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Feb 15, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  7


Calling all Blues Societies...

Advertise with BFG!

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Video of The Week

Raise The Roof: Campaign for Blues Hall of Fame

Festival Calendar

About Us

Greetings From Your Editor...

Attention Festival Promoters

Show Us Your BFG


Elwood's BluesMobile

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Greetings From Your Editor...

Oh love, oh careless love...

This past week we had two essentially decadent "holidays." Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday and Valentine's Day (umm, tough break on Valentine's for those that decided to give up chocolate for Lent). I hope that you all at least got yourselves a dose of good music... whether the quintessintal "Second Line" or even some of that "Careless Love." Maybe next week you'll be hearing bands playing "Dead Presidents" (also referred to as "federal issue stationary" which is what I ask folks to write their requests on when I'm performing!) HA!


The Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival happens this weekend in Clearwater, Florida along with a few others around the globe... the Linn County Blues Society is having their annual Blues N Buffet Chili Challenge (see articles this issue). As a reminder to Blues Societies,  please order your FREE magazines ASAP... festivals and artist... post your listing online!


Don't forget to check out all of the Blues Festivals (see our listings) and artists' gig listings on our website! AND, if you haven't already... please join us on Facebook!


Your ever grateful editor...

Michele Lundeen

(aka The Queen of Steam)


Calling all Blues Societies...


Now is the time to order your 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazines for your members! This is your order opportunity forall Blues Societiesin the USA and Canada who wish to receive our FREE annual magazines to distribute to members and/or at events.

Please click on this link and complete the order form as directed. 

Deadline for your response is April 1st, 2013. Expect your magazines to arrive around May 1st. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or 775-842-9076.


Thanks for your amazing efforts distributing our annual magazine… and mostly... “Thanks for Supporting the Blues!” We appreciate you...

Your friends at The Blues Festival Guide


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


Well... okay, it's not the actual magazine this week but it's a... yes, it appears to be a WATERMELON, carved in our honor and displayed at the dessert orgy onboard the Oct '12 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise! BIG thanks to our friend Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro of for sending us this photo!




BRING IT ON!... Send us your cool photos that display the Blues Festival Guide magazine, banner, shirt, melon... whatevah! We're so proud to be able to share blues with you for over 10 years now! We'd love to see and share you enjoying all that is BFG and helping spread the good word!  Send your BFG shots with subject, location, date and photo credit to


CD & DVD Releases

Charles "CD" Davis :: 24 HOUR BLUES

Nominated for a 2013 Blues Music Award for the Best New Artist Debut, 24 Hour Blues is a surprisingly, smokin’-hot album produced by Charles “CD” Davis, guitarist for the late Calvin Owens. Traditional with a contemporary flair, the album features a gang of veteran musicians and vocalists that bring the house down. 24 Hour Blues demonstrates Davis's versatility on guitar with fiery leads and solos that are, as Frank-John Hadley writes in Downbeat, “...always shot through with soul and heart.


Jabo, the Texas Prince of Zydeco and blues and soul giant Rue Davis know how to have a good time, laughing, cutting up, and telling the joys of an “Old Fashioned Woman.” The sexy-voiced styling of jazz singer Roberta Donnay tempers the mood with “That’s How I Learned to Sing the Blues” and “A Minor Thing.” Blues and soul diva Trudy Lynn tears up “It’s Tight Like That” in Davis’s killer, foot-stompin’, arrangement.


“I always wanted to record a quality album that has a variety of blues styles featuring the guitar in different roles. So, we have unplugged style tunes, small group tunes, and medium-sized band with horns. We also included a tune I wrote for Calvin Owens that features his style of big band,” says Davis.


“He can wail on the guitar and finger-pick deep blues, but it's full-on, soulfully arranged brass and guitar-driven songs [that] show the essence, the power, and the pull of big-band blues,” writes Jim Beal Jr.


Rounding things off on 24 Hour Blues is Davis, whose guitar “cuts through ice, fire, and smoke” and “closes with [an] incendiary instrumental showcase,” says Mark S. Tucker who adds, “This is the blues CD of early 2013.”


Listen to "It's Tight Like That"

Click for more


Teeny Tucker :: VOODOO TO DO YOU

Teeny Tucker's new 2013 CD, Voodoo To Do You has been released to rave reviews. “…the best female blues vocalist on the scene today!” declared James “Skyy Dobro’ Walker, in a Feb 2013 Blues Blast magazine review.


In 2012 Teeny Tucker continued to receive standing ovations at major Blues Festivals while preparing material for Voodoo To Do You and her YouTube video hit 90,000 views. In 2011 Teeny was nominated by the Blues Foundation for “Best Traditional Female Blues Artist” (Koko Taylor Award) and “Traditional Female Blues Artist of the Year” by Blues Blast. This was also the year her “Sun Session” TV episode aired on PBS TV stations across the USA. “Sun Session” was recorded live at the world-renowned Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. In 2010 Teeny took home the “Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year.” Her 2010 release, Keep The Blues Alive, had Blues Blast exclaiming, “Following her 2008 critically acclaimed CD, “Two Big M’s,” Teeny Tucker and her band lay down one of the best CDs of the year!”


“Each of the thirteen selections on Voodoo To Do You, (five originals and eight covers, including a stunning, masterpiece version of Reverend Gary Davis’ “Death Don‘t Have No Mercy”) center on the tantalizing titular subject,” says Blues Blast. “Each track showcase Teeny’s vocals magnificently, especially the original compositions, "Love Spell," "Shoes," and "Sun Room."


Enjoy this vocalist and entertainer extraordinaire in her prime. Teeny has never been better, and the band is squeaky tight on Voodoo To Do You.”


Listen to "Love Spell"

Click for more info




The City of Clearwater is excited to welcome back the 7th Annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival held February 16-17 at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. Clearwater, FL. This annual festival has brought the perfect combination of waterfront views, delectable seafood, and award winning blues artists since 2007, with more than 75,000 visitors. Previous artists include, Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, and The Robert Cray Band.


The Festival is a unique forum for satisfying your seafood cravings while enjoying some of the best blues music around. It provides an annual rendezvous for admirers of both food and music. With more than 25 food vendors, our festival offers the best Gulf Coast delights such as jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish, gumbo and more.


On Saturday, the gates open at 12pm. Performers include blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, (pictured rt) Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue, African-American sacred steel ensemble The Lee Boys, funkster Hamilton Loomis, and powerhouse singer Sandy Atkinson.


On Sunday the gates open at 1pm. Performers include blazing guitarist Coco Montoya (pictured above lt), one of this generations finest singers, Ruthie Foster, blues fusion sensation Moreland & Arbuckle, the multi-talented family trio Trampled Under Foot, and 2013 International Blues Challenge winner, Selwyn Birchwood.


Friday, February 15th / Blues Walk – Downtown Clearwater



General admission is free for the festival. Reserved seats are located immediately in front of the stage and are available at The schedule is subject to change. 


Saturday, February 16th - Coachman Park

(Gates open at 12PM)

Sandy Atkinson 12:45 PM

Hamilton Loomis 2:20 PM

The Lee Boys 4:10 PM

Sugar Blue 6:00 PM (pictured lt)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd 8:10 PM





Sunday, February 17th - Coachman Park

(Gates open at 1PM)

Selwyn Birchwood 1:15 PM

Moreland & Arbuckle 2:45 PM

Trampled Under Foot 4:15 PM

Ruthie Foster 6:00 PM (pictured rt)

Coco Montoya 7:40 PM


For more info call (727) 562-4700 or to buy reserved seating tickets, please visit



24 Hour Blues has been nominated by the Blues Foundation for a 2013 "Best New Artist Debut Album" Blues Music Award.


A veteran of the late Calvin Owens’ Blues Orchestra, this first-time album from Charles “CD” Davis is smokin’ hot and along with the diner motif and accompanying menu describing each song, features something for everyone.


"Davis and the crew hit the big-blues‐band mark with originals and a couple of classics. Davis can wail on the guitar and finger-pick deep blues but it's full-on, soulfully arranged brass and guitar-driven songs … show the essence, the power and the pull of big-band blues. Here's to several more hours of Davis' blues.”

– Jim Beal Jr, San Antonio Express-News and Third Coast Radio


Awesome vocals and strong instrumental solos have propelled this album to be aired around the world. Now he'd like your vote to take it over the top. 


Listen here...   Vote Here...

More info at





State's oldest music museum is sole representative from Mississippi...


CLARKSDALE, MS (February 14, 2013) - The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Delta Blues Museum as a National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.


Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Read the full press release and Fact Sheet via these links.




Due to popular demand, the Blues Foundation has decided to re-order the 2013 IBC t-shirts… IF they get enough orders reports.


So, go to the webstore NOW and pre-order your awesome “5 Days of Blues and Schmooze” t-shirt. Delivery will take a few weeks, but you know the shirt is worth the wait! We know you had a great time at the world’s largest gathering of blues bands and you want to remember it with this great shirt.


Order NOW or forever wear something else!




LRBC #21: ON SALE NOW! OCT 18-25, 2013

Fantasy / Big Easy / Mayan on Holland America ms Maasdam.

Fort Lauderdale to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, MX.

Lineup: Johnny Winter, 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! JAN 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 Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club and the Linn County Blues Society traditionally hold their Annual Blues ‘n’ Buffett Chili Challenge,

Sunday, February 17, 1-4pm, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel

1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402. (Weather Date: March 10)


The Chili Challenge is a friendly competition between the two clubs to raise money for charity.


Proceeds from the event benefit the H.D. Youth Center and the Community Free Medical Clinic of Cedar Rapids. The Parrot Heads chose the Free Medical Clinic to help support costs for those who need medical assistance that is not affordable. LCBS chose H.D. Youth Center which provides a safe place to go as well as food to under-privileged youth. In 2010, the event raised over $5,000 for these two fine organizations. Over $35,000 has been raised and donated to local charities in the first 10 years of the event’s existence.


The public is invited to attend to taste the various chilis and vote in a variety of categories. Additional vote tickets for the People’s Choice award are available for 50 cents each. The club receiving the most votes will receive a plaque and their club’s charity will receive 51% of the proceeds from the event; the runner-up club 49% of the proceeds for their charity.


The contestants in the Chili Challenge are members of the two clubs, and each brings their own special chili and booth decorations to share. There have been as many as 30 chilies for tasting. Celebrity Judges will be on hand to taste and vote on the Best Chili. The club receiving a majority of judge’s votes for the Best Chili receives a traveling trophy and bragging rights for their club. A Silent Auction is included in the fundraising activities, proceeds from which will be included in the donations to charities. 


For advance tickets please call 319-395-9520. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door for ages 7 and older. Senior Citizen (65 & older) $5.


    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

"Careless Love Blues"

Janis Joplin (Live at Threadgills, Austin, TX 1962) 


(art by Jack Levine)


Elwood's BluesMobile


They can be man’s best friend or his worst enemy. They can be cute and cuddly, or fierce and, frankly, slobbery and gross. This week the Bluesmobile is swarming with… Critters!


Then, in the second hour of the program…the blues began on porches and in backyards, ramshackle juke joints, barns, and wide places in the road. And some musicians are perfectly happy to keep it there. But even though the music is unplugged, that doesn’t mean it does not rock. The Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Guy Davis, and more – keeping the traditional blues alive.


Spiders, dogs, bees, gators and more critter Blues PLUS the traditional Blues…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 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




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

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.

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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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