|This is it! Annual Magazine Ad Deadline is May 10|
|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 is delayed until mid-May. |
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|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 mid-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)|
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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
|Featured Video of the Week|
|Roomful of Blues - "Phone Zombies" |
|CD & DVD Releases (not reviews)|
|The Jimmys :: GOTTA HAVE IT|
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"
The Jimmys are a kickass, multi-award-winning blues/soul/funk/R&B band from Madison, Wisconsin headed up by award-winning keyboardist, singer, songwriter Jimmy Voegeli. They have been entertaining crowds for 12+ years. From local clubs to major festivals, they have traveled the globe! Their newest release, Gotta Have it
, was produced by Grammy award winning producer Tony Braunagel.
The Jimmys previous albums and members have been nominated and/or received, multiple awards including Blues Performer, Contemporary Blues Album and Artist of the Year.
“This new album brims with an honest feeling that stimulates the bandleader's casually forceful vocals and piano work…”
– Downbeat Magazine
The Jimmys have included guest stars on their former releases including Bun E Carlos, Billy Flynn, Jim Liban and the legendary Clyde Stubblefield. Gotta Have It
is no exception with long-time fan Marcia Ball co-writing with Voegili and Tony Braunagel and performing on "Write A Hit" and adding her vocals to "When You Got love."
|#1 Largest Blues Harmonica Gathering in U.S. now Virtual|
|(OXFORD, MS) - May 16 - 17, 2020 join us virtually in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hill Country Harmonica and 100 years of Black-owned land at Foxfire Ranch! This virtual blues harmonica instructional gathering is rooted in culture, place and storytelling. Featured clinic instructors and performers include Phil Wiggins, Aki Kumar, Wallace Coleman, Andrew Alli, Damon “Yella P” Pearson, Andréa Van Allen and Sharde Thomas and The Rising Stars Fife & Drum Band. Registration is offered on the website.|
Why We Gather Together and What To Expect...
Deep Learning: Each day you will experience engaging instructional sessions, history and blues storytelling - because we believe our stories change the world.
History and Culture: We’ve heard your requests and are adding in elements to further ground this virtual experience in the rich culture of the North Mississippi Hill Country.
Intergenerational Learning: Our instructors run the gamut from historians, harmonica and blues elders, to the vanguard of the next generation of musicians.
For the past 10 years, our Hill Country Harmonica Clinic has attracted Harpsuckers from near and far, from Georgia to Germany to pilgrimage to Foxfire Ranch in Oxford, Mississippi. However, in lieu of the global pandemic and in the interest of our collective well-being, this is why we've opted to turn our gathering virtual this year. ...Find more about Hill Country Harmonica Fest
|Winners of the 41st Blues Music Awards |
(MEMPHIS, TN) – On Sunday, May 3rd the virtual 2020 Blues Music Awards, hosted by Blues Music Award winner Shemekia Copeland, was a treat to watch. Award presentations were made by Ruthie Foster, William Bell, Warren Haynes, Fantastic Negrito, Beth Hart, Keb' Mo', Charlie Musselwhite and announced by Big Llou Johnson. Special performances and BMA flashbacks were a super cool highlight. Young Christone "Kingfish" Ingram took home 5 of the awards with multiple honors going to Nick Moss and Sugaray Rayford.
Here are the 2020 BMA Winners:
B.B King Entertainer of the Year: SUGARAY RAYFORD
Band of The Year: NICK MOSS BAND featuring DENNIS GRUENLING
Album of the Year: CHRISTONE KINGFISH" INGRAM - Kingfish
Song of the Year: NICK MOSS featuring DENNIS GRUENLING - "Lucky Guy"
Best Emerging Artist Album Winner:
CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM - Kingfish
Contemporary Blues Album: CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM - Kingfish
Contemporary Blues Female Artist: SHEMEKIA COPELAND
Contemporary Blues Male Artist: CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM
Traditional Blues Album Winner:
NICK MOSS BAND W-DENNIS GRUENLING - Lucky Guy
Traditional Blues Male Artist: JIMMIE VAUGHAN
Traditional Blues Female Artist: SUE FOLEY
Rock Artist Winner: ERIC GALES
Blues Rock Album Winner: ALBERT CASTIGLIA - Masterpiece
Acoustic Blues Album: BOB MARGOLIN - This Guitar And Tonight
Acoustic Blues Artist: DOUG MACLEOD
Historical Blues Album: EARWIG MUSIC COMPANY/MICHAEL FRANK
Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby Records - The Definitive Collection
Best Soul Blues Album: BOBBY RUSH - Sitting On Top Of The Blues
Best Soul Blues Male Artist: SUGARAY RAYFORD
Best Soul Blues Female Artist: BETTYE LAVETTE
Instrumentalist Guitar: CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM
Instrumentalist Bass: MICHAEL "MUDCAT" WARD
Instrumentalist Horn: VANESSA COLLIER
Instrumentalist Vocals: MAVIS STAPLES
Instrumentalist Drums: CEDRIC BURNSIDE
Instrumentalist Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player): VICTOR WAINWRIGHT
Instrumentalist Harmonica: RICK ESTRIN
...Watch the replay, see nominees and winners and more
|Bluesdays this Summer in Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley|
(OLYMPIC VILLAGE, CA) - This summer we’re celebrating the 12th Anniversary of Bluesdays! This popular and free outdoor concert series at the Village at Squaw Valley features acclaimed blues musicians, great grab-and-go food offerings from Village restaurants and a Blues bar with beer, wine and spirits available in the Events Plaza. During the summer Bluesdays series get discounted food and drink specials, and lodging sales every Tuesday. Showtimes is 6-8:30pm.|
2020 Bluesdays Lineup as of this writing:
June 16-The Blues Monsters
June 23-Nick Moss Band
June 30-Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
July 7-Chris Cain
July 14-Alastair Greene Band
July 21-Vanessa Collier
July 28-Joe Louis Walker
Aug 4-Mike Zito
Aug 11-Trudy Lynn
Aug 18-Matt Schofield
Aug 25-Terry Hanck
Sept 1-Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sept 8-Selwyn Birchwood
…Find more about Bluesdays at Squaw Valley
|Celebrating 17 Years of OBHOF Inductees|
(RENTIESVILLE, OK) - The Down-Homes Blues Club not only hosts the annual Dusk To Dawn festival, but is home to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s the place to learn about the history of the blues and the 100 musicians who have been honored by induction. The Blues Hall of Fame rocks on even if behind closed doors. We have a great list of deserving and fun musicians to honor and links and questions about how to pull this off. Help us honor these heroes of the music! Actual date of the induction ceremony TBA.|
The 2020 Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Inductees are:
- J. J. CALE Tulsa
- STANLEY ‘SIR STAN’ GRIGGS Okmulgee, Kansas City, Los Angeles
- HAROLD G. JONES OKC drums, vocals, DVD KBA Festivals
- ‘SLICK WILLIE’ LAWSON Stillwater, Perkins
- BIG MIKE MOORE Tulsa; Education Award
- JAMIE OLDAKER Tulsa, OK
- TAMMY ‘BAM BAM’ GLIDEWELL RIDGEWAY OK
- BOZ SKAGGS TX, OK, CA
- DAVID TEEGARDEN Tulsa
- LAWRENCE WRIGHT & the STARLIGHTERS Kansas City, Muskogee
- WILLIE WRIGHT Muskogee, Wichita KS
- WALTER TAYLOR
- SCOTT BOOKER founder AMC@UCO OKc; Education and working to build a Music Mecca in OKC & KBA FESTIVALS B.L.A.C.
- ANITA ARNOLD Memphis, OKC
We will have some kind of a party for these people following Museum Assoc. guidelines about how and when – maybe outside on the deck – maybe in July. We will keep you posted and up-to-date! (918) 855-0978 ...More info
|Chasing The Blues Podcast|
|Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents |
SEASON 2 / EPISODE 3:
Tom The Suit Forst goes behind the scenes for a personal chat with blues-rock guitarist Gary Hoey. Their talk ranges from Gary's music to his work as Music Director for the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. They also talk about his career, and the state of the music industry during and post-Covid-19.
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?|
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100+ scheduled shows on 6 stages. Multiple shows by each artist, pro jams, land events, autograph sessions, artist workshops and much more…
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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 @ https://bluescruise.com/35-oct-2020/
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 @ https://bluescruise.com/36-jan-2021-eastern-caribbean/
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|- Mother's Day: May 10|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); May 14-Grady Gaines (1934); May 15-Johnny Williams (1906-2006), L.C. "Good Rockin" Robinson (1915-1976), Larry Johnson (1938); May 17-Taj Mahal (1942); May 18-Little Son Joe Lawlars (1900-1961), Big Joe Turner (1911-1985); May 19-Jimmy Thackery (1953); May 20-Joe Cocker (1944-2014); May 21-Fats Waller (1904-1943), Dave Specter (1963), Billy Wright (1932-1991), Ronald Isley (1941); May 24- Bob Dylan (1941); May 25-Miles Davis (1926); May 26-Mamie Smith (1883–1946), Levon Helm (1940-2012); May 27-Junior Parker (1932-1971); May 28-Papa John Creech (1917-1989), T-Bone Walker (1910-1975), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (our BFG Owner/Publisher), John Fogarty (1945)
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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
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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 to share your events
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Live from Clarksdale
May-01-2020 - Jun-01-2020, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Hill Country Harmonica 2020
May-14-2020 - May-17-2020, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Spring Fling Music Festival
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-06-2020
North Canton, Ohio, USA
Blues Rules Crissier Festival
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-06-2020
Interstate Blues Fest
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Brews, & Blues Festival
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Torrita Blues Festival 2020
Jun-18-2020 - Jun-20-2020
Torrita di Siena, Italy
RESCHEDULED JUN 18-19, 2021
Blues On The Fox 2020
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-20-2020
Aurora, Illinois, USA
|For all festival-event links|
please go to our website
|Alpine Country Blues Festival|
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-20-2020
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Juneteenth Festival of Akron
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-21-2020
Akron, Ohio, USA
RESCHEDULED TO JULY 17, 2021
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
Summer Concert Series
Jul-02-2020 - Aug-27-2020
Norwich, New York, USA
RESCHEDULED AUG 5-8, 2021
Notodden Blues Festival
Jul-30-2020 - Aug-02-2020
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-06-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-10-2020
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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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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