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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 20, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 47
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Smokin' blues is good for your health...

Got butt? Well, you can try to lose it today, November 20, during Great American Smokeout Day. This is a day to access the health (and financial) benefits of a smoke-free life and attempt to lose your butts for good! The American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to give up the "butt" on this day. Join millions of other Americans and take a big step to a happier, healthier, longer life. 
I'm not preaching, just pointing out the obvious. I hope you smokers can get your butts in gear! I personally would want to live a happier, healthier, longer life so I can keep my butt moving to some smokin' blues.
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926); Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933).
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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Our 2014 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Missy Andersen :: IN THE MOMENT
If a voice as rich, supple and vibrant as Missy Andersen’s could come out of a bottle – not that it hasn’t been tried – every blues singer would be dripping deep soul. Born in Detroit and living in San Diego by way of Queens, New York, Andersen follows her 2009 self-titled debut with In The Moment, a timeless follow-up of blues going straight to the spirit and body. With her band leader, guitarist, husband Heine Andersen, she has again created a personal soundtrack for good times and the pain and joys of love. Eleven varied tracks include eight originals backed by Marty Dodson (drums), Bill Stuve and Michael McKinnon (bass), Nathan James (guitar), James Harman (harmonica) and... Read more details here
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"Rent Party"
Ike and Val Woods :: THE PARTY’S JUMPIN’
Ike And Val Woods have just released “The Party’s Jumpin,’” a new single on One Ocean Records. Written by Ike Woods and Val Woods, it was produced by Gabriel Cifuentes and will appear on their upcoming CD Butterfly, set for release January 15, 2015.
Grammy nominated Ike and Val continue to wow audiences around the world with their unique style of Blues. The couple has a high energy, electrifying live show that always gets the crowd moving (see videos at, YouTube, Myspace.)
Ike's guitar style is a mixture of B. B., Jimmy Hendrix, George Benson, and Roy Clark all mixed together with The Ike Woods Spice. His singing is soulful with a touch of the Otis Redding power. Val’s singing has the essence of Ella, Aretha, Etta James and a dash of Nancy Wilson complimented with her own distinct style.
Their music, is on sale now at, Rhapsody,, iTunes and
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"The Party's Jumpin"
Heavy Water, performed by New Orleans-based Blues, R&B and Funk Band, Fo’Reel, includes an incredible performance by C.P. Love, legendary New Orleans soul singer; Johnny Neel, Grammy Award winning keyboardist, best known for his songwriting, stage, and session work for the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, and Dickey Betts; and Mark Domizio, band leader, executive producer, lead guitarist and project creator. This CD also features Jon Smith, multi-Grammy award winning tenor saxophonist; Rick Lawson, singer song writer; Daryl Burgess, drums; David Hyde, bassist and co-producer; Ward Smith, baritone sax; and Barney Floyd, trumpet

Heavy Water is a high-energy blend of contemporary blues that includes a lot of funky grooves that will make you want to move.
Click to play"Heavy Water"
News Flash
Robert Cray in Napa, California, December 13. Order your tix today
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, and Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 at the age of 57,
Selwyn Birchwood is ready for his breakout close-up
MIAMI, FL - Up-and-coming young blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood laughs at the suggestion that he may soon need to start getting regular pedicures. Because, what, you're too cool for that, Selwyn? That's the point: You may get to be too cool not to.
But we digress …

Birchwood, born 29 years ago in Orlando, is the leader of an eponymous group that was named the best band at last year's International Blues Challenge, an influential showcase held annually by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. At the same time, Birchwood won the Albert King Award as the IBC's best guitarist.

The latter honor came with a prize, a Gibson ES-335 guitar, which Birchwood will play at his gig Friday night, November 22 at Railroad Blues in Miami, Florida.
Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom:
Last Stop & Reflections from Home
Cheryl & Tom Yearnshaw of the Blues Festival Guide, stopped in Rentiesville, Oklahoma on their way home from their amazing trip to the South. Now home, they’ve had a chance to also reflect on their great experiences.
“As we started to head home we stopped and stayed with our friends Selby Minner and Dan "Oklahoma Slim" (pictured) for a few days at the Down Home Blues Club in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. Rentiesville was founded as an all-Black town in 1903 and is one of the thirteen black towns left in Oklahoma (for more information click here). The town is located approx. 22 miles south of Musgogee, OK. and has a total area of 1.7 miles. 
Red Paden’s Blues Birthday Bash
CLARKSDALE, MS - Friends of Red Paden (in sunglasses), owner of Red's Lounge in Clarksdale, Mississippi, came out to play during his birthday bash on Sunday, November 16, Happy Birthday Red! We heard it was a great time!
Red's Lounge received the Blues Foundation’s 2012 Keeping The Blues Alive Award under the Club category. Other Mississippi juke joints have come and gone, but for over 30 years, Reds Lounge has provided the Mississippi juke joint experience to the world. A pool table, Christmas lights and Delta blues memorabilia lining the walls, and Red Paden at the door make this the place for real deal Mississippi blues.
Cruise News
Pre-Booking Soldout for #25 Oct 2015 LRBC & #26 Jan 2016. Waitlist details coming soon!
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LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
 More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
~ Ozark Blues Society Picks Blues Challenge Winners
~ Cleveland Blues Society to hold fundraiser for winners
Amanda Rey & The West Street Blues Band will represent the Ozark Blues Society (Arkansas) in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Buddy Shute will represent in the OBS Solo category.
December 8th a fundraiser will be held at Wilbert's Food and Music (812 Huron Ave., Cleveland, Ohio) to help defray the costs of travel to Memphis for the winners of the Cleveland Blues Society's Blues Challenge. Winners are Chris Yakopcic (Solo/duo category) and Gaetano's Underworld Band (Band category). Raffle prizes include a Joe Bonamasa “Devil you know” Signed Vinyl; A signed Sketch of the 2013 Memphis Challenge Stage at the Bohemian National Hall by Ralph Solonitz; A Photo Collage by Jeff Hace of the 2013 Challenge attendees; Other items as donated.
NOTE: If you're a blues society or a winner of your regional blues challenge please drop us a note at 
so we can share the good news with our readers!!
Blues Foundation News
Mark your calendars!

Elwood's BluesMobile
Nov 22-23 Radio Show: MUSIC ON THE ROAD

Life is good. Now you can travel all around the United States, with no map, no GPS, no car – just the Bluesmobile. The music will take us there… to sweet home Chicago, Route 66, Philadelphia P.A., Memphis, New Orleans, and other wide spots in the road, with the Allman Brothers, the Stones, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield, James Brown, Martha and the Vandellas, and more.
Bright blues. Big cities. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Selwyn Birchwood :: DON'T CALL NO AMBULANCE
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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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam.
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website.
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests
are paid "Featured" ads
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival - Brazil
Nov-20-2014 - Nov-22-2014
Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Sullivan County Blues and Music Festival
Friday - Saturday
Nov-28-2014 - Nov-29-2014
Rock Hill, New York, USA
Jakarta Blues Festival
Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Bradenton Blues Festival
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Napa, California, USA
Red White & Blue
New Year's Eve 2014
Dec-31-2014 - Jan-01-2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Sandy Beaches Cruise XXI
Saturday - Saturday
Jan-10-2015 - Jan-17-2015, Miami, FL to Antigua & St.Croix on the Norwegian Pearl, Bahamas
Sunshine Music And Blues Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #24
Saturday - Saturday
Jan-17-2015 - Jan-24-2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Roatan/Honduras, Costa Maya/Mexico, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Fest/21st Annual
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Thursday - Sunday
Feb-4-2015 - Feb-8-2015
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
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