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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 25, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 8
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
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)
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Specials BFG Announcements
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Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's legendary bassist Bob Stroger with his Blues Festival Guide at the King Biscuit Blues Festival Oct 10, 2015
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
Liz Mandeville, Mary Lane and Shirley Johnson with Johnny Drummer & The Starliters :: ANGELS SING THE BLUES
The angels in this live performance recorded in 2007 at Chicago’s Taste Entertainment Center are truly the voices you will hear when real angels sing the blues. Divas Shirley Johnson, Mary Lane and Liz Mandeville serve up a funky batch of uptempo and slow blues with an attitude, Chicago style.
Backed by keyboard player Johnny Drummer, known as a “storyteller under a groove,” and his soulful band The Starliters, these powerful blues women ease from rowdy and risque, to sweet and soulful and everything in between, — an ensemble of award winning all-stars who could teach the heavenly host what the real blues is all about. Johnny Drummer and his band also take vocal turns on five tracks. ... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Angel From Montgomery"
Label Site
Johnny Rawls :: TIGER IN A CAGE
Johnny Rawls is releasing Tiger In A Cage February 19th. Produced by multi-Grammy winning producer Jim Gaines, Tiger In A Cage, features backing by his studio group, The Rays, along with background vocals by the Iveys. Eden Brent performs a duet with Johnny on “Southern Honey,” a Zydeco tune.
Johnny is once again nominated for Male Soul Artist of the Year for the upcoming Blues Music Awards and his last album, Soul Brothers, with Blues Hall of Fame member Otis Clay, was nominated for every major blues award.
The twelve tracks on Tiger In A Cage include nine original songs, plus Johnny’s takes on Sam Cooke’s “Having A Party,” Jackie Wilson’s “Your Love Is Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)” and the Stones’ “Beast of Burden.”  
... Find more details about this release

Click to play"Tiger In A Cage"
Label Site
Bound To Meet the Devil (February 26, 2016) marks the arrival of a powerhouse, new vocalist on the blues scene: Julie Rhodes. Just two years ago, she hadn’t yet graced the stage, though she was an ardent fan and working at an ice cream parlor. Yep Roc Records artist Jonah Tolchin heard her singing along to one of his songs in the audience; after the show, they talked and Tolchin was shocked to learn that Julie wasn’t (yet) an artist with the vocal talents that she possessed. Less than a year later, Tochin was co-producing and playing guitar on Bound To Meet the Devil.
Already, she’s earned a northeast fanbase, has performed at venues like NYC’s Baby’s All Right, and has played CMJ. Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz said, “Get ready to be amazed by Julie Rhodes.” ...Find more about this release
Click to play"In Your Garden"
Artist Site
News Flash
Debut Album from Phil Anderson The London Guitarist
Phil Anderson The London Guitarist – has just released his debut album, Roots, and is booking festivals for 2016 / 2017. 
Anderson has been described as one of the most innovative guitarists now gigging in the UK. The album was released digitally January 2016 (iTunes, Amazon etc) and there is also a limited CD run. Roots is a blend of blues, classic rock and amazing, expressive guitar. It is new original music that draws from classic, timeless songs, but with no limit to its direction. All of the songs are written by Anderson, and as well as performing on guitar and vocals, he plays all of the instruments apart from the drums, which were recorded by Claire Brock – author of How to Teach Drums.
...Find more about Phil Anderson The London Guitarist
2016 3x BMA Nominated …VOTE WILLIE!
Already a member of the Blues Foundation? Then vote for this very deserving national treasure, Wee Willie Walker. If you are not a member please join @ and Vote Willie! Voting is open until the end of February.
Classic soul-blues singer Wee Willie Walker vaults to the front of public attention with three Blues Music Awards nominations for If Nothing Ever Changes CD.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In one of the most amazing and powerful music stories of the past year, under-recognized classic soul blues singer Wee Willie Walker, who was previously best-remembered for a few 1960s obscure singles for Goldwax and Chess Records, released a new album, If Nothing Ever Changes, which has captured the hearts and minds of blues and soul music fans around the world. ...Find more about Wee Willie Walker
Saskatoon Blues in the Schools offers a Lesson in First Nations Indigenous Indian history
SASKATOON, SK, Canada – A Juno Award-winning blues musician is hoping his performances at Saskatoon schools introduce people to a rarely acknowledged aspect of music. Murray Porter is a Mohawk piano player from the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. 
He’s also one of the presenters of Blues in the Schools, a week-long program during the Saskatoon Blues Festival. The series uses music to educate students on topics like racism, classism and history. The Mississippi Delta is often considered the birthplace of the blues. The songs of slaves later inspired rock n’ roll and other forms of popular music.
“The natives and the African American people, we all have a shared stake in this,” Porter said. As black slaves escaped persecution via the Underground Railroad, they would often encounter Native Americans, and later, indigenous
Canadians, according to Porter’s manager Elaine Bomberry, who is also First Nations. ...Find more about Saskatoon Blues
Into vinyl? Don’t miss the WPKN Music Mash on March 5
BRIDGEPORT, CT — Music Mash ’16, a Record Fair where thousands of vinyl LPs and CDs will be for sale, will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 8am-6pm in Read’s Artspace in downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut (1042 Broad Street) a former department store that features a well-lit, massive gallery site on the entire ground floor. Early Bird hours are from 8am-10am.
Produced by nonprofit, community radio station WPKN 89.5 FM, Music Mash ‘16 will offer 50-plus recorded music vendors from all over New England selling vinyl LP’s, 45’s, CD’s and music collectibles. There will be live music along with WPKN DJ’s and celebrities spinning discs as well as food and drink options– Family friendly! ...Find out more about the Music Mash
National Blues Museum hosting events for Grand opening
ST. LOUIS, MO - From interactive displays, photographs and memorabilia, the National Blues Museum is expected to attract music fans to St. Louis from all over the world. Years of planning, development, and fundraising will allow the museum to preserve the historical significance of the blues, including live performances.
On Friday night, April 1st, the Museum is hosting the “Rock & Blues Concert” fundraiser at Lumière Live. Blues artists Big George Brock, Shemekia Copeland, and Bobby Rush will each perform at the show, for a night of fun, celebration, and solid entertainment. The evening will be emceed by Big Llou Johnson, the host of Sirius XM’s Bluesville channel. ...Find more about the grand opening
Cobbling junk together to make good music
GREYTOWN, NZ - Art and depression era blues music have combined in Greytown, with an exhibition of artisan guitars gracing the walls of the town's newest art space.
Musician and former producer Alan Galbraith is exhibiting a range of his cigarbox guitars at The Hub, an art gallery and photographic studio on High St, launched in December in Greytown, New Zealand. Galbraith makes the distinctive string instruments using a simple wooden box and various found objects from junk shops. Cigar box guitars had their origins in the American South during the Great Depression, with cash-strapped musicians cobbling together instruments from an empty cigar box, a broomstick and a few strings.
...Find more about the artist and his wares
Blues Society News
- Concert fundraiser in Melbourne for family in dire need
- Kansas City Art Exhibit & Sale to help Music Scene
- Toronto Blues Society Compilation CD Release Party
MELBOURNE, AU - A musical fundraiser concert will be held Sunday March 20th at Cherry Blues from 2pm-6:30pm to support Steve Fraser, former Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society president and longtime broadcaster. Steve is in critical condition and he and his family are in dire need. All proceeds will go directly to support the family. Steve has been an announcer on 3CR Melbourne as well as RRR and PBS for years, He has always been involved in helping other people whether it be playing their music or donating his time for fund raising. A minimum donation of $20 is requested. You can purchase in advance or donate online here. ________________________________________________________________
KANSAS CITY, MO - March 4th view the Kansas City vibrant blues and jazz music scene through an art exhibit at Buttonwood Art Space (3013 Main). Sales will benefit the Kansas City Blues Society and KC Jazz ALIVE organizations. First Friday, March 4, 2016 VIP Ticket-only Reception 5-6pm. Public Reception will be from 6-9pm. Live music, food truck, and an opportunity to purchase art and support two great musical organization. Find more details

TORONTO, ON, Canada - Join the Toronto Blues Society on Wednesday, March 16, 8pm as they launch their newest CD compilation, Fresh Baked Blues, at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria St).
Performing at the CD release will be Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils! Fresh Baked Blues features tunes from some of the rising stars of Southern Ontario’s blues scene.
Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
Blues Foundation News
Last chance to vote for 2016 Blues Music Awards
MEMPHIS, TN – The Blues Foundation annual Blues Music Awards will be presented at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The list of nominees is below and you must be a member to vote.
The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to honor this rich cultural tradition by recognizing the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording.
James Harman leads the list with five nominations, with Anthony Geraci and Sugaray Rayford close behind with four nominations each.
...Find all the nominees and more about the Blues Music Awards
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode 5: Jimmy Carter... the only remaining original member of the Blind Boys of Alabama

Intro from Mako Funasaka:
Jimmy Carter is the only remaining original member of the Blind Boys of Alabama. He has been singing with the Blind Boys of Alabama for seven decades and he's still going strong.  I've had the pleasure of working with him and his band before on a couple of television series projects (Rhythm, Roots and Soul and God's Greatest Hits) and every time, I get a chance to spend some time with him, I truly feel blessed. He is someone I respect and truly look up to. This interview took place during the PanAm Games in Toronto in the summer of 2015. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Charles Driebe and Sue Schrader of Blind Ambition Management, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan.)
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
LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016
On Sale Now!
Cabins on sale for LRBC #27
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
Southeastern Caribbean
San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. Buddy Guy (3 shows), Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Johnny Rawls, John Hammond, Tommy Castro & LRBR, Kenny Neal, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Roomful Of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Tinsley Ellis, Chubby Carrier & many more!
LRBC #28 January 22-29, 2017 Eastern Caribbean Bands Announced SOON! Join Mail List for Announcement & Cabin Availability. Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam
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
John Primer "I Called My Baby"
Elwood's BluesMobile
FEB 27-28, 2016 Radio Show: Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy is one of the greats of the Chicago blues, one of the greatest blues guitar players who ever lived. He possesses a generous bold spirit. He has a new record. It just won the Grammy for Best Blues Album. More need not be said.
Buddy Guy rides shotgun with Elwood, next time in the Bluesmobile.
The downs and ups and ups and ups of Fantastic Negrito. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Open your heart to the blues and
you'll find love & understanding!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898); Feb 26 Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943); Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948); Mar 3 John Primer (1945); Mar 4 Bobby Womack (1944), Willie Johnson (1923),
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)
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Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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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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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
About Us
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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.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL.
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