|Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!|
|Here's some great shots of some great BMA and GRAMMY Nominated artists taken at the 2019 Blues Music Awards night in Memphis, TN.|
Top left is guitarist, singer, songwriter "Steady Rollin'" Bob Margolin. The VizzTone Records Founder/Chief of A&R toured with Muddy Waters from 1973-1980 before starting his own band. Top right is singer, songwriter, boogie-woogie piano man Victor Wainwright. Bottom left is Chicago guitarist, singer, songwriter, Toronzo Cannon. Bottom right jump-swing piano torchbearer Mitch Woods.
Photos: Tom Andrews
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|The 44s :: TWIST THE KNIFE |
|After seven long years, The 44s returned with Twist The Knife on Rip Cat Records, an album of blues-fired rocket fuel that pays homage to the greats while keeping a firm eye fixed on the future. Bandleader Johnny Main spent the past few years rebuilding the 44s with an all-new lineup, and the result is the best album of the band's long and storied career.|
"This is the ¬first time I've really been able to stretch," says Main, whose guitar playing is the core of the 44s sound. His expert string work leads the band through a 33-minute rock and roll reclamation that spans everything from psychedelic blues-rock to vintage Michigan Avenue grooves and more. "When you get right down to it, this album is about perseverance," he explains. "I was at a point where I had to decide whether or not to keep going, to keep this band alive. All those guys we look up to, like Muddy, Wolf, Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins… they kept going right up until they died. I want this record to serve as a tribute to them, their inspiration is why I started this band almost 20 years ago, and it’s what keeps driving us today."
...Find more about this artist and release
|Forgotten Music Festival Nov 8-9|
|Multi-Blues Music Award and International Blues Challenge winners – JP Soars and Selwyn Birchwood to headline the second Forgotten Music Festival November 8-9, 2019 on St Joseph Bay in Port St Joe, Florida.|
Discounted tickets are on sale now.
(PORT ST JOE, FL) - The second Forgotten Music Festival will be held on St Joseph Bay in Port St Joe, Florida and is presented by OLFL.org. Headliners JP Soars and Selwyn Birchwood are Blues Music Award nominated – International Blues Challenge winners. Amazing artists combined with the areas natural beauty will entice music fans to “come early and stay late” to experience everything Old Florida has to offer on The Forgotten Coast.
Supporting JP Soars on November 8th, 2019 will be Blues Music Award winner – Amanda Fish. Panama City’s Will Thompson opens the afternoon at 5pm.
Joining Selwyn Birchwood, Saturday November 9th will be Houston TX native and fresh off season 15 of The Voice, multiple instrumentalist – Sarah Grace. Harp sensation – Brandon Santini and his band will get the crowd moving with Jon Shain starting the day of outstanding music.
...Find more about the Forgotten Music Festival and discount tickets
|2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Oct. 18-20 |
|(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - Houma guitar hero Tab Benoit, the legacy-continuing Allman-Betts Band, swamp-blues master Kenny Neal, R&B “swing” singer Tucka, slide guitar maestro Sonny Landreth, soul belter Erica Falls, harmonica ace Johnny Sansone, guitar shredder Jonathon Boogie Long, gospel legends the Zion Harmonizers and New Orleans blues favorite Little Freddie King are just a few of the great artists who will perform at the 14th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.|
The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is an award-winning event, with two stages of music, a dozen of the best barbecue vendors in the region and a huge arts market. The 14th edition of this community celebration of Southern soul is bound to be one for the record books.
Admission is free! This is, after all, an event produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest and uses the proceeds from that world-famous festival for free, year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment.
2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Music Schedule:
...Find the schedule and more about the Crescent City Blues & BBQ
|Auction of B.B. King’s Estate has No Connection with the B.B. King Museum|
|(INDIANOLA, MS) - Significant coverage this past week of a sale to liquidate some of the personal items in B.B. King’s estate has caused confusion over the future of the B.B. King Museum, according to the museum’s director, Malika Polk-Lee. She explained that some of the news was centered around the selling price of one of King’s “Lucille” guitars at $280,000, which was around three times what was anticipated.|
“We want to make sure everyone is aware that this sale was only of some of Mr. King’s personal assets from his home in Las Vegas,” said Ms. Polk-Lee. She emphasized that calls are coming in from people planning visits who were concerned that this signaled a change at the museum, and she wants to make clear that the items auctioned were never part of the collection housed at Mr. King’s official museum.
Bill McPherson, museum board president, said, “We were fortunate to have a great relationship with Mr. King throughout the building of the museum, and he could not have been more generous in donating items we thought would be a good fit with our plans. This included letting us remove all the furnishings from his home office in Las Vegas so we could reconstruct a complete replica of the space as one of the museum exhibits using the actual items from his home.”
...Find more about the B.B. King Museum and estate
|GRAMMY Museum 2020 Grant Opportunities|
|The GRAMMY Museum is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for their 2020 Grant Cycle. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is October 15. With funding generously provided by the Recording Academy®, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals for audio preservation projects, as well as scientific research efforts. The program’s aim is to advance the archiving of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas and to explore the impact of music on the human condition.|
Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy. To date, more than $7 million in grants have been awarded to over 400 recipients.
How To Apply:
A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2020 GRAMMY Museum grant cycle, go to grammymuseum.org/programs/grants-program.
NOTE: The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is October 15.
...Find more about the GRAMMY 2020 Grant Cycle
|John Lee Hooker… Koko Taylor… Stevie Ray Vaughan… Mavis Staples... Little Milton...|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - Most of us will never have our names up in lights like the musicians, songwriters, and legends of The Blues. But now, thanks to a once in a lifetime opportunity, each of us can ensure our own Blues-supporting legacies for generations to come.|
When you buy a Brick for the Blues, inscribed with your name and personalized message, it is your very own marquee – permanently installed as part of the sidewalk that fronts The Blues Foundation and the Blues Hall of Fame Museum.
It’s your way of supporting (literally) the one place on earth focused on preserving the heritage of The Blues, celebrating Blues music and performance, and expanding worldwide awareness of this essential art form.
Let your support for The Blues and The Blues Foundation take center stage.The second installation of our Bricks For The Blues Walkway will take place this December. The deadline to be part of this installation is October 31. All bricks must be purchased and inscription forms turned in by this time.
Go to this link to find more details on how to secure your piece of Blues history by buying a Brick for the Blues. Bricks are available for as low as $250 and there is a limited supply – so order today.
...Find more about Bricks for the Blues and how to purchase
|2019 Blues Blast Music Award Winners|
|(ROCKFORD, IL) - The 2019 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies were held at The Tebala Event Center in Rockford, Illinois on September 13th, 2019. In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories. The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine and fan voting determined the winners.|
The Winners are:
Contemporary Blues Album: Brandon Santini – The Longshot
Traditional Blues Album: Bob Corritore & Friends – Don’t Let The Devil Ride
Soul Blues Album: John Primer – The Soul Of A Blues Man
Rock Blues Album: JP Soars – South Bound I-95
Acoustic Blues Album: Catfish Keith – Reefer Hound – Viper Songs Revisited
Live Blues Recording: Magic Slim & The Teardrops – I’m Gonna Play The Blues
Historical or Vintage Recording: Magic Slim & The Teardrops – I’m Gonna Play The Blues
New Artist Debut Album: Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood
Blues Band: Sugaray Rayford Band
Male Blues Artist: John Primer
Female Blues Artist: Dawn Tyler Watson
Sean Costello Rising Star Award: Ben Rice
...Find more about the Blues Blast Music Awards
|Time to Make Plans to Attend 2020 IBC|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - It's time to begin making your plans for the 36th International Blues Challenge taking place in Memphis January 28 - February 1, 2020!|
You can now purchase your IBC Passes for access to every participating venue on Beale Street and the Finals at The Orpheum Theatre, to include special showcases, panels, and workshops. Also opening are the room blocks at our IBC partner hotels.
We can't wait to see you on Beale Street for one of the biggest blues parties of the year! ...Find details on this Blues Foundation IBC page
|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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Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929), Sam Moore (1935), Barbara Blue; Oct 13 Dorothy Moore' (1946); Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924-1983), Son Thomas (1926-1993), Kenny Neal (1957)
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|Copenhagen Blues Festival|
Sep-27-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Copenhagen , Denmark
European Blues Cruise 2019
Sep-30-2019 - Oct-04-2019
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
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
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
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| 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
Lone Star Blues
and Heritage Festival
Oct-25-2019 - Oct-27-2019
Grapeland, Texas, USA
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