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Blues Festival Guide
July 11, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 28

ends July 11
May 30
Sept 30
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Videos 
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
The 2019 Blues Festival Guide Magazine is now Digital!
Hi folks... We're so excited about our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. The magazine has shipped and you can find at select festivals and via your Blues Society. Plus we have in digital form on our website.
Click cover image here to check it out!
If you'd like to order one to have delivered to your mailbox and hold in your hands please click this link. 
Team BFG,
Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather,
Tom, & Goran
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Here's your e-Guide Editor Michele Lundeen (lt) with blues fan and sales merch queen MaryAnn Haskell at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA this past May.
If any of you blues fans are in the Phoenix, AZ area the evening of Thurs July 11, catch Michele and Brigitte Purdy at Bob Corritore's famous Rhythm Room.
Photo by Marci Coyle
*NOTE! Each Spring 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 17th annual! Then EMAIL your photo plus caption & photo credit.
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
We're proud that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
Featured Videos 
Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt
"Ain't Nobody's Fault But Mine"
CD & DVD Releases
Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith :: DROP THE HAMMER
Music is about chasing a feeling – happiness, excitement, anger, sadness. Blues is the most intense combination of music and feeling. The power and emotion of the music transcends time and can be felt by people of all ages and ethnicities – the sole reason why the blues will survive and thrive for generations to come.
The blues, like all elements of life, is meant to grow, change and progress while retaining its essence. Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and the House Bumpers accomplish just this with their latest album, Drop the Hammer.
Kenny honored the blues legends he admired by laying down a few traditional tracks. Much of his playing was molded by the teaching of his late father, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who was the drummer for Muddy Waters for over 18 years, and it was important to give this nod of respect.To know who you are and where you are going, one must always honor and acknowledge from where you came.
This album focuses on contemporary subject matter while using modern and innovative sounds. As much as Kenny loves and respects traditional blues, he was compelled to take his blues to a new realm and dimension.
...Find more about this artist and release
"Drop The Hammer"
Joanne Shaw Taylor :: WILD 
British singer and guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor signed her first major label contract in 2018 with Sony Music on the recently re-launched Silvertone imprint. The global deal will be for three albums plus her two most recent albums, Wild (2016) and The Dirty Truth (2014), also moved over to Sony.
Upon their initial release, these last two albums received limited distribution in the USA. Joanne’s, Wild, gave her a first Top 20 album and garnered critical acclaim around the world. Recorded at Grand Victor Sound Studios in Nashville, Wild was produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Aerosmith, Journey, Iron Maiden). She has a huge, well-established and loyal fan base in the UK and internationally, and is very much looking forward to sharing new music with them all.

Joanne Shaw Taylor is incredibly proud to be signing to Silvertone/Sony. “Over my career, I have worked with different labels, but when I got the chance to release the next albums through Sony and Silvertone in particular, I couldn’t say no,” she said in making the announcement.
...Find more about this artist and release
"Wild Is The Wind"ListenWebsite
News Flash... 
Robert Finley testifies “Get It While You Can” on America's Got Talent
Robert Finley may be blind, but he was able to move America with his inspiring story and voice on this week’s America’s Got Talent. The 65-year-old, infectious, soulful singer brought down the house and had the entire room on its feet and the judges grinning from ear-to-ear as he performed one of his original songs, “Get It While You Can.”
Born and raised in Winnsboro, Louisiana to a sharecropper, Finley says they didn’t get to go to school but had to start picking cotton at an early age. Robert grew up singing in a church choir. At 11 years old, he took money his father gave him for new shoes and bought his first guitar. He then got hooked on blues, soul, and R&B. Music was his salvation. “Every chance I got I played my music,” he says.

He joined the Army in 1970 at age 19. He was trained as a helicopter technician and was assigned to an army base in Germany during the Vietnam War. He ended up transferring to the Army entertainment unit and performed around Europe as a much-needed bandleader entertaining the troops.
 ...Find more about Robert Finley 
Get your Blues Fix at the North Atlantic Blues Festival July 13-14
(ROCKLAND, ME) - The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. “There’s something at this festival for every blues fan,” says Paul Benjamin, founder of the North Atlantic Blues Festival and a member of the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

The festival will be held July 13-14 at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. This year’s 11 acts include multi-award-winning artists Ruthie Foster, Sugaray Rayford, Annika Chambers, Carolyn Wonderland, Estrin & The Nightcats, Joe Ross, Keeshea Pratt (2018 IBC Band winner), Al Copley & Friends, Sean Chambers, blues super-group The Proven Ones with Kid Ramos, Jimi Bott, Anthony Geraci, Willie J Campbell and Brian Templeton, and Angela Easley.

After the final acts on Saturday and Sunday stick around for the one or two song all-star jam featuring an assortment of artists appearing at the festival.
...Find complete schedule and more about the North Atlantic Blues Festival 
Rising Blues Star Kingfish on Buddy Guy, Nikki Sixx and His Broad Musical Tastes
By Michael Lello/Highway 81 Revisited
Growing up in the blues Mecca of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram was surrounded by music from the start. But his introduction to the blues came from a surprising source.

“When I had first found out about B.B. King, I was watching a Sanford and Son episode he did a cameo on,” says Ingram. “I was really young, watching with my dad.”

A few short years later – Ingram is only 20 years old – and the guitarist and singer, who released his debut album in May, ” is being hailed as “the latest blues savior” by Rolling Stone, working with Buddy Guy, rubbing shoulders with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and preparing to go on tour with indie band Vampire Weekend. He’ll be a headliner at Briggs Farm Blues Festival this Saturday July 13. He’ll also perform at the XPoNential Music Festival on July 26 in Camden, New Jersey.

“In my household, my dad, he was more like [listening to] soul blues stuff and like old-school rap,” he says. ...Read entire interview here
Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 features Previously Unheard Live Recordings
 Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 a 50th anniversary celebration collecting 24 previously unheard songs by such blues legends as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Pinetop Perkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more.
The first ever release of music recorded live at the landmark event, Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 will be available on August 2, 2019 from Third Man Records in two individual 2x LP volumes, exclusively on 180-gram vinyl housed in gatefold packaging featuring fan snapshots, and on CD. Both volumes include never-before-seen photographs, artist biographies, an exclusive reminiscence from Jim Fishel, and extensive liner notes by Parker Fishel, Sophie Abramowitz and David Beal.
To celebrate the forthcoming compilation, Third Man Records is proud to present the gift of two previously unheard performances. This extremely limited, promo-only release, featuring Mississippi Fred McDowell's signature song ("Shake 'em on Down") from a 78 RPM, and a rare collaboration with Big Mama Thornton ("My Heavy Load")...
...Find more about Ann Arbor 1969 releases and how to order
Mark your calendar for the Southern Caribbean
Pre-book the LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2020 starting July 25 and enjoy Bluesin'® On The High Seas from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba, and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America's ms Eurodam!

The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Southern Caribbean Itinerary has become a cruiser favorite with both Curacao for culture and music and Aruba for beaches. 

LRBC has partnered up with the Curacao International Blue Seas Festival Foundation to return with 3 bands performing off of the ship on the island for the residents and the cruisers alike, within the renovated RIF Fort (a 19th century fort built to protect from pirates and invaders). Quality restaurants and shops are inside the 3-story RIF, where one can eat and drink fabulous local cuisine while the bands perform in the round.
Mark Your Calendar! Pre-book launches Thursday, July 25 at 9a PDT/10a MT/11a CDT/Noon EDT. Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin (not per person) guarantees a spot in line to book your cabin once the band lineup is announced (likely in late November). The link to pre-book will not be visible until 7/25 but then log-on to or call (816) 753-7979.
See all the info here.
Blues Foundation News
2020 to Mark 41st Anniversary + IBC Ramping Up
(MEMPHIS, TN) BF President Barbara Newman reports that, "Things are ramping up around the world for the 2020 International Blues Challenge. We are hearing from blues societies and their local challenge winners as they gear up to come to Memphis to try to make their mark on the blues world. Thanks to all of you for keeping us informed about your local challenges. 
2020 will mark the 41st anniversary of The Blues Foundation, so watch for more information about special events and parties - we'll definitely plan something unique and great fun for all attendees as part of the 2020 IBC." 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join Waitlists!

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
- LRBC #35 Oct. 2020… dates, ship and itinerary announced June 25. Prebook launches July 25!
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Dog Days of Summer July 3-Aug 11
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910–1966); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939-2018); July 17-Peppermint Harris (1925–1999); 
July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929–2000), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941-2016); July 19 Buster Benton (1932–1996), Little Freddie King (1940); July 20 Carlos Santana (1947), Steve Freund (1952), Sleepy LaBeef (1935); July 21 Floyd McDaniel (1915-1995); July 22- George Clinton (1940); July 23 Tony Joe White (1943-2018); July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942-2015), Mick Jagger (1943)
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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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Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-11-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Nescopeck , Pennsylvania, USA
Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-12-2019 - Jul-13-2019
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-12-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Midland, Texas, USA 
Playing with Fire
Free Summer Concert
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Cincy Blues Fest 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Hayward Russell City
Blues Festival
Jul-13-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Hayward, California, USA
Porretta Soul Festival
Jul-18-2019 - Jul-21-2019
Porretta Terme, Italy
Winthrop Rhythm
& Blues Festival
Jul-19-2019 - Jul-21-2019
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Wildcat Blues Fest
Shutesbury, Massachusetts, USA
Canal Winchester Blues
and Ribfest
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
 Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Calgary International
Blues Festival
Jul-29-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
24th Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza 
Aug-01-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Aug-01-2019 - Aug-03-2019
Billings, Montana, USA
Blues on the Chippewa
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
Mount Baker R&B Festival
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Big Sky Blues Festival
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Noxon , Montana, USA
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
Stafford Springs
Blues Festival
Stafford Springs, Connecticut, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-08-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Baja Blues Fest
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
31st Annual Bayfront
Blues Festival
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

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