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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 3, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 40
Greetings from your Editor...
Teaching life lessons...

Saturday October 5th is World Teacher Day. Aside from family, teachers closely influence the hearts and minds of children. But let's think in broader terms here...  Blues music has taught us a lot about life, touching our hearts and minds as well as allowing us to commiserate together about our lessons learned in the school of hard knocks. So, let's extend our thanks to the artists who have helped teach us how to deal with many of life's basic lessons. While we're at it, let's give big props to all those dedicated artists that lead Blues in the Schools programs around the world, sharing the roots to the next generation. "I have been taught something that cannot be measured by grades," says a high school student. The program can be applied not just to music but to other studies. Check this out plus see our "Featured Video" this week.
The month of October itself, among many other worthy and weird things, is National Sarcastic Awareness Month. Ah yes, sarcasm is a delicate art. Don't you hate it when you bounce back with the perfect line only to have to tell some over-thinker you were just kidding?! Hello, is this thing on?
Lots of Birthday's of Note: Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Billy Branch (1951 Blues in The Schools founder), 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 (dear friend and BFG Sales Director); Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939).
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.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 11th Annual BFG Magazine

Blues fan and enthusiastic dancer Maurice Williams is here enjoying the San Diego Blues Fest with his copy of the BFG and one of his super cool walking sticks which he makes and adorns with various photos and artifacts.
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
Smokin'Joe Kubek & Bnois King :: ROAD DOG'S LIFE
Following on the heels of the Texas duo's daring unplugged release, Close to The Bone, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King return to form with a stripped-down set of tough, electrified roadhouse blues. Road Dog's Life features an arsenal of mostly new and original material, emphasizing King's own wry, insightful lyrics, along with Kubek's searingly incisive, signature guitar, with the exception of only two covers - the Rolling Stones' “Play with Fire” and the Beatles' “Don't Bother Me.” Special guests include the Fabulous Thunderbirds' frontman Kim Wilson, Nightcats' guitarist Kid Andersen, Delta Groove label head Randy Chortkoff, Kansas City bassist Patrick Recob, along with the Mannish Boys' rhythm section, consisting of bassist Willie J. Campbell and drummer Jimi Bott.
Click to play "Big Money Sonny"
Holland K. Smith :: COBALT
Texas artist Holland K. Smith's long awaited new album, Cobalt, listeners will find the honest vocals and distinctive guitar work they expect. What's more, the blues and roots-rockin' styles to which Smith had previously applied his indelible songwriting are jazz and Latin sounds, with a strong emphasis on various shades of classic soul music.
Cobalt features Holland K. Smith (guitar); Ron Jones (saxophone); Gentleman John Street (keyboards); Wes Starr (drums); Dunye Nasuhoglu (percussion). 
Click to play "You Get What You Deserve"
News Flash
Peach: Award Winning Blues Artist Now Booking 2014
Southern California-based singer-songwriter-guitarist PEACH is at the forefront of female-fronted blues acts performing both modern and old-time blues, with an all-star band of musicians featuring keyboardist Ken Stange (Joe Cocker); bassist Steve Nelson (Chuck Berry); drummer Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison); and guitarist Mark Sells. PEACH - a recent headliner at the Real Blues Festival in Santa Ana, Calif. - has recorded with Taj Mahal, Marty Grebb (The Buckinghams), Reggie McBride (Elton John), Joey Delgado (Delgado Brothers), Garth Hudson (The Band) and Paul Barrere (LIttle Feat). She has co-written with Keb' 'Mo' and Marty Grebb. PEACH is a past Los Angeles Music Awards, Rockwired Radio Awards, All Access Magazine Music Awards, and South Bay Music Awards recipient.
19th Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert Oct 6
with Pre-Party Oct 5 
Presented by LoneStar 92.5 and Hooters, the 19th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert will be held on October 6, 2013 in Dallas, TX. This event, consisting of a motorcycle parade and a blues concert, is a family friendly celebration which is all about remembering the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan. National headlining bands join Texas talent to provide an event every year where both music fans and motorcycle enthusiasts can gather to remember a Texas Legend.
All of the proceeds from this yearly event go to the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund...
"Girls Got The Blues" concert 10/6 to Support Domestic Violence Shelter
Blues singer Lara Price along with Marianne Adoradio, a founding member of the Silicon Valley Blues Society, have put together a great show to raise money for Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.
Girls Got the Blues, an all-female group of singers and musicians led by Price, will take the stage at Theatre on San Pedro Square (San Jose, CA) on Sun Oct 6th from 8-10:30 p.m.  The event includes a raffle to support Next Door.
Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available here.
5th Annual Pat Ramsey Big Bend Hospice Benefit Festival Saturday, October 19, 2013 Bradfordville Blues Club
"This was his wish, to give back" 
A great day of music, in support of a great organization, in memory of a great musician and person!
This will be our 5th year benefiting Big Bend Hospice in Pat's honor. Pat Ramsey was a well known and loved person, musician & blues singer around the globe. Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.
First Look at Portland Stage's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" 
BroadwayWorld - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson runs now through Oct 20, 2013 at Portland (Maine) Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action.
Blues diva Ma Rainey and her band have come to a Chicago studio to cut a record, but their artistic differences nearly stop the session before it starts. Full of unforgettable characters and the raw power of the blues, this 1920s installment of Wilson's groundbreaking cycle of plays confronts the issues of race, fame, and generational divides through the rhythms of the African-American South.
Blues Audience Newsletter in New England Celebrates 22 Years‏
After 22 years of promoting live Blues bands and clubs in New England, The Blues Audience is still going strong!
Diana Shonk, publisher of The Blues Audience newsletter, has dedicated the past 22 years to promoting this great American music- BLUES! "We have a great scene here in New England," says Shonk. "Our musicians are of the highest quality, both in musicianship and song writing ability.
"Sugar Ray & The Bluetones have won multiple awards from the Blues Foundation for songwriting and musicianship, for many years. In 2012 for example they won for Album of the Year 2012 for Evening, on Severn Records)" Shonk tells us. "Roomful of Blues was recently inducted into The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, has released 45 Live on Alligator Records. Among many awards is the Grammy nominated That's Right (2003)
Along with these two bands The Blues Audience brings you the schedules of very popular New England bands like Professor Harp, The Love Dogs, Mr. Nick & The Dirty Tricks, The Tokyo Tramps, The Ten Foot Polecats, Chris Fitz band, Eric Green, The Bad Daddys and a number of Clubs around the New England area like Smoken Joe's (Brighton, MA), the Bull Run (Shirley, MA), Chan's (Woonsocket, RI) and House Rockin' Productions (Franklin, NH) to name a few.
Check us out at the next gig you attend and get a free copy sent to your phone or email address by contacting
We welcome your subscription on our web site.
Blues Foundation News: Billboard Heatseekers Albums
Billboard magazine lists two of our blues friends' latest releases on the Heatseekers Albums: World Boogie is Coming by the North Mississippi All-Stars and Black Wind Howlin' by Samantha Fish.
Make Plans for Blues downunder 2014
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.
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
South Florida Blues Society Raffle Deadline for pair of LRBC tix
Just a reminder... the drawing is coming up on October 6. Have you gotten your tickets yet? Is a chance to win 2 tickets on the January 2014 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise worth a $20 donation to the South Florida Blues Society? 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Rick Estrin

When Little Charlie retired from Little Charlie and the Nightcats, singer, harmonica man and songwriter Rick Estrin stepped up to lead the band. One Wrong Turn is the second album from Rick Estrin and the Nightcats.
Next time in the BluesMobile, Rick Estrin.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
Video of The Week
Fruteland Jackson  ~ "One Millionth Student Celebration"
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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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
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
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