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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 13, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 11
Greetings from your Editor...
It's a small blues world...

My publisher Kaati found some wonderful photos online accompanied by an informative, heartfelt blog by photographer, blogger and traveler, Bart Drolenga who lives in Amsterdam. After several emails back and forth to confirm permission to share in the e-Guide, Bart and I discovered we were already Facebook friends! That was pretty darn cool. Ya gotta hand it to Facebook! In this fast-paced world of ours we can hook up with like-minded blues friends around the world. Yes, it's a big yet small blues world.
We're still celebrating Women's History Month by discovering the many women who have contributed to the world of blues. This week we recognize the birthdates of artists like Bertha "Chippie" Hill, a blues and vaudeville singer and dancer who performed with Ma Rainey as part of the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, before establishing her own song and dance touring act; Sister Rosetta Tharpe, singer, guitarist and pioneer of twentieth-century music, Tharpe became gospel music's first crossover artist and was later referred to as "the original soul sister;" Marcia Ball, the versatile singer and pianist who was born in Texas and raised in Louisiana. The Boston Globe describes Ball's music as, "an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues from a contemporary storyteller;" and singer, guitarist, teacher, lecturer and activist, Gaye Adegbalola who's surname was given to her by a Yoruba priest and means, "I am reclaiming my royalty." She uses the name to signify her pride in her black heritage.
Birthdays of Note: Mar 13 Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913-1974), Mar 15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912-1982),  Mar 16 Yank Rachell (1910-1997), Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941-2006), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927-2001), Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975), Sam Myers (1936-2006), Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (1951), Eddie "Son" House (1902-1988), Otis Spann (1930-1970), William Clarke (1951-1996), Gaye Adegbalola (1944).
Your ever-grateful editor,
*CORRECTION: In Issue 10 last week, we accidentally had the wrong MP3 linked to the Polly O'Keary Band CD promo. We're re-running the promo this week with Polly's MP3. Apologies to Polly and her band. Please take a listen!
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Thanks To You Blues Fans and Industry Folk Who Have Made Us Blues Industry Leaders for Over 12 Years and Growing Stronger Every Day!
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While in Memphis, TN, during International Blues Challenge (IBC) week, we had the pleasure of meeting the Ghost Town Blues Band who took home 2nd Place in the 2014 IBC Band division. 
Photo: Willette Romious
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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, look for one at a blues festival or find order info here.
CD & DVD Releases
Kelly Richey ::
The Kelly Richey Band LIVE at The Blue Wisp
The Kelly Richey Band LIVE at The Blue Wisp melds blues, old school funk, and straight up in-your-face rock and roll, dishing up epic grooves and dirty, crunchy guitar riffs injected with a potent dose of thumpin’ and bumpin’ old school funk. The twelve-track album deftly mixes brutish blues guitar and gritty funk swagger for foot stomping rockers designed to bring the house down. The tracks groove along a stripped-down but massive wall of sound, utilizing Richey’s pure, vintage guitar tone, Freekbass’ huge, monster bass lines and old school funk and hip-hop infused super-sized backbeats by Big Bamn. Augmented with Richey’s brawny, gravel-studded vocals, the album roars into high-octane from the very first note. Read all about it here
Click to play
"Fast Drivin' Mama"
Polly O'Keary :: COMPASS
Polly O'Keary, award-winning and world-touring bass player, vocalist and songwriter, is back in the northwest with a brand album titled Compass.Polly has had a long career in blues and brings 25 years of experience to the project.
She was first named Washington Blues Society Female Vocalist of the Year in 2004, and has won it twice more since then, as well as many other awards and nominations. Her first and second albums were well-reviewed, and the second was named Album of the Year by the WBS, and Polly was named Songwriter of the Year. But when Polly and her drummer and partner Tommy Cook got a chance to take rhythm section duties for northwest legend Too Slim and the Taildraggers, the two toured internationally, covering a great deal of the United States and Canada, as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read all about it here...
Click to play"Fools Gold"
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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. 
"Rock, Blues, and Barroom Boogie" with James Cotton, Elvin Bishop and Ruthie Foster at Chico State Mar 15
The Chicoer - In 1944, at just 9 years old James Cotton was an orphan on the Bonnie Blue plantation in Tunica, Miss. The young boy had learned to play the harmonica, first from his mother who had made train whistle and chicken clucking sounds and then from the great Sonny Boy Williamson II's radio show "King Biscuit Time" broadcast from across the River in Helena, Arkansas. From these difficult beginnings, Cotton went on to work with the biggest names in blues, and that continues today.
"Superharp"Cotton's long and illustrious career is chronicled on his latest CD "Cotton Mouth Man," an autobiographical disc with plenty of guest performers (Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Keb' Mo,' Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell, and Ruthie Foster among others).  Read story here
Home on The Highway with Bart Drolenga
Hopson Plantation Photo by Bart Drolenga
Photographer, blogger and traveler, Bart Drolenga and his wife Saskia are from Amsterdam, but travel the world looking for inspiration. Bart has agreed to take us along on their journey through the Delta via writings and photos over the next several weeks. Here we go ....
"A dream has come true. We are driving on Highway 61 from Memphis to New Orleans. As a blues fan it has been my longtime wish to travel this illustrious road. The highway, made famous in the Bob Dylan song “Highway 61 Revisited” runs all the way from Wyoming, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, following the course of the Mississippi River."
Continue on the journey in next week's issue.
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise SOLDOUT!
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Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas & Mazatlan 
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More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
New Look for the Blues Foundation Website
There's a new look at They are in the process of updating the site over the next few weeks with new content and a clean user experience. During this time you may encounter intermittent site updates and down-times. They apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact them. They want to tank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the new site.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 15-16 Radio Show: Blues Nicknames
What is with blues music and nicknames? Well, we’ll tell you… the Long and the Short, the Big and the Tall, the Blind and the Tiny, the Doc and the Professor and a fat batch of Slims – we will call them by name, and play their music.
Blues Nicknames. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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March 14th-15th 2014
Bonita Springs, Florida USA
March 14th-15th 2014
Marietta, Ohio USA
March 20th-22nd 2014
Hafan Y Mor, North Wales
United Kingdom
March 28th-30th 2014
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho USA
Friday - Saturday
March 28th-29th, 2014
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
April 3rd-5th 2014
Fayetteville, Arkansas USA
Thursday - Sunday
April 10th - 13th 2014
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
April 11th-13th 2014
Tampa Bay, Florida USA
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