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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 25, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 52
Greetings from your E-Editor...
Rejoice in the season...

Merry Christmas! Today is a day to celebrate loved ones near and far; a day of rejoicing and reflection; a day to cherish peace and goodwill. Whatever you do today, this week, or even in this coming year, I hope it fills your heart with joy and peace, and of course, music!
We'll see you next year! Blessings to you and yours!
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949); Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944); Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914), Johnny Otis (1921), Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928); Dec 31 Odetta (1930); Jan 1 Frank Stokes (1888), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896) 
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...
From your friends at RBA Publishing...
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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
Mike Zito & The Wheel :: SONGS FROM THE ROAD

The natural habitat of the true musician is not the gleaming studio, a glitzy showbiz party or a five-star hotel. It’s the road. And if multiple Blues Music Award winner Mike Zito had a dollar for every mile of tarmac he’s burnt since his breakout in the early-’90s, they’d be piled up to his chin. “There’s just something in me,” considers the solo bandleader and Royal Southern Brotherhood co-founder (with Devon Allman and Cyril Neville), “It’s there in all musicians. You gotta love the road to be a part of this world. You’re right there, looking in people’s eyes, swapping stories, shaking hands…”
Zito’s Songs From The Road is a two-disc set from Ruf Records’ Award winning live series that captures Mike at full throttle on his adopted home-turf.
Click to play"Rainbow Bridge"
Peaches and Crime : DO BAD THINGS
The gang is back and their third release is just as full of musical diversity and theatricality as the last, if not more so! Peaches and Crime, known for their old timey and dramatic flourishes, have released Do Bad Things, yet another astounding album that takes you on a journey of sound and emotions with colorful characters, riveting stories and even comedy skits as a preface to their dark sense of humor that shines through every song, courtesy of lyricist Daniel Schwartz. His wife, Angela Schwartz transforms these sagas into many diverse musical escapades.
The impressive vocal prowess of Angie Diamond soars atop the musical anecdotes of lost love, tall tales and even crime and punishment.
Click to play"Alibi Dancer"
News Flash
Paxton is new Blues Fest artistic director
PORT TOWNSEND, WA - Jerron Paxton has been named artistic director of Centrum's Acoustic Blues Festival and Workshop. succeeding Daryl Davis.
“Centrum is a place very close to my heart,” Paxton said. “I am so grateful and excited to be able to serve and grow closer to the unique community at Centrum in this new capacity.”
Now in its 23rd year, Blues Fest takes place July 26-Aug. 2, 2015 at Fort Worden.

Davis had been artistic director since 2012.
“Daryl Davis remains an invaluable partner with Centrum,” said Centrum executive director Robert Birman. “We are honored by his expert contributions and leadership and are pleased that he will be continuing his affiliation with us during this transition.
Victoria musician celebrates five years since life-changing Christmas present
Justin McElroy/ 
VICTORIA, CANADA - Michael Thompson strums his guitar and rasps out another song from his seemingly endless catalogue. “Sometimes you get the blues – and sometimes the blues be you,” he sings.
Thompson, who goes by the stage name Black Velvet, was homeless and busking on the streets of Victoria for over four years. Today he has a house, a resurrected music career and is now in Toronto for the holiday season, meeting his grandchildren for the first time.
And if you ask Thompson where the transition started, he’ll point to a simple CD he was given on Christmas day five years ago. “It was one of the best Christmas gifts I could ever receive,” he says. “I could house myself, I could eat better…that was the moment.”
A Listener's Guide to Blues Appreciation
By Marcus Singletary - Assembling a list of the five most essential blues albums is difficult, but this chronologically-themed compendium covers each era in the genre's history, with considerations including the album's authenticity, the artist's ability to transcend influences to create a new style, and the record's amount of subsequent influence. B.B. King once defined blues as a basic, American style that creates a great artist-listener intimacy, but much of this intimacy is lost if it remains hidden from view. Ultimately, blues albums must be sold in order for the style's rich, multicultural appeal to be revealed.
1920-1940 Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings (Sony)
Robert Johnson is considered the 'Father of the Blues' today, but he only reached a sizable audience in the compact disc era, when all of his recordings were released in the form of this box set.
Cruise News
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Blues Society News
Maine Blues Society’s Winter Blues Bash Jan 11
LEWISTON, MA - The Maine Blues Society’s Winter Blues Bash will be held from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, in the main ballroom of the Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant Street. Proceeds from this event not only support the MBS but also help Maine blues act nominees Eric French (solo act) and The Blood Orange Martinis (group act) pay for their expenses to the 31st annual International Blues Challenge competition on historic Beale Street in Memphis.
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
31st Annual International Blues Challenge Jan 21-24

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 27-28 Radio Show: BEST BLUES OF 2014

2015 is just around the corner. But do not forget the great music we heard in 2014. To help aid your memory, we will play some of it. Great blues from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Luther Dickinson, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Missy Andersen, and much, much more.
Relive the best blues of 2014. 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
are paid "Featured" ads
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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