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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 11, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 50
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Blues/Roots Nominations are cause for celebration

I'm sure some of us are still digesting turkey from Thanksgiving and now Christmas is almost here! Yes, eating is one way to celebrate the holidays, but how about finding out you've been honored with a prestigious Blues Music Award (BMA) nomination by the Blues Foundation? The recent announcement of the 36th annual BMA nominees is a huge cause for celebration for over 100 blues music makers in 24 categories. A ballot will be sent out soon to Blues Foundation members and those votes will decide who will take home the coveted BMA's in May. If you're not a member of the Blues Foundation you can join up at!
There are also blues/roots/soul nominees in several on the 57th Grammy's list!
Congratulations to all the talented BMA and Grammy nominees which include blues stalwarts as well as newcomers. Find details of the BMA's, the full list of the 36th annual nominees, and Grammy nominees in this issue.
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Dec 11 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (1926); Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918);Dec 13 Lurrie Bell (1958), Lucky Peterson (1964); Dec 15 Andrew “Big Voice” Odom (1936), Mark Hummel (1955), Nick Moss (1969); Dec 17 James Booker (1939), Paul Butterfield (1942); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917), Lonnie Brooks (1933), Peg Leg Sam (1911), Rod Piazza (1947); Dec 19 Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918)
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.
Happy Holidays...
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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 in Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Markus James :: HEAD FOR THE HILLS
Markus James’ latest album, Head for the Hills on Firenze Records, was recorded in Holly Springs, Como, Senatobia and Luxahoma, Mississippi, as well as in Northern California. Head for the Hills showcases Markus James on vocals, electric slide, 3 string cigar box, gourd banjo, slide dulcimer, acoustic guitar, harmonica, beatbox, and a snakeskin-covered 1- string diddley bow. He’s backed by a “who’s who” of North Mississippi Hill Country drummers including Kinney Kimbrough (son of Junior Kimbrough), Calvin Jackson (R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough,  Deep Blues film), Aubrey “Bill” Turner (Otha Turner), and R.L. Boyce (Jessie Mae Hemphill). Also appearing is drummer Marlon Green, who was the last drummer to record and tour with the legendary John Lee Hooker, and who is currently accompanying James live (recent appearances include Montreal International Jazz Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival).
Click to play"Going Down South"
Etta Does Delbert is a collection of one of Nashville’s finest R&B singer/songwriters, Etta Britt’s favorite Delbrt McClinton songs. There’s also a bonus track of a new tune written by Etta and Kevin McKendree.
“I have been a fan of Delbert since the mid-eighties,” shares Etta. “While on the road as part of RCA Records recording group, Dave & Sugar, I had a conversation with David Hyde, our bass player. David asked, “What are you doing singing country music?” I really didn’t know how to answer except to say “It’s my job”. He then added, “But you’re not a country singer, you’re an R&B singer.” I was shocked. No one had ever said anything like that to me. He suggested I listen to some Delbert songs, so I did, and fell head over heels in love with his voice. Read more details here...
Click to play"Somebody To Love You"
News Flash
Blues Hall of Fame to Honor Koko Taylor in Exhibit
MEMPHIS, TN - Nora J. Tucker, recently appointed the Blues Foundation’s Manager and Curator for the Blues Hall of Fame, reports that Mrs. Joyce “Cookie” Threatt, daughter of the late Koko Taylor, has loaned some of her mother’s stage costumes to the Blues Hall of Fame. Koko Taylor was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997 and the gold boots, pictured here, Koko’s boots were a favorite element of her stagewear along with a dramatic purple dress with gold beads and trim.
These items have been loaned for display when the Blues Hall of Fame opens next May. Koko Taylor’s death, at the age of 80, in 2009 prompted numerous dignitaries and entities including Chicago’s mayor, the Illinois House of Representatives, the U.S. Congress and the President of the United States to convey letters of condolence.
36th Blues Music Award Nominees Announced
MEMPHIS, TN - The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world.
Leading with six nominations each are Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray Norcia. Veteran slide guitarist Bishop must be doing something right as his Can’t Even Do Wrong Right CD and its humorous title track secured three nominations and propelled him to additional artist, entertainer and band nominations.
57th Grammy Awards Blues/Roots/Soul Nominees
LOS ANGELES, CA - The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The show will be broadcast live by CBS. The 57th Grammy nominees in the Blues category are:
Common GroundDave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin (Yep Roc Records)
Promise Of A Brand New Day – Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music)
Juke Joint Chapel – Charlie Musselwhite (Henrietta Records)
Decisions – Bobby Rush With Blinddog Smokin’ (Silver Talon Records)
Step Back – Johnny Winter (Megaforce Records)
A nod to other Blues/Roots artists in other categories who are...
Togetherness a balancing act for Tedeschi Trucks
The difficulty of living together or being married can be compounded exponentially when a couple also works together. But at least in that scenario, they both get to go home each night.
Imagine being a married couple who live together and work together, but their "office" is a concert stage and their "home" is a tour bus, and you'll have an idea of what Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks go through as a couple and the leaders of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Read entire article here
Cruise News
 Friday Dec 12 you can join waitlist for LRBC #25 Oct 2015 
 See lineup for LRBC #25 here!
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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
Western Pennsylvannia Society benefit will use blues to make kids happy dec 14... then throwing killer NYE concert
Eugene Morgan and his band the Nightcrawlers are one of the two acts tapped for the Western Pennsylvania Society's Blues for Toys Christmas Party slated for December 14 at Moondog's (78 Freeport Rd, Blawnox, PA). Headlining the event is the acclaimed American blues/roots band, the Nighthawks from Washington, D.C.
The society is also hosting a cool New Year's Eve Concert party featuring Jill West and Blues Attack and the Lionel Young Band at the Hilton Bouble Tree (8402 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA). The $90 cover includes music, dinner buffet, midnight buffet and five hours of open bar from 8pm! Doors 7pm.
NOTE: If you're a blues society or a winner of your regional blues challenge please drop us a note at 
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Blues Foundation News
Mark your calenders for the exciting IBC and KBA's and the BMA's and BHOF Grand Opening
MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis,
Tennessee will be teaming with blues folk especially during January and May and you don't want to miss out on some of the memorable and often riveting blues experiences that happen each year in the Delta. That's not even to mention all of the other cool blues related things that will happen around those times in various outlying areas in celebration of the blues.
So, if you haven't already, make plans to experience the 31st annual Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge (IBC's) held January 21-24, 2015, whether it's to support you local representing act or just be in the massive throngs of some of the very top worldwide, unknown blues talent, do it now!
The Keeping The Blues Alive awards luncheon happens January 23, 2015 and it's a wonderful experience, too.
Then May 7, 2015, the Blues Music Awards as well as the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame long-awaited grand opening on May 8, will once again light up the Memphis area with a plethora of other various cool events also happening over this time.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Dec 13-14 Radio Show: CANDI STATON

Candi Staton is a powerhouse gospel singer turned powerhouse soul singer turned powerhouse blues singer turned… well, you get the idea. If you saw the documentary on Muscle Shoals, she was all over it. Her latest album was recorded there. And she does not dial it down.
The powerhouse voice of Candi Staton, next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Phil & Dave Alvin :: FEEL SO GOOD & KEY TO THE HIGHWAY (from their Grammy nominated album Common Ground, a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy)
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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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests
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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
Wednesday - Sunday
Feb-4-2015 - Feb-8-2015
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Winter Blues
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
Lapeer, Michigan, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Friday - Sunday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-08-2015
 Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville
Pennsylvania, USA
Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival
Saturday - Sunday
Feb-14-2015 - Feb-15-2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Tuesday - Saturday
Feb-17-2015 - Feb-21-2015
Miami, Key West, Nassau/Bahamas, Bahamas
River City Blues Competition
Friday - Saturday
Feb-20-2015 - Feb-21-2015, Marietta, Ohio, USA
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