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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 14, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 46
Greetings from your Editor...
Sinners on revival day...
"The blues 
...the sound of a sinner on revival day." W.C. Handy
Nov 16 is W.C. Handy's birthday. Handy is widely considered the "Father of The Blues" because of his role in helping popularize the blues. Handy's composition, "Memphis Blues," published in 1912, became a trailblazer in bringing that song structure to large audiences.
(click photo at right to enlarge and read inscription) 
Nov 15 is "Clean Your Refrigerator Day" AND "National Philanthropy Day"... maybe put some of that extra stuff in your frig to good use by giving it to someone in need.
"I'm broke and disgusted please lend me a helping hand. I'm cold and hungry, swear that's more than I can stand." (Josh White)
"I have Uneda biscuits here and a half a pint of gin. The gin is mighty fine but them biscuits are a little too thin." (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
Maybe we can all try and lend a helping hand where we can as the holidays approach. Could be in the form of a biscuit or even a song.
Blues Birthdays of Note this week: Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936), Anson Funderburgh (1954); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937), Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873), Hubert Sumlin (1931), Francis Clay (1923); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967), Nov 21 Dr. John (1940); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945). 
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
Kid Andersen, Lorenzo Farrell, Rick Estrin and J. Hansen of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats with BFG publisher Kaati on October 2013 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.    
Email your fave photos plus 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 find order information here.
CD & DVD Releases
Cyril Neville :: MAGIC HONEY
Magic Honey is the first solo outing for Ruf Records from Grammy-winning singer/percussionist Cyril Neville. On the new CD, Cyril steps outside his Royal Southern Brotherhood membership to create a dazzling roots musical gumbo that stirs the pot with many flavors.
Produced by David Z (Prince, Etta James, Buddy Guy) and recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana, Magic Honey delivers an amazing amalgam of sounds, all tethered to Cyril’s most-soulful of vocals, and backed by an all-star band that includes Cranston Clements – guitar; “Mean” Willie Green – drums; Carl Dufrene – bass; and Norman Caesar – keyboards. Read more about Cyril and MAGIC HONEY here
Click to play "Magic Honey"
Billy Thompson :: FRIEND
Billy Thompson’s highly anticipated new release, Friend, was conceptualized and recorded with the intention of delivering an ensemble in a live room setting. This was accomplished by laying the basic tracks down in an old grist mill, delivering an open, old-school tone.
Billy Thompson has been delivering virtuosic guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe, setting the tone for this veteran musician’s sizzling performances, both live and in studio. In his original music, he combines world class slide guitar, searing licks and soulful vocals with a unique amalgamation of styles including blues, rock, funk, New Orleans and R&B. Read more about Billy and FRIEND here
Click to play "Soldier of Misfortune"
News Flash
20th Tampa Bay Blues Festival
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to the sunny shores of Tampa Bay on April 11, 12, & 13, 2014. This festival will be our 20th year anniversary and we have a spectacular line up of blues talent – Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tommy Castro, James Hunter, Coco Montoya, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Shemekia Copeland and others round out three great days of "Blues by the Bay."
Curtis Salgado, Blind Boys of Alabama & Maria Muldaur Headline 2014 Blast Furnace Blues 
Festival, set for Feb. 7-9, features 20 blues artists over three days
2013 Blues Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Curtis Salgado, multi-Grammy Award winners the Blind Boys of Alabama and Maria Muldaur & the Midnight Scramble headline three scorchin’ days of the blues during the Blast Furnace Blues Festival presented by Highmark Blue Shield Feb. 7-9, 2014 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Other performers who’ll take the stage include Grammy winners BeauSoleil; Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens; Candye Kane and Southern Hospitality, featuring lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire J.P. Soars and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright. On Feb. 7, Blast Furnace Blues will kick off with a night of local blues greats including the Sarah Ayers Band, James Supra Band, Dugan Thomas Band and the BC Combo. Read complete details here
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.
Are We Losing The Blues? Read/Watch This special report
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - The Blues: it's where rock got its roll, Soul got its soul and naturally the "B" in R & B stands for The Blues.
It's been said that The Blues was born in the fields of the Mississippi River Delta and came to Memphis to grow up. But where are The Blues now? What happened to juke joints and small record labels that gave us B.B. King, R.I. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and countless others? FOX13 News went in search of an answer and found out, the Blues may not be dead after all. But it has definitely become something different.
If there was no Blues music there would be no Beatles. No Elvis. No Isaac Hayes. Almost every single form of popular American music from hip-hop to country can trace its roots and influence back to The Blues and eventually, right back to Memphis. Read more and watch video here
2014 Blues Marathon & Expo in Jackson, Mississippi
Thurs-Sat, Jan 9-11, 2014 Blues Marathon & Expo at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS)
Pre-Race Expo: Thurs, Jan 9, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Fri, Jan 10, 2014 | 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Join Cat Head's Roger Stolle and Broke & Hungry Records' Jeff Konkel at their "Moonshine & Mojo Hands" blues booth… PLUS… Vendors from around the country will have running gear and accessories, and several local vendors will have Blues music-related items. Expo visitors will also enjoy live Blues music from Mississippi musicians.
Find complete info about this event and also how to register here.
Mississippi Blues Trail Unveiling Dec 5
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2pm at the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland, Mississippi, an unveiling ceremony will be held of the "Enlightenment of W.C. Handy Marker." Another marker honoring this blues trailblazer.
Mississippi Blues Trail markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed–and continue to exist–influenced their music. The sites run the gamut from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches. 
Blues Foundation News: Evening with Johnny Winter
Blues Hall of Fame member Johnny Winter performs at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street on Tuesday November 26 to raise funds for the Blues Hall of Fame. Johnny is very desirous of helping The Blues Foundation raise the necessary funds so in addition to his performance, there will be presentations, an auction and other activities designed to make this a night to remember in an intimate setting. Click HERE to get your tickets. Or call Cindi at 901.527.2583 extension 10.
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.
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
Kentuckian Blues Society Celebrates 25 years
The Kentuckiana Blues Society is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a concert this Saturday, Nov 16 at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The KBS has also released “The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II,” a collection of 12 original tracks by artists from Louisville and Indiana. Ten of the 12 artists will perform Saturday.
The CD will shine a spotlight on the artists and help raise money for the performers and the KBS. Artists will get $1 from each sale of a CD and 100 percent of digital sales, while the KBS will get $3 from each CD sale. The CD is at Better Days Records and online at all major digital retailers, including The KBS is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers
Elwood's BluesMobile
Take a Ride

Take a ride in the BluesMobile with Elwood Blues. Every week Elwood brings you the blues from old school to cutting edge, country blues, swing, soul, and straight up rock n roll. We ride fast, we play hard.
Join Elwood Blues every week, in the BluesMobile

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
Video of The Week
Sean Costello... "Love Is Amazing"
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 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
Friday - Saturday
November 29-30, 2013
Rock Hill, New York USA
December 7th 2013
Brandenton, Florida USA
 December 8th-10th 2013
 Austin, Texas USA
December 13th 2013
Reno, Nevada USA
January 16th-26th 2014
Coral Gables, Florida USA
January 19th-26th 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Friday - Saturday
January 24 - February 1, 2014
Ferndale, Michigan USA
Friday - Saturday
January 17th - 18th, 2014
Cherokee, Iowa USA
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