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|Our 15th Anniversary Issue of the Blues Festival Guide magazine is now shipping!|
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Our 15th Anniversary Issue of the Blues Festival Guide magazine is now available. 100 pages of entertaining articles by blues aficionados like Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, Mac Arnold, Tim Parsons and others, and of course, blues festivals galore!
Our cover features a colorful photo of the dynamic Toronzo Cannon captured by photographer Marilyn Stringer as he was delivering a killer set at the 2016 Mammoth Bluesapalooza. Congratulations to both!
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|Chris "Blue" Gill :: SONGS FOR THE SOLES|
Songs For The Soles
is a collection of blues from three albums and various recording sessions. Most of the songs have been on a previous collection, but I wanted to present some songs in a different set here! This collection has some acoustic blues, slide guitar, and songs with a full band with some of my favorite musicians!! You can catch sweet guitar tones, honky tonk piano, funky rhythms, fine Mississippi saxophone and all kinds of other good-feelin’ blues sounds!
My love of the blues has touched my life in many ways and has helped me through all kinds of rough situations, as I am sure it has for you. I will do my part to keep the blues going… I know you will do that too.
My "Song For Honeyboy," was written about Honeyboy Edwards. I read his book, The World Don't Owe Me Nothing, and felt a song brewing in my mind.
...Read more about this artist and release
"Song For Honeyboy"
Big Llou's 5th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam in Memphis May 10
|(Memphis, TN) - Five years and counting! It's Big LLou's 5th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam and Fundraiser, a star studded Real Blues experience and "After Party" with a purpose hosted by Big LLou and Bill Wax. It’s happening Wednesday May 10, 2017, 8pm at The WareHouse (36 GE Patterson Ave, Memphis, TN).|
Appearing are Annika Chambers, Eddie Cotton Jr., Anthony Geraci, Trudy Lynn, Janiva Magness, Biscuit Miller, Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter, Kenny Neal, John Primer, Johnny Rawls, Matthew Skoller, Teeny Tucker & Band, Victor Wainwright, (Memphis’ own) Jack Rowell & The Royal Blues Band, Barbara Blue, Ms. Zeno & Vince Johnson, (Juke Joynt Artist) Lil’ Ray Neal, (Juke Joynt Guest Hosts) Teddy - Owner Teddy’s Juke Joint and The Virginia Volcano - Jackie Scott. The event is a tribute to 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees Mavis Staples, Latimore, Henry Gray, Johnny Copeland, Magic Slim, and Willie Johnson. This event is also honoring the lives and music of James Cotton, Chuck Berry, and Lonnie Brooks.
...Find more about Big LLou's Blues Hall of Fame Tribute "The Juke Joynt"
|Finding the Blues at Gator By the Bay May 11-14|
By Wendy Lemlin
(San Diego, CA) - You might think that Gator By the Bay, San Diego’s largest good times music festival, is all about Cajun and Zydeco music, but you would only be partially right. Sure, there is plenty of top notch straight-from-Louisiana bayou music, but in recent years, the 16-year-old festival has grown to also showcase legendary Blues artists, along with rockabilly, roots, salsa and Latin music. In fact, the official name of the event is now Gator By the Bay Zydeco, Blues, and Crawfish Festival. Of the 100+ musical performances happening on seven stages throughout the May 11-14 festival, at least 30 fall squarely in the Blues category, with a number of others mixing the Blues in with other genres.
The festival will kick-off with a concert headlined by Grammy nominated boogie-woogie blues singer and pianist, Marcia Ball, on Thursday, May 11. Texas-born and Louisiana-raised, Ball ignites a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage.
...Find more details and Gator By the Bay schedule
Pre-order John Németh’s new album Feelin’ Freaky and get free title track now plus find him on Tour
|Feelin’ Freaky is being released worldwide on May 19, 2017 on John's own Memphis Grease Records label. Click album image here to Pre-Order and receive the title track now!|
John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, Feelin’ Freaky. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers...
...Find more about John Nemeth's free track and his tour dates
|The Blues Music Awards 2017 are Coming … Let the countdown begin!|
(Memphis, TN) – On May 11, 2017 the Blues Music Awards (BMA) 2017 will be held at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. This 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 BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members. Here’s a breakdown of over two dozen events during this BMA week.
Mon May 8- Thurs May 11:
- Will Call and Merchandise Sales will happen at the Blues Hall of Fame Museum (421 S. Main St.), 10am – 4:30pm.
Mon May 8:
- Exclusive screening of Born In Chicago and Q&A with Corky Siegel at Malco’s Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave). $15 per ticket 6:30pm-9+pm Live Music, screening, Q&A, Meet &n Greet, CD Signing.
|20th Annual Doheny Blues Festival features over 20 Stellar Acts on 3 stages May 20-21|
(Dana Point, CA) - Doheny Blues Festival announced the daily lineups for the 20th Anniversary celebration, held May 20 & 21 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA! This year’s impressive lineup may be the strongest in the event’s history and includes dozens of top blues-roots artists like Bobby Rush, Ronnie Earl, Samantha Fish, JJ Grey & Mofro along with soul legend Mavis Staples, legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Melissa Etheridge’s MEmphis Rock & Soul, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and roots-rocker Chris Isaak.
For 20 years, the Doheny Blues Festival has created a festival environment like none other. The cornerstone of the event is three alternating stages of blues, rock and soul music featuring legendary artists alongside rising stars, all held at the beautiful beachfront venue in Southern California. Plus, the festival is highlighted by an International Food Court, eclectic Vendor Village, a Wine Lounge, Craft Beer Sampling, 20,000+ music fans throughout the weekend… ...Read more about the 20th Doheny Blues Festival
|5th Annual Pinetop Boogie and Crawfish Boil Fundraiser Blues Jam & Concert May 13th in Clarksdale |
|(Clarksdale, MS) - The Fifth Annual Pinetop Boogie and Crawfish Boil will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Ground Zero Blues Club, adjacent to the Delta Blues Museum, in downtown Clarksdale, MS. Tickets are $15 at the door and all money raised at the event will benefit the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Scholarship Fund. The foundation’s mission is to provide support and encouragement to young musicians at the beginning of their career, as well as to bring comfort and safety to older musicians in the twilight of their career.|
At last year’s event, $6,676 was raised for young musicians to attend the Pinetop Perkins Foundation master class workshop held every June at the Hopson Plantation. At the workshop, young musicians learn from award-winning musicians and master bluesmen like the workshop’s headmaster Bob Margolin, Victor Wainwright, Mitch Woods and John Del Torro Richardson, just to name a few. Thanks in large part to the people who donated, every young musician who wanted or needed a scholarship received one.
...Find more on the Pinetop Boogie & Crawfish Boil Fundraiser Jam & Concert
|2017 IBC Band Finalist King Bee debut album The Beginning has something for everyone|
|With every King Bee performance, comes a strikingly potent and vigorous musical declaration of heart, passion and riotous soul through songs inspired by a deeply ingrained foundation of genuine southern blues. Renowned for their musicianship and high energy approach, their unique sound is an unadulterated fusion of soaring guitar, virtuous harp, powerful vocals and fat, heavy grooves.|
Hailing from historic Montgomery Alabama, the birthplace of civil rights and hometown to the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Nat King Cole and Hank Williams, King Bee has a story to tell, a musical message to convey to their audiences by serving as a living testimony to the fact that the blues is alive and thriving… now more than ever! However, King Bee is not just another blues band. Their music often crosses multiple genres and into the realms of jazz, funk, psychedelic and rock.
...Find more about King Bee
|11th Annual Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest will be held|
May 12-14, 2017
(Clarksdale MS) The 11th Annual Clarksdale Caravan Fest will be held May 12-14, 2017 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The Caravan happens each year in May after the Blues Music Awards. 3 days of Free Live Music outside of Cat Head (252 Delta Ave), and the Rock & Blues Museum (113 E. 2nd Street). Free for the last 11 years. This non-profit organization helps to keep the blues heritage alive.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Cat Head Stage: 3pm - Libby Rae Watson
Rock & Blues Stage: 4pm - Theo “Boogieman” Dasbach
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Cat Head Stage: 11am - Lucious Spiller, 12 noon - Anthony "Big A” Sherrod, 1 pm - Sean "Bad" Apple
Rock & Blues Stage: 2pm - Howl-N-Madd Perry, 3pm - Mississippi Rose, 4pm - Brad Webb & friends
Sunday, May 14, 2017
...Find more about the Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest
Cat Head Stage: 11am - Terry "Harmonica" Bean
Rock & Blues Stage: 1pm - Super Chikan, 2pm - Heavy Suga & Sweet Tones, 3pm - Deak Harp
|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise|
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Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. There are still Excellent Verandah Balcony Cabins available for the choosing on the upcoming stellar LRBC #29, October 21~28, 2017 Southern Caribbean. With the Star-studded Lineup listed below, you don't want to miss this ship!! 100+ scheduled shows on 5 stages, Pro Jams not seen on land, Pro-Am Jams, Artist Workshops, Land Events, Theme Nights, Autograph Sessions & Much More... Feeling lucky? Enter for your chance to Win A Blues Cruise For 2
Featuring Buddy Guy, TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, Booker T. Jones Stax Revue, Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, Tommy Castro & The LRBR, G. Love & Special Sauce, Cyril Neville's Swamp Funk, Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six, The California Honeydrops, Victor Wainwright WildRoots Revue, Samantha Fish, Coco Montoya, Mr. Sipp, John Nemeth, Marcus King Band & many more! Call Reservations @ (816) 753-7979 and Book Your Cabin NOW! Visit here for complete lineup and cabin availability.
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One lucky winner will be drawn on August 15th for an ocean-view cabin for 2 on LRBC #29, sailing Oct. 21-28. Tell ’em Blues Festival Guide sent you! Please limit one entry per person, must be 21 to enter. Entry form
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Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola, San Juan, Puerto Rico & Grand Turk on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam (Pinnacle Class). Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Original Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue® w/ Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Deanna Bogart, Tab Benoit, Charlie Musselwhite, Willie Clayton, Walter Trout, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Neal Band w/ Tyree Neal, Trampled Under Foot (Reunion), Southern Hospitality, Colin James, Jon Cleary & Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Mitch Woods Club 88, Eden Brent, Commander Cody, Marquise Knox & many more! Visit here for complete lineup and waitlist link.
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|May 6-7, 2017 Radio Show: Blues Music Award Nominees|
|The Blues Music Awards are coming to Memphis once again. We can’t all get there, and we can’t play ‘em all, but we can take a shot at playing as many nominees as we can. So listen in as Elwood plays the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bobby Rush, William Bell, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Kenny Neal, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Nick Moss, and the Golden State Lonestar Blues Revue, to name a few.|
Music from the nominees for this year’s Blues Music Awards. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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|Guy Davis "Chocolate Man"|
|~ Birthdays upcoming of note: |
May 5-Blind Willie McTell (1901), Johnnie Taylor (1934); May 8-Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911); May 9-Bob Margolin (1949), A.C. Reed (1926); May 10-Larry Williams (1935), Greg Piccolo (1951); May 11-Kansas Joe McCoy (1905), King Oliver (1885); May 12-Barbara Dane (1927), Guy Davis (1952); May 13-Stevie Wonder (1950)
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|Coral Gables Blues Fest|
May-04-2017 - May-07-2017
Coral Gables, Florida, USA
BBQ & Beer Festival
May-05-2017 - May-07-2017
Santa Clarita, California, USA
Gip's Juke Joint Festival
Bessemer , Alabama, USA
Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA
White Lake Blues Festival
Whitehall, Michigan, USA
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Gator By The Bay
May-11-2017 - May-14-2017
San Diego, California, USA
May-12-2017 - May-14-2017
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
Pinetop Boogie & Crawfish Boil
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Blues on Broadbeach
May-18-2017 - May-21-2017
Gold Coast, Australia
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