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Blues Festival Guide
Date Aug 15, 2013
Volume 8/Issue 33
Greetings from your Editor...
Rich with blues... 

The blues does not discriminate between love or money, time or space. Brownie McGee once warned, "If you lose your money, please don't lose your mind." Son House figured out, "If I don't go crazy, I will surely lose my mind." Evil lurks among the good... it's just life and sometimes our desires can get the best of us.
On August 16, 1896 gold was discovered along the Klondike and Yukon River in Canada. The news triggered a "stampede" of would-be prospectors and 100,000 headed to the area to get rich. Towns sprung up, a significant one being Dawson Creek. Among many pitfalls, (like people going mad), the first major fire was started accidentally by (apparently quick tempered) dance-hall girl Belle Mitchell who threw a lantern at a woman. She also accidentally started a second major fire a year later (yes, another lantern-tantrum) which destroyed a total of 40 buildings. A newspaper article stated that 2,000 men "worked like Trojans to put the fire out!" A poignant visualization. Many of the towns people had to live in tents the rest of the winter. Now that's an evil gal!
Sing it Belle... "I'm an evil gal, don't you mess with me. I'll empty your pockets and fill you full of misery." Skip James might answer, "I'd rather be the devil than be that woman' man." Sonny Terry's parting words? "I was burned once in 1944, but woman I ain't gonna let that happen no more. I'm a burnt child, and I'm afraid of fire." 
Money, love? Everyone needs it to some degree and, yes, those things don't change much with time. Some search for the pie-in the-sky and some set the world on fire (but not always in a good way). Music can often heal the lovesick or take our mind off that dollar-desperation. Some just deal with it like Rabbit Brown... "I've done seen better days but I'm putting up with these."
Blues makes me feel rich and gives me hope... what about you?
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
CD & DVD Releases
Dana Fuchs :: BLISS AVENUE
New York-based blues-rock singer Dana Fuchs has released Bliss Avenue on Ruf Records. The follow-up to her 2011 label debut, Love to Beg, Bliss Avenue showcases Dana’s magnificent pipes in all their power-edged, soulful glory, laying bare her innermost feelings with provocative and thought-provoking lyrics, backed by an incendiary band led by her long-time wingman and guitarist, Jon Diamond.
All of the songs on the new album were co-written by Dana and Jon and continue to explore areas that are very personal to her, yet universal in their appeal and substance. “If there’s one line that sounds thrown away or dialed in, it has to be redone,” says Dana. “Every word needs to express the emotion of the song or no one will get it and that leaves me cold.” Read all about it here
Click to play "Bliss Avenue'"
Swaggering musicians have posed as ramblers, desperados, outlaws and bad dudes. But heavyweight bluesman RB Stone was an authentic cowboy and his muscular music bucks hard and shoots straight. He has notched countless accolades and accomplishments in a variety of genres and his 16th album, Loosen Up, shows the extraordinary singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonicist in the company of ace producer and drummer Tom Hambridge. The combination is flint on steel for a blues-busting blowout.
Along with Hambridge, Robert Britt (lead guitar), Tommy McDonald (bass) and Jefferson Jarvis (piano, organ) play like their hair is on fire on ten original numbers.
Click to play "Long Gone Lonesome Blues'"
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Top Fans Have an Assortment of Things to Win!
Congratulations to Michael Henry (Week 8/9/13) for winning the Five CD Package 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.
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Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc at the Blue Star Music Festival, August 3, in Littleton, CO. Amy had presented the festival with a check for $1200 that day. Beautiful Amy... from the heart!
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You can enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on cover at right 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.
News Flash
More Artists Added to 2013 Telluride Blues & Brews Lineup
+ Free 20th Annual Celebration Show
(Telluride, CO) – The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is excited to announce additional artists to the 2013 festival lineup, and a Special 20th annual Celebration Show to kick off the festival weekend in Telluride, Colorado on Thursday, September 12th. The 20th annual festival takes place September 12-15th in beautiful Telluride, Colorado.
Blues & Brews is proud to announce the addition of Booker T. Jones, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kim Churchill, James Bay, and Low Volts to the 2013 festival lineup. The festival weekend will also feature headliners The Black Crowes, Jim James, and Melissa Etheridge. Additional performances will also include Gary Clark Jr., John Hiatt & the Combo, Mickey Hart Band, Anders Osborne, Otis Taylor Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, The New Mastersounds, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives, and IBC winner Selwyn Birchwood Band.
New River Blues Festival Sept 1 plus offers Live Music CD
High Country Press - This year will mark the 11th year of the New River Blues Festival, held on Sept. 1 at the River House Inn in beautiful scenic Grassy Creek. Over the past decade, a plethora of talented bands and artists have performed on the Blues Festival stage to cheering crowds, going on to become blues icons in their own right.
For the past ten years, the New River Blues Festival has provided a venue for blues greats like Nappy Brown, Etta Baker, Carey Bell and more to play their hearts out. To ensure than these blues legends are never forgotten, at this year’s New River Blues Festival a CD compilation of artists who have played through the years at the festival will be offered to guests, so they can see what the legends sounded like when they graced the stage.
First ever Chicago Blues Summit is Sept 20
The first ever Chicago Music Summit will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street). The Summit will feature more than 20 panels with 100+ speakers. The Blues Panel, moderated by Janice Monti of Dominican University, will be 4-5pm and include Fernando Jones, Sugar Blue, Wayne Baker Brooks, Sharon Lewis, Omar Coleman, Matthew Skoller and Nellie “Tiger” Travis. The Claudettes (featuring Johnny Iguana), Toronzo Cannon, Matthew Skoller and Eric “Guitar” Davis and the TroubleMakers will perform from 6:45 – 8:50pm  in the Washington Room (5th floor).
New Jersey Music Man Brings the Blues to Community
South Orange Patch - Mike Griot will perform at the annual South Orange International Blues Festival [Sept 8] and take up a blues residency with the ValleyArts District.
It is bluesman Mike Griot's time, and a great time for you, if you're a fan of blues music and music education: In September comes the South Orange International Blues Festival, which Griot founded. And he'll also take on the inaugural ValleyArts Our Town Blues Residency, which he will lead for the Orange Public Schools in the interest of expanding music education.
Cadillac Zack’s 6 Year Anniversary Celebration this Sun-Mon
This Sunday and Monday, August 18-19, 2013 is “an extremely special week! This marks the 6-year anniversary of our world-famous, weekly blues concerts!” says host, Cadillac Zack. “Come party with us like never before as we throw more blues fuel on the fire than ever before!"
Sunday’s party will be at Malarkey’s Grill & Irish Bar (168 No. Marina, Long Beach), at 4pm. Monday’s party will be at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon (18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana) at 8pm. There’s a $10-$20 suggested donation per person, plus 2 drink minimum at both venues.
This “huge, 6-year anniversary party is going to totally blow your mind,” Zack exclaims. The two-day celebration stars “a massive cavalcade of blues brilliance featuring unbelievable blues legends and wild performers including: James Harman, Cafe R&B, Jimmy Vivino, Nathan James and tons of surprise guests.”
Blues Foundation News:
- 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Nominations due Sept 30
- Blues Music Awards submission process is now open ...& more
2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award nominations are due September 30. Now is the time to be drafting your submission and collecting any exhibits you wish to submit to "prove" your case. The following are authorized to nominate: members of The Blues Foundation's Board of Directors; our affiliated blues societies and past KBA recipients. If you know of someone who you believe should be given strong consideration for a KBA, reach out to one of these folks to submit the nomination. Past recipients are listed here by year and you can also use the search feature to see if someone has been awarded a KBA already.
The 35th Blues Music Awards CD submission process is now open. If you are a record label or blues musician who released a CD or DVD during the period November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2013, now is the time to place your release on the 2014 BMA Eligible List for consideration by the nominators.
If you wish to guarantee that your release- CD or DVD-- gets into the hands of the anonymous nominators, the nominators do request they receive submissions as soon as possible so they can have plenty of time to evaluate your recording. The nominators are listing and making their selections NOW, make sure they are aware of your recording. Complete information can be found here.
(2013 BMA Album of the Year featured here... RIP MIchael!) 
Don't miss out on the LRBCruise #23 in Oct 2014
Booking is underway for LRBC #23 Mexican Riviera October 4~11, 2014! Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center (San Pedro, CA) roundtrip to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan on the Norwegian Cruise Line Sun.
A $250 per cabin deposit holds your spot in line to book a stateroom. Line-up and cabin selection dates will be announced as early as November.
See or (816) 753-7979 for reservations & info
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
3rd Annual "Blues By The Sea" Aug 25 
Blues By The Sea will present its third-annual White Rock Rhythm and Blues Festival, Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon onward at Semiahmoo Park’s Spirit Stage (East Marine Dr., White Rock, B.C. Canada).
Presented as a collaboration of Semiahmoo First Nation, Phil Davey’s Q Sound and the White Rock Blues Society, the family-friendly, no-alcohol event will feature a solid line-up of heavy hitters and a fundraising, salmon BBQ.
Tickets are $20, with children 12 and under free (barbecue extra), and are available at Surfside Guitars, Tapestry Music and here
Elwood's BluesMobile
A Salute To The Blues Music Hall of Fame

Since 1980, The Blues Hall of Fame has kept a record of blues greats -- Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and more. Right now, a real world brick and mortar Hall of Fame is being built. In the meantime, more Hall of Famers get added every year. Join Elwood Blues for a salute to the Blues Music Hall of Fame.
Blues Hall of Famers, then and now. Next time, in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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