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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 11, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 6
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
Show us your BFG
News Flash
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
IBC & BFG Offers
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Specials BFG Announcements
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IBC & BFG Offers
IBC Participants! Act now for limited Print Discounts! 
MEMPHIS, TN - The International Blues Challenge was a blast by all reports and congrats to ALL that participated! The Blues Festival Guide is a proud sponsor of the IBC.
We're currently offering print discounts to IBC participants in our 14th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. Click the image at left to enlarge for details. Do it now to assure your spot and discount.
*On another note, if you have a photo taken with the Blues Festival Guide magazine, please submit it to us ASAP with your caption and credit! We just might publish it!
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Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's Lurrie Bell at the 2015 Doheny Blues Festival showing off his Blues Festival Guide magazine!
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
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Order via our websiteOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.Find the digital version here
CD & DVD Releases
Raise Your Hands! Is the first solo recording from former Blind Boys of Alabama guitarist Sam Butler. Produced by Brian Brinkerhoff (Guitar Shorty, Jazz Soul 7), the even-dozen tracks on Raise Your Hands! showcase the splendid talents of Butler, whose guitar work was a staple of The Blind Boys of Alabama for many years.

Sam Butler’s solo debut puts his own spin on an Americana compilation of bluesy spirituals written by some of the most important and compelling artists and songwriters of the last fifty years of rock and roll (Bruce Springsteen, U2, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, etc.), with some righteous results. Butler’s resume also includes work with Keith Richards, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagan and gospel legend Clarence Fountain, and he can currently be seen in the critically-acclaimed play, The Gospel at Colonus. ... Find more details about this release

Click to play"Long Black Cadillac"
Artist Site
"Music courses through Kern Pratt's veins as sure as the Mississippi River flows through the Delta. And just like the mighty river has affected lives up and down its banks, Kern touches the souls of those who hear his music. After all, music is the voice of the soul and Kern helps us hear it loud and clear. Kern's music blends all that is good about Delta music and takes it out into the world. His rock influenced blues produces funky, bluesy, jazzy, toe tapping tunes that are a blend of the musicians who influenced him along with life experiences that have left a mark on him personally and his music. Broken Chains is about life, loss, moving on, getting on, dealing with everyday life, all peppered with the musical talents of a host of guest artists led by Kern," (Anne Martin, journalist and contributing writer for several local and regional magazines and author of Music of the Mississippi River) ...Find more about this release
Click to play"Greenville Mississippi Blues"
Artist Site
News Flash
Congratulations to Buddy Guy & Shemekia Copeland from Blues Schools Program! The Blues 58th GRAMMY goes too…
By Dr. Carolyn Blues Singer Gaines
GRAMMY nominees, Buddy Guy and Shemekia Copeland, the most exciting artists of 2015, were instrumental to the Blues Schools Program along with the blues legend Roy Gaines, the king of keeping Blues alive with Los Angeles Unified Schools District (LAUSD) students. The Blues Schools Program greatly appreciates Buddy Guy and Shemekia Copeland for their past participation with our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Their blues concerts, under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Blues Singer Gaines at the Greek Theatre and California State University, helped educate our youth about Blues in 2003, and we are very grateful. Shemekia, Buddy, Roy Gaines, Guitar Shorty, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Hubert Laws, Herbie Hancock, Lisa Terry, and the late greats Ike Turner and B.B. King also did meet-and-greets with many of the (LAUSD) music students.
... Read more and find more images
B.B. King Tribute at 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Lifetime Achievement Honorees and Blues-Roots Nominees
LOS ANGELES, CA – The 2016 GRAMMY Awards happen Monday, February 15th. During the multi-genre show and awards, a tribute to late blues icon, B.B. King, will be performed by Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark, Jr. and country-roots artist, Chris Stapleton.
During his career, B.B. King received 15 GRAMMYs, plus a lifetime achievement award in 1987. He received his first Grammy in 1970 for Male R&B Vocal Performance with “The Thrill Is Gone,” the hit that made him known and loved worldwide.
The “Thrill is Gone” will actually be performed on the show by rising country star, singer, songwriter, guitarist Stapleton. Why? Well, the GRAMMY’s executive producer Ken Ehrlich had wanted to include the talented, rising country (bluesy) artist in some way and came across what he felt was an amazing performance of Stapleton singing B.B.'s iconic song. 
...Find more about this special Grammy's tribute
Celebrating Black History Month in Indianola, MS
INDIANOLA, MS - Here are some things happening at the B.B. King Museum Delta Interpretive Center during Black History Month and also a special announcement about a PBS broadcast.
On Thursday February 11, 2016 at 6pm, the museum will feature a viewing of the film Abolitionist, followed by a panel discussion from Gentry High School's History Department. This event is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, February 13, The Sunflower Freedom Project will present their Black History play entitled, "Echoes," here at the museum on Saturday, at 1pm. This is a free event. The public is invited to attend.
Of note: The national broadcast of B.B. King's documentary, Life of Riley, will air Friday, February 12 at 9pm (ET) on PBS. ...Find link here
Savannah Beach presents “Ladies of the Blues” Feb 13
SAVANNAH BEACH, GA - It’s been more than four decades since Huxsie Scott first took the stage belting out blues to an adoring crowd, and for her, it’s still a dream job.
“It’s something I want to do every day,” she said. “That hasn’t changed.”
The Savannah legend said her musical influences have always leaned to the blues, colored in a bit of gospel.
“They both tell a story and that’s my job — to tell that story and give the message of the song.”

Scott will tell the stories of love on Feb. 13 at Tybee Post Theater (10 Van Horne Ave., Tybee Island) during a Valentine’s Day-themed concert coined “Ladies of the Blues.” This is the first of a three-part blues concert series and will feature Scott and another local songstress, Danielle Hicks.
...Find more about Ladies of The Blues
They Will Have To Kill Us First Malian Music Documentary Is Headed To U.S. Theaters
USA - They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile is officially slated for a U.S. theatrical release in March. The feature-length documentary, directed by Johanna Schwartz, follows a group of musicians in Mali in the wake of the 2012 jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and musicians tortured. Malian musicians were forced into hiding or exile, where most remain — even now. As explained in a synopsis for the film: “Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.”
The film follows the stories of recent breakout stars Songhoy Blues along with Malian musicians Khaira Arby, Moussa Sidi and Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar.
...Read more about this important documentary
 Canada’s 2016 Juno Nominees for Best Blues Recording
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA - The 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations from March 28 – April 3, 2016 will be hosted by Calgary, Alberta. The JUNO Awards, Canada’s music awards, has evolved from an industry awards event to a weeklong festival that travels city to city across the country. It encompasses both public-facing fan events and industry, networking opportunities featuring a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent. The JUNO Awards were created to celebrate and promote Canadian music and artists.
The 2016 Juno Nominees for Best Blues Recording are as follows: Big Dave McLean – Faded But Not Gone (Stony Plain), Blackburn – Brothers In This World (Electro-Fi), David Gogo – Vicksburg Call (Cordova Bay), Harrison Kennedy – This Is From Here (Electro-Fi) , Michael Jerome Browne – Sliding Delta (Borealis). ...Find more about the JUNO's
Blues Society News
Crossroads Blues Society celebrates Black History Month
ROCKFORD, IL - Crossroads Blues Society kicks off their Black History Month Blues in the Schools programming on Thursday, Feb 9, with the start of their residency program at East High School. Local musician and educator Dan Phelps will be working with music students starting at 1:55 p.m. for the last two periods of class and then will spend the following two weeks teaching songwriting and guitar to the music students at East High School. Students from Guilford High School will also join in on the opportunity.
Students in the East High School Honors English classes have been reading the Zora Neale Hurston novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and are writing song lyrics based on this classic of African American literature. ...Read more abut this worthy program
Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode 4: Paul Nelson

Intro from Mako Funasaka:
I first met Paul Nelson when he managed Johnny Winter, backstage at the Phoenix Theatre in Toronto. He was kind enough to grant me an interview with Johnny Winter which was a huge thrill for me. Over the years, our paths crossed a number of times and in May of 2015, I met Paul backstage at the Blue Note Club in New York, to talk about his life, his time with Johnny, as well about his solo career. Paul's latest album is called Badass Generation, released on February 5, 2016. (Music: "Diagonal Blue" - The Paul Nelson Band. Special Thanks to John Lappen of Lappen Enterprises, the Blue Note Club in NYC and Gary Vaughan for his post audio edit.)
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
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
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
Lou Ann Barton, Angela Strehli, Marcia Ball
"A Fool In Love" (Live 1991)
Elwood's BluesMobile
FEB 13-14, 2016 Radio Show: Aerosmith

The super group, Aerosmith is famous for its longevity, its ability to fill stadiums, its rock and roll chops. But also—the blues? Elwood will speak with Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton.
The blues of Aerosmith. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Happy Valentine's Day Sunday Feb 14th!
Open your heart to the blues and you'll find love & understanding!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Feb 11 Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942); Feb 12 Pink Anderson (1900), Gene McDaniels (1935), Big John Wrencher (1923); Feb 14 "Magic Sam" Maghett (1937), John Henry Perry Bradford (1893), Maceo Parker (1943), Clarence "Blowfly" Reid (1945); Feb 15-James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901); Feb 17 Lou Ann Barton (1954), Noble Watts (1926-2004); Feb 16 Bill Doggett (1916), Super Chikan February 16, 1951; Feb 18 Irma Thomas (1941); Feb 19 Earl Bell (1914), Sam Myers (1936), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937), Sam Myers (1936); Feb 20 Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898) 
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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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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
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
For all festival links
go to our website
 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
San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
Mar-19-2016 - Mar-20-2016
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Mar-24-2016 - Mar-28-2016
Byron Bay, Australia
Columbus Blues Revival
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Foxfire Blues Fest 2016
Mar-26-2016 - Mar-27-2016
Waterford, Mississippi, USA
Spring Harp Fest
La Mesa, California, 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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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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