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Feb 1, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  5


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

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!



 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 

CALL or EMAIL NOW to market your blues business in the 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazine! (775) 337-8626 or 


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




The Ori Naftaly Band sponsored by the Israel Blues Society show off their copy of the 2012 BFG at the 2013 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN, Jan 30, 2013. They are currently semi-finalists in the IBC band division as of this writing!


CD & DVD Releases

Kevin Selfe :: LONG WALK HOME

Since relocating to Portland, OR in February 2007, vocalist/guitarist Kevin Selfe has become a Northwest favorite, racking up awards and accolades along the way including the prestigious Muddy Award for Traditional Blues Act of the Year (2012, 2011, 2010) and Contemporary Blues Act of the Year (2009). Long Walk Home features 11 original compositions displaying Selfe's talent and diversity with forays into West Coast, Texas, Chicago and Delta blues, along with support by topnotch musicians including Mitch Kashmar, Gene Taylor (T-Birds, Blasters), Jimi Bott (Rod Piazza And The Mighty Flyers, Mannish Boys) and Doug James (Roomful of Blues, Jimmie Vaughan).


Kevin Selfe is one of Delta Groove's "Blues Stimulus Program" Winners and Long Walk Home, his debut on their label, is set for release Feb 19,2013.


Listen to "Duct Tape On My Soul" 

Click for more


Lisa Cee :: MY TURN

Lisa Cee is a favorite singer of southern Californian blues and roots-music fans thanks to her many hi-profile performances over the years. Although a seasoned vet, My Turn is Lisa Cee's first release. A fiery, true vocalist and melodic, intelligent, songwriter, Lisa shows why she has been the main performer at the Sundance Film Festival for the last 8 years. This release features 10 originals and obscure covers from Robert Lucas and Mickey Champion.


My Turn is a passionate journey full of powerful expression and will surely find favor with blues and funky roots aficionados everywhere.


Listen to "Fire In The Sky" 

Click for more





From Michele Lundeen your BFG EditorI like to pay honor where it's due. Being a blues musician as well having that genre and it's roots entrenched into my life for many, many years, I deeply respect where the blues came from and where it's going. I cherish the work done by the forefathers as well as the frontrunners of this music, this lifestyle if you will, longing for a blues fix and the passion and truth that lies within. I can't help but associate Black History Month with the Blues.... and that's a part of American History. Not only the unimaginable struggles that raised it and named it but the figures that many associate it with like W.C. Handy, Robert Johnson, Son House, Huddie Ledbetter, Charley Patton, Maime Smith, Willie Dixon, Ma Rainey, Muddy Waters and on but all those that left indelible footprints. Obviously blues musicians are not even the tip of the iceberg of why this month of observance was created and we do honor them no matter the month... not black, not white, just blues. But, for me anyway, this month brings even more focus to the path that has carried the blues.


While researching "Black History Month" just now I ran across a few articles and links (below) and thought to share. Do your own research! 


- From the Georgia Public Broadcasting site:

February is Black History month. Some say that this special month is no longer necessary because African American history should be taught throughout the year. That argument minimizes the historic significance of the month itself and the opportunity it brings to set time aside to dig deeper into Black history...

Checkout their link to the PBS learning center...


Washington Post/The Root DC Live - (By Clinton Yates)

Whither Black History Month? The problem isn’t the month, it’s the history. At this stage of my life, I have mixed feelings about Black History Month. The moment on the calendar, set aside to celebrate the past achievements of African Americans, has felt outdated to me for as long as I can remember.  Read entire story here...


"In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.




The First Place Winner of our "BFG at IBC Artist Registration Raffle" are the Suitcase Brothers from Spain, represent the Barcelona Blues SocietyThis old-school roots and blues band won a custom e-blast!


They are currently semi-finalists in the solo/duo division as of this writing. Find them at, plus, hear them on our BFG jukebox!


Second Place Winner is The Bobby Paltauf Experience who won three months placement of a square banner ad on our BFG website. Bobby Paltauf is a 13 year old guitarist who plays blues and rock and roll. He's representing the Connecticut Blues Society in the Youth Showcase. Bobby performs covers and also writes his own songs which are inspired by his favorite artists. Find him at


Third Place Winner are Lowcounty Blues Club representatives, the Port City Prophets, an authentic, Low-country blues and soul band from Charleston, South Carolina. Find them at




Check this out!: Many of the IBC participants sent us a song for you to enjoy. Go to and choose an artist/song in the JUKEBOX and enjoy for free!


Ray Charles' Heirs Win Copyright Ownership Of Dad's Works - 

The children of late entertainer Ray Charles have regained copyright ownership of some of their famous father's most popular songs.


Seven of the Hit the Road Jack's relatives filed a motion against Warner/Chappell Music chiefs to reclaim ownership of some of their dad's work in 2010, but executives behind the hitmaker's organization, the Ray Charles Foundation, challenged his offspring's efforts since they too were receiving royalties from the publishing deal.


And now U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins has dismissed the charity's authority to intervene, granting Charles' heirs the legal right to 60 of his best-known compositions, according to trade publication Variety.


She also ordered bosses of the soul star's namesake foundation to cover the cost of the defendant's court fees.


A bit of BFG IBC Adventure...


Our publisher Kaati is at IBC as I write this. She's run into so many BFG friends... too many to mention here at the moment. But here she is with musician/educator/writer Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (top left) who she ran into at the Denver airport and 2010 IBC Winner Grady Champion (far right) who was in Memphis just to say "hi" to all.


She had our Blues Festival Guide table set up (center photo) and hundreds of musicians filed past it at Club 152 on Beale Street on their way to the band registration table run by the Blues Foundation folks.


"We passed out Blues Festival Guide magazines, stickers, Mardi Gras beads," Kaati reported. "We conducted a raffle. We met musicians from all over the world including from Australia, Israel, The Netherlands and more! The Croatians brought 27 people to Memphis!"


Look for more IBC adventures and photos from BFG soon!

(Editor note: Our raffle winners are announced in the article above)




LRBC #21: ON SALE NOW! October 18-25, 2013 Fantasy / Big Easy / Mayan on Holland America ms Maasdam. Fort Lauderdale to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, MX. Special Guest Johnny Winter just announced! Lineup: Irma Thomas, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lobos, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Marcia Ball, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Ruthie Foster, Lucky Peterson, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Eric Lindell & Anson Funderburgh, Popa Chubby Band, Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Guy Davis, Fishy Waters Play, Samantha Fish, Albert Castiglia, Washboard Chaz Trio, Mitch Woods Club 88, Leon Blue, Professor Louis, Dave Keyes, IBC Solo/Duo Winner, Randy Oxford, Special Guest Lee Oskar (30th Anniversary Lee Oskar Harmonicas), Surprise Guests & New Orleans Land Show TBA!

Limited cabins available! 816-753-7979 for availability and pricing.


LRBC #22: NOW Pre-booking! January 19-26, 2014 Eastern Caribbean on Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Fort Lauderdale to St. Barths, St. Thomas/St. John and Turks & Caicos. Bands announced in March.


See or (816) 753-7979 reservations & info

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


Blues Society News


The San Antonio Blues Society has been involved with and will continue to work with and support director Robert Brink and his team on their amazing, short film project, Devil Deal Blues. The film is being considered by the San Antonio Film Commission.


"The events of 1936 at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio is commemorated every year with our production of the Robert Johnson S.A. Sessions," says the SABS. "Along with our Member Sponsor and Corporate Partner, the Sheraton-Gunter Hotel, the San Antonio Blues Society looks to preserve and promote not only Blues music, but the history of Robert Johnson and the effect he and other Delta Bluesman have on music from yesterday, today, and tomorrow"


Click here to see a video about of the film. Follow the movie on Facebook



    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

Matt Andersen "Devil's Bride" 




Elwood's BluesMobile


Ruthie Foster won the Koko Taylor Blues Music Award in 2012, which means she is considered the best traditional female vocalist around. She got her funk singing with the U.S. Navy Band, but her blend of folk, soul, jazz, and blues is all her own. Ruthie Foster’s CD is called Let It Burn.


Ruthie Foster joins Elwood…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




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

4ta Edicion (4th Annual)

Buenos Aires Ciudad Blues 


February 9th-16th 2013

Caba, Buenos Aires Argentina

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

Saskatoon Blues Festival

Monday - Sunday

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

Blues Cafe 2013

Saturday, March 9th 2013

Wausau, Wisconsin USA

'Cused of the Blues


March 16th 2013

Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta


March 22nd-24th

San Felipe, Baja, Mexico


Giving Hunger The Blues


March 24th, 2013

Sarasota, Florida USA

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Thursday - Monday

March 28th - April 1st 2013

Byron Bay, Australia

Blues in the Natural

State Festival


April 5th-6th 2013

Fayetteville, Arkansas USA

Stompin' at the Savoy


April 5th-7th 2013

Helsinki, Helsinki Finland


22nd Annual

Lowcountry Cajun Festival


April 7th 2013

Charleston, South Carolina USA

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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