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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 26, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 4

Feb 18, 2016
jAN 5, 2017
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News Flash... 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
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Capturing the flavor of a lazy Saturday afternoon in Clarksdale, Mississippi on Ground Zero Blues Club’s front porch with the post-2016 BMA Blues is Kaati Gaffney [Publisher, Blues Festival Guide], Jack 'Sully' Sullivan [Publisher, Blues Music Magazine].
Photo courtesy Donovan Allen
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CD & DVD Releases
Big Bill Morganfield :: BLOODSTAINS ON THE WALL
Black Shuck recording artist Big Bill Morganfield is blazing a new trail with his new CD, Bloodstains On The Wall. Big Bill Morganfield is Masterful, Powerful, Poetic, Fresh. Indeed, there is a definite message in his music that grabs your soul and touches your heart.
Bloodstains on the Wall offers an expanded scope of the blues. From the expected Postwar chestnuts (associated with the likes of Otis Rush, Willie Dixon and his father, Muddy Waters), to original gems like “When You Lose Someone You Love” and “Hold Me Baby.” Big Bill exclaims, “This world we live in is rapidly changing where lives or a life seem to be worth very little. But, all life and all lives have meaning. Black, White, Red, Yellow or whichever color you may be, all lives matter. Too much blood is being spilled on our streets.”
...Read more about this release

Listen"Lost Without Your Love"
Artist Website
News Flash... 
Sidemen: Long Road To Glory - Kickstarter Campaign 2017 Begins January 30th
 (Tony Conley, Rock Guitar Daily) - Friends, I need your help.

On January 30, 2017 a Kickstarter campaign for the blues documentary, Sidemen: Long Road To Glory will be publicly launched. The purpose of this campaign is to raise the funds necessary to pay for the licensing of the music used in the film, in order to get the film into distribution. We need your support to do this, both financially and in other ways, which I will get to shortly.
I have been involved with this great film for almost seven years. The movie is the story of blues legends Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. But, it didn't start that way. It started off as a live concert document, inspired by the likes of The Band and Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz. Unfortunately, there could have been no foreseeing the death of these three gentlemen within eight months of each other in 2011.
...Find more details about this long-awaited documentary and also how to help
Delta Blues Museum Celebrates #38 Jan 30th
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Join us as we celebrate the Museum's 38th birthday on January 30th at the Delta Blues Museum, 1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, Mississippi. From 4–6pm, hear special performances from the Coahoma Community College Choir, Greenville High School Voices of Liberation, Madison Palmer High School Marching Band and the award-winning Delta Blues Museum Band.

For kids of all ages, join in the Scavenger Hunt from 4 - 5P and learn about the Museum and the history of the Delta Blues.

Fun for the whole family--please be our guest! Sponsored by the Coahoma County Tourism Commission.

Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's oldest music museum and the nation's first museum dedicated to the American art form known as the Blues.
...Find more about the event and museum
CIBS Winter Blues Festival Feb 10-12 features 16 acts
(DES MOINES, IA) – The Central Iowa Blues Society presents the 23rd Winter Blues Festival, Friday February 10th at 5pm through Sunday February 12th at 3:00am CST at the Des Moines downtown Marriott. 16 acts are slated to perform at the event, including Bare Bones, a group featuring local blues staples Bob Pace and Dwight Dario, Omaha blues challenge winner Tim Budig Band, Davina & the Vagabonds, Shane Johnson’s Blue Train and more.
A full lineup list can be found below.
2017 Winter Blues Festival lineup:
Paul “Mayo” Mayasich - Heath Alan and Justin Appel - Brandon Santini - Bare Bones - Dewey Cantrell - Shane Johnson’s Blue Train - Scottie Miller Band - Davina & the Vagabonds - Hot Tamale & the Redhots - Scotty & the Wingtips, Mark Cameron Band - Tim Budig Band - JC Andersen Band.
Special Saturday afternoon guitar workshop with Andy Cohen (Piedmont, folk blues). Rockin Blues’ with Jeff Banks Band, Toronzo Cannon and Ronnie Baker Brooks. ...Find more about the CIBS Winter Festival here
Author Marie Trout’s New Book, The Blues - Why it Still Hurts So Good explores the healing power of music
(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Author Marie Trout’s New Book, The Blues - Why it Still Hurts so Good, is set for February 3, 2017 publication, explores the healing power of music. All Book Sale Proceeds Benefit the HART Fund.

Author Marie B. Trout, PhD, wife and manager of blues rock guitarist extraordinaire, Walter Trout, knows the blues. She has also lived with the blues when her husband narrowly escaped death, and was saved in the 11th hour by a liver transplant. Now, two years after Walter’s astounding recovery, her original academic research of blues fans has congealed with professional and personal experience into a book about the role of blues music to modern audiences, its impact, and enduring power: The Blues – Why it Still Hurts so Good.
Based on a Grounded Theory research study of blues fans, musicians and industry professionals, the book is scheduled for publication on February 3, and will be available globally on Kindle that same day via Amazon/Kindle.
...Find more about Marie Trout's book
Quebec Blues Artists Sweep Canada’s Maple Blues Awards
(TORONTO, ON) – Canadian blues artists from coast-to-coast were honored by their peers at the 20th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto January 23rd as a crowd of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.

Quebec blues artists swept the awards with honors going to trio The Paul DesLauriers Band who won Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Drummer of the Year for Sam Harrisson, and Bassist of the Year for Greg Morency. Blues belter Angel Forrest took home three awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The Blues With A Feeling Award for lifetime achievement was awarded to Stephen Barry, who has been a fixture on the Quebec blues scene for over 40 years. Montreal-based Frankie Thiffault of Ben Racine Band took home the hardware for Horn Player of the Year. ...Find complete list of winners here
#3 IBC Music On The Couch in Memphis with Vinny Marini
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Well, it is only a few days away… Are You Ready For Some Blues!!!???!!!

We spent Monday evening [Jan 23, 2017] talking with Joe Whitmer, COO of The Blues Foundation about the things to do, the things not to do and the things that you have to remember before you leave your homes. We also had a Judges Roundtable with Julia Cruz Magness, Suzanne Swanson (2017 KBA Recipient), Mick Kolassa and Ricky Stevens who talked about the five categories the Challengers are judged against, their thoughts on the way to represent, and the scorecards and their importance to the Challenge. Finally, Michele Seidman joined me to talk about the Women In Blues Showcase, which is on Thursday [Feb 2] at 11:30am at Alfred’s On Beale. You can listen to that show via the website.

What else is there to know before you leave?...
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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Elwood's BluesMobile
Jan 28-29, 2017 Radio Show: Lee Fields
Lee Fields is a soul man. You can't say there’s a revival of his career, because he never really went away. But there has been a soul revival in the 21st Century, and it has swept him along.
The modern soul music of Lee Fields and the Expressions. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Episode: Toronzo Cannon
An interview with Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter Toronzo Cannon. “Deep, contemporary Chicago blues...razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing,” says the Chicago Tribune. “Among the cream of the next generation of Chicago blues musicians," says Blues & Rhythm. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Special BFG Announcements
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Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
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Video of The Week
Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind in Amsterdam 2016
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27-Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914), Elmore James (1918), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930); Jan 28-Drink Small (1933); Jan 29-Eddie Taylor (1923), Jonny Lang (1981); 30-Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906), Chuck Willis (1928), Paul deLay (1952), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953), Jan 31 Alan Lomax (1915 musicologist, writer, producer); Feb 1-“Baby Face” Leroy Foster, Sonny Landreth (1951); Feb 2-Walter Jacobs Vinson (1901), Feb 3-Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935), Jody Williams (1935); Feb 3-Jason Ricci (1974)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Legendary Rhythm & Blues
Cruise #28 Caribbean
Jan-22-2017 - Jan-29-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Cincy Winter Blues Festival
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
3rd Annual Suncoast
Blues Festival
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Sarasota, Florida, USA
 International Blues Challenge
Jan-31-2017 - Feb-04-2017
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-09-2017 - Feb-12-2017
Boquete, Panama
Winter Blues Fest
Feb-10-2017 - Feb-11-2017
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-09-2017 - Feb-12-2017
Boquete, Panama
Winter Blues Fest
Feb-10-2017 - Feb-11-2017
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Clearwater Sea-Blues
Festival 2017
Feb-18-2017 - Feb-19-2017
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Riverwalk Blues and
Music Festival
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-10-2017 - Mar-11-2017
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
River City Blues Festival
26th Annual
Mar-16-2017 - Mar-18-2017
Marietta, Ohio, USA
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RBA Publishing is the parent company of the Blues Festival Guide and Reggae Festival Guide.
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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