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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 31, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 5

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
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Founding Music's Legare Robertson is here with Johnny Rawls Saturday Jan 19th at the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival in Chester, SC.
Photo courtesy Legare Roberston
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Featured Videos 
The Paul deLay Band "Nice & Strong"
CD & DVD Releases
Colin James :: MILES TO GO 
With his 19th album, Miles to Go, acclaimed guitarist Colin James is getting back to the blues.

Miles to Go is Colin James’ ambitious sequel to his critically-acclaimed 2016 CD, Blue Highways, and it continues James’ story with a collection of carefully curated songs handpicked from some of the greatest blues artists.

In the months leading up to the recording, as James was reflecting on songs for the album, he decided to reacquaint himself with a beautiful red Gibson ES-335. It was just like the guitar he played as a teenager, but regretfully had to sell for rent money.

While James reconnected with this guitar, Miles to Go seemed to just flow onto the studio floor.

This album blends songs old and new, some of them completely re-imagined and some almost perfect homages. But all are unified by a theme of undying love for the blues and the highest respect for the creators that led the way.
Known as one of Canada’s best blues musicians, it wasn’t until Blue Highways that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart.
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"One More Mile"
News Flash... 
Caribbean LRBC + Pre-Party + Instrument Drive 
(FORT LAUDERDALE, FL) - The Eastern Caribbean Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 will set sail from Fort Lauderdale Feb 3rd to St. Thomas, St, Maarten and Bahamas Private Island. Onboard with thousands of blues cruisers will be 100+ shows with dozens of artists playing multiple times over the course of the week. The stellar lineup includes Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shephard, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit, Popa Chubby, Janiva Magness, Victor Wainwright, Tommy Castro, Benny Turner, Phantom Blues Band, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Mike Welch & Curtis Salgado, The Lowrider Band, Keesha Pratt Band, Indigenous, Vanessa Collier, Danielle Nicole & Latimore, Billy C. Wirtz and many more outstanding artists. Many cool blues Revues are also scheduled. There are themes throughout the week too, including Wig Night, LRBC Gear Night, Time Machine Night, Pirate Night, Mardi Gras and Pajamarama.

LRBC Blues Cruise Pre-Party The party is hosted Feb 2nd at the Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina (1881 SE 17th St.) Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by the South Florida Blues Society. ...Find lineup, links and more about the LRBC
New England Winter Blues Tour Feb 11 
(ROCKLAND, ME) – Live blues returns to the Midcoast Monday night, Feb 11, and how. The New England Winter Blues Tour, featuring a bunch of Blues fest faves, will play a 7-10pm show in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., Rockland, Maine. Admission will be $25 at the door, which opens at 6pm.

The tour includes Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Charlie Baty; Rick Estrin; Nick Moss and Joe Moss; Jason Ricci; Jerry Portnoy; and Nick “Mr. Nick” David, the heavily sought-after blues shouter and unorthodox harmonica ace who produces and hosts the show.

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones have been playing their distinctive style of blues for almost 40 years the world over — and all over the genre map, too. Chicago blues, Kansas City swing, Texas blues and Louisiana swamp are all on the dance card. Band leader “Sugar” Ray Norcia on vocals and harmonica; guitarist “Little” Charlie Baty; Anthony Geraci on piano and Hammond organ; Michael "Mudcat" Ward on acoustic and electric bass; and drummer Neil Gouvin have all been featured on other artists’ recordings.
...Find artist details and links
2019 IBC Winners & Camaraderie
(MEMPHIS, TN) – Honestly, every regional winning artist is a champion once they set foot in Memphis for the IBC’s. The camaraderie is apparent at every turn. The excitement permeates the air as players get set for the experience of a lifetime at the largest battle of blues band in the world. Not only that, but there is major networking, special showcases, interviews, support workshops, etc., and, okay, the food! We were able to meet and greet with so many of you in Memphis and we do always treasure that and look forward to further those relationships plus watching you along your rising paths. Congratulations to all that represented and to the final winners of the 2019 International Blues Challenge.
BAND: -1st Place Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start (St. Louis Blues Society)
- 2nd Place Sammy Eubanks & the Work’in Class (Washington Blues Society)
- 3rd Place Celso Salim Band (Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society)
SOLO/DUO: - 1st Place Jon Shain (Triangle Blues Society)
- 2nd Place Theresa Malenfant & Scott Medford (East Coast Blues Society)
GIBSON GUITAR AWARD: Gabe Stillman of the Gabe Stillman Band (Billtown Blues Association)
MEMPHIS CIGAR BOX GUITAR: Steve Strongman (Grand River Blues Society)
LEE OSKAR HARMONICA AWARD: Darryl Carriere, of the Celso Salim Band (Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society)
BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD: Lock Up the Liquor – The Little Red Rooster Blues Band (Central Delaware Blues Society).
...Find links and more details
A Foundation for Michael and family
(KANSAS CITY, MO) - The LRBC staff, musicians, cruiser family and the entire Blues World is in mourning right now with Mike Ledbetter’s untimely and early death. Michael leaves his partner in life Kathy and mother of their 2 young children, Holland age 4 and Michael Jr. who turns just 1 year old on Jan 27th.

Danielle Nicole is working with a Family Attorney to set up a Foundation for Michael Ledbetter’s Family and the Families blessings. Go Fund Me takes a big chunk, as does PayPal. LRBC will be asking and taking money donations for the next Ledbetter generation on the Feb cruise as they dedicate it to the Amazing Michael Ledbetter.

If you are not sailing, you may also send a check to the LRBC office: Michael D. Ledbetter Foundation c/o Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, 313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO. 64111. 
...Link for updates
 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 - BOOK Now!

~ 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!
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Canada's Blues Summit Feb 2-4
Canada's Maple Blues Awards Feb 4
Caribbean LRBC Feb 3-10
Birthdays upcoming of note:
 Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906), Chuck Willis (1928), Paul deLay (1952), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953), Jan 31 Alan Lomax (1915 musicologist, writer, producer); Feb 1-“Baby Face” Leroy Foster (1923), Sonny Landreth (1951); Feb 2-Walter Jacobs Vinson (1901); Feb 3-Jody Williams (1935), Jason Ricci (1974); Feb 5-Al Kooper (1944); Feb 6-Bob Marley (1945); Feb 7-Earl King (1934), King Curtis (1934), Eubie Blake (1883); Feb 8-Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889), Floyd Dixon (1929), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928); Feb 9-Johnny Heartsman (1937); Feb 10-Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932), TV Slim (1916); Feb 11-Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942) 
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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
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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
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The February Blues XXII 
Jan-31-2019 - Feb-03-2019
Barrie - Simcoe County - York Region, Ontario, Canada
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 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
Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea V
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-01-2019
Tampa, Florida, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-08-2019 - Mar-09-2019
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Mar-08-2019 - Mar-10-2019
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Blues Bash at the Ranch
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-17-2019, Brooksville, Florida, USA
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
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