|Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! |
|Here's BFG Memphis rep Belinda Holloway with her brand new copy of the 2019 Blues Festival Guide magazine!|
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|Some of our BFG Staff is Heading to the BMA's|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - Some of the BFG staff will be in Memphis for BMA Week. Stop and say "hello" if you see one of us! We sure look forward to seeing you!|
Sales Director Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw, Belinda Holloway & Tom Andrews.
|James Brown - "I Can't Stand Myself"|
Live At The Apollo Theater (1968)
|John Clifton :: IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE|
|Rip Cat Records is proud to present In The Middle Of Nowhere, the latest CD from John Clifton. The California based singer/harmonica player, whose legend continues to grow with every release, seamlessly translates his onstage blend of West Coast and Chicago Blues, '50s style hard R&B and high-energy vintage Rock 'n 'Roll to the studio for 11 tracks that sizzle and shake to perfection. "The new record is the live band, the guys who I play with every night," he comments, "so it definitely has more of a live feel to it." Clifton's singing and playing have never been better as he continues to blur the lines between multiple genres; he never lets the blues slip out of sight while touching on everything from soul to jazz to R&B and even country.|
In The Middle Of Nowhere features five all-new originals, along with six covers of songs by artists as diverse as Lightnin’ Slim and Merle Haggard. Clifton's ability to craft a unifying thread between his own originals and those disparate covers is what sets him apart from the pack.
...Find more about this artist and release
"I'm Leaving You Baby"
|Gator By The Bay May 9-12 …A Very Different Festival…No Jumbotron Needed!|
|(SAN DIEGO, CA) - Have you noticed that most music festivals have become rather impersonal crowd scenes, and the only “contact” most of the audience has with the performing artists is to watch them on the Jumbotron? Heck, you might as well be watching on TV.|
Happily, San Diego’s Gator By the Bay May 9-12 at Spanish Landing Park, gives you multiple opportunities to get “up close” and personal with the performers—no Jumbotron needed! At any of the performances you can stand right in front of the stage (that is, if you can tear yourself away from the dance floor!) and get a good look, in person, at just how Roy Rogers fingers those chords on his slide guitar, how Marcia Ball’s hands fly over the keyboard while her right foot never stops moving, how Aki Kumar or John Nemeth make their harmonicas wail, or how Chubby Carrier, Geno Delafose, or Kevin Naquin get those lively sounds out of their accordions. ...Find more about Gator By The Bay
|Big LLou's 7th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam & Dance May 8 |
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - Seven years and counting! It's Big LLou's 7th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam and Dance Wed, May 8th, 2019 at the Jerry Lee Lewis Honky Tonk & Café (310 Beale St., Memphis, Tennessee). "The Blues After Party with a Purpose,” a not to be missed, star studded Blues experience! Join us as Blues Hall of Fame Inductees and Blues Music Award nominees pay tribute to the musicians and music inducted into this year’s class of the Blues Hall of Fame.|
Celebrate with "Blues Legends" and network with the industry’s top talent and decision makers. Fundraising efforts will benefit "The Blues Hall of Fame’s Generation Blues and The GoldenVoice Audio Foundation’s" charity youth initiatives.
Performing artists include Blues Hall of Famers Latimore and Joe Louis Walker; BMA Nominees Billy Branch, Kevin Burt, Annika Chambers, Thornetta Davis, Trudy Lynn and Billy Price; 2019 IBC Winner Ms. Hy-C; 2018 IBC Winner the Keeshea Pratt Band; Memphis' own Fuzzy Jeffries, Terrence “Sweet T” Grayson; Jam Host Mark “LA” Smith; and featuring 2017 BMA Nominee Terrie Odabi. Event Hosts are Big LLou Johnson of B.B. Kings BluesVille on Sirius XM and Bill Wax of WPFW 89.3FM. ...Find more about Big LLou's 7th Annual
|Doheny Blues Fest Backporch plus Music Preserves Stage|
|(DANA POINT, CA) – Doheny Blues Festival is gearing up for May 18-19 at Sea Terrace Park. The Backporch Stage at the Doheny Blues Festival will be in a brand-new location so that everyone can enjoy the show. This will eliminate food court crowding and there will be no overlapping sets of music! They’ve opened up more room for GA ticketholders at the Dana Point Stage, and finally… they are also proud to announce The Music Preserves Stage.|
Music Preserves Foundation believes that an arts education is a cultural education... and so do we all! The new stage will host interviews and presentations from some of the most notable figures in the music business... and some of your favorite blues artists too!Including: Blues Historian Julia Simon (UC Davis); Legendary Manager Jim Guerinot; West Coast Blues legend Rod Piazza; Southern Avenue talks new generation of Memphis Blues; Sue Foley - Women In Blues; B.B. & The Blues Shacks - the international appeal of Blues music; Johnny & Jaalene with Kid Ramos ...and more. Don't miss the Music Preserves Stage!
...Find more about the Doheny Blues Festival May 18-19
|Tunica’s Gateway To The Blues Museum Makes the Blues Come to Life|
|(TUNICA, MS) - You’re in a cotton field in the Mississippi Delta at midnight. Your eyes are closed. Moon is shining; crickets are chirping. Then you hear it: a rhythm like a heartbeat, licks on a guitar and voices singing of real-life struggles and joys.|
Now open your eyes and see where you really are: in Tunica, Mississippi, on Blues Highway 61 at the Gateway To The Blues Museum, a fully restored train depot circa 1895. With its striking neon sign and authentic rustic charm, this fascinating site not only is a must-stop for music lovers and fans of art, history and folklore, but also the gateway to Tunica and the blues. Where the Blues Comes to LifeYour blues journey begins! Inside this larger-than-it-looks museum, you will learn where the blues genre came from, why it’s called the blues, and how the blending of cultures—African, European, Native American—would ultimately birth the blues. Through interactive exhibits, videos and recordings you can see and hear blues performers. Learn what makes the Delta unique. ...Find more about the Gateway To The Blues Museum
|New Book, CD for Non-profit Music Maker Relief Foundation's 25th Anniversary|
|Music Maker Relief Foundation – the non-profit organization that helps traditional, southern musicians who live in poverty and has been featured on PBS News Hour, CBS News, and NPR – released a compilation album celebrating its 25th anniversary entitled Blue Muse and a new book on photography on UNC Press/New Orleans Museum of Art called Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs.|
Timothy Duffy has been photographing musicians throughout the Southeastern U.S. for over thirty years. His new book, Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs ($60, hardcover), features portraits of blues, jazz, gospel and folk musicians and places they live and perform. The artist’s monograph is published by the University of North Carolina Press in association with the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Blue Muse premiered as a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art on April 25th, 2019 and will run through July 28th, 2019. The exhibit, will feature the original wet plate collodion tintypes, and is comprised of thirty photographs from the book. In addition to the book and exhibit, the compilation album, released by Music Maker Relief Foundation, includes the music of the artists featured. ...Find more about the book and CD
|Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019…Another World Class Lineup! Tickets On Sale Now!|
|(TRINIDAD, CO) - Headlining Trinidaddio Blues Fest Aug 24, 2019 ~ The Sugaray Rayford Band: The MAN and the band! 2018 and 2019 BB King Blues Entertainer of the Year Nominee, Sugaray Rayford graces Trinidaddio’s stage with his world class pedigree. Six Blues Music Award nominations in just the past two years to go with is Blues Music Award wins and nominations going back to 2013, makes Trinidaddio truly fortunate to have Sugaray headline this year's Trinidaddio Blues Fest. Sugaray has starred in Tony Award nominated stage plays, fronted the highly acclaimed West coast blues band The Mannish Boys, and has seen his solo career skyrocket as one of the premier soul/blues vocalists and performers in the world today.|
Of course, with a front man like Sugaray Rayford, great bands are always part of the equation! The Sugaray Rayford Band is no exception. With a core group that includes The Amy Winehouse Horns and standout performers from across the blues world, The Sugaray Rayford Band is poised to deliver one of the best sets in Trinidaddio history! ...Find more about Trinidaddio Blues Fest
|ISC Winning Blues Artists Announced|
|Congratulations to the three Blues Artists who are among the recent winners of the 2018 International Songwriting Competition. Jack de Keyzer placed 1st in the Blues category while Jim Allchin, Tom Hambridge and Richard Fleming placed 2nd and Tommy Castro 3rd. 71 winners from 23 categories are sharing in the cash and prizes! Go to songwritingcompetition.com/winners to hear all the winning entries.|
For the first time in the competition’s 18-year history, the Grand Prize is awarded to an R&B song. The ISC bestowed its highest honor to R&B artist Reginald Lamar Williams Jr., (aka R.LUM.R) and artist/producer Josh Hawkins (aka Super Duper) for their co-written song "Frustrated."
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate.
...Find more about the ISC winners and hear their songs
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail…
~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera sails Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2019 Soldout! Wailist open!
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta & Manzanillo
~ LRBC #34 Western Caribbean sails Jan. 19-26, 2020 Soldout! Wailist open!
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam
from Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Mother's Day May 12th
Memorial Day (US) May 27th
Birthdays upcoming of note:
May 3 Homesick James (1914), James Brown (1933 ); May 5 Blind Willie McTell (1901), Johnnie Taylor (1934-2000); May 8-Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911-1938); May 9 Bob Margolin (1949), A.C. Reed (1926–2004); May 10-Ted Bogan (1909-1990), Larry Williams (1935-1980; May 11-Kansas Joe McCoy (1905–1950); May 12-Barbara Dane (1927), Guy Davis (1952); May 13 Stevie Wonder (1950); May 14-Grady Gaines (1934)
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Apr-07-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Newport Beach, California, USA
Crossroads Blues Society 25th Anniversary Party
Mount Carroll, Illinois, USA
White Lake Blues Festival
Whitehall, Michigan, 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
May-10-2019 - May-11-2019
Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Northeast Blues Guitar Summit
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
May-11-2019, Lincoln, UK
Blues on Broadbeach
May-16-2019 - May-19-2019
Gold Coast , Australia
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Soul Blues Festival
May-17-2019 - May-19-2019
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
Stomp The Blues Out of Homelessness
Springfield, Missouri, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-18-2019 - May-19-2019
Dana Point, California, USA
May-18-2019 - May-25-2019
NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida USA
International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, 21st Annual
May-22-2019 - May-27-2019
Warrenpoint, County Down, UK
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
May-23-2019 - May-25-2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Silver City Blues Festival
May-24-2019 - May-26-2019
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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