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Blues Festival Guide
 Sept 12, 2013   Vol 8/Issue 37
Greetings from your Editor...
Befriend a blues gal...

I have fun finding wacky holidays and trying to tie them in with the blues. Sunday, September 15 is National Women's Friendship Day. Ladies, this is the perfect day to connect with your blues gal pals. This particular Sunday will provide an big opportunity when hundreds of blues fans from far and wide converge in Las Vegas for the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival. The meetings and greetings will start in the airport and the hotel lobby where the event is held. Believe me, there will be a roar of joyous laughter when old and new friends meet up. Myself, Kaati, Cheryl of the Blues Festival Guide will be there in force... Yay! Looking forward to seeing a bevy of my blues sisters (and, of course brothers).
Birthdays of note: Sept 12 Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900) and Gus Cannon (1883?), Sept 12 Maria Muldaur (1943), Sept 13 Charles Brown (1922), Sept 14 Darrell Nulisch, Sept 15 Silas Hogan (1911) and Snooky Pryor (1921), Sept 16 B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931) and Billy Boy Arnold (1935), Sept 18 Louis Myers (1929).
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
Guy Davis :: JUBA DANCE
Blues and folk master Guy Davis has signed with M.C. Records to release his new recording Juba Dance which debuted in North America on September 10. The recording features Fabrizzio Poggi on harmonica and The Blind Boys of Alabama as special guests.
Weaving through the rhythms and musical narrations of this 13-track, stripped down acoustic recording are the American storytelling traditions that Guy Davis has pulled from since he came on the scene in 1978. Original Davis compositions played alongside choice covers of iconic pre-war blues figures Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev. Robert Wilkins, and Blind Willie McTell provide a seamless musical hand-off that is as familiar and undulating as their source in the southern countryside.
What in lesser hands could have descended into easy sentimentalism instead comes together under Davis' passionate musicianship into an original and soaring sonic journey. Juba Dance has feet planted in worlds both old and new; in blues, folk, and our country's singular, rich African American musical heritage, and it impresses with every step how vital to our understanding of American life these authentic musical forms still are today.
Click to play "My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble'"
Memphis is writ large throughout JT Lauritsen’s seventh album, Play By The Rules. Lauritsen (vocals, harp, accordion and Hammond B3) and regular drummer Jon Grimsby hired Memphis’ legendary Ardent Recording Studios which has produced recordings from the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, ZZ Top and Albert Collins over the years. Alongside luminaries that include Billy Gibson, Anson Funderburgh, Willie J. Campbell and Victor Wainwright, they laid down five tracks. The other seven tracks were recorded back home in Norway with Lauritsen’s regular band, The Buckshot Hunters, to round off the album.
Click to play "Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday'"
Texan James Goode describes himself as an “old rascal and beat-up coach,” but this Rockabilly Hall-Of-Fame inductee, songwriter, bass player, and creator of the Ruff Kutt Blues Band certainly knows how to field one hell of a Blues team. That’s When The Blues Begins features fourteen songs written or co-written by Goode, performed by world class Bluesmen including vocalist/guitarist Zac Harmon, vocalist Finis Tasby, and producer/guitarist Anson Funderburgh.
Click to play "'That's When The Blues Begins"
Show us your BFG
Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

Here's Janine Harty, President of Blues Lovers United of San Diego at the Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza enjoying the vibe on the 1st annual International Blues Music Day, Aug 3, 2013
(Mammoth Lakes, CA)
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
Four Roses Bourbon and Metro Councilman David James Present The 2013 Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Old Louisville, KY – Now in its seventh year since its revival in 2007, the Garvin Gate Blues Festival continues to be the largest local FREE Blues festival in the city of Louisville. The two-day event will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, at The Gate on Garvin Place at Oak Street in historic Old Louisville. The Festival also showcases arts and craft vendors each night.
Proceeds benefit the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association that works to help preserve and make improvements in the area of the festival and throughout Old Louisville.
UPDATE! Revival moves to The Riviera on the Las Vegas Strip

Update from the producer: Greetings Soul and Blues Fans, We are less than a week away from what is sure to be an incredible 72 hours of great music (40 bands) and great times at Sin City Soul & Blues Revival. Stress-free partying and camaraderie with old and new Blues Friends in Las Vegas, Sept 15-17!
Due to an irresolvable issue with The Rio Hotel last week, we were faced with either canceling The Revival, or relocating it. The good news is: The Revival is moving to The Riviera Hotel Casino, located on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip! The folks at The Riv have been great to work with thus far, and we think the event will be every bit as spectacular as advertised. We have secured performance spaces in The Royale Pavilion, The Top of The Riv, The Pool, and The Casino Lounge Stage.
Update: Ron Thompson's car recovered but equipment still missing
San Francisco/Oakland, CA Bay Area blues legend, Ron Thompson, had his car stolen from the Hayward/Castro Valley (CA) area with all his equipment inside including: Amps, Guitars, Keyboard and misc cords and hardware. 
A music store in San Leandro CA, caught footage of three young men trying to sell one of his prized guitars put police didn't get there in time! The car was recovered (Sunday) when a young man "driving" it (according to police reports) was pulled over and arrested. The car was impounded but unbelievably, after Thompson (who wasn't notified until Tuesday) had to fork out over $400 to the impound yard, he found his car only had 3 wheels, no battery and was thrashed! Something is rotten in Denmark as the saying goes! The police are now saying the man wasn't "driving" but was "messing around " with the car! Ron's treasured equipment is still missing. Man if this isn't the blues I don't know what is! Poor Ron!
Find updates and photos of equipment AND the thieves here:
Please contact Jackie McCort at 510-693-8277 ( or Ron at 209-456-7508 with any information.
Bluzapalooza to entertain Wounded Warriors
On October 26th, BLUZAPALOOZA will be bringing the Blues to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to entertain our Wounded Warriors, their families and the staff and families of all of our military personnel and patients stationed there. Co-hosted by the creator of Sirius XM's Bluesville Bill Wax and BLUZAPALOOZA producer Steve Simon, this historic domestic BLUZAPALOOZA concert stars "The Queen of the Blues" Shemekia Copeland, Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Southern Halo.
Blues Foundation News: Raise the Roof! and the Mercury
People often ask "What do I get by joining the Foundation?" All members receive a membership card that allows YOU to vote for your favorite artists for the Blues Music Awards annually. Not to mention you get the personal satisfaction of supporting the programs of The Blues Foundation--supporting the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Hall of Fame, the International Blues Challenge and the Keeping the Blues Alive awards and more.
Higher levels of support bring additional premiums PLUS additional entries in our Membership Drawing!
This year’s membership drawing will be November 1, 2013! Make sure you are a current member. Remember: every $25 that you spend in membership will add your name to the drawing for:
Now's the time to make plans for Blues downunder
The Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia's premier blues and roots festival. Join the Blues Festival Guide for a trip of a lifetime in 2014. We have exclusive information on discounted air/hotel packages.
No time like the present... Book the Oct 2014 LRBCruise Now!
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!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Booker T. Jones

He was just a kid when he began his career as a keyboard player at Stax Records. He became a go-to session man, the front man for the MGs, a songwriter, producer, arranger, and legendary musician. He is Booker T.
The wonderful Booker T. Jones joins me next time, in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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September 13th-14th 2013
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September 13th-15th 2013
Wasaga Beach, Ontario Canada
September 13th-15th 2013
Telluride, Colorado USA
September 13th-15th 2013
Bisbee, Arizona USA
September 13th-14th 2013
Anderslöv, Skåne Sweden
September 13th-15th 2013
Telluride, Colorado USA
September 14th 2013
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin USA
September 14th, 2013
Bakersfield, California USA
September 14th 2013
East Hartland, Connecticut USA
September 14th 2013
Richmond, Illinois USA
September 15th-17th 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
September 20th-21st 2013
Greenville, Mississippi USA
September 21st-22nd 2013
San Francisco, California USA
September 21st-22nd 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
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