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Blues Festival Guide

Date June 29, 2013

Volume 8/Issue 26


Greetings from your Editor...

BFG Facebook Contests

News Flash

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Show us your BFG

CD & DVD Releases

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

Greetings from your Editor...

Just keep truckin'...

I just returned from visiting my 91 year old lil' spitfire mama who has recovered nicely from a recent, mild (yet scary) heart attack. She and my "dad" just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. I was so glad to be able to slip away as it's been a whole year. Where does the time go one wonders? While there I got the sad news that Bobby "Blue" Band passed at 83 years. Cherish, yes, seize the moments. We never know what tomorrow brings.


July 1st is Canada Day and July 4th is the USA's Independence Day. Tons of blues type fests are going on this weekend through the 4th all the way from Finland to the UK to Austria to Italy as well as all across the USA and Eastern Canada! Wow! 


Blues birthdays of note: July 1st: Willie Dixon (at right 1915), James Cotton (1935), Dan Aykroyd (1952); Mississippi John Hurt (July 2, 1893); Champion Jack Dupree (July 4, 1910)


Talk to ya next week!

Your ever-grateful editor,

Michele Lundeen


Correction: Skip James was born June 9, 1902, not June 21st as a noted site had reported. Our apologies.


Remember, you can win some amazing things via our Facebook "Rewards Program like "Scream" Guitar, Michael Burks painting, CD packages, T-Shirts and more.

ALSO... Musicians! You can signup to upload a YouTube of your fave 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

(l-r) guitarist/harpman/vocalist Johnny R. Long, sensational singer/performer Sugaray Rayford of the Mannish Boys and phenomenal keyboard/vocalist Mike Finnegan at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival in Simi Valley, CA, May 25, 2013.


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:

Congrats to Pete Lindstrand for winning a pack of CDs from various artists including: Tweed Funk, Jay Gordon Band, The Randy Oxford Band, Delta Wires, Mark Robinson, Kelly Richey, Cassie Taylor, Alan Wilson, Kirby Sewell, Bernie Mora, Tangent and more.

Enjoy and thanks for being part of our Rewards Program on Facebook Pete.

Team BFG


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 One of Our Top Fans 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"


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


NEW Top Fan Reward ...Bluezzee-Tee!

Be sure to JOIN Our Rewards Program for your chance to WIN this Bluezzee-Tee! (see graphic at rt)


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


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

Mike Zito :: GONE TO TEXAS

Gone to Texas is the solo label debut CD from singer/guitarist Mike Zito. Also along for the ride are special guests Delbert McClinton on vocals and harmonica, Sonny Landreth on guitar, Susan Cowsill on vocals and Lewis Stephens (Delbert McClinton, Freddie King) on keyboards. Zito expertly matches them with his core band, The Wheel: Jimmy Carpenter – sax and guitars; Rob Lee – drums; and Scot Sutherland – bass. The result effectively announces one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated new releases of the year.


Recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, Gone to Texas was produced by the Beaumont, Texas-based Zito and engineered by long-time New Orleans notable David Ferrell, giving the album’s mix a decided Crescent City bent, while embracing Mike’s Texas blues and roots influences. The lead-off title track is an autobiographical tale of redemption and catharsis for Zito, who literally lived the tale, with a bit of an Allman Brothers musical twinge. “Rainbow Bridge,” aided and abetted by some killer Sonny Landreth guitar work and soulful Susan Cowsill vocals, sounds like a long-lost Little Feat song. On “The Road Never Ends,” Zito cranks things into the stratosphere with a sonic blast of electric slide guitar and blistering vocals, accompanied on vocals and harmonica by McClinton. “Subtraction Blues” deals with a man whose dealings with his woman “just don’t add up,” spiced with a funky Second Line feel. “Take It Easy, “one of the two non-originals on the CD, is Zito’s soothing take on the McClinton-penned ballad. The other cover is Mike’s unique version of Beaumont’s own Blind Willie Johnson’s “Let Your Love Shine on Me,” which closes the album.


Make no mistake about it, Gone to Texas IS a very special – and personal – album for Mike Zito.


Click to play "Gone To Texas"

More Info...

 Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans ::  GREAT DAY IN THE MORNINGs

Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, offer a good-time mix of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, and more great American roots ’n’ roll. This great new CD, Great Day In The Morning (2013). joins Traveling Fool (2011), Stuck With The Blues (2010), and Le Blues Hot (2008).


Brad Vickers learned on the job playing, touring, and recording with America’s blues and roots masters: Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LaBeef, Rosco Gordon, and Pinetop Perkins—with whom Brad had the good fortune to play on the Grammy-nominated discs, Born in the Delta (Telarc) and Ladies’ Man (MC)—to name just a few.


Brad comes from the Pine Barrens of Long Island’s rural East End. He is the scion of a musical family from the Pine Barrens of Chintoteague, Virginia,

where his grandfather played lap steel and drums.


Click to play "Train Goin' Westward Bound"

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.


Farewell to Bobby "Blue" Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland, one of the great voices of our time, passed away June 23, 2013 at the age of 83. 


A stalwart of blues, soul and rhythm & blues, in the 50s and 60s Bland was "one of the main creators of the modern soul-blues sound." What an inspiration he has been to so many. Below is a portion of a fitting tribute from lifelong fan Rev. Billy C. Wirtz:


Further On Up the Road

A Farewell to Bobby “Blue” Bland


He never became a household name like his best friend and former band mate B.B. King did. Ask folks on the street and one in fifty might know the name, but one of America’s greatest singers and Blues artists passed away last night at the age of 83.


Bobby “Blue” Bland was born Robert Calvin Bland in January 16, 1930, in the crossroads town of Rosemark, TN. His musical career began like most Black singers of that era, in the church. Till the end of his days he would still love the hard driving, impassioned screams of Archie Brownlee and The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi and the transcendent, other-worldly harmonies of the old school quartets like The Highway Q.C.’s, The Caravans and The Soul Stirrers (the group that gave us Sam Cooke and Johnny Taylor). His own career began with The Beale Streeters (a group that included Johnny Ace, Roscoe Gordon and B.B. King) in 1952 with "I.O.U. Blues."


Back in the early fifties when he first recorded, Blues was still characterized by a coolness and detachment on the part of the singer. Bland brought the fire of the pulpit to the stages of the Apollo, The Howard and a thousand forgotten juke joints along the Chitlin Circuit. He would go on to record a string of number one hits through the fifties, sixties, seventies and even into the eighties.


Find the entire eulogy by Rev. Bily C. Wirtz highligted on our Facebook pg...



LD3 Media Group Helps to Connect the Blues

LD3 Media Group began operations on January 1st, 2012. LD3 Media Group brings together a rich history in internet product marketing, offline marketing, passionate website designers and mobile app developers.


Darrell Hein, President, started online marketing in 2000 and by 2007, began offering his knowledge and experience to other businesses and individuals. By 2011, the company began offering website design and consulting, social media marketing, mobile website and mobile app design.


LD3 Media Group is on a mission to help individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs and organizations understand the ever-changing, complex social media and mobile world that we live in today. It is our goal to keep things simple.


Enough about us. What about you? Are you an individual, business owner, entrepreneur or organization needing help with:

• Branding • Website Development • Smartphone Marketing

• Social Media Contests • Email Campaigns and eBlasts

...No problem. We are here to help! Our team solves problems for you in a professional and cost efficient way.


“LD3 Media Group has done a tremendous job helping me promote my upcoming event, “Sin City Soul and Blues Revival”. - Terry O’Halloran


If you would like to know more about our services and what we can do to help, contact:

LD3 Media Group


Scream Guitars can be Customized with your Logo or Art

The Perfect Gift or Award for any Celebration

Scream Guitars are playable guitars and basses that are wrapped, engraved or hand-painted with artwork of your choosing, including logos, photos, paintings, tattoo reproductions … and any other graphic you might imagine or desire.


Envision a custom, electric guitar with the entire face portraying - in vivid color - your company logo, a photo of your band, the colors and emblem of your favorite sports team, your tattoo, or a collectible piece of original art. Scream Guitars provides you with that custom designed instrument, at a price below those of other handmade and individually designed guitars.


Our customers include bands, record labels, bars and restaurants, corporations that use them for employee awards and client gifts, retail stores, sports teams, rock band fan groups and many more. Scream Guitars offers its own stock designs, as well as custom designs of your choosing.



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Celebrate the 25th Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia in 2014

 “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!


Video of The Week

"Goin' Down Slow"    Bobby "Blue" Bland      R.I.P June 23, 2013


Click Here for video... Photo by Marilyn Stringer

Buddy and Hopkins

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

Elwood's BluesMobile

JJ Grey & Mofro

The Florida swamp rocker is back, with his first CD since the great 2010 album, Georgia Warhorse. That would be JJ Grey and his killer band, Mofro. The CD is called This River.


JJ Grey hops inside the Blu Mo with Elwood Blues. Next time, on the Bluesmobile.




For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here

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



June 26th-30th 2013

Järvenpää, Finland

Torrita Blues Festival 2013 25° edition


June 27th-28th 2013

Torrita di Siena, Italy

Blues From The Top XI Festival


June 27th-30th 2013

Winter Park, Colorado USA

North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic


June 28th-29th 2013

Waterford, Mississippi USA

Mystic Blues Festival


June 28th-30th 2013

Mystic, Connecticut USA

Dundee Blues Bonanza


June 28th-30th 2013

Dundee, United Kingdom

Fenelon Falls Blues Festival


June 28th-30th 2013

City of Kawartha Lakes

Ontario, Canada

Bear Creek Blues Fest


June 29th 2013

Slater, Missouri USA

Mohawk Valley Blues Festival


June 29th 2013

Frankfort, New York USA

Blues from the Top


June 29th-30th 2013 

Winter Park, Colorado USA

Acoustique Festival


June 29th-30th 2013

Vienna, Austria

B.B. King Homecoming Festival


July 3rd 2013

Indianola, Mississippi USA


Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival


July 4th 2013

Topeka, Kansas USA



July 4th-6th 2013

Lincoln, Nebraska USA

Waterfront Blues Festival


July 4th-7th 2013

Portland, Oregon USA

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival


July 4th-6th 2013

Davenport, Iowa USA

Thunder Bay Blues Festival


July 5th-7th 2013

Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

Tremblant International Blues Festival


July 5th-14th 2013

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Canada

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.


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