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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 14, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 11

ends Mar 28
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CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Videos 
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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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 
Here's your BFG e-guide Editor Michele Lundeen snapping a selfie with young, talented Hardy Lin, an exchange student from Taiwan, who, in just 9 mos discovered and got completely immersed in the blues community thanks to his host "mom," avid blues fan Barbara Kabes. Hardy, a fledgling drummer, attended blues jams almost every week, helped run sound for the Spring Harp Fest (which is coming to La Mesa, CA April 20th), and even experienced the excitement plus the historical significance of the Delta during the 2018 IBC in Memphis, TN. 
*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! Then EMAIL your photo plus caption & photo credit.
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We're proud that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2018 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
Featured Videos 
Marcia Ball "Shine Bright"
CD & DVD Releases
"What Atlanta’s Delta Moon plays is the ultimate essence of American music. If a sample had to be sent to intergalactic civilizations, it would not be necessary to make a compilation — just the latest album from this band, Babylon is Falling." — Ondřej Bezr, Lidovky (Czech Republic)

Atlanta swamped rock and blues quartet Delta Moon returns with their tenth studio album Babylon is Falling. The titans of tone deliver a set of infectious grooves faced with a double-barreled shot of greasy bottleneck slide guitar and lap steel, along with thought-provoking lyrics on a set of tunes that range from Delta blues to gospel, soul and Southern rock that Vintage Guitar magazine declares, “Delta Moon is deep blues with a fury.” The album of five new original tracks and six inspired covers was recorded it Diamond Street Studio, Marlon Patton’s house, and Vick Stafford Studio and mixed by Jeff Bakos, one of the top amplifier techs and independent recording engineers in the Southeast.
...Find more about this artist and release

"Skinny Woman"
News Flash... 
2019 Blues in the Lot Mar 22-23
(PORT ST. JOE, FL) - Gulf County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Blues in the Lot. This annual music festival in Port St Joe Florida in Gulf County takes place March 22 & 23. The stage will be on Reid Ave and 3rd St in downtown Port St Joe, Florida.

On Friday March 22 there’s a Kickoff Party at 6pm at the Theatre of Blues with Brett Wellman & The Stone Cold Blues Band for a $5 cover.

On Saturday March 23 it’s Blue Mama Blues Band (12-1pm); Shaw Davis & The Black Ties (1:15-2:15pm); Dirty Bird & The Flu (2:30- 3:30pm); John Sutton Band (3:45-4:45pm); and Brandon Santini and his Band headlining (5- 6:30pm). No cover charge on Saturday.

Also at the music festival will be local and regional folk artists and craft vendors, beverages and food, awesome BBQ!

For 16 years Blues in the Lot has been providing the best blues on the Forgotten Coast. ...Find more about Blues In The Lot

... Find more about 
Austin City Limit’s 2019 Hall Of Fame to Induct Buddy Guy
(AUSTIN, TX) - Austin City Limits (ACL) Hall of Fame will welcome the unstoppable Buddy Guy, Louisiana native and world-known blues musician. Joining Buddy Guy in the induction will be singer and songwriting legends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin. The inductees will be saluted at a star-studded ceremony on October 24, 2019. The ceremony will take place at ACL’s studio home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, in downtown Austin, Texas.

Living legend and one of the last of his generation of blues musicians (and recent GRAMMY winner), Buddy Guy is undeniably a perfect addition to ACL’s Hall of Fame. The singer and guitarist is one of the most influential axemen of the twentieth century, impacting Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards and more. Starting his career 50 years ago, Buddy Guy’s astonishing career highlights include the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, eight Grammy Awards, thirty-seven Blues Music Awards, twenty-three W.C. Handy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honor, Billboard Music Awards; Century Award, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Find more about the ACL event and program
Bukka White's famous vintage guitar sold at UK auction
(UK) - A guitar once owner by legendary Blues musician Bukka White has fetched £93,000 [$123,623.32 USD] at auction.

The 1933 National Duolian resonator guitar, known as "Hard Rock", was used by him for over 30 years. Booker T Washington "Bukka" White is considered to be a pioneer of Delta Blues slide guitar.

The instrument was given to a UK-based photographer in 1976, and has been played by musicians including Mark Knopfler [pictured], Bill Wyman and Dave Stewart. It sold for a fee of £93,000 [$123,623.32 USD], including buyer's fees, at Gardiner Houlgate auctioneers in Corsham, Wiltshire.

Auctioneer Luke Hobbs said Bukka White was a founding father of the Delta Blues and an influential, definitive player of the genre. "He and Son House really created this genre of music, the Blues slide playing," he said. He added that the guitar's seller, Keith Perry, felt that the time was right to "move it on" and "let it see the next part of its journey". ...Find more about this
Save the ARC, the largest popular music library in the United States
(NEW YORK CITY, NY) - New York City's ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) is a cultural treasure packed with actual treasures. Inside the walls of this not-for-profit private research library in TriBeCa are 3 million physical audio recordings, many on vinyl records. The ARC's founder, Bob George, is also a cultural treasure – warm, obsessive, kind, committed, and a walking encyclopedia of popular music – from obscure folk to the avant-garde. In recent years, Bob's been working closely with the Internet Archive to digitize many of the ARC's scarce 78s for broader access and, yes, preservation. Bob launched ARC in 1985 when his own record collection outgrew his apartment. Now the ARC needs help. They've launched a GoFundMe to raise $100,000 to keep the ARC alive.

From Rolling Stone: “Far from the kind of crackpot hoarding that sometimes happens in cities, George’s archive has been supported by powerhouses in music and entertainment. It houses Keith Richards’ blues collection. Their current board is varied enough to include both Youssou N’Dour and Paul Simon (Lou Reed and David Bowie were both once members). ...Find more about ARC and how you might help
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Blues Society News
Spa City Blues Society's 23rd Hot Springs Blues Festival
(HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, AR) - August 31st, 2019 marks the date the for the 23rd annual Hot Springs Blues Festival at Hill Wheatley Plaza, in historic downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Established in 1997, Spa City Blues Society continues to live up to its mission of keeping the blues genre alive in Hot Springs. Since then some of the finest names in blues music have performed in this beautiful, little town.
Within the last few years alone, Spa City Blues Society and Hot Springs have enjoyed performances from such renown entertainers as Keb Mo, Los Lonely Boys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Michael Burks, Janiva Magness, Guitar Shorty, Jarekus Singleton, and Samantha Fish, just to name a few.

Again this year, the Hot Springs Blues Festival is getting back to its roots by featuring talent from Arkansas. We will also be featuring local food vendors and locally brewed craft beer! You don’t want to miss this!

The lineup is: Mike Tripp; Spa City Youngbloods; Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner; Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain; The Grant Garland Trio; headliner The Steve Hester Band (pictured) ...Find Links for more info and tickets here
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 
LRBC #33 MX Riviera, Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 - BOOK Now! 95% Sold!

~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera Oct 26-Nov. 2, 2019. Over 95% Sold! 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! 
~ LRBC#34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2020. BANDS ANNOUNCED IN MARCH. Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Stay tuned for official band announcement and public on-sale date or wait list announcement.
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
March is "Women's Herstory Month"
it's also National Irish American Heritage Month!
Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
Mar 20 International Earth Day
Mar 20 Spring (Vernal) Equinox
Mar 21 Purim
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Mar 14 Robert Pete Williams (1914); Mar 15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912); Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947); Mar 16 James "Yank" Rachell (1910); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917); Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927); Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894) (1894), Ornette Coleman (1930), Walter Jackson (1938), Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915) (1915) , Frank Edwards (1909), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (1951); Mar 21 William Clarke (1951), Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902), Otis Spann (1930) (1930), Gaye Adegbalola (1944) ; Mar 22-Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner (1932), Mar 23-Stick McGhee (1918), Chaka Khan (1953), Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1932); Mar 25-Aretha Franklin (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 
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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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
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
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Blues Bash at the Ranch
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-17-2019
Brooksville, Florida, USA
Festival Internacional de Blues de Alicante-SBA
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-30-2019
Alicante, Spain
 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
Mar-22-2019 - Mar-23-2019
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Tucson Blues & Brews Festival
Tucson, Arizona, USA
European Blues Challenge
Apr-04-2019 - Apr-06-2019
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
6 String Showdown
Apr-07-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Newport Beach, California, USA
For all festival-event links
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Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
 Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA 
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
15th Annual Blues By the Sea 
Kiawah Island
South Carolina, USA
Spring Harp Fest XX
La Mesa, California, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
Eureka, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
San Diego, California, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-18-2019 - May-19-2019
Dana Point, California, USA
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