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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 17, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 42

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ends Oct 17
ends Oct 31
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CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's 2019 BMA Nominee (Instramentalist/Horn) Jimmy Carpenter, saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and arranger during Blues Musica Awards eek in Memphis, TN. Jimmy has toured internationally with Tinsley Ellis, Jimmy Thackery, Walter Wolfman Washington, Eric Lindell, and others. In 2012 he joined Mike Zito, and recorded and toured as a member of Mike Zito and the Wheel. He is the Musical Director for the Big Blues Bender, and leader of the Bender Brass, The Bender’s house band. He is the current president of the Las Vegas Blues Society
Photos courtesy Tom Andrews
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We're proud that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
Featured Video of the Week
Cafe R&B "Gypsy Woman"
Cafe R&B will be performing at the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Pre-Party at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel Fri Nov 25th
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
Through this new and exciting CD release entitled American Trails, guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar, Father of the “AfroBlueGrazz” sound, makes a resounding musical statement regarding the unique nature of the multi-cultural expressions and legacies of West African heritage and African American traditions through the Blues.

American Trails, the new blues-based CD by virtuoso guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar, connects the American musical traditions of the South with the original 4-string instrument from Mali West Africa, Ngoni or banjo and the West African balafon (ancestor of the xylophone) in a powerful rhythmic and multi-sonic, contemporary gumbo that one has yet to discover.

American Trails deepens Pascal Bokar’s exploration of the blues in his “AfroBlueGrazz” concept with an opening ear-popping version of blues great Otis Spann’s composition, “The Blues Don’t Like Nobody,” in a duet with vocalist Paula Harris and some blistering scat/guitar singing.

The first track of the album is followed by the sultry ballad, “I Wanna See You in My Dreams,” also featuring Paula Harris. The funky, grooving “I Can Tell,” introducing the West African balafon (ancestor of the xylophone) and the banjo, is a hard-pulsing number that is sure to get everybody dancing, reuniting the old sonic landscape of the American South in a contemporary blues and call and response format. ...Find more about this artist and release
"The Blues Don't Like Nobody"
"Your Smile Inside My Nights"
News Flash... 
Liz Mandeville & The Blue Points headline Gainesville, Florida’s free Downtown Blues Concert 
(GAINESVILLE, FL) - Blues singer, songwriter and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Liz Mandeville will play Gainesville for the first time with her band The Blue Points on Friday, November 15 at the Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert, a free show sponsored by the North Central Florida Blues Society at the Bo Diddley Plaza.

Voted as the best blues singer in Chicago, Liz has honed her craft in the Blues bars of Chicago over the last 3 decades, with house residencies at prestigious clubs such as the Kingston Mines, Blue Chicago, Bill’s Blues, BLUES on Halsted, and Rosa’s Lounge. She’s played every major venue and festival in the Midwest and toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada.

She was heavily influenced by the witty swinging songs of Louis Jordan, Big Maybelle, T-Bone Walker and the soulful voices of Etta James, Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Tyrone Davis and Bobby Bland. With a sense of humor that shines through her impassioned performance, Liz is a polished, consummate entertainer, not to be missed.

See why Blues Blast Magazine says “Her one-of-a-kind vocal prowess captures attention and turns heads."

“We’re excited about having Liz Mandeville play Gainesville,” North Central Florida Blues Society president Rob Richardson said. “She’s a fantastic talent that Florida audiences don’t often get an opportunity to see as she’s often playing in Chicago or touring Europe. 
...Find more about the Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram featured in national Guitar Center Promotion 
“Kingfish is the next explosion of the blues.” - Buddy Guy 
Rising star blues sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram is featured in an October 2019 promotion by Guitar Center entitled "Guitar-A-Thon: Find The One." Promotional spots of various lengths featuring Kingfish talking about finding the right guitar will run on United States television, radio and worldwide on the internet. Additionally, spots will run inside of Guitar Center stores around the country. Kingfish is also featured on the cover of Guitar Center's October publication, and an interview. Guitar Center also produced a short video featuring Christone talking about his love for the blues, guitars and his gear.

“Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.” - Rolling Stone

Since the release of his debut album Kingfish, Ingram has gigged nonstop and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. Within the last few months, Ingram has played shows across the country, opening for Buddy Guy and Vampire Weekend, and he will open for Jason Isbell at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 22. He is currently embarked on his first-ever headlining tour...
...Find links to the interview, video and sound clips
Reverend Tall Tree’s Blues Opera
(LOS ANGELES, CA) - The consummate soul man musician Chris Pierce and veteran writer/director Mark Malone (“Bullet-proof Heart,” “Hoods,” “The Last Ship,” “Dead Heat,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) have combined their many talents) to create an original work for the stage, “Reverend Tall Tree’s Blues Opera.” This tale is told in 21 songs, following the journey of a fictional street preacher, many years ago in the American Deep South. A story of love, sorrow, earthy humor, and finally, redemption, we accompany Reverend Tall Tree as he plies his trade (leading street revival meetings) in the dusty small towns of the lower Mississippi valley. And then one moonlit night on the road, his life changes -when the Reverend finds himself falling in love… with a fallen woman.

"Reverend Tall Tree’s Blues Opera" is a high-energy evening of song played by an all-star quartet comprised of electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, upright bass, and drums. In homage to tent revival healing crusades of the early-mid twentieth century, the audience is transformed into a singing, stomping, clapping and sometimes crying “congregation.”His next show will be on Nov 3rd at Molly Malone’s (575 South Fairfax Ave.), Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are $20. ...Find more details and see clips about Reverend Tall Tree's Blues Opera
Chicago harmonica master Billy Branch pays homage to the great Little Walter
By Howard Reich
Chicago blues harmonica master Billy Branch didn’t really want to record a tribute to a legend of his instrument, Little Walter.

But with last year’s 50th anniversary of Little Walter’s death and next year’s 90th anniversary of his birth, Branch’s wife, Rosa Enrico, persuaded him that attention must be paid.

“I started telling Billy, ‘This is something you need to do,’” recalls Enrico. “He was so hesitant because Walter is so revered. You can’t do Walter.”Meaning it’s impossible — and unworthy — merely to mimic the blues harp innovator. And yet it’s impossible to escape his influence.

“To be honest, at first I kind of pushed against it,” says Branch, who will celebrate the release of his new album, Roots and Branches: The Songs of Little Walter, Saturday night [Oct 19] at The Promontory [Chicago].

“There are so many Little Walter tribute albums — why do we need that? Then I said, ‘OK, I’ll try it.’”

The result is an eloquent recording spotlighting works written or recorded by Little Walter – but re-examined through Branch’s genre-expanding sensibility. This is a deeply personal album, each track a crisply envisioned response to Little Walter’s art from Branch and his band, The Sons of Blues.
...Find link to entire article about Billy Branch and Little Walter here
Check out Big Names at the Inaugural Bigfoot Blues Festival Oct 18-19
(TRACY CITY, TN) - Baggenstoss Farms (514 BRAWLEY RD.), located on Monteagle Mountain in Tracy City, TN, will host the three-day Bigfoot Blues Festival this October. The first music festival of its kind in the area, it will include some of the top blues artists in the country on two stages. The lineup includes five-time GRAMMY nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd, along with the award winning Shemekia Copeland, Eric Gales, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, John Nemeth, Sue Foley, Monster Mike Welch, Davy Knowles, and many more!
In addition to two days of live music, the festival also includes a disc golf tournament, yoga session, road bike ride, ziplining, and more! There will be several food and beverage vendors. Camping is available and attendees will have the opportunity to stay on site in tents or RVs!
Located between Nashville and Chattanooga, just 1.5 hours from Huntsville, AL, 3.5 hours from Atlanta, GA, 4.5 hours from Memphis, TN and about 4 hours from Asheville, NC. Tracy City, TN, is the perfect destination for music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from all surrounding cities.Tickets are available and they will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center!
...Find links to much more about the Bigfoot Blues Festival
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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~ 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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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892-1973), Boozoo Chavis (1930-2001), Carol Fran (1933); Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911-1986), Willie Mabon (1925-1985), Bill Wyman (1936, Jimmy Dawkins (1936-2013); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931-2005); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909-2006), Clifford Antone (1949-2006 Antone Records and Nightclub); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946), Hadda Brooks (1916-2002); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902-1958), Ethel Waters (1896-1977) 
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Ghost Town Blues Band
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival-Event Calendar
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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
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 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
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
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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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