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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 11, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 41

Sept 27
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News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video Pick of The Week
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 

Here's singer Michele Lundeen, aka the Queen of Steam, aka your e-Guide Editor, sharing stories and the Blues Festival Guide magazine with guitarist, singer, songwriter Mikey Capone at the 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival. Michele will be hosting a few of the Jams on the upcoming West Coast Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Look for Mikey onboard, too!
Photo: Jeannette Anderson
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 We're proud to announce that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of the 2018 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
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
...Find snippets about articles 
CD & DVD Releases
Six-time Blues Music Award nominee Trudy Lynn newest CD is Blues Keep Knockin’ from Connor Ray Music. Backing Trudy’s vocals on the new disc are musicians Steve Krase – harmonica; David Carter – guitar; Terry Dry – bass; Matt Johnson – drums; Jim Brady – trumpet; and Dan Carpenter – sax; with special guests Bob Lanza and Carolyn Wonderland on guitar.

“I want to thank all my blues fans new and old, or should I say ‘mature,’ for being with me through my journey with the blues, both near and far,” Trudy says in the album liner notes. “My name is Trudy Lynn and I sing the blues for you, some old some new and some borrowed too. I love singing the blues! The blues knocks on my door, on my window and my heart. I must sing, and I sing only what I feel, and I sing to make you feel exactly what I feel!”

Blues Keep Knockin’ features ten soul-drenched songs dripping with blues and R&B.  ...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Blues Keep Knockin'" 
Waydown Wailers :: BACKLAND BLUES 
Roots and blues rock quartet, Waydown Wailers, hail from the small town of Canton in upstate New York, the borderland region on the Saint Lawrence River that the locals refer to as the “Backlands,” an area infamous for being settled by independent free-thinking people, and thus a fitting title for the band’s third album Backland Blues. The Wailers deliver their unique twist on the blues, they call “Outlaw Jam,” mixing influences from jam band icons the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers with touches of British invasion pop and folksy Americana and Country into a gritty, unpredictable sonic strew.

The eleven tracks on Backland Blues include three inspired covers and eight original songs written by the Parker brothers, David and Christian, who handle the guitar work backed by the stout rhythm section of Connor Pelkey on bass and Michael “Scruffy” Scriminger on drums.

The album opens with good old fashioned twelve bar juke joint jam “Back Door Woman Blues,” with producer, “Professor Louie,” sitting in with the fellas on honky-tonk piano. ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Back Door Woman" 
News Flash... 
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival serves up the goods Oct 12-14
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - Beale Street meets Bourbon Street on Oct. 12-14 at the Lafayette Square Park (540 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana) for the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. The event will be Friday, 4:30pm-8:30pm and Saturday-Sunday, 11am-8:30pm. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, this annual three-day festival will feature live blues performances from some of the best in the Crescent City and beyond, as well as delicious BBQ from some of New Orleans premier BBQ spots. Vegan and vegetarian options are available as well.

The 2018 fest will include yet another all-star lineup of musicians and performers such as Jimmie Vaughan, Samantha Fish, and Shemekia Copeland, New Orleans’ beloved soul man Walter “Wolfman” Washington, IBC Band winner Keesha Pratt, Mem Shannon, Little Freddie King, Terrence Simien, and Memphis R&B icon Don Bryant are just a few of the great artists who will perform.
...Find more about the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Chicago Plays The Stones Oct 12 
(CHICAGO, IL) Chicago blues icons have united together to give the Rolling Stones a remarkable rebirth. Released on September 14th, 2018, Chicago Plays the Stones is the first CD project of its kind to bring the music of Jagger and Richards back to their spiritual home. Chicago Plays the Stones live will appear October 12th at Chicago's City Winery (1200 W Randolph St.) and feature some of the fine artists on the CD like Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Brunch, Jimmy Burns, John Primer, and Omar Coleman. The first show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the late show at 10pm.
The gritty, urban, amplified and electrifying sound of Chicago blues was tapped by the original rock ’n’ rollers of the ’50s and even more so by the Rolling Stones starting in the mid-’60s. Blues titans like Muddy and Buddy Guy recognized and benefited from the Stones’ outspoken adoration of them and their Windy City brethren, and a long-lasting cross-continental kinship was born.
...Find more about the Chicago Plays The Stones project and the entire list of artists appearing on the CD itself

 Blues Music in Movies 
By Stephen Hall/Ruminating-Culture
I love blues music, I have read plenty of books about the blues and I enjoy movies about the blues, or where the blues is a major focus in the soundtrack. The list below is some of the movies I have enjoyed, and they are in no particular order:

The John Landis directed Blues Brothers
It goes without saying. This somewhat oddball movie is a cult classic and includes cameos of James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and John Lee Hooker along, with a star-studded band.
The Dennis Hopper directed The Hot Spot

A drifter takes a job as a used car salesman in a small Texas town, he develops an interest in the wife of dealership’s owner. Needless to say, they have a torrid affair. Soundtrack includes both John Lee Hooker and Miles Davis, along with Taj Mahal and Roy Rogers. An amazing soundtrack.

Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?
A Coen Brothers comedy set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression.  ...Find the list and music insights of Stephen Hall
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 via the website or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
~ 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.
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
- Piedmont Blues Preservation Society resents Ana Oct 12
(GREENSBORO, NC) - The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society will present singer-guitarist Ana Popovic at 8pm on Oct. 12 at The Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden St. in
Greensboro, North Carolina.

(DESTIN, FL) - Emerald Coast Blues Society Monday Night Jams run 6pm-9pm at the Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, 4902 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida.
(BERLIN, CT ) - The 14th Annual Connecticut Blues Society's Solo/Duo Blues Challenge prelims happens Sunday Oct 14 and Oct 21 with and the Final round presented on Oct 28. Nine blues acts will take part in the challenge at the Pine Loft Pizzeria and Cafe (1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, Connecticut). Four and five solo or duo performers from all over the state will play 25 minute sets in the Preliminary Rounds, and the two acts receiving the most votes each night from blues music-steeped judges will return Oct 28 for the Final Rounds.
Video Pick of The Week
Gary Clark Jr. "When My Train Pulls In" 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926), Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923); Oct 19 William "Piano Red" Perryman (1911); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Bugs Henderson (1943), Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (e-Guide Editor)
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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
Oct-20-2018, Salisbury
North Carolina, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2018 - Oct-28-2018
Copenhagen, Denmark
 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Oct Kickoff Party
San Diego, California USA
SoCal Divas of Blues
Music Festival
Temecula, California, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #31 Sea of Cortez
Oct-28-2018 - Nov-4-2018
San Diego, California USA
to Mexican Riviera
Forgotten Music Festival
Nov-02-2018 - Nov-03-2018
Mexico Beach, Florida, USA
Blues Heaven Festival
Nov-02-2018 - Nov-03-2018
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Fest
Nov-09-2018 - Nov-11-2018
Bude, United Kingdom
13 Annual 
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Nov-10-2018, Jackson MS
Mississippi, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-16-2018 - Nov-18-2018
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Nov-30-2018 - Dec-02-2018
Bradenton, Florida, USA
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