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Blues Festival Guide
April 24, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 17
Greetings from your Editor...
Blues... telling the stories of life

We've wrapped our 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine and are very proud of our pre-teen, which will be shipping soon! We are also proud to have the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival as this years' sponsor. After a roaring debut in 2013, the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival is back Aug 15-16 for their 2nd year with a packed lineup of over 30 acts. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund via the Mississippi Blues Commission.
We want to congratulate and thank our 2014 cover photographer, Marilyn Stringer, for her terrific photo of Mike Zito trading licks with his special guest, Samantha Fish, at the 11th annual Blues From The Top Festival in Winter Park, Colorado, 2013. The photo captures the essence of one of those killer, jamming moments that ends up as the highlight for many a festival-goer. This festival is produced by the Grand County Blues Society.
April 27 is "National Story Telling Day" in the U.S. (Scotland and England's is October 27). This day celebrates story-telling of all kinds. Of course no one can deny that blues has told a distinct story that has chronicled the life and times of countless "human" situations. Like Charlie Musselwhite once said, "The Blues reminds us that we are human." Pass on a story, write a story, sing a story... share! 
Birthdays of the following week's storytellers: April 25 Albert King (1923), April 26 - Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886), Johnny Shines (1915), J.B. Hutto (1926), April 27 Ann Peebles (1947), April 29 Big Jay McNeely (1927), Otis Rush (1934), Frankie Lee (1941), April 30 - Rev. Gary Davis (1896), Mabel Scott (1915), Frankie Lee Sims (1917), Jimmy Lee Robinson (1931), May 1 Big Maybelle Smith (1924), Little Walter Jacobs (1930).
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.
12th Annual Blues Festival Guide
Our 12th Annual Magazine hits the streets soon!

100,000 copies will be distributed for free throughout U.S. and Canada.Thousands more will read it in Digital Format.
If you missed getting an ad in the magazine we do offer several
other media products. CALL us at 775 337 8344 or email ~
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the Annual BFG Magazine
John Clifton (rt) and bassist Matt Moulton (lt) of the Mofo Party Band show off their BFG magazine after their set at the San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico.
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:
Woohoo! You can enjoy the 12th annual magazine in digital format soon after it's shipped!  Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or find magazine order info here.
Then start snapping those pics with the new magazine!!
CD & DVD Releases
Joe Louis Walker :: HORNET'S NEST
On his dynamic new CD, Hornet’s Nest, Walker’s music is equal parts rock ‘n’ roll fire and blistering, passionate blues. The New York Times raves, “Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice. He delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair.” Rolling Stone simply calls him “ferocious.” Hornet’s Nest was recorded in Nashville and produced by songwriter, drummer Tom Hambridge (producer of James Cotton’s Grammy-nominated Cotton Mouth Man, Buddy Guy’s Grammy-winning CDs Skin Deep and Living Proof, as well as albums for Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood and Walker’s previous CD, Hellfire). Hornet’s Nest—featuring 12 songs, including nine new originals... Read all about it here
Click to play
"Hornet's Nest"
The Bluesmasters :: VOLUME THREE
Under the enlightened guidance of blues guitar slinger, producer and session cat extraordinaire Tim Tucker, the Bluesmasters have evolved into a powerhouse band gaining momentum with each release. Initially a vehicle to feature former rock star singer Mickey Thomas as he proved to be a bona fide blues singer, the new release is a showcase for Tucker to strut his stuff, as well as for the devastating blues singer Hazel Miller. Tucker knows his blues from the inside out, having personally known both the late Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin, along with other legends of the genre, and his playing exudes the three “Ts” of great blues guitar: taste, tone and technique. Read more here...
Click to play"Loving Man"
News Flash
Jackson, MS - Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, Aug 15-16 – Dorothy Moore, Boney James, Bobby Rush
Jackson, MS- The “City with Soul”
The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival is set for its second year to celebrate its culture and rich musical heritage. This premier two-day music festival will be held August 15-16, 2014 and offers a stellar music mix and line up with over 30 Artists, including Ziggy Marley, FANTASiA, Bell Biv Devoe, Boney James, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Dorothy Moore, Estelle and Chrisette Michele, guaranteeing a good Jackson, Mississippi time. There are 5 stages, including 3 indoor, air-conditioned venues, transformed into Juke Joints - “Find your Soul!” The Soul of the festival rests on the rustic grounds of the perfect backdrop of history and culture that lends itself to the music.
Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy and the Doobie Brothers to Headline 17th Annual Doheny Blues Festival May 17 & 18 at Doheny State Beach
Celebrating the 17th year of Blues On The Beach in Southern California, Omega Events is proud to announce that Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy And The Doobie Brothers will headline the Doheny Blues Festival on May 17-18, 2014. Joining these three legendary artists will be Gov’t Mule, Keb’ Mo’, Vintage Trouble, James Cotton, Ruthie Foster, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires, John Nemeth and The Bo-Keys, James Intveld & Rosie Flores, The Mannish Boys, Roy Gaines and much more.
Recognized as one of the top blues music festivals in the nation, the Doheny Blues Festival features 24 sets of music on three alternating stages, plus tasty food, microbrew sampling, eclectic...
Stiff-Finger Guitar Slide Holder
What is a Stiff-Finger? It’s a guitar slide holder. And no one knows what a guitar slide is better than the millions of blues players around the world. This patent pending (possibly a patent by the time you read this) guitar slide holder is changing the way slides are used in Live Blues Performances! The key to the holder is that it allows you to easily access and store your slide during a song. Typically a song played with a slide mandates you wear the slide through the whole song- unless you’re fortunate enough to have a guitar tech to toss it to, but good luck catching it when he tosses it back. More info and photos here
Selby Minner Honored as 2014 Music Legend 2014
One of the few remaining juke joints outside of Mississippi is in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. If you can imagine a Blues Hall of Fame in a juke joint then you are on your way to understanding. The Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame is happy to announce the recognition of their 2006 inductee, Selby Minner, as a Music Legend. This last week the 15th Annual Bare Bones International Independent Film, Arts & Music Festival program proclaimed: Honorees - Music Legend 2014 - Selby Minner - Blueswoman, Artist & Founder Of The OK Blues Hall Of Fame.
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
Wichita Blues Society annual Spring Blues Crawl April 27
The Wichita Blues Society is putting on its annual Spring Blues Crawl at several Old Town venues in Wichita, Kansas Sunday. April 27, 5-8 p.m. A lineup of blues bands will play in bars around Old Town including Josh Vowell at Club Indigo, Kentucky Gentleman at Heroes, and LifeTribe at Mort’s. Then, Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch will headline an after party from 8-10 p.m. at the Brickyard. Admission is a $10 wristband, available at all participating venues, and allows admission to all the venues plus the after party. For complete lineup, visit the Wichita Blues Society Facebook page.
Blues Foundation News
Check the new Blues Foundation website for updates 

Elwood's BluesMobile
April 26-27 Radio Show: Billy Branch

Harmonica man Billy Branch is busy keeping the blues alive in Chicago. Now he has got his old band together, the Sons of Blues, to make their first album in fifteen years, Blues Shock.
Harmonica master Billy Branch. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Albert King:: PRETTY WOMAN
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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
May 17th 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 17th - May 18th 2014
Dana Point, California, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th - May 25th 2014,
Simi Valley, California, USA
May 24th 2014
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
About Us
RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.
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