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Blues Festival Guide
April 2, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 14

April 9
Please stay safe and optimistic!
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CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Along with our blues festival, blues society and blues radio listings, we also feature some great editorial. We featured a “Sneak “peek” in last week’s e-Guide but here are some titles and authors as a reminder.
- What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright
- The Healing Blues By Anita Schlank, Ph.D.
- The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation
- Blues; An African Sonic Response By Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.
- Jammin’ On The High C’s: On Board the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise By Mitch Woods
- Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite By Eric Steiner
- 2020 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients
...Find more details
Featured Video of the Week
Fantastic Negrito
"Chocolate Samurai" (Corona Quarantine Video) 
CD & DVD Releases
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix :: MILES OF BLUES 
Grammy nominees Professor Louie & The Crowmatix have been the torchbearers of American roots and blues music for nearly 20 years. The energetic five-piece band from Woodstock, New York return with their second album of 2019 and their 15th release, Miles Of Blues. The collection of nine new tracks and a bonus live cut is appropriately subtitled “From L-50" to Steampunk & Miles of Blues in between...” giving us a clue to the variety in store for our listening pleasure.

The acclaimed keyboardist, producer and engineer Aaron L. Hurwitz, aka “Professor Louie,” unselfishly shares the spotlight with vocalist Miss Marie, stalwart guitarist John Platania, along with the versatile rhythm section of Gary Burke and Frank Campbell. The Woodstock Horns make an appearance on two tracks with arrangements by super special guest and member of the original Blues Brothers Band, Tom “Bones” Malone.

Platania delivers masterful slide guitar work on the opening track "L-50 Blues," a lively ode to one of the most popular Gibson acoustic arch top guitars ever made and its influence on the development of America’s beloved music. ...More about this artist and release 
"L-50 Blues"
News Flash... 
Blues Against Hunger Easter Telethon April 12
(ROSARITO, MX) – Blues Against Hunger or BAHS, is an organization with a simple mission: To produce live blues music events that promote the collection and distribution of non-perishable food to the hungry while supporting, promoting and preserving the blues in the communities we serve. Food gets distributed in each community by local food banks and other service groups. To date we have collected and distributed over 27,000 pounds of food in Mexico and the US.
Unfortunately, in the current Pandemic conditions globally, all opportunities to gather together in person to celebrate with the blues have ceased. We cannot continue our mission without blues. For this reason, we invite you to join us Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 from 10am-6pm as we gather together online with very special guests to celebrate the blues and continue the fight to end hunger. Get ready for live interviews, music, laughter, and love with hosts Sixx and “Sweet” Rachel Pack, the founders of BAHS who also perform as Sweet Sixx & the Wild Pack band. 

Along with Sweet Sixx & Wild Pack, the more than a dozen special guests include:
- Multiple award-winning guitarist Kid Ramos from Los Angeles who is currently touring with supergroup, The Proven Ones. Ramos has played with James Harman, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mannish Boys and many more.
- New York’s Tom Chapin is a musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter, storyteller and 3-time Grammy Award winner.
...Find the full list of guests and links to the telethon and BAHS...
Cool Live Blues Streams Online
Here is some upcoming live streaming opportunities we found that you can enjoy online.

The “Can’t Stop The Blues” Facebook page is hosting live streams of various blues artists left and right. This group is a free platform for touring musicians to perform live during this crisis, in any way they are able. While their shows will be available to you free of charge, they will have a tip jar and/or PayPal or other funding options for them. These will go directly to the bands' own accounts. If you miss any of the live presentations, you can watch previous shows in the video section of their Facebook page. 

APRIL 2: Mike Zito’s Blues Podcast guest is Danielle Nicole 6-7:30pm CDT
APRIL 3: Samantha Fish Fridays presents Facebook Live via her page every Friday for the next 3 weeks at 12pm CST. Tune in April 3 with special guest artist Nicholas David
- Anders Osborne on his Facebook Live "Fans Pick the Album" 6:30pm CST- Albert Castiglia's CD release party hosted by “Can’t Stop The Blues” 9pm EDT
- Gracie Curran Live on “Can’t Stop The Blues” Fri at 8 PM – 9 PM EDT
APRIL 4: Diana Rein on “Can’t Stop The Blues” 8pm EDT- Gary Hoey on “Can't Stop The Blues” 9pm EDT
APRIL 5: John Clifton Band Live Streaming Living Room Concert on his Facebook page Sunday 2:30pm PST
- Terry Hanck on “Can't Stop The Blues” Sun April 5th 8-9pm EDT
APRIL 12: Blues Against Hunger Easter Telethon w-Kid Ramos, Sauce Boss & a dozen more 10am-6pm PST
APRIL 13: Corey Harris acoustic blues and roots session via his Facebook page Monday, April 13 12 Noon EST
APRIL 15:  Selwyn Birchwood says, “What better time to share some acoustic music, stories, and positivity while you’re locked down?! Selwyn Birchwood’s alter-ego “The Blues Shadow!” will be having Hump-Day FB LIVE shows Every Wednesday, 8pm EST on his Facebook page!
...Find links to streams and the rest of the sample listings that are coming at you this weekend and beyond
Out of the Blues: Reflections on the 1960s Revival
In the late 1950s and early ’60s, prewar acoustic blues guitarists such as Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, and Reverend Gary Davis earned late-in-life fame as new audiences eagerly devoured their music through performances at events like the Newport Folk Festival and LP reissues and compilations on labels like Folkways and Yazoo Records. Acoustic guitarists, many of them young and white, became enthralled by this earthy music, recorded in the 1920s and ’30s and previously accessible mainly through old and rare 78 rpm discs. In an era before excellent roots and blues instruction was just a click away, and before the language was common knowledge among guitarists, the music was often inscrutable—the use of, say, a bottleneck slide or open tuning not always apparent to even the most attentive listener.
Among the young musicians who fell under the spell of the blues in the 1960s were Happy Traum, Stefan Grossman, Rory Block, and Steve James, names no doubt familiar to readers of this magazine. All four spent their formative years in New York during the folk and blues revival, which saw a lot of action in the clubs of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, and in that neighborhood’s Washington Square Park. As such, these guitarists were able to seek out the old masters, befriending them and learning their secrets firsthand.
From the May/June 2020 issue of Acoustic Guitar By Adam Perlmutter
...Find link to entire article here
Part 2: Current Status of Festivals & Events
As reported in our Mar 19 Blues Festival e-Guide, in solidarity and for the safety of all, a large majority of upcoming events have been cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled. Many that have postponed are still debating the monumental logistics of rescheduling. We will keep you informed on updates as we can. I didn’t list the cancelled ones that have already passed. Many of those that have cancelled are looking forward to coming back like gangbusters in 2021!

In the meantime, we hope that you are staying as safe as possible. We hold out hope and believe that human kindness will excel in spite of the hardships so many of us may be facing in general now. Music is a Healer!

to the best of our knowledge as of April 2, 2020 (in alpha order)
(R) Avila Beach Blues Festival-Avila Beach, CA-May 24 moved to May 30
(P) Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival-Barnesville, GA-April 17-18
(P) Baton Rouge Blues Festival-Baton Rouge, LA-April 18-19
(R) Billtown Blues Festival-Williamsport, PA-March 14 now June 11-13, 2021
(P) Birding & Blues Festival-Pacific City, OR-April 17-19
(C) Blind Willie McTell Music Festival-Augusta, GA-May 2
(C) Blues By the Sea-Kiawah Island, SC-April 19
(C) Blues Festival Baden-Baden, CH-May 23-30
(C) Blues from the Top-Winter Park. CO-June 27-28
*Blues Hall of Fame Museum-Closed until further notice
*Blues Music Awards & Blues Hall of Fame Inductions *to be Virtual
...Find entire list here
Blues Foundation’s Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
(MEMPHIS,TN) - The Blues Foundation established the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to assist professional blues musicians whose primary source of income is paid performance and whose household, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has lost all means of income for the foreseeable future. This fund has been established for the sole purpose of providing EMERGENCY relief and will only cover those basic necessities required to live
Musicians in need of financial assistance due to circumstances or event cancellations that occurred prior to the Coronavirus pandemic are not eligible to apply. Neither are individuals whose primary musical form is not blues and/or who do not depend upon performance revenue as their major source of income.

To request funding please contact Elizabeth Montgomery Brown at Or, if you have the ability, please consider donating to help us help blues musicians with emergency needs.
Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund! ...More details and links
A Message from the Billtown Blues Association 
(HUGHESVILLE, PA) - After much intense deliberation the Billtown Blues Association’s Board of Directors has come to the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 31st Annual Billtown Blues Festival slated for June 12th, 13th, & 14th, 2020 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville, Pennsylvania.  

The early June time frame for the Festival presents a large “unknown” risk to all involved both in terms of health, safety, and economic recovery. “So many people are in limbo,” says Bonnie Tallman, Executive Director of the BBA. “Especially the hired artists who when coming to our festival often “route-in” connecting performances with other venues on the way to and from Hughesville. Ultimately, we felt we needed to take the most conservative approach for our artists, volunteers, and most importantly our attendees, considering no one knows how this situation will shape up in the weeks or months ahead.”
The Festival has already been rescheduled for June 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2021 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville, PA. Plans are currently underway to reschedule the complete 2020 lineup.
“Last year was a major turning point for us with the 3-day music expansion and the camping option, says Jared Mondell, Vice President of the BBA’s Board of Directors. “We turned the corner financially after being flat for the past few years...” ...Read full story here 
Catching Up with 50 years of Living Blues
On April 1, for their #266. (April/May 2020), Living Blues published their special 50th Anniversary issue. For their 50th anniversary they revisit 21 of their past cover artists and seeing where life and the blues have led them. The artists featured include Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Bettye LaVette, Robert Cray, Lil’ Ed Williams, Shemekia Copeland, Michael Hill and many more.
Issue #266 also includes “In The Beginning,” the story of the early years of Living Blues as told by co-founding editor Jim O’Neal. Other special features include "Thirty of the Very Best Blues Albums of the 2010s and Thirty You May Have Missed" and "People, Places, and Things," a list of 50 blues songs dealing with particular people, places, and things, both real and mythical, both from Jim DeKoster; and "Fifty Fabulous Sessions – The Pre-war Era," from Jas Obrecht. The "Let It Roll" column highlights Barbecue Bob’s recording session for Columbia Records in Atlanta on April 13, 1928, a session that helped define the sound of Atlanta Blues.
Other highlights are "Artist to Artist" with Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield, the "Breaking Out" column spotlighting King Solomon Hicks, the latest Living Blues Radio Charts, and festival listings. Record reviews include new releases from Dom Flemons, John Primer and Bob Corritore, and Frank Bey, and reissues by Mel Brown, Fats Domino, and Gus Jenkins.
...Find links here
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LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam. Over 95% Sold! Book your cabin now before they’re gone!! Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979. Over 100 scheduled shows on 6 stages. Artist Lineup: 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, Shemekia Copeland, Danielle Nicole, 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, Chuk Barber’s Soul Lounge, Mr. Sipp (Special Guest) & many more!
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
- Passover is Wednesday April 8
- Easter is Sunday April 12
- Orthodox Easter April 19
- Earth Day April 22
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939-1984); April 3-Mitch Woods (1951); April 4-Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield (1913–1983); April 5 Larry McCray (1960); April 6-Big Walter Horton (1918–1981) Warren Haynes (1960); April 7-Billie Holiday (1915-1959); April 9-Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976); April 10-John Brim (1922–2003) Rosco Gordon (1928–2002) ), Shemekia Copeland (1979); April 11-Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939), Ana Popovic (1976); April 12-"Hound Dog" Taylor (1915-1975); April 15-Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894-1937); April 16-Sean Costello (1979-2008)
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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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Postponed here means they've rescheduled or 2020 is still pending.
Cancelled means some have picked a date for 2021 or are hopeful
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
Byron Bay BluesFest
Apr-09-2020 - Apr-13-2020
Byron Bay, Australia
Blues Against Hunger
Live Telethon
Rosarito, Baja, MX
POSTPONED to Nov 5-7
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival
Apr-16-2020 - Apr-18-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Birding & Blues Festival
Apr-17-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Pacific City, Oregon, USA
European Blues Challenge
Apr-17-2020 - Apr-18-2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands
SRV Tribute Show!
Apr-18-2020, Minneapolis
Minnesota, USA
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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
Gator By The Bay
San Diego, California USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-08-2020 - May-09-2020
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
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
North Central Florida Women in Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-07-2020, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-06-2020
North Canton, Ohio, USA
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