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Blues Festival Guide
June 19, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 25
Greetings from your Editor...
A Universe of blues goodness...
There are rabid blues fans around the world and it's always exciting for us to discover new-to-us artists, festivals and blues societies. Because the blues is ever-expanding, we're super excited to expand our own reach by launching the European version of our current website. 
"I got the key to the highway, I'm raring to go."
("Key To The Highway" Charles Segar)
We'd love to hear about your unique blues festival adventures from around the world, whether you've traveled to or from the US. Tell us about a unique location that you've visited to experience blues; maybe you discovered a new artist there; maybe you had an unforgettable encounter with someone; maybe you were introduced to some unusual food or drink or custom; maybe you even performed at a festival in another country? A picture could even tell your special story. Feel free to email me at Bring on the universal blues goodness!
By the way, The 2nd European Blues Expo will be held July 31 at the Bok & Blueshuset library in Notodden (Norway), and it will then be on display through August 2014.  
Birthdays of note coming up: June 19 Jerry McCain (1930), Big Bill Morganfield (1956); June 20 Lazy Lester (1933); June 21 Skip James (1902); June 23 Helen Humes (1913); June 24 Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); June 25 Clifton Chenier (1925), Eddie Floyd (1935); June 26 Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); June 28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915), Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892)
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.
Announcing the launch of our EU Blues Festival Guide
To address international demand, we’re happy to announce the launch of our European edition:, the sister site of!

Just like our original site, our European version has Blues News, Gigs, Festivals and Links – all geared towards Europe and the U.K., making it easier for you to plan your blues!

Festival Promoters can post their festivals for FREE. Simply click on Submit Festival.

We are currently offering website banner ads and Highlighted Festival postings at an introductory price. For more information please email us.
Summer Special on non-festival Banner Ads on our Website
We're offering a Summer Special on non-festival Banner Ads on our website. Your Vertical, Double Banner Ad (125 pixels wide x 250 pixels high) will appear on the homepage of our top-ranking website for half price during the months of June, July and August.
Reg price: $150 per mo. SUMMER SPECIAL: Only $75 per mo (3 mo. min)
If you have a web banner already, we can extend your run for three months at this price
Advertising with us is easy, effective, affordable and fun.
We can also make your banner ad for you at no additional charge.
Call or email today! RBA Publishing Inc. / P.O. Box 50635, Reno, NV 89513
Digital magazine version is LIVE!
The 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine is now digital

The Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine is now live online. Log onto our website and enjoy all 98 pages jam-packed with blues news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!

Check out Samantha Fish and Mike Zito on our cover and over 85 Festivals featured in the Festival Section with hundreds more in the Calendar. Read entertaining and educational stories by blues aficionados.
The Blues Festival Guide magazine comes in handy year-round to plan weekends and vacations, find and listen to blues radio stations, and find regional Blues Society calenders while on the road.
Advertiser supported, the GUIDE remains free! Please support our advertisers! This year’s magazine is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014 in Jackson, MS.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine

Here's Guitar Shorty and DJ extraordinaire, Bubba Jackson at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, May 2014, in Simi, California.
Photo: Michele Lundeen

Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:
*Enjoy the 12th annual magazine in digital format now! Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or you can find our magazine order info here.
Start snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!
CD & DVD Releases
New release from the Mannish Boys ::
From the beginning of the band six CDS ago, Randy Chortkoff has worked like the ringmaster of a three-ring circus, keeping one of the tightest all-around blues bands in the world today busy in the center ring, while performing amazing feats of coordination around them by spotlighting countless guest stars on each and every release. As a result the Mannish Boys have featured some of the best and brightest names in blues today, from the most seasoned veterans to the most exciting young talent, all carefully mixed and matched to field teams of artists perfectly in synch with one another on each song they take on. 
Click to play
"Wrapped Up and Ready"
Andy T & Nick Nixon new release :: LIVIN' IT UP
The blues has a history of great collaborations. Now it’s time to add Andy T and James “Nick” Nixon to that venerable list thanks to the red clay covered roots of Nick’s dynamic voice and Andy’s bold, vibrant tones and equally rooted guitar style. Nick in one of those amazing artists that rarely surface today. This velvet voiced singer was born and raised in Nashville and was part of the thriving Jefferson Street blues scene of the ‘60s. Nick was a Chess Records recording artist in the ‘70s and is a key figure in today’s reviving Nashville blues scene. “Andy T” Talamantez was born and raised in Southern California, and relocated to Nashville in 2008. Read more details here...
Click to play"Livin’ It Down" 
Alastair Greene Band new release ::
Blues and rock have met at many different crossroads, From Cream and Johnny Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gov’t Mule these blues rock recipes are often boiled down to a simple trio. Such is the melting pot of influences and presentation of the Alastair Greene Band. Greene formed his first blues rock trio with former members of the legendary Southern California band The Pontiax in 1997. The Alastair Greene Band (AGB) has gone through several incarnations and line-ups over the years and has included alumni of the Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield Band, and Junior Wells Band. Read more details here...
Click to play"People" 
News Flash
Imagine a Crowd This Excited? With Teeny Tucker, they will be!
Teeny Tucker is one of the most talented, dynamic, exciting and creative personalities on the current blues scene. With her emotional, hot, fresh and fun signature style, Teeny creates “crowd frenzy” wherever she goes. Check out the latest Teeny “buzz!”

It has been an exciting, and busy time for Teeny Tucker and her entire 7-piece Band who recently appeared live at the 35th annual 2014 Blues Music Awards. Teeny’s stunning performance brought the audience to their feet, and was listed as a “top ten” highlight by the Memphis Blues Foundation. Earlier this year, Teeny, aided by her bandleader/guitarist, delivered a command Penn State University “forum” seminar performance. Teeny’s seminar received the only standing ovation of the “forum” series. The seminar subject was “Women in the Blues and How to Overcome Obstacles.” Read more about Teeny here
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Announces 27 Acts on
2 Stages
2014 recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive [KBA] award for U.S. Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary July 3-5 in LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa, right next to the Mississippi River.
Featuring 27 acts on two stages, the festival includes BlueSKool for the kids (free admission for those 14 and under) and free workshops, with free admission on July 3 for fireworks. Advance tickets for July 4 and 5 are only $20, available online here. This year’s lineup includes George Thorogood, Tinsley Ellis, Savoy Brown, Deanna Bogart, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Nick Moss... Find entire lineup and more info here
Ugly Hands Productions features Smooth Blues Clothing
The Three Finger Slim shirts is just one of the designs in the R.K. Kidd line of Smooth Blues Clothing Line. The product is made of high quality Gildan Ultra Cotton 100% cotton preshrunk.

Below is a list of events where you may purchase some of my items.
- Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival (July 12-13)
- San Diego Blues Festival (Sept. 6-7)
If you’re going on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise please come by and see my booth. On October 4th we set sail.

Artist R.K.Kidd II 
2nd European Blues Expo July 31 in Notodden, Norway
The 2nd European Blues Expo will have its grand opening at the prestigious Bok & Blueshuset library in Notodden (Norway) on July 31. where it will then be on display through August 2014. The exhibition will showcase the various activities organized by the European Blues Union like the European Blues Challenge (EBC), the Blues Market, and other cultural events associated with today’s lively European Blues scene. 2nd EUROPEAN BLUES EXPO.
There will be a photo exhibition by international photographers, information about European Blues festivals, magazines, musicians, radio shows, record labels, etc. and film footage of past editions of the European Blues Challenge. Europas Blues Senter in Notodden will provide the logistical support as this Expo will become part of the permanent Blues legacy to be housed at the Library. The event is also supported by the Notodden Blues Festival.
LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015 Prebook begins June 24 at 11AM CDT

LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015 Prebook begins June 24 @ 11AM CDT.Go Bluesin’ with 20 plus bands and 1800 of your closest music friends from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans, LA, and Cozumel, MX on the Holland America ms Westerdam.
$250 deposit per cabin holds your space in line to book a stateroom once the artist lineup and pricing details have been announced. You will receive the announcement likely in November with instructions on how and when to reserve your cabin. Your $250 deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days after the announcement is made or until you select your cabin.
Visit the website or call (816) 753-7979.
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 Foundation News
Got Name on HOF Donor Wall? PLUS... Vote June 20th!

Blues Hall of Fame Donor Wall Listing Deadline June 30
June 30 will be the last day to make a pledge or donation that will get your name on the List of Donors in the Blues Hall of Fame. If you are planning to give, now is the time since the names are to set to be “in stone” by July 1. 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. Read more here
PLUS: Vote for the Blues Foundation on June 20th, 2014 here!
Blues Society News
Black Swamp Blues Society presents the "Blues & Boogie Fest" and Fundraiser June 28
Swanton, OH - Black Swamp Blues Society presents the "Blues & Boogie Fest" and Fundraiser June 28, from 2pm-10pm at historic Griffin Hines Farm (3950 S. Berkey Southern Rd. Swanton, OH 43558). Cost is $20. An event in the making with the best blues and boogie players in NW Ohio. Special raffle for a Traxler custom guitar Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Proceed benefit the society.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Jun 21-22 Radio Show: PETE SPECIAL

The blues lost a good friend last month. Pete Special passed away, and The BluesMobile will take the opportunity to look back on his life and his music. Hear songs from his solo side, some of it recorded live at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, along with Pete's work with the great funky soul band, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows.
A tribute to Pete Special. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Tad Robinson (with Alex Shultz) :: PAYBACK
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
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If you host or know of a Blues Festival & don't see here or in our online listings...
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Friday - Saturday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-21-2014
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-21-2014
Alpena, Michigan, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Jun-21-2014 - Jun-22-2014
Long Beach, California, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-22-2014
Beaumont, Alberta, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-22-2014, Gahanna, Ohio, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-20-2014 - Jun-22-2014
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jun-26-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Jun-26-2014 - Jun-28-2014
Torrita di Siena, Tuscay, Italy
Friday - Saturday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-28-2014
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Driffield, East Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Friday - Sunday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
Friday - Sunday
Jun-27-2014 - Jun-29-2014
Mystic, Connecticut, USA
Friday - Sunday
Jul-04-2014 - Jul-13-2014
Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Topeka, Kansas, USA
About Us
RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.
We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 12th annual in 2014), affiliated with the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 28,500 weekly subscribers.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. You can reach the E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen at or
Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 775-337-8344.
Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it.
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