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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 27, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 48
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Thankful for my blues family...

Today is Thanksgiving in the USA and a time of year to reflect on what we are thankful for. Family, friends, a job, a roof over our heads, our health... even the simplest thing like a smile on the street is something to be thankful for. Ever notice how when you remember to smile, it often spontaneously makes others do the same. Look around, share a smile... aim to be thankful for even the smallest thing. I'm thankful for many things, especially thankful that the blues has not only moved my soul, but has also introduced me to a worldwide family of like-minded folks. Knowing this makes me lift up my head and my spirits and makes me smile!
Enjoy and indulge in being thankful. Try it, you'll like it!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956), Shuggie Otis (1953); Dec 4 Larry Davis (1936); Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912), "Little Richard" Penniman (1932)
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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Samantha Fish and Mike Zito, grace our 2014 cover and here they are together at the Carlisle Blues Festival, November 7, in the United Kingdom after autographing fan Judy Maxwell's magazine! Good times!
Photo: Judy Blackwell
*Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or if 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
Marcia Ball ::
Award-winning pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball newest release on Alligator Records CD is The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised Ball has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world.
On The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, Ball draws listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures, richly detailed with characters,
Click to play"The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man"
Deeply rooted in traditional Chicago blues, yet delivering high-energy house-rocking performances with a thoroughly contemporary impact, Rob Stone is one of the busiest young bandleaders on the blues scene today — a vibrant singer and harmonica player, boasting his own distinctive sound and a repertoire loaded with terrific original songs. From start to finish, Gotta Keep Rollin’ dishes up hard-driving electric ensemble blues that’s a nod to the genre’s glory days as well as a contemporary breath of fresh air– genuine blues unsurpassed in energy, feeling, and authenticity with blasting harmonica and cool, streetwise vocals.

Stone started his career in Boston and Colorado, before moving to Chicago in 1993 to join the band of legendary blues drummer Sam Lay. Read more here...
Click to play"Wait baby"
Howard and the White Boys :: ROSA'S LOUNGE
Rosa's Lounge, the most recent offering from Chicago blues veterans Howard and the White Boys, is named after the legendary Chicago club where the band's new CD was recorded. Captured live on one of those magical nights where the crowd and band feed off of each other's exuberance and energy, the recording reveals a group at the top of its game and offers insight into why many consider Howard & The White Boys one of the best live contemporary blues acts of the past two decades. Rosa's Lounge bears witness to the power of the group when they perform live. Read more details here...
Click to play"Strung Out On The Blues"
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,
Eric Clapton Tribute at Sullivan County Blues & Music Festival Nov 28-29
ROCK HILL, NY - The third annual Sullivan County Blues & Music Festival will be Friday and Saturday, November 28-29 at The Sullivan on Rock Hill Drive in Rock Hill, New Jersey. This year’s event will be “A Tribute to Eric Clapton.”
Doors open at 4 p.m. Friday and at noon Saturday. On both days, the Hudson Valley All Star Eric Clapton Tribute Band will perform, featuring Rhett Tyler, Slam Allen, Murali Coryell, Michael Torsone, Brad Scribner, Dale Hamond, and Fred “Midnite Slim” Scribner, a master guitarist formerly with the Levon Helm Band.
In addition, each day features a wealth of talent. Onstage Friday will be Dean Shot, Tom Dudley Blues Buddha, Michael Torsone, and Murali Coryell.
Afro-Americana: Putting the Twang Back into Black Music
By Geoffrey Himes/Paste Magazine
As the 20th century turned into the 21st, urban black music was the dominant force not only in American music but also in global music. In the year 2000, it was difficult to find any country in the world without its own hip-hop and R&B scene.

In that same year, however, rural African-American music seemed to be facing extinction. If that tradition had been allowed to disappear into the lifeless vacuum of museum cases, college classrooms and polite folk festivals, it would have been a great tragedy, for rural black music provided the seeds for not only urban black music but all American music.
With Jack White's help, Grafton's Paramount Records rebuilds its legacy
GRAFTON, WI - Dennis Klopp, great-grandnephew of Paramount recording engineer Walter Klopp, holds a label from a packing container for records next to part of the old foundation of the home of historic Paramount Records in Grafton, where many early blues and jazz greats recorded in the years after World War I. The label's legacy is being celebrated in an elaborate new boxed set being sold by Jack White's record company. Jack White's Third Man Records and Revenant Records have jointly released two comprehensive volumes chronicling "The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records," a historic record label in Grafton, the country's premiere chronicler of blues music from African-American artists in the '20s, that shuttered in 1932.
The Clandestine Blues of Calais
When producer Johnny McDevitt was working on a recent documentary about the migrants in Calais, he met a group of Sudanese musicians living in the makeshift camps
CALAIS, FR - On a backstreet in central Calais [France] is “Fort Galloo”, a large former library inhabited by 250 Sudanese and a handful of Syrians and Egyptians. They converged on Galloo this summer after a camp in Calais was closed down by authorities who claimed a “sanitary emergency” in the camps set up for migrants hell-bent on reaching Britain.
Unlike the nearby “Jungle” – where 2,000 mainly Eritreans live on the grounds of a chemical plant – the mood here is more upbeat: they tell jokes, listen to battered radios, drink and play card games. They also make music, and thanks to one local Calais resident who has captured the sounds emanating from the squats, the voices of migrants who sing of love and peace can now be heard by listeners around the world.
Cruise News
 LRBC #25 Oct 2015 Lineup Announced
LINEUP: Buddy Guy'Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Buckwheat Zydeco, Original LRBR: Tommy Castro Band w/ Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Deanna Bogart, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers,Terrance Simien & Zydeco Experience,Theodis Ealey, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Deanna Bogart Band, California Honeydrops, Jarekus Singleton, Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes, Magic Dick & Shun Ng, Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues, Quinn Sullivan, Jonathon “Boogie Long,” Blues Play: “Blues Is A Woman” Starring Lacee & Bernadine Mitchell by Theodis Ealey, IBC 2015 Solo/Duo Winner
Piano Bar Hosts: Mitch Woods Club 88, David Maxwell w/ Darrell Nulisch, Ironing Board Sam w/ Ardie Dean, Deanna Bogart, Marcella Simien
...more Artists & Special Guests TBA!
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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
Utah Blues Society Holiday Party ~ Inland Empire Blues Society Monthly Blues Boogie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - On Friday December 19 the Utah Blues Society Member Appreciation Holiday Party will be held at The State Room (638 So. State St., Salt lake City, Utah) and it's FREE for 21 and up. Doors open at 7p with social hour from 8-9p. Blues Trivia Contest with prizes galore! Pat McEwen and Kenny Kruckenberg of River House Band & friends perform 9:15-10:15 pm followed by Candy’s River House Band 10:30–11:30P. Plus special guest appearances by more of Utah’s stellar musicians, too!
SPOKANE, WA - Inland Empire Blues Society's Monthly Blues Boogie happens every 2nd Thursday of the month at Daley's Cheap Shots at 6412 E Trent in the Spokane (Washington) Valley. Its starts at 6:30p with a different local blues band. 
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 29-30 Radio Show: JOE BONAMASSA

One of the ace guitar players of our time, Joe Bonamassa is a huge cheerleader for the blues. Out on the road for years, honing his skills, building an audience. And it has paid off. His latest, DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE, debuted in the top ten on the pop charts. It not only features his trademark singing and playing, it also showcases his songwriting for the first time.
Joe Bonamassa rides shotgun with Elwood. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Cherokee Charter Academy Kindergarten and 1st Graders Thanksgiving Concert :: THANKSGIVING BLUES
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
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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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