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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 20, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 8
Greetings from your Editor...
Walkin' the dog...

Well, I haven't had a dog in years and the cat gets pretty annoyed when I try to put him on a leash (LOL!), but no matter, a celebration is in order Feb 22, as it's "Walking The Dog Day." Right about now I bet most of you are singing to yourselves, "if you don't know how to do it, I'll show you how to walk the dog," or at least bobbing in your chair to that classic Rufus Thomas song.
   Johnny Winter's birthday is this week. He recorded a song called "Mad Dog ("I'm foaming at the mouth baby can't you see") ... now maybe "just a, just a, just a" nice little walk might have helped. 
Birthdays of Note: Feb 20 Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898), Feb 21 Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903), Nina Simone (1933), "Ernie K-Doe" Kador (1936) Feb 23 Johnny Winter (1944) Feb 24 Freddie Robinson (1939), Willie Kent (1936), George Thorogood (1950) Feb 25 Ida Cox (1896), Andrew Brown (1937) Feb 26 Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928), Bob "Bear" Hite (1945).
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.
Special Advertising Opportunities
ATTENTION: Station Managers or Blues Deejays
(Internet Stations, TV Stations and Webcasts Welcome)
 RE: Blues Radio Page in the Blues Festival Guide Magazine
The Annual Blues Festival Guide will once again feature a special section that has listings of radio stations and internet radio stations that feature blues; also television programming.
Plus you get a free website listing and a magazine mailed to you!
The purposes of this Blue Radio Page compilation are many:
• Record companies can send you product for airplay
• Bands can send demos
• Promoters can contact DJs about upcoming events
• Fans can tune in to your show
 If you would like to be included in our Blues Radio Page, click here and complete the order form as directed and submit payment.
Deadline for submission of your order with payment is March 15, 2014. Please contact us with any further questions at or 775 337 8344. Thank you! Your Friends at The Blues Festival Guide
Time to Order Your Print Ad in the 12th Annual
Time to order your print ad in the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Once-a-year marketing opportunity!
100,000 copies distributed for free throughout U.S. and Canada.
Thousands more will read it in Digital Format.
Affordable and effective. Use this link below to order your ad
or call 775 337 8344 or email
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the Annual BFG Magazine
Here's guitarist, singer, songwriter Chris Cain (rt) and Gordon Bulcock onboard the January 2014 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Gordon also plays guitar in the Florida area and is our former e-Guide Editor. He and partner Nancy Edwards, our former Marketing Director were representing the Blues Festival Guide while having the time of their lives! Cool!
Photo: Nancy Edwards
Email your fave photos plus caption & credit to:
You can enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on cover at right for our online digital version!
Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society or look for one at a blues festival or find order information here.
CD & DVD Releases
Black Hen Music presents Steve Dawson's brand new album, Rattlesnake Cage. Sometimes it’s best to just put up a microphone in a room, sit down and play your guitar... This is the record that Steve Dawson’s growing number of fans have been waiting for. Rattlesnake Cage finally gives them the opportunity to hear Steve interact with his guitar in a way that has never been captured on record before. Until now, hearing the sweet melodies and deep soul of Steve playing solo guitar has been a treat reserved for live audiences in intimate settings. 
Click to play "Blind Thomas At The Crime Scene" 
Sunday Wilde :: HE DIGS ME
He Digs Me is the new album from Sunday Wilde. This sweet and scrumptious selection of 13 tunes from Sunday redefines her style bringing in drums and some electricity into her growling and succinct passionate delivery of mostly originals. “The most fascinating singer and songwriter in the blues today” says N. Norgel, Wasser Prawda (GR).
This selection of songs range from Sunday’s unique originals about men, love, poverty and her growling soft vocal delivery to some very interesting takes on old classics like Patsy Cline’s "I fall to Pieces," and Bessie Smith’s "Black Mountain Blues." He Digs Me is available now at most digital retailers like: iTunesAmazon, CDBaby
Sunday’s music has played worldwide on roots and blues stations and has hit 1 on BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM Radio and #1 on Amazon Best Sellers List. In 2013 she won Best International Blues Release at the Jimi Awards for her recent album, nominated for studio album of the year in Uk, been featured in The Blues Magazine (London, UK) and has been reviewed worldwide. Radio programmers can conveniently access her new album at AirplayDirect or Radio Submit. Sunday is booking now. Contact us via her website.
Click to play"Handle Me" 
Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown :: GOIN' TO THE DELTA
Pack a bag. Buckle up. Hit the gas. Goin’ To The Delta invites you to ride shotgun with Kim Simmonds on a musical road trip through his spiritual homeland. “When I started the band back in 1965,” says Savoy Brown’s iconic frontman and guitarist, “The concept was to be a British version of a Chicago blues band. Now, here we are in 2014, and once again, the music on this recording echoes the blues sounds of Chicago.” Released in February 2014 on Ruf Records, Goin’ To The Delta is the sound of a band with the wind in their sails. 
Click to play"Laura Lee
News Flash
The Orange County Blues Society's Benefit to "Raise the Roof” is set for February 23rd in Anaheim, California
The benefit to Raise the Roof is a once in a lifetime Blues concert presented by the Orange County Blues Society at House of Blues Anaheim on February 23rd, 2014, from 3-7 PM. This event, in conjunction with The Blues Foundation, is part of a Nationwide campaign to raise funds to build a Blues Music Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN.
Headlining the show is the Laurie Morvan Band. After winning the Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2010 International Blues Challenge, the Laurie Morvan Band lit up the stage in their very own half-hour TV special, which continues to air Nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival: CANNED HEAT
The 25th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 24th & 25th, 2014.
The Blues Stage will feature some of the most talented and renowned Blues & Roots acts in the world both Saturday and Sunday.
One of those is Canned Heat who’s unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, “On The Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together,” and “Going Up The Country,” became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. 
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. 
Lancaster Roots and Blues ...A Festival of Music Feb 21-22
Join in on the most exciting festival in Lancaster, Feb 21-22. Lancaster Roots and Blues is a Festival of Music over two evenings at five great, indoor venues on nine stages in beautiful downtown Lancaster PA.
The event will feature a variety of blues, folk, jazz, bluegrass, funk & soul, zydeco, polka, a touch of rock and roots reggae. The roster of over 50 bands includes Grammy winning national acts as well as some of the best regional and local bands. Stock up on this year's hottest roots and blues merchandise. 10% of all sales of artists’ merchandise will go to Music for Everyone. Support the artists AND a great non-profit!
Buy tickets for one or both nights here. This is a 21 and over event.
Rock, Blues and Soul Legends Featured in Upcoming PBS Concert Special Filmed in 1989
ABC Radio Online -A special featuring highlights from a star-studded concert celebrating the 1989 inauguration of President George H.W. Bush will premiere on PBS stations starting on March 1.
A Celebration of Blues & Soul: The 1989 Inaugural Concert boasts never-before-seen footage from the event, which included performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, Sam Moore, Bo Diddley, Billy Preston, Willie Dixon, Dr. John and Percy Sledge, among many others.
Robert Johnson's son wins custody of photos, profits

JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court says Claud Johnson (lt) can keep profits from the only two known photographs of his father, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson.
The case turned on a technicality. The court ruled Thursday that other family members knew as early as 1990 about the photos and royalty payments. A court declared Claud Johnson the musician’s sole heir in 1998. Under Mississippi’s statute of limitation, the state Supreme Court ruled a legal challenge should have been filed no later than 1994. A lawsuit by other family members over the photos was filed in 2000. The court rejected arguments that the clock started when Claud Johnson was named sole heir.
Robert Johnson was destitute when he died in 1938 at age 27. A collection of his recordings won a Grammy in 1990.
Attention Musicians and Industry Professionals
This Monday, Music Managers Forum and MusicOntario present a panel on "The Stages of a Manager's Career: The Evolution of a Career in Music Management." Panelists will present informative strategies on how to begin, grow and sustain a career in music management. Monday February 24, 6-8pm, The Foundery, Toronto, Canada. Tickets.
Hop over the Pacific for Byron Bay Bluesfest – Easter 2014
What were your New Year’s resolutions this year? Travel more? See live music? Meet new people? Down Under Answer has the solution to mark them all off right now!
Australia’s premier blues and roots festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th birthday, April 17–21 and all the stops have been pulled out to throw a spectacular five-day party that you will never forget! With an incredible lineup featuring some of the world’s biggest names in blues, roots, soul, gospel, R&B and rock giving more than 200 amazing performances across seven stages. Do not miss this chance to experience the 25th anniversary Bluesfest.
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Great Lineup 
+ Remaining Cabins are on Sale Now... go for it!
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 Mexican Riviera • Oct. 4~11, 2014 
Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas & Mazatlan 
Limited Cabins still available!
Visit for cabin pricing and 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 to access our reservation system. If you forgot your user name/password Just click to reset. Unsure or need help? 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!
Blues Foundation News
Blues Fantasy Camp Auction Ends Saturday
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is presenting their second Blues Fantasy Camp April 10-13 at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Campers receive instruction from Jonny Lang, Ana Popovic, John Popper, Eric Gales, Walter Trout and Bobby Whitlock as well as the camp's resident counselors. The grand finale is performing at the House of Blues.
The good folks at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp are donating one spot at the camp, plus accommodations at Mandalay Bay (approximate value of $3,995) to help Raise the Roof! Now is your chance to do a good deed (help build the Blues Hall of Fame), learn a little something and have one hell of a good time in the process. More information can be found here or 888.762.2263. Bid here
Elwood's BluesMobile
FEB 22-13 Radio Show: Johnny Winter 

The great Johnny Winter turns seventy this weekend. The world celebrates with a brand-new four CD box set, including live cuts never before released. It is called True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story.
Join us for a birthday tribute, and an exclusive new interview with Johnny.
Guitar master Johnny Winter. Next time in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Foghat... "I Just Wanna Make Love To You"
Click Here for video...   Happy Birthday Johnny Winter Feb 23
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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February 21st-22nd, 2014
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
February 22nd 2014
Winter Garden, Florida USA
February 23rd 2014
Anaheim, California USA
Monday - Sunday
February 24th-March 2nd 2014
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada
Monday - Saturday
February 24th - March 1st 2014
Calgary, Alberta Canada
March 8th 2014
Phoenix, Arizona USA
March 8th 2014
Des Moines, Iowa USA
March 14th-15th 2014
Marietta, Ohio USA
March 14th-15th 2014
Bonita Springs, Florida USA
March 20th-22nd 2014
Hafan Y Mor, North Wales
United Kingdom
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