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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 10, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 2

Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Featured Videos 
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
Do yourself a favor and click through... 
Click links in CD & News section, etc.
Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety in our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. And see festivals listings here and LOTS more on our website!
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
After I pulled my foot out of my mouth following my comment to this gentleman that he looked just like Little Milton, I was pleased and honored to meet the late Little Milton Campbell's brother, Murphy Palmer and his wife Joyce! They were both so nice and Murphy was gracious to pose with the magazine.
You can meet so many great folks when you sail on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Each year our annual edition arrives at festivals, blues societies and a few distributors! Get yours and snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with our 16th annual Guide! Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & photo credit.
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
 We're proud to announce that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of the 2018 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
Featured Videos 
Ruth Brown "It's Raining" (with the Paul Williams Orchestra)
CD & DVD Releases
Scott Sharrard :: SAVING GRACE 
Scott Sharrard, Gregg Allman’s musical director, takes center stage on Saving Grace, backed by Hi Rhythm of Memphis, The Swampers of Muscle Shoals and Taj Mahal singing Allman’s last known original.

The Allman Brothers (Gregg and Duane) created more than just a band, they typified a new genre of music, namely Southern Rock, and built the foundation for an eternal musical legacy, as many of the band members and their scions created successful side projects and offshoot groups. On his fifth solo album, Saving Grace, guitarist Scott Sharrard (pronounced “shur-ard”) continues that mission of purpose after spending nearly a decade as Musical Director for the Gregg Allman Band; co-writing several songs with Allman and earning two Grammy nominations in 2017 for Gregg’s final studio album Southern Blood.

The strong eleven new tracks are an exemplar of the Southern sound of roots rock, blues, soul and classic R&B, focusing on Sharrard’s strong lead and slide guitar work and excellent vocals, supported by a tight rhythm section, spiced with driving horns with lyrics that extol the values, aspirations and excesses of the Southern working-class ethic. ...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"High Cost Of Loving You" 
News Flash... 
Lancaster Roots and Blues, A Festival of Music and Art Feb 22-23-24, 2019
(LANCASTER PA) - Lancaster Roots and Blues is a three-day music and arts festival in downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania on February 22, 23 and 24, 2019. The 2019 festival will be the 6th year for Lancaster Roots and Blues.
Lancaster Roots and Blues features a combination of musical artists representing a wide array of genres including Blues, Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Rock n' Roll, Jazz, Funk and Soul, Reggae and so much more on multiple stages at a variety of great venues, all within walking distance of each other.  New for 2019 we will see the inclusion of the rich and dynamic arts scene here in Lancaster. Lancaster Roots and Blues is always a super fun time and a true music lover's paradise and now there will be even more to see and do while visiting the festival. 

Lancaster Roots and Blues is adding more shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to accommodate the continuing growth of the festival. 
...Find more about the Lancaster Roots and Blues
40th Blues Music Awards Nominees Here!
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The complete list of 40th Blues Music Award nominees can be found below as well as on The Blues Foundation’s website. A ballot will be sent soon to all Blues Foundation members, who have the privilege of deciding which artists will go home with a Blues Music Award in May. Blues Foundation membership remains open through the entire voting period, which ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on February 28. Ballots are sent to all current members and to new members after they join the organization, which can be done easily by clicking on the “Join Now” button found at the website.
B.B. King Entertainer:
Beth Hart
Bobby Rush
Lil’ Ed Williams
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Band of the Year:
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars
Larkin Poe
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Welch-Ledbetter Connection
Album of the Year:
America’s Child, Shemekia Copeland
The High Cost Of Low Living, The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker/Bruce Katz/Giles Robson
Rough Cut, Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager
Why Did You have To Go, Anthony Geraci
...Find the entire list and how you can vote for them
So Much Blues Coolness during 35th IBC Week Jan 22-26
(MEMPHIS, TN) – All around the globe excitement is mounting for the respective regional blues challenge winners as many hold sendoff concerts and fundraisers in anticipation and preparation for their arrival in Memphis to compete in the 35th annual International Blues Challenge. Just arriving in Memphis as a participant is an instant high. We congratulate the regional winners of the band, solo/duo and youth divisions and wish them an unforgettable time on this pilgrimage. The categories to win in include: Band - 1st place; Solo/Duo - 1st place; Band - 2nd place; Solo/Duo - 2nd place; Band - 3rd place; Band - Gibson Guitar Award; Solo/Duo - Cigar Box Guitar Award; Lee Oskar Harmonica Award; and Best Self-Produced CD.

Not only will the streets be teaming with artists and fans but there will be many other events and workshops held in conjunction. Along with the IBC cutting contests and showcases held in various clubs, some of the other week’s highlights include an invitation to a reception with leaders from the Recording Academy™, photography exhibits, conversation and book signing with Bruce Iglauer, founder of Alligator Records ...

...Find much more about IBC doings and the KBA
Hold a Day of HART Fundraiser in your Blues Community
During February, our Month of HART, we encourage your affiliated Blues Society to hold a Day of HART Fundraiser! All proceeds from your event will go directly to the HART Fund, helping ensure the health and well-being of wonderful blues musicians from across the genre whose music gives us so much pleasure.

We will list all supporting Affiliates on our HART Fund website page, with dates and links to each event. Each participating Affiliate will also be included in a special section of our upcoming newsletters, to shine a light on the work you're doing to partner with us.

For the affiliated blues society that raises the most funds during their Day of HART Fundraiser, The Blues Foundation will arrange for health screenings in your community for your musicians and society members, free of charge to you!

To register your Day of HART Fundraiser event, please contact Addison Hare via email or (901) 527-2583, ext. 14. Once you register, you will receive a special Day of HART graphic to use in your promotions.
...Find more details here about HART program and how you can be involved
 Artists, promoters, etc.... promote your tour, blues event
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 - Open Cabin Sales launched! BOOK 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. Bands include Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Latimore, Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou feat. Eric Johanson & Jeff McCarty, Tommy Castro, Mindi Abair, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mike Zito, Southern Avenue and many more! Click for Artist Lineup and info. Open Cabin Sales launched! BOOK 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 & Birthdays
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 22-26  IBC and KBA Awards Luncheon   
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924), Katie Webster (1936), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941); Jan 14-Allen Toussaint (1938), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15-Earl Hooker (1929), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16-Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932), Robert Wilkins (1896); Jan 17- Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); 
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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
...Find snippets about articles 
Look for our 17th issue coming Spring 2019!
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
Festival-Event Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
Not all upcoming blues festivals/events are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
are paid "Featured" ads

 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
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
The February Blues XXII 
Jan-31-2019 - Feb-03-2019
Barrie - Simcoe County - York Region, Ontario, Canada
For all festival-event links
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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