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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
Tim & Yacihyo Mattox were enjoying their Blues Festival Guide magazine at the Julian Blues Bash
on June 17, 2017, in Julian, California.
Photo courtesy Tim Mattox
*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition has shipped to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. When you get yours, make sure to snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
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|Lurrie Bell :: CAN'T SHAKE THIS FEELING|
One of the greatest living legends of the blues, Lurrie Bell, showcases all the passion, depth, rawness and uniqueness on Can’t Shake This Feeling
. This is a followup recording to his multiple award-winning Delmark CD, from 2013, Blues is My Soul
. Motivated by his 2013 Blues Music Award for "Song of The Year" for the title track from that album, Lurrrie had a hand in writing five of the thirteen tracks on Can’t Shake This Feeling. "Driftin'", "One Eyed Woman", "Hold Me Tight", "Sinner's Prayer", "Do You Hear", "Born With The Blues", "Hidden Charms" and more.
Lurrie’s deep, emotive singing and head-turning, passionate guitar playing keep him at the top of many real deal Chicago blues lists.
Can’t Shake This Feeling
features his ace working band of drummer Willie “The Touch” Hayes, keyboard-whiz “Mad Hatter” Purifoy and frequent collaborator Matthew Skoller (on harp), as well as the blues prowess of Grammy award-winning producer/historian Dick Shurman.
...Find more about this CD and the artist
"I Get So Weary"
|Mike Zito :: MAKE BLUES NOT WAR|
Make Blues Not War
(Ruf Records) is blues guitar gunslinger Mike Zito’s second studio album since leaving the mighty Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooton). It’s his 13th album overall and perhaps the most energetic of the bunch. “Make Blues Not War
is a really fun album,” he says, “chock-full of blues with lots of guitar playing. It’s a very upbeat record with intense energy. Blues should make you feel good, and I think this record serves the purpose well.”
That atmosphere of positivity began at the album sessions, as Mike tracked alongside Grammy Award-winning producer (and co-writer) Tom Hambridge at the Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
“It was so much fun,” Zito remembers. “It’s a completely live album, where the musicians all set up and we just hit record and went for it. The energy was awesome and sometimes we’d just be laughing so hard because it was all so intense and exciting.” ...Find more about this CD and the artist
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|10th Annual Blues On The Chippewa Aug 4-6|
|(Durand, WI) - The 10th Annual Blues On The Chippewa will be held in Memorial Park in Durand Wisconsin, Aug 4-6th 2017. This year, to celebrate 10 years, we will be running a second “local” stage in addition to an incredible lineup on the main stage. This year’s lineup includes: Jon Cleary, John Nemeth, Eric Lindell, Dave Keller Band, Erica Brown, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Norman Jackson Band, Alex Wilson Band, Reverend Raven & West Side Andy, Tommy Bentz, Left Wing Bourbon with Sue Orfield, Harrison Street, Brian Naughton, Miss Myra & the Moonshakers, Joy Ann Parker, Blue Rooster, Three Feral Cats, Squishy Mud, Mark Cameron Band, Armadillo Jump and more. Blues brunch, Sunday All Star jam, and music in downtown venues Friday and Saturday nights, shuttle service available for a fee.|
As usual the festival is free. Camping and overflow camping are available in Tarrant Park and at the Rolling Greens Driving range.
...Find pics and more about Blues on The Chippewa
|Acres of Blues Festival Sept 2-3, 2017 Features Top Blues Acts|
(Eureka, CA) - A stellar line-up has been announced for the first annual Acres of Blues Festival on the weekend of September 2-3, 2017 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka. Acts include Laurie Morvan, Lydia Pence & Cold Blood, Vokler Strifler, Shane Dwight, and many others. This line-up will encourage blues lovers from afar to travel to Humboldt County and camp on site at the fairgrounds.
Producer Michael Buell says: “After a long absence, the Blues are back in Eureka. People are excited, the response is overwhelming.”
Saturday’s complete line-up is: Laurie Morvan Band, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Volkler Strifler, Pearl Alley Band, and The Jim Lahman Band.
Sunday’s complete line-up is: Shane Dwight Band, Daniel Castro Band, AJ Crawdaddy, AC Myles, and the Anna Hamilton Trio.
...Find pics and more about the Acres of Blues
|Farewell Friends from Elwood’s Bluesmobile |
Elwood Blues, your musical chauffeur, here.
The BluesMobile began life as the House of Blues Radio Hour, way back in 1993. Over the years we moved from the house to the road, but the mission was always the same: showcase the best in blues, blues-rock, roots music, R&B, soul, jazz, straight up rock… and all points in between.
I put the spotlight on new releases from old favorites and newbies. I played the crusty, the fresh, the seasoned, and the raw, featuring wide-ranging interviews with the musicians themselves, and many live in-house concerts, recorded exclusively for the BluesMobile.
I now give thanks to the stations, the sponsors, affiliates, producers, managers, agents, and all those hard workers who put the “business” in show business, and bigger thanks to all the players and fans who keep the show going. This series, alas, has gone as far as it can go. Our final broadcast will be July 30, 2017. ...Read entire farewell from Elwood and also C.C. Rider
|The (2nd) 7th Annual Daytona Blues Festival, October 6-8, 2017|
(Daytona Beach, Florida) - When Hurricane Matthew took a turn and began heading directly toward Daytona Beach last October, the organizers of the Daytona Blues Festival had to make a hard call. In the interest of the safety of our guests, talent and volunteers, we had to cancel the festival. This cancellation was indeed necessary, as the area experienced sustained hurricane winds Friday, October 7 (the scheduled first day of the festival) which knocked out power, downed trees, and forced a mandatory evacuation of the beachside. On Saturday, October 8, the festivals venue, Jackie Robinson Ballpark, was under water with major damage and no power. And many of the beachside hotels used by our many out-of-town visitors did not reopen for months.
When the scheduled artists were contacted and told of the cancellation, almost all asked to be invited back for 2017.
Artists will include Victor Wainwright, Joe Louis Walker, Marcia Ball, Shakura S’Aida, Carolyn Wonderland, and Tinsley Ellis.
...Find pics and more about the Daytona Blues Festival
|"...Stand-out vocals from singer Robbin Kapsalis, a lady who has a powerful probing voice and range steeped in southern blues and soul quality...In truth, this is a rock-solid album, bursting with Memphis soul, Stax and Chess-inspired tradition and history..."|
Blues Magazine (The Netherlands) July 10, 2017
"...Although this outfit is undoubtedly a blues band, they have a distinctively individual sound, based around Bill Holter’s original guitar work..."
Blues In the South, July 7, 2017
"...This less-is-more formula draws all the more attention to the cut-above quality of the band-penned material found throughout the set..."
Roots Music Report, April 29, 2017
D.C.-based Soul Blues Band Vintage#18 makes an impressive debut with their album Grit. Their album hit the Roots Music Report’s Soul Blues Album Chart at #5, and as of this writing has stayed in the Top 3 for ten weeks and counting. ...Find pics and more about Vintage#18
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The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns in 2018! The LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 28~Nov. 4, 2018 will be sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Prebook starts July 25th at 11am CDT.
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|July 15-16, 2017 Radio Show:|
The Best of The Bluesmobile Part Two
Coming up, we continue our mini-series called the Best of the Bluesmobile, with Blues of the present. Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ana Popovic, Elmore James, Joe Bonamassa, and an exclusive live performance from Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.
The best of the best of the Bluesmobile continues. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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|Roy Rogers "Terraplane Blues"|
|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
|Birthdays upcoming of note: |
July 15 Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910); July 16 Denise LaSalle (1939); July 17 Peppermint Harris (1925); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941);
July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942), Mick Jagger (1943); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Junior Kimbrough (1930), "Banjo" Ikey Robinson (1904);
July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940), Otis Taylor (1948)
July 31 Roy Milton (1907), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923)
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Magnolia, Delaware, USA
Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, ARTS & BBQ Festival 2017
Redwood City, California, USA
Blues and Ribfest
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Waterville Blues Festival
Waterville, Ohio, USA
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza 22nd Annual
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
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| Calgary International|
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Blues On The Chippewa
Aug-04-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-10-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Heritage Music Blues Fest
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
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