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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 26, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 39
Greetings from your Editor...
Telling a Story...

The 4th Friday in September is set aside to honor and celebrate Native Americans, the first Americans to live in the U.S. Still commonly referred to as American Indians, the term "Native Americans" has been used in recent years as a sign of respect and recognition that they were indeed the first people to populate America. By the time the first explorers and settlers arrived from Europe, Native Americans had populated the entire North American continent.
In light of this day I set to search out Native American blues artists and found some truly amazing artists, stories and songs. For this week's featured video I choose the artist Pura Fé performing a beautiful, moving song about a family member who was killed by the Klu Klux Klan. Hard to choose from this artist's selections as I'm now listening to a video of her and band performing songs from her CD, "Full Moon Rising." Wow!
Lots of Birthday's of Note: Sept 28 Koko Taylor (1935) and C.J. Chenier (1957); Sept 29 Jerry Lee Lewis (1935); Sept 30 Z.Z. Hill; Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932) and George "Wild Child" Butler (1936); Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Billy Branch (1951), Keb' Mo' (1951) and Deborah Coleman (1956); Oct 4 Duke Robillard (1948) and Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5 Roy Book Binder (1943) and Rick Estrin (1949); Oct 6 Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (good friend and BFG Sales Director); Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939).
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
Correction: In last week's letter I mentioned the fine folks in the DME room at Sin City and wanted to clarify that Michael Frank heads up the Honeyboy Edwards Scholarship Fund.
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.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 11th Annual BFG Magazine

Here's bigtime, blues fan John Shearer of Omaha, NE, our Facebook winner of the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival package, grinning from ear-to-ear after 3+ days of big fun! (Las Vegas, NV Sept. 18, 2013).
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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.
CD & DVD Releases
Johnny Rawls :: REMEMBERING O.V.
EL PASO, TX – Catfood Records announces an October 15 release date for Remembering O.V., the new CD from Blues Music Award-winning singer Johnny Rawls that pays tribute to his late friend and mentor, O.V. Wright. Blues Hall of Fame singer Otis Clay is a special guest on three tracks of the album, which features nine songs associated with Wright and an original cut, “Blaze of Glory,” that closes the album in rousing fashion.
Remembering O.V. was produced by Johnny Rawls and recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas. It was mixed by Jim Gaines at Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, Tennessee, and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters in Memphis. Read all about it here
Click to play "Into Something (I Can't Shake Loose)"
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops :: DADDY TOLD ME
After over twenty years and ten releases as Magic Slim's label, Blind Pig Records is very proud to announce the debut recording by Shawn Holt & the Teardrops, Daddy Told Me. Shawn's booming vocal presence is more than a little reminiscent of his father's, and his guitar playing while similar to Slim's exhibits a broader mix of classic and contemporary influences.
Combining a couple of his Dad's songs and other songs associated with him with five of his own originals, Shawn shows himself more than capable of leading the Teardrops into a new era. On two songs, the band is joined by John Primer, a former Teardrop and now a blues luminary in his own right.
The blues world mourned the passing of Magic Slim this past spring, and now the fall is bringing a new recording showcasing the passing of the torch from one generation to the next, "Daddy Told Me."
"Daddy Told Me promises a successful future for Holt and The Teardrops."
- Illnois Entertainer
Click to play "Daddy Told Me"
News Flash
13th Annual Copenhagen Blues Festival Sept. 25th -29th  2013
From Sept. 25th to 29th the Blues once again sounds all over Copenhagen. This is our 13th season, and we invite all blues fans to visit the city's many clubs and venues for 5 days of world class international blues, and some great homegrown blues too.
Our musical ambition is to cover all blues style variations in the best possible way, and to present the blues in a fine balance between traditional and new expressions. So, as always, you'll find the seasoned blues veterans performing alongside some very talented, young artists, who will carry the torch into the future.
This year's festival program offers 59 concerts at 19 venues all over town. 
Ray Charles immortalized with 'Forever' postage stamp
Zap2it - Ray Charles is being honored by the United States Postal Service with his own stamp in the "Music Icons Forever" series. It went on sale Monday (September 23), which would have been Charles' 83rd birthday. A new CD/DVD set was also released, featuring a Charles song that was previously unreleased.
Robert Johnson’s Family Fights in Court Over Photo Rights
Claud Johnson, the son of the blues guitarist Robert Johnson, with his son Michael Johnson and one of the two known images of his father.
(Photo: Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger, via Associated Press)
New York Times/Arts Beat - There are only two known photographs of the great Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, whose songs like “Cross Road Blues” and “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” are classics. One is a studio shot of him in a wide-lapeled suit and a slick fedora, hands resting on the strings of a flat-top guitar; the other shows Mr. Johnson in a photo booth, a cigarette hanging from his lips as he fingers a chord.
The fate of those photos, which have become extremely valuable as Mr. Johnson’s posthumous fame has grown, now rests with the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Blues Foundation News:
Raise the Roof! Thermometer Tops 100! We're Hot!
On September 23, the Hagar Family Foundation pledged $25,000 to Raise the Roof! Thanks Sammy and family for joining Steve Miller and George Thorogood at that level and remembering the roots.
What is the 250 Club? It’s an affordable way for every blues fan to help build the Blues Hall of Fame. The 250 Club is 250 individuals or companies who pledge at least $1000 to Raise the Roof! That is a minimum of $250 a year for 4 years. Simple, easy, helpful. Join the 250 club here.
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.
You can Pre-Book now for JAN 2015 LRBC! 

Pre-booking starts Wednesday, September 25th at 11am CDT for LRBC #24 Western Caribbean JAN 18-25, 2015, heading for Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) roundtrip to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico on the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam.
A $250 per cabin deposit holds your spot in line to book a stateroom. Line-up and cabin selection dates will be announced in 2014.
- NEW PRE-BOOK GROUPINGS ANNOUNCED - Click here for all the details!
Booking is also 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
Great Lakes Blues Society ~ Central Iowa Blues Society
*Great Lakes Blues Society:
Local Artists compete in “Road To Memphis”
The Great Lakes Blues Society (GLBS) will conduct its fourth annual blues artist competition each Sunday in September beginning the Solo/Duo sets...
*Central Iowa Blues Society: Calling all Blues Bands
Since 2005, The Blues Foundation has celebrated unsigned blues artists through a competition called the "Best Self-Produced CD" of the year. The act for this competition can be a solo, duo, trio, choir, full band or other combination....
*Central Valley Blues Society:
CVBS / Blues Lovers Newsletter to go Monthly
Hello Blues Lovers, I am in a very mixed mood as I start Newsletter #600. Time flies when you having fun. The mixed part comes in my decision to make the Newsletter into a Monthly mailing instead of weekly. ...
*Connecticut Blues Society: The CTBS regional IBC Solo/Duo Challenge begins Sept 29 at The Pine Loft Cafe. This is the Society’s 10th Annual challenge. Eighteen blues acts are participating this year. The event will be held over three Sundays, September 22 and 29 and Oct. 6, with the finals on Oct. 20. The challenge begins at 5 p.m. Info at
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Resurgence

Blowing into a jug for a bass line, banging on oil drums for the rhythm, making musical instruments out of sticks and twine…the old school is making a comeback! The do-it-yourself era brings do-it-yourself blues, back to the basics, back to the roots. Unplug it. Crank it up.
The roots resurgence. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
Video of The Week
Pura Fé  "Pick and Choose (Della Blackmon)"
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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Sunday, April 14th - Sunday, September 29th 2013
Sacramento, California USA
September 25th-29th 2013
Copenhagen, Denmark
September 26th-29th 2013
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
September 27th-28th 2013
Junction City, Kansas USA
September 27th-28th 2013
Burlington, Iowa USA
September 27th-29th 2013
Kernville, California USA
September 27th-28th 2013
Vidalia, Louisiana USA
September 28th 2013
Cape Canaveral, Florida USA
September 28th 2013
Bascom, Ohio USA
September 28th 2013
Bogalusa, Louisiana USA
October 3rd-5th 2013
Camden, South Carolina USA
October 4th-5th 2013
Waupaca, Wisconsin USA
October 4th-5th 2013
Avignon, Provence Alpes Cotes D'Azur France
October 5th 2013
Paoli, Mississippi USA
October 5th-6th 2013
Greenville, Mississippi USA
October 5th 2013
Katowice, United Kingdom
October 6th 2013
Dallas, Texas USA
October 11th-12th 2013
Louisville, Kentucky USA
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