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Blues Festival Guide

Mar 1, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  9


Greetings From Your Editor...

Show Us Your BFG


Blues Society News

Got Blues Society News?

Help Raise The Roof

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists

CD & DVD Releases

Advertise with BFG

Calling all Blues Societies...

Record Label News

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Greetings From Your Editor...

Did you miss me?

If you might have missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, remember, you can always find back issues in our archives on our website and stay up on the fun stuff!


So, I watched the Oscars last Sunday and realized... I have nothing to wear. No, not really, I've got plenty to wear, it just doesn't all fit me! HA! But it is all an interesting spectacle, albeit mostly fairytale and no fedora. I did do some investigating to see if any soundtracks featured bluesy type music. In this issue you'll see what I came up with. Not sure the movie will be an Oscar contender but there's some music to share with the masses at least...


Things will surely be heating up in Panama at the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival this weekend. This open-air festival is held on the slopes of Volcan Baru in the valley of rainbows and eternal spring in Boquete/Chiriqui. (wow) Meanwhile, our Northern blues friends have been heatin' up the joint all week in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada at the Saskatoon Blues Festival Winter Meltdown that culminates this weekend. Nothing like the blues to warm your soul. I'd really love to be in both places!


Go out and enjoy, seek and soak-in the sights and sounds of the blues. 

Your ever grateful editor...

Michele Lundeen


Correction: Okay, I don't think I made any blatent errors last week but just wanted to see if you're paying attention! Always open to your 2 cents.

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists



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



Lional Young (IBC 2011 Band Winner and 2008 Solo/Duo Winner) shows off his BFG after performing at a fundraiser Feb 9, 2013 for the Delta Blues Festival which is held each September in downtown Antioch, CA. The event was held in the historic El Campanil Theatre.

Photo courtesy: Tom Yearnshaw


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

Grady Champion :: TOUGH TIMES DON'T LAST

Grady Champion’s seventh release, Tough Times Don’t Last, features 12 original tunes that span a stunning range of music. The “Grady Bunch” includes Caleb Armstrong (guitar, production, string arrangements), Marquis Champion (bass), Lil Cal Jackson (drums), Nathan Keck (guitar), Chris Gill (guitar), Granard McClendon (guitar), Larry Addison (piano), Kevin Culver (keyboards), Steve Wilkerson (keyboards), Amy Lott (clarinet) and Thomasine Anderson (background vocals).


Tracks include “My Time Baby,” which shows Champion to be the heir of Sonny Boy Williamson II as his “Mississippi saxophone” talks back over a supple shuffle beat. “Missing You” channels Stevie Wonder. Champion reaches down into his roots on “Mississippi Pride;” “Trust Yourself” contains bruising lyrics though horn-driven R&B; “Broken Down Cadillac is heavy blues-rocking;” and there’s a swaying bayou beat on “Glory Train.” He then tears at the heartstrings on the funky minor key R&B of “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be,” while the title track is a classic 8-bar gospel-style ballad. “On the Road” is funky and melancholy while “Ghetto” constitutes the moral center of the record as Champion “raps” autobiographical lines. There’s a nod to Howlin’ Wolf as he barks out country blues metaphors on the monochord stomp of “Cookie Jar;” and the CD wraps with an upbeat nod to… well, Christmas.


Listen to "My Time Baby"

Click for more info

The Hitman Blues Band :: BLUES ENOUGH

After five tours of the UK and Europe, two releases vying for Grammy nominations, four albums and hundreds of sold out shows, The Hitman Blues Band is releasing what they feel is their most exciting album yet, Blues Enough.


Beginning with the title track, the CD jumps right into the heat with call and response action: “Is it blues enough for ya?” Followed by a tribute to the late, great Sam “The Bluzman” Taylor, the beat stays happy with beer soaked advice to go “Fishing Where The Fish Are.” The double entendre “Backhand Drive” gives way to the raw emotion of “Every Piece Of Me,” a real crowd favorite. The flat tire shuffle of “Everything You Do” picks up the smiles again, followed by “Streets Of Downtown,” a visit with street people familiar to far too many of us. The swing influenced “Life’s Too Short” gets your blood pumping, then the band declares a change of attitude: from now on, they’ll hang out with a “Better Class Of Bums.” The wistful song of loss, “Deaf, Dumb & Blind,” leads into the boastful finale, “Tough Street.”


Featuring the well regarded quartet of the Hitman Blues Band, this album shows off their new three piece horn section along with special guest appearances by Neil Alexander on harp and backup vocalists Victoria Anyah and Joanna Alexander. 


Listen to "Every Piece Of Me"

Click for more info





"One of the most fiery and original vocalists in contemporary blues and soul…. Thoughtful, inventive and almost unerringly on the money." – MOJO


Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is a gutsy and dynamic musical powerhouse. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor being the first). She also won Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, an honor she also received in 2006 and 2007. She has received a total of seventeen Blues Music Award nominations, including one for 2012’s Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. USA Today declared, “Magness is a blues star,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Magness sings superbly, with a scorching intensity.”



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:



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. 


Listen here...  More info 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 (March 28-April 1) 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 caliber 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:

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

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

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

- Bluesfest organizers 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.



Rich Gordon of Sunday Morning Blues on WKGL-FM 96.7 The Eagle in Rockford, IL, reported something very cool to the Blues Foundation. Rich says, "My wife is a teacher. Today she showed me a section of the current ACT Explore-05A test. This test is used all over the country. Passage III covers Humanities. This passage is adapted from Music Fell on Alabama by C.S. Fuqua (2006 by C.S.Fuqua). There are six paragraphs and ten multiple choice questions based on info about Willam Christopher Handy.



The 11th Annual Blues Festival Guide magazine will once again feature a special section that has listings of radio stations and Internet radio stations that feature blues. The purposes of this Blue Radio Page compilation are many: record companies can send you product for airplay, bands can send demos, promoters can contact DJs about upcoming events, and fans can tune in to your show. Plus you get a free website listing as well as a magazine mailed to you!


The cost of the listing is only $60! To be included in our radio listings, just click on this link, complete the order form as directed and submit payment.


Deadline for the submission of your order with payment is March 15, 2013. Please contact us with any further questions at or 775-337-8626.


Thank you!  Your friends at the Blues Festival Guide



Born In Chicago is a soulful documentary film that chronicles a uniquely musical passing of the torch. It’s the story of first generation blues performers who had made their way to Chicago from the Mississippi Delta and their ardent and unexpected followers – young white, middle class kids who followed this evocative music to smoky clubs deep in Chicago’s ghettos. There, against all odds, they were encouraged by the greats who had became their musical mentors and learned the art of the blues at the feet the masters, going on to make the music their own. Passed down from musician to musician, the Chicago blues transcended the color lines of the 1960s as young, white Chicago musicians apprenticed themselves to legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.


Born In Chicago, five years in the making, will premiere at this year’s SXSW Music Festival with the debut screening set for Wednesday, March 13 at 2:00 PM at Austin’s Paramount Theater. Two additional SXSW screenings of Born In Chicago -- on Thursday, March 14 at 9:15 PM at SXSatellite/Alamo Village and on Friday, March 15 at 5:00 PM at Alamo Ritz -- have also been scheduled. The Friday screening will be preceded by a panel discussion at the Convention Center, starting at 3:30 PM, with participation by some of the film’s principals along with questions from the audience at 3:30 PM at the Convention Center.


Born In Chicago includes both performance and interview footage, vintage and current including on screen appearances from by Elvin Bishop, Michael Bloomfield, Eric Burdon, Paul Butterfield, Marshall Chess, Bob Dylan, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Sam Lay, Harvey Mandel, Steve Miller, Charlie Musselwhite, Keith Richards, Jim Schwall, Corky Siegel, Hubert Sumlin and Jack White.


The Chicago Blues Reunion, Goldberg, Gravenites, Mandel and Siegel’s touring group is presented as the latter day embodiment of the “bluesquake” movement that dates back to the 1960s. Gravenites, in fact, wrote the song from which the film’s title is derived. “Born In Chicago”* was recorded by The Paul Butterfield Blues band and included on their debut album in 1965 and is emblematic of the melding of the black blues tradition with rock ‘n’ roll that the film’s subtext. The Butterfield Band’s Mike Bloomfield, with whom Goldberg worked backing Bob Dylan as well as with their own band The Electric Flag, is seen as one of the prime exemplars of the white musicians who were smitten with the blues and set out, despite prejudice and the potential for physical harm, to seek it at its source.


So, though I personally could not find anything to report music wise from any Oscar nominees or winners, I did find a movie just released with something of bluesy merit. Although the soundtrack to the recently released Al Pacino/Christopher Walken movie Stand Up Guys features "two new and really bad Jon Bon Jovi acoustic numbers (probably inserted on the album with a crowbar to pacify some label exec)," reports Rev. Keith A.Gordon at Blues, "the producers were definitely going for a retro R&B vibe and included some cool music on the disc.


Alongside songs from throwback artists like Sharon Jones & the Daptones (pictured at rt) and Charles Bradley you'll find classic tunes from Muddy Waters, Elvin Bishop, and Sam & Dave. Gary Clark, Jr. makes an appearance on the Stand Up Guys soundtrack, and there are a few odd tracks from obscure artists, but otherwise it's not a bad way for a newcomer to be introduced to some fine R&B and blues. There isn't anything on the album that the hardcore blues fan doesn't have two (or three) versions of, but then again, they're not selling it to us, are they?" 


But there's always a convert in the wings...



 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

for reservations & info

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

Advertise with BFG



 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


Blues Society News


The Phoenix Blues Society presents the Blues Blast 2013 festival on Saturday, March 9th, at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, AZ (200 East Moreland St.). Appearing at Blues Blast 2013 will be The 44s, Shawn Pittman, Big Nick & The Gila Monsters, The Sugar Thieves, and the Bad News Blues Band. Gates open at 10 am and the show will start at 12 noon. More information here.


The Blues Blast Pre-Party will be Friday March 8th, at the Rhythm Room with Severn recording artist Mud Morganfield with the Rhythm Room All-Stars Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey.


There will also be an "after party" immediately after the fest at the Rhythm Room with a showcase and celebrity jam. Festival ticket stub holders can attend the after-party free of charge!

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

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:

Record Label News


Blind Pig Records will release new CDs from Southern Hospitality, Sena Ehrhardt, and The Cash Box Kings on March 12th, but you can get them now by ordering from our website.




Southern Hospitality is comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire JP Soars, and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright, a group of young musicians who are masters of their craft and embody the soul and spirit of Dixie.




The uniformly enthusiastic response to vocalist Sena Ehrhardt's brilliant 2012 Blind Pig debut recording, Leave The Light On, resulted in a number of awards and nominations and critical assessment like this from Jazz & Blues Report: "Make way for a rising star!"




On 2011's Holler And Stomp, the Kings' Blind Pig label debut, these illustrious torchbear­ers captured the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds of the 40's and 50's, while adding their own bravado, energy and freshness to the mix.

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 So. 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.outh

Video of The Week

T-Bone Walker - Live in UK circa 1966

(shoutout to Bob Corritore for turning us on to this video... enjoy!)



Elwood's BluesMobile


When guitar man Charles Baty, a.k.a. Little Charlie, retired from fronting the Nightcats, lead singer, songwriter, and harmonica man Rick Estrin was a little worried about keeping the music going. Well, with a few albums under his belt, he and the Nightcats are doing just fine.


Then, in the second hour of the program… a major figure in the British Blues scene, Ian Siegal took himself to North Mississippi to make a record with the movers and shakers of hill country blues. The result is called The Skinny.


Rick Estrin and the Nightcats PLUS British blues meets north Mississippi. 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 & don't see here or in

our online listings...

Please get us the info or POST


More Info


Winter Meltdown

& Saskatoon Blues Festival

Monday - Sunday

Feb. 25th - March 3rd 2013

 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada

Boquete Jazz & Blues 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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