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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 21, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 47
Greetings from your Editor...
The Blues still smoke...

Great American Smokeout Day is the third Thursday of November (today). Hard to imagine a die-hard, blues juke joint without smoke swirling. Things have changed in so many ways in our society over the years. Yep, I used to smoke. When I was about 14 years old a bunch of us girls would go to one of the more savvy girls' house at lunchtime and "practice" smoking. Sometimes I'd have to lay down because I got so dizzy but we forged forward. I eventually stopped about 8 years later when I had an epiphany that I was like a junkie - a slave to a cigarette. Well, that stuck me like a bolt of lightening and somehow stopped cold. I know it's obviously not so easy for most but I felt so convicted! Plus, if I had to pay the cost of smoking these days, man, I'd be in the poor house. Alas, wish I could look at sugar the same way I looked at those cigarettes long ago.
At any rate... take care... we know the blues will still be smokin'!
Blues Birthdays of Note this week: Nov 21 Dr. John (1940); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945), Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926), Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914), Jimmy Johnson (1928), Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915).
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.
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Andrea Szabo (Mama's New Bag Band) displays her CD and the Blues Festival Guide after performing at "Playing for Change Day" Sept 21 at The Hut in Elenora, Queensland Australia.
Photo: Greyrose
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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
Charlie Musselwhite:: JUKE JOINT CHAPEL
The live and kicking Juke Joint Chapel, Charlie Musselwhite’s latest gem, showcases five originals and seven choice covers with a stone groove band of Matt Stubbs (guitar), Mike Phillips (bass) and June Core (drums). “The blues sounded like how I felt growing up. Too many people think of the blues as sad, but I think many of these tunes will immediately dispel that notion, as they are fun, dancing tunes that lift your spirits. I often tell people that the blues is your buddy in good times and your comforter in bad times. It empowers you to keep going,” states bluesman extraordinaire Charlie Musselwhite. “It is secular spiritual music, the gospel blues. It’s music from the heart instead of the head.”
Click to play "Strange Land"
Eric Bibbs :: JERICHO ROAD
Stony Plain Records announces the release of Jericho Road, the new CD from multi-award winning singer/songwriter Eric Bibb. The latest album from Bibb is a masterful collection of 13 songs and two bonus tracks that solidifies his journey as a true story-teller, where blues, folk and world music intersect at a musical crossroads.
“The new record is an ambitious studio project that’s been a few years in the making,” says Eric Bibb about Jericho Road. “It was produced by Glen Scott, a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, arranger and producer, who I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with on several earlier albums."
Click to play "Freedom Train"
News Flash
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
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."
We have advance purchase discount VIP packages with front stage seating, free drinks and food and a large shade tent. The festival also features a Kick-Off Party on Thursday night and two After-Shows at the historic Palladium Theater on Friday and Saturday following the shows. Read complete details here
Memphis Soul Men The Bo-Keys Release Two Vinyl/Digital 45s on Electraphonic Recordings 
Memphis soul men, The Bo-Keys, just released two vinyl/digital-only 45s this week on Electraphonic Recordings. A mini-documentary chronicles the recording of these sides, featuring band members Howard Grimes (Al Green), Archie "Hubbie" Turner (Al Green), and guest vocalist Percy Wiggins (ATCO Records). This is deep soul from a mix of the folks who recorded with Hi and Stax in the 1960s and a new crop of devotees.
Antone's - Austin's Famed Nightclub Is Sold
New York Times - Antone’s, a nightclub in Austin, Tex., that played a big part in establishing that city’s reputation as one of the nation’s centers of live music, has agreed to be bought by a consortium including a National Geographic scientist and a former member of the Dave Matthews Band.
The club, founded by Clifford Antone in 1975, was best known as a home for blues, and it helped start the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and, more recently, Gary Clark Jr. Mr. Antone died in 2006 at 56.
2014 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Canceled
The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival has canceled the 2014 festival along with the 2014 Southern Maryland Blues Festival which made its debut this past September.
The organizers have said they hope to be back in action in 2015. (excerpt from their Facebook pg) "Since the charities that we support rely on these festivals, we ask that you help them out in 2014 by making a donation either directly to them or to Chesapeake Bay Events on their behalf."
2014 KBA “Publicist” Recipient Frank Roszak Promotions 
Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.
This year the 2014 KBA for Publicist was awarded to Frank Roszak Promotions of North Hills, California. “How sweet it is to be affiliated with an organization like the Blues Foundation along with all the previous and current recipients of the KBA,” said Roszak. “I have never been so honored and humbled”.
Blues Foundation News: KBA Recipients + IBC News
Congratulations to the 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipients:
Affiliated Organization: Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois - Rockford, Illinois
Art: Cristen Craven Barnard -
Senatobia, Mississippi
Club: Kingston Mines - Chicago, Illinois
Education: Tas Cru - Chaumont, New York
Festival (International): Cazorla Blues Festival - Cazorla, Spain
Festival (U.S.): Mississippi Valley Blues Festival - Davenport, Iowa
Film, Television and Video: Stefan Grossman - Sparta, New Jersey
Historical Preservation:
George Mitchell - Fort Myers, Florida
International: The Royal Mail Hotel - Goodna, Queensland, Australia
Journalism: Gene Tomko - Lafayette, Louisiana
Literature: Gerard Herzhaft - Lyon, France
Manager: Marcia Weaver - Jackson, Mississippi
Photography: Dick Waterman - Oxford, Mississippi
Producer: Tom Hambridge - Nashville, Tennessee
Promoter: Myron Mu - San Francisco, California
Publicist: Frank Roszak - North Hills, California
Radio (Commercial): Jerry Schaefer - East Islip, New York
Radio (Public): Larry Lisk - St. Petersburg, Florida
Record Label: Stony Plain Records - Edmonton, Alberta
Special Committee Award: Blue Star Connection - Winter Park, Colorado
IBC News...Scott Allen is taking orders for advertising in the IBC program. The deadline is a bit earlier than usual this year as is the IBC itself. Reserve your space by December 6 with artwork due December 13. Contact information and additional details can be found here.
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
Lizard Creek Blues Society 14th Anniversary Show Nov 29
Lizard Creek Blues Society 14th Anniversary Show will be held November 29, 2013 from 6pm to 11pm at the Best Western Starlite Village (1518 3rd Ave NW, Junction of Hwy 7 and Hwy 169), Fort Dodge, Iowa. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Music begins at 7:00 pm with the Mudd Jugg Blues Band and at 9 pm it's Too Slim and the Taildraggers $15 advance, $20 at the door. See here for ticket locations and more info. 
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Soul Blues

Mix up a little soul music with some old school electric blues, and you get a funky genre all its own. They call it soul blues. Imagine that! Give a listen to some of the folks who made it what it is - Little Milton, Ann Peebles, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Then, some folks bringing it to us today: Dorothy Moore and Johnny Rawls!
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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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