|Members of Team BFG are in Memphis for the 2018 IBC|
|If you're in Memphis, please look for our BFG publisher Kaati, our Sales director Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw and Sales rep Tom Andrews and say "hello." They are in town for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) events.|
Wed Jan 17 they greeted the entrants at registration at the Tin Roof venue, admitting bands from all over the world including France, Germany, England and beyond. They then enjoyed the Roots & Blues Showcase (produced by Betsie Brown of Blind Raccoon and Nola Blue) at the Purple Haze Club. Later they were kicking it on Beale Street going from club to club watching the Quarter Finals Round 1 competition.
Everyone is so excited to be here despite the cold, cold weather in Memphis
during the IBC that is truly one of the better blues networking opportunities all year round.
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|BFG is in Memphis for the 2018 IBC and ran across Amy Brat from Brat Girl Media with Ricky Stevens, Bob Corritore and Bob Margolin having some fun!|
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|The release date for the eighth Billy Thompson CD titled BT, is January 12, 2018. The title, simply stated BT, brings all of Billy Thompson’s musical influences to bear, with this latest offering of original material.|
BT boasts familiar sonic shapes thrown in by long-time musical luminaries such as Mike Finnigan (whose credits include Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt), James "Hutch" Hutchinson (whose credits include Bonnie Raitt, Neville Brothers), Grammy winning producer, drummer Tony Braunagel (whose credits include Robert Cray, Taj Mahal), current BB King's Nola All Star band mate Daryl Johnson (whose credits include Neville Brothers, Rolling Stones). It also includes West Coast band mates, James East (whose credits include Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie), Michael Leroy Peed (whose credits include Joe Williams, Nathan East) and Danny Campbell (whose credits include Leo Nocintelli, Randy Newman), in addition, the East Coast band mates, Eric Selby (Soul Stew Records, Ron Holloway), Gene Monroe (King Soul), Michelle Lucas (Bobby Bare), Xantiny Grant, DK Kelly round out the formidable cast of players, along with bassist, bankster of love, Rob Cowart, who mixed, mastered and co-produced the project.
...Find more about this artist and release
"Burn It Down, Bernadette"
|Popa Chubby drops a big, bad, sonic bomb with his excellent and timely new album, Two Dogs. On it, Popa explores myriad musical styles and genres while keeping it close to his rock and soul core. You’ll hear the Popa you know and love and things you haven’t heard before. Popa started work on Two Dogs with a lot of amazing sounds in his head and powerful feelings in his heart.|
Recorded at his home studio in New York’s Hudson Valley, Popa engineered and produced the record. He also plays drums, bass and percussion on some tracks. Renowned keyboard player and Popa’s long-time collaborator, Dave Keyes, appears throughout the album. Popa’s daughter, Tipitina Horowitz, plays trumpet and contributes horn compositions. And ace drummer, Sam “Freightrain” Bryant keeps the beat real and rocking.
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|Clarksdale Film Festival brings the world to Bluestown, USA Jan 26-27, 2018|
|(Clarksdale, MS) — The 8th annual Clarksdale Film Festival returns to "Bluestown, USA" — Clarksdale, Mississippi — Friday-Saturday, January 26-27. And it's going to be a real house party. "This is a curated film festival, so it's not just 'whatever films came out this year,'" said co-founder Roger Stolle. "We premiere new works, of course, but we also showcase films that we think are important and folks may have missed."|
Films this year range from Two Trains Runnin' (a blues-meets-civil rights story about the search for 1930s Mississippi bluesmen during Freedom Summer) and Shake Sister Shake (world-premiere about women in blues, including Clarksdalians) to Love is a Sensation (special preview of Mississippi folk artist LV Hull's new bio-pic) and Chasing Trane (the highly-acclaimed John Coltrane documentary). The full Clarksdale Film Festival schedule is available online.
The 20-some films will screen at two pop-up theaters:
...Find the full schedule of this weekend's events and links here
|Mahindra Blues Festival Feb 10-11 |
|(Mumbai, India) - Known as Asia's largest and finest Blues phenomenon, the Mahindra Blues Festival brings together some of the best Blues musicians in the world for 2 days of guitar-rippin', soul-trippin' action at the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai.|
In 2018, MBF returns for its eighth outing, with a fantastic line-up featuring the likes of British Blues legend John Mayall, New Orleans Bluesman Walter Wolfman Washington, Blues vocal powerhouse Layla Zoe and six string virtuoso Coco Montoya, along with Mumbai's very own Blackstratblues and the winners of The Mahindra Blues Band Hunt 2018.
Since its inception in 2011, the Mahindra Blues Festival has been instrumental in bringing down international Blues legends like Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker Jr., Taj Mahal, and Walter Trout, among others, to Mumbai - fuelling a burgeoning interest in Blues music throughout the country.
...Find out more about the Mahindra Blues Festival
|2018 Monroe Blues Series Celebrating 31 Years|
|(Monroe County, MI) - The 2018 lineup takes listeners on another whirlwind journey across the blues and roots landscape, from the deep, soulful blues of living legends like Primer and Bob Margolin to the genre-blending (and busting) work of next generation artists like Luke Wilson-King, Jontavious Willis and Hubby Jenkins. |
All events in the series are free and open to the public and begin at 7 pm.
- John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band – Feb 6 at Ellis Library & Reference Center, 3700 S. Custer Rd. Monroe, MI
- Luke Wilson-King, Feb. 13 at Dorsch Memorial Branch Library, 18 E. First St., Monroe, MI.
- Bob Margolin featuring special guest Peter Madcat Ruth, Feb. 20 at Carleton Branch Library, 1444 Kent St., Carleton, MI.
- Jontavious Willis, Feb. 22, Ida Branch Library, 3016 Lewis Ave., Ida, MI.
- Hubby Jenkins, Feb. 27, Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance, MI.
...Find more images and details about this annual series
|1st Annual Temecula Blues Festival April 21|
|(Temecula, CA) - Announcing the 1st annual Temecula Blues Festival presented by Old Town Blues Club in Temecula, California, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Showtime is 12pm-10pm, rain or shine.|
Multiple BMA nominee, vocalist Tad Robinson, headlines a strong eight-band bill that also includes San Diego-based guitar ace Stoney B. Blues Band; highly-regarded South Bay vocalist, Shari Puorto Band; blues harmonica at its best from The Honey Lickers; Chris Fast Band; Bill Magee Blues Band; Cash N Freedman; and JD Priest Band.
There's also a Vendor Blues Village featuring Blue Beat Music; Ugly Hands; Blues Festival Music; and many more. A top-end assortment of food vendors include Rene's Cowgirl Cantina (Gourmet Mexican); Rosati's Authentic Chicago Pizza; Laurent's Cafe' (French Pastry Sandwiches); Devilicious Cafe; Rock N' Jenny's Italian Subs; Bad To The Bone BBQ; The Bridge at 3rd Fish N Chips; The Bank (Mexican Food).
...Find more details about the Temecula Blues Festival
|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise|
|- #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is Soldout! Join Waitlist now!|
- Prebook now for #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. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List via BluesCruise.com or call 816.753.7979.|
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.
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
|Paradise Kings represent Santa Barbara Blues Society in Memphis|
|Paradise Kings, winners of the recent "Battle of the Blues Bands" presented by the Santa Barbara Blues Society (SBBS) are in Memphis, Tennessee, to compete at International Blues Challenge #34. The Santa Barbara-based five-piece blues/swing group (Henry Garrett, lead vocals; Jan Ingram, backing/lead vocals; Jeff Gring, guitar; Michael Robertson, bass; George Lambert, drums), known for their high-energy live shows, also captured the SBBS' "Best Self-Produced CD" for their recent release Controlled Burn.|
The Santa Barbara Blues Society is the country's oldest established Blues Society based in Santa Barbara, CA.
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|Birthdays upcoming of note: |
Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); Jan 20-Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888), Luther Tucker (1936); Jan 21-Snooks Eaglin (1936), Richie Havens (1941), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22-Hammie Nixon (1908), Sam Cooke (1935), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897), Teeny Tucker; Jan 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949); Jan 24-Beth Hart (1972); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899), Etta James (1938)
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| Clarksdale Film & Music Festival|
Jan-26-2018 - Jan-27-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Mahindra Blues Festival
Feb-10-2018 - Feb-11-2018
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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|Destination Blues Music Festival|
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Bruthen Victoria, Australia
Suncoast Blues Festival
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-09-2018 - Mar-10-2018
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more!
Blues at the Library
Mar-23-2018 - Mar-25-2018
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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