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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 5, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 49

ends Dec 26, 2019
Dec 12, 2019
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CD & DVD Releases
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Billboard Blues Album This week
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Featured Video of the Week
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Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & updates)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's Anthony Cullins aka The Fallbrook Kid (2nd from rt) of the Anthony Cullins' Fallbrook Vigilantes band with friends and members of The Surrealistics Band, Andrew Ware (2nd from lt) and Hunter Stewart (ctr) getting ready to wrap it up after performing at the 2019 Baja Blues Fest.
Cullins, a young musical prodigy whose guitar playing ability is years beyond his age, has shared stages and mentored with some top names in the industry and among other accolades, won 1st place in the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Show's "Young Guns" showcase.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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Featured Video of the Week
Christone Kingfish Ingram - "Before I'm Old" 
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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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CD & DVD Releases
Billie Williams :: HELL TO PAY
Summer 2019 may have been a scorcher, but the real fire was New York Blues Hall of Fame Artist Billie Williams’ latest album, Hell To Pay. Williams’ powerful record, her second with Grammy winning producer Danny Blume, weaves the blues into her unique style of contemporary roots music.

On the heels of Billie’s self-titled debut album, which received critical praise and worldwide airplay, Hell To Pay offers a collection of eleven new originals that showcase Williams’ songwriting and vocal prowess. Billie draws inspiration from heartbreak with her hard-hitting opening track “Damn,” and from devotion with her classic style soul tune “You.” Deeply affected by our troubling times, she also expresses her anger and concern in the feminist anthem “Ten Million Sisters,” and the title track “Hell To Pay,” which speak to the #metoo movement and the deepening socioeconomic divide.

Skillful writing, strong vocals, and world-class musicians make Billie Williams’ Hell To Pay a record that will leave a lasting impression across the musical spectrum.

“ full blues mode, pithy, powerful, and sure of the terrain...Billie Williams is an emotionally resonant vocalist. She GIVES a performance.” — Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town  ...Find more about this artist and release
"Drink From My Cup"
News Flash... 
Internationally Renowned Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 3-5, 2020
(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) – The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is an internationally renowned, three-day music festival that has been staged for the past 25 years on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay. The event features spectacular waterfront views, a tropical atmosphere, and the finest in blues music. Join us Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 3-5, 2020 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tampa Bay Blues Festival when it returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Palladium Theater will host the Official “Kick Off Party” on Thursday, April 2, with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Tickets available on the festival website. The After Show on Saturday, April 4, at the Ringside Café has no cover and will feature The Proven Ones, with Kid Ramos, and Canada's Dawn Tyler Watson.

Proceeds from the Tampa Bay Blues Festival will benefit our charity partner, PARC. PARC has been our primary charity for the past 25 years, and its work is critical to the welfare of the Tampa Bay community. 

The festival draws visitors from throughout the United States and Europe and is regarded as one of the best blues festivals in the world.  In 2011, the Festival received the prestigious Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award for best U.S. Blues Festival. ...Find more about the 25th Tampa Bay Blues Festival 

Bradenton Blues Events This Weekend at Bradenton Riverwalk
(BRADENTON, FL) - The eighth annual festival returns with some of the best and brightest names in modern blues. The Saturday Dec 7th main event is headlined by Grammy-nominated guitarist Kenny Neal, who also won this year’s Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Male Artist, with numerous other Grammy nominees and Blues Music Award winners on the lineup.

Saturday’s festival is sold out, but there’s a free “Blues Appetizer” concert Friday Dec 6th headlined by Portland, Oregon’s Duffy Bishop Band plus the Rusty Wright Band. The “Bradenton Blues Brunch” is on Sunday at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille.

The weekend festivities continue with blues after-parties all evening long. Some festival performers will also play separate Sarasota-Manatee shows, including Toronzo Cannon on Friday at The Blue Rooster.

The weekend wraps up Sunday, December 8th with live music and a tasty and soulful “Bradenton Blues Brunch presented by Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in downtown Bradenton and prepared by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison.
Bradenton Riverwalk is at 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Admission is free on Friday, Saturday is sold-out, and Sunday’s admission is $55. ...Find more about Bradenton's blues weekend
The Untold Story of James “Superharp” Cotton
Please support the film They All Stood Up: The Life And Legacy Of James Cotton 
They All Stood Up: The Life and Legacy of James Cotton, a film currently in production, is an emotionally evocative feature documentary that portrays the untold story of James “Superharp” Cotton, a legend whose musical influence shaped the Chicago Blues style having been mentored by the originators of the Delta blues tradition. Cotton’s life tracks a swath of America’s history – from the post-depression cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to tough Chicago-land’s era of artistic reinvention to today’s live music scene in Austin, Texas. Along the way he plays with Muddy Waters, tours with Janis Joplin and Paul Butterfield and opened for/sat-in with the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Steve Miller, B.B. King and many more.
Rarely seen archival footage and stills are woven throughout a visual landscape of original footage in which some of today’s finest harp and blues musicians lead us on a powerful journey, bringing a fresh and deep understanding of the harp in the expanding blues tradition. In new interviews and original concert recordings, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, Steve Miller, Huey Lewis, Billy Branch, Paul Oscher, Annie Raines, Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal, Rick Estrin, Bob Margolin, James Montgomery and many others...  
...Find more about this film of a true American treasure 
Dust in The Road: Recollections of a Delta Boy book signing Dec 6th
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Join the Delta Blues Museum on December 6th from 3-5pm for a special book signing event and Q&A with the author as they present Hank Burdine's new book, Dust in the Road: Recollections of a Delta Boy. On Friday. This will be free and open to the public in the Delta Blues Museum classroom. Signed copies will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

You can also order your signed copy via the Delta Blues Museum online gift shop.

Born and reared in the Mississippi Delta, Hank Burdine was a road builder and gentleman farmer. After a sixteen-year walkabout with his family in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Southern Colorado and the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle, Hank returned home to his beloved Delta where he lives on his farm. His late wife Sallie always said, "Hank never really left the Delta, as he returned often to water his roots." Highly involved with the Mississippi River, he serves as a commander on the Mississippi Levee Board. ...Find more about the author, book, and the museum
Listen to Features on Canada’s Maple Blues Awards Nominees
(TORONTO, CANADA) - Canada’s National Blues Awards Program, the Maple Blues Awards, promotes blues music across Canada, and recognizes outstanding achievement in the field. The awards ceremony will take place Feb 3, 2020 at Koerner Hall in Toronto and feature performances by several nominees backed by the all-star Maple Blues Band.

A number of Blues and Roots Radio hosts are on the Maple Blues Awards nomination panel, you can listen in to their shows from across Canada each week on the lead up to the awards to hear features on this year’s nominated artists. Find stations at Blues and Roots Radio dot com.

Nominees for the Maple Blues Awards are selected by a distinguished panel of some 62 blues experts. Co-Chaired by the steering committee consisting of John Valenteyn, Yanick Theriault, Terry Parsons, and Brant Zwicker, the panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada. Members of the Nominating Panel are not eligible for any of the awards. This year Toronto Blues Society has a Musician Advisory Committee commenting on the submitted from the nominating panel as well.
Winners in instrumental categories – guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drum, and bass – will be determined by the Nominating Panel. Winners in all other categories are selected by blues fans across the country (voting is closed).
Check Roots and Blues Radio and the Maple Blues Awards website for nominee list and more event details.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine!
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean: Jan 19-26, 2020
Join Waitlist here!
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020
OPEN CABIN SALES launch Dec. 26 @ 11am CST.
Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979 at that time!
Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Kenny Neal Band w/ Tyree Neal, G. Love & Special Sauce, Danielle Nicole, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls, Rev. Peytons’ Big Damn Band, Vanessa Collier, Marquise Knox, Shakura S’Aida, RUF Records Blues Caravan, Jonathon Long, Doug MacLeod, Mitch Woods Club 88, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Kelley Hunt, Daryl Davis, Eden Brent & many more!
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Dec 15 Andrew “Big Voice” Odom (1936), Mark Hummel (1955), Nick Moss (1969); Dec 17 James Booker (1939-1983), Paul Butterfield (1942-1987); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914-1985), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917-1988), Lonnie Brooks (1933-2017), Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson (1911-1977), Rod Piazza (1947)
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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
Guitar Festival
Jan-15-2020 - Jan-18-2020
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Thredbo Blues Festival
Jan-17-2020 - Jan-19-2020
Thredbo, Australia 
10th Annual
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest
Zephyrhills, Florida, USA
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise #34
Jan-19-2020 - Jan-26-2020
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
Jamaica Winterfest
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
Mar-28-2020, London
United Kingdom
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 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
Sierre, Switzerland
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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