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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 31, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 44
Greetings from your Editor...
Mind reading...

October 31st is not only Halloween but it's "Increase Your Psychic Powers Day." Go ahead, read my mind! This holiday dates back to 19th century England. I actually had a lot more psychic powers as a child (when I wasn't levitating). They say concentrating and clearing your mind of other thoughts is essential to successfully developing your psychic powers. Well, there ya have it... it takes more effort to slow down now in our fast-paced world. You have to admit, it sure is nice to take a step back sometimes. 
"I ain't superstitious, but a black cat just crossed my trail" (Willie Dixon). "I heard the voice of a pork chop sing" (Jim Jackson). "I can sit here, think a thousand miles away" (Memphis Jug Band, "Beale Street Mess Around"). "Been down so many highways, I can see them in my dreams" (Charlie Musselwhite "Highway Blues").
Thinking of you!
Blues Birthdays of Note this week: Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898) and Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903); Nov 2 Mark Wenner (1948); Nov 3 Mable John (1930); Sonny Rhodes (1940); Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940); Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952); Nov 6 Rory Block (1949); Nov 8 Bonnie Raitt (1949).
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
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Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 11th Annual BFG Magazine

Here's our publisher Kaati with Anson Funderburgh on the recent October 2013 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.    
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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 find order information here.
CD & DVD Releases
Play One for Me is the label debut CD from New Orleans-based blues guitarist/singer Bryan Lee, recorded at Severn Record’s new state-of-the-art studios in Annapolis.
Produced by Kevin Anker, David Earl and Steve Gomes, Play One for Me features Bryan Lee’s powerfully soulful vocals and stinging guitar backed by the label’s studio house band of Anker on keyboards, Gomes on bass and Robb Stupka on drums, augmented by special guests Kim Wilson (harmonica) and Johnny Moeller (rhythm guitar) of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Horns and strings on the new album were arranged and conducted by Willie Henderson. Read all about it here
Click to play "It's Too Bad (Things Are Going So Tough"
Ron Dziubla :: NASTY HABIT
Tenor and baritone sax player Ron Dziubla, known for his work with legendary rock guitarist Duane Eddy, liberally deploys his formidable lung power and creative juices on the 11 songs of his third and most exciting album, Nasty Habit.
Using the wild language of early rock ’n’ roll sax to serve his own needs, he deploys new instrumental music and refurbished classic material in the image of a rabid, bigger-than-life sax honker and screamer.
Nasty Habit is produced by Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets and features Curry on drums as well as a guest appearance by James Intveld.
Click to play "Fine Time"
News Flash
Live filming of Original Legends of The Blues
Do not miss the live filming of the Original Legends of The Blues in concert on Friday, December 6, 2013, 8pm at the Englewood Event Center, Englewood, FL. Traditional Blues like you've never seen them before.
The Original Legends of The Blues is a super-group of musicians with over 200 years combined experience who have formed to bring back some of the great traditional blues tunes they were part of making. There will be a new twist on some old favorites as a CD is in process, as well as original, new material.
Nov 4th Deadline for International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Extended Deadline is Approaching on November 4th
Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the songwriting competition to take note of,” and for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $25,000 in prizes. Renowned for having the most prestigious judges of any music competition in the world, ISC’s judging panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and influential music industry professionals. Judges for this year include: Tom Waits, Florida Georgia Line, Nas, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Bernie Taupin (Elton John Lyricist), Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic Records), and many more. For entry information and a complete list of judges, please visit:
Portland Blues & Jazz Dance Society Hosts Three-Day Rose City Blues Event Nov 11
The Portland Blues & Jazz Dance Society would like to have you join them for a special three-day event they will be hosting called Rose City Blues, featuring live music and dancing! All night dances will be held at the Bossanova Ballroom on Veteran’s Day weekend, Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th.
Blues Audience Subscription 2-for-1 Offer
In celebration of our 22nd Anniversary, The Blues Audience newsletter, New England's only blues publication, is offering a two-for-one special subscription. Yearly subscriptions for you and a friend.
The Blues Audience newsletter contains news and performance schedules of our big talent, hard working New England Blues bands... including Roomful of Blues, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, The Love Dogs, Professor Harp, Chris Fitz, to name a few. It also features clubs like Smoken Joe's BBQ in Brighton, MA and Chan's in Woonsocket, MA and many more that feature Blues around the New England area.
Print out the postcard via the link here or from the website and mail it to The Blues Audience, 62 Cricket Hill Rd. Harrisville, NH 03450, or you can you to the website and use the Paypal link.
Diana Shonk / Publisher / 603-827-3952
The Blues Audience Newsletter / New England's only Blues publication
Otis Taylor visits the Second Story Garage
Second Story Garage - Otis Taylor plays loose as a way to pinpoint that place where the soul lives. When he plays guitar and sings, it’s as if he allows everything to fall away except for the essential thing to be expressed. You could almost call it a trance.
The blues musician is one of the cultural treasures of Boulder, but locals are not alone in appreciating his value. His music has been featured on TV shows and movies, including “Public Enemies.” He has received praise from national media outlets, such as Rolling Stone and The New Yorker, and his awards shelf is getting full. That’s why “Boulder blues legend” often precedes his name. ...Read story and watch video here
Quinn Sullivan found his love of the blues early - The blues world has produced its fair share of guitar-wielding child prodigies. Growing up with family connections to the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks scored his first paid gig at 11. And Kenny Wayne Shepherd took up guitar at the age of seven, shortly after being mesmerized by the sight of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The latest young whippersnapper to draw the attention of blues-rock fans is 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan, who started out real early. He was still a toddler when he discovered the joys of the six-string.
Blues Foundation News: Member Winner Drawn Nov 1 
This years Blues Foundation membership drive drawing will be held November 1, 2013!
Members who signed up by Oct 31st will have their names added to the drawing to win some really great Blues prizes, such as a cabin for two on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise and a guitar signed by Buddy Guy!

17th Annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2014 tix on sale now
17th Annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck, PA, will be held July 11-12, 2014. Early advance tickets for on-site camping and festival has started. Prices: Camping / Festival: (2 days) $70.00 per person. 1 Day Festival: $20.00 per person. 2 Day Festival: $35.00 per person. These prices are good thru January 1st 2014. Two days - two stages - 18 national and international artists
Tips on Navigating Our Top Ranking Blues Festival Website
Our website, is THE top-ranking 'blues festivals' website (#1 on Google)
Watch this little video about how to navigate our very informative site. Forgive me as I stumble through it but you might find some info that will help you get your blues fix.  ~ Kaati
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! 
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise is the world's only
fully chartered blues cruise, sailing twice annually.
Jan. 19~26, 2014 Eastern Caribbean:
SOLD OUT! Visit this link to join the Waitlist or call (816) 753-7979.
Oct. 4~11, 2014 Mexican Riviera:
Pre-Book now! Click for info and to place your Pre-Book Deposit of $250 per cabin. Artist Lineup and Cabin Pricing coming soon!
Jan. 18~25, 2015 Western Caribbean:
LRBC #24 Pre-Sail is SOLD OUT! Due to an overwhelming response we will no longer be accepting for the January 2015 Blues Cruise.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
For reservations & info see: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Houston Monthly Jam ~ Suncoast IBC Rep ~ 
The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club (5731 Kirby Dr., Houston , TX) presents the Houston Blues Society Monthly Jam on the last Thursday of every month featuring a different host band every month. Come and hear some of Houston's finest musicians, as well as up and coming musicians - pack your axe and get it down to the Big Easy. 
The Lauren Mitchell Band will represent the Suncoast Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January.Influenced by legendary female singers such as Etta James, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, Lauren has honed her craft belting out the blues in hundreds of honky tonks around the country.
Annie Mack's Baptized in the Blues CD was chosen from a field of five contestants by a panel of fifteen judges to represent the Minnesota Blues Society in the 2014 International Blues Challenge "Best Self-Produced CD" competition in Memphis, \
Elwood's BluesMobile
Spin Doctors spin blues

The Spin Doctors were a monster band back in the nineties. Still touring, still playing, they decided in 2013 to go back to the music they started with. And that music was… The blues.
New blues from the Spin Doctors. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
Video of The Week
Albert Collins... "My Women's Got a Black Cat Bone"
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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November 1st-2nd 2013
Boulder, Colorado USA
November 1st-2nd 2013
9900 Frederikshavn, Raadhus Alle 98 Denmark
November 2nd 2013
College Park, Maryland USA
November 2nd 2013
Ventura, California USA
November 8th-10th 2013
Bridgetown, South of Perth Australia 
November 8th-10th 2013
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
South West Wales
 November 9th 2013
 Newport, Kentucky USA
November 9th 2013
Haringe, West-Vlaandere Belgium
November 9th 2013
Green Oaks, Illinois USA
November 9th 2013
Columbia, South Carolina USA
November 9th-17th 2013
Lucerne, Switzerland
November 15th-16th 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 16th-17th 2013
Palatka, Florida USA
November 17th 2013
San Francisco, California USA
November 21st-23rd 2013
Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil
November 23rd 2013
Cape Coral, Florida USA
December 7th 2013
Brandenton, Florida USA
December 8th-10th 2013
Austin, Texas USA
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