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Our magazine is jam-packed with feature stories, art and photography by Blues’ top aficionados. The first third of the magazine is festival section (in date order) with hundreds of festivals including line-ups so you can get your blues groove on and plan your festival itinerary.
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|Attached is the display box Peter Blewzzman, Blues Editor for Mary4Music, made and placed at the door for the Mr. Sipp show at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL last Saturday. Thanks Blewzzman! Very cool! |
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Our 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS.
|Henry Gray / Bob Corritore :: |
VOL. 1: BLUES WON'T LET ME TAKE MY REST
|At 90-years young, Louisiana native Henry Gray has amassed an incredibly prolific career in American music. With a history of performing that spans more than seven decades, the acclaimed blues pianist is probably best known for his 12-year tenure, beginning in 1956, with the legendary vocalist Howlin’ Wolf. Gray’s role as a highly in-demand session player has graced such revered labels as Chess, Vee-Jay and United, whereby he was featured on a multitude of iconic recordings including those by Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, Morris Pejoe and Little Walter.|
More recently, some of Gray’s further notable accomplishments include; a 1998 Grammy Award nomination for his work on the album, A Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf... Find more details about this release
"Let's Get High"
|Rick Vito :: MOJO ON MY SIDE|
|Few musicians in recent decades can lay claim to the caliber of credits held by Grammy-nominated guitarist, Rick Vito. His stellar slide and lead guitar work has enriched the recordings and performances of such legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rock and blues artists as Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Roy Orbison, Rita Coolidge, Maria Muldaur, and scores of others. To date he has appeared on over one hundred released recordings, and his haunting slide solo on Seger’s “Like a Rock,” has been heard by millions as the guitar voice on the Chevrolet truck TV commercial ads over a ten year period.|
Find more details about this release
|Blues On the Chippewa Festival 7.31-8.2 adds Shaun Murphy & Eric Gales to lineup!|
|DURAND, WI - The 8th annual Blues On the Chippewa festival will run from July 31st-August 2nd 2015 in Durand, Wisconsin! This years lineup includes: Eric Gales, Charles Walker Band, Shaun Murphy, Rachelle Coba, Blue Rooster, Left Wing Bourbon, Jimi & the Band of Souls, Lamont Cranston, Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, Papa John Kolstad, Don Scott, Code Blue with Catya & Sue Orﬁeld, the Claudettes, Mojo, Tommy Bentz Band, Nick Foytik Band and parades by Weapons of Brass Destruction.|
The festival is free as usual. On site vendors will provide food, beer, wine, soda and water. An ATM will be on site as well. Find more details about Blues On The Chippewa
|Donate Life Blues Fest with Walter Trout July 26 for Donate Life Nebraska|
|OMAHA, NE - The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) is co-sponsoring a big event on Sunday, July 26 with their friends at Playing With Fire Concert – Omaha to celebrate Walter Trout's return to performing and touring. The event will be held at the River City Star Pavilion Tent at Miller’s Landing, Omaha Nebraska. Walter celebrates the one-year anniversary of his life-saving liver transplant, received in Omaha at the Lied Transplant Center on Memorial Day.|
This great day of music will include the Walter Trout Band, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and other guests including a Terry Quiett Band reunion and a performance by the Lauren Anderson Band.
Find more details about the Donate Life Blues Fest
|2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations|
|CHAMPAIGN, IL - In early May, a group of 30 top Blues music industry professionals including music critics, radio DJs, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers and owners and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.|
Voting is open to the public. Fan voting begins July 15, 2015 and continues until September 15, 2015 at Blues Blast Magazine website. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on their website if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are free and you may unsubscribe at anytime!
Find more info and nominees
|Wendell Holmes of Acclaimed Soul/Blues Band The Holmes Brothers Writes Open Letter as He Enters Hospice|
|Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, penned an open letter to his friends and fans as he entered hospice care. Wendell recently retired from touring when he was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Holmes Brothers drummer Willie "Popsy" Dixon died on January 9, 2015 of complications from cancer.|
Here's the letter (click link to read in entirety):
As I write this letter, I am preparing to go home on hospice care. One benefit of hospice is the time it allows you to say some of the things you want to say to those you love and care about. I’m grateful for the opportunity to say “thanks” to many friends for your many expressions of love to me and my wife Barbara.
Click link to read this heartfelt letter in entirety
|Blues Against Hunger Society’s North American Jam Tour to Cross Baja and Western States|
|Blues Against Hunger Society (BAHS) is an organization dedicated to fighting hunger with blues music. Blues and hunger are both born of poverty, and through blues, they aim to help the hungry. BAHS brings together blues fans and musicians worldwide to share their passion for all styles of blues music and helping our fellow man. The BAHS produce and support members’ blues events and have raised thousands of pounds of food for the hungry by enjoying the blues. It is their mission to ensure the continuation of blues music and to reduce hunger by producing The North American Jam Tour, an annual nationwide tour.|
Find out more about the tour and ongoing jam
|~ 6th Annual Father’s Day Blues Festival June 21|
~ 1st Annual Singing The Blues Festival June 20
|6th Annual Father’s Day Blues Festival|
Presented by the Central Valley Blues Society, the 6th Annual Father’s Day Blues Festival will be held Sunday June 21, 2-7pm, St. Therese Lawn in Fresno’s Tower District. Modesto band Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame headline mixing ’50s-era style blues with their own West Coast funk rhythms. Big Earl will be joined by Fresno’s own Bill Clifton. Also on the bill are AC Myles Band, 3 Guys Playing the Blues and Baby Bee and Goodfellows. Tickets are $10.
1st Annual Singing The Blues Festival
The Jefferson State Blues Society presents the 1st Annual "Singing The Blues Festival," Saturday, June 20th at Anderson River Park (1597 South St.) in Anderson, California from 1-pm. Appearing will be Chris Cain, David Pinsky and Phil Newton with the Over the Moon Band, The Rhythm Kings, The Blues Rollers, Heavy Dose of Blues and Cold Sweat. Tickets are $20.
|~ Nick Schnebelen Band added to Blues Cruiser Reunion!|
~ Your June 26-27 "Reunion" Ticket could win you a Cabin!
~ Plus... Join SHORT Waitlist for LRBC #25
Would you like a cabin for two?
Come to the Reunion Party June 26-27 in Kansas City! Click image at left for more info.
LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015 Big Easy / Fantasy LRBC #25 Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
NOTE: *Very SHORT Waitlist for LRBC#25 so chances of getting on the ship are highly likely!*
LRBC #26 Jan 17-24, 2016 Eastern Caribbean LRBC #26 Eastern Caribbean.
Fort Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI & Bahamas Private Island
Join Wait List!
Prebook for LRBC #27 starts July 21 for...
*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 need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs. You may also call (816) 753-7979 to join.
or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
|Calling all Blues Artists & Labels: 2016 Blues Music Award Nomination Process Now Open|
|MEMPHIS,TN - Calling all blues artists and labels! The submission process is now open for artists and labels to register their releases for consideration for the 37th Blues Music Awards in 2016. The Blues Music Awards honor those professional artists and recordings that stand out within the eligibility period, which runs from November 1 through October 31 of each year. In addition to the awards for the past year’s top recordings, additional categories honor individual, actively touring artists for their overall excellence and accomplishment in that year. |
The nomination process is set out here. Artists and labels can register here. The sooner you do this, the more time a nominator has to listen to your release.
Read more about what's going on at The Blues Foundation
|JUNE 20-21 Radio Show: HOMEMADE BLUES|
|The world is filled with gimmicks, doodads, shortcuts, tricks, high jinks, tomfoolery, and folderol. We have programs that help the tone deaf sing on key, and machines that can make any sound you want to make. But there are those in the blues who make their own way, with their own sounds, and their own instruments, instruments they make themselves, by hand.|
Homemade blues, and the players who make it. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
|Dinah Washington :: "LONG JOHN BLUES"|
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you dad's, daddy's and daddios!
Thanks for your wisdom, strength, patience & shoulders to lean on!
~ Birthdays of note this week:
June 18 Sara Martin (1884); June 19 Jerry McCain (1930), Big Bill Morganfield (1956); June 20 Lazy Lester (1933); June 21 Skip James (1902); June 23 Helen Humes (1913); June 24 Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); June 25 Clifton Chenier (1925), Eddie Floyd (1935); June 26 Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); June 28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915); June 30 Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892)
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Billtown Blues Festival
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Long Beach Bayou Festival
Jun-20-2015 - Jun-21-2015
Long Beach, California, USA
Bentonia Blues Festival
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose, California, USA
North MS Hill Country
Picnic Blues Festival
Jun-26-2015 - Jun-27-2015
Potts Camp, Mississippi, USA
La Nuit Du Blues de Carpentras
Carpentras, Paca, France
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Blues From The Top
Jun-27-2015 - Jun-28-2015
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Jul-03-2015 - Jul-04-2015
Gaildorf, Baden Württemberg, Germany
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Glenwood Blues, Brews & BBQs
Glenwood, Iowa, USA
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-11-2015
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
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