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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 19, 2013
Vol 8/Issue 51
Greetings from your Editor...
Blues for Christmas

Well I asked and received a few more songs that light up yer holiday tree! Tas Cru shares his beautiful holiday tune, "Won't Have Those Christmastime Blues"; Teri Pealer, Vice President of the Cleveland Blues Society wants us to checkout "Christmas Time" by Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials and sends blues blessings.
I did promise that I'd share the entire list I got from a reader that couldn't narrow down below 12. Here's a link to John Houston's 12 eclectic faves.
One of my all-time faves is Angela Strehli's version of "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"  (originally Mabel Scott) ... "Well, look here Jack, jumpin' down the track, he's got rhythm in his feet but nothing in his sack." Also LouAnn Barton's version of "Please Come Home For Christmas." "Friends and relations, sing salutations, as sure as the stars shine above. Oh, this is Christmas, Christmas my dear, the time to be with the one you love." 
Thanks all for submitting and have yourself a glorious and bluesy holiday!
Blues Birthdays of Note: Dec 19 Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918), Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw (1902), Carla Thomas (1942), Dec 22 Lil Green (1919), Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935), Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924), Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949), Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944)
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
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Here's Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds showing off the Blues Festival Guide magazine before his 14th annual Christmas concert in Ocean Beach, CA, Sunday Dec 15, 2013.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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!
Want 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
When Tampa Bay Area-based guitarist Sean Chambers began planning for his next album release, he decided to do things differently than he had on previous albums and looked northward to Nashville with its amazing studios, musicians and songwriting talent. The result will be released on October 15 when Sean’s new album, The Rock House Sessions, comes out on Blue Heat Records.  
Click to play "Your Love Is My Disease"
Jon Zeeman :: DOWN ON MY LUCK
2013 brings a new direction for Jon Zeeman with his vocal debut release of, Down On My Luck, which includes ten new original tracks and one cover, Johnny Winter’s, “I Love Everybody.”
From the age of 8, Jon Zeeman has been obsessed with guitars, amplifiers, wah-wah pedals, power tubes, Johnny Winter, B.B King, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, Growing up outside NYC, he studied classical piano and decided on a career in music at the ripe age of 13.  Read more about it here
Click to play "You're Right, I'm Wrong"
News Flash
Enjoy Brunch with Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington at Blast Furnace Blues Feb. 9 
If you’re a fan of Walter “Wolfman” Washington, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see this incredible musician perform during the special Blues Brunch at Blast Furnace Blues presented by Highmark Blue Shield Feb. 9 in Bethlehem, Pa. The legendary singer/guitarist will be joined by his band, The Roadmasters, in the intimate setting of the Musikfest Café, serving up a scorching’ set as guests enjoy an amazing New Orleans-style brunch. An icon on the New Orleans music scene, Washington is known for his dynamic blend of blues, funk and R&B. 
Buddy Guy, Michael McDonald & Irma Thomas Headline 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
Rosebud Agency segues out of booking on high notes for Grammy Nominations and Blues Music Award Nominations 
The Rosebud Agency will be segueing out of booking representation at the end of 2013. Unforeseen circumstances leading to a concern about being able to deliver the same level of service indicated that it was time to wind down the agency side of the company. Agency founder Mike Kappus will continue to work on special projects in addition to select artist management as he has for the past 42 years. The booking side of the agency will remain active until the end of 2013 and will retain staff to follow up on agency business into 2014.
Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn Documentary 
Babe's and Ricky's Inn, the Award winning blues documentary produced and directed by Ramin Niami, chronicles the last days of one of the most unique and vibrant blues clubs in the world. For over fifty years, Laura Mae "Mama" Gross, an African American woman from Mississippi, brought musicians together, regardless of race, age, or gender, in a place where only the music mattered. The club was originally located on legendary Central Avenue in South Central LA. Official Movie Trailer at YouTube 
Blind Raccoon Roots & Blues Showcase
Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. during IBC week, there will be a party happening at the Purple Haze Night Club in Downtown Memphis. A $5 donation gets one a copy of Blind Raccoon Collection: Volume Two - a sampler of 17 tunes from Blind Raccoon's clients. Twelve clients of Blind Raccoon perform for the International Blues Challenge attendees. This year the artists appearing are from the states of TX, WA, KS, MO, PA, NY, NJ, AL, New York City and Canada.
Blues Foundation News:
2014 Best Self-Produced CD - Final Round 
The 2014 Best Self-Produced CD competition has entered the final round! The winner will be announced at the International Blues Challenge on January 25, 2014 at Finals in the Orpheum Threatre January 25, 2014. Discs are listed in alphabetical order by affiliate.
The 5 discs that advanced to the FINAL ROUND are listed here.
- Blues Society of Tulsa:
FaceBook Blues Little Joe McLerran
- Maine Blues Society:
Keep Jukin Blues Prophets
- Topeka Blues Society:
Blues and Trouble Grand Marquis
- Washington Blues Society:
Monday Night The CD Woodbury Band
- West Michigan Blues Society:
Account To Me Hank Mowery
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Lineup Announced
+ Remaining Cabins go on Sale December 26th
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise is the world's only
fully chartered blues cruise, sailing twice annually.
Oct. 4~11, 2014 Mexican Riviera:
This West Coast Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise sails from Los Angeles, CA roundtrip to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan.
Lineup announced: Taj Mahal Trio, Los Lobos, Elvin Bishop w/ Special Guest Roy Gaines, The Lowrider Band, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue w/ Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Deanna Bogart, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ruthie Foster, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Ronnie Baker Brooks (7-piece band), Janiva Magness, The Mannish Boys Revue w/ Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, Trampled Under Foot, Bernard Allison, Johnny Rawls Soul Revue, Colin James (Canada), Curtis Salgado / Lloyd Jones Duo, Doug MacLeod, Carolyn Wonderland, California Honeydrops, Dennis Jones, The 44's, Eden Brent (Piano Bar), Leon Blue (Piano Bar), Deanna Bogart (Piano Bar), Scottie Miller (Piano Bar), Steve Willis (Piano Bar), 2014 Blues Foundation IBC Winner. More TBA
They are no longer accepting pre-book deposits. Remaining cabins will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, December 26 at 11am CST. Those who have placed a pre-book deposit should have already received your specific cabin assignment information. If you have not received, please contact the office at (816) 753-7979 immediately. 
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
Toronto Blues Society Blues Booster of the Year
The Toronto Blues Society is proud to announce the recipient of the Blues Booster of the Year award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry. The award goes to Mississauga based Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle. Held annually in the picturesque Port Credit area of Mississauga, the Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle is a nationally renowned blues festival now heading in to its 16th year. Congratulations to everyone on the THSS Team for their years of hard work and dedication!
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents blues piano player Scottie Miller in concert this Sunday Dec 22 at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf. Iowa. Scottie, a member of the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame, is also a touring member of the Ruthie Foster band. Scottie went to the Berklee School of Music in Boston... "not exactly a welcoming environment for a blues pianist."
Elwood's BluesMobile
Blue Christmas

Christmas is once again upon us. And that means we pull on our stockings, give the elves a shot of cognac, and get ready to deliver the blues. Now this ain’t no normal Christmas show. It's a BLUE Christmas, my friends, with BB King, Dr. John, Smokey Robinson, Shemekia Copeland, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the Nightcats, and much much more.
Grab your nog and join us. A very blues-y Christmas. Next time, in the Bluesy-mobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
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Carey Bell... "Christmas Train"
Buddy and Hopkins
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January 24th - February 1st 2014
Ferndale, Michigan USA
 February 1st 2014
 Mt. Martha, Victoria Australia 
February 7th-8th 2014
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania USA
February 7th-9th 2014
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania USA
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