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Blues Festival Guide
May 14, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 20

Very Special Discount Offer... Order yours now!!
2020 Blues Festival Guide Magazine Half-Price Offer
Here's it is... our beautiful, soulful 2020 cover featuring Danielle Nicole by photographer Brita Brookes!
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!
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. 
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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, A King And A Duke by Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Jammin’ On The High C’s: On Board the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise By Mitch Woods, Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite by Eric Steiner, Reel Away The Blues by Roger Stolle, The Healing Blues by Anita Schlank, Ph.D., The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation, Blues; An African Sonic Response by Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D. ...Find more details
Very Special Discount Offer... Order yours now!!
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 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the BFG Magazine!!
Here's Bruce Newman (BFG President Barbara Newman's husband) and Jeff DeLia of 72 Music Management at the 2019 BMA in Memphis.

Photo: Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw
*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!
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
We're proud that the Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine.
Featured Video of the Week
Shaun Murphy - "Welcome To Bluesville" 
CD & DVD Releases (not reviews)
Jimmy Johnson :: EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE 
Every Day Of Your Life, from the ageless Chicago blues and soul legend, Jimmy Johnson, aka "The Bar Room Preacher," is his first full length Delmark album since 1982's North/South. He is unbelievably 90 years young, but his playing, songwriting, and singing sounds remarkably the same as it always has – distinctive and full of deep blues and soul!

Four decades ago, Jimmy Johnson permanently established himself as a front-rank Chicago blues man with his unusually imaginative Delmark debut album, Johnson's Whacks. Now he’s come full circle: Jimmy is back on Delmark with Every Day Of Your Life, which shows that he remains a vital force into his 90s. Johnson’s fluid, slicing guitar licks dart and spark with unpredictable electricity throughout this set. His voice sores to the heavens time and again, never replacing its melismatic passion no matter the tempo.

From the funky opening original “Every Day Of Your Life,” a churning “Down In The Valley,” an exquisitely tailored revivals of the slow blues “Strange Things Happening,” to a hard-driving “I Need You So Bad,” Jimmy is never less than masterful. Witness Johnson’s personalized treatment of Fenton Robinson’s classic “Somebody Loan Me A Dime.” “My Ring,” another standout original, takes a swaying and unexpected reggae turn, and Johnson sits down behind the 88 for a solo reprise of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s uplifting “Lead Me On” to close the album in deeply moving style. 
"Every Day Of Your Life"
News Flash... 
Texas Festivals Join Forces for Sept 18-20
(TOMBALL, TX) - The GCBA Houston Blues Festival and Lone Star Blues Festival have joined forces to become the GCBA Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival.  The 2020 festival will be a three-day event to be held September 18-20 at the VFW Post 2427 Fairgrounds in Tomball, Texas.

The 2020 festival headliner is Lone Star legend Mr. Jimmie Vaughan. Other confirmed acts include Benny Turner, Buddy Whittington and Eric Johanson.
Proceeds from the festival will be used to support the missions of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Gulf Coast Blues Association
For additional information, visit the Lone Star Blues Fest website
Harmonica Collective Online June 7 with Charlie Musselwhite
(ONLINE) - The June 7th edition of Harmonica Collective Online will feature Jason Ricci and Winslow Yerxa with very special guest instructor Charlie Musselwhite!

The 2020 Collective was scheduled for the spring in Florida, but was necessarily cancelled due the Coronavirus epidemic. Jason and Winslow have decided to take the Collective online as a 2-hour monthly workshop, with a special guest expert instructor each month. 

Learn from a moveable feast of the world's best harmonica instructors and monthly guest stars. This live, online version of the legendary Harmonica Collective is available to subscribers for permanent, repeated review.

The Jason Ricci / Winslow Yerxa Harmonica Collective has been an institution since its inception several years ago as a multi-day hotel-based event geared toward the intermediate to advanced harp player. In 2018, after a brief hiatus, the revival of the Collective was held at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans. It was a star-studded event which was well attended and appreciated by all. Harmonica Collective Online 
An Invite To Watch
(INDIANOLA, MS) - Although we've has been closed for some time due to COVID, we'd like to encourage you to check our social media accounts for... big changes happening at the B.B. King Museum!

We are so excited about the latest expansion project which includes a 4,500-square-foot addition housing BB King's tour bus and two of his vehicles, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and a custom-painted Chevy El Camino.

The expansion will also complete the Memorial Garden, the site of King’s final resting place. In addition to the existing granite tablet, there will be an impressive free-standing structure with a life-size bronze of Mr. King holding his beloved Lucille, sculpted by Toby Mendez Studios.

Each Tuesday, we'll post an update of where we are in the construction process. Check our social links to follow along.

Thank you for keeping up with us at the B.B. King Museum. We look forward to serving you again in the near future. Stay healthy!

Malika Polk-Lee/Executive Director
B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

Our mission at the Museum is to "Inspire Hope, Creativity and Greatness!"
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Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents 

Tom "The Suit" Forst is talking Pinetop Perkins with Delmark Recording Artist Rockin' Johnny Burgin this week. The conversation includes stories about Burgin's days playing guitar with the legendary Pinetop Perkins, a gig he landed right out of college, "long before I was ready," he says. In his impressive career, "Rockin Johnny Burgin" has recorded nine albums, in addition to playing on numerous albums as a sideman to a who's who list of blues legends.
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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
- International Museum Day May 18
- Memorial Day May 25
- Amnesty Day International May 28
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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, 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 to share your events 
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 are paid "Featured" ads.  For complete list & links go to our website Festival page!
Postponed means rescheduled or 2020 is still pending. Cancelled means some have picked dates for 2021. Please check the festival links on our site for most current updates
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
Blues Rules Crissier Festival
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-06-2020
Paris, France
Interstate Blues Fest
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Mifflinburg Wine,
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
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 
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
Free Thursday’s
Summer Concert Series
Jul-02-2020 - Aug-27-2020
Norwich, New York, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-06-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Sunflower River Blues Festival
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
20th Annual
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-10-2020
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
New Blues Festival
Aug-08-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Long Beach, California, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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Call 707-630-3304
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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