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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 18, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 7
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
Promoters! Post Your 2016 Festival Dates 
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Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's the Mo'z Motley Blues Band at Ponderosa Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada on Jan 30, 2016. L-R: Monique de Haviland, Samantha Moore, Jim Green, Tod Wanzer, and Andy Thompson.  
Photo: Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw
 *NOTE! Snap photos of you, your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide! *EMAIL 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
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
2016 Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival Lineup to be featured Feb 26-28
LANCASTER, PA - The Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival returns for its third year with a strong lineup, new venues and an extra day added to the schedule. The festival is now taking place over three days: Friday, February 26, Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2016. This gives concertgoers an opportunity to see more of the 70 artists.
According to Rich Ruoff, the festival’s founder, the artists scheduled for 2016 represent the strongest lineup yet for this important music event.
“In my 30 years of music industry experience, I’ve never put together a lineup of artists quite like this,” Ruoff said. “Whether an attendee prefers blues, folk, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, funk, rock, alternative country or jazz, they’re going to see and hear some of the finest artists in the world in their favorite genre,” he stated. ...Find more about the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival
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
Redwood Coast Music Festival Mar 31-April 3 in Eureka, C‏alifornia
EUREKA, CA - We have it all …Blues, Zydeco, Rockabilly, Jazz, Swing and more! Multiple venues, 30 bands and 100 sets of live music throughout this 4 day festival… it's all here!

Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 is the return of our all Blues and Zydeco concerts featuring Sonny Landreth, Coco Montoya, Davina & The Vagabonds, Twice As Good 2XG, The Zydeco Flames, Gator Nation, and Gino & The Lone Gunmen.
Friday’s show will be held at the historic Eureka Theater (612 F St.) from 4:30p-11:30p. Saturday’s times are 3:30p-11p. Our two day special blues/zydeco venue pass for Friday and Saturday shows is just $40… the best deal! Full, three day, all-venue passes are also available.
...Find more about the Redwood Coast Music Festival
Charlie Musselwhite and North Mississippi Allstars at Uptown Theatre Napa, Friday, Feb 19th
NAPA, CA - Charlie Musselwhite and the North Mississippi Allstars will appear at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, California on Friday, February 19th at 8pm.
With an induction into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, 35 Blues Music Awards and 11 Grammy nominations including a win in 2014, American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader Charlie Musselwhite has truly earned legendary status as one of blues music's most important artists.
North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors and pioneering their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll. ...Find more about this double header
Buddy Guy’s Born to Play Guitar wins GRAMMY for Best Blues Album
LOS ANGELES, CA - Legendary blues icon and six-time Grammy Award winning artist Buddy Guy latest masterpiece, Born To Play Guitar, released July 31 on Silvertone/RCA Records, took home the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. The Grammy’s were held February 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Tom Hambridge, Born To Play Guitar captures Guy keeping the blues alive and features collaborations with Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons. Guy is joined by Morrison on the heartfelt “Flesh and Bone,” a tribute to B.B. King. On “Come Back Muddy,” Guy looks back on the good ole days with his close friend Muddy Waters. ...Find more about Buddy
Blues Society News
11th Ventura County Blues Festival: New Location, All-Day Headlining Acts, All-Star BB Chung King Tribute Jam‏
CAMARILLO, CA - An exciting, new location; all-day headlining acts; festival-closing All-Star Jam dedicated to the late BB Chung King; enlarged Food and Craft Vendor area; a powerful, diverse lineup - all these factors promise to make the 11th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival the best festival ever produced by its presenters, the Ventura County Blues Society. Save the date: Saturday, April 30, at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., in Camarillo. Gates open 10a, music begins at 11a. Tickets are $30 (pre-sale) or $40 (day of show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. tickets are $125 (online only). Festival proceeds benefit Food Share and other Ventura County area charities (please bring a food item to donate).
"We're really excited about the Festival's new location this year, and being able to have The Delgado Brothers perform, fresh from their recent IBC victory," says Michael John, Ventura County Blues Society President.
...Find lineup and more about the Ventura County Blues Festival
Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
Blues Foundation News
Blues Foundation Announces 2016 Blues Hall Of Fame Inductees

On May 4, 2016 five legendary blues performers, two individuals who were instrumental in the creation of blues music, five single blues recordings, one blues album and an important piece of blues literature will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. 
Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall, and The Memphis Jug Band will each take their places beside performers who have been deemed by a group of blues scholars and industry veterans to be the Best in the Blues.
Each of these musicians has carved his place in blues history. Bishop's beg
innings with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to his more recent recognition for the 2015 Blues Music Awards "Song of the Year" have elevated him to the highest stature in blues music. Clearwater, Johnson, and Mayall each boast careers that have spanned more than a half century, and their talent has not waned as they each continue to produce music and to perform for devoted audiences, yet each are distinguishable by their stage presence and musical talent. The Memphis Jug Band's music crossed the racial divides of the first half of the twentieth century and inspired many musicians to follow in their footsteps. ...Find more info and bios about the inductees
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode 5: Rick Holmstrom

Intro from Mako Funasaka:
Rick Holmstrom is probably best known for his work as the musical director for Mavis Staple's band. However, he spent many years playing with some of the finest west coast blues musicians (William Clarke, Johnny Dyer and Rod Piazza) before establishing a career of his own. His Hydraulic Groove album is a stunning example of how one can expand the language of the blues and his Cruel Sunrise album on MC Records is another example of his versatility as a guitarist. I sat down with Rick in August of 2015 at the Kitchener Blues Festival to talk about his life in music.
(Music: "Lord Please" by Rick Holmstrom. Special thanks to Andrew Galloway, the Kitchener Blues Festival and Mark Carpentieri of M.C. Records)
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!
Prebook: 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
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
Tab Benoit "Night Train"
Elwood's BluesMobile
FEB 20-21, 2016 Radio Show: Fantastic Negrito

There is a phenomenal new talent out there. He calls himself Fantastic Negrito. He started out as a Prince sound-alike, had a horrible car accident, recovered, became a family man and farmer, and then launched into a new life as a street performer. Rediscovered as a dynamic highly original music maker. He is taking off! And he joins Elwood 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 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); Feb 21-Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903), Nina Simone (1933); Feb 22-Bill Jackson (1906), "Ernie K-Doe" Kador (1936); Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944); Feb 24-Freddie Robinson (1939), Willie Kent (1936), George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898) 
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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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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
Doncaster Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Fest 5
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK
For all festival links
go to our website
 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
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.
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