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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 13, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 50

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CD & DVD Releases
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
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We caught up with the formidable Texas guitarist, singer-songwriter Mike Zito after one of his killer sets aboard the Oct 2018 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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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 
Featured Videos 
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers "Sinister Woman"
CD & DVD Releases
Anthony Geraci :: WHY DID YOU HAVE TO GO
 Why Did You Have to Go is keyboardist and multi-Blues Music Award nominee Anthony Geraci latest CD. Geraci assembled an impressive cast of musicians to perform with him, including guitar legend Ronnie Earl, as well as many Blues Music Award nominees/winners, such as Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Michael Mudcat Ward and Neil Gouvin (all fellow members with Geraci in Sugar Ray and the Bluetones). Other guests include singers Sugaray Rayford, Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson, Willie J. Laws, Dennis Brennan and Brian Templeton; guitarists Kid Ramos and Troy Gonyea; bassist Willie J. Campbell; drummers Jimi Bott and Marty Richards; and a mighty horn section of “Sax” Gordon Beadle and Doug Woolverton. The CD package also features extensive liner notes by respected journalist and editor of Blues Music Magazine, Art Tipaldi.

“As a songwriter and arranger, I chose each musician for their individual talents that I knew would sound awesome on the songs they were singing and playing on,” Geraci says about the album sessions. “The recording process can always be a daunting experience. Being surrounded by musicians that are your friends is a very special feeling.  ...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Why Did You Have To Go" 
Hadden Sayers ::
Veteran Texas singer, songwriter and guitar slinger Hadden Sayers has a unique style all his own, a style that pairs taste and soul with blues-rock firepower. With the Dopamine Machine project, his ninth studio recording, the amps are cranked and the guitars set on blistering, ranging from the swaggering “Peppermint Patty” to the longing “Waiting Wanting” and the explosive “Backbreaker.” His blues rocks and he doesn’t sound like anyone else on the scene.

When he's not performing his own music, he plays guitar for Ruthie Foster, who contributed vocals to this unique double-disc project which includes Acoustic Dopamine, featuring stripped-down, acoustic versions of the album’s tracks. Sayers sat on his bed with a 1954 Gibson acoustic and rearranged the whole album as a solo acoustic set. He then took it into the studio to also make a raw, pure version of Dopamine Machine, capturing the emotional intensity of each song.It was hard to pick a sample in general so this week you get 1 each but it still doesn’t encompass the range Sayers offers on these albums! Sample all on his website. ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Dopamine Machine" (Acoustic)
Listen"Hit The Road"
News Flash... 
Blind Boys & Ruthie for Christmas Dec 14
(JACKSON HOLE, WY) – Experience The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show featuring Ruthie Foster, Friday Dec 14, 7pm at The Center Theater (265 S Cache St.) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
This holiday season, the Blind Boys of Alabama are touring in support of their latest Christmas album, Talkin' Christmas! That album features blues legend Taj Mahal and includes several original holiday songs. This special concert will include songs from the Talkin' Christmas! album as well as the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, “Go Tell It on the Mountain" along with Blind Boys' Gospel classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.

Sharing the bill is Ruthie Foster who has been nominated for three Grammys, and has won multiple Blues Music and Austin Music Awards, plus the Grand Prix du Disque from Académie Charles-Cros in France. Hailing from the tightly knit musical community of Austin, Texas, this award-winning singer-songwriter has found herself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, standing on stage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater, and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. ...Find more about this Christmas show
Dec 15 Harvey 'Ole Harv' Stauffer celebrates 35 years of his Radio Show on WVPE-FM 
(SOUTH BEND, IN) – On Saturday Dec 15 will be a celebration of 35 years of Harvey "Ole Harv" Stauffer's "Blues Revue" radio show on WVPE-FM (88.1). The concert will feature JR Clark and the All-Star Blues Mob, and Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues at Vegetable Buddies, 129 N. Michigan St., South Bend, Indiana. Showtime is 7pm and tickets are $20.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his “Blues Revue” radio program on WVPE-FM (88.1), Harvey “Ole Harv” Stauffer brought in the legendary Koko Taylor for a gig at Z.B. Falcons in South Bend. That was a pretty big deal, but it turns out that he was only just getting started.

Every five years, there’s been another anniversary celebration at a local venue, and the list of headlining stars has gotten quite impressive: Rod Piazza, Larry McCray, Michael “Iron Man” Burks, Deanna Bogart. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the program, and Stauffer’s bash features two top bands this time around.  ...Find more about this celebration
Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp Dec 26th-29th, 2018 Signups
(DAVENPORT, IA) - This annual camp is coordinated by the River Music Experience and features vocal and instrumental workshops — guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards and drums — as well as concentration on blues composition and improvisation. Sessions are open to area musicians from 8-18 years old.

Winter Blues will consist of five sessions, 1-5pm, from Dec 26-29 at River Music Experience in the RME Performance Hall, the Redstone Room and in the Sound Lab. Winter Blues concludes with a special Blues Jam event in the Redstone Room on Dec 29 starting at 6 p.m.

The fee is $175 with assistance provided to qualified participants from a grant provided by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. Contact Bret Dale at 563-326-1333, ext. 110 or email for details.

These sessions will be led by River Music Experience's Bret Dale, along with Hal Reed of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Education Committee, and guidance from other veteran blues musicians.

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society's annual Blues Festival will be July 5 and July 6 at LeClaire Park in Davenport. ...Find more about the Camp and how to signup
The 2019 Blues & Roots Grammy Nominees
Every year we are anxious to see who will get recognized in the Blues Grammy category. It’s always strange though to have to scroll forever to find them when we feel they should be first on the long list (instead of like 49th). After all, the Blues is the roots, and all the rest are the fruits, as the great Willie Dixon had so eloquently stated! I also scroll through other categories, as you can see, to discover if other Blues-Roots-Soul artists have been singled out (click “find more” to see). And a few have. Congratulations to all the nominees.
Best Traditional Blues Album
Something Smells Funky 'Round Here Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
Benton County Relic Cedric Burnside
The Blues Is Alive And Well Buddy Guy
No Mercy In This Land Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite
Don't You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker) Maria Muldaur
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Please Don't Be Dead Fantastic Negrito
Here In Babylon Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps
Cry No More Danielle Nicole
Out Of The Blues Boz Scaggs
Victor Wainwright And The Train Victor Wainwright And The Train
...Find more here
Stax Music Academy New Executive Director named 
Memphis Flyer
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Soulsville Foundation announced Wednesday that Memphis music veteran Pat Mitchell-Worley will be the new executive director of its Stax Music Academy. Mitchell-Worley, who began teaching part time in the academy’s after school program in 2017, has served as interim director since July.

Mitchell-Worley is a familiar face and name on the Memphis music scene. She has been co-host of Beale Street Caravan for almost 20 years, a globally syndicated roots radio show broadcast from Memphis. Her voice can be heard narrating selections in The B.B. King Museum, Cotton Museum, Mississippi River Museum, and numerous documentaries on Memphis history and music. She regularly hosts Artist Q&As for organizations such as the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Oxford American.

She is also the founder of her own music-related community relations firm, FanFareCR, and prior to that served as the development director for the Memphis Music Foundation. Among her other roles was serving on the staff of the Blues Foundation during its early years in the 1990s, where she oversaw all of the international nonprofit’s communications and educational efforts alongside helping produce the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the International Blues Challenge.  ...Read more about the new Director
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
– LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 - PREBOOK Now!
– LRBC #33 MX Riviera, Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 - PREBOOK Now!
– LRBC #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 - SOLD OUT

~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020. 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). PREBOOK NOW!

~ 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. 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 is made later this year. PREBOOK NOW!

~ LRBC #32 Feb 2019 Eastern Caribbean.
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out - click for Artist Lineup and info.
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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
Kedah, Malaysia
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
Johnny Winter's
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Trelawny, Jamaica
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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please go to our website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 Eastern Caribbean
Feb-03-2019 - Feb-10-2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Mornington Peninsula Blues Fest
Melbourne, Australia
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
Boquete, Panama
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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