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Former e-Guide Editor and Marketing Director Nancy Edwards caught Chris Cain at an event that the new club, the Villages Blues Society, presented at Whispering Oaks Winery in Oxford, Florida. Thanks Nancy!
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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!|
Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
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|Carolyn Wonderland "I Live Alone With Someone"|
|Johnny & The Headhunters :: THAT’S ALL I NEED|
|Formerly the lead guitar player with multi BMA-award winner Louisiana Red, Johnny Ticktin (pronounced Tick-Tin), along with the Headhunters, released his 8th album, That’s All I Need. The ten tracks are a testimony to his life-long obsession with the six string, covering the gamut of guitar centric styles from surf and swing to blues, Mambo and classic R&B. The Headhunters are joined by a couple of special guests on the collection of songs from heroes like Lowell Fulson, Magic Sam, and Link Wray that have shaped Ticktin’s guitar playing over the years.|
The album opens with swamp blues proto type “That’s All I Need,” from Magic Sam’s seminal 1967 album West Side Soul. Johnny pushes the tremolo guitar sound that made Sam famous even further evoking CCR and Tony Joe White. Venerated D.C. area keyboardist, Tam Sullivan, adds luscious piano and organ to the Bobby “Blue” Bland soul blues classic “Lead Me On,”
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"That's All I Need"
|Fall Line Blues Project Concert & Film Screening Dec 8|
|(LAGRANGE, GA) – The Fall Line Blues Project will be happening Saturday, December 8, 2018 and hosted by Jontavious Willis and Henry Jacobs. Music starts at 7:30PM at Pure Life Studios (206 Clark St., LaGrange, GA) and the two short films will be screened at 6PM next door to Pure Life at The Chapel (208 ½ Clark St.).|
The Fall Line Blues Project is a recent collaboration between Jontavious Willis, Henry Jacobs and others, the aim of the Project is to spend time with the men and women of the Fall Line region who enjoy playing the music handed down by their ancestors. The Fall Line is a geographical region where the Piedmont and Coastal Plain meet in Georgia and Alabama. So far, they’ve recorded interviews with Horace Combs and Eddie Hinton who will be our first featured guests from the project. Jontavious and Henry plan to continue recording and sharing often-overlooked music.
Donations for the filming accepted and 100% of the proceeds go to The Fall Line Blues Project.... Find more about The Fall Line Blues Project
|Entries Reopen thru Dec 12 for Screen Shot Promotion|
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has reopened entries for its annual Screen Shot promotion running through December 12, 2018. This promotion is looking for music in all styles and genres that is well suited for music sync (Film, TV, Ads, Video Games, etc.) and other licensing avenues. Enter your songs at their website. 2018 Blues Judges include Walter Trout, John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker, Booker T. Jones, and many more.
What Is ISC?
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
Win Cash, Prizes, Recognition, And Exposure! ...Find more about ISC and how to enter
|Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival Jan 17-20|
|(CHESTER, SC) - The original blues festival was established 25 years ago in honor of the MLK Jr. National Holiday! The Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival will be held at Carolina Hall (119 College Street, Chester, South Carolina) and at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the Inn Upon Moon River Plantation.|
Live music will be performed by Grammy Nominated Mississippi Blues Legend Cedric Burnside, Mississippi Blues Soul Legend Johnny Rawls, Florida Blues Legends, Packrat's Smokehouse, Hammond B3 Organ Master, Legendary Bruce Katz Band, West Virginia Blues Soul Singer Doris "Lady D" Fields, Soul Singer Al Jasper and more.
We celebrate the ideals and principles of Martin Luther King Jr., equal rights for all Americans, equal protection under the law, and his leadership with integrity on the nonviolent pathway for harmony, the love of God and the love of all people.
Two free events are at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: ...Find complete details about the Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival events
|Edinburgh Blues Club in Scotland Hosts International Acts|
|(EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND) - The Edinburgh Blues Club is a Social Enterprise established in January 2014 to harness support for regular blues events in Edinburgh. The club provides at least a monthly blues event, featuring touring blues acts from the UK and beyond, with support from the finest local blues artists. The Club won the category of "Blues Club/Venue of The Year" for 2018 at the UK Blues Awards!|
The Edinburgh Blues Club features a diverse range of styles with a strong blues influence with varying elements of rock, soul, jazz, funk, country and folk. Every show is different.
The club is now the biggest blues club in Scotland and the only one to host international acts. While our shows are on public sale through various outlets, membership of the Edinburgh Blues Club is available for £12 per month. This regular payment covers entry to all our hosted shows, providing a considerable saving for regular attendees. ...Find more about the Edinburgh Club
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|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 6 Sean Carney; Dec 8 Gregg Allman (1947); Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934); Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926); Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926); Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918), Lonesome Sundown (1928); Dec 13 Lurrie Bell (1958), Lucky Peterson (1964); Dec 15 Andrew “Big Voice” Odom (1936), Mark Hummel (1955), Nick Moss (1969); Dec 17 James Booker (1939), Paul Butterfield (1942) Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917), Lonnie Brooks (1933), Peg Leg Sam (1911), Rod Piazza (1947); Dec 19 Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918); Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw (1902), Carla Thomas (1942)
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| Langkawi International Blues Roots Aseana (LIBRA)|
Dec-29-2018 - Dec-31-2018
MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-17-2019 - Jan-20-2019
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Jan-18-2019 - Jan-21-2019
Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, 9th Annual
Zephyrhills , Florida, USA
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2019
Boca Raton , Florida, USA
The February Blues XXII
Jan-31-2019 - Feb-03-2019
Barrie - Simcoe County - York Region, Ontario, Canada
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|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 Eastern Caribbean|
Feb-03-2019 - Feb-10-2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Mornington Peninsula Blues Fest
Fargo Winter Blues Festival
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-15-2019 - Feb-17-2019
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-21-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Feb-22-2019 - Feb-24-2019, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Feb-23-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-02-2019, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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