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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 26, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 39

thru Sept 26
May 30
Sept 30
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CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's San Felipe, MX residents Meribeth and Raul Ruiz (top) and Rebecca and Jim Mann enjoying the annual Baja Blues Fest in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico Aug 9-11, 2019.
Photos: Heather Penrod-Rudd
*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 Video of the Week
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Got your 2019 Blues Festival Guide Magazine?
Hi folks... We're proud of our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine that features the amazing Robert Finley on the cover. You may be bale to still find it at select festivals and/or via your Blues Society. Plus we have it in digital form on our website.
Click cover image here to check it out!
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
CD & DVD Releases
The Texas Horns :: GET HERE QUICK
The Texas Horns debut CD, Get Here Quick, on Severn Record, is comprised of Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff (tenor sax), John Mills (baritone sax) and Al Gomez (trumpet), The Texas Horns are one of the most in-demand horn sections for both recording sessions and on tour with some of the biggest names in the roots music world. With Get Here Quick they get a chance to strut their collective stuff on their own album of blues, soul and roots music, backed by an all-star group of supporting musicians. Special guests on the CD include singers Curtis Salgado, John Nemeth, Gary Nicholson, Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland; as well as guitarists Ronnie Earl, Anson Funderburgh, Johnny Moeller, Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien and Jonn Del Toro Richardson.

“It took us a year to make Get Here Quick,” recalls Mark Kazanoff, who with his horn-mates arranged all the songs and horns on the sessions. “I don’t usually like to do record production projects like that. But this time, we had so many wonderful guest musicians in mind that we knew we would never be able to get ...Find more about this artist and release

"Guitar Town" 
News Flash... 
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal Top-Tier Show Now Booking for 2020 
Hello, friends of Soul, Blues and Real Music!
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal are now booking their top-tier show for 2020. Playing 38 states and 9 countries, this veteran band consistently delivers one of the most high-energy, honestly raw, and highly skilled live Soul/Blues/Funk shows on the circuit today.
Don't take our word for it, listen to industry professionals!
• “Fire and a Natural Joy” - Rolling Stone
“If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer.”
- No Depression
• “One of the best shows I have ever seen!” - Steve Berlin (Los Lobos)
• “I’m a huge fan!” - Joe Whitmer (The Blues Foundation]
• “They still prove to be at the top of the contemporary soul movement.” - Blues Music Magazine
• “Sounds like it came right out of a smoking Stax recording session.”
- Jazz Weekly
• “Evokes the hard-boiled funk of James Brown, the Memphis howl of Otis Redding and Al Green, and the percolating parade beat of New Orleans, but with a lean, modern energy.” - Nashville Scene
• “This is one of the tightest and funkiest bands on the circuit today, and one of the greatest vocalists you will ever see.” - Cadillac Zack (L.A. promoter)
...Find more about Josh Hoyer and how to book the band
The blues are back: Historic Hines Farm rekindles music festival
(SWANTON, OH) – The Griffin Hines Farm Blues Fest happens from 4pm-11pm in Swanton Ohio on Saturday Sept 28 at Griffin Hines Farm (3950 S. Berkey Southern Rd). Admission is free and there will be food selections from the local area including Griffin Hines Farm own ribs chicken and fried catfish! Vendors from the Toledo area will be on site. 

“After a decade-long absence, the blues are returning to Hines Farm this weekend,” reports Tom Henry of The Toledo Blade.

“With apologies to the killer lineup scheduled to perform at Saturday’s Rise Up Live! Griffin Hines Farm Blues Fest,” Henry continues, “it’s hard to talk about that event without doing another deep-dive into the venue’s iconic past.

After all, it’s only been sporadically open in recent years. But that’s all about to change, according to owner Steve Coleman.

Griffin Hines Farm, which for three decades was known simply as Hines Farm until the late Henry Griffin bought it in 1978, breathes history.

Its musical past includes up-close-and-personal performances by blues legends B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Count Basie, Otis Redding, Louis Jordan, Little Walter, Jr., Bobby Blue Bland, Freddie King, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett, and Mack Rice, to name a few.
... Read the cool story about Hines Farms Blues history
Kathmandu Blues & Roots Festival Sept 28
(KATHMANDU, NEPAL, INDIA) - Kathmandu Blues & Roots Festival’ a one-day musical event is scheduled to be held at Calm Restaurant, Tangal on September 28. Jointly organized by Gopromote Nepal and Kathmandu Blues N Roots, the main objective of the event is to promote blues rock music in Nepal.

“The first edition of the event took place in 2016 and has been booming so far,” said Satish Sthapit, an initiator of the event who is also a band member of the band Newaz. “Its 4th edition of the festival, giving a platform to the young underground artist where they can flaunt their talent and passion toward blues rock music,” he added.

According to Sthapit, the event has also been featuring musical bands from overseas since the last edition. “This year, eight bands including Mr No Money band from Italy and Boy and The Bear band from Thailand will perform in the event.” ...Find details and links about the Kathmandu Blues & Roots Festival
Larry “The Mole” Taylor… music was his religion!
“I guess we have to accept it is true. Larry Taylor, known and loved by our family and longtime comrade in musical adventures, is dead. The eloquence of his talent is evident in the many recordings and live show bootleg videos and TV performances that featured his musical muscle. All are a testament to his singular intimacy with music and his fellow musicians and most of all to his lock solid, raw and visceral embrace and touch with the upright bass. You could hear the secrets and ghosts of the blues from every region and tradition in his playing.

Everything that Larry was…knowing, hilarious, obstinate, short fused, direct and unflinching in his complaints and opinions…is there in the dig- into- it rhythms of his playing.” – Tom Waits

“Larry “The Mole” Taylor, born June 26, 1942, passed, August 19, 2019 at his home in Lake Balboa, CA after a battle with cancer that has been ongoing for twelve years. At his request, no service was held.
Larry is best known as the bass player of legendary Canned Heat and as part of the “original, classic lineup” including Alan Wilson, Bob Hite, Henry Vestine and “Fito” de la Parra. Now, only “Fito” is here…

…Larry told great stories, funny jokes, was a foodie, wine, record, and rock poster collector, computer whiz and a special human being who really “lived for music… music was his religion!” He influenced many of us in different ways and he will be missed by many throughout the music industry.”
– Skip Taylor, manager, producer, and friend for 54 years
...Read about Larry in Rolling Stone
Where Do You Keep Your GRAMMY: Fantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito's road to GRAMMY gold began after rethinking some of the life choices he was making on the streets of Oakland, Calif.

"Kids my age, they were all selling drugs and a lot of people that I knew were getting killed in the streets and I just thought, man, there's gotta be a better way to make money," he told the Recording Academy.

Fast forward to 2017, Negrito earned his first win for 2016's The Last Days Of Oakland in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category. In 2019, Negrito scored his second award in the same category for 2018's Please Don't Be Dead.

The awards meant a lot to him: "It's inspiration and it is validation, especially for people that are outside of the box, 'cause I've been outside of the box my entire life," he said. "I've always felt like I was watching everybody else celebrate. It's been the story of my life and for the GRAMMYs to honor that is huge." ...Find more about Fantastic Negrito & where he keeps his GRAMMY
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join Waitlists
Prebook Oct 2020 Southern Carribbean
Prebook Jan 2021 Eastern Caribbean

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! Join Waitlist! Sailing on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta & Manzanillo 

~ LRBC #34 Western Caribbean sails Jan 19-26, 2020 Soldout! Join Waitlist! 
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
~ - LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 Prebook open! Sails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Curacao, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on the Holland America's ms Eurodam! Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per person/per cabin guarantees a spot in line to book your cabin once band lineup announced (likely late Nov).
~ LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean sails Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 PREBOOK OPEN. Sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos Islands
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 27-Bob Corritore (1956); Sept 28-Koko Taylor (1928–2009), Ben E. King (1938-2015), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30-Z.Z. Hill (1935–1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949); Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932-1993), George "Wild Child" Butler (1936-2005); Oct 2-Coco Montoya (1951); Oct 3-Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990), Billy Branch (1951 Blues in The Schools founder), Keb' Mo' (1951), Deborah Coleman (1956-2018); Oct 4-Duke Robillard (1948), Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5-Roy Book Binder (1943), Rick Estrin (1949);Oct 6-Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (great friend & BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8-Andy “T” Talamantez; Oct 9-O.V. Wright (1939-1980); Oct 10-Cyril Neville (1948)
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Bogalusa Blues &
Heritage Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Sep-28-2019
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
New Albany Blues Brews
& BBQ Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Sep-28-2019
New Albany, USA
 Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Copenhagen , Denmark
Paoli Blues Fest 11th Annual
Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA
European Blues Cruise 2019
Sep-30-2019 - Oct-04-2019
Marseilles, France
23rd Annual Carolina
Downhome Blues Festival
Oct-03-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Camden, South Carolina, USA
Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-04-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Mississippi John Hurt Homecoming Festival
Oct-05-2019 - Oct-06-2019
Carrollton, Mississippi, USA
Windy City Blues Fest
Bridgeview, Illinois, USA
Blues, Brews, & BBQ in da Parish
Violet, Louisiana, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-09-2019 - Oct-12-2019
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, USA
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Oct-11-2019 - Oct-12-2019
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest II
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Deep Blues Festival
Oct-17-2019 - Oct-20-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bigfoot Blues Festival 
Oct-18-2019 - Oct-19-2019
Tracy City, Tennessee, USA
Crescent City Blues
& BBQ Festival
Oct-18-2019 - Oct-20-2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Okanagan Blues Camp 
Oct-21-2019 - Oct-23-2019 Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
 Lone Star Blues
and Heritage Festival
Oct-25-2019 - Oct-27-2019
Grapeland, Texas, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #33 Mexican Riviera
Oct-26-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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