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Feb 22, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  8


Attention Festival Promoters

CD & DVD Releases

Advertise with BFG

Calling all Blues Societies...

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Greetings From Your Editor...

Show Us Your BFG


Blues Society News

Raise The Roof: Campaign for Blues Hall of Fame

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Greetings From Your Editor...

I can not tell a lie... he lied!

Well, this Friday, February 22 we're culminating a run of past President's birthday's with one of America's Founding Fathers, our first president, George Washington. He was the one that schoolchildren were told chopped down his father's cherry tree and then confessed, "I can not tell a lie." Well, that turned out to be a lie made up by a biographer... ahh, but I digress.


We did discover a true, current story about Lincoln and the 13th Amendment which you can find in this week's issue. As most know, this amendment was a turning point in the lives of slaves enabling them to be able to live as a "free" people and express themselves without the constant fear of repression. However, a clerical error caused an historical oversight that was just recently discovered by chance and was finally ratified... 148 years later!


Just three weeks ago, on Jan 30, we lost the wonderful Ann Rabson. Still reeling from this tremendous loss, we find that the great Chicago bluesman, Magic Slim (Morris Holt) also "went home" Feb 21. They will both live on in our hearts and in their music.


Now, don't wait to see, hear and experience all the music you can anywhere, anyhow, anyway. Savor your longtime favorite blues artists and discover ones new-to you. We just never know what the next day might bring.


Your ever grateful editor...

Michele Lundeen


Correction: Last week I said that the Linn County Blues Society was having a Blues N Buffet Chili Challenge but alas, that should have been Blues N Buffett (as in Jimmy).

Attention Festival Promoters



FESTIVAL PROMOTERS... Time to post your 2013 festival information on the Blues Festival Guide website. It's FREE and the sooner you put the info 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.

Show Us Your BFG



2013 IBC entrant, Joe Lowry of Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band with Kaati, our BFG magazine publisher, in Memphis, TN during the International Blues Challenge.


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

Hadden Sayers :: ROLLING SOUL

Stories from the road have resonated in Hadden Sayers’ head and heart as he's traveled the country, driving him to explore the human condition more deeply. The result of that troubadour experience is the eagerly anticipated album Rolling Soul from Blue Corn Music, due Feb 26, 2013.


Confident tunes from a mature, assured composer, the record features Sayers at his best. Heartfelt lyrics sung from deep inside matched with innovative guitar work, recorded with the warmth and soul and depth of the best vintage gear. It’s a record to contemplate and savor. 


To celebrate the release of the record, Sayers is doing what he does best: he’s hitting the road. Hauling a refurbished 1962 Airstream trailer christened “The Rolling Soul Emporium” behind his ‘61 Chevy Bubbletop Impala to select gigs, festivals, and surprise pop-up appearances around the country, the bluesman is rolling some soul into every town. 


Hadden Sayers belongs on the road, amongst the music lovers of our small towns and big cities. He’s lived his own hard times, and he’s taken in the challenges of his fans. He’s persevered and witnessed tremendous determination in the faces of the crowd. And with the Rolling Soul album and tour of 2013, he’s celebrating it all.


Listen to "Don't Take Your Love Out On Me"

Click for more info


4Jacks :: DEAL WITH IT

4Jacks is the allstar cast of Texas guitar legend Anson Funderburgh, DC singer/drummer Big Joe Maher, keyboardist Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton / Brian Setzer) and Nashville session bass player, Mr. Steve Mackey. Truly four of a kind and their first release Deal With It, is full of house-rockin', soulful originals.


The list of the accomplishments of these four artists is long but one can attest that the whole is maybe even better than the parts. That’s a pretty big claim but the music on this disc is all the proof one needs. It's just what you would expect from these top shelf musicians whose song writing and playing skills have the authenticity that few players can produce while still sounding fresh and vital.


"Each of the artists on the record contributes a full component of soul filled magic. This is not engineered music, this is the real thing. You can’t get a better combination of blues artists with more experience and chops. Truly top shelf in every way, you won’t be disappointed in this album." Dana Wright/


Deal With It features instrumentals, funky blues, house rockin', bare bones flavors, swingin' blues and more. It's got real tasty grooves and is the kind of "hand" that you surely would like to be dealt.


Listen to "She Ain't Worth A Dime" 

Click for more info



 The Mannish Boys Revue (Finis Tasby, Sugaray Rayford, Kirk Fletcher, Frank Goldwasser, Randy Chortkoff, Willie J. Campbell, Jimi Bott) pictured above plus Curtis Salgado (below Lt), Kevin Selfe (below Rt), Peter Dammann, Otis Grand and Audrey Turner (bottom Lt) will be appearing on the blues stage.


Few blues acts have perfected the tricky maneuver of honoring the storied history of the Blues, while at the same time keeping the music up-to-date, as well as The Mannish Boys. They’ve continually evolved through the years, seeking out and spotlighting the talents of true Blues legends in a setting that stays true to the deep roots of genre, providing them with the support required to excite today’s blues audiences. A virtual blues festival in a single band, all of this variety adds up to a continually surprising, wide-ranging, and most consistently excellent release from The Mannish Boys career so far.



The 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th & 26th, 2013. 2013 promises to continue our tradition of bringing fans a full weekend of nonstop award-winning entertainment, more food choices than you can sample in two days, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained too.


The Cajun & Zydeco Stage will showcase continuous music each day featuring the best Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts.


The Blues Stage will feature some of the most talented and renowned blues and roots acts in the world both Saturday and Sunday.


Both stages feature lots of viewing space plus large dance floors. In addition, this family-friendly event has a giant kids area featuring bouncers, rock walls, specialty acts, crafts and talent shows. There are also food booths and many crafts and merchandise booths.


Tickets available now at:


Stress Less... Celebrate Byron Bay Bluesfest’s 25th anniversary

Down Under in 2014!

In 2014 Australia’s premier blues and roots music festival will celebrate its 25th birthday. Held annually at Easter time in Australia’s most eastern town of Byron Bay, Bluesfest brings together the world’s biggest names in blues, roots, soul, gospel, R&B and rock over one blissful long weekend.


This year’s annual event is headlined by a staggering line-up of musical giants; Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Santana, Ben Harper, Iggy & The Stooges, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Steve Miller Band, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff & Robert Cray. Alt-rockers Wilco, Jason Mraz, Manu Chao, Counting Crows & Rufus Wainwright are among the lineup’s contemporary breed, making the event a veritable smorgasbord for music lovers of all persuasions.


With this calibre of lineup at the 24th Bluesfest, the mind boggles to imagine who will visit Australian shores to grace Byron Bay Bluesfest’s stages for their 25th anniversary?


Down Under Answers are here to ensure you can experience Byron Bay at its most vibrant during the 25th anniversary Bluesfest. Here’s how: Visit or call 800-788-6685 for details.


About Bluesfest:

- Bluesfest is a multi-award winning all age’s event. It takes place at the Tyagarah Tee Tree Farm nestled on 120 hectares, just 11 kilometres north of Byron Bay.

- It is a fully operational Tea Tree Farm for most of the year and turns into a Bluesfest site for a few weeks before, during and after the Easter Festival weekend.

- It is the perfect place to hold the Festival, and allows 17,500 Festival visitors per day and 6,500 campers over the entire weekend.

- Bluesfest organisers are committed to the principles of environmental sustainability and they actively pursue opportunities to implement these principles in the management of the festival. Peter Noble quotes: "We always try to find 'green' solutions for every situation and with the purchase of land; Bluesfest is dedicated to the ongoing challenge of climate change issues with the intention to keep developing the area and the festival as sustainable as possible.



RIP Morris "Magic Slim" Holt

August 7, 1937 to February 21, 2013


Bob Corritore - With the passing of Magic Slim we say farewell to one of the greatest traditional Chicago blues artists of our time. Magic Slim died of complications from a breathing disorder after weeks of hospitalization. He was 75.


(photo by Bob Corritore)


Though a great singer, guitarist and band leader, it was Magic Slim's undeniable personality that set him apart. He could play heartfelt, rough and tumble Chicago blues with a zest that was unmatched. Every part of Magic Slim's being was the blues - his geographical path, his hard partying, fun loving personality, and his far traveling, dedicated lifestyle.


Magic Slim's patented two guitar driven Chicago blues sound was both a concert hall pleaser and a dance floor filler. He had, perhaps the largest repertoire in the blues, knowing thousands of songs that he could call upon at any time. Living Blues Magazine put it this way; "Magic Slim consistently offers no-frills houserockin’ blues. He and his band are a national treasure."


Read Bob's entire tribute here




Clarion Ledger - Oscar-nominated “Lincoln,” which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, played a role in Mississippi officially ratifying the amendment this month — a century and a half later.


The story opens, not surprisingly, in a movie theater.


Last November, Dr. Ranjan Batra, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, saw the Steven Spielberg film and wondered afterward what happened when the states voted on ratification.


That night, Batra — a native of India who became a U.S. citizen in 2008 — went on the website, learning the rest of the story.


Read entire article here...



Mississippi Press - Mississippi artists were honored Thursday, Feb 21, during a rocking ceremony at Belhaven University in Jackson.


Five-time Grammy award winner Marty Stuart (above lt) hosted the 25th annual Mississippi Governor's Arts Awards ceremony with his band, The Fabulous Superlatives. He said Mississippians should be proud of their artistic accomplishments and inspired by the music icons who have lived and worked in the state.


"When it comes to creativity, we're unparalleled," Stuart told the crowd.


The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to musician Bobby Rush (above rt), a Louisiana native who was named Living Blues Magazine's Best Live Performer of the year in 1995 and every year from 1997 to 2000. Rush performed for many years in Chicago before moving to Jackson. He is known for a unique musical style he calls "folk funk." Rush gave a solo performance at the end of the ceremony.


Read entire story here...


 Oct. 18 ~ 25, 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan

on Holland America ms Maasdam.

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



Jan. 19 ~ 26, 2014 Eastern Caribbean

Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Barths, St. Thomas / St. John & Turks and Caicos

Bands announced in March!


See or (816) 753-7979 reservations & info

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



Flo, one of our BFG graphic designers and Database Administrator, and her husband John are pictured here with Corey Harris (left) who they went to see perform live in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Flo, who lives in Argentina, says, "The show was amazing. He is such a great artist with an incredible voice and guitar. We had so much fun!"


Corey Harris is a renowned blues and reggae musician, currently residing in Virginia who has created an original vision of the blues. Along with Keb' Mo' and Alvin Youngblood Hart, he raised the flag of acoustic guitar blues in the mid 1990s. Corey was featured on the 2003 PBS television mini-series, The Blues, directed by Martin Scorsese. The episode was “Feel Like Going Home,” which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S.

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 April 2013, the Blues Festival Guide print 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 making festival plans and looking for their favorite headliners. It's also become an in-depth industry resource. Get more discounts when you include both magazine and online advertising in your 2013 Blues Festival Guide marketing budget.


Ad Submission deadline: Mar 25th / Street date: April 22nd 

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

Blues Society News


Thanks to the Blues Foundation's affiliated blues societies that have pledged to Raise the Roof. To date, 35 affiliates have pledged over $50,000 to build the Blues Hall of Fame. The largest pledge has come from the Memphis Blues Society with a pledge of $10,000.


Others pledged to the Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame include Billtown Blues Association, Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast, Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania, Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania, Canal Bank Shuffle, Capital Area Blues Society, Central Iowa Blues Society, Colorado Blues Society, Connecticut Blues Society, Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois, Great Lakes Blues Society, Great Northern Blues Society, Houston Blues Society, Indiana Blues Society, Inland Empire Blues Society, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society, Los Angeles Blues Society, Memphis Blues Society, Minnesota Blues Society, Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Norsk Blues Union, North East Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA); Ottawa Blues Society, Panama Blues, Santa Barbara Blues Society, South Skunk blues Society, Thunder Bay Blues Society, Topeka Blues Society, Ventura County Blues Society, Vicksburg Blues Society and the Washington Blues Society.

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...

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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

"I'm A Bluesman"

Magic Slim (Aug 7,1937 - Feb 21, 2013)




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: Be a Part of Blues History

For the past 15 months, The Blues Foundation has asked blues fans to help Raise the Roof! Many of you have responded generously. As a result, the Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame has secured pledges and donations of over $1.5 million dollars. By September, the final plans and drawings will be ready and construction can begin. But construction will begin only if those blues fans who have not yet pledged do so in the next six months.


Be a part of blues history. Don’t stand on the sidelines. Do what you can. Be as generous as you can be. Let us complete this dream now. Let us have a Grand Opening with B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland with cutting the ribbon!


1. Make a multi-year pledge or donation online 

2. Mail a check to The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464.

3. Make a one-time donation by calling 901.527.2583.

For detailed information call or e-mail Jay Sieleman, President & CEO, The Blues Foundation: 901.527.2583 ext. 12 or

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.

Elwood's BluesMobile


A lot of actors have stepped into the recording studio over the past couple years. But none have taken it so seriously as actor Hugh Laurie. You know him as the gruff Dr. House on television. But after hearing his CD, Let Them Talk, you might know him better as a blues man.


Then, in the second hour of the program…on his journey from rock and roll star to born again bluesman, Johnny Winter has given the world some mighty fine music over the years. Johnny’s latest, ROOTS, brings along his brother and some other incredible guests to revisit some of the classic blues that inspired him in the first place.


Hugh Laurie gets the blues PLUS Johnny Winter. Next time, in The BluesMobile.




 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here

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




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

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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 11th annual in 2013), 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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