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Blues Festival Guide

Mar 15, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  11


Greetings From Your Editor...

Show Us Your BFG


Blues Society News

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Video of The Week

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists

CD & DVD Releases

Advertise with BFG

Calling all Blues Societies...

Help Raise The Roof

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Greetings From Your Editor...

Here's a Health on to Ye!

So, let's see if we can guess what's cookin' this weekend ...corned beef and cabbage? Oh, how predictable we can be! The wearing of the green and pretendin' to be Irish fer a day (except fer you real Irish folk)! Yes, St. Patrick's Day is Sunday Mar 17. Last year I was in NYC and among other things, took a cool photo of young men hanging on a giant green Gumby (see below). When our kids were little my sister and I would have a family breakfast and make green pancakes and green milk for the lil' darlins'... and they loved it (well, the green milk was a stretch!)


What's on tap for you shamrocks? Well, there's the Steel City Blues Fest in Pennslyvania and "Cused of The Blues in New Mexico for starters (see Festival listings this issue) and a mini-fest in Rentiesville. St. Paddy's weekend is always a cause for celebrating. Where are the Irish Blues bands or more Green-Blues parties you ask? Well check your local listings and if you end up with a super festive photo, send it to me!


This week maybe you can find a Leprechaun to hug. Not only will you get some excercise running the lil' bugger down but just think of how cool it would be to see the look on 'is face if ya did!


Here's a health on to ye! Your ever-grateful editor... Michele Lundeen


If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can  find back issues in our archives on our website!


Correction: Oh sure, I saw a few things, but I love this when it's blank.

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

Show Us Your BFG



Well, this week it's show us your G-U-M-B-Y! HA! Happy St. Paddy's Day from Gumby and the boys of NYC.


Photo: Michele O'Lundeen circa 2012 St. Patick's Day, New York's Central Park


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

From Blues Festival Guide publisher, Kaati:

Attention Blues Festival Promoters: RAISE THE ROOF

Here is a unique opportunity for you to get yourself and your festival attendees involved with the exciting Blues Foundation's RAISE THE ROOF: Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame


The Blues Hall of Fame pays tribute to the greatest of the genre and educates new people about the genre. The Blues Foundation has been inducting people into the Blues Hall of Fame for years; it was a simple evening with web presence. Nothing permanent. But now we need physical presence.


We are working with the Blues Foundation and a myriad of artists and organizations to spread the word about this noble cause. Because we are right in the middle of preparing for festival season, this is the perfect time for you to get involved as well and it requires just a small amount of effort.


Here is a link with more details about the Blues Hall of Fame campaign. Our goal is to help raise awareness (this is where you come in) in order to raise funds to reach the goal of 3.5 million. We know you are busy with your event but here are some easy, quick and free ways you can get the word out about this worthwhile campaign.



What you can do: Add Blues Hall of Fame logo to your website

- Add BHF banner ad to your website - Include BHF ad in your Program

- MC announcements from stage - Pass out brochure to your attendees


Please make a commitment to this cause and let’s use the momentum of the festival season to create awareness! How does someone donate? Donate onlineCall me if you want to share ideas or to get an ad for your website or program.



775 337 8626 or

CD & DVD Releases

Doug MacLeod :: THERE'S A TIME

There’s a Time is the Reference Records label debut of blues/roots singer-songwriter Doug MacLeod. Produced by MacLeod and Janice Mancuso and recorded at Skywalker Sound, the “baker’s dozen” tracks on showcase MacLeod's soulful vocals and trademark guitar sound backed by Denny Croy on bass and Jimi Bott on drums. The trio was recorded live with no overdubs.


Doug MacLeod's unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style was put to great use playing on a variety of guitars like a National M-1 Tricone, a Gibson C-100 FE and a National Style “O”. Listening to the songs on There’s a Time is also like attending a master class on storytelling, as MacLeod weaves tales that are visceral, insightful and often humorous.


In a career that spans over 30 years, Doug MacLeod has recorded 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD. His songs have been covered by Grammy-nominated artists and have been featured in many TV movies, and the TV series, “In the Heat of the Night.”


There's A Time is available on CD and a vinyl two-LP set.


Listen to "Rosa Lee"

Click for more info

Rev. Jimmie Bratcher :: SECRETLY FAMOUS

Secretly Famous is the latest CD from the blues-rock singer/guitarist Rev Jimmie Bratcher. The album was produced by multi-Grammy-winner Jim Gaines and recorded at his Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, Tennessee.


Secretly Famous is my seventh album but I really feel like it’s my first,” says Bratcher. “This album is different for me because I went further back into my roots than on any of my other albums, back to a time before I became “The Rev.” 


Secretly Famous features an even-dozen tracks including 10 originals and two scintillating covers: The Rev’s boogie-in’ take on John D. Loudermilk’s classic “Tobacco Road;” and a beautiful reading of the Association’s ‘60s hit, “Never My Love,” that brings a new depth of feeling and emotion to the song. Another track of note is “Check Your Blues at the Door,” an original blues shuffle destined to become a fan favorite and blues lover’s anthem.


Listen "Check Your Blues At The Door"

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World Famous McCabe’s Concert Hall and Lecture Series to feature Lawrence Lebo March 22 and March 24


“Some people are blessed, it’s that simple. When you hear one note of B.B. King’s guitar, you know it’s him. The same thing goes for Lawrence Lebo, a woman blessed with not just a great voice, high toned and beautiful, but with a sense of musicality that is definitely one of a kind...”

- Ian McHugh, Host of “Blues is Truth,” UK


Well known and coveted in eclectic circles for her hybrid blues styling’s, Ms. Lawrence Lebo delivers much, much more than you’re traditional bar band. On Friday, March 22, at 8 pm Lawrence Lebo brings her inimitable style of blues and roots music to McCabe’s Guitar Shop (3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405). McCabe’s “concert hall” is one of L.A.’s treasures where countless legends have performed. Tickets for the concert are $15 at McCabe’s online or call (310) 828-4497.


The March 22nd concert follows on the heels of the wide, international success of her latest CD release, The Best Of Don’t Call Her Larry: Blues Mix, which earned its place on the CMJ, RMR Blues, and the Canadian Earshot music charts.


On Sunday, March 24, Ms. Lebo will also be teaching a one day Blues & Rock Vocal Workshop at McCabe’s Guitar Shop at 1 pm. Lawrence is listed as a blues educator with The Blues Foundation. Register here


Lawrence Lebo can be found at

Winner of the 2012 Blues411 “Jimi” Award for Best Vocalist.



Bluesfest is celebrating it's 24th Anniversary as Australia's premier multi-award winning and international renowned Blues and Roots Festival, from Thursday 28 March - Monday 1 April 2013 at its permanent home at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just 8 km north of Byron Bay.


Bluesfest is an amazing opportunity to experience some of the world’s the world’s biggest names in blues, roots, soul, gospel, R&B in one of the world’s most picturesque settings. This year’s lineup includes an incredible array of artists who are on track to deliver another red-hot festival experience. Recent Grammy award recipients Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Cliff and Bonnie Raitt are performing, plus internationally renowned icons Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Ben Harper and Santana are on the schedule, with many more.


With attendances reaching over 114,000 over the five days, the Bluesfest experience encompasses not only a dazzling line up of music but also an abundance of food and market stalls, an undercover food court, four licensed bars, a beer garden, CD Store, camping on site, general store, convenient car parking, shuttle bus service to Byron and surrounding towns, kids activities and more.


Down Under Answers are here to ensure you can experience Byron Bay at its most vibrant. Visit or call 800-788-6685 for details.



The Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the 2013 Fountain City Arts Festival, it will honor internationally known blues performer Debbie Bond and the Alabama Blues Project. The Alabama Blues Project was founded for the purpose of promoting and preserving Alabama blues through a wide range of music educational programs.

Each year the Prattville Arts Council honors a person or group who has made a significant contribution to the creative or performing arts in Alabama.


The Honoree Dinner will be held on Friday, March 22, at the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville. This evening of the blues will begin with a reception and silent auction at 6 pm with entertainment by a jazz ensemble, followed by a gourmet dinner, more music and guest speakers for a tribute to the honoree.


The 8th Annual Fountain City Arts Festival will be held Saturday, March 23, from 9 am-5 pm in historic, downtown Prattville. This free, family friendly festival will be held at Pratt Park, named America’s Favorite Park by the Coca Cola Company in its recent nationwide contest. Performers include Festival Honoree Debbie Bond and her blues band as well as entertainment by other regional entertainers. Artists from throughout the Southeast will exhibit fine arts and crafts from custom hand-made jewelry to electric cigar box guitars, and more. There will also be a Children’s Creative Pavilion and play area and a wide variety of festival foods.



More Info...


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














From the Ashland, Oregon area emerges the Legendary Good Times. With a sound reminiscent of smoky blues clubs and hypnotic riffs, they resurrect the good old days before techno funk and vinyl scratching. Matty J carries vocals with the gravelly strength of class blues singers. Backed by Mark Anderson on drums and Dave Moore on bass and keys, the trio creates a strong club ambiance and ranks #4 on the ReverbNation Rock charts in Medford, Oregon.The band also catches elements of hard rock, soul, and southern rock.

Check them out on Facebook or ReverbNation.



 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 soon!


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 Capital Region Blues Network is holding its 3rd Annual Blues Bash Fundraiser, Friday, March 22nd at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille (27 Fuller Rd., Albany, NY). Scotty Mac and the Rockin’ Bonnevilles are the featured performers, with Holly & Evan opening the evening. Doors open at 7 pm.


Admission is $5 for Blues Network members and $10 for non-members. Any member who recruits a new member that pays their dues on the night of the show (or before) will be admitted for free. Membership can be purchased online at


The Blues Network runs the area’s longest continuously running blues jam (nearly 20 years) and is still going strong at the Fuller Roadhouse Grill on Sunday nights. In addition, CRBN runs a Blues In The Schools programs to educate students about the history and cultural importance of the blues, and a Generation Blues program to expose younger players to the joy of playing live blues on stage.


More information about the Capital Region Blues Network can be found online at or by writing to

Get the Blues Festival Magazine via your local Blues Society!

The Blues Festival Guide magazine comes out the third week in April each year. You can pick one up from your local Blues Society or you can order a copy to be mailed to you for a fee. 

Click here for details

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:

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. Do what you can. Help 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. Or Mail check to: The Blues Foundation

421 So. Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464.

3. Or 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

Video of The Week

Rory Gallagher Live



Elwood's BluesMobile


Blues man Corey Harris tracked the blues from Mississippi to Mali. Now he is back home, to track the blues in his own hometown in Virginia. Corey Harris, roots scholar, roots player. His new one is Fulton Blues.


Then, in the second hour of the program… Curtis Salgado was a prime inspiration for the Blues Brothers. On the heels of winning the 2012 Blues Music Award as best soul blues artist, Curtis' latest album is called Soul Shot, backed by the hottest funk combo out there, the Phantom Blues Band.


Corey Harris and his guitar, live in the studio PLUS a righteous shot of soul from Curtis Salgado. 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


Steel City Blues Festival


March 15th-17th 2013

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

'Cused of the Blues


March 16th 2013

Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta


March 22nd-24th

San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

Centenary Blues Bash


March 22nd-23rd 2013

Hackettstown, New Jersey USA

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

George's Music Springing the Blues Festival


April 5th-7th 2013

Jacksonville Beach, Florida USA

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 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


Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 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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