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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 1, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 5

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News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Share Photo Moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
Priscilla Hernandez, wife of former Blues Foundation President/CEO Jay Sieleman, has affectionately been known as the "unofficial first lady of the blues." She didn't work at the Blues Foundation when Jay was in office but, she's been a volunteer for years, and took on the role of hostess of the blues community.
 Photo: Kaati
*NOTE! Each year our 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 15th annual 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
Grainne Duffy :: WHERE I BELONG
With a voice that is as passionate as it is raw and honest, accompanied by simple melodic and well phrased guitar lines, this is what you have in Grainne Duffy – an artist everyone will be talking about. A singer of real integrity as depicted by The Sunday Times.

Guitarist Magazine describes Grainne Duffy as having a “deliciously soulful voice and gutsy blues-inflected guitar work in one compelling package.” Audiences are the world are agreeing after seeing Duffy perform at famous music festivals including: Glastonbury, Woodford, Blue Balls, Blues du Passion, and Tremblant International Festival. The industry is taking notice too. Last year, Duffy had the honor of recording with producer Justin Stanley (Beck, Eric Clapton) and multi-Grammy Award winning engineer, Adam Ayan (Madonna, The Rolling Stones) and released her long-anticipated third album.
Duffy’s new CD, Where I Belong, is a true testament to her talent as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Where I Belong"
Artist Website
News Flash... 
2018 Blues GRAMMY’s Awards and a Token
(NEW YORK, NY) - Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' accepted Best Contemporary Blues Album for TajMo at the 60th GRAMMY Awards on January 28, 2018. The Rolling Stones “surprisingly” won Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue & Lonesome. I just discovered an amusing and informative take from Andy Cush for Spin on the Stones win for, of all things, this particular album.
The ceremony was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden and it was the first time in 15 years that the awards did not take place in Los Angeles.
Two Trains Runnin’, with a soundtrack featuring songs by artists such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James, Charlie Patton, North Mississippi Allstars, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thomas James, Son House, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Valarie June, Robert Wilkins and more, was nominated for Best Music Film, which is commendable and heartening, but did not win.
...Find more related wins plus links to the Spin article
2018 Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Fest Feb 2-3
(Cincinnati, OH) - The Cincy Blues Society present its annual Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Fest February 2-3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center (525 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202). The Fest, coined the “hottest event of the Winter,” will feature 5 stages and 40+ acts. Headliners include Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis; musician, songwriter and vocalist Noah Hunt, the Cincinnati native who has fronted the Kenny Wayne Shephard Band since 1998; Samantha Fish, well-known as a purveyor of blues, having been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll; the double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section and soul-scouring vocals of jane Lee Hooker, and many outstanding local and regional artist also performing.

Tickets are $25 per day or $45 for the weekend and can be purchased on line at Brown Paper Tickets or at the event on the day of the show.
...Find links and more about the Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Fest 
Turn on your radar devices… it’s Billy Thompson!
To many it would seem that Billy Thompson has lived under the radar within the broad musical community, even though he has been steadily working in the industry for a decade or two or four (but whose counting), with his first album Coat of Many Colors released over 30 years ago. But to those who have happened upon Billy’s soulful singing and guitar playing, the radar has been fine-tuned to pick up the next signal of activity. And here it is!

Billy’s latest release titled simply BT has hit the airways and has been garnering positive reviews. Billtown Blues writes “BT is Thompson's eighth release, and, like a fine wine, he is getting better with each passing day. Straight-ahead blues, R&B, a hint of blue-eyed soul, funk, blues/rock and a bit of honky-tonk, this is a well-rounded album that, through it all, never loses sight of the blues in its many form...
...Find more about this talented artist 
2018 Blues Blast Music Award Submission Deadline April 15th
The Blues Blast Music Awards honor contemporary Blues artists and their recordings. Artists with major labels and indie artists are eligible to be considered.

The eligibility period for specific recordings is music released from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Categories such as Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band and the Rising Star Award are not tied to these specific dates but instead are based on our nominators recent observations of performances of touring artists over the past year.We are now accepting submissions from labels and artists until April 15, 2018. If the BBMA nominators do not know about your release, they can’t nominate it.

Artist do not necessarily have to submit their releases to be considered but any that do will have their recordings screened by the nominators. Our Nominators can’t nominate something they haven’t heard!
Nomination categories include:  ...Find more about how to submit
Bluesfest fans brainstorm for better, safer music festival
Andrew Duffy/Ottawa Citizen
(OTTAWA, CANADA) - More than 100 Bluesfest fans brainstormed ways to make Ottawa’s premier summer music festival safer and more crowd friendly at a public meeting Tuesday [1/30].

The two-hour meeting at Tom Brown Arena was organized by the RBC Bluesfest board of directors after an unusual volume of feedback following the 2017 festival.

Bluesfest has attracted an increasingly youthful crowd in recent years with artists such as Skrillex, Migos and 50 Cent, but those younger audiences have also raised issues about underaged drinking, drug use, public urination and crowd safety. They’ve added to perennial Bluesfest concerns such as weather, traffic, finances, lawn chairs and beer prices.

It was a mostly older crowd that attended Tuesday’s meeting, with the vast majority expressing a desire for better security and crowd control. Offered one participant: “Certain types of music attract a certain type of atmosphere that requires more security.”
...Read entire article here
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 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.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Sault Blues Society Bon Soo Winter Carnival Feb 10
(Sault, ON, CA) The Sault Blues Society (SBS) of Ontario, Canada is proud to present Harpdog Brown & The Travelin' Blues Show as part of this year's Bon Soo Winter Carnival. This licensed all-ages event will be at the Machine Shop (83 Huron St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada) on Sat. Feb 10th with doors opening at 6:30pm. Opening act - The Jay Scali Band - at 7pm. Harpdog Brown is a 3 time winner of the Maple Blues Awards' "harmonica player of the year" and was nominated again this year. Included in the Travelin' Blues Show are keyboard player Graham Guest and slide trombone player Sky Lambourne. Local musicians Joel Poluck on guitar and Mark Gough on drums round out Harpdog's Travelin' Blues show for this great concert. Tickets are $15 advanced and SBS members, $10 for 16yrs and under. Tickets are available at outlets listed on the poster below or $20 at the door, also available at the website.

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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Feb 1-“Baby Face” Leroy Foster (1923), Sonny Landreth (1951); Feb 2-Walter Jacobs Vinson (1901); Feb 3-Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935), Jody Williams (1935); Feb 3-Jason Ricci (1974); Feb 5-Al Kooper (1944); Feb 6-Bob Marley (1945); Feb 7-Earl King (1934), King Curtis (1934); Feb 8-Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889), Floyd Dixon (1929), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928); Feb 9-Johnny Heartsman (1937); Feb 10-Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932); Feb 11-Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942); Feb 12-Pink Anderson (1900) 
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival Calendar
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Winter Blues Festival
Feb-02-2018 - Feb-03-2018
Lapeer, Michigan, USA
Cincy Winter Blues Fest
Feb-02-2018 - Feb-03-2018
Cincinnati, Ohio
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #30
Feb-04-2018 - Mar-11-2018
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
 Mahindra Blues Festival 
Feb-10-2018 - Feb-11-2018
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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! 
Mar-10-2018, Hartford
Connecticut, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Blues at the Library
Mar-23-2018 - Mar-25-2018
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
27th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-12-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tribute Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-14-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
14th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Red,White and Blues
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
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