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Blues Festival Guide
Date Aug 22, 2013
Volume 8/Issue 34
Greetings from your Editor...
Dog days... 

August 26th is National Dog Day. This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us and to help rescue dogs in need. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways: They are watchdogs, they lead the blind, they aid in search and rescue and more.
Dog references have often played a part in music lyrics... as faithful companions, "talkin' 'bout my dog, he's a good ol' dog" (Elvin Bishop); as an invitation, "baby, let me be your salty dog" (Mississippi John Hurt), "I wag my tail and come running to you baby" (John Lee Hooker); as ultimatums, "I want the whole dog, I won't be satisfied with just a piece of tail" (Roxy Perry), "no more doggin' foolin' around with you" (Roscoe Gordon); wayward dawgs, "you ain't nothing but a hound dog" (Big Mama Thornton); revelations, "I wouldn't treat a dog the way you treated me" (Bobby Blue Bland) and many more references and innuendos.
There's even a "Hound Dog Blues Festival" in Tulsa, OK Sept 21-22. Woof...
Birthdays of note: Aug 22: John Lee Hooker (1917)and Debbie Davies (1952), Henry "Son" Sims (1890); Aug 24: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905) and Wynonie Harris (1915), Aug 26 Jimmy Rushing (1901); Aug 29 Dinah Washington (1924).
Ah yes, dog days... the sultry days of Summer.
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
Contemporary electric blues guitarists swagger as the aggressive nature of the genre and the searing sounds squeezed from the instrument go hand in hand. Included is the unspoken challenge of measuring up to one’s peers, let alone the legends from T-Bone Walker on. Be reassured, Tommy Z from the wilds of Western New York passes every test of his mettle with cool determination forged in part by his unselfish service to his country. The son of a Viet Nam vet, he has been performing concert tours overseas to US troops since 2003, including in some of the most war-torn locales on earth, and his second album, entitled Sometimes, shows his deep soul and unquenchable burning passion.
Click to play "Livin' In A Blue State'"

Jeff Jensen has been a musical work in progress for over a decade, blending Blues, Soul, West Coast Swing and Americana into a mature sound that now defines his latest highly-anticipated release, Road Worn and Ragged.
Having moved to Memphis, TN from Portland, OR just two years ago, Jeff immediately began touring with Beale Street staple Brandon Santini and recently co-produced and co-wrote on Santini’s acclaimed album This Time Another Year.
Recording almost entirely live at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Jeff subtly emphasizes substance over hype, all the while never shying away from the extreme energy and honest emotion that he is well known for.
Click to play "'Brunette Woman"
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BFG Facebook Contests
Top Fans Have an Assortment of Things to Win!
Congratulations to Ruth Kanins (Week 8/16/13) 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.
You can win a set of 5 CD’s by being one of our Top 25 Fans of the week! We will be selecting one Top Fan each week.

Be sure to JOIN Our Rewards Program for your chance to WIN a Bluezzee-Tee! (there are several designs).
One of Top 25 Fans will be chosen to win again on Sept 1, 2013.
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Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

Coined, "The Peach Pickin' Mamas," these two great voices of our time, sharing the stage in harmony. 
Country-flavored southern-fried blues and folk-Americana-roots blending into one musical tapestry.
This photo was taken at the Hey Hey in Columbus, Ohio.
(Thanks for sending the great shot EG)
Email your fave photos along with caption - credit to
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
San Diego’s climate is sunny with Blues on the horizon Sept 7

Picture this:
A crisp blue sky hovering over a grassy park with San Diego bay on one side, a marina and downtown skyline on the other and some great blues music all around.
The San Diego Blues Festival will include all that, as well as three members of the Blues Hall of Fame, a shining new blues star and a Grammy winner.
(Lt) Henry Gray, left, and Tab Benoit at the 2012 San Diego Blues Festival. Read all about it here
Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival Aug 24
The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s (JSJBF) Summer Series of Festivals ends on a good note at the Tenth Annual Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, August 24th from 12:00 -10:00 p.m. on the Great Lawn at 28 McKinley Avenue in Long Branch, NJ.
Thousands are anticipated to turn out for the day's exciting lineup of musicians, food, crafters and activities for the entire family - followed by fireworks. The festival is rain or shine, free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend.
Flood can’t stop High River musician from playing Aug 24
Okotoks Western Wheel - Amos Garrett, a High River musician who was hit hard when the flood tore through southern Alberta communities in June knows the show must go on. The talented blues and jazz musician is joining Longview singers Jim and Lynda McLennan and Turner Valley musicians Dave Wilkie and Denise Withnell in the Okotoks Arts Council’s Fishin’ Musicians Concert at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. The performance was originally scheduled for June 22, but was postponed while people grappled with the devastating affects of the flood. The musicians are ready again to share their fishing stories and entertain throughout the evening.
Ten Years After “A Tribute to Alvin Lee” Aug 26
The Iridium in New York City hosts Ten Years After “A Tribute to Alvin Lee.” An 8pm and 10pm show will be held. Tickets are $30 each show. Save $10 when you purchase your tickets online using access code: LESPAUL
Join us as the legendary group Ten Years After is inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
Grammy-winning Producer Tom Hambridge 
Lands Five Albums On The Billboard Blues Chart
Hottest Blues-Rock Producer Keeps on Getting Hotter with Four Top Ten Albums
 Daily Political - Prolific producer, songwriter and performer Tom Hambridge has indelibly left his mark on five albums currently climbing the Billboard Blues Chart this summer, producing four albums, contributing songs to all five and performing on a number of the tracks as drummer and vocalist. It’s no wonder that Hambridge is considered one of the most sought after producers in the business today.
Cassie Taylor has the blues in her blood
Denver Westword - It was just like a Thanksgiving miracle, to be honest," says Cassie Taylor, recalling the first time she played bass. Her father, famed Boulder-based bluesman Otis Taylor, and then-bandmate Kenny Passarelli were messing around with "Hey Joe" when a teenage Cassie walked in and said, "Well, that's kind of a cool bass line. I like that." Passarelli showed her the bass line, handed her the instrument, and, with a little effort, she played it note for note.
French Blues Guitarist/Singer booked into China Music Residency
MusicDish*China announced it has booked French blues guitarist and singer Pascal Cosimo to a residency at Oldwood Village, a livehouse in Jiaxing, China. Cosimo will perform six days a week as the house band over the month of September.
Located on South Lake River Street, Oldwood Village is just one of several cultural establishments owned by Zhejiang Old Wood Of Rural Leisure Culture Limited. Bordering Shanghai and Hangzhou, Oldwood Village is Jiaxing's first large-scale music venue with over 800 square meters able to accommodate 350 people.  Read complete story here
Votto Vines Imports B.B. King Signature Wines
Blues legend B.B. King, in collaboration with Votto Vines Importing, is proud to release a new line of signature wines bearing his name across the United States. The Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Famer has debuted the B.B. King Signature Collection. The Blues Festival Guide has partnered with Votto Vines, the distributors, to get the word out to blues fans throughout the U.S.
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
- Dhaka Blues Society Thursday "Blues & Jazz" Night
- Blues Singer at Center of Sticky Lawsuit
Summer nights, chilled drinks, poolside, BBQ and Blues — it does not get better than this! Dhaka Blues Society and The Westin, Dhaka [Bangladesh], jointly present “Westin Blues & Jazz Night,” a regular event to be hosted every Thursday, 6:30-10pm. This will be a celebration of the history of Jazz & Blues music showcasing world-class music from artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Louis Armstrong, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, T Bone Walker, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Norah Jones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Albert Collins and many more.
Petaluma Patch - An iconic blues singer who lives in Petaluma and was attacked at an East Bay blues festival last month, is at the center of legal claims totaling $10 million dollars.
Lester Chambers, the former lead singer of the Chambers Brothers soul band, was about to perform the band's rendition of “People Get Ready” at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival on July 13 when he was attacked by a 43-year-old Barstow woman. Chambers said he was dedicating the song in honor of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black youth who was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida last year. Read story here
Elwood's BluesMobile
Songs about dogs, spiders, bees, gators & more

They can be man’s best friend or his worst enemy. They can be cute and cuddly, or fierce and, frankly, slobbery and gross. This week the Bluesmobile is swarming with…Critters!
Songs about dogs, spiders, bees, gators and more. Blue Critters! Next time, in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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August 22nd-25th 2013
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August 23rd-25th 2013
Beckley, West Virginia USA
August 23rd-25th 2013
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August 24th 2013
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August 24th 2013
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August 24th 2013
Saint Marys, Ohio USA
August 24th 2013
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August 24th 2013
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August 28th - September 1st 2013
Sierre, Valais Switzerland
August 30th-September 1st 2013
Niagara Falls, New York USA
August 30th 2013
West Point, Mississippi USA
Friday - Sunday
August 30th - September 1st 2013
Rentiesville, Oklahoma USA
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