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Blues Festival Guide
April 3, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 14
Greetings from your Editor...
Things are gettin' Muddy-Handy in April...

In celebration of two great Mississippi blues legends, Muddy Waters and W.C. Handy, events are being planned in the Memphis and Clarksdale area throughout April ...starting... now! It's also time for the heartfelt annual event to honor the late Sean Costello
Plus, more and more tasty festivals are here and ripe for the pickin'. See all the details this issue. 
We're getting into production month very shortly for our 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. It's hard to imagine that 12 years have gone by since our humble beginnings but we are elated to still be delivering to you the original, grassroots blues festival guide and believe me, it's from the heart! Details on our street date announced very soon.
"Folks I've just been down, down to Memphis town
That's where the people smile, smile on you all the while
Hospitality, they were good to me.I couldn't spend a dime and had the grandest time."
("Memphis Blues" W.C. Handy)
Birthdays of Note:  April 4 Muddy Waters (1913), April 5 Larry McCray (1960), April 6 Big Walter Horton (1917), April 7 Billie Holiday (1915), April 8 Tommy McClennan (1908), April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895), April 10 John Brim (1922), Roscoe Gordon (1928), Shemekia Copeland (1979), April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939).
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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Thanks To You Blues Fans and Industry Folk Who Have Made Us Blues Industry Leaders for Over 12 Years and Growing Stronger Every Day!
Blues Festival Guide is the very BEST way to have your message seen by tens of thousands of blues fans and industry professionals around the world through our 8 Media Products. As other blues music magazines come and go or scale back, The Blues Festival Guide is proud to be entering into its 12th year of publication. Publisher Kaati Gaffney says, “We have created the largest blues music network of Blues Media Products and Blues Databases in North America. Our original media product was the print magazine and now we offer something for every budget and on several different platforms.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the Annual BFG Magazine
Janiva Magness here in Memphis showing off her BFG magazine.
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
Email your fave photo, 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, look for one at a blues festival or find order info here.
CD & DVD Releases
Singer Lisa Biales (pronounced “Bee-Alice”) released her latest album, Belle of the Blues, on the Big Song Music label, with production by multi-Blues Music Award nominee EG Kight and legendary Southern Rock producer Paul Hornsby. The CD was recorded at Hornsby’s Muscadine Studio in Macon, Georgia, and features special guests Tommy Talton on guitar (Cowboy, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts) Randall Bramblett on Hammond B3 organ (Sea Level, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic) and Bill Stewart on drums (Cowboy, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett). Talton’s contributions on the new album especially stand out, with his work on acoustic/electric guitar, electric/acoustic slide guitar and dobro.
Click to play"Belle Of The Blues"
Terry Quiett Band :: TAKING SIDES
Taking Sides, the latest release by the Terry Quiett Band features twelve scorching, soulful originals, along with one classy cover, range from raw country blues to grooving R&B driven hard by bassist Nathan Johnson and drummer Rodney Baker and augmented by “Mississippi” Hal Reed (harp), Scott Williams (keyboards and tenor sax), Brad Turgeon (trumpet) and Jordan Northerns (trombone).
The stomping “Come the Morning” with Quiett ripping on his resonator guitar and Reed matching on “Mississippi Saxophone” contains the sly demand “Be gone come the morning, mama, don’t call my bluff. Oh, but before you take off and start your new life, I need to get me your jelly roll for one more night.” Read all about it here...
Click to play"Come The Morning"
News Flash
Blues flourish in Greensboro, NC as lead up to 28th Annual Carolina Blues Festival
The City of Greensboro, NC has immersed itself in the blues as a lead-up to the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society's 28th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in association with YES! Weekly, the longest running blues festival in the Southeast, being held May 17, 2014, under the big tent in Festival Park in beautiful downtown Greensboro, NC.As a tie-in to the Carolina Blues Festival, Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and the Open Art Society of Raleigh, NC have collaborated to select eight artists to create blues-themed art installations in downtown Greensboro storefronts. POP! Downtown Greensboro art installations will be up from mid-March through May. 
Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival 
Performers Spotlight: John Mayall
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 legendary John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has featured some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, and Coco Montoya. Today, John can safely say he's never been happier with his four piece band and long career. Revived and revitalized, the long road continues. Read more here
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. 
April is Muddy Waters Month at Delta Blues Museum
Mississippi's oldest music museum to honor the life and influence of the Delta native with events throughout month
The Delta Blues Museum kicks off "Muddy Waters Month" this week with a new exhibit and a special birthday celebration for the famed Delta musician who continues to influence generations of musicians worldwide:
On Thursday, April 3rd, the Museum hosts author Terry Abrahamson for the opening of his photography exhibit, In the Belly of the Blues, on display at the Museum through July 31st. From his website,"[Abrahamson] won a Grammy writing songs for Muddy Waters, helped launch the career of George Thorogood, created the first radio commercial ever performed by John Lee Hooker...In the Belly of the Blues is (Abrahamson's) book, part of the permanent collection of the Library of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
Mr. Handy’s Blues Benefit Concert in Memphis Saturday April 5, 2014
Mr. Handy’s Blues includes insightful interviews and lively performances by blues icons Taj Mahal, Bobby Rush and other blues and jazz greats. Watch as this extraordinary life story unfolds. 
The Memphis Blues Society is assisting producer/director Joanne Fish with the production of local portions of her documentary film about W.C. Handy titled Mr. Handy’s Blues: A Musical Documentary. Joanne is filming her documentary in the parts of the United States where W.C. Handy spent much of his life including Florence, AL, Memphis, TN, St. Louis, MO and New York City. A critical part of the Memphis Blues Society’s role is to promote and educate the community about Blues music.
6th Annual Memorial Celebration of Sean CostelloGeorgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7pm - 2am, in memory of Sean Costello's birthday (April 16th), Northside Tavern (1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA) will donate its use for an annual benefit in his name. This year's lineup features some of Atlanta's best coming together to honor their brother.
Kicking off the show are two very special youth bands heavily influenced by Sean's music: Frets on Fire and Abe Lincoln & the Log Lawyers. Returning is The Georgia Flood. A special treat is an Acoustic Hour with Bill Sheffield and Jon Liebman. Rod Hamdallah will rock the stage and The Larry Griffith Band will bring you to your feet. Atlanta favorite, The Cazanovas, semi-finals at IBC in Memphis, will close the show. Very special guests, friends and former band mates of Sean's, will be stopping by to join in the celebration.
A $10 donation at the door will benefit the The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. For more information, please visit
Durango Blues Train Returns For Two Weekends In 2014
The Durango Blues Train expands to two unforgettable weekends in 2014, May 30 and 31st and August 22 and 23rd. Presented by the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and SBG Productions, this unique live music event takes place aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango, Colorado. Each night will feature a different lineup of six live blues artists, to passengers traveling aboard the historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive as it winds through the spectacular canyons of the Colorado San Juan National Forest.
Home on The Highway with Bart Drolenga (Part IV)
Dockery Farms 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. This week is our 4th stop....
"It is hot and the air vibrates over the green Delta fields when we drive the 5 miles or so from Cleveland, Mississippi to Dockery Farms. The remains of the cotton gin, a complex of barns made out of wood and corrugated tin, stand tall as a monument to the old days. The walls are rusty and overgrown with dark green leaves. Dockery Farms, est. 1905 by Will Dockery is written with large brown and black letters on one of the walls. On a blue Mississippi Blues marker the story of Dockery Farms and its most famous tenant is told. I can feel history creeping through the cracks in the walls. In my mind I see Charlie Patton playing the blues in front of a rowdy crowd or teaching the blues to a little boy called Chester Burnett, who later becomes Howlin’ Wolf, my favorite blues man of all time."
Continue on the journey in next week's issue.
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise SOLDOUT!
Join Waitlist... PLUS #24 Artists announced!
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 Mexican Riviera • Oct. 4~11, 2014 
Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas & Mazatlan 
LRBC #23 Mexican Riviera SOLD OUT! Join the Waitlist!
CALL (816) 753-7979 or click here to join.
#24 Jan. 18 ~ 25, 2015 Western Caribbean Ft. Lauderdale, FL roundtrip to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico on the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam. Artist lineup announced!
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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
Checkout the Clearance Sale 
The Blues Foundation is cleaning house. We are having a clearance sale as we downsize in anticipation of temporarily relocating our office while 421 South Main is reconfigured to house the Blues Hall of Fame. we have some wonderful items that will not likely make it back on the walls when we move back in. Check out all the offerings this month on our ebay page. Watch this page, more items will be added.
Elwood's BluesMobile
April 5-6 Radio Show: Watermelon Slim

He has been a truck driver, political activist, Viet Nam Vet, a Mensa member…  but Watermelon Slim is always a bluesman through and through. His latest release is called Bull Goose Rooster. Slim joins Elwood to talk about his music and his life. As a special treat, The Venerator, CC Rider, joins Watermelon Slim at his home in Clarksdale Mississippi for a live mini-concert - just for us.
Watermelon Slim. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Muddy Waters :: Live Dortmund, Germany 1976
Click Here for video...   Happy Birthday Mar 4
Buddy and Hopkins
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April 3rd-5th 2014
Fayetteville, Arkansas USA
April 4th-6th 2014
Jackson Beach, Florida USA
Thursday - Sunday
April 10th - 13th 2014
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
April 11th-13th 2014
Tampa Bay, Florida USA
April 12th 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
April 13th-19th 2014
Clemson, South Carolina USA
April 25th- April 27th 2014
Lugano, Switzerland
April 26th 2014
Moorpark, California USA
May 3rd 2014
York County, Virginia, USA
SaturdayMay 3rd 2014
Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
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