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Blues Festival Guide
April 30, 2020*
Vol 15/Issue 18

April 9
Very Special Magazine Offer
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases (not reviews)
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Intros and Outros
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Very Special Magazine Offer
2020 Blues Festival Guide Magazine Half-Price Offer
Here’s a Half Price Offer you can’t refuse! Get your 2020 Blues Festival Guide magazine mailed straight to your mailbox for only $4.50. We know everyone is missing their live Blues! We feel your pain and with so many fests cancelling, we also understand there are fewer chances for you to pick up a 2020 Blues Festival Guide! We’ll print in May and can mail your copy straight to your U.S. home or P.O. Box for only $4.50 US & Canada (normally $9) and $7 Overseas (normally $14)
Here's the link to order your personal copy or give us a call to place your order at 707-630-3304.

Along with blues festival, blues society and blues radio listings, we feature great editorial like: 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 and more ...Find more details
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Photo Moments with the BFG Magazine!!
Grab yours NOW & take fun photo & email it to me!
Here's photographer Nick Abadilla during a stop of his "Shelter-At-Home" project. The project is a relaxed, casual series of individual portraits of several locally recognized, professional San Diego County musicians at home. The final collage is intended to deliver a message to their fans of solidarity and gratitude during this isolation period.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Each Spring our annual edition arrives at festivals, blues societies and a few distributors! Get yours and SNAP PHOTOS of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with our annual and EMAIL your photo
plus caption & photo credit to us!
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We're proud that the Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine.
Annual Magazine Ad Deadline Extended to May 10
First of all, we hope you are all staying safe!
Music is the universal healer, and blues fans are clamoring for their annual copy of the Blues Festival Guide, but due to to the cancellation of so many events and closure of so many businesses that distribute our magazine, the printing of the 2020 Blues Festival Guide will be delayed until May. 
We're extending distribution throughout the summer and hit all the festivals, blues museums, clubs, music stores, etc., once they reopen. Don't miss this once-a-year marketing opportunity!
We offer Ad sizes for every budget. Call us today to brainstorm and find out what Discounts & Package Deals we have available.
We make it easy, affordable and fun! We will even make your ad for you.
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Thanks and we look forward to helping you,
Kaati, Cheryl, Tom, Heather and Irene 
RBA Publishing/Blues Festival Guide
*Photo: Scott Riggs (lt) President of the Northwest Florida Blues Society, and Lee Maskery (rt) Vice President (Photo by Tom Andrews)
Featured Video of the Week
Robin Rogers "Ain't No Use" (Live at 2009 BMA's)
CD & DVD Releases (not reviews)
Audrey Turner :: I’M HERE
I’m Here is blues and soul like you’ve never heard. Audrey is America’s Golden Voice. Through her voice she paints a picture that a blind man can see. Her voice is sultry, strong and electrifying. Every song is delivered with raw passion and you feel every emotion.
I'm Here is a collection of some of the greatest rooted blues songs ever recorded along with a few originals. The featured songs on the album are “Night Time Is The Right Time,” originally recorded by Ray Charles, “The Sky Is Crying” originally recorded by Elmore James, and “Ball And Chain” originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton, and hit at the top of the charts with Janis Joplin. I’m Here was produced by Emanuel Madison (her brother) and Audrey Madison Turner. There is one thing for sure, and I know that you will do, is remember this voice that makes you cry and laugh and capture your heart as America’s Golden Voice.

"From the very first time I heard AMT's voice on "I Smell Trouble" I knew. This is the quintessential soul sound – rich, strong, and soulful.”
- WABG Radio/James Poe

Born in San Francisco, Audrey Madison Turner began singing at the age of five. She enjoyed all types of music including blues, pop, jazz, rock & roll, pop and classical. In high school she formed a family group called “Madison Avenue” that the legendary Steve Wonder wrote songs for.
...More about this artist and release 
"The Night Time Is The Right Time"
"Ball And Chain"
Joe Louis Walker :: BLUES COMIN' ON
Soulful blues phenom and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on his superb new studio album, Blues Comin’ On. The album features guest performances by fellow blues icons Keb' Mo', Eric Gales, and Albert Lee, plus Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and so many more! This album explodes with the passionate playing and soulful melodies that have made Walker a favorite among true blues aficionados including the Rolling Stones.

The first single to be released is the “Old Time Used To Be,” which features guest appearances by Keb' Mo' and John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful.
"From the opening track to the final note, the guests and fellow musicians on this album made this one of the best musical journeys I’ve ever had. I hope it’s the same for you!" reveals Joe.

Originally from San Francisco, Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award-winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half century. His musical legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues is proven by his 26 albums. ...More about this artist and release 
"Old Time Used To Be"
News Flash... 
Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove – Heaven Forever

 Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove’s debut album, Heaven Forever, just released April 24, has already collected enviable raves from blues, bluegrass, rock, jam band, mainstream print and radio, and even Grateful Dead focused media outlets. Casey Van Beek's resume reaches back to playing with Linda Ronstadt, alongside future Eagles Glenn Frey and Don Henley. Tulsa Groove band member and producer, Walt Richmond, toured for six years with Bonnie Raitt and 3 years with Rick Danko and later, as a member of JJ Cale’s band, also played keyboards on JJ Cale and Eric Clapton’s Grammy winning Gold album, The Road to Escondido (2006). Eric was sufficiently impressed to include Walt on six of his albums and two tours since then.

Casey Van Beek was born in Holland but raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, and he fit right in to the burgeoning local ‘60s rock scene. By his teens he was playing bass and singing in The Vibrants, who opened for The Dave Clark Five in addition to supporting The Rolling Stones’ first L.A. area show. The Vibrants also acted as the local backing band for touring artists including Stevie Wonder, Roger Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Guitar Watson. Casey even filled in on bass for a night with Ike and Tina Turner when their bassist missed a show.

When Casey left L.A. he headed to Tulsa with Don Preston to record with the Shelter People, part of Leon Russell’s Shelter Records label. After moving to Tulsa, Casey eventually joined multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band, The Tractors, which included Casey, Walt Richmond, and future Tulsa Groove member, guitarist Ron Getman – as well as Tulsa legends, Jamie Oldaker and the late Steve Ripley.
...Find more about Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove and Heaven Forever
Tune in for Virtual 41st Blues Music Awards May 3
(MEMPHIS, TN) – Sunday, May 3rd the 1st ever "virtual" online 2020 Blues Music Awards will kickoff at 2pm PST, 4pm CST, 5PM, EST. The Blues Foundation is excited to bring you a BMA experience like never before. No matter where you're at in the world, you can stream the 2020 Blues Music Awards on Facebook and YouTube

Hosted by Blues Music Award winner Shemekia Copeland, the show will feature award presentations by Ruthie Foster, William Bell, Warren Haynes, Fantastic Negrito, Beth Hart, Keb' Mo', and Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite.

Special performances and a few surprises will also be part of this global watch party, and we hope you join us!

Enjoy this YouTube message from some of your favorite blues artists inviting you to tune in this Sunday! A full list of 2020 BMA nominees can be found here

Visit the Blues Foundation's BMA Facebook Event page and click "Going" to stay up-to-date on the latest BMA news. ...Find more details at their website
 Take the Muddy Waters Virtual Tour at Delta Museum
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The newest feature, a "free" virtual tour of Delta Blues Museum following the footsteps of blues legend Muddy Waters, is live and online now.
Produced by Mississippi filmmaker Joe York, this video tour draws upon the Museum's existing educational feature "Follow Muddy." This feature expands visitor's experience through new visuals of Stovall Farms that can be viewed plus much more, featured on display in the Delta Blues Museum Muddy Waters Addition. Visit The Crossroads virtually, only at Delta Blues Museum.The Delta Museum website is made possible through the support of Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock River Foundation.
Simply click the red button to begin your own journey through the Blues!
Mavis Staples: “When We Come Out of This, We Will Be Much Better People” 
Mavis Staples was planning on yet another busy summer. The gospel/soul legend had three months of dates with Norah Jones and Patty Griffin booked, but after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Staples will now be holed away in her Chicago apartment for the foreseeable future. Staples has been catching up with old friends, Facetiming her bandmates, and re-organizing her closets, but the energetic 80 year-old is feeling restless. “I have my health and my strength,” she says, “and I know that in order to keep that, I have to stay in. But I’ll tell ya, I want to get out.”

Rolling Stone recently caught up with Staples, who just released the timely new message song “All In It Together,” to ask some quarantine questions.
The new song you put out with Jeff Tweedy, “All In It Together,” feels very relevant. It’s amazing, I kept hearing these people on the news saying, “We’re all in this together,” and I said, “We got a song! Tweedy wrote a song called ‘We’re All In It Together!'” I called Tweedy and I said, “Tweedy, do you see these people quoting the song we wrote?” Because we recorded it back in 2013 or so and we shelved it. I said, “They gotta get that song off the shelf.” I said, “Tweedy, are you psychic? Did you know this was going to happen when you wrote that song?” Tweedy called [my label] ANTI Records, and said let’s put it out, and they got it right out. We are all in this together, and I think that when we come out of this, we’re going to be a much better people. It’s a bad thing that’s happening but it really seems to be bringing us together. People are doing things that they’ve not done for others, and it’s plain to see that this is the way that we should be towards each other.
…Read entire interview by Jonathan Bernstein of Rolling Stone
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents 

Tom checks in with Albert Castiglia who tells more of his story, how he survived his first job out of college with the Florida Welfare Office and went on to perform with his mentor, Chicago bluesman, Junior Wells.
Apple Play
Spotify Play

Chasing the Blues Podcast has weekly episodes sharing interesting  stories of the original bluesmen, the pioneers of the art form, as told through personal interviews with players from around the world: some famous in their own right, recording and touring artists, veteran sidemen, and rising new talent.

Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!
100+ scheduled shows on 6 stages. Multiple shows by each artist, pro jams, land events, autograph sessions, artist workshops and much more
NOW BOOKING: 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. Limited Cabins Remain - Book your cabin before they’re gone! Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
Artist Lineup: Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster Six, 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. Peyton’s 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) & more! Full info @
PREBOOK EXTENDED! LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam! By placing your fully-refundable $500 PER CABIN (not per person) Prebook Deposit, you will be holding a spot in line to book a stateroom (likely in May). Additional passengers may be added once you select your stateroom. Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
Artist Lineup: Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Booker T. Jones presents a Stax Revue, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue w/ Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Deanna Bogart & Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tab Benoit's Swampland Jam w/Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone & Waylon Thibodeaux, Victor Wainwright & the Train w/Dave Gross, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets w/ Darrell Nulisch & the Texas Horns, Mud Morganfield & His Allstar Chicago Band, Roomful of Blues, Tinsley Ellis, Coco Montoya, Southern Avenue, Toronzo Cannon, Joanne Shaw Taylor, John Németh & the Blue Dreamers, Mr. Sipp, Albert Castiglia, Keeshea Pratt Band, Kevin Burt, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, HOROJO Trio, Leon Blue, Professor Louie w/Miss Marie & many more! Full info @
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- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
- May Day: May 1
- Cinco de Mayo: May 5
- US Nat'l Nurse Day - May 6
- Mother's Day: May 10
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 30-Rev. Gary Davis (1896-1972), Mabel Scott (1915-2000), Frankie Lee Sims (1917-1970), Jimmie Lee Robinson (1931-2002); May 1-Big Maybelle Smith (1924-1972), Little Walter Jacobs (1930-1968), Carlton Armstrong; May 3 Homesick James (1910-2006), James Brown (1933-2006); May 5-Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959), Johnnie Taylor (1934-2000); May 8-Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911-1938); May 9-Bob Margolin (1949), A.C. Reed (1926–2004); May 10-Ted Bogan (1909-1990), Larry Williams (1935-1980); May 11-Kansas Joe McCoy (1905–1950); May 12-Barbara Dane (1927), Guy Davis (1952); May 13-Stevie Wonder (1950), Ana Popovic (1976)
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We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Blues Festival Guide Magazine Media Platforms Feature Live Streams, Online Concerts & more 
The Blues Festival Guide platforms are fast becoming the main portal for blues live stream and blues online concert events. As fast as an online event is announced, the Blues Festival Guide team makes the announcement and link go live in a special section on the top-ranking Blues Festival Guide Website, as well as on their social media platforms (Facebook with 195,000 Followers, and Instagram @bluesfestguide with 6,000 Followers). This service is provided for free to the artist as well as the viewer.
Even though music festivals and clubs are on lockdown across the globe, there are loads of brand-new music and live concerts via live stream, both small and large, local and international, that can be watched from the safety of your couch on your own TV, computer or phone.
With almost 20 years of experience delivering blues music and blues music news around the world, Publisher Kaati Gaffney says, “We are experienced digital marketers specializing in live music events. During this time of pandemic, while festivals and events are virtual, it is our pleasure to provide this service.” ...Find more about BFG or to contact us 
Festival-Event Calendar
To view entire calendar of festivals & Live Streams, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
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
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
are paid "Featured" ads

Postponed here means they've rescheduled or 2020 is still pending.
Cancelled means some have picked a date for 2021 or are hopeful
Live from Clarksdale
May-01-2020 - Jun-01-2020, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Blues Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Blues Music Awards
NOW May-3-2020
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Hill Country Harmonica 2020
May-14-2020 - May-17-2020, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Sedalia BBQ & Blues
Sedalia, Virginia, USA
Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival
May-16-2020 - May-17-2020
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Spring Fling Music Festival
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-07-2020
Chicago, Illinois, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-06-2020
North Canton, Ohio, USA
Interstate Blues Fest
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Torrita Blues Festival 2020
Jun-18-2020 - Jun-20-2020
Torrita di Siena, Italy
Blues On The Fox 2020
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-20-2020
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Juneteenth Festival of Akron
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-21-2020
Akron, Ohio, USA
Franklin Blues and
Barbecue Festival
Jun-20-2020 - Jun-21-2020
Franklin , Pennsylvania, USA
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-24-2020 - Jul-25-2020
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Magic City Blues
Jul-30-2020 - Aug-01-2020
Billings, Montana, USA
Calgary Blues Fest
Jul-30-2020 - Aug-02-2020
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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RBA Publishing, Inc. in business since 1993, is a boutique blues-specific PR and marketing firm based on the West Coast. We help musicians, festivals, labels and music-related brands. Our digital campaigns target fans, industry and influencers. We are masterful at email marketing, social media, fan acquisition and long-term marketing plans. Our media services are supported by people who understand and love the blues genre. Publishers of annual the Blues Festival Guide magazine, our top-ranking website, and e-Guide newsletter with approx 30,000 weekly subscribers, we have been blues industry leaders for over 18 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to findout how we can help you!
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