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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 21, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 3
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Specials BFG Announcements
Promoters! Post Your 2016 Festival Dates 
Festival promoters can post their 2016 festival dates on our
top-ranking blues festival website. You don't need your line-up,
just dates and venue. Easy and free. Click here
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Even Ronald MacDonald was digging the Blues! Here he is with blues fan and BFG contributor Mary Ann Haskell at the June 2015 Long Beach Bayou Festival in Long Beach, California.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Snap photos of you, your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide! *EMAIL your photo plus caption & credit.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our websiteOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.Find the digital version here
CD & DVD Releases
Kelly Richey :: SHAKEDOWN SOUL
Shakedown Soul, Kelly Richey’s 16th album encompassing a 35 year career as a singer/songwriter and master guitar slinger known for her fiery chops, is a 10-track album that deftly mixes blues, funk, electronica, and gritty rock and roll. The ten tracks are woven together seamlessly with chunky guitar riffs, groove based, melodic bass lines, synthesized sounds, and in-your-face John Bonham-style drum grooves and loops. Richey augments foot-stomping rockers with blistering guitar work and husky vocals that swagger along a massive wall of sound that swirls and spins in layers with celestial glitches, DJ scratching, drum loops, horns, keys, strings, and synth sequencing into a hot mess of sonic balance that suits her raw, ultra-personal all-original song lyrics. Shakedown Soul features melodic, well-arranged songs that feel both ethereal and hard as concrete.  ... Find more details about this release
Click to play"You Wanna Rock"
Artist Site

Like his namesake suggests, Robert Johnson has been to the crossroads and back. Somewhere along the way he found blues woman, Pam Taylor, on her way back from her own crossroads. Together the blues and southern soul-infused duo have been wowing crowds with their infectious original spin on American blues and roots music. They stole each other's hearts and now they are stealing hearts of fans with their Dirty Southern Soul. This jazzy, kind of folk-rock tale tells of two musicians; who they are and how they came to be with an honestly that inspires and heals.
Both raised in the Carolina's, the lives of Pam Taylor and Robert Johnson Jr. took a number of twist and turns, along with many ups and downs, before their musical paths crossed.  ...Find more about this release
Click to play"Carolina Days (Bootsie's Song)"
Artist Site
News Flash
Lancaster Roots and Blues, A Festival of Music
Feb 26-27-28, 2016
LANCASTER, PA - Lancaster Roots and Blues, A Festival of Music, held Feb 26-27-28, 2016, will feature 75 artists playing 90 concerts on 11 stages, all within three blocks of each other. Blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, rockabilly, soul, gospel, Americana and more will help you end the winter doldrums.
Artists include Selwyn Brichwood, Zac Harmon, Tinsley Ellis, Albert Cummings, Maceo Parker, Joanna Connor Dana Fuchs and many more! The venues in historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania include the world-class performing arts stage at The Ware Center in Steinman Hall; the Robert Johnson stage at the beautiful Convention Center at the Marriott; Tellus 360 (both stages); Chameleon Club (main stage); Lancaster’s craft beer hall, The Federal Taphouse; the intimate Lancaster Dispensing Company, The Trust Performing Arts Center , the historic Elks Lodge, and new for this year The Village Nightclub... Click here for more details about Lancaster Blues & Roots
Tee Dee Young, a Legend in his own Time, on way to IBC in Memphis to Represent!
LEXINGTON, KY - Tee Dee Young, a native of Lexington Kentucky, has been performing and playing for audiences for years and 2016 has certainly started off right with Tee Dee Young winning Best Blues Artist at the Lexington Music Awards. The Tee Dee Young Band is now going back to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next week to represent the Marietta, Ohio Blues Jazz and Folk Society. Look for them on Beale Street!
Kentucky's best kept secret, Tee Dee Young, a blues legend in his own time, has definitely got the blues and he loves “firing down on that guitar.” While playing his own unique style of the blues, his dynamic stage presence, exciting harmony and energy will put you in the mood for dancing! What makes Tee Dee Young unique is the style in which he plays the Blues. ...Click here for more details about Tee Dee Young
Grego Anderson of Mojo Hand Presents “Me and The Devil Blues” Comic Strip
Editors note: Find the new "Me and The Devil Blues" comic strip in your weekly e-Guide starting this week!.
Grego Anderson has had a long career illustrating the Blues - founder of, the world's largest online Blues folk art gallery and apparel store, he has sold over 1000 paintings of Blues legends worldwide since 2001. Grego's unique folk art illustration style has gotten him work on major magazine covers, concert posters, ad campaigns and most recently a series of beer labels with a large east coast Brewery. Now, he has turned his attention to a daily comic strip, "Me and the Devil Blues" - the day to day story of modern day blues man "Blind Hambone Jefferson" who sold his soul to the Devil in 2015 hoping to become famous... but things aren't going quite as planned.
We’re pleased to feature our talented friend Grego’s brand new comic strip in our weekly e-Guide kicking off this week!
...Click here to read more about Mojo Hand the Devil and Me Blues
Music Documentarian Mako Funasaka of Talkin’Blues Releases New Podcast Series
Editors note: Look for Mako Funasaka's blues-roots related podcasts featured in your e-Guide.
TORONTO, ON - Mako Funasaka is a name music enthusiasts may already know based on his award-winning video productions under the banner of talkin’ blues, Rhythm, Roots and Soul and, more recently, with his work at Riddle Films. As more doors have opened to him across multiple musical genres, he’s come to realize that it is these conversations that are precious to him – getting to know and understand the artists and those connected to the music industry.
It is these ongoing conversations that Funasaka wants to expand on his original approach through further exploring blues, roots and R&B music by adding rock, jazz and classical music into the mix.
 ...Click here more details about this new podcast
Canadian Blues Artists from Coast to Coast Honored with Maple Blues Awards
TORONTO, ON --Internationally renowned Canadian Blues artists from coast to coast were honored by their peers at the Toronto Blues Society’s 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto last night as a full house of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.

Montreal based guitar hero and one man band Steve Hill took home three awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Guitarist of the Year. Also winning multiple awards was Nashville based Canadian guitarist and music icon Colin Linden, who took home awards for Recording/Producer of the Year for his album Rich In Love and Songwriter of the Year. The Songwriter of the Year award was presented to Linden by Barbara Newman, the new CEO of The Blues Foundation and Charlie Andrews, Manager of the SOCAN Foundation.
...Click here to read about the highlights and complete list of winners
Document Record’s "Going for a Song" January Sale
The majority of the Document 5000 Series are on sale for a fiver or less – that’s about $6 or Euros 6.3. At 679 CDs and growing, Document Records offers one of the biggest slices of Afro-American music history that you will find anywhere… The complete recorded works include hundreds of blues, gospel, spiritual, boogie-woogie, songster artist; from the late 1800s onwards. Many, many recordings are not available elsewhere. These are the roots of soul, modern gospel, R&B, rap, black urban vocal music and rock. Some of the greatest names in Vintage Jazz, Boogie-woogie and Blues, including, Pete Johnson, Jimmy Yancey, Albert Ammons, Alberta Hunter, Kid Ory, Leadbelly. All their other series of CDs are on offer too.
...Click here to read more about Document
Plaque placed to Honor Leadbelly
NEW YORK, NY - Lead Belly Fest - the multi-artist tribute to Lead Belly taking place at Carnegie Hall on February 4 - placed a plaque on the apartment building where he lived during the last decade of his life at 414 E. 10th Street on January 20, to commemorate his life and times in New York on his birthday. Those who spoke at the ceremony included National Endowment for the Arts fellow, poet, and Lead Belly chronicler Tyehimba Jess; actor and bluesman Guy Davis; three-time GRAMMY winner Tom Chapin; and Lead Belly historian, archivist, and author John Reynolds. Other members of NYC's folk and blues scenes in attendance included Ernie Vega of Jalopy Theater and the Brooklyn Folk Fest. A group performance of "Good Night Irene" followed.
"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Music on the Couch IBC Updates Jan 14, 2016 
MEMPHIS, TN - Hi, I'm Vinny Marini, of Music On The Couch. Check out the listings on my 2016 IBC Page there and find the final roster of 2016 Challengers coming in from around the world.
FIVE DAYS! Yup! Only five days and the Blues World descends on Memphis!
Getting ready to come to Memphis… here’s some information you should know:
- The airport is about 25 minutes from downtown Memphis, depending upon traffic, and YES Virginia, Memphis does have traffic.
- When you are waiting on a cab, look around…maybe there is a solo or a duo that can fit with you and you can share the fare…you are probably going to a hotel within a couple of blocks of each other.
...Click to find good advice and where IBC bands can contact Vinny now!
Blues Foundation News
The International Blues Challenge kicks off Jan 26-30, 2016
MEMPHIS,TN - The 32nd International Blues Challenge will be held January 26-30, 2016 in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District. Here’s just a tidbit of what is happening next week. Check the full schedule (subject to change):
Tuesday, January 26
5:30-9:00pm WILL CALL (Club 152 2nd Floor)
5:30pm International Showcase (Beale Street)
8:00pm Tas Cru’s Generation Blues Fundraiser Jam (Rum Boogie Café)
Wednesday, January 27
12:00pm-2:30pm IBC Act Registration (Tin Roof 315 Beale Street)
2:30pm IBC Act Orientation Meeting (Tin Roof)
4:30/5:00/5:35pm 1st Night of 32nd IBC Quarterfinals Beale Street
Thursday, January 28
4:30/5:00/5:35pm 2nd Night of 32nd IBC Quarterfinals Beale Street
11:30pm All-Star Jam (Tin Roof)
(Semi-finalists will be announced at various Beale Street clubs)
Friday, January 29
11:00am-2:15pm IBC Youth Act Registration Hard Rock Café
11:00am 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards (Doubletree Hotel, TN Ballroom)
4:20/5:00/5:40pm Youth Showcases (Beale Street)
5:20/5:40/7:00pm 32nd IBC Semi-Finals (Beale Street)
11:30pm All-Star Jam (Tin Roof)
(Finalists will be announced at various Beale Street clubs)
Saturday, January 30
11:00am Doors Open for Finals Orpheum Theatre IBC Pass or $42.50 door, if available
12:00pm 32nd IBC Finals & Best Self-Produced CD Winner Announcement
See entire schedule here For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode1: Andrew Galloway of Electro-Fi Records

Click image to listen
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
Andrew Galloway is the president of Electro-Fi Records. When I decided to start this podcast project, he was the first person I wanted to interview to talk about his life, his passion for music and his record label. This interview took place in May of 2015. For more information, please go to: Music: "Snap" by Mel Brown & The Homewreckers. Special Thanks to: Gary Vaughan, Tom Funasaka and Bruce Greenaway.
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Oct 2016 LRBC #27 Cabins on Sale  - Prebook for Jan 2017
Cabins on sale for LRBC #27
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
Southeastern Caribbean
The LRBC #27 returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico and sails Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016 to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. 
Prebook: LRBC #28 January 22-29, 2017 Eastern Caribbean Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI and Dominican Republic
NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit
Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979 to join.
Info: WEBSITE or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
Elwood's BluesMobile
JAN 23-24, 2016 Radio Show: International Blues Challenge

Once again, Memphis plays host to the annual five-day battle of the bands called the International Blues Challenge. Contestants from all over the world compete in two categories, solo/duo and best band. Elwood lends an ear to some of the stars of tomorrow. The word’s biggest battle of the bands.
The International Blues Challenge. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through the next week: 
Jan 21 Snooks Eaglin (1936), Richie Havens (1941), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22 Hammie Nixon (1908), Sam Cooke (1935), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897), Teeny Tucker;
 Jan 24 Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949); Jan 25 Sleepy John Estes (1899), Etta James (1938); Jan 26 Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27 Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914), Elmore James (1918), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930); Jan 28 Drink Small (1933); 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) 
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 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #26, Eastern Caribbean
Jan-17-2016 - Jan-24-2016
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Blues on the Beach, Huatulco
Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Ferndale Blues & Music Festival
Jan-29-2016 - Feb-06-2016
Ferndale, Michigan, USA
3rd Annual Baton Rouge
Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 
Ultimate Louisiana Party-
Mardi Gras in the Treme
Feb-07-2016 - Feb-09-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Winter Blues Fest 2016
Feb-12-2016 - Feb-13-2016
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Taste of New Orleans Blues & Brews Festival
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Charlie Musselwhite and North Mississippi Allstars at Uptown Theatre Napa
Napa, California, USA
Destination Blues
Feb-19-2016 - Feb-21-2016
Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
Feb-20-2016 - Feb-21-2016
Clearwater, Florida, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
 Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-22-2016 - Feb-27-2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-25-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama 
Lancaster Roots & Blues
Music Festival
Feb-26-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Wolverhampton Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Fest 
Wolverhampton, W Midlands, UK
Doncaster Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Fest 5
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-12-2016
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-13-2016
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Mar-24-2016 - Mar-28-2016
Byron Bay, Australia
Columbus Blues Revival
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest
Apr-22-2016 - May-01-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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