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Jan 11, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  2


Attention Festival Promoters

Show Us Your BFG


Blues Society News

Video of The Week

Raise The Roof: Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame

Festival Calendar

About Us

Advertise with BFG!

CD & DVD Releases

Record Label News

Elwood's BluesMobile

Buddy and Hopkins

The Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Attention Festival Promoters



FESTIVAL PROMOTERS... It's time to post your 2013 festival information on the Blues Festival Guide website. iI's FREE and the

sooner you put the information on our website the sooner fans will

see it and be able to plan their Blues Festival adventures!     

ARTISTS & PROMOTERS... you can now also post gigs for free!

Go to, click on SUBMIT GIG/CONCERT and fill in the blanks. It will appear in our Gig/Concert calendar within 24 hours.


Advertise with BFG!




This coming April 2013, the Blues Festival Guide magazine will be publishing its 11th annual Issue! This is once-a-year opportunity for you to market your band, festival, product or service on a national level with just one ad.


No increase in Ad Rates from last year!

100,000 copies distributed for Free across the United States and Canada and thousands more read it online in Digital Format from a link on our homepage.


This is THE publication that blues fans seek out when they are making festival plans and looking for their favorite headliners all year long... it's also become an in-depth industry resource. Get even more discounts when you include both magazine and online advertising in your 2013 Blues Festival Guide marketing budget.


Ad Submission deadline: March 25th

Street date annual print magazine: April 22nd


Pick up the phone NOW and call (775) 337-8626 to market your blues business in the 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazine.

 Or email: 


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




Samantha Fish and her smokin' band members show off their 2012 BFG after their killer performance at the Oct 2012 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Send-Off Party in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Photo: Michele Lundeen


CD & DVD Releases


The Wizards of Oz, Stormcellar, have gone to #1 on the Australian Blues/Roots Chart with their 5th album in five years. Hired Guns & Borrowed Glory is breaking new ground in a genre they’re coming to define as Ozicana, an Australianized offshoot of Roots, Blues, Folk and Country.


The CD was recorded on location at Bawley point in NSW, a sleepy coastal surfing town five hours South of Sydney. They recorded the album live, in house set in a native rainforest, about 1km back from the beach.


Hired Guns & Borrowed Glory pinches shamelessly from all the styles they love, with songs that they’ve been playing live for a year before the recording like “Same Old Blues,” and some that were made up on the spot, like “Hard Times”.


"… brilliant album, really impressive … Excellent production values and some great funky bluesy/swampy rhythms interspersed with some classic rock grooves. A bit for everyone!"


Reviewed by No Depression (The Roots Authority) as “Ballsy-er than the Rolling Stones fronted by James Taylor,” with songs that ‘kick like a stubborn mule,’ ‘swampy rhythms’ and ‘bad-ass’ harmonica.


Hired Guns & Borrowed Glory is charting in three countries and starting to pickup radio airplay in the US.


Listen to "Black Crow"

Click for more


Dennis Gruenling :: ROCKIN' ALL DAY

Dennis Gruenling is without a doubt one of the baddest, swingingest, most innovative harmonica blowers on the planet.  His dynamic style draws inspiration not only from Blues icons like Little Walter, but also from great jazz horn players like Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet. Equally adept at chromatic and diatonic harmonica, Dennis rocks and swings with a vengeance — snapping his fingers,  blowing cool and soulful lines with a natural ease as the band drives with a steady, swinging beat.


Rockin' All Day is a solid house party record. It features Gruenling’s touring partner, singer/guitarist Doug Deming, who is also a recently-signed VizzTone artist. Serious road dogs, in August 2012 Dennis, Doug and the band embarked on an East Coast tour of 28 shows in 26 days!


Doug shares Dennis’s passion for the jump blues that once dominated the airwaves.  He can turn heads with his tasty guitar licks, as his scintillating vocals are punctuated by Gruenling’s potent harp fills. Half the tracks feature Doug’s regular band, The Jewel Tones –the rest of the cuts feature players Dennis has worked with over the years in his road band.


The record was recorded in Sarasota FL by Ed Kinder, and in Glen Ridge NJ by frequent collaborator and VizzTone labelmate Dave Gross. In his spare time, Dennis can be found teaching other harp players, and every Thursday afternoon you can hear his “Blues & the Beat” radio program on WFDU-FM in New Jersey, with Dennis playing a host of rare records from his vast  collection.


Listen to "Rockin All Day"

Click for more




Audrey Turner has the energy, the voice and the looks of a true, passionate entertainer. Audrey, widow of the legendary Ike Turner, learned to sing the blues from Ike, her late husband. During the Memphis Honorary Hero's Award Tribute being held in honor of Ike Turner, Ike introduced Audrey Madison Turner to Memphis and the world. Singing "I Smell Trouble," Audrey instantly amazed and excited the audience with her sheer talent, receiving several standing ovations.




On tour, Audrey Turner & the Kings 

of Rhythm have graced the stage with such respected icons as B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Otis Rush, Jerry Lee Lewis, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins, Little Milton, Taj Mahal and more. She's been featured in the 

New York Post and Examiner News. She's also appeared in front of millions of viewers on (NBC) TV's The XFactor, where she had the crowd on their feet and Simon Cowell loving her.


A San Francisco native, Audrey is a phenomenal blues and soul singer. Singing since the age of five, she was influenced by her mother's gospel and blues and her father's soul and jazz. Poised to become one of the greatest blues and soul singers of our time, her style is as intriguing and powerful as music greats Bessie Smith, Billy Holiday, Ruth Brown, Etta James and Janis Joplin.


Audrey has recently released her blues CD, I Smell Trouble, which can be found on iTunes, Amazon and other outlets. Whether recorded or onstage "I’m giving you me... my love, my pain, my joy, my happiness... I’m connecting with you," says Audrey. "We all feel the same things. If I can bring you some ease from that pain, make you laugh or even cry, that’s my reward. I’m a vehicle to send love to every human kind in my audience."


Once you hear her soulful, four-octave range and experience her contagious energy you will want more and more ...and more of Audrey Turner.


Booking Information:

Marla Monroe

310 310-0706

Additional Links: Turner





Ray Fuller's talent as a singer and guitarist has allowed him to share the stage with many blues giants including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and so many more!


In fact, Muddy Waters, after witnessing an opening act performance by Ray Fuller on slide guitar exclaimed for all to hear "That was some hot slide boy! I could smell the smoke backstage!"


James Cotton, after witnessing a similar Bluesrocker performance shook Ray's hand and proclaimed "Finally I met somebody as wild and crazy as I am!"


These opportunities to hang out and learn at the feet of the masters were not wasted on young Ray as he paid close attention to every pearl of wisdom and every nasty riff and blues lick generously shown to him as an eager student of the blues.


Since then Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers have been performing their brand of low down gutsy blues and red hot rock'n roll for many years, leaving a trail of scorched stages and satisfied fans from Michigan to Florida and from California to New York State.


Long time drummer Mark Ward toured with Ray Fuller for many years, formerly with Terry Davidson & The Gears. Pianist Keith Blair brings a ton of stage presence and was one of nine finalists in the 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Bassist Manny Manuel has spent many years touring with the likes of Patrick Mclaughlin and Hot Rod and The Blues DeVilles. Together Ray Fuller & The Bluesrocker's are an unstoppable force of blues and rock'n roll energy!


Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers promise a tight performance full of fire and energy! With Ray Fuller's rockin' slide guitar, flashy, boogie piano player, our tight rhythm section and "Pearlene (our beautiful gold tour bus), this band is a must see! 




To ensure that your festival makes it on the Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers tour, contact:


Center Stage Promotions





Jonny Lang will perform January 12 in Harrah's South Shore Room, South Lake Tahoe, CA (775-588-6611).


It's hard to imagine that this prodigy is now 31 years old and married with three kids. Still going strong since his start in 1994 at 12 years old, Jonny Lang is in the studio working on his eighth CD and still in high demand on the circuit for amazing guitar prowess and soulful, beyond-his-years voice. 


Yes, Lang started playing the guitar at the age of twelve in Fargo, North Dakota and played in his first band, Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang. That band moved to Minneapolis, MN and independently released the album Smokin' when Lang was 14. The young Lang was certainly getting noticed and signed to A&M Records in 1996 where he released the critically acclaimed, multi-platinum Lie to Me in 1997... at age 15. In 1998 he released Wander this World and earned a Grammy nomination, followed by the more soulful Long Time Coming in 2003. Lang's album, the gospel influenced Turn Around, released in 2006, won him his first Grammy Award.


Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting, played for a White House audience including President and Mrs. Clinton and invited to perform at Eric Clapton's inaugural Crossroads Guitar Festival, among many others.


Catch the firery Jonny Lang in Tahoe this Saturday. Tickets here





(Photo by Matthew Hinton / The Times-Picayune)

The Times-Picayune

In the wake of one of the most successful years of his decades-long career, Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack has cleaned house both onstage and backstage. In recent weeks, Rebennack has fired his longtime managers, his booking agent, and the veteran members of his band, the Lower 911.

Read story here...

Record Label News




Delta Groove Music is pleased to announce the participants in their first annual Blues Stimulus Program, an opportunity for blues talent around the world to become members of the successful Delta Groove family. Delta Groove Music has set the new standard for producing, promoting, and booking exciting blues and roots music talent. Now they’re sharing in their success by inviting emerging blues acts to submit their recordings for review. Each year Delta Groove will choose two U.S. and one foreign blues act to come on board.


After careful review and painstaking consideration, the producers and talent scouts at Delta Groove have chosen the Nashville-based Andy T and Nick Nixon Band, and Portland, Oregon’s Kevin Selfe as this year’s U.S. participants in the Blues Stimulus Program.


Guitarist Andy T and singer/guitarist Nick Nixon are both veteran blues players who enjoyed long, successful careers before joining forces to create one of the most dynamic and soulful blues bands in Nashville. Andy T’s fiery yet tasteful guitar provides the perfect backdrop to Nixon’s deeply bluesy, church-schooled vocals, an appealing combination that caught the attention of Anson Funderburgh, who produced and guests on their debut CD for Delta Groove.


Virginia native Kevin Selfe is one of the most exciting and tasteful young blues guitarists and singers on the scene today, with reverence for the masters and the fire and passion of an artist from a new generation. Selfe has been on the scene since 1997. In 2005 he formed Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes in his native Roanoke, VA, eventually relocating to Portland, OR. Since then he’s continued to hone and perfect his own unique sound, using his mastery of traditional blues as a springboard into his own exciting blend of cutting edge attitude and original songs that speak to several generations of roots music and blues fans.


The debut CDs on Delta Groove by Andy T - Nick Nixon Band, Drink Drank Drunk, and Kevin Selfe, Long Walk Home, are scheduled for release by Delta Groove in February of 2013. For more information on these and the rest of the Delta Groove catalog, go to:


Blues Society News



The Colorado Blues Society (CBS) has been selected as the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s 2013 “Keeping the Blues Alive” (KBA) Award for the blues society that has made outstanding contributions to the Blues world.


CBS was established in 1995 and is one of the largest and most successful blues societies in the U.S, serving the entire state of Colorado, but focused on the front-range. According to the Blues Foundation, what sets CBS apart is its incredibly active participation in many different programs.


CBS’s Blues in the Schools program was started in 1994 by 2012 KBA recipient Dan Treanor. Since its inception, Gary Allegretto, Billy Branch, Spencer Bohren, and Hawkeye Herman, all past KBA recipients in Education, have added their expertise and personalities to the program. To illustrate the growth, in 2009, the CBS visited 38 schools and reached approximately 7,400 students. Over the years, CBS has served hundreds of schools and thousands of students.


Other notable programs include CBS’ weekly blues update, its newsletter, the “HOLLER”, its International Blues Challenge competition, its library donation program, its scholarship programs, and its involvement with other community organizations and non-profits. The Colorado Blues society partners with several Colorado blues festivals, providing thousands of volunteers over the years for these activities.


A documentary on CBS's Blues in the Schools program is our "Featured Video of The Week" (see below) and can also be found at: For more information, including how to become a member, see


Congratulations CBS!


    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:


Video of The Week

2013 KBA Recipient Colorado Blues Society

Blues In The Schools 



Lt-Rt: Billy Branch - Dan Treanor - Hawkeye Herman




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.



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! 



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...


Elwood's BluesMobile


British guitar-slinger Joanne Shaw Taylor has toured with Dave Stewart of The Eurhythmics, won multiple British Blues music awards, and performed on-stage with Annie Lennox at the Queen of England's Diamond Jubilee concert in London. Joanne's latest record is called Almost Always Never, and she shows no sign of slowing down.


Then, in the second hour of the program… Louisiana is justly famous for a lot of things, among them a style of music that’s been around for over three hundred years, and still has people dancing today. Born in the swamp among the French and African culture called the Creole. They call the music, Zydeco. And if it does not get your toes tapping, you need a different pair of feet.


Joanne Shaw Taylor - one axe lady you don't want to mess with PLUS the good times roll with an hour of Zydeco. Next time, in The BluesMobile.





 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here


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?


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




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

Due to a snowstorm at Roots Music Report headquarters we are unable to have the Top 20 for you this week... 

The Roots Blues Airplay Charts

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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