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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 10, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 41

ends Oct 17
ends Oct 24
thru Sept 26
May 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 Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's some more great shots of some talented artists and BMA nominees  and winners taken at the 2019 Blues Music Awards night in Memphis, TN.
Top left is Southern California-based guitarist, singer, songwriter Alastair Greene (Sugaray Rayford Band). Top right is singer, songwriter, guitarist Amanda Fish who won the 2019 BMA for Best Emerging Artist Album. Bottom left is harp man Deak Harp with BFG's Tom Andrews. When he's not touring, Deak also builds custom harmonicas.  Bottom right is Vizztone Recording artist, young, Florida-based guitarist, singer, songwriter David Julia.
Photos courtesy Tom Andrews
*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
Sean Costello "Don't Pass Me By"
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
Lil A And The Allnighters :: HIP YA
Lil A and The Allnighters Hip ya is the band’s first national release and second CD. The first CD was more of a demo made for gigs. Both CDs were made in a short amount of time – 10 hours studio time and two overdubs for their first release, Special Project, which was strong enough to give them the opening slot in 2012 at the 15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival. Bubba Jackson introduced them and said to the audience that this band is what makes the Southern California blues scene so special. It took a while to put out another CD, and thinking about West Coast blues revue, a second and long-awaited CD was made. Lil A and The Allnighters’ release, Hip ya, was also recorded in one weekend in March of 2019. The band recorded seven tracks in one day and finished up the last three tracks the following day with a few overdubs and for the most part recorded live.

Two of these tracks were done simultaneously in the recording session. The first one was the late William Clarke's version of "Must Be Jelly"  ...
...Find more about this artist and release

"Chromatic Jump" 
News Flash... 
Delta Wires Delivers Goods with High Energy Harmonica & Horn-Infused Blues
 “Can't Win for Losin',” the new single by Delta Wires, is the story of a seasoned 7-piece, "harmonica and horns," blues-rooted band that has been paying its dues while playing the blues for over 3 decades the San Francisco Bay Area and western United States. Now, a living history of the San Francisco West Coast blues, "Delta Wires" started as band leader Ernie Pinata's college project demonstrating the evolution of the blues from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to Chicago, and ultimately to the West Coast. The small band Ernie put together to play examples of this evolution grew into the high-powered seven-piece band that now calls itself Delta Wires.

The band started by playing clubs in Oakland such as Esther's Orbit Room and The Continental Club. Around this same time, legendary bluesman Lowell Fulson sat-in with Delta Wires at the New Orleans House in Berkeley and Ernie Pinata sat-in with the Freddie King Band at Mandrake’s in Berkeley. These were followed by a performance with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at Keystone Berkeley. The Delta Wires then began to open shows for these blues greats, and continued to grow as musicians and as a band.
...Find more about the Delta Wires and this new single
2nd Peter’s Players Jamaica Winterfest, Jan 23-30, 2020 
(MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA) - Peter and Michelle Swanek invite you to join them in Montego Bay for some winter warmth and fantastic music at the Sea Garden Beach Resort. The Swanek’s own and operate Peter’s Players, a 100-seat concert venue and Guest House in Muskoka north of Toronto that continually lives up to their stated mission, “Great Shows Always!”

Last year was their first Caribbean venture and they are now committed to doing this every year. This is a relaxed, intimate and very social vacation concept that puts great people and great music together. 
*  Five nights of entertainment featuring, Matt Anderson, Anna Popovic, Peter Rivera, Paul Nelson’s All-Star Band and Steve Mariner.
*  Clinics and jams with the artists
*  All-inclusive stay at the Sea Garden Beach Resort in Montego Bay, just minutes from the airport
* All the shows are on site at the resort
*  Hassle free booking with support every step of the way
For all the information you will need to make an easy decision to come along, check out: Peters Players Jamaica Winterfest and Sea Garden Jamaica
Email –
Call – Michelle (705) 687-2117
...Find more about Peter's Players Jamaica Winterfest
Carolyn Gaines Pays Homage to Blues Greats
“Gaines’ powerful, expressive voice has hints of the languid swing of Billie Holiday” – Blues Blast

Last year, fans and critics fell in love with Carolyn Gaines’ debut album, Beware Of My Dog, this year, she continues to sing her backside off, like Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Bessie Smith, and Diana Ross on her new album, The Thrill Is Gone, via Polka Dot Records out on August 2, 2019. The collection is colorful and filled with snarls, sneers, growls, and guts, all sung with a smile on the singer’s face. Gaines produced the album herself and recorded it at Leon Haywood’s (“It's Got To Be Mellow,” Guitar Slim, “Bad Mama Jama”) in L.A.’s Sunnyside Studio. The studio was on the verge of closing and she had one month to do it, so Carolyn called on some legendary musicians and family to get the job done. The Thrill Is Gone was one of the last recordings to come out of that studio.

Special guests include Ric Jaz; blues guitarist for Buddy Guy, her uncle Grady Gaines, Sr. (Little Richard, Gatemouth Brown, Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix), and his son Grady Gaines, Jr (Grady Gaines, Sr. band) both on saxophone, and Gino Baronelli “The Blues Don” on guitars. Other players are Charles Sherman on piano, Moe Bleek on organ, Glen Doll on harmonica and upright bass; duties were cover by Dale Atkins and Paul Kennedy.

“Lady with Soul” – Johnny Rawls
...Find much more about Carolyn Gaines new CD release and background
T-Bone Day Backers Aim to Revive Linden Blues Fest
By Aaron Brand/Texarkana Gazette
(LINDEN, TX) — Linden's music-loving community would like to see the return of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest. For several years, that festival honored a native son, whose brilliant guitar skills helped shaped the electric blues sound.
To that end, T-Bone Walker Day on Saturday, Oct. 19, will feature the live blues tunes of Whitey Johnson at Music City Texas. The fundraiser will add to seed money meant to restart the festival in Linden, where it was held for eight years before moving elsewhere and then dissolving.

"This is the second year in a row for the T-Bone Walker Day," said David Hulme, the MCT executive director, noting this event has the blessing of Walker's daughter, Bernita.

The festival itself was staged in Linden from 2006 to 2013, offering a variety of blues acts both indoors and outdoors at MCT, including such musicians as Johnny Winter, Keb' Mo', Zac Harmon, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Emily Elbert, Delbert McClinton, Bobbie Oliver, Marcia Ball, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many, many others.

"The purpose of the T-Bone Walker Day is to establish funds to go ahead and start doing the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival, which is a much bigger show than the Day," Hulme said. Regional and national acts performed at the festival.
...Red article about the T-Bone Walker Day fundraiser
Don’t Pass Me By is Sean Costello Tribute Album
Landslide Records is proud to announce an October 18, 2019 release for Don’t Pass Me By, a tribute to the original songs of Sean Costello. Lovingly donated by an exceptional group of 15 blues artists for the benefit of The Sean Costello Memorial Fund, which was established after his passing to research bi-polar disease, the album brings Costello’s songwriting talents to the forefront.Notable recording artists who contributed are the North Mississippi All-Stars, Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers), Amy Helm, Albert Castiglia, Bob Margolin, Steve Marriner, Watermelon Slim/Dennis Gruenling, Victor Wainwright, Candye Kane/Laura Chavez, Seth Walker, Sonia Leigh, the Nick Moss Band, the Electromatics, Debbie Davies, The Morning Life, and Matt Wauchope/Melvin Zachary/Terrence Prather.
Produced by Jon Justice and Dave Gross, the album features all previously unreleased recordings. Don’t Pass Me By showcases Costello’s tunes in a remarkable array of 15 distinctive performances that enhance his well-known abilities as an influential blues singer and powerful guitarist. In addition to the title track, popular Costello compositions included are "Who's Been Cheatin' Who," "No Half Steppin'," "She Changed My Mind," and "Feel Like I Can't Get A Home."
*Pre-Order now at the Sean Costello Fund website.
...Find links and more about this CD and the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research
Blues Foundation News
Deadlines Approaching soon for BMA Submissions & Bricks for The Blues Walkway inclusion
• Reminder, Oct 15th is the deadline for BMA recording submissions. All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recording(s) for consideration. Blues music released between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 is eligible for consideration for a 2020 Blues Music Award Nomination. Click this link to register. 

• The October 31st deadline is fast approaching to be included in the next installation of the Bricks for the Blues Walkway! Click this link for details.
...Find more Blues Foundation info here
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Oct 10-Cyril Neville (1948); Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929-2008), Sam Moore (1935), Barbara Blue; Oct 13 Dorothy Moore' (1946); Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924-1983), Son Thomas (1926-1993), Kenny Neal (1957); Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906-1976); Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903-1982); Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926-2017), Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923-2006); Oct 19 William "Piano Red" Perryman (1911-1985); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), Bugs Henderson (1943-2012), Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer e-Guide Editor)
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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
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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
Whitby Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Whitby, United Kingdom
 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
North Sac Blues Festival
Oct-19-2019 - Oct-20-2019
Sacramento, California, USA
San Francisco International
Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Okanagan Blues Camp 
Oct-21-2019 - Oct-23-2019 Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Lone Star Blues
and Heritage Festival
Oct-25-2019 - Oct-27-2019
Grapeland, Texas, USA
Henry Turner, Jr. Day
Music Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #33 Mexican Riviera
Oct-26-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Blues Heaven
Nov-01-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Frederikshavn, Denmark
14th Annual Tommy Johnson
Blues Festival
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Signifyin' Blues
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-10-2019
Los Angeles, California, USA
Forgotten Music Festival
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-09-2019
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-21-2019 - Nov-23-2019
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-22-2019 - Nov-24-2019
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
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