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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 18, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 51
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Celebrate treasures while digging for roots...

With the holidays in full swing, I want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to those of you who are celebrating during this December 16-24. It's also exactly a week until Christmas day arrives on December 25. I do love Christmastime and see it as a season of renewal and hope. Kwanzaa, the celebration of family, community and culture, starts December 26 and ends January 1.
December 23 is "Roots Day," a day to celebrate your genealogy and heritage. I think we all have a sense and a need of belonging, that is ingrained in our being. You may discover a treasure while digging for your roots.
Here's a quote I'd like to share...
"I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good." - Maya Angelou
Upcoming Birthdays of note: 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); Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw (1902), Carla Thomas (1942); Dec 22 Lil Green (1919); Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924); Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949)
Good tidings to you & yours!
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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Blues aficionado Tom Yearnshaw and Delta blues musician/folk artist Pat Thomas having fun at the Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland, Mississippi.
Pat has been serenading visitors for years at the museum. He's the son of late bluesman and folk artist, James "Son" Thomas. Considered Leland’s ambassador of the blues in full partnership with this museum, Pat carries on his father's legacy.
Photo: Cheryl Yearnshaw
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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
Shane Dwight :: THIS HOUSE
Native Californian Shane Dwight relocated to Nashville in 2009 to further advance his musical career. Within six months of arriving on the scene he swiftly attained a solid reputation as a “guitar slinger” in his newly adopted hometown. Not one to completely abandon his roots, Dwight still chooses to divide his time between Nashville and his childhood ranch in Morgan Hill, California. Performing over 200 shows per year worldwide, Dwight has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including B.B. King, Etta James, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, the Doobie Brothers, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Johnny Winter. Read more details here
Click to play"I'm A Bad Man"
Devon Allman :: RAGGED & DIRTY
For Ragged & Dirty, Devon Allman has left his Southern comfort zone, hired a crack Chicago band, and enlisted the producing and writing talents of Grammy winning producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Joe Louis Walker).
“I’ve done all my records in the South,” says Allman, who is also member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB) band. “I decided it was time to go to the electric blues Mecca, tap into that vibe, and surround myself with cats who live and breathe it. Besides producing, Tom custom wrote some songs for this record that really aligned with my path.”
Though Hambridge wrote four tunes and Devon picked three to cover, it’s his original tunes that speak to his artistic journey. Read more details here...
Click to play"Half The Truth"
Hurricane Ruth :: BORN ON THE RIVER
Hurricane Ruth’s sophomore album, Born On The River, is an eclectic group of 11 original songs, the title track of which together with several other songs were inspired by lead vocalist Ruth LaMaster’s hometown of Beardstown, Illinois, a small town on the Illinois River. Joining Ruth on the album and on stage are the powerhouse trio of David Lumsden (lead guitar), Gary Davis (bass guitar) and Jim Engel (drums). The album is produced by Andon T. Davis, an accomplished, producer, guitarist, and vocalist and a very dear friend of the band. Andon’s direction enabled the quartet to deliver an intense and heavy album that has the same high energy as a live Hurricane Ruth performance. Read more details here...
Click to play"Born On The River"
News Flash
The 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards Jan 19 in Toronto
TORONTO, CA - The 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards will be held at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall on Monday, January 19th, 2015 in Toronto. The winners will be announced at the annual Maple Blues Awards Gala on Monday, January 19th, 2015. This very special evening is Canada’s national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent.
Each year, attendees of the Maple Blues Awards Gala enjoy performances from a selection of current nominees, accompanied by the always popular Maple Blues Band, comprised entirely of Maple Blues Awards winners and nominees. Performers include Downchild, Angel Forrest, Brandon Isaak, Harpdog Brown, Steve Hill,Joel Johnson and the Maple Blues Band. After party with Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils.
Entries Now Open for ISC Holiday "Stocking Stuffer" Promotion Dec 15-22
Click here to enter from December 15-22 for only $25 per entry!. Enter to win $1,000 and prizes from Radio Airplay and Jango - and also be eligible for ISC! All genres of music are accepted.
One lucky entrant will win $1,000 courtesy of Radio Airplay and Jango, 4000 Radio Airplay credits, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, and an artist spotlight feature in their blog and newsletter reaching over 65K members. All entrants to the Stocking Stuffer promo will receive 100 free spins to a Radio Airplay account.
This will be the very last chance to enter ISC 2014, so enter now, and Happy Holidays from the ISC team!
Paul Butterfield’s blend of blues, psychedelia on East-West sparked Hall of Fame nod
East-West stands as a cornerstone for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s just-announced induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
That arguably the first psychedelic might have come from a blues band was one thing. That arguably one of the most influential blues albums of all time might have come from a white guy, well, that was another.
That both things were wrapped up inside the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s East-West, however, is undeniable — and, in the end, this 1966 triumph (recently given a badly needed remastering by Audio Fidelity) became a cornerstone for the group’s just-announced induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cruise News
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Blues Society News
~ Third Coast Blues Society's Blues, Bikes, & BBQ Festival
~ Shake up for Blues Lovers United of San Diego Blues Challenge Winner
GROVES, TX - The Third Coast Blues Society's Blues, Bikes, & BBQ Festival will be held Friday, February 20 at 5p at the Nederland Heritage Pavilion, Nederland, Texas. Appearing will be Mike Zito and The Wheel, Samantha Fish, Scott McGill, Larry Tillery, and The Despicables. Bring your bikes out for folks to see. There will also be a BBQ- IBCA State Championship Competition!
The mission of The Third Coast Blues Society is to support and promote the Blues in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana with an annual award ceremony.
Big Surprise for San Diego, California's IBC entrants
SAN DIEGO, CA - Missy and Heine Andersen, winners of Blues Lovers United of San Diego's regional solo/duo blues challenge, already had their plane tickets to Memphis in hand and gigs lined up when they got a huge surprise. They foundout they would have to be disqualified from the January 2015 IBC competition in Memphis due to a conflict. Turns out that Missy Andersen was recently nominated by the Blues Foundation for Soul Blues Female Artist of The Year! The pair will still be performing some showcases in Memphis during IBC week. Maybe give Missy a congratulatory hug but she still might be numb!
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 calenders for the exciting IBC and KBA's and the BMA's and BHOF Grand Opening
MEMPHIS, TN - 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.
The Keeping The Blues Alive awards luncheon happens January 23, 2015 and it's a wonderful experience, too.
The annual Blues Music Awards and the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame grand opening will follow in May.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Dec 20-21 Radio Show: CHRISTMAS BLUES

Christmas is coming. Time for St. Nick to put on his shades, kick-start the reindeer, and thaw out the harmonicas. The Bluesmobile brings it, my friends, with yuletide cheer from B.B. King, Sharon Jones, Smokey Robinson, Shemekia Copeland, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and more.
A Blue Christmas. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender and is highlighted, contact
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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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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