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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 23, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 4

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Billboard Blues Album This week
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Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & updates)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
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The ever entertaining Tab Benoit and our longtime friend, Blues Festival Guide Consultant Nancy Edwards chatting about The Blues Festival Guide magazine back stage after Tab's show in The Villages, Florida on January 16, 2020.

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Featured Video of the Week
"Muddy Bottom Blues" Tab Benoit and Jimmy Hall
CD & DVD Releases
Doug Duffey And BADD :: PLAY THE BLUES
Doug Duffey and BADD’s sophomore album, Play The Blues, is deeply rooted in regional blues and flavored with a pinch of Memphis Rock-N-Soul. Duffey’s vivid lyrics tell stories from his real-life experiences of lost love, spirituality and Voodoo, and even nosey neighbors. The grooves are infectious, the solos soar, and the singing cuts deep into the soul of the listener. Multi award-winning Doug Duffey and BADD are a North Louisiana-based quartet specializing in 100% original bayou funk, swampadelic, Bluesiana and Delta soul music. Duffey is joined by Ben Ford, Adam Ryland and Dan Sumner, who also co-wrote some of the songs. Together they form the rhythm section of the award-winning, Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey and they are the house band at Fort Sumner Studios in Monroe, LA.

This fine collection of rockin’ blues, soul and classic R&B adds to that legacy and proves he and his BADD cohorts were indeed born to Play The Blues. Influenced by old school 70’s funk and soul classics, as well as their native regional New Orleans funk, Memphis Soul, Louisiana R&B, and Louisiana Delta blues, they’ve recycled, refried, re-funked, redefined and repackaged it all into their own personal post-modern slammin’ jams. ...Find more about this artist and release
"My Driving Wheel"
News Flash... 
Chicago’s MudCity Blu Youth Band at the IBC 2020
Meet MudCity Blu youth band sponsored by Windy City Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January, 2020. MudCity Blu includes Kendall Carter (20) on guitar and vocals, Stacy Groove Girl Norris (17) on drums, and Peyton McDowell (17) on bass.

The band got its start playing in the Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville. Ms. Anita Rebecchi, a longtime resident of Bronzeville, started inviting jazz and blues musicians in the community for summer jams and fellowship in her yard on South Indiana. As the event grew in popularity, Ms. Anita found a new home for “Jazzin and Jammin in Bronzeville” in the basement of Corpus Christi Hall on King Drive. On both blues and jazz nights, you could come enjoy some of the best Chicago can offer. On blues nights, you would find well-known Chicago favorites such as the Original Chicago Blues All-Stars, Low-Reen, Melody Angel, and Elmore James Jr., just to name a few. It is in this nurturing community atmosphere that MudCity Blu blossomed.

The young trio opened for some of these favorites and received great support and encouragement from the community and the artists. This is the real Bronzeville, rekindling the spirit of the blues and jazz artists who left their mark on Bronzeville and the world. ...Find more about the members of MudCity Blu
Lehigh River Blues Jam Jan 25
(ALLENTOWN, PA) - The Lehigh River Blues Jam will be held January 25 at the Days Hotel Jet Port Ballroom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Doors open at 2:30pm - Music 3pm-10pm.

Lineup: Acoustic Blues Project, Jack Adams Band, The Blues Collaborative Band, Dana Gaynor Band, The BC Combo, Bobby Kyle & the Administers, Nate Myers & the Aces, and emcees A.J. Fritz and Mitch from 99.9 The Hawk.

The event is about Raising Awareness In The Lehigh Valley, WDIY, Godfrey Daniels, And No Place For Hate.

The Lehigh River Blues Jam began in 2006. This is a grass-roots Blues festival with a diverse range of styles and is maintained by a well-oiled team of volunteers, drawing a growing community of Blues lovers from around the world. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children 16 and under no charge. ...Find links and more about the Lehigh River Blues Jam
Chasin' Dem Blues!
(MILWAUKEE, WI) – The Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents a celebration of the blues with Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret from Jan 17-March 22, 2020. The cast is Maiesha McQueen, Brandin Jay, Eric Noden and James Scheider.

Chasin’ Dem’ Blues is a revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) that explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records. For a few brief, bright years at the height of the jazz and blues age, Paramount Records was the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest – and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.
“Vibrant…the true story of a once-forgotten blues record label.”-  Shepherd Express  ...Find tickets and more details about Chasin' Dem Blues
Blues Foundation’s 2020 Best Self-Produced CD Finalists
(MEMPHIS, TN) - In 2005, The Blues Foundation established an award for the Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge, as part of our mission to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Unlike our celebration of blues recordings and performances at the Blues Music Awards, or our recognition of up-and-coming musician performance via The International Blues Challenge, this award was created to recognize excellence in independent Blues recordings. CDs released between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 were eligible for consideration as the 2020 Best Self-Produced CD. The 2020 finalists were chosen from 52 Blues Foundation affiliated Blues Societies from around the globe.
The 2020 Best Self-Produced CD Finalists in alpha-order of Society:
Adelaide Roots and Blues Association: Kicking Back the Blues The Streamliners
Cascade Blues Association: Salvation Road Rich Layton & Tough Town
The Golden Gate Blues Society: Son of the Seven Sisters Fillmore Slim
North Central Florida Blues Society: Live From Heartwood 21 Blue
River City Blues Society (VA): Sweet Thing Moonshine Society

The final results will be announced at the finals of the 36th International Blues Challenge on Saturday, February 1, 2020 held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.
You can also find the huge list of the 230 IBC 2020 Challengers at the Blues Foundation website and toggle their links to find each artist. Plus, you can find the detailed IBC Schedule of events for Jan 28-Feb 2. ...Find all the links here.
The Doheny Blues Festival Postponed for 2020
(DANA POINT, CA) - The 2020 Doheny Blues Festival will be postponed as organizers explore venue options for 2021. The signature event and longest-running music festival in Dana Point will return in 2021 with plans for a bigger and more robust event with world-class blues and rock headliners, new artists and a unique educational component.

“Sea Terrace Park has been a wonderful venue for the festival for the last two years, and we are thankful for the support we received from The City of Dana Point, the Arts & Culture Commission and the local hotels and neighbors” says Rich Sherman, President of Doheny Blues Festival, Inc. “We recognize, however, that the attendees truly loved our former location of Doheny State Beach and we feel strongly that we should explore all of the venue options for future blues festivals, even if it requires us to take a year off.”

To fill the music void, plans are underway to organize a “Weekend of Music” during May 15-17, 2020 that will include concerts at various live music venues in and around the city, free performances, as well as curated educational sessions presented by the non-profit organization Music Preserves Foundation. ...Find more about the Doheny Blues Fest and upcoming plans.
The Troubled Tale of Ten Years After: from Woodstock to the World
By Louder Sound/Hugh Fielder
It was getting dark by the time Ten Years After took the stage at Woodstock back in 1969. The rain had come bucketing down mid-way through the afternoon, just as they’d been about to go on, drenching the stage and turning the site into a quagmire.

The audience – variously estimated at between 350,000 and 500,000 – was wet, chilled and bedraggled; many of them were the worse for wear after three days in the open. The band weren’t in much better shape, having traveled overnight from St Louis, making the last leg by helicopter and then being cooped up on-site in the back of a trailer, waiting for the rain to stop.

In the movie of Woodstock, the camera picks out the skinny frame of TYA’s Alvin Lee, his boyish face ringed by shoulder-length blond hair. “This is a thing called ‘I’m Going Home’… by helicopter!” he announces, and for a dozen seconds he rattles out notes on his trademark Gibson guitar that sound like a sustained burst of machine-gun fire.

The band then kick into a breakneck boogie and the song takes off; Alvin spits out the vocals, filling in the spaces with more guitar salvos. The camera remains fixed on him; there are just occasional glimpses of ...  ...Read this entire story
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 SOLD OUT! Join Waitlist here!
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 BOOK NOW!
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
PREBOOK NOW with your $500 per cabin deposit.
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
- Jan 25 Chinese New Years
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949-1982), Beth Hart (1972), John Henry "Guitar Shorty"[1] Fortescue (1923-1976); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899-1977), Etta James (1938-2012); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27-Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914-1960), Elmore James (1918-1963), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930-2013); Jan 28-Drink Small (1933); Jan 29-Eddie Taylor (1923-1985), Jonny Lang (1981); Jan 30-Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983), Chuck Willis (1928-1958), Paul deLay (1952-2007), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953-2015), Jan 31 Alan Lomax (1915-2002 musicologist, writer, producer) 
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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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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
Clarksdale Film
& Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
2020 International
Blues Challenge
Memphis, Tennessee USA
The Hey Nonny Winter
Blues Summit
Jan-31-2020-Feb 2-2020
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Mornington Peninsula
Blues Festival
Mornington, Australia
CIBS Winter
Blues Fest
Des Moines, Iowa USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Experience II
Mason, Ohio, USA
 Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-20-2020 - Mar-22-2020
Looe, United Kingdom
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-28-2020, London
United Kingdom
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
30th Springing the Blues
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
Jacksonville Beach, 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
Blues Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee 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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