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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 25, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 39
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Reboot with the blues..
I have a new friend in New Zealand and I find we have a laugh when I mention summer heat and Autumn arriving in the US and am reminded that they are just wrapping up their Winter months. I think it's often easy to forget details like that outside of your own little centralized universe. For me that happens to be the Northern Hemisphere on the West coast where I've been roasting!
The passing of the seasons, no matter where we are, signal change, and some say change is good.... a chance for renewal. However, sometimes change can cause serious depression. September has been National Recovery Month which "promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders." In this issue we've shared the heartfelt work that the Sean Costello Memorial Fund has done to help those in the creative arts field who are suffering with these types of issues.
Of course we've also shared the healing power of the blues with upcomings and recaps of the things that make our entire world go 'round. Just this weekend alone there are festivals to enjoy from California to Nevada, Missouri to Kansas, and Mississippi to Toronto, Canada. Enjoy and keep the blues light burning.
"I've got a light. It keeps on shining in my mind. Day and night. It just keeps burnin' all the time." - Sean Costello
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Sept 25 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept 28 Koko Taylor (1928), Ben E. King (1938); Sept 30 Z.Z. Hill (1935); Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932), George "Wild Child" Butler (1936); Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Billy Branch (1951), Keb' Mo' (1951), Deborah Coleman (1956)
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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Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:

Here's Grammy winning songwriter/producer/musician Tom Hambridge with Mary Ann Haskell checking out the BFG during 2014 Blues Music Award week in Memphis, Tennessee.
*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 hereStart snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!
Find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine on our website and enjoy 98 pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!
Our 2014 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers :: WIDE OPEN
Wide Open…"An Abstract Piece of Art." This studio CD is an all-original compilation from Thackery that will take you on an emotional journey from primitive foot- stompin,' greazy Blues to dazedreamy harmonic chord guitar instrumentals, to rockin get up out of your chair dance music. Being the first CD entirely written by Thackery with no cover tunes, you will experience his many styles combined on one disc that reflect his last 40+ years on the Wide Open road. 

The seasoned rhythm section is Mark "Bumpy Rhoades" Bumgarner on bass and George "Bam Bam" Sheppard on drums. Read more details here...
Click to play"Coffee And Chicken"
Too Slim and The Taildraggers :: ANTHOLOGY
Tim “Too Slim” Langford with his Taildraggers roared out of Spokane, Washington in 1986 like a man with his hair on fire. The virtuoso guitarist, passionate singer and poetic songwriter remains possessed to play the blues his way with blockbusting power and the talent to create timeless music like his life depended on it. 28 years, countless emotionally draining shows and 18 albums later find him with an ongoing recorded legacy. Showcased on this monumental 2-disc release, Anthology, are 34 select songs, including three new tracks produced by noted Grammy winner Tom Hambridge. Read more details here...
Click to play"Mississippi Moon"
News Flash
Robert Cray Coming to Uptown Theatre‏ in Napa
(Napa, CA) - With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” The Robert Cray Band will be performing at Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa, California on Saturday, December 13th for blues, soul and rock fans alike.
Cray has gone on to record sixteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with
everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor.
14th Copenhagen Blues Festival Sept. 24th - 28th, 2014
(Copenhagen, Denmark) - Autumn plus Copenhagen equals Copenhagen Blues Festival. And so it is again this year - our 14th festival season.
From Sept. 24th to 28th once again the Blues will sound all over Copenhagen, and we invite all blues fans to visit our many clubs and venues for 5 days of world class international blues, and also some very good homegrown blues.

The Blues is many things… it's not only tradition, but also innovation and evolution. The festival is famous for its presentation of the blues in a fine balance between tradition and new expressions.
Clarksdale, Mississippi's 2nd annual Delta Busking Festival Sept 26-28, 2014
(Clarksdale, MS) – This weekend, the Delta Busking Festival returns for its second year in blues-historic Clarksdale, Mississippi. It is part of the tri-state area's Bridging The Blues roster of events.

"As far as we know, this is the only blues festival created in tribute to the Delta's street musician tradition," said festival co-organizer Roger Stolle, also owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art. "From Robert Johnson to Foster 'Mr. Tater' Wiley, the blues has always been built on the tips and exposure that street performances offer hard-working musicians."

This year's Delta Busking Festival runs Friday-Sunday, September 26-28. 
20th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert Oct 5
(Dallas, TX) - While remembering the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan, enjoy a fun-filled combination motorcycle parade and blues concert. All proceeds benefit the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund!
The parade departs at 11:45am sharp from The World's Largest Hooters in Dallas' West End (serving breakfast at 9am). The parade then proceeds to Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington, Texas for the memorial concert, noon-6pm.
Win a 2014 S.R.V. #1 Replica Guitar Package. Raffle tickets are $5 each and winning ticket will be drawn October 5 at Cowboys Dancehall. Need not be present to win.
To date, 188 S.R.V. Scholarships have been awarded to music students at Greiner Middle School.

More info and raffle tix:
(art by Jeff Lafferty)
Sean Costello Memorial Fund Donates to Rehab Facility
This month the Sean Costello Memorial Fund (SCMF) will donate $10,000 
to Right Turn, a rehab facility in Boston Massachusetts dedicated to treating the creative person challenged by addiction, frequently, with a dual diagnosis. The money will be dedicated to a system for maintaining records which enable them to document outcomes. Right Turn is unique in its mission, with many musicians being helped through a program designed for the person in the creative arts.
September has been National Recovery Month. In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders... Read more about it here
Greater Clemson Blues Festival Recap
(Clemson, SC) - 2014 marked the third year our growing [Greater Clemson Blues] Festival drew large crowds here to the Upstate of South Carolina. We kicked it off with a Roots of the Carolina Blues event featuring Hunter Holmes and ended a week later with a tribute to blues legend Drink Small, a South Carolina native son.

During the week blues fans participated in our African American Heritage tours that focused attention on the legendary Littlejohn’s Grill, a fixture on the Chitlin’ Circuit during the 1950s. James Brown was one of the early performers at the Grill along with Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Fats Domino, Little Richard and dozens of other stars. Read all about it here.
Raisin' Cain; The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter
(Houston Press) - Raisin' Cain; The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter, is written by Mary Lou Sullivan. Ironically, even outside of his demise, the profile of the Beaumont native and former Houstonian was on the rise with the release of a career-spanning box set (True to the Blues), a documentary (Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty), and a now-posthumous "comeback" record, Step Back.

So it's a good chance to look back at Raisin' Cain. First published in 2010, it was the culmination of a rocky road for author Sullivan... 
Cruise News
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Blues Society News
Regional International Blues Challenges Continue
The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is holding it's 29th Annual Blues Challenge talent competitions at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC, October 19 and October 26. Their events have brought talent from all over the Southeastern United States, and last year competitors from Barcelona, Spain! October 19 will be their Solo/Duo Challenge and October 26, the Band
Challenge. Top three places in each competition win cash prizes and the first place finalist in each competition advance to the IBC in Memphis, TN, January 20-24, 2015. Click here for more information.
Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) will hold their regional challenge Oct 4 and 11 with the finals on Oct 18 for a Solo/Duo act to represent them in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge. BLUSD alternates from a Band to a Solo/Duo competition each year. Past BLUSD artists representing in Memphis have been IBC's 2007 Solo/Duo Winners Nathan James & Ben Hernandez, 2006 2nd Place Band Winners Aunt Kizzy's Boyz and IBC 2008 "Best Self Produced CD" Winner, Sue Palmer.
Blues Foundation News
~ Autographed CD to Help Generation Blues
~ Get CD in for 2015 BMA CD Nomination Consideration
~ Autographed Charlie Daniels LP to Help Generation Blues Scholarships
We have another autographed LP to auction. This month it is Fire on the Mountain, the 1974 breakout album by Charlie Daniels who graciously signed the cover for our artist friend and KBA recipient Michael Maness to raise some funds for our Generation Blues youth scholarship program. The cover art is by Flournoy Holmes who is still in the business 40 years later as he did the cover art for Ruthie Foster’s latest entitled Promise... 
~ 2015 BMA CD Nomination Process: The three-step 36th Blues Music Awards nomination procedure is set forth here. If you have released a CD since November 1, 2013, please enter it now. Read more
Elwood's BluesMobile
Sept 27-28 Radio Show: BETTYE LAVETTE
The amazing Bettye Lavette was everywhere during the heyday of Motown, but never had the success she deserved. Then in 2003, her album A Woman Like Me spurred a major Bettye Lavette revival, and she’s been on fire ever since. Thankful And Thoughtful is her latest release. And she has an autobiography out too!
The music and incredible life of Bettye Lavette.
Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Albert Collins :: "If Trouble Was Money"
Click Here for video...   (b. Oct 1, 1932)

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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Copenhagen Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday
Sep-24-2014 - Sep-28-2014
Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
Las Vegas Big Blues Bender
Thursday - Tuesday
Sep-25-2014 - Sep-30-2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jammin in JC
Friday - Saturday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-27-2014
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Underground Railroad
Music Festival
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-28-2014
Fergus, St. Catharines
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bridging the Blues
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Oct-12-2014
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Roots N Blues N BBQ
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-28-2014
Columbia, Missouri, USA
Blues For The Zoo
Big Bear Lake, California, USA
Sam Chatmon Blues Festival
Hollandale, Mississippi, USA
Bay Area Blues Festival
Saturday - Sunday
Sep-27-2014 - Sep-28-2014
 Martinez, California, USA
Blues & Jazz Festival
Thursday - Friday
Oct-02-2014 - Oct-03-2014
Rock Hill & York, South Carolina, USA
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Friday - Sunday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-05-2014
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Friday - Saturday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-04-2014
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23
Saturday - Saturday
Oct-04-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, California, USA
Paoli Blues Fest
Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA
20th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert
Arlington, Texas, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Wednesday - Saturday
Oct-08-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Daytona Blues Festival
Friday - Sunday
Oct-10-2014 - Oct-12-2014
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Friday - Saturday
Oct-10-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Avignon Blues Festival 2014
Wednesday - Saturday
Oct-15-2014 - Oct-18-2014
 Avignon, PACA/Vaucluse, France
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival 
Friday - Sunday
Oct-17-2014 - Oct-19-2014
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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