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Blues Festival Guide
April 14, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 15
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society 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. Find out how easy!
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...Find more details about this invitation
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Musicians Bob Hall (Left), Lil' Jimmy Reed (Center) and Lil' Ed (Right) [with drum sticks!] relaxing backstage enjoying their copy of the Blues Festival Guide before their performance at the premier, 21st annual Lucerne Blues Festival Nov 21, 2015 in Lucerne, Switzerland. 
Photo courtesy:
© Donovan Allen
 *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
Tim Williams :: SO LOW
So Low is the solo release by Tim Williams winner, the 2014 International Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo category is known as, “One of Canada’s finest acoustic blues revivalists and…a terrific entertainer.” Says Sing Out. Williams play all guitars, mandolin and foot tapping No overdubs or multi-tracks, just live. “Conversation halts, glasses still, and all eyes turn on Tim Williams as the room becomes a train stop on a tour of half – forgotten memories in the collective consciousness.”
“Solo (So Low) means just that. No guests, not even any overdubs or edits. Two hands, a good instrument, a voice, and the tapping of a two-tone wing-tip shoe. And nothing plugged in but the microphones and recording gear.
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Midnight After Midnight"
Artist site
Corey Dennison Band (self-titled)
There's a manic joy in Corey's playing. He laughs in recognition of an exceptional riff, and shakes his head from side to side to acknowledge he's hit the groove he's looking for. Corey is constantly in motion and attuned to the music and the band members. He's worked hard to bring this all together. Here is the result on Delmark. Really good music --- honest, fearless, and without restraint. Ain't no "cain't" in Corey. Let's DO this thing! 13 new, original songs include "Getcha' Pull!,""Tugboat Blues" and "Room To Breathe."
"I've never seen anybody play the blues with more feeling and with more passion than Corey Dennison," says Tom Marker, Producer and Host of Blues Breakers on WXRT and Blues Time on WDCB.
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Getch Pull!"
News Flash
Elvin Bishop headlines the 30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival May 21
(Photo Lt-Rt: Elvin Bishop, Bob Margolin, Samantha Fish, Marquise Knox)
GREENSBORO, NC - 2015 Rock ‘n Roll and 2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Elvin Bishop, will headline this year's 30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in association with YES! Weekly, May 21, 2016 at Barber Park Amphitheather in Greensboro, North Carolina. Elvin has been travelling the Blues road longer than most, and he’s got the stories to prove it – many of which are contained in the songs he writes and performs. Bishop was a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early ‘60s. He has recorded with legends like Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker, and The Allman Brothers, and has had Pop success with his own 1976 smash hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.”
...Find more about the Carolina Blues Festival
American Epic Film Unearths America's Earliest Music Records
It was a man-sized contraption of tubes, levers and wires. To look at it, you’d never guess it was as revolutionary as the Wright brothers’ biplane, Thomas Edison’s light bulb or Steve Job’s Macintosh.
Created by Western Electric, it recorded live music and imprinted it in the grooves of a metal disc that anyone with a cheap record player, anywhere, at any time, could listen to and enjoy.
“America invented the technology that allowed the world to hear itself,” director Bernard MacMahon said during a question-and-answer session with the film’s producer Allison McGourty at the House of Independents on Cookman Avenue. “This film is really a celebration of that.” A new documentary, American Epic, the final film showcased at the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival April 10, tells the little-known story of that machine, and the magic it unleashed. ...Find more about this documentary and schedule
Down & Dirty: 10 Next-Gen Resonator Players
Resonators may be the coolest instruments ever made: shiny metal acoustic guitars that look as loud as they sound, or wooden bodies with massive metal cones in the middle. They look like a vintage sci-fi creation, and in the hands of a Son House, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Tampa Red, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, Keith Richards, or Duane Allman, resonators explode with the fuzzy crackle of a space rocket.
Originally designed in the late 1920s to pump up the volume on acoustic guitars, resonators today are used to dirty up the blues, make a country slide-note moan, give some meatiness to a folk song, or add a little sizzle-and-fry to rock.
Resonators are either square-neck and played on the lap, or round-neck for playing more conventionally.
...Find more about these players, their gear, motivation and tips
Here's a Chance for a Cabin for Two on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #27
It’s not every day you get an opportunity to spend 7 Days and 7 Nights of Blues Heaven with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, John Hammond, Tommy Castro, Ana Popovic, Kenny Neal, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls, Trampled Under Foot, Lil' Ed, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Chubby Carrier, Diunna Greenleaf, Albert Castiglia, Rudy Rotta, Selwyn Birchwood, Nick Moss, Eden Brent, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Super Chikan, Quinn Sullivan, and many, many more!
Enter here for your chance to sail! No purchase necessary! Please limit one entry per person. Entries will end August 14, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be announced August 15, 2016.
Cabins are on sale now. Call 816-753-7979 or visit here.
Blues Society News
 - Suncoast Blues Society Partners with Realize Bradenton to expand Blues In The Schools Program
BRADENTON, FL - Two new venues for blues artists to share their craft with a captive audience were added to the Realize Bradenton Blues in the Schools program this year, using funds raised at the annual Bradenton Blues Fest.
Students at Visible Men Academy and the Center Montessori School are being added into the program, which brings different blues artists to schools to play for students and talk about blues music. Suncoast Blues Society has partnered with Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit, community-benefit organization, to help expand their program.

Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
Blues Foundation News
Have you made plans for the 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. Purchase tables and single seats ...Book your room at the Sheraton Hotel!
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.
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Back in the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Blues Festival and see Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters perform live. It was a musical experience that I will never forget. The next day, I had the chance to interview Ronnie Earl for a video project I was working on and he was kind enough to spend some time chatting with me about his life and music. Unfortunately, I had no idea that I would be using this interview for a future podcast project, I did not mic myself. Thanks to the great audio work of Gary Vaughan, he has made me somewhat audible. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Deb Blanchard, Ronnie Earl, Holger Petersen, Andrew Galloway, Michael Cloeren, Bruce Greenaway and Gary
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page

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
"The Drifter" - Clarence Gatemouth Brown with Carlos Santana at the Montreux 2004
Elwood's BluesMobile
April 16-17, 2016 Radio Show: Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff began his musical career as a sensitive singer songwriter. Then somewhere along the way, he got the R&B bug. So much so, he signed a deal with Stax Records. You got your big vocals. Horns. Soulful shouting.
The heartfelt music of Nathanial Rateliff. 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 next week: 
April 15-Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894); April 16-Sean Costello (1979); 
April 18-Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924), “Little Ed” Williams (1955), Alexis Korner (1928)
April 20-Johnny Fuller (1929); April 21-Clara Ward (1924); April 22-George "Harmonica" Smith (1924), Bullmoose Jackson (1919)
April 23-Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894)
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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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 Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-14-2016 - Apr-17-2016 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
 New Orleans Jazz
& Heritage Fest
Apr-22-2016 - May-01-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Apr-29-2016 - Apr-30-2016
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-05-2016 - May-08-2016
San Diego, California, USA
May-07-2016 - May-08-2016
Kansas City, MO, Kansas, USA
Topanga Blues Festival
Los Angeles, California, USA 
New England Blues Summit
May-13-2016 - May-15-2016
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Stomp The Blues Out of Homlessness Festival
Springfield, Missouri, USA
For all festival links
o to our website
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2016
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-21-2016 - May-22-2016
Dana Point, California, USA
Little Walter Music Festival
May-27-2016 - May-28-2016
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, 21st Annual
May-27-2016 - May-29-2016
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
B.B. King Museum's
Homecoming Festival
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
Simi Valley Cajun &
Blues Music Festival
May-28-2016 - May-29-2016
Simi Valley, California, USA
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc.
Jun-03-2016 - Jun-04-2016
Longview, Texas, USA
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