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Blues Festival Guide

Date June 14, 2013

Volume 8/Issue 24


Greetings from your Editor...

BFG Facebook Contests

News Flash

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

Show us your BFG

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Greetings from your Editor...

Give your daddy the blues...

Sunday, June 16th is Father's Day, a day we celebrate father, papa, pops, dad, daddy, daddio, your old man and baby daddies (well, maybe), for their love, strength, guidance, humor and more... and don't forget those sugar daddies... they need love, too! Oh, I suppose godfathers should get some props, too.


There are many men who have been rewarded the title of "father" in the world of music... for instance: W.C. Handy is widely known as the "Father of The Blues," Son House, "Father of The Delta Blues," Muddy Waters, "Father of Modern Chicago Blues," Ray Charles is referred to as the "Father of Soul"... and James Brown as the "Godfather of Soul.") 


Maybe you'd like to put on some blues and soul and throw a party on the patio for a deserving daddio... or, you could even treat him to a festival! 


June 14th is Flag Day, a day for Americans to celebrate and show respect for their flag. Here's a little history mixed in with your blues and "fathers": Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington, a "founding father" known as the "Father of our Country." In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the country's first flag and the rest is history....


Blues birthdays of note: "Queen" Sylvia Embry (June 14, 1941), Junior Walker (June 14, 1931), Jimmy Cheatham (June 18, 1924), Jerry "Boogie" McCain (June 19, 1930), Helen Humes (June 20, 1913), Lazy Lester (June 20, 1933, pictured at right)


Celebrate the legacy of fathers...


Talk to ya next week!

Your ever-grateful editor,

Michele Lundeen


Correction: A thousand pardons to the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival for accidently linking their banner ad to the wrong location last week. It's been corrected. You can find them at


Remember, you can win some amazing things via our Facebook "Rewards Program like the Las Vegas "Sin City Soul & Blues Revival" package worth $1550, CD packages and more. ALSO... Musicians! You can signup to upload a YouTube of your fav song to be considered for our digital magazine theme song! See details this issue.


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

Show us your BFG

Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

Thanks to blues fans Ted Beecher and Judy McDonough (left) from Moundsville, WV, for sharing this BFG moment while attending the Canton Blues Fest, June 7-8, in Canton, Ohio


Email your fave photos with caption and credit to



You can also enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on the cover at left to check out the online digital version!


If you'd like a hard copy to have and to hold, check with your local blues society or look for one at a blues festival or... you can find order information here.

BFG Facebook Contests

Congrats to our Top Fan this Week!

One of our Top 25 Fans has a chance to win a "Five CD’s Package!"

Latest CD Package winner: Kathy Rankin

You too can win a set of 5 CD’s by Various Blues Artists by being one of our Top 25 Fans of the week! We will be selecting One Top Fan each week.


More Upcoming Rewards...

*Be our Top Fan for the Month of June for a chance to win this Custom Blues Festival Guide Scream Guitar

This customized electric from Scream Guitars is a playable electric guitar wrapped with the Blues Festival Guide logo. It features a solid body basswood...maple neck and rosewood fretted finger board, three single coil pickups and standard hardware.


Our Top Fan of the month of June that will win the guitar will be announced on July 1st, 2013.



*Be Our Top Fan for the Month of July for a chance to win the "Arkansas Rumble" painting! 

"Arkansas Rumble" is roots artist Lennie Jones' tribute to the late wonderful guitarist Michael Burks...It measures 22" X 28", acrylic on canvas. Original, never reproduced. Lennie can furnish a National Registry Certificate of Authenticity.


"Michael was such a gifted intense humble master Blues musician whom I greatly admired on every level. I had met and painted the "Iron Man" several times and did this painting the week he passed away. Photo is of the last time I saw Michael....Bluesed & Blessed, Lennie"


Our Top Fan of the month of July that will win the painting will be announced on Aug 1st, 2013. 


Go to our Facebook Page "Like" us and click the Rewards button.


Attention Musicians/Bands! We're Looking for a Theme Song for our Blues Festival Guide Digital Magazine

Attention Musician/Bands - Your song could be the theme song on our Digital Magazine! LIKE" us at, "and then click on "Theme Song Music Contest" to enter your video. Then direct your friends/fans to the contest page where they'll click the "vote" tab to see all the videos and be able to vote for you.

Contest Runs May 15th – June 30th, 2013


Blues Festival Digital Magazine “Theme Song” Contest official rules:

The Artist's song with the most votes receives Four Months of having their song featured as our digital magazine theme song which is linked from our Top Ranking Blues Website The Artist and Song with the most Votes Wins!


Who may enter: This contest is open to anyone 18 years old or older. See complete rules at the official entry form.




CD & DVD Releases

Johnny "V" Vernazza :: LIONS AND THIEVES

Slide guitar master, Johnny “V” Vernazza has just released his second solo album, Lions and Thieves. Best known for his work with the Elvin Bishop Band in the 1970’s that led to 6 albums, Gold Records, endless touring and the #3 song in the nation by 1974, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love, Vernazza has also played guitar with some of the biggest names in music, from Van Morrison to the Grateful Dead.


Vernazza has spent decades on stages big and small around the world, honing his craft and this album is the culmination of that experience. Now more than a decade into his solo career, his new album, Lions and Thieves, delivers on the promise of a lifetime in music. Ten of the 14 tracks are penned by Vernazza plus one co-wrote with keyboardist, Mark Bentley.


Ably backed by bassist Jim Reeves, drummer Brian Cantrell and keyboardist Mark Bentley, the album’s 14 tracks cover a lot of ground. Indeed, Vernazza may be considered to be one of the finest blues and slide guitar players going today, but his sound is expansive. Vernazza's blues varies, from the sweet soul-edge to rockin', to down and dirty and always "slidin'."


While the albums core group are all seasoned veterans, Vernazza also called in a few friends like Elvin Bishop, Charlie Daniels and Albert Lee to help in the creation of Lions and Thieves. There's something for everyone here.


Click to play "Slide This"

More Info..


Blues, roots, rock singer Kristen Thien, delivers her first solo album. Accompanied only by her guitar, Kirsten Thien Solo Live from The Meisenfrei Blues Club, was recorded in Bremen, Germany and features a compelling and eclectic mix of solo acoustic arrangements. Songs run deep in Thien's catalog and branch out into fun covers of Bob Dylan, Sippie Wallace, Elvin Bishop, Bill Withers, B.B. King, Freddie King and even Sheryl Crow.


Rarely does a major talent like Kirsten Thien come along with the vocal chops and ability to express the profound feelings of women. When it is accomplished so effortlessly with grace, intelligence and artistry, it is a musical event of major importance to be celebrated and further anticipated.


Like a comet, vivacious singer Kirsten Thien has blazed across the firmament with a series of gender and genre-smashing albums featuring electric backing while laying claim as the new “wild woman of the blues.” With her first live solo album she now adds “woman with guitar” in the manner of legendary Memphis Minnie, taking a spellbound audience on a musical journey through the rigors of life and romantic love with 16 originals and poignant covers.



Click to play "A Woman Knows"

More Info...

News Flash

Buddy Guy to Headline Pre-Festival Concert July 19 and Dr. John to Headline the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival coming Aug 16-17


The Summer of 2013 will be known as the Summer of Music in Jackson. With the overwhelming popularity of six-time Grammy Award Winner and the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Buddy Guy, this premiere artist will headline the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-Festival Concert at the Mississippi Coliseum on Friday, July 19th, 2013. Joining Buddy Guy will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Percy Sledge. Kicking off the evening will be Canadian International artist, Shakura S’Aida and Grammy nominated and Blues Music Award Winner, Ruthie Foster.


Tickets for the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-Festival Concert are $30, $45 and $60 and are available through Ticketmaster and the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office.


The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival will premiere on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on August 16th and 17th, 2013. The event will be headlined by six-time Grammy Award Winner Dr. John and the Nite Trippers and the hit making music band, Mint Condition. This two-day festival will feature over 30 of the best rhythm and blues artists assembled in the Southeast.


Friday gen. tickets are $35 and gates open at 5 pm Saturday gen tickets are $45 and gates open at 1 pm. A limited number of weekend passes good for both days are available for $65. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Mississippi Blues Commission Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund


Click here for the complete lineup of the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival and more information or Facebook and TwitterClick here for more information on the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, or 601-960-1891.


First-Ever Teen Blues Trio, Chase Walker Band, to Perform at Vans Warped Tour


LOS ANGELES – Teen trio Chase Walker Band are too young to drive their tour bus, but they play the Blues like old souls. Out of hundreds of bands that submitted to the L.A. County Fair’s Battle of the Bands, the group was chosen as one of eight finalists and earned a spot to perform at this year’s Vans Warped Tour in Pomona, California on June 20.


The Chase Walker Band preserves the Blues timeless style while propelling it forward. Lead guitarist/vocalist Chase Walker, age 14, channels the spirit of his influences Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa and Stevie Ray Vaughan pouring out haunting guitar licks and soulful vocals well beyond his years. Not bad for a young man who first picked up a guitar just three short years ago.


Backing Walker are drummer Matt Fyke and bassist Randon Davitt, ages 14 and 15. Fyke ushers a white-hot rhythm section akin to John Bonham and Mitch Mitchell, while Davitt, on Bass, brings a funky upbeat energy to the band. One thing all three have in common is a commanding stage performance that belies their youth.


“You know the Blues is alive and well," Walker said about the upcoming gig, "when you think about thousands of kids in this huge festival enjoying the Blues, some for the first time, that’s pretty cool.."


The Chase Walker Band performs in front of 15,000+ Vans Warped Tour attendees on June 20, 2013 in Pomona, California.

For more information click here...


Military families get Free Admission through Labor Day

The 2013 season of Blue Star Museums is off to a fantastic start with more than 2,000 art centers, museums, and exhibits offering FREE entrance for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families (up to five members) from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


The Delta Blues Museum and B.B. King Museum are participating as well as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN.


Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and museums across the country.


More detailed info and location map here...


After 7 years Jonny Lang is set to release new album in September

Bman's Blues Report - It’s been seven years since Jonny Lang released a new studio album, but the wait is almost finally over. Lang has signed a new recording deal with the Mascot Label Group and will release “Fight For My Soul” - the follow up to his Grammy Award Winning 2006 album “Turn Around”, in the UK and Europe on Monday 2nd September.


Lang has been working on the release for three years with Producer Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton’s Grammy winning “Change the World.” The duo collaborated on the project from the ground up.


Jonny will be in London 25th-26th June for interviews and will perform a rare concert at the London Borderline on 3rd October - his first UK concert in over a decade.

Read full story here...


Delta Blues Museum's Youth Program is Recognized

CLARKSDALE, MS -  The Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education Program has been chosen for recognition as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist for the museum's work in providing "rich arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people."


The awards program is an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH).  The President's Committee partners with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to administer the program. 

Read more here...


Start Planning for the 25th Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia

 “So there you have it, five glorious days of beautiful music in one of the greatest environs of its kind on the planet!” Dan Condon – Time Off 


(Byron Bay, Australia) Bluesfest 

2013 – held over Easter long 

weekend was a triumph of music and cultural experiences. Heralded as "The Best Ever" in its 24 year history, Bluesfest saw over 128 bands deliver nearly 200 performances on seven stages!


Over 104,000 attendees enjoyed the music extravaganza as well as 51 market stalls and 43 food stalls, handpicked for their locally produced, organic and sustainable wares, Q&A’s with the artists, a roving lantern parade, kids activities and dance performances, turning the Bluesfest 2013 into an unforgettable 5 day fiesta experience.


So who and what now for 2014?

Well it’s onwards and upwards as Bluesfest celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a line-up potentially bigger than ever before. Our Bluesfest audience thinks so too .... with over 40% of tickets already sold.


One thing is for sure, Bluesfest NEVER rests on its laurels. We're always looking to bring the best of blues, roots, rock, reggae, soul and jazz to the Bluesfest spiritual home at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, Australia.


For more information about packages to the event, contact Down Under Answers. 800-889-1464


*The Blues Festival Guide is going to Byron Bay Blues Fest in 2014… Please come with us! Call Linda/Down Under Answers to find out about special group rates for our blues family.


Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #21 & #22

Soldout Join Waitlists Below


Oct. 18~25, 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan on Holland America ms Maasdam. Fort Lauderdale to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, MX.




LRBC #22 Eastern Caribbean, January 19~26, 2014 

LRBC #22, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Maarten, St. Thomas/St. John & Turks & Caicos on the Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV, is SOLDOUT ~ JOIN WAITLIST


Here's the link. If you experience problems signing up for the waitlist online, you may also call our office at 816-753-7979. BUT... you will be able to secure a higher spot on the list by using the online system as the phone lines become very busy so it becomes difficult to get through right away. Thank you in advance for your patience!


See or (816) 753-7979 for reservations & info

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


Blues Society News

Spirit of Kansas Blues fest ~ 

For the fourth year in a row, the Topeka Blues Society will present a stellar line-up of internationally-renowned artists at its Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival at Lake Shawnee, Reynolds Lodge, (3315 SW Tinman Circle, Topeka, Kansa), Thursday, July 4th. There is no admission charge for the festival which will start at noon and present continuous music between two stages until 9 pm. The traditional fireworks spectacular will occur after dark.


Video of The Week

Sena Ehrhardt & Ed Ehrhardt "Baby Valentine" (live video +interview)

Click Photo for video...

Buddy and Hopkins

Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?

Elwood's BluesMobile

A Father's Day Celebration with Dads, Sons, Daughters...

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Well, let’s find out shall we? Celebrate Father’s Day by giving a listen to Blues fathers, sons and daughters.


Dads… sons…daughters. A Father’s Day celebration, next time in The Bluesmobile.



Zakiya Hooker and her father, John Lee Hooker



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Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Festival Calendar
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If you host or know of a Blues Festival & don't see here or in our online listings...


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More Info

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend


June 13th-16th 2013

Eureka Springs, Arkansas USA

Lehigh River Blues Jam


June 13th-15th 2013

Catasauqua, Pennsylvania USA

The 2013 Diggle Blues Festival


June 13th-16th 2013

Saddleworth, United Kingdom

Bentonia Blues Festival


June 15th 2013

Bentonia, Mississippi USA

Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival


June 14th-16th 2013

Hot Springs, Virginia USA

Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival


June 14th-15th 2013

Monroe, Wisconsin USA

Smokin' on the River


June 14th-15th 2013

Jeffersonville, Indiana USA

Blues on the Fox


June 14th-15th 2013

Aurora, Illinois USA

Dry Bones Blues Festival X


June 15th 2013

Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival


June 15th-16th 2013

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA

Bridges Bikes and Blues


June 15th 2013

Eaton, Ohio USA

5th Annual Silver Spring

Blues Festival 


June 15th 2013

Silver Spring, Maryland USA


Jersey Gumbo Cook off and Music Festival


June 15th 2013

Somers Point, New Jersey USA

Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival


June 15th-16th 2013

Isleton, California USA

Alpine Country Blues Festival


June 15th 2013

Alpine, Arizona USA

The Catfish Blues Festival


June 16th 2013

Lakeport, California USA

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