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Thankful for the Blues...
A hearty Happy Thanksgiving and also Happy Hanukkah to our Judaistic friends (this is first time in 125 years that they have coincided on the same day). There are so many things for all of us to be thankful for and sometimes we have to remind ourselves what they are. A great mantra to recite everyday would be simply to recall even the smallest positive things before we shut off the light at night and/or each morning when we awake.
I'm sure I can speak for all of us when I say I'm thankful I got turned on to blues music and indeed all of it's facets. It was a natural introduction as I realized it was already a part of my soul. Then to find out how truly huge the like-minded blues family is and from all corners of the earth. I, for one, feel extremely thankful and blessed to be part of that rich family.
We here at BFG want to thank all of our Blues loving friends for being an extension of our little family tree! We're thankful for those things that bring us together in music and really, just plain life! Many blessings to you and yours. Embrace the feelings and enjoy! And yes, I had pumpkin pie for breakfast!
"Well, I start to count my blessings - that's all that I need to do. And I've got to give thanks for the joy of living my life with you." (Ruthie Foster)
Blues Birthdays of Note this week: Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Shuggie Otis (1953), Dec 4 Larry Davis (1936), Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1899), "Little Richard" Penniman (1932), Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934).
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
Send us fave photos with the 11th Annual BFG Magazine
Irma Thomas and BFG's David visit while holding a copy of the Blues Festival Guide on the Oct 2013 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
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
Nuno Mindelis :: ANGELS & CLOWNS
Brazilian blues/roots guitarist Nuno Mindelis’ Shining Stone Records label debut CD is Angels & Clowns
. It was produced by Duke Robillard and features backing by the Duke Robillard Band, with a special guest vocal performance by label-mate Sunny Crownover. The rest of the album session players include Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass and Mark Teixeira on drums.
The “baker’s dozen” 13 tracks on Angels & Clowns
were recorded at Lakewest Recording and mixed by John Paul Gauthier. They showcase a highly creative guitarist who infuses his blues music with a number of exotic influences, including the roots music of his Brazilian homeland on the all-original songs, which include two dazzling instrumentals. Read more about it here
"Blues In My Cabin"
Brad Wilson :: HANDS ON THE WHEEL
Brad Wilson is a California guitar-slinger who plays high-octane, rocked-up blues with a touch of soulful Americana. This charismatic and talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter performs over 100 shows a year, His latest release, Hands On The Whee
l, is a 14-song package house on the European label, Music Avenue/Blues Boulevard Records. The label has released albums by Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker, along with today's newest blues stars. Wilson has garnered a reputation as a smokin’ hot blues player who will rock the house anytime, anyhow, anywhere.
"Hands On The Wheel"
Live filming of Original Legends of The Blues Dec 6
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.
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
Bradenton Blues Festival Dec 7
The Bradenton Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, December 7 at the Bradenton, Florida Riverwalk overlooking the Manatee River. Artists appearing are Shemekia Copeland, Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, Trampled Underfoot, Anthony Gomes, John Nemeth, Johnny Rawls, Albert Castiglia and Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling. Food, drink, art, and an array of vendors will also be onhand.
Historic downtown Bradenton is a short drive from Sarasota, Tampa, and the sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat.
Harlem Street Singer: The Reverend Gary Davis Story
The movie documentary, Harlem Street Singer: The Reverend Gary Davis Story
, tells the story of Gary Davis, one of the most underrated musicians of our time. Though Davis has had a huge influence on many well-known musicians, including Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane, David Bromberg, Bob Dylan, Woody Mann, Dave Van Ronk, and Townes van Zandt, his story has gone virtually unknown until now. Read lots more cool details here
Jeff Jensen Donates $1,000 in Beale Street Tips
Memphis Bluesman Jeff Jensen, who has played regularly in Beale Street blues clubs over the past several years, surprised the staff of the Blues Foundation by presenting 1,000 one dollar bills, which he collected over the past year in tips while playing on Beale Street, as a donation to the Foundation’s “Raise the Roof” Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame.
Jensen said his donation was prompted by his love of the blues: “I make my living playing blues music and have for almost 10 years now. It is way more than a job, it truly is a calling. I try my hardest to make people’s lives better through my music. So when I heard the slogan “If not now, when? If not us, who?” it really hit me. That “us” is me. I started thinking about what can I really do, and realized that the tip bucket was the place to start.“ Read more about Jeff and his story here
Beat Electronics Backing Muscle Shoal Upgrades
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jimmy Iovine and Luke Wood were so moved by the "Muscle Shoals" documentary, they're putting up money to make sure the unique spirit of the Alabama music haven lives on.
The Beats Electronics officials are starting a program to refurbish and upgrade two historic studios in Muscle Shoals -- FAME Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio -- then will install education programs to train a new generation of producers, audio engineers and musicians.
"We want to look back at another Muscle Shoals revival based on what was learned in these studios in the next five to 10 years," said Wood, president of Beats. Read all about it here
Blues Foundation News:
Blues Festival Guide Helps Raise The Roof on LRBC
On the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise this past October, The Blues Foundation once again had a big presence. A whole bunch of folks raised a whole bunch of money (and awareness) for the Blues Hall of Fame
. The Blues Foundation is currently conducting the Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame, a $3.5 million capital campaign to add Hall of Fame exhibits to their offices at 421 South Main, Memphis, TN. Kaati from The Blues Festival Guide and her beau David were part of the fun group of volunteers that worked the Raise the Roof booth.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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:
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Annual Member Parties in San Diego and Wisconsin...
Sunday, December 8, Blues Lovers United of San Diego
(BLUSD) are throwing a Member Appreciation Party from 1-5pm at the House of Blues (1055 5th Ave., San Diego). Appearing will be L.A.’s blues-roots band, The 44s with special guest James Harman; the Bayou Brothers, 2013 San Diego Music Award’s “Best Blues” winners; Ben Powell, the 2012 BLUSD IBC winner and a set comprised of a youth blues band. Doors 12:15pm. No cover for BLUSD members, $15.00 for non-members (can be applied to a yearly membership of $25 single, $35 family), $5.00 for children 12-17 years of age and no cover for children under 12 years when accompanied by an adult.
December 10 the Grafton Blues Association
will hold its annual Membership Holiday Party at Alley Katz (219 N. Franklin St., Port Washington, Wisconsin). The event is open to all current and future members of the GBA. The festivities begin at 6:00PM with food and beverages, followed by a performance by The Katz Sass at Approx. 7:00PM - the open Jam will begin at approx. 8:00PM until 10PM. We will be collecting donations for our two GBA member bands traveling to Memphis in January. T-shirts will be available for purchase to show your support, or you can make a donation. Please bring a dish, dessert or treats to share and your dancing shoes. Membership renewals area also due at this time, we will have membership cards on hand to get you renewed.
John Mayall turns eighty this week, and we celebrate with a look back at his wonderful career, and some of the musicians he helped start on THEIR careers – including Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac. Plus, the great music of the man himself.
John Mayall. Next time, in The BluesMobile.
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Nuno Mindelis... "It's All About Love"
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