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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 9, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 45

Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News (go ahead... send your news to us!)
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety on our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. 
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Share Photo Moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's San Diego's "Queen of Boogie Woogie" Sue Palmer backstage at Gator By The Bay.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition ships to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. Snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now! The Big Blues Bender is official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine! ...
CD & DVD Releases
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based blues guitarist Scott Ellison has been on the rock and blues scene for over 30 years regularly performing at top blues festivals and venues across the US, Canada, and the UK. Having been brought up in the heartland of America, the rich musical traditions and influences of the South which still flow like a river along Route 66, live on through Ellison’s laid-back style, top-notch guitar playing and commanding presence on the stage.
On his latest album, Good Morning Midnight, Scott continues his long-time collaboration with fellow Tulsa icon, producer/songwriter/pianist, Walt Richmond who co-wrote several songs and coproduced the album. Richmond is known for his work with many outstanding recording artists including Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, and Bonnie Raitt.

Scott Ellison has performed and/or shared the stage with numerous legendary rock and blues icons including Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Levon Helm, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Buddy Guy.
...Find more about this CD and artist
Everybody knows the story of the crossroads, where blues guitarists go at midnight to trade their souls to the devil for musical prowess. It’s just a myth, of course, but if it were true, firebrand Eli Cook could have bragging rights, as his scarifying solo-country blues chill like a hellhound on your trail.” - Guitar Player (2007)

Eli Cook is a mystifying soul. He’s a keen observer, a provoking thinker and has swagger.

All under that messy blonde hair is a passionate heart with fingers of silver and gold that recalls John Lee Hooker, Chris Smither, and Chet Atkins, mixed in with a dirty, grungy sound. It’s clean playing mind you; it’s just his fingers are covered in the dirt left over from the crossroads.

High-Dollar Gospel preaches a high voltage bolt to your ears and shakes you loose. ...Find more about this CD and artist
Listen"Trouble Maker"
News Flash... 
Vote now for European Blues Awards to be announced at Manchester Blues Festival UK Nov 26
(Manchester, England UK) - Now celebrating their 37th year, the European Blues Awards themselves are now the biggest and longest running independent genre accolade outside the USA. The awards remain by charter totally independent and free from sponsorship. This year the award winners will be announced at the Manchester Blues Festival UK on Sunday 26th November. There are 8 categories: Best Guitarist, Best Band, Best Vocalist (male), Best Vocalist (Female), Best Musician (performance), Best Solo/Acoustic, Best Publication and Best Event/Festival. Artists nominated have played live in Europe since November 16, 2016. Winners are decided by public vote. Voting closes Sunday, November 12. The vote is open to all and you do not have to vote in all.

Best album/recorded session category of the European Blues Awards is entirely by public choice. A Lifetime Contribution Award is being decided from nominations sent in by followers of #BluesHour (Twitter) forum and will be announced along with the other results.
...Find more about the EBA and how to vote
"Kirk West Photography: The Blues in Black" and White at National Blues Museum 
(St. Louis, MS) - Kirk West, is a professional photographer who has an extensive collection of photographs of Blues icons and they will be on display at the National Blues Museum, (615 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MS) through February 4, 2018.

Most of these photographs were taken in Chicago where Kirk was a contract photographer with the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times. He worked with Bruce Iglauer, the founder of Alligator Records, for many years and took many albums cover photographs of the Alligator Blues stars. Kirk left his home in Iowa and moved to Chicago specifically because he loved the Blues and wanted to be closer to the source.

• 65 Images including Albert King, Albert Collins, Son Seals, ZZ Top, James Brown, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Blue Bland, Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor and of course, the Allman Brothers Band...   Find more about the exhibit
The Rosebud Agency vital to music scene for 41 years
Our friends at Rosebud share:
“Rosebud continues to work on special projects since phasing out of booking activities in 2014. We're busy sorting and documenting materials from our 40+ year history (over 45,000 contracts alone) for archiving at the Southern Folklife Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. We're also still overseeing music related business for the estates of the late Captain Beefheart and JJ Cale. Founder Mike Kappus also been involved in several projects commemorating former client John Lee Hooker’s Centennial (born 8/22/1917) including the new Cleveland, MS Grammy Museum exhibit on John Lee, the new box set - John Lee Hooker - King of The Boogie (out 10/6/17), and the upcoming BBC documentary on John Lee’s life. This in addition to work as an Independent Board Director for the new Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and on the board of The Arhoolie Foundation among other new projects. ...Find more about The Rosebud Agency
Foundation wants to run Handy Museum
Times Daily/ By Robert Palmer
(Florence, AL) - The W.C. Handy Home and Museum (620 West College St.) could be turned over to a Handy family foundation that would expand its collection.
The City Council [considered] an agreement Tuesday [11/7] that would allow the Handy Foundation, run by Handy's grandson, Carlos Handy, to take control of the city museum.
Libby Jordan, manager of arts and museums for Florence, said the foundation has the resources to do more with the museum than does the city.
"I can't think of anyone better to operate this museum and protect the legacy," she said. "They have come here several times, and are interested in moving the museum forward in a way we cannot."

William Christopher Handy was born in Florence in 1873. Against his father's wishes, he became interested in secular music at an early age. He became a musician and teacher, and is credited with popularizing the rural music that came to be called the blues. ...Find more about the Handy Museum
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Our popular publication will be a great marketing vehicle for you and we hope you can join us as an advertiser.  ...Find links and more about BFG ads
Blues Society News (go ahead... send your news to us!)
Minnesota Blues Society Annual Meeting & Holiday Party Coming Dec 3
(Minneapolis, MN) - The Minnesota Blues Society's Annual Meeting & Holiday Party Coming Dec 3 to Crooner's Lounge & Supper Club (6161 Highway 65 Northeast). from 2:30-6:30pm. There will be live music, food discounts and complimentary cake served. That ask that you please bring a non-perishable food item for the SACA Food Shelf.... 
EMAIL your Blues Society news to us!
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Prebook  #31 West Coast Oct. 2018
- Prebook #32 East Coast 2019
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. Now Pre-booking - $500 per cabin deposit (fully refundable) holds your spot to book once bands are announced!
Prebook now for #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean! By placing your $500 per cabin, fully-refundable prebook deposit, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made! (likely in March or April ’18). Visit reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
John Hammond "Walking Blues"
Special BFG Announcements
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1925), Susan Tedeschi (1970); Nov 10 Bobby Rush, George "Mojo" Buford (1929); Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929), Mose Allison (1927), Chris Smither (1944); Nov 12 Bukka White (1906), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913), John Hammond (1942), Candye Kane (1961); Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873), Hubert Sumlin (1931), Eden Brent (1965), Francis Clay (1923); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
Festival Calendar
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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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Gainesville Downtown
Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 4
Nov-10-2017 - Nov-12-2017
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Mississippi Delta
Blues Festival
Nov-23-2017 - Nov-25-2017
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
7th Annual 
River Basin Blues Blast 
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-01-2017 - Dec-03-2017, Bradenton, Florida, USA 
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Winterblues Festival
Udestedt/Erfurt, Germany
MLK Jr Blues Festival
Jan-11-2018 - Jan-13-2018
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-26-2018 - Jan-27-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #30
Feb-04-2018 - Mar-11-2018
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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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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