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|Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine|
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|Johnny Rawls :: WAITING FOR THE TRAIN|
|Johnny Rawls’ new album, Waiting For The Train, will be released by Catfood Records in September 2017. Produced by three-time Grammy winner Jim Gaines, backed by his 8-piece studio group, The Rays, he just gets better with age. His last CD, Tiger In A Cage, reached #1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and stayed at #1 for 14 weeks on the Roots Music Reports Soul Blues Chart. It also made the Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Best of the Year List just as his previous two albums did.|
Raised in Purvis, MS, Johnny, while still in high school, was already backing such stars as Z.Z. Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In his early 20s, he was hired as the band director for O.V. Wright and stayed with him until O.V.’s death in 1979.
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|Krystle Warren :: THREE THE HARD WAY|
|Krystle Warren – the singer, songwriter, bandleader, and Rufus Wainwright collaborator – released her first album in five years, Three The Hard Way, on August 18 on Parlour Door Music. NPR All Things Considered spoke with her about the announcement, calling her music “evocative storytelling."|
Recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton), it’s also earned early spins on KCRW. Okayplayer hailed its announcement, calling her "a light in dark times," continuing, "If you're a fan of uncut soul and spirited R&B, Krystle Warren should not escape your gaze or rotation.” A potent mix of styles, Three The Hard Way swirls with R&B, folk music, jazz, hip hop, blues, gospel strains and yet is entirely original in its sound and scope, which ranges from spirituality and love to the effects of social media on our lives and gentrification. ...Find more about this CD and the artist
"Nae Nae & Ruthie"
|Sept 22 "Cruise for a Cause: A Night of Blues on the Bay" |
|(San Francisco, CA) - All aboard Cruise for a Cause Sept 22, featuring Kenny Neal (Grammy-nominee, Blues Hall of Fame), Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (Entertainer of the Year Award) and Tia Carroll (West Coast Blues Hall of Fame). Enjoy four hours of cruising on the beautiful San Francisco Bay taking in the best in Blues and the best in views!|
Once aboard the San Francisco Belle, a 1,500-capacity vessel that once served as a Louisiana river boat, you will be transported back to an era of Southern hospitality and charm while experiencing some of the best modern-day Blues music. The journey begins along San Francisco's dazzling skyline and continues out to the Golden Gate Bridge, past Alcatraz, around Treasure Island and under the Bay Bridge before returning to Pier 3 on Embarcadero. Whether you're stompin' on the dance floor or taking in the spectacular views from the outer decks, Cruise for a Cause is destined to be a snappin' good time for all. ...Find more about this Cruise For A Cause
|Robert Cray will headline the inaugural Reading Blues Festival held October 6-8|
(Reading, PA) - Berks Arts Council is thrilled to announce the inaugural “Reading Blues Fest” with host venue the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. The fest also will be presenting performances within walking distance at restaurants and bistros throughout downtown Reading, PA, Friday, October 6, Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, 2017; featuring international, national and regional Blues Artists.|
The Berks Arts Council is the same organization that has been presenting the acclaimed Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest since 1991, with general manager/producer John Ernesto. The Inaugural Reading Blues Fest will be hosted by Michael Cloeren – founder and producer of Pocono/Pennsylvania Blues festivals.
Keynote Speaker on Sunday, October 8, will be Bill Wax, former Program Director and Sirius XM Bluesville founder and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of The Blues Foundation based in Memphis TN.
....Find more about the Reading Blues Fest
|I Am The Blues to screen Saturday Sept 9th in Phoenix|
|(Phoenix, AZ) - I Am The Blues, the amazing blues documentary by Daniel Cross, will be viewed one night only Saturday, Sept 9 at 6:30pm at the FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Dave Riley and Bob Corritore will perform authentic Delta and Chicago blues as an acoustic duo in the lounge before and after the film. Presented with support from the Phoenix Blues Society.|
From the juke joints to the church, up the mountain and down the bayou, I Am The Blues transports you to the Mississippi crossroads together with the last legends of the blues. It takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. I Am The Blues visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit.
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|Greenville-Washington County CVB is rollin’ on the river all right!|
|Come to Greenville-Washington County Mississippi, for a fabulous lineup of festivals plus museums that tell the fascinating stories of floods, blues, Native Americans, wildlife, literary genius and everyone’s favorite frog.|
40th Annual Delta Blues & Heritage Festival September 16 • deltabluesms.org “Takin It Back Home” themed, oldest-running blues festival in the country
7th Annual Sam Chatmon Blues Festival Hollandale • September 22 • facebook.com/SamChatmonBlues Bikes, barbecue, and the blues in home of Sam Chatmon
5th Annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival September 29 - October 1 • mightymsmusic.com Live music festival held on the banks of the Mississippi River in Warfield Point Park featuring the Highway 61 Blues Stage, which is now in its 18th year
6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival October 19-21 • mainstreetgreenville.com/delta-hot-tamale-festival Celebrates the Hot and Soul of the Delta with local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers
7th Annual “Jim Henson” Frog Fest & Chili Cookoff Leland • October 28 • lelandchamber.com Features professional story-tellers, magicians, live music, Delta cuisine and live puppet performances. ...Find more images
|Disaster Relief Concerts on Sat Sept 9th, 2017 and Sun, Sept 10th, 2017|
|The Zydeco Historical & Preservation Society, Inc., in partnership with the City of Opelousas, Louisiana (Zydeco Capital of the World) & El Sido’s Zydeco & Blues Club will be hosting Disaster Relief Concerts on Saturday September 9th, 2017 and Sunday, September 10th, 2017. The “Zydeco Nation United” Disaster Benefit Concert is a fundraiser concert that will showcase the talents of some of the top Zydeco, Southern Soul, and Blues musicians of Louisiana and Texas. Proceeds from the Disaster benefit concert will go directly to Zydeco, Southern Soul, and Blues musicians and their families directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. |
Saturday Morning, Sept 9: Zydeco Brunch at Sloppy’s (329 Broad St, Lake Charles, LA 70601) Music by: Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Krush @ 10:00 AM.
Saturday Night, Sept 9: The Zydeco Nation United Disaster Relief Concert (Opelousas Civic Center - 1638 Creswell Ln, Opelousas, LA 70570). Doors open 7:00 PM. Show starts @ 8:00 PM. Music by: Lysa, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, T Broussard & Zydeco Steppers...
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|The Mission Continues... Wilson Pickett & Eric Clapton |
Good news Blues Brethren and Soul Sisters! We've decided to make selected episodes from our vast archives of The BluesMobile Radio Hour available for your listening pleasure! And in order to appease the music licensing powers that be, we are moving to Mixcloud to host our archival releases.|
Elwood’s BluesMobile (formerly House of Blues Radio Hour) is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues, his famous character from The Blues Brothers. Since 1993, Elwood has showcased Blues and Blues-based music such as R&B, Soul, and Rock & Roll with featured guests ranging from B.B. King and Eric Clapton to Jack White and Sharon Jones. In February 2012, the program was re-branded as Elwood’s BluesMobile, with all programming remaining unchanged. In July 2017, the program was terminated and is no longer on the air. These episodes are from the radio show's extensive archives.
Find The BluesMobile Radio Archives on Mixcloud
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Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927), Guitar Shorty (1939); Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925); Sept 11-Barbeque Bob (1902) (1902), John “Juke” Logan (1946); Sept 12-Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900), Gus Cannon (1883); Sept 13-Charles Brown (1922); Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911), Snooky Pryor (1921); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931), Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939), Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1907); Mighty Joe Young (1927)
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Panhandle Blues Festival
Moyie Springs, Idaho USA
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Sep-15-2017 - Sep-17-2017
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Ojai Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Bridging the Blues
Sep-22-2017 - Oct-15-2017
Arkansas and Mississippi Delta, Memphis, TN, Arkansas, USA
Cruise For A Cause
San Francisco, California, USA
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|Jammin' in JC|
Sep-22-2017 - Sep-23-2017
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival
Sep-29-2017 - Sep-30-2017
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Sep-29-2017 - Oct-01-2017
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-04-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Downtown Helena, Arkansas, USA
Bukka White Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
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