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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 5, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 10
First-Thursday March 2015 ...
The Passion of Sharing the Roots of the Blues
Music is a natural healer so why not begin with the roots. Education plays a huge part in sharing the history, the music, the value, and the excitement of blues music. Through interactive performances, introduction to the historical roots of the blues and expressing one’s self through this genre, thousands of lucky recipients, young and old, have reaped the rewards of a blues educators’ love.
For instance, there are hundreds of Blues in the Schools programs. Some are offered by independent artists and others are a part of individual blues societies. The programs themselves can vary from one-hour assemblies during or after school, to artists in residency for periods of a week and up, impacting elementary school kids to college-age young adults.
Here's to an inspiring month! 
Your ever-grateful-editor,
Note: My e-greeting will be a first-Thursday-of-the-month feature about blues-related community issues and events. Suggestions are welcomed.
Special Announcements
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Did you know that Bobby Rush calls our magazine:
"The roadmap to the blues?"
It's time to order your Ad in the 13th annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE PRINT MAGAZINE which hits the streets the third week in April.
Our award-winning annual publication will be a great marketing vehicle for your festival and we hope you can join us as an advertiser.
100,000 copies are distributed for Free throughout U.S. and Canada to eager Blues fans and industry professionals (festival promoters, club owners, labels, booking agents, bands, etc.). 
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*Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or if you can't find, order via our website.

You can also find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine on our website. Enjoy 98 pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!  
Our 2014 edition sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS. 
CD & DVD Releases
Coco Montoya’s double CD set on RUF Records, Songs From The Road, is the next best thing to being there from this great guitarist and his crushing band. Push play and your front room transforms into the front row. Shut your eyes and you almost feel the crush of the crowd, the heat of the tube amps and the security barrier at your chest. “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Triple Door. Please welcome… Coco Montoya!”
This release sticks to the winning formula of Ruf Records’ Songs From The Road concept, showcasing a classic Coco Montoya show at Seattle’s famous Triple Door venue on August 17 and 18, 2013 with producer Jim Gaines taking charge of a mix that’s as potent as the performance. Read more details here... 
Click to play"Love Jail"
Tinsley Ellis :: TOUGH LOVE
Tough Love is the latest CD from veteran Georgia-based blues rocker Tinsley Ellis on his own Heartfixer Music label, distributed nationally by Landslide Records. Produced by Ellis, Tough Love marks the third release on his own imprint (launched in 2013 with the all-instrumental Get It! CD, followed by last year’s Midnight Blue), and showcases his continued growth as an expressive songwriter in a variety of shades of blues and roots styles.
Backing up Ellis’ tough vocals and stinging guitar work on the 10 all-original tracks are several former long-time members of Delbert McClinton’s band: keyboard whiz Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer), bassist Steve Mackey, and drummer Lynn Williams (John Hiatt). Read more details here...
Click to play"Seven Years"
News Flash
Take Your Spring Blues Vacation in Florida April 10-11-12 for the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
TAMPA BAY, FL - Take Your Spring Blues Vacation in Florida!
Plan to join us on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay, Florida, for the 2015 Tampa Bay Blues Festival. This three day blues music event on April 10, 11, & 12, features Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Tab Benoit, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Carolyn Wonderland, Southern Hospitality, John Nemeth, and others. A total of 22 great blues shows!

You will really love our VIP experience which includes admission, front stage seating, two large shade tents on the bay, gourmet foods from our on-site chefs and local restaurants, and complimentary, unlimited beer, wine, spring water, and soda. Find more info and extensive schedule here 
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Presents an All Louisiana Sunday
SIMI VALLEY, CA - The 26th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will fill Memorial Day weekend with an outstanding lineup of Cajun, Zydeco, Creole, Blues and Roots music with simultaneous performances on two stages both Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th. The Blues stage is featuring headliners from classic groups such as The Yardbirds and Canned Heat, to 82 year old Leo “Bud” Welch whose second album is being released this spring to the ever popular Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Candye Kane and Reverend Tall Tree. And the Cajun & Zydeco stage is presenting a unique all Louisiana line up on Sunday.
For the first time in the history of the festival, one band will cross over from the Cajun-Zydeco stage and also play the Blues stage.
"Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster," April 25 at Kennedy Center
WASHINGTON, D.C - A variety of performers will celebrate the music and legacy of Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, on April 25 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $20 to $89 and on sale through the arts center box office.
The tribute will feature Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller with Viktor Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Dan Zanes, Alvin Youngblood Hart (pictured here), Billy Hector, Valerie June, Shannon McNally and Josh White Jr.
A force behind the American folk songbook, Lead Belly was a master storyteller and powerful musician who blended various genres, from gospel to blues, to create his own sound. The Smithsonian Folkways Collection just released a documentary and box-set celebrating his life and influence.
The Blues Never Felt So Good in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO - The shuffle of the drums. A riff on the bass. Then a haunting trill from the piano, and the guitar begins to wail. You’re in a trance-like rhythm. You’re in the groove. That feeling…it’s the blues.
“If I was a rich man, had all the money I needed, and suddenly all that money left, my feeling would be what they call the blues.” That’s how the late St. Louis musical legend Henry “Mule” Townsend defined the blues. He was quick to caution, though, that, “To me, it’s not necessarily the saddest thing in the world. It tells a lot of stories about natural life – how people live.”
Cruise News
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Blues Foundation News
The Blues Foundation Has Moved Home
MEMPHIS, TN - Though the Grand Opening of the Blues Hall of Fame is not until Friday May 8, on February 26, The Blues Foundation moved its office from the space they had been renting since June 1, 2014, back into 421 South Main, where construction of the Blues Hall of Fame exhibits continues.
The next milestone will be April 9 when they plan to unveil the Little Milton statue, inspired by the cover of his last studio album, Think of Me, sponsored by his friends and fans at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine. It has been sculpted by Andrea Lugar and is now in the process of being cast in bronze by Larry Lugar, who also makes the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards each year.
Blues Society News
Phoenix Blues Society Blues Blast Mar 7
PHOENIX, AZ - Brought to you by the Phoenix Blues Society, the Blues Blast is the Phoenix valley's premier Blues festival of the year! This year's festival will be held Saturday, March 7, at Margaret T. Hance Park from 10am to 6:30pm.
Headlining are Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. The festival lineup includes some of the very top blues bands in the area. Tixkets are $25-$30.
There will be a pre-party on March 6 at the famous Rhythm Room in Phoenix featuring Smokin' Joe Kubek & B'Nois King and after-party March 7 featuring The 44's for Los Angeles. Click on image at right for Rhythm Room details. 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 7-8 Radio Show:  Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater
Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater is one of the great figures of Chicago blues. Back in the fifties, he absorbed the music of Muddy Waters, Louis Jordan, and Chuck Berry, to come up with his own unique style. He is one of the major blues showmen, and a master of playing the guitar left handed. Upside down. Quality time with
Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater. Next time, in the BluesMobile
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Ronnie Earl :: MIRACLE
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Mar 5 J.B. Lenoir (1929), Peg Leg Howell (1888), Tommy Tucker (1933); Mar 6 Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893), Walter Trout (1951); Mar 9 Georgia White (1903); Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10 Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938), Ronnie Earl (1953); Mar 12 Jesse Fuller (1896), Leonard Chess (1912 Chess Records) (1917), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 13 Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913)
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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
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Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-06-2015 - Mar-07-2015
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Blues Blast '15
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Marchwood Blues Picnic
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
New Zealand
17th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest
Mar-12-2015 - Mar-15-2015
Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Music Festival
Milwaukee, Oregon, USA
River City Blues Festival
Mar-20-2015 - Mar-21-2015
Marietta, Ohio, USA
Napa, California, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
Blast Furnace Blues Festival
Mar-27-2015 - Mar-29-2015
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Juke Joint Festival
and Related Events!
Apr-09-2015 - Apr-12-2015 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-10-2015 - Apr-12-2015
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
Apr-17-2015 - Apr-19-2015
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Ventura County Blues Festival, 10th Annual
Moorpark, California, USA
Simi Valley, California USA 
About Us
RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.
We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 12th annual in 2014), affiliated with the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
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