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Blues Festival Guide
May 14, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 20
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CD & DVD Releases
Cruise News
Blues Society News
Video of The Week
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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13th Annual Print Magazine
100,000 copies of the 13th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine are being distributed for free now throughout U.S. and Canada. Look for them at blues festivals and/or from your regional blues society, etc.

We are proud to have the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival as our 2015 magazine sponsor.
Congratulations to our cover photographer Mikel Samel who's great photo of young bluesman Jarekus Singleton graces this year's issue.
If you missed getting an ad in the magazine we do offer several other media products. CALL 775 337 8344 or email.
Bobby Rush calls our magazine: "The road map to the blues?"
Thanks for digging what we do!
Kaati, Cheryl, Michele, Tom, Heather, Tim, Irene, Florencia, and Goran
RBA Publishing Inc, P.O. Box 50635, Reno, NV 89513 - 775 337 8344  EMAIL 
Show us your BFG
Kickin' off with the brand new 2015 BFG Magazine
Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw, Blues Festival Guide Sales Director, here with renowned photographer, writer and promoter Dick Waterman at the Grand Opening of the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis last week. We congratulate him for his countless amazing and historic contributions. Waterman has been a major influence in the development and recording of the blues since the 1960s.
Photo: Kaati
*NOTE! The 2015 BFG annual magazine has started to ship. We're so excited to welcome our 13th edition! You'll find them for free at various festivals and your local blues society's very soon. Once you get your hands on one, start snapping those photos of you and your friends with the Guide while enjoying an event, or share an extra with your favorite blues artist, etc.!
*EMAIL your fave photo, caption & credit.
*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 find the Digital Edition of the 2015 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine very soon on our website. Enjoy pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!  
Our 2015 edition sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS. 
CD & DVD Releases
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 (Never Before Heard Live Performances) on Forty Below Records is a very special archival recording of one the best of the Bluesbreakers band lineups, featuring legendary musicians John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). Distributed by Sony/RED, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 showcases a band that was together for only a scant three months, yet created a lasting legacy, made an immense impact on music and led to the formation of one of the most acclaimed groups of all-time when Green, McVie and Fleetwood left to form Fleetwood Mac.
Read more details on this CD and artists...
Click to play"All Your Love"
Artist Site
The Mike Henderson Band :: IF YOU THINK IT'S HOT HERE
Renowned musician, singer-songwriter Mike Henderson has come full circle with this long awaited CD, If You Think It’s Hot Here on EllerSoul Records, and the return to his blue’s rockin’ roots. A thirty plus year veteran of the music industry, he has worn many hats.
“Mike Henderson’s ability to play the blues seems endless and so inspired on these new recordings! It was a true honor to share the stage with him this past summer at Red Rocks playing the music of Muddy Water and Howling Wolf. My only regret is I didn’t ask him to sing one….! Killer blues by a band of world class musicians.” - Joe Bonamassa
Read more details on this CD and artist
Click to play"I Wanta Know Why" 
Artist Site
News Flash
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival One Week Away
SIMI, 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. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Discount single day tickets of $20 weekend passes for $35 are available only online
Come on out – tap your toes, dance, eat great Cajun, Creole and southern barbecue food or just chill and let the great music surround you.
Get all the details and discount one and two day tickets for the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival on the website
Full schedule and more info for the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival VII Presents Authentic Jook Joint Style Blues June 12-13
LENOIR, NC – In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, plans for The Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival, which has taken place in historic Lenoir, North Carolina on the second weekend of June since 2009, is creating a lot of buzz among blues fans with the Festival VII line-up. For the past six years Pop Ferguson Blues brought to the stage blues legends from around the country, all of whom give stellar performances for their fans.
This year’s festival will honor yet another outstanding group of legends including: Big Bill Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters; Mac Arnold, co-founder of Soul Train; Pop Ferguson, a Lenoir native and lifetime Blues artist; Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, who once played back-up for Jimmy Hendrix who then gave her a guitar...
Find more details about the Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival
This weekend, May 16-17, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers and Boz Scaggs to Headline the Doheny Blues Festival
DANA POINT, CA – Celebrating 18 years of Blues On The Beach, the Doheny Blues Festival is proud to present another stellar lineup of talent for this upcoming weekend of music, slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th. The nationally-recognized festival is headlined by 10-time GRAMMY Award winner Bonnie Raitt, the voice of Bad Company Paul Rodgers, the incomparable Boz Scaggs and many others, performing on three stages at the beachfront venue of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. 
Doheny Blues Festival takes pride in its introduction of new artists, and this year is no exception as we welcome ...
Find Doheny Blues Festival info and lineup
36th Blues Music Awards Winners & Photos
(Photo by Joe Dempsey)
MEMPHIS, TN - The 36th Blues Music Awards took place before a sell-out crowd of 1500 in downtown Memphis Thursday night May 8. The evening began at a 5:30pm reception with nominees Austin Walkin’ Cane and Annika Chambers performing and it ended after midnight. During the course of the evening, 24 Blues Music Award winners were announced and the show featured 20 ten-minute sets, including one by Blues Hall of Famers John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as Keb’ Mo’ and Elvin Bishop, among others. Bishop was the evening’s big winner as he took home three Blues Music Awards on the strength of his Can’t Even Do Wrong Right release which took top song and album honors.
Get the list of the 36th Annual BMA winners plus links to some grate photos
New Albany Photographer’s Work Chosen for New Vicksburg Restaurant
NEW ALBANY, MS - Eleven photographs from New Albany, Mississippi, fine art photographer T. Lowry Wilson have been chosen to be a part of the décor of 10 South, a new rooftop restaurant in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

For the past several years, Wilson has traversed the Mississippi Delta and captured it in photographs. These images attracted the attention of Nicole Gilmer of Newbreak Management, the design consultant for 10 South. Gilmer said, “Inspired by the David Cohn quote, ‘The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg,’ the design team fell in love with T. Lowry Wilson's award winning photos of the Delta and contacted the artist about featuring many of his Delta pieces in the restaurant.
Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty Documentary
As you know, Johnny Winter’s critically acclaimed album, Step Back, won the 2015 Best Blues Album Grammy. Paul Nelson, Winter’s bandmate, band leader, producer and closest friend, produced the album and played guitar on each track. Nelson also recently accepted the Blues Music Award on behalf of Johnny for Best Rock Blues Album from the Blues Foundation in Memphis for Step Back.
“The upcoming acclaimed Johnny Winter documentary, Down and Dirty, will be released internationally soon,” says Paul Nelson, who is also the executive producer for the film. The feature length documentary focuses on the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter. Directed by Greg Oliver, the cast includes Winter and his band, plus James Cotton, Edgar Winter, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and more along with plenty of archival footage.
Find more info about the documentary and the link to the trailer
Cruise News
LRBC #25 & #26 Sold Out - Join Waitlist!‏
LRBC #27 Date Announced
Waitlist is open Visit this link or 
(816) 753-7979 to join.
LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015
Big Easy / Fantasy
LRBC #25 Big Easy / Fantasy. Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
 Holland America ms Westerdam. Join Wait List!

LRBC #26 Jan 17-24, 2016
Eastern Caribbean
LRBC #26 Eastern Caribbean.
Fort Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI & Bahamas Private Island

Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Join Wait List!
*LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016*
San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe
Celebrity Summit. Prebook starts July 21st!

NOTE: Very Important... In order to join the LRBC Waitlist, your user name and password is required to access the Reservation System. If you have forgotten your user name and password, click to resetIf you need help creating an account please email or visit Booking FAQs
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
BMA Winners announced in this issue
In our "News Flash" section this issue, find a link to the list of 36th annual Blues Music Award winners along with some fantastic photo links for a glimpse into this fabulous annual event! 
Find more Blues Foundation info here
Blues Society News
29th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, presented by The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society May 16
GREENSBORO, NC - The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, in association with YES! Weekly present the 29th Annual Carolina Blues Festival. The longest-running blues festival in the Southeastern United States returns this Saturday, May 16, 2015 and has expanded to the new location of Barber Park Amphitheater, Greensboro, NC. There will be international, national, regional and local blues acts under the big tent, rain or shine! Headliners include Larry McCray, Devon Allman and Shemekia Copeland. The Carolina Blues Festival is a family friendly event. Tix are $20 
Elwood's BluesMobile

Selwyn Birchwood is a young guitar player from Florida. He won the 2013 International Blues Challenge, along with the Albert King Guitar
Player of the Year Award. Since then, the world has been hearing a lot more of him. And with good reason.
New music from an up and coming blues superstar, Selwyn Birchwood. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Taj Mahal & The Tedeschi Trucks Band :: 
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
May 16 Cleveland Chenier (1921); May 17 Taj Mahal (1942); May 18 Big Joe Turner (1911), Sara Martin (1884); May 19 Jimmy Thackery (1953); May 21 Fats Waller (1904), Dave Specter (1963), May 24-John Lee (1915); May 25 Miles Davis (1926); May 26 Mamie Smith (1883); May 27 Junior Parker (1932); May 28 T-Bone Walker (May 28, 1910), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (Blues Festival Guide Owner/Publisher)
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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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EUROPAfest 2015
May-08-2015 - May-23-2015, Bucharest, Sibiu, Romania
Doheny Blues Festival
May-16-2015 - May-17-2015
Dana Point, California, USA
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival
May-16-2015, Salisbury
North Carolina, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-16-2015 - May-17-2015
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Blues on Broadbeach
Music Festival
May-21-2015 - May-24-2015
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival 20th Anniversary
May-22-2015 - May-24-2015
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Bluesfestival Baden
May-23-2015 - May-30-2015
Baden, Aargau, Switzerland
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
May-23-2015 - May-24-2015
Simi Valley, California USA  
For all festival links
go to our website
Santa Cruz American
Music Festival
May-23-2015 - May-24-2015
Aptos, California, USA
Little Walter Music Festival
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
BB King Homecoming Festival
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
1st Adelanto New Blues Festival
Adelanto, California USA
Music City Blues Festival
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Smokin' in Steele
BBQ & Blues Fest
May-29-2015 - May-31-2015
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Santa Clarita Valley Blues Festival
Santa Clarita, California, USA
T Bone Walker Blues Fest
Jun-05-2015 - Jun-06-2015
Longview, Texas, USA
Freedom Creek Festival
Aliceville, Alabama, 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.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL or here.
Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 775-337-8344.
Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it.
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