Fayetteville, Arkansas USA

22nd Annual

Lowcountry Cajun Festival-


April 7th 2013

Charleston, South Carolina USA

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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!

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