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Here's guitarist, singer, songwriter extraordinaire Gregg Wright (center) with bassman Ron Battle (lt) and drummer Robert Gates (rt) relaxing backstage at the 2018 Baja Blues Festival in Rosarito Beach, Baja, MX. Gregg, a seasoned pro known as "The King of Rockin' Blues," has played/toured with Michael Jackson, Mick Fleetwood and Spencer Davis among others.
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|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!|
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|Mark Wenner :: MARK WENNER’S BLUES WARRIORS|
|Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors is the latest CD from Washington D.C. based blues harmonica master Mark Wenner, the founder/leader at legendary blues and roots band, The Nighthawks, has once again put together an exciting new side project with some of the D.C. area’s finest traditional blues musicians. This is the real deal played by cats that know the language. |
The band features guitarist/vocalist Clarence “the bluesmen” Turner who is impressive with his deep roots. The other guitarist is the young gun Zach Sweeney. Mark met a very young Zach when his parents would bring him to blues jams. He recently returned from some serious road work with the great honky tonk man Wayne “the train” Hancock. Needing an upright bass to keep early styles sounding like they should, Mark called on D.C.’s world-class upright player Steve Wolf. Wolf brings his jazz experience in his many years playing damn near everything with the great Danny Gatton. Mark also recruited regular Hawks drummer Mark Stutso to form a swinging, shuffling rhythm section. His great, soulful vocals add even more texture. ...Find more about this artist and release
"Checkin' My Baby"
|Crystal Shawanda :: VOODOO WOMAN|
|A powerful, new female blues voice that evokes the spirit and grit of Janis Joplin and the contemporary delivery of Beth Hart, belongs to an indigenous North American named Crystal Shawanda. Her new album, Voodoo Woman, captures the intensity an incredible range of this performer who story is finally being told.|
Crystal grew up on the Wikwemikong reserve on an island in Ontario, Canada. Her parents taught her to sing and play guitar and encouraged her to play country songs, but it was her oldest brother who introduced her to the blues.
She was signed as a country artist to RCA Records in 2007. Her country debut album produced a Top 20 hit on country radio, sold over 50,000 copies in the US, and went top 20 on Billboard’s country albums chart, but left Crystal feeling like a fish out of water. While on the road promoting the album, visiting radio stations, she wrote the “Whole World’s Got The Blues,” and told RCA Nashville she wanted to make blues album. She formed her own label, New Sun Records, and begin making that music that was her calling. The blues. ...Find more about this artist and release
"Blue Train (slight return)/Smokestack Lightnin' Revisted"
|Johnny Winter's All-Inclusive Jamaica "Winterfest" 2019|
|(JAMAICA) - Come join us January 24-31, 2019 for an amazing week of island fun and concerts featuring an A-List of today’s top national acts at Mango’s Beachfront Resort in Jamaica. Featuring: Sonny Landreth, Samantha Fish, Paul Nelson Band, Derek St Holmes, James Montgomery And The All-Star Band.|
The all-inclusive price includes transfer to and from hotel, as well as your hotel accommodations at the all-inclusive Mango’s resort with all your musical entertainment including guest jams and workshops provided. This amazing event is sure to fill up fast so book your “Winterfest” packages early!
Sonny Landreth - slide guitar/vocals: Eric Clapton has said that Landreth is one of the most advanced guitarists in the world he has collaborated with the very top names in guitar over the years: Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks – the list goes on. The noted slideman cut his musical teeth in The Red Hot Louisiana Band of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and Landreth has since recorded and toured with artists ranging from John Mayall to John Hiatt.
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|Bacon & Blues Festival Oct 6-7|
(ELIZABETH, IN) - Best Vineyards (8373 Morgans Lane SE, Elizabeth, Indiana) and the Elizabeth Lions Club will be hosting the Southern Indiana Bacon and Blues Festival on October 6-7. The festival features two fun-filled days of great blues music and mouth-watering bacon. Saturday’s event time is 12pm-8pm. Sunday’s event time is 12pm- 6pm. $5 entry fee per person, 12 and under free. They will be bacon-related food vendors along with arts and crafts vendors plus distillery tours and wine tasting all weekend. Bring your blankets and chairs. Event will be held weather permitting.
Saturday bands include Jimmy Roberts Blues Band, Jimmy G and the Sidewinders and the Gene Deer Band There will also be a decorated pig auction.
Sunday events include the Boss Hog Sponsorship Brunch (invitation only) and the following bands will be performing: Tyrone Cotton, Blues and Greys KY and Da Mud Cats.
All proceeds from this event benefits the Elizabeth Lions Club Community Projects and the Crusade for Children. ...Find links for Bacon & Blues
|Blues in his blood: Shawn Holt to play fundraiser Oct 7|
Adirondack Daily Enterprise
(SARANAC LAKE, NY) — Shawn Holt was born into the blues. His father Morris, better known as Magic Slim, was a renowned guitarist and singer with an authentic Chicago style. Magic used to take Shawn on tour with him when he was just a little boy.
“I grew up around a lot of music, especially a lot of blues musicians,” Holt said. “My father would take me on the road, and I guess it just kind of stuck with me. I remember vans and hotels and huge festivals. I guess it was in my blood.”
Shawn Holt and the Teardrops will perform at the Waterhole (48 Main St., Saranac Lake, New York) on Sunday at 7 p.m. The show is hosted by and is a benefit concert for the local arts center, BluSeed Studios.
The Teardrops were formerly led by Magic. Holt started playing guitar in the group when he was a teenager. Magic died in 2013 because of heart, lung and kidney problems. Holt had to step up and lead the band without his dad there.
“I had to record a CD months after my father died,” he said. “We were all crying in the studio, but we put pure emotion into that record, and it won two awards. My father is my biggest influence and inspiration — him and life itself.” ...Read more about Shawn Holt and the fundraiser
|2018 Blues Blast Music Awards Celebrated|
|(ROCKFORD, IL) - At one of the biggest Blues events of the season, fans and artists celebrated the 11th Annual Blues Blast Music Awards at Tebala Event Center in Rockford, Illinois. On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Blues Blast magazine announced the winners of the 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards in ceremonies held at the Tebala Event Center in Rockford, Illinois.|
Internationally beloved blues masters Rick Estrin & The Nightcats won the coveted award for Band Of The Year. The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast magazine. Voting was open to subscribers to the online publication. In addition to the Blues Blast Award, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats also hold the 2018 Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year. Estrin also won Blues Music Awards for Song Of The Year for "The Blues Ain't Goin' Nowhere," from the band's latest CD, Groovin' In Greaseland, and for Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year.
The 2018 Blues Blast winners in the fan voting are listed below. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
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|Open your mind and push yourselves beyond the familiar|
Tampa Bay News
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — I found myself trekking through the hustle and bustle of this city's famous Nob Hill neighborhood with a group of friends last week, and little reminded me of home.
Born and raised in Tallahassee, the five of us — the fellas forever — traversed the hills and strolled with eyes wide open as an array of folks purposely walked with that gritty look you can only find in a busy downtown.
Not far from Union Square, around the corner from the iconic Starlight Room, down the way from the Fairmont Hotel once featured in the television series Hotel (yes, I had a crush on Shari Belafonte), we stepped into a place befitting the big city feel of San Francisco.
Biscuits and Blues, nestled between a Jack In The Box and a Mongolian eatery and sporting a checkerboard exterior, welcomed us with downtown panache. Down the stairs and into the bowels of a place that just oozed cool, we dined on New Orleans-style cuisine and prepared for the night's show.
When the barefoot guitarist took the stage with his three bandmates, I could ask myself only one question… ...Read entire take on music appreciation
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|- LRBC #34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2019 Prebook Open!|
- LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook Open!
- West Coast Returns! #31 Oct 2018 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020 Prebook
Sailing on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Prebook now!
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 now!
~ 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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|- Ashland Blues Society Blues Jam|
- Canberra Blues Society Jam held 3rd Sundays
|Ashland Blues Society Blues Jam, Oct 9, 5:30pm-8:30 pm at the Grape Street Bar and Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford, Oregon|
Canberra Blues Society Jam, Oct 21, 2pm-5:30pm, Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, Canberra, Australia. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month except January. Gen admission $5, CBS members $3, children under 12 free entry.
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Oct 4 Duke Robillard (1948), Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5 Roy Book Binder (1943), Rick Estrin (1949); Oct 6 Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8 Andy “T” Talamantez;
Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939), Oct 10 Cyril Neville (1948); Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929), Sam Moore (1935), Barbara Blue; Oct 13 Dorothy Moore' (1946);
Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924), Son Thomas (1926), Kenny Neal (1957);
Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906), Robert Ward (1938); Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903)
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|King Biscuit Blues Festival|
Oct-03-2018 - Oct-06-2018
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-05-2018 - Oct-06-2018
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Bacon & Blues Festival
Oct-06-2018 - Oct-07-2018
Elizabeth, Indiana, 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
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| Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Oct Kickoff Party|
San Diego, California USA
SoCal Divas of Blues
Temecula, California, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #31 Sea of Cortez
Oct-28-2018 - Nov-4-2018
San Diego, California USA
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Forgotten Music Festival
Nov-02-2018 - Nov-03-2018
Mexico Beach, Florida, USA
Blues Heaven Festival
Nov-02-2018 - Nov-03-2018
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Nov-10-2018, Jackson MS
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-16-2018 - Nov-18-2018
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
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