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Mar 28, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 13

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Here's 15-year-old guitarist/singer Benji Davis aka "The Hitman" who represented Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) in the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2019. Benji has been playing guitar since age 8 and is a graduate and now a mentor for the BLUSD Blues Youth Summer Camp. He and his band The Honey Cats have played many events regionally and Benji will appear at May's Gator By The Bay Festival in a Young Guns Tribute to the Three Kings.
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CD & DVD Releases
Paul Oscher :: COOL CAT
Cool Cat is pure Paul Oscher, a recording of deep blues feeling and great stories that paint vivid pictures in your mind, as some of the world’s best blues instrumentalists engage in a musical conversation with Paul’s voice and guitar. This is blues from the source – no one knows this music better than Paul, who joined Muddy Waters’ band in the ‘60s, lived in Muddy's house and shared the basement with the great Otis Spann.
Cool Cat is pure Paul Oscher, a recording of deep blues feeling and great stories that paint vivid pictures in your mind, as some of the world’s best blues instrumentalists engage in a musical conversation with Paul’s voice and guitar. This is blues from the source – no one knows this music better than Paul, who joined Muddy Waters’ band in the ‘60s, lived in Muddy's house and shared the basement with the great Otis Spann.

He can wring pure blues from a guitar, harmonica, or piano, as well as from his own voice. Aficionados know – and have honored Paul with two BMA awards and nine nominations. Cool Cat, at once sophisticated and deeply honest, is another chapter in the living legacy that is Paul Oscher.

The playing on Cool Cat is direct and forceful. You’ll laugh as Miss Lavelle White tells the story of the “Dirty Dealin’ Mama” and despair at “Poor Man Blues.” You’ll see whole films in your head to “Mississippi” and “Ain’t That A Man.” “Money Makin’ Woman” will take you to New Orleans and “Hide Out Baby” will bring you to south side Chicago.  ...Find more about this artist and release
"Work That Stuff"
News Flash... 
It's the 25th Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 12-14
(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) - Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 12, 13, & 14. This internationally renowned, three-day music festival has been staged for the past 24 years on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay and features spectacular waterfront views, a tropical atmosphere, and the finest in blues music. The event draws visitors from throughout the United States and Europe and is regarded as one of the best blues festivals in the world. In 2011, the Festival received the prestigious Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award for best U.S. blues festival. 

The 2019 artist line-up is as follows:
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:30 p.m. Jonny Lang - 6:30 p.m. Samantha Fish - 4:30 p.m. Curtis Salgado - 2:30 p.m. J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters - 12:30 p.m. Spoonful of Blues
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:30 p.m. Boz Scaggs - 6:30 p.m. Shemekia Copeland  - 4:30 p.m. The Connection with Mike Welch & Special Guests - 2:30 p.m. Mr. Sipp  - 12:45 p.m. Vanessa Collier - 11:30 a.m. J.P. Soars’ Gypsy Blue Revue

Sunday, April 14, 2019 8:30 p.m. Tab Benoit - 6:30 p.m. Kenny Neal - 4:30 p.m. C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band - 2:30 p.m. Mike Zito - 1:00 p.m. Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys
... Find more about Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Clarksdale’s 16th Juke Joint Fest starts Thurs April 11
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Many places lay claim to the title of the “Home of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Cleveland, Ohio, has The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Los Angeles is where almost all record labels are headquartered, but neither is the fountain from which rock sprang. Memphis has always trumpeted its place in Rock history, as Elvis Presley’s home. So, here is what you do: Go to Memphis. Take I-55 South. Just a few miles outside of town, you will see a sign that says, “Welcome to Mississippi: The Birthplace of America’s Music.” Now you are officially in the home of the Blues and all of its bastard children, including Rock ‘n’ Roll.

From the Delta to the Hill Country, from Clarksdale to Jackson, and from Parchman Penitentiary to Biloxi, Mississippi has long been steeped in the history of modern music, producing artists like Robert Johnson, Ike Turner, Son House, Muddy Waters, RL Burnside, B.B. King—all Blues legends. The Blues grew and migrated from its roots in the cotton fields and churches of Mississippi to the larger towns farther north, with Memphis and Chicago being the metropolitan hot spots for musicians to play and hopefully get discovered while laying down on vinyl their music and tales of good whiskey and bad women. 
...Find cool story and interview about the Delta and the Juke Joint Fest
Celebrating Women's important Role in Blues May 19 
(Gainesville, FL) – The North Central Florida Blues Society’s 6th annual Women in Blues Showcase will be held on May 19th at Cypress & Grove (1001 NW 4th St in Gainesville, Florida), a fantastic, woman-owned venue. Join us in celebrating the Blues and the important role female performers have played, do play, and will play in keeping the genre vibrant. The event will run from 3-7 pm.

The performers this year include International Blues Challenge participants (including Finalists and Semifinalists) and regional and national touring acts in addition to some of North Central Florida’s top female talent. 
This year’s performers in order of appearance:
Melanie Murray (Gainesville, FL); Nora Gauck (Keystone Heights, FL); Amanda Ferwerda (Gainesville, FL). Barbara Paul Armbrecht (Gainesville, FL)
Michelle Banfield (Gainesville, FL); Tullie Brae (Nashville, TN); Doris A. Fields (Beckley, WV); Bridget Kelly (Gainesville, FL); Niecie (Detroit, MI/Nashville, TN); Patti Parks (Buffalo, NY); Beverley Perrone (Chicago, IL); Brigitte Rios Purdy (Los Angeles, CA); Deb Ryder (Topanga, CA); Queen Iretta Sanders (Jackson, MS); Sheba the Mississippi Queen (Ocala, FL); Pam Taylor (Lancaster, SC); Ruth Wyand (Kill Devil Hills, NC)
HOUSE BAND: Christine Alexander (Pensacola, FL), drums; Leigh-Anne Stanton (Ottawa, ON), bass; Pam Taylor (Lancaster, SC), guitar
...Find more about the NCFBS Women In Blues Showcase
April is Muddy Waters Month at Delta Blues Museum
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - April Is Muddy Waters Month at Delta Blues Museum. Muddy Waters specialty items are available for purchase online and in the Delta Blues Museum Gift Shop, during normal business hours.
- APRIL 4TH Muddy Waters birthday celebration at Delta Blues Museum. Open to public; free cupcakes while supplies last, sponsored by Walmart
- APRIL 12TH Call & Response I with Big Jon Short & Anthony "Big A" Sherrod. Open to public; in the Delta Blues Museum classroom 10:30am; Call & Response II with Big Jon Short & Kenny Brown. Open to the public; in the Delta Blues Museum classroom 1:30pm ; Q&A and Booksigning with Dr. Tammy L. Turner, author of Dick Waterman: A Life in Blues Open to public; in the Delta Blues Museum classroom 3pm.
- APRIL 13TH Live music on the Delta Blues Museum stage: 1pm - Delta Blues Museum Band, 2pm - Carson Diersing, 3pm - Griot Arts Band, 4pm - Ol Skool Revue (Delta State University), 5pm - B4Y2K (Delta State University)
- APRIL 14TH Special Museum hours, open 1-5pm Jukin' at The Gin! A Fundraiser for Delta Blues Museum with live music from Anthony "Big A" Sherrod and Libby Rae Watson. Open to public at The Gin at Shack Up Inn 3pm-9pm. ...Find more info about Muddy Month at the Delta Blues Museum
Swamp Blues & more on 5 Stages at Baton Rouge Blues Festival April 13-14
(BATON ROUGE, LA) - Start planning your weekend! The Baton Rouge Blues Festival returns to downtown this April 13th and 14th with a heavy hitting lineup featuring some of the biggest names in the blues world. The free and family friendly two-day festival originated in 1981 and is one of the oldest blues festivals in America.

There will be 45 performances and 9 interviews taking place across five stages. The largest stage, the Crown Royal LA 1 Stage, is located at the bottom of Repentance Park near River Road and features a variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed performers interpreting the blues in their own unique way. The stage’s namesake, LA Highway 1, connects all of Louisiana from Shreveport to Grand Isle, cutting through hometowns of Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, Buddy Guy and Lazy Lester.

The Aetna Swamp Blues Stage, located under the Crest in Galvez Plaza, showcases homegrown talent and recognizes Louisiana blues history. This year’s Swamp Blues performers include nods to Lazy Lester’s Excello Records hits as well as Baton Rouge legends Raful Neal and Tabby Thomas through the next generation of talent, Kenny Neal and the Neal Family and Chris Thomas King. ...Find more about the stages and artists at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Mouth-Watering Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival April 27
(BESSEMER, AL) - Barbecue and Blues are a great combination, so don’t miss out on the 10th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival, April 27, 2019.

The annual event will be held at DeBardeleben Park (1623 2nd Avenue North, Bessemer, Alabama). Gates open at 11am and will feature award-winning national and local blues musicians from 12-8pm. The lineup includes The Keesha Pratt Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, Dexter Allen, The Lucky Losers and more. Bring a chair or blanket and set-up your spot for the day. There will be activities for the entire family for every age plus art and vendor areas.

The 10th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival will give a portion of the festival proceeds to Red Mountain Grace. This is a non-profit organization that provides housing to families of patients receiving long term medical care at hospitals throughout the City of Birmingham.

Bob Sykes Bar B Q is a family owned local tradition since 1957.
 ...Find more about the Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
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Thoughts & Birthdays
March is "Women's Herstory Month"
 & National Irish American Heritage Month!
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
Mar 29- Willie Clayton (1955), Sue Foley (1968); Mar 30-John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914-1948), Eric Clapton (1945); Mar 31-Big Maceo Merriweather (1905-1953), Lowell Fulson (1921-1999), Lizzie Miles (1895-1963); April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897–1948), Alberta Hunter (1895–1984), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927-1980) April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939–1984); April 4 Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield (1913–1983); April 5 Larry McCray (1960); April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918–1981) Warren Haynes (1960); April 7 Billie Holiday (1915), Bo Collins (1932); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895–1976); April 10 John Brim (1922–2003) Rosco Gordon (1928-2002) ), Shemekia Copeland (1979)
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Festival Internacional de Blues de Alicante-SBA
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-30-2019
Alicante, Spain
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
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
Henderson BluesFest
Henderson, Nevada, USA 
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please go to our website
 Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April-13-2019 - April-14-2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 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
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
New Blues Festival
Huntington Beach, 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
NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
 Gainesville, Florida USA
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