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|Here's Richard Hassebrock, Jeffrey Hudson (aka Papa J and Prez of the Orange County Blues Society) and Randy Davis hanging out after their set at the New Blues Festival at El Dorado Park, Long Beach, CA.|
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|Apologies to the Delta Blues Museum RE: our National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Visits Delta Blues Museum article last week. This award-winning museum is located in Clarksdale, Mississippi not Indianola as unfortunately misstated. The Delta Blues Museum, the world's first museum devoted entirely to blues, has been located in Clarksdale since its inception in 1979.|
|2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual is chock full of cool info!|
|The 2018 issue of the Blues Festival Guide features 108 pages with info on of festivals, artists, blues societies and bluesy radio plus cool blues-related stories. Pick up a copy for free from your local blues society or a festival or ORDER a copy to be shipped straight to your house!|
Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
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|Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires :: GAS STATION GURU |
|Gas Station Guru is the fourth album from roots and rhythm ensemble Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires and was recorded in his hometown of New Orleans. The record feature Mem Shannon who lends his distinctive syle to “Two Vices.” Pianists Sherman Bernard adds his authentic New Orleans feel to “Ten Dollar Hat” and “The Next Train” features contributions from members of theCajun band T’Canaille.|
Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires stir up an intoxicating brew of the profound and the profane. Of virtue and vice and most importantly the volatile in-between. Ted’s songs explore hope and hustlers, saints and strays, drifters and the down-and-out. The Thousandaires – with Hefko on vocals, guitar and tenor sax – bring these stories to life with the spontaneity of jazz, the rough-hewn, bare-bones tone of the backwoods folk songs and the raucous vibrancy of classic Louisiana R&B. ...Find more about this artist and release
"Tell Me The Truth"
|Bowlful of Blues' 25th Anniversary Festival Sat Sept 22|
|(OJAI, CA) - The Bowlful of Blues' 25th anniversary festival will take place in Ojai's beautiful Libbey Bowl on Saturday, September 22, from 4pm-9:30pm. Headlining are Alligator Records' rising stars, the Selwyn Birchwood Band. Nationally known artists, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, will appear with their down-home blend of Texas blues and New Orleans R&B. Rod Piazza, international touring harmonica virtuoso, will take the stage with special guest, boogie-woogie pianist Carl Sonny Leyland. Also appearing are the West Coast group Hot Roux with their infectious mix of Louisiana blues & swamp rock 'n' roll and the blazing guitar blues of the Kwan Telifaro Project. Multi-talented performer Gill Sotu will handle the MC duties.|
Great food and barbecue, beer and wine, arts, crafts and blues-themed booths will add to the nonprofit benefit celebration. General admission (festival seating) is $40 in advance and $45 at the gate (plus a required $3 bowl maintenance fee). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100 (bowl fee included) and offer select front section seating, reserved secure parking, VIP lounge, premium beer and wine, complimentary snacks, and exclusive artist access. ...Find links and more about Ojai Bowlful of Blues
|Blues Spectacular This Saturday at The Rhythm Room Sept 22|
|(PHOENIX, AZ) - Please join Bob Corritore this Saturday Sept 22nd to celebrate his birthday and CD release of his latest, Don’t Let The Devil Ride at the Rhythm Room (1019 E. Indian School Road) in Pheoniz, Arizona. An amazing lineup of great blues artists will be performing including Sugaray Rayford, Alabama Mike, Oscar Wilson, Bob Stroger, Willie Buck, Jimi Primetime Smith, Fred Kaplan, George Bowman, Johnny Rapp, Brian Fahey. Doors open 6pm and showtime is 7pm. Tickets are only $15 for all this talent! This is a 21+event|
Don’t Let The Devil Ride itself features an all-star-studded album with a dozen tracks from nine different 2014-2017 recording sessions and showcases a cast of fine musical artists throughout.
Bob Corritore is considered among the top traditional blues harmonica players on the scene today. Additionally he is the owner of the Rhythm Room, the radio show host of “Those Lowdown Blues” on KJZZ, the founder of Southwest Musical Arts Foundation... …Find more about this party
|Delta Blues & Smithsonian’s Museum Day Sept 22 Showcases Clarksdale & Women In Blues|
|Free admission on September 22, 2018 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket|
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Delta Blues Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine's 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based museums.
Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year's event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.
The theme of this year's Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.
...Find images and more about Museum Day
|New Book Bitten By The Blues, The Alligator Records Story Set For Oct 30 Release|
|Bitten by the Blues, The Alligator Records Story, the new book co-authored by Alligator Records president and founder Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, will be released on Tuesday, October 30 by The University of Chicago Press. The book is a memoir of a life immersed in the blues -- and the business of running an independent blues label. Bitten By The Blues takes readers behind the scenes, offering larger than life stories of musicians, recording sessions, and what it's like to work with the legends of the genre. |
From first hearing Hound Dog Taylor at Florence's Lounge on Chicago's South Side to building Alligator Records one release at a time to running the biggest blues label in the world, Iglauer and Roberts take readers on a 50-year journey through the blues from local Chicago bars to festival stages across the globe.
According to Iglauer, "We wanted to paint vivid pictures of the charismatic blues immortals that I knew so well... Read more about this cool book
|Students get the blues for UL School of Music|
|(LAYFAYETTE, LA) - Marty Christian sings the blues with a smile these days. Rambling Blues, Christian’s fifth CD, continues a music career that’s won him fans in France and across the United States.|
Christian is also enjoying a new day gig as an instructor in the Traditional Music Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He’s happy to share American music that laid the foundation for rock, soul, country and more.
“It’s so inspiring to see these musicians get deep into the older acoustic blues songs and the musicians who wrote them,” said Christian, a French Immersion teacher. “The students all have great ears and are already at a high level of playing as musicians.
“By studying these songs and practicing with them in class, I hope to help them pick up on the feel and rhythms behind these songs and just open their vocabulary to so much that is not being done enough in music today by learning the roots of traditional blues and getting as close as they can to the feel and technique of the masters like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Bessie Smith.” ...Find more about this class and the Fundraiser this Saturday
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|- LRBC #34 Western Caribbean Prebook Open!|
- LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook Open!
- West Coast Returns! #31 Oct 2018 Sold Out! Join Waitlist!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020 Prebook Launches Sept. 19th 11am Central.
Sailing on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made (likely in March or April '19).
~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2019 Sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Mark Your Calendar: PREBOOK has launched!
~ LRBC #32 Feb 2019 Eastern Caribbean
will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island.
The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List
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~ LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct 2018 will sail 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 website reservations or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
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|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept-23-Roy Buchanan (1939 ), Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1907 ); Mighty Joe Young (1927); Sept-24-Tarheel Slim (1924 ), Chick Willis (1934), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893), Willie Kent (1936); Sept-25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept-27- Bob Corritore (1956); Sept-28- Koko Taylor (1928), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept-30-Z.Z. Hill (1935), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
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|Sam Chatmon Music Festival|
Sep-21-2018 - Sep-22-2018
Hollandale, Mississippi, USA
Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Ojai Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Windy City Blues Festival
Sep-22-2018 - Sep-23-2018
Lyons, Illinois, USA
Red, White & Blues
Middleboro, Massachusetts, USA
Blues Blast Music Awards 2018
Rockford, Illinois, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-03-2018 - Oct-06-2018
Helena, Arkansas, USA
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|Chain O Lakes Blues Festival|
Oct-05-2018 - Oct-06-2018
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Deep Blues Festival
Oct-11-2018 - Oct-14-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct-12-2018 - Oct-14-2018
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Bacon, Blues + Big Stories Festival
Oct-19-2018 - Oct-20-2018
Madisonville, Kentucky, USA
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
Linden, Texas, USA
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival
North Carolina, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2018 - Oct-28-2018
SoCal Divas of Blues Music Festival
Temecula, California, USA
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