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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 2, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 1
Greetings from your Editor...
And the Blues rolls on... 
What comes sneaking up on you like a locomotive one day then quietly glides into the sunset the next? Yep, the end of the year. Quick, if you haven't already, get some paper and make a list of your resolutions. It could be fun, not just, "I'm going to quit eating everything in sight," or "I'm going to drive the speed limit even though everyone else is driving 80." Try making a wish list of things that aren't necessarily correcting bad habits (although it doesn't hurt to aim for a few). Maybe make a plan to go to that festival you've always wanted to go to or see that one particular artist that moves you or even support a music related cause. Or at least, as Blues Lovers United of San Diego President Janine Harty put it, "...let's all resolve to get out and support even MORE live music!"
The new year, like Spring, always seems to be a time of rebirth and a time to turn some things around and start with a fresh slate. Whatever you do, enjoy yourselves and bask in the fact that we always have music to soothe or ignite our souls. Here's to an amazing year full of music, laughter, friends, revelations, relaxation and thrills with few spills.
Blues Birthdays of Note: Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901); Jan 5 Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6 Kim Wilson (1951); Jan 8 Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at the legendary Filmore); Jan 9 Barbara Carr (1941); Jan 10 Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records).
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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Billy Jones of Billy Jones Bluez Band, shows off his Blues Festival Guide magazine at the Isle of Capri in Lula, Mississippi.
Photo: Beverly Fredericks
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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
Blues veteran, Niecie, has a new CD, Wanted Woman, that is exploding the blues world. This new release is produced by the legendary, former Allman Brothers, Johnny Neel. Wanted Woman is raw, rocking blues with flavors of soul and funk mixed in. Blazing guitar licks of Chris Anderson from the Outlaws smoke through the tracks like the Cannonball Express.
Since the release, Wanted Woman has been tearing up the blues scene. The cut “Blues Ain’t Nothin,’"was released as a single first and debuted at #2 on the APD Global charts. Wanted Woman has been landing on the charts worldwide including Europe, Canada, and Australia. Read all about it here...
Click to play"Traffic Light"
Tinsley Ellis :: MIDNIGHT BLUE
The name of his former band, the Heartfixers, hints as to what makes Tinsley Ellis a legend among his second generation postwar fellow blues artists. The passionate singer, consummate songwriter and hellfire guitarist delves deeper into the affairs of the heart through the “hard blues,” in John Lee Hooker’s memorable term. Having long ago absorbed the influences of B.B. and Freddie King, as well as British blues guitarists, Ellis commands a signature style of scalding, explosive power as heard to stunning effect on Midnight Blue.
Ten emotionally searing originals from Ellis with Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Lynn Williams (drums) and Ted Pecchio (bass) offer an unforgettable late night journey out of the heart of darkness. 
Click to play "If The River Keeps Rising"
News Flash
January Harp Blowout is Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson II
The Canyon Club & Special Events Center says: Hey fans of John Mayall Blues! If you're hankering for a mess o' the blues, we've got just what you need on Jan 5: Hummel Blues Harmonica Blowout, featuring a Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson II - by John Mayall, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, Curtis Salgado, Mark Hummel and more special guests!! Get tickets here
Mark Hummels' Harp Blowout Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson will also be appearing at several other West Coast locations throughout January.
See Hummel's calendar for further details and locations.
Sunshine returns to Florida January 18-19, 2014
With great music, great craft beers and great food, the 2nd Annual  Sunshine Music & Blues Festival headlined by the Tedeschi Trucks Band comes to Florida Saturday, January 18 at Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, South Florida); and Sunday, January 19 at Vinoy Park, (701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Area). Tickets are on sale here, all TicketMaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. 
The official Sunshine Music & Blues Festival After-Party will feature Col. Bruce Hampton, Mike Zito & The Wheel, Albert Castiglia and other special guests at The Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL). 
"Ghost of the Blues" Broadway Revue
Ghost of the Blues is a Blues music review featuring the songs of Son House, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, and Muddy Waters, with some added surprises. Players include Stacy Brooks as Etta James, Mud Morganfield as his father Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) and Dave “Biscuit” Miller as Willie Dixon.
Catch the premier of  the Ghost of the Blues, Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8pm at the Akron Civic Theatre. This will be their only appearance in Ohio for 2014 before they commence on their nationwide tour schedule.
Blues Foundation News: Purchase IBC and KBA Tix
You may now purchase your tickets for the 30th International Blues Challenge on January 21-January 25, 2014 in Memphis. There are two tickets, the IBC and the KBA. You also have the option of reserving your seat in the front center rows of the Orpheum for an additional fee. You can also order your 30th IBC commemorative tee-shirt. Click here to get your tickets and tees.
Huntsville, Alabama bar/music venue going cold turkey with indoor smoking ban (poll)
Huntsville, Alabama – If you like to smoke and drink at the same time, this evening marks the final night Voodoo Lounge Bar & Grill in downtown Huntsville will allow you to light up inside Voodoo, which is known for its smoky nighttime atmosphere and live blues and rock music, has joined a growing number of businesses that have adopted indoor smoking bans. Voodoo owner Lance Almon Smith said his six-year-old bar and music venue on 110 South Side Square will go smoke-free as a New Year's resolution starting Thursday [Jan 2, 2014]. To prepare customers for the change, Voodoo began selling e-cigarettes last week.
#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 started Thursday, December 26 @ 11am CST!
Visit for cabin pricing & details and great lineup!
Very Important: 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 
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!
Record Label News
Blind Pig to release new albums January 21
On January 21, 2014 renowned American roots music label Blind Pig Records will release new albums Sounds of Home from Damon Fowler, the master of the six string, slide guitar, lap steel and Dobro who's been compared to Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, and Duane Allman and Blues Shock from Billy Branch, the celebrated veteran of the Chicago blues scene recognized as one of the genre's finest harmonica players.
Blues Society News
"Road To Memphis" Fundraiser Concerts ... 
Great Lakes Blues Society's International Blues Challenge Committee presents the “Road to Memphis Fundraiser,” Sunday, January 12th, 3-8pm at Eastside Bar and Grill, (750 Hamilton Rd, London, Ontario). Performances include Chuckee Zehr and Lit'l CHICAGO, winners of the Solo and Band categories, plus The Stanley Brown Blues Band, The Woodcocks and Double Clutch. Proceeds from the $10 cover charge will be equally shared between the “Road to Memphis” winners to help offset travel expenses.
Every month the Ventura County Blues Society will bring you a very special show at the Chop Shop (4352 Valley Fair St., Simi Valley, CA). On Saturday January 11 it's the Delgado Brothers at 9p with Crooked Eye Tommy kicking off at 7p. Winners of the Santa Barbara Blues Society band challenge, our own Tommy Marsh leads Crooked Eye Tommy and are on their way to Memphis. This performance is a fund raiser to help them gather additional funds to support their trip to Memphis. Come on out a support them. Plan to come early for a good seat.
Blues Lovers United of San Diego regional IBC winner the Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins Band will hold a concert one January 11 at Tio Leo's Lounge (Napa/Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA) from 1-5p to help raise travel expenses for their trip to compete in Memphis. In 2007, Fuzzy received a Grammy for his guitar work on Ike Turner’s Grammy award winning Best Traditional Blues recording “Risin’ With the Blues.”
Elwood's BluesMobile
Risque Blues

When is a lemon not a lemon? If you need a little sugar in your bowl, is that what you REALLY need? Or perhaps what's needed is some lead in your pencil. Is it true your record really is a big ten inches? Or is it your cream pie that's nice and tight? For the answers to these questions: we turn to the blues.
The risqué blues. Next time in the BluesMobile.
The risqué blues. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 
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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Boca Raton, Florida USA
Sunday, January 19, 2014
St. Petersburg, Florida USA
January 16th-26th 2014
Coral Gables, Florida USA
January 19th-26th 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Friday - Saturday
January 17th - 18th, 2014
Cherokee, Iowa USA
Friday - Saturday
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
February 8th, 2014
Des Moines, Iowa USA
February 13th-16th 2014
Boquete, Chiriqui Panama
February 15th-16th 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
February 15th-16th 2014
Clearwater, Florida USA
Monday - Sunday
February 24th-March 2nd 2014
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada
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