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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 20, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 34

You can Enter to Win a One-On-One
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
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 
Video of the Week
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Print & Digital Versions Available
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
You can Enter to Win a One-On-One
Win A One-On One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
Hey Blues Lovers,

Find complete details and enter your info at this link and you could win a private Zoom visit with one of these artists: Sugaray Rayford, Albert Castiglia, Southern Avenue or Dawn Tyler Watson – all are international touring artists and winners or nominees of the 2020 Blues Music Awards. Enter as often as you like. The contest goes until Sept 26th so share, share, share!

Each week a winners name will be randomly draw by celebrity DJ Big LLou, and we’ll then notify the winner and send them a *Zoom invite. So much fun!
Enter your info at this link and scroll there to find complete contest details.
During your one-on-one, 15-minute Zoom (*or other method) visit with one of these world-class blues artists, you can ask questions, they may play you a song, or you can just chit chat… connecting you deeper with the artist and their passions.

This contest is brought to you by Blues Festival Guide, Chasing the Blues Podcast, The Blues Foundation and Big Llou. Must be 18 or over.
You can also click the images to find full details and entry form. Good luck!
Here's some thoughts about venues opening... share yours!
Hey Blues Fans!! We see some music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing then opening, etc.
Here's response from a fan:
"I recently flew to Fargo, North Dakota for what seems like the only blues festival that was not cancelled. Few people wore masks, but it was outside, so that was fine with me. It was so healing to get to hear all of the bands live, particularly the Nick Moss Band, Anthony Gomes, Albert Castiglia, Johnny Rawls and Albert Cummings. They all seemed so happy to be playing again that they sounded even more amazing than usual. The blues is a healer, and this festival helped to heal me until hopefully another opportunity will arise." Anita Schlank
We're interested in your thoughts:
- Have you attended any shows and where?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, crowded, etc.)
- If not, when will you feel comfortable attending?
- If you're a musician, have you performed live for an audience recently? 
- If so, how was the vibe and attendance?
Email me 100 words MAX and make sure to put "VENUES OPENING" in subject line (so it doesn't get lost in my email). Tell us where in the world you're located. Feel free to send me a pic of your favorite blues music experience if you like, too.
Wishing you all good health and peace,
Video of the Week
Junior Wells & Buddy Guy "Mystery Train" 1974
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
The rousing, bluesy, contrified, good-time veteran guitarist, songwriter, singer Elvin Bishop shares a pic with his new Blues Festival Guide magazine! Elvin has a new CD coming out end of September with Charlie Musselwhite on Alligator Records (we mentioned in last week's e-Guide). The week before that we featured "Lockdown," a super fun and poignant video with Elvin's Big Fun Trio and Kid Andersen. You best checkout our archives if you missed. 

Elvin was an original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of that group in 2015 and the Blues Hall of Fame in his own right in 2016. 
Photo courtesy Elvin Bishop
Go ahead and get creative and take a picture with your magazine and email it to us (see below). Don't have your new magazine? You can order one here!
*NOTE! Our 2020 annual was sent to select festivals, blues societies and a few distributors plus we also Encourage Individual Subscribers because of the unusual conditions of the Pandemic... or... if you know of a friendly place that's open that we might send a box to please let us know.
Once you get yours, have fun and SNAP A PHOTO of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the BFG magazine and EMAIL your photo, caption (100 words or less), a URL if applicable, and photo credit to your e-Guide editor!
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Jim Gustin & Truth Jones :: LESSONS LEARNED
Fresh off their appearance at the 2020 international Blues Challenge semifinals, where they proudly represented their hometown of Santa Clarita, California, Jim Gustin and Truth Jones (Jeri Goldenhar) are set to release their third album, “Lessons Learned.” The eleven new tracks reflect the group’s diversity, talent and experience growing up in the melting pot of Southern California. The new album is a collection of driving blues, funky soul, sultry jazz and American rock ‘n’ roll that speaks to the tales of wild nights in bar rooms, Sunday mornings in church, times of heartbreak, and years of struggle and the wisdom received that fill the songs delivered by two powerful and emotive vocalists. Gustin and Jones are backed by the muscular rhythm section of bassist Scott Duncan and drummer Chuck Strong, along with versatile keyboardist Steve Alterman, and the dynamic saxophonist Lawrence Tamez.

Produced by Gustin, the band once again called on the legendary California music man, Terry Wilson, to co-engineer, mix and master the project, and invited several special guests to join in the sessions, including Tower of Power trumpeter Lee Thornburg, and Harp Attack man Chris LeRoi Hansen, guitar man Tommy Marsh (Crooked Eye Tommy), sax guru Jim Scimonetti, and Jones’ daughter Jill Hormon, who sang on a few tracks. The whole family gathered at Mystic Mountain Sound Studios and followed the directive inscribed on the band’s logo “Verum Quaero” - to seek truth.
"All You Ever Bring Me Is The Blues"
News Flash... 
4th Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival 2020 Sept 26-27
Due to COVID-19 it’s a New Day, New Way Cotton Patch Soul Blues Leading the Pack

(HOLLY SPRINGS, MS) - Hosted by Robert Kimbrough Sr. the 4th Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival 2020. Live Online from The Hut IN Holly Springs, MS. Worldwide Sept 26-27, 2020.

Come on! Ride 2tha Blues wit Robert Kimbrough Sr. to the deep woodz of the North Hills of East Mississippi. Robert gon2 bring Cotton Patch Soul Blues 2u! Get your ticket, kick back, and catch a ride to the Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Your consummate host Robert Sr., is the youngest Son of North Mississippi internationally celebrated Blues Legend David “Junior” Kimbrough. This years’ festival Robert offers two days of scheduled events presented Live Online in a virtual broadcast Live from The Hut. Buy tickets online here. A private link will be sent one hour before Class/Showtime.

Saturday Sept 26, 2020
Learn from the Legends
Robert Sr., as well as Mr. Joe Ayers are available for guitar lessons, Kinney available for drum instruction. Lil’ Joe was Junior Kimbrough’s guitarist and then later bass player for 30 years. Joe appears on the High Water Lp Do The ROMP, and is seen in the film Deep Blues. An incredible opportunity for anyone to learn the secrets of Cotton Patch Soul Blues, not just schooled musicians. One-on-one music instruction offered. Learn from the Originals. Robert Kimbrough Sr. guitar and bass, Kinney Kimbrough drums, Mr. Joe Ayers & Duwayne Burnside guitar. 

Two One hour/One-on-One classes will be held on Zoom TWO TEACHERS for one hour each. Please register online. Limited to 25 students. A private link will be emailed one hour before class time. 11am – 2pm $100 (2 hrs)
Other classes offered Saturday: ...Find full Festival schedule here
The League’s 10th Annual Blues Bash Aug 22-23
(FORT WAYNE, IN) - Blues is going virtual in 2020! Help The League for the Blind and Disabled celebrate their 10th Annual Blues Bash on Aug. 22 (encore Aug. 23)! This mini-blues festival event will broadcast live on Facebook from 7-11pm EST (encore 3-7pm). And, its free! This mini-blues festival will be hosted by DJ Dar Lopez: Music junkie, Blues Fan, DJ, wardrobe wizard, costume queen, crafter, serial volunteer, Disciple of the Lorax. It's going to be an amazing night.

The 2020 Blues Bash lineup includes: Albert Castiglia, Erin Coburn, The Gat Brothers, Gary Hoey, Honey Island Swamp Band, Todd Harrold Band, Hamilton Loomis, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, and a special feature of Toronzo Cannon!

Saturday, August 22, 7pm to 11pm EST watch here on Facebook.
Sunday, August 23, 3pm to 7pm EST watch encore performance on Facebook.
Not on Facebook? No problem: watch here.

While this event is free, your donations are encouraged to help support The League! Not only will your gift impact the lives of hundreds of people with disabilities be empowered to independence, they are giving back 30% of all donations received during the concert back to our participating performers. These are challenging times we are facing, and musicians around the world are feeling the negative impact of COVID with cancelled performances. We encourage you to not only support our organization, but to support the musicians! Get ready for an awesome weekend of Blues! 
LRBC "Driftin' & Driftin'" Happy Hour Episode 2 with Tommy Castro & Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Live on Aug 20 
LRBC's Driftin’ & Driftin’ Happy Hour returns for Episode Two! Tune in as Rev. Billy C. Wirtz talks musician to musician with our favorite Cruise artists and Blues stars.

Thursday, August 20 @ 5PM CST, Tommy Castro shares his stories from the early days of his career, the LRBC, how the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue came about, and what Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have in the works!

Facebook Event Page
See you on Facebook Live via or LRBC Facebook page.
The Genius of Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band
In 1965, the Original Blues Brothers – harp maestro Junior Wells and livewire showman Buddy Guy – sidestepped broken amps and contract wrangles to bottle the sound of Chicago’s blues clubs on this classic album.

Less cats, more money

Up until the mid-1960s, the electric blues albums of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter et al that were released on Chicago’s Chess label and its Checker subsidiary were, for the most part, compilations of singles or live albums, aside from the occasional oddity such as Muddy Waters’ Folk Singer acoustic session. Hoodoo Man Blues was an entirely different animal.

Recorded over two sessions on 22-23 September 1965 for producer Bob Koester’s Delmark Records label, the record was the album debut for Memphis harp virtuoso Junior Wells, a Chicago mainstay who had replaced the imperious Little Walter in Muddy Waters’ band in the 50s (that’s his harmonica on "Mannish Boy"). It marked the first time a Chicago artist was given the creative freedom to pick their own band and record material free from the three-minute constraints of radio-friendly commercialism; it was also the first attempt to transplant the sound of the city’s South Side clubs to the superior acoustic environment of the recording studio.

Wells chose now-legendary bassist Jack Myers, jazz-schooled blues drummer Billy Warren and guitarist Buddy Guy for the session, a well-oiled line-up who knew each other and the material inside-out from playing Friday to Monday nights at local club, Theresa’s. When Guy asked Wells why there was no piano player, his reply was: “Less cats, more money. You in?” Because Koester mistakenly thought Guy was contractually obliged to Leonard Chess, the guitarist didn’t sing and was credited on early pressings as “Friendly Chap.”

…Read full insights in review here by Owen Bailey at
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 & more
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct. 24~31, 2021 #35. Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam.
Find bands, cabin availability & more here. 
Cabin Sales are Open Visit Online Reservations or call (816) 753-7979 at that time.
Jan. 29~Feb. 5, 2022 LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean
Same Itinerary & aboard Holland America's NEW SHIP, the ms Ryndam! Sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola, St. Thomas and Turks & Caicos!
Find bands, cabin availability & more here 
Cabin Sales are Open. Visit Online Reservations or call (816) 753-7979 at that time.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents: Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere: From the Rascals to Ringo to Joe Bonamassa!
On this Chasing the Blues Podcast, Tom The Suit Forst chats with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Famer, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, and Hammon Hall of Fame, singer-songwriter Felix Cavaliere. Felix talks about his life in music, from his days in the Rascals, writing classic songs like "Good Lovin," "A Beautiful Morning," and "People Got to be Free," to his days touring with Ringo Starr, Billy Joel and Joe Bonamassa.
A fascinating talk with a down to earth and insightful music icon who shares his motivations as a songwriter, and gratitude for his life in music.

Chasing the Blues Podcast is sponsored by Blues Festival Guide Magazine, which Bobby Rush calls his "roadmap to the Blues," and Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT
Listen for Chasing the Blues Podcast on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and wherever podcasts are streamed around the world. Stay tuned for the new Chasing the Blues YouTube Television show starting in August.
Chasing the Blues Podcast is produced by Factory Underground Studio, and Marketed by Factory Underground Media (Norwalk, CT). The season sponsor of the podcast is Blues Festival Guide Magazine, which Bobby Rush calls the "Roadmap to the Blues."
Print & Digital Versions Available
18th Blues Festival Guide Magazine Print & Digital Editions
(ARCATA, CA) — RBA Publishing offers the 18th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine in both print and digital formats as well as our weekly Blues Festival e-Guide newsletter.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: The Roadmap to Everything Blues. Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial is once again from aficionados in the blues community.
- Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite By Eric Steiner
- Blues Movies Reel Away the Blues By Roger Stolle 
- The Healing Blues By Anita Schlank, Ph.D. 
- What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright
- The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation
- Jammin’ On the High C’s On Board the LRBC By Mitch Woods
- A King and A Duke By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
- Festivals Receive KBA
- Blues: An African Sonic Response By Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.

To order a hard copy mailed to your home, send $9 to RBA Publishing Inc. P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518. To read the 64-page magazine online for free, visit our website. 
Blues Festival Guide is a division of RBA Publishing, Inc, which specializes in blues publishing, publicity and marketing.
...Click here to read cool mini descriptions of these fine articles 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 20-Issac Hayes (1942-2008); Aug 21-Count Basie (1904-1984); Aug 22-John Lee Hooker (1920-2001), Debbie Davies (1952); Aug 24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905-1974), Wynonie Harris (1915); Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Dinah Washington (1924-1963); Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934-1976); Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945); Sept 2-Billy Preston (1946-2006); Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915-1988), Freddie King (1934-1976); Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905-1964); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925-1976); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934-2005), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927-2000), Guitar Shorty (1939)
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Find back issues in Archives on our website.
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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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!
Please click through the festival links on our site for most current updates
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival In the House at Your House
Sep-04-2020 - Sep-06-2020
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-10-2020 - Sep-13-2020
Mississagua, Ontario, Canada
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Mifflinburg Wine, Brews,
& Blues Festival
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Laconia Blues Festival
Laconia, New Hampshire, USA
 Crosby Zydeco Festival
Sept-19-2020 - Sept-20-2020
Crosby, Texas, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
Sep-26-2020 - Sep-27-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
Jimiway Blues Festival
Oct-16-2020 - Oct-17-2020
Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Chelsea Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Interstate Blues Fest
Nov-6-2020 - Nov-7-2020
 Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
CT Rhythm & Blues Festival
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-14-2020
Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Jan-15-2021 - Jan-18-2021
Lincolnshire, Skegness, UK
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-29-2021 - Jan-31-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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RBA Publishing/Blues Festival Guide 
P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518
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!
Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not do CD/DVD reviews nor write the news... we just share and report it. 
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