Greetings from your Editor...
Time to gather 2013 in your thoughts and prepare to say "goodbye! The holiday season always seems to be a time to open up our hearts even more than usual. This past year we've all had some amazing "family" experiences via blues. Let's not let the end of the season be a reason to let those warm feelings slide or to forget about reaching out to a friend in need. I saw a poignant message recently: "Give beyond reason, care beyond hope, love without limit... reach, stretch and dream, in spite of your fears." Let's carry on that peaceful, together feeling... and what better way to celebrate than with our blues family. No matter how you celebrate (or don't celebrate) the holiday season, know that we at the Blues Festival Guide will always be here carrying on. Thanks for sharing a terrific year with us and here's to helping keep the festivals alive and flourishing!
"Together we stand, divided we fall, come on now people let's get on the ball and work together. Come on, come on, let's work together. You know together we will stand every boy, girl woman and man." (Wilbert Harrison)
Blues Birthdays of Note: Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944), Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914), Johnny Otis (1921), Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929), Terry Hanck (1944), Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928), Dec 31 Odetta (1930), Jan 1 Frank Stokes (1888), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896), Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939)
Talk to ya next year! Your ever-grateful editor,
Send us fave photos with the Annual BFG Magazine
Here's two young family members, Riley & Jake Pabst, getting into their copy of the Blues Festival Guide magazine on Christmas day, Dec 25, 2013.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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Bob Lanza Blues Band :: 'TIL THE PAIN IS GONE
There is only one way to play the blues: From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Lanza, from the wilds of north New Jersey, leaves no doubt as to motivation with a scorching second release 'Til The Pain Is Gone
, following his debut Things Ain’t So Bad
(2009). Years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps and backing legends like James Cotton prepared his audition as a new blues guitar hero. The Bob Lanza Blues Band also represented the New York Blues & Jazz Society at the 2011 International Blues Challenge.
The 12 original and cover tunes on 'Til The Pain Is Gone range from tough to tender and are backed by the Reverend Sandy Joren (bass), Noel Sagerman (drums), David “Snakeman” Runyan (harmonica) and a number of guest artists, including son Jake Lanza (guitar).
Bob Lanza presents a convincing story and expresses universal emotions on 'Til The Pain Is Gone.
Howard Glazer :: STEPCHILD OF THE BLUES
Detroit guitar virtuoso Howard Glazer's Stepchild Of The Blues
draws upon his eclectic musical past to deliver rootsy guitar based blues and blues rock. Written, engineered and produced by Glazer himself, this CD is rich with his unmistakable tone, smokin' technique and fiery slide/resonator work. Two songs feature Harmonica Shah, their first time reunited on CD in 10 years and Chuck Bartels (Bass/Bettye Lavette band) on 3 songs. 9 original tracks, 6 new songs and 3 new takes on Glazer classics.
Howard Glazer has performed worldwide and was recently nominated for the 2013 Downbeat Critics Choice awards: Best Rising Star-Guitarist and Best Blues Artist along with multiple Detroit Music Awards. Checkout his latest release, Stepchild Of The Blues.
"Don't Love You No More"
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.
The Wolf of Wall Street soundtrack heavy on blues
Mother Jones -
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street
is the year's best film—a towering achievement in humor and sprawling excess. The movie hits theaters on Christmas Day, and dramatizes the testosterone-soaked saga of Jordan Belfort, co-founder and chairman of Long Island brokerage house Stratton Oakmont, who went down for securities fraud and money laundering in the 1990s.
The Wolf of Wall Street soundtrack is heavy on blues music, and includes some familiar names such as Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Bo Diddley. But one of the songs prominently featured in a couple of scenes in The Wolf of Wall Street is by a blues-rock duo you probably haven't heard of: The band is the Los Angeles-based 7Horse, with Phil Leavitt on drums and lead vocals, and Joie Calio on guitar.
The Paramount Records Cabinet of Wonders
For the past two years, in collaboration with Revenant Records—the Austin, Texas–based label founded by John Fahey and run since his death, in 2001, by attorney Dean Blackwood—[Jack] White has been spending his hard-earned arena-rock dollars funding the process of hunting down and remastering 1600 78rpm tracks originally released by the legendary Paramount label. The first result, The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records 1917–1932, Volume One, comprising 800 tracks by 172 artists, was released October 30, 2013. Volume Two will released in November 2014. The first set is housed in what is called a "wonder-cabinet" which contains lavish packaging and printed materials, a USB drive containing all 800 tracks and six LPs with 87 tracks.
The Blues Foundation is thankful for all the support it has received throughout the year, including, for the third consecutive year, a very generous year-end donation to the HART Fund by the FDC Foundation.
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Lineup Announced
+ Remaining Cabins go on Sale December 26th
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 Mexican Riviera • Oct. 4~11, 2014
Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas & Mazatlan
Open Cabin Sales start Thursday, December 26 @ 11am CST!
In order to select a stateroom for the #23 Mexican Riviera cruise you will need to have your user name and password. This will allow you to access our reservation system. If you have forgotten your user name/password, click to reset
. Unsure or need help creating an account?
Please email Bluesin@BluesCruise.com.
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
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More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Central Iowa Blues Society 2014 Winter Blues Fest
The Central Iowa Blues Society will present their 2014 Winter Blues Fest at the Downtown Marriott on Feb. 8. The event features 10 acts on six stages. Here's the lineup: John Nemeth, Nikki Hill, Chris O'Leary Band, Chad Elliott & Bonita Crowe, Rock Island Rollers, Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, Annie Mack, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Jefco and the Bob Pace Band and the After Hours Jam.
Once again, the New Year is creeping up on us. Before we leap into 2014 enthusiastically with both feet, let us listen back enthusiastically to the music that brought us here. The best blues of 2013. Bettye LaVette, James Hunter, Buddy Guy, JJ Grey, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, Cyril Neville, Robert Randolph, and more.
The best of 2013. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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