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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 29, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 5
Special Announcements
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Could this be the lovely Samantha Fish decked out for "Neptune's Sea Creature Night" on board the Legendary rhythm & Blues Cruise? Why yes!
Photo: Robby Z
Start snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!
*Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or if you can't, find here: order info here
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
Nathan James :: HEAR ME CALLING
Roots and Blues maestro Nathan James has chosen to showcase both sides of his talents with the simultaneous release of Hear me Calling an acoustic based outing featuring Nathan performing solo in his one man band set up; and Natural Born That Way, a full ensemble recording featuring his band the Rhythm Scratchers with special guests. Both are recorded, mixed and mastered by Nathan at his renowned Sacred Cat Studios, and released on his own Sacred Cat Recordings label. A unique theme is a couple original tunes that feature different versions on both records.
Fans of traditional acoustic blues will delight in Hear Me Calling, a mix of delta and country blues, ragtime, Piedmont, and gospel tunes.
Click to play"Hear Me Calling"
Delmark’s reissue of Southside Blues Jam features 7 new, previously unissued tracks, and a 16-page booklet with liner notes and many never-before-seen photos from Delmark’s Bob Koester. This recording features Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica) with Buddy Guy (guitar), Otis Spann (piano), Louis Myers (guitar), Earnest Johnson (bass) and Fred Belows (drums).
Delmark say’s, “We’ve tried to capture, on this album, what a listener would hear any Monday night at Theresa's Blues Bar (now defunct) at 48th and Indiana on Chicago's Southside. The blue Monday regulars, including Buddy Guy, are joined by the late Otis Spann, the greatest blues pianist of his generation, making his last studio appearance and to whom this album is respectfully dedicated by Junior, the musicians, and... the Delmark staff.”
Click to play"Love Me Baby"
News Flash
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival Has Joined Forces with The Homeless Emergency Project to Help Those Less Fortunate
CLEARWATER, FL – The 9th Annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival has joined forces with the Homeless Emergency Project (HEP) to help those less fortunate in our area.
HEP is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since 1986, their mission has been to provide homeless and very low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Stop by the Homeless Emergency Project’s booth during the Festival as they will be raffling off valuable and unique items raising additional funds for their cause.
Donations will be accepted at the gates and at the HEP tent inside the festival. Find more info and festival schedule here
Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro & Heritage Blues Orchestra Headline Blast Furnace Blues March 27-29 in Bethlehem, PA
BETHLEHEM, PA - It’s three scorchin’ days of the blues when Shemekia Copeland, Blues Music Award and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year winner Tommy Castro, the Heritage Blues Orchestra, John Németh & The Bo-Keys, and more come together for the Blast Furnace Blues Festival presented by Highmark Blue Shield March 27-29 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Three-day festival passes and single-day tickets for the event, which features 20-plus national and local blues artists, are on sale now online here and 610-332-3378.
On March 28, Blast Furnace Blues welcomes the one and only Tommy Castro.
2015 International Blues Challenge – WINNERS
MEMPHIS,TN - The Blues Foundation's 2015 International Blues Challenge (IBC), held Jan 20- Jan 24 Memphis, Tennessee, was the 31st year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. After an action packed week of showcases along with the competition, here are the winners:
First – Eddie Cotton – Vicksburg Blues Society
Second – Noah Wotherspoon – Dayton Blues Society
Third – Nico Wayne Toussaint – Southern California Blues Society
Best Guitarist – Band (Gibson & Category 5) – Noah Wotherspoon – Dayton Blues Society

First – Randy McQuay – Cape Fear Blues Society
Second – Brian Keith Wallen – Dayton Blues Society
Best Guitarist – Solo/Duo (St. Blues Guitars) Ben Rice – Ashland Blues Society

Best Self-Produced CD
Cryin’ Mercy – Altered Five Blues Band – Grafton Blues Association

Lee Oskar Harp Award
Nico Wayne Toussaint
Put Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise on your Bucket List
Hi Blues Friends;
This is Kaati, the publisher of the Blues Festival Guide. My friends and I just got back from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. It was the #24th Western Caribbean Cruise and it was awesome!
The stand-out acts for me were Mr. Sipp (former IBC winner) and The Peterson Brothers (teenage brothers from Texas), although all the music was amazing.
We enjoyed Billy Branch, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Coco Montoya, Dwayne Dopsie, James Harman, Keb Mo, Tommy Castro, Danielle Nicole, Tasha Taylor, Samantha Fish, Keith Crossan, Lucky Peterson, Madeline Payroux, Matt Anderson, Poppy Chubby, Roomful of Blues, Shemekia Copeland, Tab Benoit, Taj Mahal Trio, Victor Wainwright, Mitch Woods, special guest Janiva Magness and so many more.
You can’t play the blues, you have to be the blues
IBC Recap & Photos by Tim Parsons
“Hi, I’m Little Steve-O and I am here with Bongo Joe. We’re checking in.”
The introduction would sound strange at most registration tables, but not this past week in Memphis, Tennessee. Around here, Coyote Bill, Blue Jay Slim and Honey B aren’t critters. They are people. Blues people.
More than 250 contestants in band and solo/duo categories represented blues societies from all across the globe at the Blues Foundation’s 31st International Blues Challenge. Each had aspirations of making it to the finals in which the top eight in each category performed in the cavernous and regal Orpheum Theatre up the hill on Beale Street.
(Pictured here is Band Winner Eddie Cotton)
Cruise News
~ LRBC #25 Cabins AVAILABLE and ON SALE now!

LRBC #25 Cabins AVAILABLE and ON SALE now!!
 See lineup for LRBC #25 here!
Info: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
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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 Foundation News
The Blues Foundation Reports Successes in Memphis
MEMPHIS, TN - The Tas Cru Jam at the Rum Boogie Cafe during IBC week raised $1769 for Generation Blues youth scholarships.
The Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase at the Kooky Canuck restaurant on Thursday afternoon raised $626 for the HART Fund.
ChefJimi’ raised $720 for the HART Fund from on-street sales of his Cooking with HART recipe book.
The Silent Auction Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre was very successful. All but two items received bids and brought in more than $6500.
Thanks to all the donors and bidders. It will also mean a few less items to move when we depart our temporary digs and move back into 421 by March 1.
We also received a single donation in the amount of $10,000 for the Blues Hall of Fame, bringing that amount to $2.925 million!
(Photo of Tas Cru by Geg "Slim Lively" Johnson)
Elwood's BluesMobile
Jan 30-Feb 1 Radio Show: BLUES BY NUMBERS

They say comedic things come in threes, there are fifty ways to leave your lover, bad behavior can get you 86ed, and yet there are only seven deadly sins. Get out your calculators. Time to do some hard driving math.
Blues by the numbers. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Eddie Cotton :: IBC Winning set at Orpheum Theater
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Jan 29 Eddie Taylor (1923), Jonny Lang (1981); Jan 30 Ruth Brown (1928), Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31 Roosevelt Sykes (1906), Chuck Willis (1928), Paul deLay (1952), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953), Alan Lomax (1915 musicologist, writer, producer); Feb 1 “Baby Face” Leroy Foster (1923), Sonny Landreth (1951); Feb 3 Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935), Jody Williams (1935), Jason Ricci (1974); Feb 5 Al Kooper (1944); Feb 6 Bob Marley (1945)
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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
Winter Blues Fest/21st Annual
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday
Feb-4-2015 - Feb-8-2015
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
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
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Sunday - Sunday
Feb-21-2015 - Feb-22-2015
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Saskatoon Blues Festival
Monday - Sunday
Feb-23-2015 - Mar-01-2015
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Napa, California, USA
Blues Blast '15
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
17th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest
Mar-12-2015 - Mar-15-2015, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Music Festival
Milwaukee, Oregon, USA
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