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Blues Festival Guide
April 17, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 16
Greetings from your Editor...
Busy with the blues...

We have been busy, busy, collecting all the bits and pieces for our 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine and it's almost ready for the printer! Woohoo! We can't wait to share all the fun festivals, blues-related stories, artist, blues society, radio information. This is always a very exciting time of year for us and we do it for you!
"You know I got to be the boss, but daddy you can wear the pants. I got to be the boss, daddy you can wear the pants. And if you want to try my lovin’, you had better book it in advance"
(The Busy Woman Blues)
This month my guitarist and I are also providing interactive music performances with K-2 kids that are on school fields trips to the beautiful Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA. This location is amazing with acres of colorful ranuculus flowers that bloom in stages along a sweeping hillside that overlooks a variety of gardens galore. Pulling in here to "work" every morning is a feast for the eyes and the soul. Then we get to share some boogie and blues with the kids, with some plant lyrics thrown in for good measure.
Okay, I have to wrap this and get back to proofing the magazine and up early tomorrow to share some flower-power blues with the lil' kiddos. And for those of you who celebrate, have a lovely Easter and continue to enjoy your Passover. Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers!
Birthdays of Note: April 18 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924), "Little Ed" Williams (1955), April 19 - Alexis Korner (1928), April 21 - Clara Ward (1924), April 22 - George "Harmonica" Smith (1924), Bullmoose Jackson (1919), April 23 - Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894).
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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Special Thanks!
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
Rick Rudd and BFG sales gal, our own Heather Penrod-Rudd show off their BFG magazine while enjoying the San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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
Blue Lunch, now celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of a compilation album Blue Lunch Special, belongs to a rare breed of roots bands. Singer and guitarist Bob Frank, a band member since 1995, explains, “It’s harder to define the sound for us than anybody else. We do everything from doo-wop harmonies to close to straight-ahead jazz to the most low-down gutbucket Chicago blues. And we explore different periods of r&b [like 1940s jump-blues and 1950s New Orleans-style] but we do them all authentically.” Singer and harmonica player Pete London, a founder of the Cleveland-based band back in 1984, adds, “To call us a blues band is accurate, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.”
Click to play
"Cleveland Ohio Blues"
Solomon King :: TRAIN
Solomon King’s third album, Train is a 9-song disc that "walks the line between love and lust, while celebrating getting on with one's life," says King, who performs lead vocals and most guitar parts on the record (noted L.A. session man Johann Frank also performs on the record). Train is a follow-up to 2011's well-received disc, Medicine. King's 2009 album Under The Sun was Grammy-nominated in the "Best Contemporary Blues Album" category and yielded two songs, "Jack Me Up" and "Frankie And Johnnie," featured in the first season of hit HBO TV series, True Blood
Click to play"Baby Does Me Good"
News Flash
Exit 56 Blues Fest May 24, 2014 Brownsville, TN
Three well-known Blues pioneers called Brownsville Tennessee home; Hammie Nixon, Yank Rachell and "Sleepy" John Estes.Celebrate their legacy at the Exit 56 Blues Fest. On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year, we celebrate these men and their unique style of country blues with live music, arts and crafts, a cruise in and our championship Deep-Fried BBQ Eating contest.Just minutes East of Memphis ... off of Tennessee's "Music Highway" (Interstate 40 @ Exit 56) in the heart of the Tennessee Delta! The music fest is West Tennessee's only dedicated Blues festival outside of Memphis.
34th B.B. King Homecoming Festival will be Last!
Mr. B.B. King will be coming home to Indianola on Sunday, May 25, 2014! The festival will begin at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the museum named in his honor once again and this will be Mr. King's final homecoming performance in Indianola. The admission for this year's festival is FREE! The lineup this year includes the B.B. King Museum AllStar Choir, the W.A. Higgins Middle School Children's Choir, King Edward, Lil' Ray Neal, Grady Champion and of course, Mr. B.B. King.
Don't miss this final homecoming at B.B. King Museum, 400 Second St., Indianola, MS, May 25.
Blues Singers Elvie and Geeshie Made Their Musical Marks but Left No Traces
This is the kind of story that sounds like the makings of a stirring indie movie—and a good mystery, more specifically.
Nearly 85 years after unknown blues singers Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley recorded a handful of game-changing songs, they still remain unknown. Their work has inspired fellow musicians, critics and generations of fans, yet the key details about their identity have eluded scholars and enthusiasts alike.
Home on The Highway with Bart Drolenga (Part VI) 
 Jimmy "Duck" Holmes in front of the Blue Front Cafe 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 6th stop...
" We decide to get off Highway 61 and travel the 40 or so miles East of the highway to Bentonia. Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, who is one of the best country blues artists of today, welcomes us. Jimmy also owns The Blue Front Cafe, a blues bar that was opened in 1948 by his parents Carey and Mary Holmes...Read the rest of this week's installment here
Continue on the journey in next week's issue.
#24 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise SOLDOUT!
Join Waitlist... More cruises announced!
The January LRBC #24 has already SOLD OUT! We can't stress the importance of pre-booking cabins ENOUGH for those of you who have missed the cabin selection process for January 2015. The cabin Wait List for LRBC #24 started Monday, April 7th, so please signup asap if you are wishing to sail.
A new contract for LRBC #25 has been signed with Holland America to sail Oct 24-31, 2015 aboard the ms Westerdam! The ship will sail from Ft. Lauderdale thru Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale) to New Orleans, LA, and then over to Cozumel. This itinerary was extremely popular last year and this cruise promises to be even more exciting aboard the Westerdam.
Pre-booking for LRBC #25 begins June 24th at 11am CDT so please mark your calendars if you plan to go Bluesin' with 20 plus bands and 1800 of your closest music friends.
Pre-booking for January 2016 will begin sometime in September.
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 Society News
The Ventura County Blues Society presents the 9th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival
The Ventura Blues Society presents the 9th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival Saturday, April 26th 10am - 7:30pm at Moorpark College (7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA), a charity event benefiting the American Diabetes Association and community charities. Artists Kim Wilson & His All-Star Blues Band; Delta Groove's Blues All-Star Revue featuring Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos and Randy Chortkoff; Sista Monica Parker, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers; Michael John & The Bottom Line with special guest Karen Lovely; BB Chung King; John Marx; Alastair Greene and another very special guest, winner of the Ventura County Blues Society Band Challenge and Semi-Finalist at the International Blues Challenge, Lightnin' Willie; plus your celebrity emcee, Mickey Jones.
Go online now and get your tickets ($20 adv, gen (kids free with paid adult) or $100  VIP) or if you're in the Simi Valley area stop by Big Al's Pet Food Warehouse (999 East Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, CA 805-584-9942) for general admission tickets.
Blues Foundation News
Blues Hall of Fame Donor Wall Deadline Approaches
If you have been thinking about having your name on the Donor Wall, now is the time to make your donation of $1000 or more. If you are already on the list, but want to increase your font size, now is the time to increase your donation.
Much of the design for the Blues Hall of Fame has gone out to subcontractors. Other parts are in the final phase of design, with the architects working with the contractors dotting i’s and crossing t’s. One of the items they are finalizing is putting names on the Donor Wall. If you are planning to give, now is the time since the names are to set to be “in stone” by June 1.
A donation of $1000 or more will secure the addition of your name to the Donor Wall. And the amount of the donation will determine the size and location of your name. See how to donate here
Elwood's BluesMobile
April 19-20 Radio Show:
Al Kooper remembers Mike Bloomfield

Master musician Al Kooper has spent the last year or so putting together a three CD, one DVD boxed set showcasing the music and life of his good friend, Mike Bloomfield. It is called From His Head To His Heart To His Hands.
Mike Bloomfield – on his own - AND with Dylan, Butterfield, and Super Session… As Al Kooper remembers Mike Bloomfield. 
Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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April 13th-19th 2014
Clemson, South Carolina USA
April 19th 2014
La Mesa, California, USA
April 25th- April 27th 2014
Lugano, Switzerland
April 26th 2014
Moorpark, California USA
May 3rd 2014
York County, Virginia, USA
May 3rd 2014
Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
May 3rd 2014
Newhall, California USA
Thursday - Sunday
May 8th - May 11th 2014
San Diego, California, USA
May 10th 2014
Topanga, California, USA
Friday - Sunday
May 16th - May 18th 2014 Stourbridge, West Midlands
United Kingdom
SaturdayMay 17th 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Saturday - SundayMay 17th 2014 - May 18th 2014
Dana Point, California, USA
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