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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 13, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 41

Feb 18, 2016
Nov 24
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Society News
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!

We caught up with Bob Corritore and Heather Crosse of Heavy Suga & the SweeTones after they wowed the crowd at the 2016 King Biscuit Blues Festival on Thursday, Oct 6th. Crosse, a Louisiana native, now lives and performs in the Clarksdale, MS area. 
Photo: Tom Andrews
*NOTE! The 14th annual edition can be found via blues societies and festivals, etc. When you get yours, snap photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2016 Guide! *EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit. *Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now!
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CD & DVD Releases
Sammy Eubanks :: SUGAR ME
An icon of the Northwest music scene, Sammy Eubanks took his vaunted silver pipes and scorching guitar chops to Nashville, TN to record his fifth album, Sugar Me. What he calls his dream album, Sugar Me features three original works and seven covers that are brilliantly re-arranged. There he teamed up with fellow North Westerners, Tim and Nancy Langford, owners of Underworld Records, and formed a music-city studio band affectionately known as “The Club Roar Players” - Matt Hauer, Darren Theriault, Chris Kimmerer, Bob Britt and the legendary SRV keyboardist Reese Wynans.
Sugar Me opens with a southern-fried blues rock track that lays out Sammy’s life story and musical philosophy by boldly declaring it’s “All Blues To Me.” The party kicks in with a sizzling take on the Skeeter Brandon & Highway 61 tune, “Stop That Grinnin’.” ...More details about this release here
Click to play"All Blues to Me"
Artist site
Chase Walker Band :: NOT QUITE LEGAL
Not Quite Legal is the Chase Walker Band’s sophomore album featuring eleven originals (one hidden) by the band and two covers, one of which is the classic “Red House” by Jimi Hendrix originally recorded in 1966. The album's strong lyrical storytelling is reminiscent of folk songs from the 60's with guitar driven blues rock reminiscent of Led Zeppelin or The Black Crowes.
This is a story about what a kid and a guitar can accomplish in a few short years. Born in August, 1998, Chase Walker started playing guitar in 2010. By the summer of 2011, Chase had won a custom Fender Stratocaster and received a scholarship to attend Blues Kids of America Chicago where Jay Shefsky of WTTW Chicago Tonight said of his performance “this 12 year old from California already sounds right at home on stage at Buddy Guy's Legends.“ ...More details about this release here
Click to play"Red House"
Artist site
News Flash
ISC 2016 Open for Entries until Nov 4, 2016

The International songwriting Competition entry deadline has been extended Deadline is November 4th, 2016. All 2016 entrants will receive one free magazine subscription to either Guitar Player or Guitar World ($30 value), as well as a 45-day trial membership to just for entering. Judges include John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Tom Waitts, Ray Benson, Rickie Lee Jones, Ziggy Marley, Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), and dozens more.
New in ISC 2016
This year ISC has added a new category called "'Unpublished." We all know how important publishing is to an artist - it is one of the major sources of revenue, but it is so difficult to get your music heard by publishing companies. So, ISC is taking steps to open the doors for you by having established, high-profile publishers as judges for this category only.
...Details and signup info here
Deep Blues Festival Oct 13-Oct 16 in Clarksdale
(Clarksdale, MS) - Looking for a weekend away? Come to the Deep Blues Festival Oct 13-16, an alternative blues festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi! The fest centers around the music and musicians inspired by the North Mississippi sounds and styles.
In 2007, Chris Johnson created the Deep Blues Festival to celebrate the outsider and alternative blues and blues influenced music that he felt deserved more attention. He established connections with hundreds of bands from around the world while making a name for the Deep Blues Festival on the international circuit. Fans have traveled from across the country and from around the world to support and attend the festival. This event started near the twin cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) with a 1-day event showcasing 18 bands. Every year, the event has evolved, and in 2014 the festival moved south to Clarksdale, MS.
...Read complete details about the Deep Blues Festival
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival to Bring Free Music to Lafayette Square Oct 14-16
(New Orleans, LA) - The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will return to New Orleans’ Lafayette Square Park this Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16. The Crescent City Blues & BBQ is free and open to the public.
This year’s event will feature sets from Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Tucka, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, The Suffers, Little Freddie King and many more. Last year’s event saw the Funky Meters team up with Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. Sadly, Toussaint passed away less than a month later, and the show ended up being his final performance in New Orleans.

In addition to the music, there will also be BBQ dishes from a variety of local vendors... 
...Read more and find schedule for the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Blue & Lonesome, the Stones upcoming album, will feature their fave Blues Jams
The British Rock and Roll superstars announced that they will be releasing their first studio record in over a decade early this December. The album, titled Blue & Lonesome, will feature 12 tracks, all of which will be covers of the group's most favorite blues jams and feature the works of blues musicians such as Little Walter, and Howlin’ Wolf. Most of the songs are from the deep, dark archives of blues music and are not necessarily the most known of blues grooves.

One of the twelve songs covered by the band will be “I Can’t Quit You Baby” which was originally written by Willie Dixon and featured the stellar guitar stylings of Otis Rush. Preceding The Stones, Led Zeppelin covered this groove-inducing track in 1969, which arguably became one of Zeppelin’s best blues covers. ...Read more about the Stones bluesy album
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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Prebooking for LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb 4-11, 2018 is now open! PREBOOK NOW for LRBC #30! Ft. Lauderdale to Antiguia, St. Kitts and Grand Turk on Holland America's ms Koningsdam
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Cay, Bahamas on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin holds a space in line to book a cabin when the artist announcement is made (likely in late Nov. '16).
LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29~Nov. 5, 2016 LIMITED CABINS REMAIN!! San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit.
LRBC #28 Eastern Caribbean, Jan. 22~29, 2017
JOIN WAITLIST! Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam.
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More then a cruise! More than a festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola Blues Challenge Coming Oct 16 & 23
The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola have been holding one of the region's premiere blues challenges for 13 lucky years.
The 13th Annual Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge Band Challenge will be held Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Historic Club Ebony, 404 Hanna Street, Indianola, MS.
The Solo/Duo Challenge will be held Sunday, October 23, 2016 at The Blue Biscuit, 501 Second Street, Across from the B.B. King Museum in Indianola. Winners advance to Quarter-finals of the 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge January 27-30, 2016 in Memphis, TN.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Oct 15-16, 2016 Radio Show: Chuck Berry
Photo by Michele Lundeen
Chuck Berry has a birthday on October 18th. Not sweet little sixteen. Ninety years old. His long and fulfilling life includes giving the world a lot of classic songs, most of them still being played by bands, or sung in bars, or danced to at parties today. He combined blues, country, and soul to make the Chuck Berry sound, which was, as we all know, the very essence of rock and roll. A birthday conversation with the great
Chuck Berry, turning 90 years old. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
An interview with the great Elvin Bishop about his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Kenny Neal at Big Blues Bender 2016
Photo Credit: Erik Kabik Photography
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Oct 13 Dorothy Moore' (1946); Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924), Son Thomas (1926), Kenny Neal (1957); Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906), Robert Ward (1938); Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903); Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926), Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923); Oct 19 William "Piano Red" Perryman (1911); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Bugs Henderson (1943), Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer faithful e-editor); Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892), Boozoo Chavis (1930), Carol Fran (1933)
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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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Deep Blues Festival
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-16-2016
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Fest
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-16-2016
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Avignon Blues Festival
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-15-2016
Avignon, France
Bukka White Blues Festival
Oct-14-2016 - Oct-15-2016
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Crescent City Blues & BBQ
Oct-14-2016 - Oct-16-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Sugar Cube Blues Festival
Oct-28-2016 - Oct-29-2016
Županja, Croatia
For all festival links
please go to our website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #27 Southeastern Caribbean
Oct-29-2016 - Nov-05-2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Frederikshavn Blues Festival
Nov-04-2016 - Nov-06-2016
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Gainesville Downtown
Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
11th Annual
Jackson MS, Mississippi, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-24-2016 - Nov-26-2016
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
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We are woman owned and operated.
We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine, 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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