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|Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!|
|BFG sales rep Tom Andrews caught up with Billy Branch at the 2019 King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas on Billy Branch Appreciation Day.|
A renowned harmonica player and singer, Branch is a three-time Grammy nominee, a retired two-term governor of the Chicago Grammy Chapter, an Emmy Award winner, and a winner of the Addy Award. A founder of his Blues in The Schools program over 30 years ago, he's also received numerous humanitarian and music awards.
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|Featured Video of the Week|
|Ben Harper & Mavis Staples "We Get By"|
Apologies for accidentally omitting last week's link for the
Video of The Week of great Wee Willie Walker. Here it is
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|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 able to still find it at select festivals and/or via your Blues Society. Plus we have it in digital form on our website.|
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Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
|Various Artists ::|
BATTLE OF THE BLUES: CHICAGO vs OAKLAND
|When thinking of historic hometowns of the blues, cities like St. Louis, Memphis and Chicago quickly come to mind, but Oakland California, historically a focal point of the West Coast blues and jazz scenes, is often overlooked. The city has a significant art scene and claims the highest concentration of artists per capita in the United States. Drummer, songwriter, producer and certified blues man, Twist Turner, spent several years living and working in the Oakland area where he began this album project in 2013 to “produce a recording of the unknown and under-appreciated blues men and women of the Bay Area.”|
When Twist returned to Chicago, after his 6-year stint in California, he found several artists in need of the same boost. Thus, he created the album Battle Of The Blues: Chicago vs Oakland, a collection of 11 original tracks and two covers that features over 30 of the best musicians each city has to offer including Mz. SuMac, Aldwin London, Freddie Roulette, Country Pete McGill and Nat Bolden from the San Francisco Bay area and the late Emery Williams Jr., former Magic Sam bass man, James Newman, from Chicago and “Mr. Excitement” himself Del Brown. ...Find more about this artist and release
"Me And My Guitar"
|Huge Harmonica Showcase plus a Toy & Diaper Drive This Weekend in Phoenix |
|(PHOENIX, AZ) – On Saturday, November 30th, the Bob Corritore’s Rhythm Room at (1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, Arizona) presents a Blues Harmonica Showcase with host band The Rocket 88’s. This showcase features over 30 of the Phoenix area’s top harmonica players. Doors open at 1pm, show is 2-7pm. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.|
On Sunday, Dec 1st from 6-11pm, the 12th Annual Toy & Diaper Drive at the Rhythm Room will be hosted by Bluesman Mike & The Blues Review Band featuring Rachelle Roman & TJ Henry, with Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns, Dave Riley, George Bowman, Nina Curri, Sir Harrison, Lucius Parr, and Souled Out. Doors open at 5pm and admission is $10 for this 21+ show. Bring an unwrapped gift or diapers NB to size 6. The event benefits the Salvation Army and 1st Way Pregnancy Center. ...Find more about these events
|Take the Rockin' Blues Train from New Orleans to Memphis this January |
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - All aboard Amanda Gresham’s Rockin’ The Rails in partnership with The Blues Foundation and Folk Alliance International. This January, travel by train from the Folk Alliance Conference in New Orleans to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.|
That Crescent City sound will surround as you board the exclusive rail car in New Orleans. On board, expect the unexpected. You could be serenaded from New Orleans to Hammond by onboard musicians, learn music industry history from Jackson to Yazoo City, or boogie down from Greenwood to Memphis town.
Musicians and educators will connect your journey with stories and songs as you pass blues trails and share folk tales while Rockin' the Rails.
Confirmed lineup includes Doug MacLeod, Janiva Magness, Andy Cohen & Michael Frank, Ben Rice, and United By Music USA Artists: Marlana VanHoose & Trey Wanvig.
Special offer in celebration of The Blues Foundation's upcoming 40th Anniversary in 2020, enjoy a limited time offer of $40 off the General Booking rate of $165. Limited Availability - Book Today! ...Find more about these events
|The 2019 Forgotten Music Festival was a huge success! |
|(PORT ST. JOE, FL) - The results are in! Everyone had a great time at the Forgotten Music Festival held in Port St. Joe, Florida Nov 8-9. Thank you for supporting the event and the amazing artists. The vendors have expressed their appreciation to the music lovers that visited with them. Thank you for making this festival an amazing experience!!|
The Forgotten Music Festival would like to thank our friends that volunteered to help us produce this event. Without their hard work, we could not have executed this festival. Terry and Hazel, Becca and Steve, Barbara and Rick, Denise and Tom Terry, Devon, Larry, Marci and Carlenna. Special thanks to David for pre and post-production assistance and keeping the event on time. Michelle and Maria for their additional assistance and Debra for making vendor row a first-class experience.
We cannot forget our partners and sponsors. Especially JR Grady and the Dagwood’s team for making the VIP area special and taking great care of the artists. Gulf County Property Services for all the last-minute assistance. Old Florida Events (OLFL.org) Blues Festival Guide, Blues Music Magazine and Big City Rhythm and Blues for getting the word out across the country. ...Find more about this event
|Inaugural Lone Star Blues & Heritage Fest Provided True Taste of The Blues |
|(GRAPELAND, TX) - The inaugural Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival Oct 25-27, brought attendees from The Netherlands, Canada and nine states to rural East Texas for a three-day celebration of the history, legacy and future of Texas blues. Held at beautiful Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, Texas, many spent the entire weekend onsite, staying at the nostalgic cabins or in RVs throughout the park.|
A diverse lineup of Texas talent contained performers ranging from veteran artists to rising young stars, providing a true taste of the roots and evolution of indigenous American music - the blues.
Veterans Milton Hopkins, Trudy Lynn and Benny Turner displayed their professional prowess in show-stopping performances throughout the weekend. Young artists such as Kelsie Kee and Reese Malone (Salvation From Sundown band), The Peterson Brothers and Mathias Lattin presented the promise of a powerful new generation to carry forth the tradition.
Sunday's gospel brunch, led by the award-winning Keeshea Pratt Band was a religious experience in every sense. Held on October 27, the 80th birthday of East Texas native and festival honoree Mr. Benny Turner. It was an emotionally stirring performance concluding with a second line befitting of the occasion. ...Read more about these inaugural event
|Thankful for Good Times on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise|
I had the pleasure of sailing on the 2019 October Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC) to the Mexican Riviera. I also had the honor of being one of the Jamarama Hosts in the Crow’s Nest where I met many fine players that were either sailing or were artists booked on the ship. One even more poignant memory for me now was having the late Wee Willie Walker show up and perform at my jam. What a sweetheart and amazing, soulful person he was. I will treasure that.|
If you have sailed on the LRBC then you know how special it is in general. If you haven’t, then put it on your blues bucket list. You won’t regret it. For me, along with prepping and packing for sightseeing, onboard fun, and the multiple theme nights (a favorite of mine), the cruise excitement accelerates when we get to the dock to check in and maybe get a chance to greet some of the artists plus the many blues friends as they arrive.
The 7-day cruise is jam-packed with so many worthwhile moments that it’s best to have a plan as it is hard to get it all in. But not-to-worry as there’s something for everyone between the concerts and showcases day and night, big and small, workshops, speakers, various jams, cooking demos, shopping, island hopping, eating-meeting-greeting (and eating!). It’s an endless, personal parade of all the blues-related things you love.
Thankful is an understatement for this amazing adventure with the LRBC family… ...Find more about the cruise
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
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~ LRBC #34 Western Caribbean sails Jan 19-26, 2020: SOLD OUT… Join Waitlist. Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras.
~ LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean sails Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020: Prebook Now! Sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Curacao, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island). Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin guarantees a spot in line to book your cabin once bands are announced in December!
~ LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean sails Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021: Prebook Now! Sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos Islands. Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin guarantees a spot in line to book your cabin once bands are announced in March!
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Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967), Brownie McGhee (1915-1996), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956-2015), Shuggie Otis (1953); Dec 4 Larry Davis (1936); Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912-1965), "Little Richard" Penniman (1932); Dec 6 Sean Carney; Dec 8 Gregg Allman (1947-2017); Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934-1998), Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926-1959); Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926-1984); Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918-1999), Lonesome Sundown (1928-1955); Dec 13 Lurrie Bell (1958), Lucky Peterson (1964)
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| Bradenton Blues Festival|
Dec-06-2019 - Dec-08-2019
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Blues and Greens
Dec-06-2019 - Dec-07-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Samantha Fish Cigar Box
Jan-15-2020 - Jan-18-2020
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Thredbo Blues Festival
Jan-17-2020 - Jan-19-2020
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest
Zephyrhills, Florida, USA
Jan-23-2020 - Jan-30-2020
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
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| Tampa Bay Blues Festival|
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-15-2020 - May-17-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-16-2020 - May-17-2020
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Sierre Blues Festival
Jun-11-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-14-2020
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Greeley, Colorado, USA
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