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Blues Festival Guide
May 12, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 19
Feb 18, 2016
May 26
Jul 7
Special BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Me and the Devil Blues 
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Special BFG Announcements
Get the New 14th Annual Blues Festival Guide
Get your copy of 2016 Blues Festival Guide magazine. 
Enjoy our various feature stories and of course, find hundreds of festivals and also blues related ads.
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Show us your BFG
Cover boy Victor Wainwright shows off his BFG Magazine!
Here's the talented Victor Wainwright, our cover image this year and multiple BMA winner. "What an incredible week it was" he said in a May 10th Facebook post. "First, I want to say how excited and honored I am to be featured on the cover of the Blues Festival Guide! Wow!! Special thanks to Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw! You guys are the best and put out a fantastic magazine! It really is an honor for me to be on the cover. Thank you!" WE THANK YOU VICTOR!!
*NOTE! The NEW 14th annual edition has being shipped and those that ordered quantities, like blues societies and festivals, etc, have starting distributing. When you get yours, snap photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2016 Guide! *EMAIL photo plus caption & credit. *Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now!
Our 2016 edition is sponsored by the Big Blues Bender
CD & DVD Releases
Allen-Lamun Band :: MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING
If you are looking for a new exciting sound in the blues, give Maybe It's A Good Thing a spin - you will be rewarded with finding your new favorite band. The Allen-Lamun Band is fronted by husband and wife team of Dave Allen and “Little Laura” Lamun (pronounced LAY-mun), lifelong music-business veterans who began singing together in 2007, and are now based out of Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. They both have vibrant and charismatic personalities, and a wonderful connection that shines brightest in their live shows, but has actually been captured on this recording.
Maybe It's A Good Thing showcases their abilities as vocal powerhouses, and features outstanding individual performances, as well as a perfect duet vocal sound that is unique in the blues, plus big harmony background stacks and even a choir! Add to that some of Nashville's most pedigreed blues players, laying down superfine grooves ... Find more details about this release
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"I Don"t Love My Baby"
Artist site
Juno Award-winning guitarist Steve Dawson seventh solo album, Solid States & Loose Ends, on his Black Hen Music imprint, is available in both CD and 180-gram double vinyl formats. The Nashville-based Canadian native produced the album at his Henhouse Studio in Brentwood, Tennessee, and wrote most of its songs. Besides Dawson on vocals and guitars, Solid States & Loose Ends features Gary Craig on drums and John Dymond on bass, plus a cast of Nashville A-List players, including Kevin McKendree (keyboards); Fats Kaplin (viola, fiddle, mandolin and accordion); Jim Hoke (saxes); Steve Herrman (trumpet); Mike Bub (upright bass); Regina and Ann McCrary (backing vocals); and Keri Latimer (backing vocals).

“For this album, I wanted to assemble a great band, dig into the material and just play,” Dawson recalls about the sessions.
... Find more details about this release
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"Final Words"
Artist site
News Flash
8th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival May 14th
SAN ANGELO, TX - The 8th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival takes place Saturday May 14th starting at 10 a.m. in historic downtown San Angelo on Oakes and Twohig.
The FREE all-day celebration of the blues features evening performances by Mr. Sipp the Mississippi Blues Child from Vicksburg, MS and the Michael Lee Band. Enjoy the Blessing of the Bikes, Cook Off, Motorcycle Show, Car Show and visit the many food and craft booths.
Don’t miss out on this great day of music and fun in San Angelo, Texas produced by the San Angelo Blues Society. The San Angelo Blues Society is a fun loving group of people in San Angelo, Texas who enjoy each other and promote Blues music over miles and miles of West Texas.
...Find more about the Simply Texas Blues Festival
Fourth Annual Alpine Country Blues Festival on June 17th, 18th and 19th
ALPINE, AZ - Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for a weekend of great Blues music in the cool White Mountains of Arizona! It’s the Fourth Annual Alpine Country Blues Festival on June 17th, 18th and 19th, located at Mellody Field just two blocks east of the Junction of Hwy’s 180 and 191 in Alpine, AZ. Doors open Friday night at 5pm with country band Desert Dixie, then rockin’ Blues from Harlis Sweetwater Band until 8:45pm. The great tunes resume Saturday morning when the gates open at 9:30am for a full day of Country and Blues. Music from Hans Olson, Levi Platero Band, Joey Leone Band, Crimson House Duo from South Africa, and More! Don’t forget the After Hours Parties on both Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:00pm. ...Find more about the Alpine Country Blues Festival
Sugar Pie Takes a Brief Break
OAKLAND, CA – Celebrated Queen of the West Coast Blues, Sugar Pie DeSanto is taking some time off this Spring for some minor overhaul work on her crafty chassis, which has circled ‘round the sun some 80 times now. Following her approximate one-month time off, Her Highness is set to go immediately into the studio to record her next release on the Jasman Records imprint.
Though nothing has been finalized, several gigs are in the works for the Summer of 2016 and beyond. Possibilities include her hometown Oakland, CA, Austin, TX and London, England.
...Find more about Sugar Pie
GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Presents: Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan
This exhibit features rare artifacts from the personal collection of the Vaughan Family
CLEVELAND, MS – On June 30, 2016, GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will unveil Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, this one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at the iconic career of legendary bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie’s brother, serves as a guest curator of the exhibit.

"I'm excited to honor my brother and his music with the opening of this exhibit at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi," said Jimmie Vaughan. "I know Stevie's many fans will enjoy this exhibit, as many of his personal items will be on display. I hope by doing this, it will remind people of the incredible musician he was and all the music and love he gave to the world. I miss him every day."
Find more about this exhibit and the museum
Blues Foundation News
Congratulations to the 2016 Blues Music Awards Winners!
MEMPHIS, TN – Here is the complete list of those honored at the Blues Foundation’s 37th annual Blues Music Awards held May 5th at the packed Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. This exciting event brings together blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The highest honor in the blues world, winners are chosen by popular vote from members of the Blues Foundation. If you aren’t one already, you can become a member and vote next year while also supporting this umbrella association for blues societies around the world.
...See the complete list of winners here
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:
"Paul Sanderson is a blues musician, entertainment lawyer, writer, poet, photographer, educator and so much more. In fact, I'm not sure how he found the time in his busy schedule to actually sit and chat with me. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Paul about his life in music and the business of entertainment law at his office in the Beaches area of Toronto. (Music:  "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Paul Sanderson, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan.)
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page

Legendary R&B Cruise News
Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct 29-Nov 5, 2016... Act now!

or call (816) 753-7979
LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. Buddy Guy (3 shows), Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Los Lobos, John Hammond, Tommy Castro & LRBR, Kenny Neal, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Roomful Of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Tinsley Ellis, Johnny Rawls, Lil' Ed, Super Chikan, Albert Castiglia, Rudy Rotta Band, Edent Brent, Chubby Carrier, Victor Wainwright, Lee Oskar, Nick Moss & many more!
LRBC #28 Eastern Caribbean, Jan. 22-29, 2017
SOLD OUT. Join Waitlist!
Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland Aerica’s new ms Koningsdam. Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas, The Lowrider Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tommy Castro & The LRBC w/ Billy Branch, Ron Thompson & Tasha Taylor, Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, Walter Trout, Terrance Simien, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Muddy On The Waters w/ The Nighthawks, Mud Morganfield & Bob Margolin, Curtis Salgado, California Honeydrops, Danielle Nicole Band, Jarekus Singleton & many more!
NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979 to join. Visit
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
Jimmy Thackery "Natural Ball"
Elwood's BluesMobile
May 14-15, 2016 Radio Show: Blues Re-Invented

Music is in a constant state of change, and yet it somehow remains the same. And sometimes, music changes by reinvention – a re-boot of an old style, a re-discovery of a forgotten artist. Give a listen to re-inventors past and present - Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens, Pokey La Farge, Skip James, Robert Johnson, and more.
The Blues Re-invented. 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: 
May 12-Barbara Dane (1927), Guy Davis (1952); May 13 Stevie Wonder (1950); May 16-Cleveland Chenier (1921); May 17-Tiny Powell (1922), Taj Mahal (1942); May 18-Big Joe Turner (1911), Sara Martin (1884); May 19 Jimmy Thackery (1953); May 21-Fats Waller (1904), Dave Specter (1963)
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New England Blues Summit
May-13-2016 - May-15-2016
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Topanga Blues Festival
Los Angeles, California, USA 
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival
May-13-2016 - May-14-2016
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Simply Texas Blues Fest
San Angelo, Texas, USA
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
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
Freedom Creek Festival
Aliceville, Alabama, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-10-2016 - Jun-12-2016
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival
Jun-11-2016 - Jun-12-2016
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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